Phnom Penh City Hall’s spokesman yesterday said that three private companies were preparing to build underground carparks from Freedom Park to the Old Market Park in Daun Penh district to ease traffic congestion caused by vehicles parked along roadways.
Spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey said that the first carpark was being built by the OCIC company, the second by a Vattanac Bank company and the third by a company from Malaysia.
“These underground carparks will be public but will require vehicle owners to pay for the service,” he said.
Mr Meas Pheakdey said that when the carparks are built, they will be able to house about 1,000 vehicles.
“It’s City Hall’s goal to encourage private investment in this type of underground parking to provide more convenience, especially in locations where there is a lot of demand,” he said.
Sam Piseth, director of the city’s public works and transport department, said that the underground parking being developed by OCIC was 95 percent complete and would be able to hold 310 vehicles.
Soeung Saran, acting director of the Sahmakum Teang Tnaut Organisation that has been monitoring the city’s development, said underground parking was needed in any developed city.
“I am sure that the government and Phnom Penh City Hall have already conducted a detailed study about the impacts and benefits of underground parking,” he said. “It will contribute to reducing traffic congestion.”