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Authorities to compensate families over airport expansion

Pech Sotheary / Khmer Times Share:
Preah Sihanouk International Airport will soon be expanded to handle more traffic. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation yesterday said it will continue to address the issue of compensation for the remaining seven families whose land is impacted by the expansion of Preah Sihanouk International Airport.

It has already resolved the issue with 250 other affected families.

The SSCA also warned that it will take legal action against more than 60 families who have illegally built new buildings in the area near the airport fence.

The secretariat, Preah Sihanouk provincial administration and other relevant officials yesterday held a discussion on the review of land impact resolution policies over the airport’s expansion.

SSCA spokesperson Sin Chan Sereyvutha said the meeting focused on compensation for the remaining seven families on 80 hectares of land arising from the expansion of the airport entrance, which will see two additional entrances constructed to address traffic congestion.

“So far, we have already resolved compensation for 250 families,” he said. “For the remaining seven families, we are continuing to resolve the issue in accordance with procedures.”

“However, we are waiting for the affected families to decide which form of compensation they will choose,” Mr Chan Sereyvutha noted.

The affected families can choose to sell their land to the government, be given a smaller portion of land elsewhere along with some money,  be provided the equivalent size of land elsewhere without compensation or take the issue to court.

Mr Chan Sereyvutha said the seven families were weighing the first two options.

He noted that while the issue of compensation is being worked out, more than 60 families have taken the opportunity to build new buildings near the fence surrounding the airport land.

Mr Chan Sereyvutha said the SSCA and provincial authorities will take administrative measures against these illegal constructions in the near future.

“Currently, we need to construct two additional roads to go out and into the airport, so we will look at the possibility of expanding the road,” he said. “Those who have built new anarchic constructions in the area are liable by law to remove them themselves.”

Representatives of the remaining seven families could not be reached for comment yesterday.


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