Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Officials partially tear down home for road




Officials partially tear down home for road

Authorities demolish part of a house yesterday in Preah Sihanouk’s Prey Nop district to make way for a road expansion.
Authorities demolish part of a house yesterday in Preah Sihanouk’s Prey Nop district to make way for a road expansion. Photo supplied

Officials partially tear down home for road

Preah Sihanouk province authorities yesterday demolished part of one home and its fence, which had encroached on a road they are trying to widen in the province’s Prey Nop district.

Yesterday, excavators tore down the house of Sok Hieng because it was too close to a village road. The owners of 19 other homes along the road had proactively relocated their fences when local authorities told them to do so, according to Yem Sok Samon, Prey Nop’s deputy district governor.

“She [Sok Hieng] built the fence and it extended over the road. The authority had informed and demanded her to pull it down many times, but she refused to do so. So the authorities took administrative action by using an excavator to demolish it,” Sok Samon said.

Yek Yarn, Boeung Veng village chief, said Hieng’s family had repeatedly been told to stop encroaching on the public road but to no avail.

“The above family built on the public road land . . . and some other villagers also have built shops on the road as well. But aside from this family, [the others] have disassembled their buildings,” he said.

However, Hieng said the authorities never stopped her from extending her house onto the road before.

“My building has been constructed for about 10 years already and the authorities did not ban or demolish it. I think that it is unfair [to demolish it] without paying any compensation,” she said.

MOST VIEWED

  • 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

  • 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

  • ‘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

  • Influenza breaks out in eight provinces

    Nearly 600 people have been infected with influenza in eight provinces in the past month, Ministry of Health spokesperson Or Vandine said. The ministry is advising extreme caution. A report released by Vandine on Saturday said the Ministry of Health observed transmissions of influenza between August 15

  • 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,