Kampot officials baffled by mystery poles

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The demarcation poles are being investigated. Fresh News

Kampot provincial Governor Cheav Tay has ordered his officials to probe a Facebook post which shows an image of demarcation poles off the provincial coast in a land sale advertisement.

Mr Tay told local media yesterday that he has received information and pictures from environmental officials, but still does not know where the photo was taken.

“If we investigate and find that the demarcation is illegal, we will remove them immediately because no one has the right to plant poles in the sea,” he said.

Suy Thea, provincial environment department director, yesterday said that experts believe that the photos were taken in Phnom Doung village in Kampot city’s Troeuy Koh commune.

“Regarding this place, they have had a land title since 2008,” he noted.

Mr Thy said he did not have details of who or which company had the land title in the location where the poles were put up and referred questions to the provincial department of land management.

Yin Vuth, provincial department director of land management, said that the governor had ordered a working group to investigate the case only yesterday afternoon.

“I cannot give any answers now because the team has just been set up to investigate the matter,” he said.

Over the past few days, Facebook users have shared the pictures of the demarcation poles and said they were located in Kampot province.

Soksovann Vatanasabung, a member of the Supreme Consultative Council from the Khmer Rise Party, on Sunday questioned whether the demarcation in the sea is based on a land title claim because the sea, lakes, forests and rivers are state property.

He urged relevant authorities to clarify the case, otherwise he would lead a working team to investigate the matter directly.

“This is a picture of the sea in Kampot province shown in a sales advertisement by a real estate company which claims it has a land title for the area,” Mr Vatanasabung said. “I wonder if the land title was issued for an area 50 meters away from the sea or in the sea itself.”

In 2015, the government declared that coastal land located 50 meters from the coast must be demarcated as state land and no construction is allowed.

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