Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Villagers reject City Hall offer



Villagers reject City Hall offer

Community representative Chea Sophat leads the protest outside Land Ministry yesterday in Phnom Penh.
Community representative Chea Sophat leads the protest outside Land Ministry yesterday in Phnom Penh. Hong Menea

Villagers reject City Hall offer

Chroy Changvar peninsula land disputants yesterday delivered a petition to the Ministry of Land Management rejecting City Hall’s proposal to take away 90 percent of their land for the development of a satellite city.

The villagers on February 28 were given a one-month deadline to accept a City Hall offer to keep only 10 percent of their land and part with the rest without compensation to make way for the Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation’s planned development. A similar deadline had been issued in September, but city officials have declined to say what will happen to families that don’t accept.

Around 50 villagers, led by representative Chea Sophat, asked the Land Ministry to intervene in the issue and proposed their own 50-50 split – with half going to the city and residents retaining the rest.

“We want 50 percent and the issuance of land titles for us. But if we have to sell [all of] it, we will sell at market price,” Sophat said.

Spokesman for the Land Ministry, Seang Lot, could not be reached yesterday, but City Hall spokesman Met Measpheakdey said the 10 percent deal was the only offer available, and any other deal was “impossible”.

MOST VIEWED

  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Angkor provides ‘valuable’ water storage

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) has stored millions of cubic metres of water at reservoirs in the Angkor area after Cambodia experienced a series of rainstorms over the last few days. The storing of the water, besides serving temple conservation, will also be used to

  • Banteay Meanchey floods kill one more as death toll reaches 15

    As floodwaters start to recede in Pursat, Battambang and Pailin provinces and Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey continues to bear the brunt as one more person was killed on Monday, bringing the total number of flood-related deaths to 15 in the province this month. Banteay Meanchey provincial

  • Floods prompt evacuations in Kampong Speu

    Rain-induced floods and water flowing from Kampong Speu province have submerged the houses of 1,527 families living close to the Prek Thnot River in Spean Thma, Tien, Kong Noy and Roluos communes in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district, according to data from local authorities. Spean Thma

  • Serving coffee with a side of robots

    The eye-catching glass building surrounded by greenery at the intersection of Streets 371 and 2002 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district is more than just another coffee shop where you can while away a few hours. UrHobby House cafe is filled with robots and characters from

  • Banteay Meanchey flood victims receive aid

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday provided aid to more than 10,000 families affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district and offered his condolences to the 18 victims who drowned in the province over the past week. He said flooding had occured in