Municipality pushes ahead with new roads

The Phnom Penh Post reported on 25th May 2010 that representatives of the Shukaku company held closed-door meetings with municipal officials on Monday, and gained approval for the construction of three access roads to the secretive project, officials said. Ty Dory, chief of the municipality’s Office of Land

Management Affairs, said that officials on Monday approved three of the 12 roads presented at a meeting earlier this month, including those linking the Boeung Kak area with Street 106 to the east and Street 169 to the south, the latter via a US$7 million overpass spanning the railway.The third road will extend west close to Neak Von pagoda before linking up with Streets 608 and 616. A shroud of secrecy has surrounded the Boeung Kak lake project since the city signed a 99-year lease agreement with obscure local developer Shukaku Inc, which is owned by Lao Meng Khin, a senator for the Cambodian People’s Party. Reporters were barred from Monday’s meeting, and residents say they are still in the dark about plans for the project, which is expected to result in the eviction of more than 4,000 families from the lakeside. Ing Navy, 45, a representative of the lake’s Village 24, called for more transparency from the company about the construction of new infrastructure that could affect local residents. “We first need to have negotiations with the company owners or their representatives with coordination from the city and base authorities before they build new roads or expand [existing] roads,” she said.

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