City Hall will improve the drainage systems in Chamkar Mon and Daun Penh districts to help reduce flooding during the rainy season.
In a statement, City Hall yesterday said it will build underground pipes to drain excess water in the Bassac River which overflows into the districts during heavy rains.
It said that the excess water will be pumped through the pipes to the Beong Cherng Ek water treatment plant in Dangkor district.
City Hall noted that the project will also help reduce infrastructure damage caused by flooding in the two districts.
In the statement, Phnom Penh Governor Khoung Sreng said the project will start at the end of this month and is expected to be completed by the end of November 2020.
“This project will reduce floods which always destroy infrastructure in Chamkar Mon and Daun Penh districts during the rainy season,” he said.
City Hall said authorities will install pipes, measuring between 1.2 meters and 1.5 metres in diameter, along a 2,660-metre stretch from the Bassac River in Chamkar Mon district to Daun Penh district.
It said it will also create an underground reservoir, which can hold up to 3,000 cubic metres of water, in Daun Penh district and the water will be pumped to the treatment plant.
City Hall said that later this month excavation work will start along Mao Tse Tung Boulevard.
Voun Setha, 45, who lives in Daun Penh district, yesterday said that whenever it rains, some areas in the district are hit by flash floods.
“Some roads, schools, shops and markets suffer from flash floods when it rains heavily and we hope the project will solve the problem,” he said. “Whenever it floods, the roads become impassable and there are traffic jams.”
The Beong Cherng Ek water treatment plant was built in February last year with $27 million in assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.