Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Residents told to remove obstacles to drainage systems in Phnom Penh

Residents told to remove obstacles to drainage systems in Phnom Penh

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Officials will mark all illegally built constructions trespassing on pubic pavements, sewage rims and covers across Por Sen Chey district. Heng Chivoan

Residents told to remove obstacles to drainage systems in Phnom Penh

The Por Sen Chey district administration has notified residents to remove constructions that blocked drainage systems and contributed to recent flooding in the capital.

Officials delivered the instructions to people living in the Borey Piphob Thmei II gated community in Chaom Chao commune I’s Trapaing Thloeng IV village on October 28 and gave them 10 days to remove the obstacles.

District governor Hem Darith told The Post on Monday that over 10 families had voluntarily agreed to remove their constructions while some requested a delay.

“If they refuse to remove their constructions, police will remove them without taking responsibility for any damage. We are looking into the request for delay, but in the case that constructions are built on sewage covers, removal cannot be delayed.

“They must be removed urgently. When the 10-day ultimatum expires and they still haven’t removed their constructions, we will remove them,” he said.

Darith added officials would mark all illegally built constructions trespassing on pubic pavements, sewage rims and covers across the district.

“We will start first in the Borey Piphob Thmei in Trapaing Thloeng IV village because it is a chronically flooded place. It will set an example for other [gated communities] to follow,” he said.

He instructed local authorities to take measures to stop such encroachment.

“They must not let those constructions happen anymore. They have to do whatever it takes to now allow such constructions to continue.

Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (Ansa) executive director San Chey agreed that additionally built constructions affect drainage systems and public roads.

He urged the authorities to come up with a means to release water over a long term.

“If authorities establish major canals to release water in this area, it not only helps Borey residents in Trapaing Thloeng IV village but also others who live in the upper part of the Por Sen Chey district,” he said.


  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Banteay Meanchey gunfight sees 15 Thais arrested, three officers injured

    The Banteay Meanchey Military Police have arrested 15 Thai suspects and their accomplices after a gun battle between two Thai groups caused injuries to three police officers in the early hours of November 21, local authorities said. National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy said that according to

  • Locally-trained commercial pilots to lift Cambodia’s aviation standard

    The Kingdom is boosting its civil aviation sector with the establishment of a flight school with a local airline to meet growth demands once air travel recovers At 22, First Officer Reachta Lim is the youngest commercial pilot in Cambodia. He flies with the national flag