Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Villagers in Phnom Penh's Russey Keo meet with governor to discuss road

Villagers in Phnom Penh's Russey Keo meet with governor to discuss road

Resident's of Phnom Penh's northern Russey Keo district meet with Governor Chea Pisey yesterday to air their grievances over planned road construction.
Resident's of Phnom Penh's northern Russey Keo district meet with Governor Chea Pisey yesterday to air their grievances over planned road construction. Sreng Meng Srun

Villagers in Phnom Penh's Russey Keo meet with governor to discuss road

The governor of Phnom Penh's northern Russey Keo district met yesterday with hundreds of villagers to hear their grievances over the planned construction of a road – and potential displacement of residents – along an existing unused stretch of railroad track.

Governor Chea Pisey clarified that the planned 4.6-kilometre stretch of road will be 30 metres wide, with an additional 15 metres on each side of the road slated to be cleared for sidewalks. The road would run through Kilometre 6, Russey Keo and Tuol Sangke communes.

Keng Narun, one of the representatives of the approximately 1,000 affected families, said it was the additional 15 metres the government required on either side of the road that left locals most unhappy, as they may result in some families either having to move elsewhere or losing a portion of their land.

Pisey declined to comment after the meeting.

Municipal Governor Khoung Sreng on Thursday visited the site of the construction and promised compensation for affected villagers.

Siak Tepy from the Housing Rights Task Force said he expects authorities to solve the case smoothly given that it is an election year.

“They do not want the solution like in Boeung Kak or other chronic land disputes and they are gravely concerned about this [image] problem,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia

    IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community. The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading

  • Hun Sen’s China visit ‘a good opportunity’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit to Beijing on Sunday to discuss economic and trade issues presents a good opportunity for the Kingdom to strengthen Chinese ties and counter punitive measures by the West, an analyst says. The prime minister’s four-day official visit to

  • Former chief bodyguard receives royal pardon

    The former chief bodyguard of late Senate president Chea Sim has received a royal pardon nearly eight years after he was sentenced to 15 years behind bars on several charges, according to a royal decree dated November 12, last year, and obtained by The Post on Wednesday.

  • PM warns EU and opposition on 34th anniversary of his rule

    HUN Sen reached the milestone of 34 years as Cambodian prime minister on Monday and used the groundbreaking ceremony for a new ring road around Phnom Penh to tell the international community that putting sanctions on the Kingdom meant killing the opposition. “Please don’t forget