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Restored ancient lake provides triple benefits

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Restoration of Takum Lake to create a reservoir and attract tourists. Nokorwat News

The ancient Takum Lake is being restored by the Ministry of Culture in cooperation with Battambang Provincial Hall and Ek Phnom district officials to prevent land-grabbing, provide water for the villagers and agriculture and to attract tourists.

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Kim Sorphon, chief of the Culture Department in Battambang province, said yesterday that Takum Lake is an ancient, cultural lake.

It was constructed in the 11th century at the same time as Ek Phnom temple.

Sorphon said that the lake, which has more than ten hectares of land, is situated in Peam Ek commune’s Takum village.

Restoration of the Takum Lake began in June and more than eight hectares have been completed by the Ek Phnom district officials.

“The main purpose of the restoration of Takum Lake is to preserve the lake and prevent it from being grabbed from villagers or powerful people,” Sorphorn told Khmer Times yesterday.

“The second purpose is to have a reservoir for villagers to use for home and agricultural uses. The third purpose is to attract both domestic and international visitors for tourism,” he said.

Sorphon said he is concerned that Takum Lake’s restoration will cause it to lose its original shape because the digging is from seven to ten metres deep.

Banner for the Takum Lake project. Nokorwat News

Mil Sophal, an Ek Phnom district official, said that Takum is an ancient lake that has been left alone for a long time and in the past the lake was shallow.

Sophal said that villagers wanted the rehabilitation to save water for use in the dry season, so the district officials submitted a request to the Ministry of Culture, which was approved on May 7.

“The district expects that after the restoration of Takum Lake is finished, it will be used as a reservoir and to attract both domestic and international tourists,” Sophal said.

He added that the restoration of Takum Lake is scheduled to be completed at the end of January 2021.

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