City Hall will renovate sidewalks along a stretch of Mao Tse Toung Boulevard to make them more disabled friendly.
Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng on Tuesday met with City Hall officials to discuss plans to renovate the stretch from Pram Makara overpass to the traffic lights at Chamkar Mon.
He said during the meeting that the authorities also needed to maintain public order by ensuring that vendors or parked cars do not block access for pedestrians.
“We will improve this sidewalk as a model for other roads in the city to make it easier for pedestrians to travel,” Mr Sreng noted.
He urged City Hall and local authority officials to cooperate and conduct studies on the project.
In February, City Hall said it will repair sidewalks along Russian Federation Boulevard from Norodom Boulevard toward Phnom Penh International Airport and make them more disabled friendly and work has been completed.
It had ordered all those who built structures on the sidewalks along the stretch to remove them, noting that the sidewalks along the stretch were very old and fragile because of improper use by the public and traders.
Yi Veasna, executive director of National Centre for Disabled, yesterday said that although City Hall had made the sidewalks along Norodom Boulevard more disabled friendly, access along some portions were being blocked by cars being parked on it.
“Some sidewalks in city are being blocked by parking and vendors,” he noted. “It is difficult for disabled people to use these portions.”
However, Mr Veasna lauded City Hall’s decision to upgrade the sidewalks along Mao Tse Toung Boulevard.
“It is very helpful if sidewalks are renovated to ease travel for pedestrians, especially disabled people,” he noted. “Many disabled people are either crippled or blind and moving about is difficult for them.”
He appealed to City Hall to make more sidewalks in the city disabled friendly.