Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities provided plots of land to 45 families on Saturday after they agreed to move off a roadside in Sihanoukville’s Buon commune.
Provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun said on Saturday during a land distribution ceremony that the 45 families squatted and lived on a roadside for years before agreeing to move their homes to the Kbal Chhay area.
“These pieces of land belong to all of you and no one can take it away from you, and you all have the right to get land titles after living on it for five years,” Mr Chamroeun said. “Do not sell it or transfer the rights to other people.”
“I do not feel tired because I see your smiling faces,” Mr Chamroeun added, noting local authorities will have the area connected with electricity and water and that a dirt road will turn into a concrete one next year.
Each family was offered a five-by-20 metre plot of land to build a house.
According to a Provincial Hall report, the 45 families also agreed to demolish their old houses along the roadside.
It said that the authorities will help transport materials from the dismantled houses to the relocation site and provide more building materials and money to help the families begin their new lives.
Kheang Phearum, Provincial Hall spokesman, could not be reached for comment yesterday.