City Hall plans to repair the 30-year-old Kandal market in Daun Penh district which is in danger of collapse.
District Governor Sok Penhvuth on Saturday visited the market with officials to discuss a plan and get feedback from vendors.
He told vendors that the market is very old and he is worried that the building may collapse during a heavy storm or any other mishap, causing fatalities.
“City Hall wants to repair and strengthen its structure since it was built in the 1990s,” he said. “We want to know if you are willing to stop trading for some time while the repairs are being made.”
He told concerned stall owners that they would not have to bear the costs for the repairs, adding that he would report the feedback from the vendors to Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng.
Mr Penhvuth also said he would inform Mr Sreng and that he would convey a request by the vendors that they be allowed to carry out their trade elsewhere while the repairs were going on.
“I will inform the governor about your concerns whether you temporarily carry out business in some other places in order to support your families,” he said.
Mr Penhvuth said that after he reports to Mr Sreng, City Hall will hold a meeting to discuss the issues, including finding a place for them to temporarily carry out business, adding that it will also invite vendors to another meeting to inform them of its decisions.
He noted that the vendors could object to the repair plans but they will be held responsible if any accident happens.
Srey Pov, a pork seller, said that she does not object to the plan but wants to temporarily carry out trading in order to support her family.
“That would be good if the authorities prepare a place for me and the other vendors to sell while the market is being repaired,” she said. “I need to supply my customers with pork daily.”