PM: More roads, bridges
Prime Minister Hun Sen has highlighted his government’s achievements in building new infrastructure as part of a message to commemorate Khmer New Year.
He said 15,376 kilometers of national roads and bridges have been built over the past year, including 12,100km of asphalt roads.
During that time, the government also constructed 43,500km of rural unpaved roads, Mr. Hun Sen said in a letter published yesterday.
“The government has continued to build roads and bridges on a daily basis, to allow people to travel more easily, improve economically and cut poverty,” it said.
The premier said significant developments include new roads between Banteay Meanchey and Oddar Meanchey provinces and Mondulkiri and Ratanakkiri provinces, plus a bridge from Tonle Bassac to Kandal province’s Koh Thom district.
Var Sim Soriya, a spokesman for the Transport Ministry, said the government recognizes the importance of good infrastructure to people’s lives.
“People must be able to get around easily, especially to allow tourism and cross-border commerce,” Mr. Sim Soriya said.
He acknowledged some roads are not yet up to scratch and said action would be taken.
“We recognize there are roads that need fixing,” he said.
Nhem Sam Oeun, the deputy governor of Ratanakkiri province, said the development of National Road 76 in his area had helped people travel and transport goods.
“It’s now much easier for people to travel than in the past,” Mr. Sam Oeun said.
Pen Bonnar, a community program officer at Adhoc, welcomed the development of national infrastructure.
“We are happy with the government’s work but more does need to be done to maintain the infrastructure that already exists, particularly road quality,” he said.
“Some existing roads are not up to scratch, such as National Road 6, which was substandard to begin with.”
Mr. Bonnar said corruption in infrastructure development is often to blame for the poor quality of construction projects.
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