The Siem Reap provincial administration has given residents 10 days starting from September 23 to remove constructions which encroach on streets, streams and canals in Siem Reap town.
If they fail to do so, they will face legal penalties, according to a provincial administration announcement.
Provincial deputy governor Ly Samrith told The Post on Sunday that for the past two days, the administration has been surveying land and telling people if they have to move their structures as per the land title of the provincial administration.
“The actual size of the road nowadays is smaller than the land [allotted to the government] in the system of administration.
“To ensure the standard and beauty of the 38 roads [in Siem Reap town] so that experts can do their work, we have to be in charge of [removing] constructions that encroach on street land,” Samrith said.
Those 38 roads do not affect citizens’ land, he said. Only the 100 families who built on the roads’ land are affected. Most of them volunteered to remove their structures while a small number are in negotiations, he said.
Provincial governor Tea Seiha first announced the removal of structures on September 23. Experts will measure the land after the notice expires on October 2.
“If they do not remove [their structures], the provincial administration will take measures to remove them according to law. It will not be responsible for damages and the loss of people’s properties,” he said.
The provincial governor confirmed that the new street constructions are for the common benefit and will facilitate tourism development in Siem Reap.
After the Covid-19 crisis ends, the province will once again be ready to receive a large number of national and international tourists, he said.
At the first meeting of the inter-ministerial commission to study and implement the street construction project led by Deputy Prime Minister Tea Banh on September 25, it was decided to renovate all 38 streets in Siem Reap town.
The streets must be made in harmony with culture, history and tourism, and be in line with the geography of the town.
The inter-ministerial decision was made that all streets be constructed systematically while taking into consideration sewer systems, sidewalks, sidewalks for the disabled, bicycle lanes, parking lots, lighting systems, signs, security cameras, and tree planting.
The decision of the inter-ministerial working group stated that: “We must expedite the construction of the 38 streets, for which the prime minister has allocated $150 million from the national budget.
“If there is no change, these 38 streets will be launched by Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia on November 16, 2020.”