Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - City Hall pledges land titles for Chroy Changvar locals

City Hall pledges land titles for Chroy Changvar locals

Villagers protest against the Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation earlier this year in Chroy Changvar district.
Villagers protest against the Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation earlier this year in Chroy Changvar district. Pha Lina

City Hall pledges land titles for Chroy Changvar locals

City Hall said yesterday it would form a working group to accelerate land titling for villagers on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula, but only for those who were not affected by a huge development project.

Speaking after a meeting between Phnom Penh governor Pa Socheatvong and the development group Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation (OCIC), Sarin Vanna, the director of the Phnom Penh Land Management Department, said 280 hectares of the 450 hectares of state-owned land on the peninsula was for OCIC. He said the new working group would look to fast-track the disbursement of land titles to villagers on the remaining 170 hectares.

Villagers on the project site, however, must either accept the compensation offered by OCIC – $15 per square metre – or give up 90 per cent of their land.

Villagers on Chroy Changvar have repeatedly protested the development, and the decision left some unhappy yesterday.

Chea Sophat, a community rep from Phum Kor village, complained he wouldn’t get a title despite owning his land.

“They haven’t counted us and consider us as outsiders,” Sophat said. “They pressure us – they seem to be using a Pol Pot-like policy.”

OCIC staffer Touch Samnang said the as-yet uncompensated families bought the land knowing it was state-owned.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ice cream, noodles flagged over carcinogen

    The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) has identified three types of instant noodles and ice cream trademarks originating from Thailand, Vietnam and France that are suspected to contain ethylene oxide, which poses a cancer risk to consumers. The general department has

  • Exclusive interview with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU

    CAMBODIA is hosting the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings this week with top officials from the US, China, and Russia and other countries in the region slated to attend and to meet with face-to-face with their counterparts on the sidelines. In

  • Rise in Thai air routes to Siem Reap fuels travel hopes

    Local tourism industry players are eager for regional airline Bangkok Airways Pcl’s resumption of direct flight services between the Thai capital and Siem Reap town on August 1 – home of Cambodia’s awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park – which is expected to boost the growth rate of

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker

  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Recap of this year’s ASEAN FM meet and look ahead

    This year’s edition of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) hosted by Cambodia comes against the backdrop of heightened global tensions and increasing rivalry between major powers that have been compared to the animosity of the Cold War era. The following is The Post’