The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction announced yesterday it will be relocating from its current premises in Chamkar Mon district to a new building in Sen Sok district next year.
It appealed to people living near the construction site to cooperate with the ministry to make the project successful.
“Ministry officials will conduct a Buddhist ceremony during the groundbreaking ceremony of the new building on January 28 in Sen Sok district’s Khmuonh commune,” it said.
“The new building is expected to be completed next year and the old one will become the Phnom Penh land management department when this is done,” said Sarin Vanna, director of the municipal land management, urban planning and construction department. “The building we are currently located in, is cramped and parking is limited.”
Mr Vanna also allayed any public concern that the building would be too far and inconvenient for them to access services, noting that it was still located in the capital.
Land Management Ministry spokesman Seng Lot could not be reached for comment yesterday.
San Chey, executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, said yesterday that the relocation of the ministry was being done because the current building is located in a prime location.
“People will find it inconvenient to seek public services if the building is too far away,” he said. “The decision to relocate was made because when the price of the property is increased, the decision makers will benefit if it is put on sale.”
Sem Chamnan, a villager who has a land dispute in Tboung Khmum province said yesterday the ministry’s new building will be located too far away from other ministries who need to be consulted when problems arise regarding land matters.
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