The government has agreed to allow a Chinese company to develop more than 11 hectares of state land in Por Senchey district on condition that it constructs four new buildings and five warehouses for the Transport Ministry on nearly four hectares of land in Russey Keo district.
A letter signed by Chheuy Roeun, secretary of state of the Council Ministers, said that the government agreed to allocate 11.18 hectares of land belonging to the ministry in Por Senchey district to Chien Chhing Tai company for it to develop provided it constructs the new buildings on a 3.96 hectare site in Russey Keo.
The letter noted that the company also has to provide construction machinery to the ministry.
It said that Chien Chhing Tai will construct all necessary facilities, including several administrative buildings, a meeting hall and library, all fully furnished, and the warehouses and also renovate six existing buildings on the Russey Keo site.
“The new ministry buildings will be constructed on a plot of land which was set aside for the Transport general department to use,” ministry spokesman Va Sim Sorya said yesterday.
Transparency International executive director Preap Kol yesterday said ministry officials should have made a public announcement about the allocation of the land to the Chinese company.
“Exchanging state land for development is a common practice but the public should be informed about issues which benefit both the state and people,” he said. “However, the process must be transparent.”