City Hall yesterday began to distribute plots of land to 153 families being relocated during a project to restore Stung Meanchey canal.
In August last year, Phnom Penh Municipal Governor Khuong Sreng said that authorities would measure the land and distribute titles for a total of 572 families affected by the project.
During a distribution ceremony at Stung Meanchey pagoda yesterday, Mr Sreng said that plots of land were offered to the 153 families and added that each family is to receive 24 square metres of land away from the restoration project.
“We have [stages] in doing this land plot provision because we are having a difficult time due to no roads,” Mr Sreng said. “So when this stage is complete, we will temporarily relocate residents.”
He said that people currently living along the Stung Meanchey canal must take part in protecting the environment by properly disposing of rubbish to avoid littering the canal and sewage systems.
Keo Pich Chan Mony, Meanchey district governor, said that 1,400 metres of the canal have been restored so far. Mr Chan Mony said the restoration project came in response to flooding in the area.
He said that in the past, residents caused congestion by throwing rubbish into the water. Mr Chan Mony added that following a review of the canal last year, authorities began restoring the canal in December.
He said that municipal authorities proposed that the government relocate people who were living along the canal. He also requested that the government build a road to facilitate travel to the newly designated living areas.
Ban Sarin, a land recipient, said that the municipality had followed up on its promise.
“I am happy that our community got the land and I’m also happy because we can now build good houses and live away from the dirty and stinky canal,” he said.
Mr Sreng added that authorities will continue to distribute land to other families within the next two or three months.