Banteay Meanchey Provincial Hall has struck an agreement with a private company to rebuild O’Ambel market after a fire gutted it last month.
The agreement will allow market vendors to operate their stalls free of charge for two years before they have to start paying money to the company, Huy Lang, which is covering the $200,000 rebuild.
The fire on May 5 damaged nearly 70 percent of stalls at the market in Serei Sophorn city’s O’Ambel commune.
Hil Raya, Serei Sophorn city governor, yesterday said authorities met with vendors on June 1 to discuss the rebuild, noting that those who do not have stalls and sell from baskets will not have to pay any rent.
“For vendors who sell from baskets, authorities will not accept any payment from them in the new market, which will be clean and more orderly in comparison to how it was before the fire,” Mr Raya said.
Chhim Vuthy, O’Ambel commune police chief, noted that residue from the fire has been cleaned and that the location has been prepared for a new building.
“The ash from the fire has already been cleaned in preparation for the rebuilding,” Mr Vuthy said. “Construction will start soon.”
Soum Sros, a vendor, said vendors are glad they will get two years free of rent.
“The authorities will keep two years for free, so that gives us time to make money to afford the stall,” Ms Sros said.
“Vendors want to continue running their businesses because they are now finding it difficult to support their living costs,” she added.