The Ministry of Transport yesterday signed an agreement with a Chinese company to build a $9 million drainage system in Battambang town to reduce flooding.
The project is being funded by aid provided by the Asian Development Bank for the greater Mekong subregion, which includes $44 million for six projects in Cambodia.
Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said that this first project, which was granted to the Beijing Urban Construction Group Co Ltd, was aimed at reducing floods in Bantambang town.
“We hope this project will reduce floods in some areas which suffer from floods every year,” he said.
The ministry said in a statement that the drainage system would span 15 kilometres.
Mr Chanthol added that there have been many complaints from Battambang town residents, including criticism the government builds roads and then digs them up to put drainage systems in afterwards.
“For some roads, we were given the budget to build the road, and only after were we given the budget to do drainage,” he said.
“We do not want to build roads and put drainage systems in afterwards.”
Ren Zhi, vice president of BUCG, said that his company would build a quality drainage system.
“My company is pleased to get this project and cooperate with the ministry to build a quality drainage system in Battambang town to improve the lives of residents,” he said.