Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sleepy Kampong Speu awoken by construction of boreys

Sleepy Kampong Speu awoken by construction of boreys

Borey Sovann’s line of regular brick shophouses.
Borey Sovann’s line of regular brick shophouses. Moeun Nhean

Sleepy Kampong Speu awoken by construction of boreys

Fifty kilometres away from Phnom Penh lies Chba Morn city, the previous provincial capital of Kampong Speu, which has been a relatively quiet province with little infrastructural activity. The last couple of years, however, has seen the city going through a transformation with the expansion of National Road 4, which cuts through it.

In addition, two borey projects have sprung up, commencing construction last year. Borey Sokha Pali is currently being developed in the city centre, while Borey Sovann is rising up to the south of National Road 4.

Tat Malai, Kampong Speu’s head of land management, urban planning, and construction, noted that each of the locally invested boreys will occupy at least 10 hectares of land.

Seeing this as starting the investor ball rolling, Malai added, “Chba Morn city is currently vying for the attention of factory and construction investors, as land value in Cambodia continues to rise without cause to cease anytime soon, which will enable this city to attract a large amount of laborers to fill the employment spaces in factories.”

While the boreys are targeted at residents from Kampong Speu, he said some of the buyers were made up of Phnom Penh locals.

Although Borey Sovann’s developer, Tong Seng, could not be reached for further details, Malai said the borey would have all the typical amenities – a public park, children’s playground, soccer field, sports courts, and a market space. Due to its proximity with National Road 4, the houses at the front of the line cost up to $10,000 each for a one-and-a-half storey unit, according to the borey’s manager who declined to be named.

“As for the houses around the market area, they cost $40,000 to $80,000,” he added.

Borey Sokha Pali, on the other hand, has housing units measuring 16 metres by five metres, costing between $30,000 and $40,000. Its location in the city centre ensures that it is noticeable from the big roads running through the city, and covers a total land area of 13 hectares.

In general, the land value in Chba Morn city is reasonable, with lands along the medial sides of the road priced at $30 to $40 per square metre.

According to a 2008 population census, Kampong Speu has a total population of 710,000 people. As of now, the offices of the Ministry of Planning claim that the population stands at 800,000.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom’s domestic milk still cannot compete with imports

    Price competition and a lack of confidence by consumers are the main reasons the dairy market cannot compete with imports, said domestic milk producers. The large displays of imported fresh milk at the Kingdom’s supermarkets present a cumbersome obstacle for local producers, they said.

  • ‘Pesticide-laden cucumbers’ kill two, poison 150 in Banteay Meanchey

    At least two youths have died and 243 others are being treated for vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulties, dizziness and muscle weakness after they ate cucumbers suspected to consist of pesticides. The incident happened on Saturday, said Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief Ath Khem. He told The

  • Three dead, 13 injured in collapse at Siem Reap pagoda

    At least three people were killed and more than 10 others injured on Monday after a dining hall under construction collapsed at Prasat Kokchak pagoda in Kokchak commune, Siem Reap province. Provincial police chief Tith Narong said Military Police, soldiers and local volunteers had successfully recovered 16

  • Forest Harmony’s $18M luxury villas break ground in Kampot

    Local and French joint-venture Forest Harmony has broken ground on its $18 million “second-home” Luxury Holiday Villas project in Kampot province. Century 21 Mekong CEO and local shareholder of the project Chrek Soknim told The Post that the project will comprise 90 villa units covering 18ha on a 97

  • China Unicom enters Cambodia

    China Unicom, the country’s largest telecoms operator, has expanded into Cambodia to build optical telecommunication pathways in the Kingdom as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The Hong Kong-listed company officially opened its China Unicom (Cambodia) subsidiary on Monday to become the

  • PP-SHV Expressway on track for completion in early 2023

    The construction of the $1.9 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway, which broke ground at the end of March, is on track to be completed by early 2023, Ministry of Public Works and Transport spokesman Vasim Sorya said on Monday. The 190km high-speed highway linking the capital to the