City Hall denied that Derm Kor Market will be relocated to the outskirts of Phnom Penh, after the government unveiled a project to develop a market, complete with taxi stands, for vegetables and fruits on a 20 hectare plot near Boeung Tamouk Lake.
In the press conference on Friday (Jan.4), Phnom Penh’s Deputy Governor Nuon Pharath said that the City Hall doesn’t plan to relocate Derm Kor Market. He reassured the vendors there that they have nothing to worry about because the existing market will stay where it is and City Hall will build a new market at the new location.
“Phnom Penh should have a proper market to supply vegetable and fruit as a wholesale market,” Mr Pharath said. Because there is no large wholesale market around, Derm Kor suppliers must use the boulevard, and adjacent roads and sidewalks to unload.
This causes traffic congestion, waste management problems, as well as environmental and hygienic issues. Taxi drivers also park their cars on/along the road and use the sidewalk for their business.
In order to regain order on/along the affected streets City Hall sees the necessity of a proper wholesale market.