Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Worried villagers seek info on rail project

Worried villagers seek info on rail project

Villagers protest outside City Hall yesterday in Phnom Penh demanding clarity on the development plans for the longtime out of order railway line.
Villagers protest outside City Hall yesterday in Phnom Penh demanding clarity on the development plans for the longtime out of order railway line. Hong Menea

Worried villagers seek info on rail project

About 100 villagers living along the out-of-order railway lines in northern Phnom Penh petitioned City Hall yesterday to ask for clarity about the development plans for the line, which is set to be widened and used as a thoroughfare.

The line extends from Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak area north to Kilometer 6 in Russey Keo district.

Residents along the line fear eviction or confiscation of parts of their land. Community representative Ny Sandos said the local administration needed to show the plans for the project, land titles for their existing land and to offer them compensation for any lost land.

“We are affected and worry about the development. They are scared to leave their homes to go earn a living,” Sandos said.

While former City Governor Pa Socheatvong had made assurances the development would not affect the residents, Keo Bopha, another representative, said they wanted a written agreement or they would protest.

City Hall spokesman Met Measpheakdey said the city had no plan in place and that any construction activity would proceed only after consultation with the residents.

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

  • Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy
    Stock-photo companies selling images from S-21 raises ethics concerns

    A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame. The woman was the wife of a Khmer Rouge officer who fell out of favour, and

  • 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

  • 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