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Residents protest Boeung Tumpun road delay

Residents protest Boeung Tumpun road delay

ABOUT 20 residents of Boeung Tumpun commune met with the commune chief on Thursday to demand the speedy construction of a road they partially financed more than a year ago.

Khut Sokhet, 58, one of the residents of Sansam Kosal 3 village who attended the meeting with chief Suos Sarin, said she and other residents had given money for the road in August 2008.

“They collected money from us, but they have not done anything,” she said, adding that she had paid nearly US$200.

Suos Sarin told the residents that the amount of money received had been insufficient.

“You paid, but some families have not paid,” he said. “We do not have enough money to construct a new road. The delay is because of money.”

He said the road would be nearly 300 metres in length, and that it would cost around $20,000 – half of which would come from residents, and half from City Hall. He added that he had received only $5,800 from residents.

“Some families have to pay $150, but I have only received $15. Some have to pay $100, but we received $50,” he said.

Residents said they were particularly concerned that construction would not begin before the wet season, but Suos Sarin said that regardless of how much more money is received, he would try to initiate construction by March 20.

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