Preah Sihanouk town authorities on Wednesday ordered the dismantling of a construction site gate that was encroaching upon public land and a canal in Boun commune.
Governor Y Sokleng yesterday said the encroachment was on a small scale but still needed correction.
“The case was not so bad that our fellow brothers and sisters need to be shocked about it,” he said.
“The owner of the construction claimed that they built the gate around their land boundary. However, when I ordered our working group to conduct an onsite measurement, it was encroaching by 1.5 metres.”
Mr Sokleng said that as of yesterday the gate was yet to be dismantled, though he had already told the owner to dismantle it.
“After finding out that it encroached, we educated the owner and asked for it to be dismantled,” he said. “But it is not yet dismantled. I have ordered them to dismantle it again.”
“We won’t let it stay,” he added. “The owner did not request proper permission before the construction.”
Local media identified the owner of the construction as Chem Kosal, a police officer working at the Ministry of Interior.
Mr Kosal could not be reached for comment.
However, he told local media that the land where the gate was built belonged to him and he had an ownership title.