Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - OCIC bulldozing in Chroy Changvar rolls on in spite of dispute




OCIC bulldozing in Chroy Changvar rolls on in spite of dispute

Workers use machinery to level a plot of land in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar district yesterday morning.
Workers use machinery to level a plot of land in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar district yesterday morning. Hong Menea

OCIC bulldozing in Chroy Changvar rolls on in spite of dispute

Under the supervision of 50 security guards, construction firm Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation (OCIC) resumed bulldozing land on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula yesterday, despite two families laying claim to the land being cleared.

Early yesterday morning, OCIC, run by tycoon Pung Khieu Se, used 10 earthmoving machines to clear the land in the district’s Prek Leap commune to make way for a new road and drainage system for its planned satellite city.

However, Hul Savoeun, a 45-year-old resident of the area, said that the land belongs to her and that she had not been compensated for it.

“If they want to build the road and drainage system, they should have a solution first,” she said. “Do not clear the land and rob people’s land like this.”

Chea Sophat, a representative for the communities affected by the project, said that OCIC’s offer of $15 per square metre was unacceptable and maintained a demand of $400 per square metre, adding that the going rate in the area was $2,000.

The new road was being constructed to ease traffic congestion in Phnom Penh, claimed the district official in charge of the construction, Sen Narin.

“We have to do it even though they have not received compensation, because we have invited them [to negotiate] many times already,” Narin said.

OCIC project manager Touch Samnang said residents’ claims of having titles for the land were incorrect, given that “there are no land titles for that area”.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hungarian exposes 90 to Covid in Siem Reap

    The Ministry of Health has discovered 90 people who have been exposed directly or indirectly to a Hungarian man infected with Covid-19. They all are required to quarantine at home and the hospital. The ministry is searching for other affected people. Among the 90, one is the

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,

  • First ‘mobile kitchen’ in Cambodia enters service

    A catering company recently rolled out Cambodia’s first “mobile kitchen” – a $50,000 container capable of serving up to 200 people at a time. The kitchen is the brainchild of Seng Hok Heng Catering Services. At 4.4m-high, 6.8m-long and 2.4m-wide (expandable to 6.8m), the kitchen is equipped

  • Kingdom, China rebut basis for US sanctions

    The Council for the Development of Cambodia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Tianjin Union Investment Development Group Co Ltd (Tianjin) have responded to US sanctions on Union Development Group Co Ltd (UDG), a Chinese-owned company currently developing the sprawling $3.8 billion Dara