Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Stalls built on drainage in Por Sen Chey dismantled

Stalls built on drainage in Por Sen Chey dismantled

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Por Sen Chey district officials inspect the dismantling of the illegal construction site on Monday. FACEBOOK

Stalls built on drainage in Por Sen Chey dismantled

Authorities in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district have dismantled more than 10 stalls that were illegally built on a drainage system and encroached on the road by 2m in Trapeang Krasang village and commune.

The demolition, led by deputy governor Suy Serith in the presence of governor Hem Darith, took place on October 11 following a direct order from municipal governor Khuong Sreng.

District deputy governor Pang Lida and his working group, who carried out the demolition work, told The Post on October 11 that the stalls had a single owner who had been breaking the law for a long time.

“We warned and gave [the owner] time to demolish the stalls by the end of the Pchum Ben holiday, but to no avail. Therefore, authorities decided to use tough measures to dismantle the structures,” he said.

According to Lida, for almost a year now, these illegal structures have encroached on the road and covered it in concrete by nearly 2m. On October 10, the owner continued construction by covering the outside with zinc cladding to allow people to build inside.

Institute for Road Safety director Kong Ratanak said the problem of land encroachment can occur due to three factors. First, local authorities may benefit from these constructions, which lets the problem persist.

Secondly, he said people also know that road encroachment is illegal. But they continue the abuse, thinking that it will benefit them when authorities are lax.

Thirdly, as Rattanak sees it, is that encroachment on land or public roads is because any action taken against violators is usually carried out by higher authorities and for any action to happen takes time.

“Regarding the measures, I don’t think they seem to be working well. I think authorities should find out why people build on public roads. In addition, we need to focus on strategies to prevent further abuse,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Construction begins on $1.5B Kampot seaport

    The International Multi-Purpose Logistics and Port Centre, principally invested by Kampot Logistics and Port Co Ltd and projected to cost $1.5 billion, has officially broken ground in Bokor town, Kampot province. The multi-purpose logistics and port centre, located in Prek Tnaot commune, will be built on

  • Cambodia eyes key role in electronics, auto hubs in SEA

    Two roadmaps, part of the LDC’s economic diversification plan, were designed to see it through its migration process, but experts say the journey might be arduous, particularly in the presence of two established hubs in the region By 2028, Cambodia hopes to have exited the

  • Hun Neng, lawmaker and PM’s brother, passes away aged 72

    Hun Neng, chairman of the 4th Commission of the National Assembly, has passed away from heart disease at the age of 72 on the afternoon of May 5, according to the Ministry of Information. Hun Neng is the older brother of Prime Minister Hun Sen, and was

  • PM meets with US business giants

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has met with a number of major US companies who have expressed interest in investing in Cambodia, in a meeting convened by the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC). A delegation of companies – including Amazon, Meta, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Ford, Visa and Pernod

  • Massive stingrays may live in Mekong’s deep pools

    US scientists have suggested that unexplored deep pools in the Mekong River in an area of Stung Treng could potentially be home to significant populations of giant freshwater stingrays, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish species. This comes as a fisherman hooked a 180

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with