Political inaction risks Phnom Penh’s development

Political inaction risks Phnom Penh’s development

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Source: KhmerTimes

Endless traffic jams, apartment and office blocks lying vacant, and poorly maintained public facilities – welcome to Phnom Penh in the year 2038.
Research carried out by independent think tank Future Forum, which was presented during a Rotary Club of Phnom Penh Metro meeting on Tuesday, projected a future in which Phnom Penh would see a high amount of economic investment with a low level of city planning.

The research, which has yet to be finalized, is based on current trends and projections and was divided into four possible scenarios that Phnom Penh could face in its developmental …

An overview of media coverage of land and housing rights issues in Cambodia

An overview of media coverage of land and housing rights issues in Cambodia

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Source: Phnom Penh Post

Most residents at the capital’s White Building opted on Friday to lower their demands for compensation from more than $2,000 per square metres to around $1,800 per square metres as the dilapidated structure’s redevelopment looms.

The structure will be torn down and rebuilt by Japanese firm Arakawa for $70 million, with almost all residents opting to sell their apartments in return for compensation rather than accept temporary resettlement and apartments in the new structure.

While the residents had been seeking $2,000 to $2,300 per square metres, Land Management Minister Chea Sophara earlier this month offered $1,260 …

Hun Sen asked to stop military land seizure

Hun Sen asked to stop military land seizure

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Source : KhmerTimes

Nearly 40 people representing 59 families from a village in Battambang province have submitted a petition asking Prime Minister Hun Sen to help solve their land dispute with soldiers.
The group from Prey Preal village in Klaing Meas commune said soldiers had brought bulldozers to destroy their homes.
Village representative Nget Chantha said disabled military associations gave 59 families 152 hectares of land to live on 17 years ago. This was officially acknowledged at the time, he said.
But in 2012, when volunteer students went to measure the land, a group of soldiers led by Colonel …

‘Positive’ Meeting on Mosque Road Plans

‘Positive’ Meeting on Mosque Road Plans

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Source: The Phnom Penh Post

After vocal protests by some in the Cham Muslim community, Phnom Penh City Hall has agreed to consider redrafting a map for a controversial road that was slated to run through the Boeung Kak mosque compound.

In what was described as a “positive” meeting between the municipal government and road opponents, the municipality agreed to consider re-mapping the road to run along the border of the mosque’s territory, rather than 50 metres from its steps under the current plan.

Road opponent and Ministry of Social Affairs Secretary of State Ahmad Yahya said he had no …

Mega Construction Supply Center

Mega Construction Supply Center

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Source: Khmer Times

A Chinese company will spend roughly $60 million to build a construction supply center on the outskirts of Phnom Penh after finalizing a land leasing agreement with the Phnom Penh Autonomous Port (PPAP) on Friday.

Yunnan Sengmao Investment will build the aptly named Construction Material Supplies Center on 9.3 hectares of land in Russey Keo district. It will supply imported construction materials from around the world to help fulfill the rising demand of Cambodia’s construction sector.

Hei Bavy, director-general of the PPAP, told Khmer Times yesterday that the deal was a new way for the Cambodia Securities …