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National Assembly seeks more input on Boeng Tamouk Lake project

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Boeng Tamok lake, also known as Tumnup Kabsrov, sits 15 kilometres away from city centre. KT/Mai Vireak
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The National Assembly has asked relevant authorities to clarify if there is any problem related to the reclamation of parts of Boeng Tamouk Lake following a petition filed by the Grassroots Democratic Party.

Prach Chan, National Assembly human rights and complaints commission chairman, yesterday said he is demanding clarification on the issue because he has studied the GDP petition and has yet to identify if there is any problem.

“I have thoroughly examined the petition and written letters to all relevant authorities to explain if there is any problem regarding the reclamation project,” he said. “I will see if I can raise this issue during the parliamentary session next week.”

Mr Chan’s statement came after GDP president Yeng Virak yesterday met with a National Assembly official to learn of any progress made regarding the party’s petition in which it raised concerns over claims that a bigger portion of the lake was being reclaimed than is needed for the project.

The petition also raised concerns over the environmental impact of the project to build a market complex on reclaimed land.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mr Virak said he is pleased that the petition which the GDP submitted in June, is being studied by the commission.

He said he hoped the National Assembly would summon relevant authorities to answer queries during its upcoming session.

“I hope they will question them during a public session and not just inside a meeting room,” Mr Virak said. “By doing so, we could check if they [the authorities] have transparency over the management and their plan for the Boeng Tamouk lake project.”

In August last year, the Council of Ministers issued a letter to City Hall stating that 20 hectares of Boeng Tamouk in Prek Pnov district will be developed to build a vegetable market complete with parking space.

In May, district authorities began evicting families living illegally around the lake to pave the way for the reclamation project.

Sim Sophang, district administrative chief, yesterday said that all the families had been removed and the area was now vacant.

“I have not received any notification about the latest developments on the planned market, so we have just left the land vacant and banned anyone from building temporary homes on it,” he said.

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