Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Value of dam-affected homes being assessed

Value of dam-affected homes being assessed

Value of dam-affected homes being assessed

Officials have started to assess properties in Oddar Meanchey that will be flooded by an under construction dam, though the affected villagers remain in the dark about possible compensation.

Eight officers from the Ministry of Finance and the province’s water resources department were in Chongkal district’s Srah Keo village yesterday, which is expected to go under when the Sino Hydro dam project comes online displacing more than 200 families.

The inspectors are continuing assessments of property value, which district governor Rithy Pak said started when construction began two years ago.

However, with the $67 million project nearing completion, and compensation terms not yet laid out, villagers say they’re getting nervous, and have staged several protests in recent weeks demanding a resolution.

“We have been waiting for a solution for years and now the dam construction is completed,” said Chhang Saroeun, 48, who remains under court supervision, for leading the demonstrations. “The authorities ignore the issue, so we protest; if we don’t protest, we will get nothing.”

Saroeun said the community was not against the project – which will supply over 250 million cubic metres of water to three provinces – but wanted fair compensation.

Pak said the project was 80 per cent complete and villagers needed to give authorities more time to work.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ministry issues warning over coronavirus outbreak

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday asked the public to be on “high alert” as a new virus wreaks havoc across Asia. However, no cases have been reported in the Kingdom thus far. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has raised the alarm for its similarity to

  • Call for boycott of Angkor unacceptable

    Dear Editor, I wish to express my strong disagreement on the article published by Traveller for their website with the title Best places to go in 2020: 12 destinations you should avoid. Below is my opinion of the article. It is obviously free for the Traveller to

  • No power shortages next dry season, says energy minister

    Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem has assured the public that Cambodia will not suffer power shortages during the next dry season. Speaking on local TV on Tuesday, Sem projected a rise in power demand during 2020’s dry season – which starts in November and

  • Gov’t slams NGO over 2019 corruption report

    The government on Thursday slammed a report that described the Kingdom as highly corrupt. Government spokesperson Phay Siphan dismissed the latest Transparency International (TI) report as “just an advertisement of NGOs to promote their own interests”. Released on Thursday, the report puts Cambodia near the

  • Gov’t takes steps to lower logistics, transport costs

    With the threat of losing trade privileges in the EU drawing closer, the government is taking measures to reduce logistics and transportation costs to safeguard the Kingdom’s competitiveness. The EU is due to decide whether or not to withdraw the Kingdom’s trade privileges

  • App to connect farmers to millions

    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has soft-launched a mobile app that connects farmers with potential buyers and gives them access to critical market information. The ministry’s Agriculture Marketing Office chief Meach Yady said the ‘CamAgriMarket’ app gives farmers a platform to showcase