Electricite du Cambodge has challenged a claim by eight families from Kampong Cham province for compensation after power lines were built across their land.
EDC said it had to build the line from Kampong Cham province to Stung Treng province. The 240km line affects 1,054 families. Most have agreed to accept compensation for taking part in the development with the government.
However, eight families had not yet agreed to compensation, the EDC said. These families were not affected by power poles. They only had land under the power lines, which were 15 metres above the ground.
EDC also said that the families’ claims were based on land values in the towns, which were much higher than the value of their land.
Families with land under the lines should get $1.8 per square metre. Those affected by poles get $6 per square metre, a sum that was paid out in 2014 and 2015.
On June 19, 30 families who had unresolved claims at the time came to the EDC office in Phnom Penh to demand the company director step in over the compensation issue.
One resident, Chap Sokchea, said compensation of under $2 per square metre was low based on the effect on their land.
“We have had a dispute with EDC for three years. We have filed complaints with many institutions but we have not yet found a solution,” she said.