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Phase 4 pipeline installation ready for flood protection

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Authorities inspect the latest drainage tunnel in Phnom Penh. Japan International Cooperation Agency is funding flood protection and drainage Improvement projects in the capital. Supplied

The underground installation of the interceptor pipeline system has been completed for the Phnom Penh Flood Protection and Drainage Improvement Project Phase 4. Meanwhile, the rest of the construction is on track and expected to be fully complete by 2021, according to Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Cambodia.

The interceptor pipeline system has a total length of 1,552 metres. The Old Stadium to the underground reservoir in front of the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) has now been completed, while the part from Northern Wat Phnom and Toul Kork is ongoing.

Mikami Masahiro, the Japanese ambassador to Cambodia, said: “The flood-prevention projects in Wat Phnom and Tuol Kork are moving forward with completion expected in 2021.  At the Wat Phnom construction site, the project of digging a seven-metre deep tunnel to install pipes underground is still being worked on.

“On the riverside, the other 6,500 tonne underground water storage facility is under construction. In the rainy season, rainwater will flow from the streets through the pipes to the water storage and then it will be released to the river.”

The project broke ground on March 4, 2019, and was funded by a $36 million grant from the Japanese government.

The full project comprises the construction of underground water storage, a water pumping station and a mechanical waste bin.

Also in March, Cambodia received $310 million in development aid for
major projects in an exchange of notes with Japan’s official development assistance, which was presided over by  Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The grant and concessional loans provided by the Government of Japan will further promote Cambodia’s economic and social development, as well as strengthen the friendly relations and cooperation between the two nations.


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