Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Subterranean parking project gets under way

Subterranean parking project gets under way

Workers erect a fence at a Phnom Penh intersection yesterday where the construction of an underground car park is set to begin.
Workers erect a fence at a Phnom Penh intersection yesterday where the construction of an underground car park is set to begin. Pha Lina

Subterranean parking project gets under way

A giant underground car park is in the works for downtown Phnom Penh.

The two-storey facility is set to open in October this year adjacent to the capital’s railway station, near Canadia Tower and Vattanac Capital Tower, according to Chhin Hok, manager for the Overseas Cambodian Investment Corporation (OCIC), which is responsible for the project.

“The parking area will be over two floors, which together cover 7,200 square metres,” he said. “If both floors are used for parking, the space could accommodate as many as 300 cars.”

However, Hok added, there was a possibility that part of the underground area could be given up to shops.

According to City Hall spokesman Long Dimanche, the project will be built beneath an existing park, and will be only a piece of a larger project.

“The underground parking lot will be part of a three-storey construction, including a shopping mall, and will be located under the public park of a Buddhist stupa in front of the train station,” Dimanche said.

Construction is due to start this month, according to Hok.

OCIC is an investment conglomerate that is behind some of the capital’s largest retail and residential projects. In October, it announced it was spending $60 million to build Olympia Plaza, a seven-storey shopping mall inside the company’s Olympia City project.

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,