City Hall yesterday asked 128 vendors operating along the terrace of Orussey Market in Prampi Makara district to temporarily move out after cracks were found in one section.
In a statement, Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng informed the vendors to relocate pending repairs.
He noted that the rest of the market building is still strong and only that particular section has developed cracks.
“If they continue to do business along the cracked section, an accident could occur and the vendors as well as customers would be in danger,” he said. “The vendors’ properties could also be damaged.”
“In order to maintain security, safety and avoid any risks, the Phnom Penh administration suggests to the vendors who operate along that section to temporarily move out,” Mr Sreng added.
He noted a working group will start repairing the section quickly so the affected vendors can resume operations there.
Mr Sreng said the administration hopes the vendors will understand the situation and cooperate with authorities.
Hot Vanthy, the market’s director, yesterday said there are more than 5,000 stalls operating in the building with more than 1,000 located along the terrace.
“We suggested to the stall owners who are operating nearest to the cracking section to move out for safety reasons while it is being repaired,” Mr Vanthy said.
He added the authorities will find a new area outside the market for the affected vendors to carry out their business until the section is repaired.
“The working group will need 216 days for repairing the section so the faster the affected vendors vacate, the quicker repairs can be done for them to return,” Mr Vanthy noted.
Khun Chea, a vendor, yesterday said he has been operating along the affected section for nearly 15 years and has come across several cracks.
He said he was happy the authorities will start repair works to ensure the section is safe.
“I agree to relocate to a new place temporarily,” Mr Chea said. “I am not against the call by the authorities to leave the place because it is for safety reasons.”
Another vendor Lim Chhun Ey said that the terrace is very old and cracks have appeared in the section.
“The section we operate along is old and cracks have developed over the years,” he said. “Every day we fear that stones may fall on us so I agree to move out until repairs are done.”