Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Reservoir residents could face eviction

Reservoir residents could face eviction

Reservoir residents could face eviction

A government sub-decree dated February 3 defined 3,200 hectares of Tamoak Lake as state-owned land, sparking eviction fears among residents.

The natural lake, commonly known as Boeung Kob Srov, is the largest reservoir in the Phnom Penh area. It sits northwest of the city and straddles the border with Kandal province.

The decree seeks to counter illegal development that fills the lake, which otherwise supports local farmers and acts as a flood buffer in the rainy season, City Hall spokesman Long Dimanche said yesterday.

The announcement states that “all provisions which contradict the above Sub-Decree are considered as null” and orders the Ministries of Interior, Finance, Land Management and Water Resources, as well as the Council of Ministers and City Hall, to implement it.

However, local authorities do not yet know how many families may face eviction once implementation begins.

“At least, in my commune, there are 15 families . . . they might face relocation,” said Kuo Eurn, chief of Kandal province’s Ponhea Poan commune, where part of the lake lies.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia’s image problem

    In opening remarks at a recent event, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luy David said information can be a double-edged sword. He told a European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS) briefing seminar that the media has unfairly presented

  • PM Hun Sen says dangers averted

    Delivering a campaign speech from his home via Facebook Live on Thursday, caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen said his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had carried the country through danger in its latest mandate. He was specifically referring to the threat of a “colour revolution”

  • Bumpy road for local ride apps

    Ride-hailing services seem to have grown into a dominant player in the capital’s transportation sector. Relatively unknown and little used in the Kingdom at the beginning of this year, services like PassApp, Grab and ExNet are now commonplace on Phnom Penh streets. However, the

  • Hun Sen lays out party’s platform

    Caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday credited liberating Cambodia from the Khmer Rouge as among the reasons why people will vote for his ruling Cambodian People Party (CPP) in the July 29 national elections. Hun Sen, who has held the reins of power in Cambodia