The government has allocated a 20-hectare site for the construction of a Calmette Hospital medical branch in Kork Roka commune, Prek Pnov district in Phnom Penh.
The site is identified as part of the Tamouk Lake land in front of the Ministry of National Defense, High Command Headquarters.
This was announced in a letter dated December 23 issued by the office of the Council of Ministers.
The letter stated that the government has agreed to provide the land to the Ministry of Health following approval issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen on December 16.
Health Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said yesterday that she has no information as to when the Calmette Hospital branch will be built on Tamouk lake land.
“I have no information. I cannot say anything now,” she said.
City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey told Khmer Times yesterday that he did not know when construction of the hospital will begin, but he confirmed that the hospital would be built.
“The announcement was made only a few days ago, so we have no in-depth information as to the hospital’s construction project except for the fact that the land has been taken from the Tamouk lake for the Calmette Hospital branch,” he added.
To concerns that the land allocation from the Tamouk lake may lead to flooding in the capital, Pheakdey said prior to the land allocation, studies were conducted by the relevant ministries on the pre and post effects of the construction.
“I am happy to know that people have voiced their concerns about flooding. This clearly shows that the people are also following what the ruling government and Phnom Penh authorities are doing,” he added.
“He assured the people of Phnom Penh that all projects carried out by the Phnom Penh administration are done in support and cooperation with the Ministry of Land Management, the Ministry of Water Resources and other relevant ministries,” he said.
“We always conduct an in-depth study, including environmental impact studies before approving the site for development projects. We are very careful with our development plans,” he added.
Tamouk lake or Boeng Kob Srov is located in Phnom Penh and is governed by Sub-Decree No. 20, dated February 20, 2016, defining the lake area of 3,239 hectares for storing wastewater and releasing water from Phnom Penh.
The government has taken some Tamouk lake land for the construction of vegetable markets, gardens and workplaces for government institutions.
In June 2018, the government decided to take 20 hectares of Tamouk lake at the request of City Hall to develop a vegetable market and parking bays.
In March 2020, the government also decided to allocate 83 hectares of the land to City Hall to develop into a public garden and park. The decision also includes infrastructure projects such as the construction of buildings and the Central Security Department of the National Police.
On April 27, the government had taken 30 hectares of Tamouk lake for exchange of land at different sites.
On June 22, the government also allocated an additional 300 hectares of Tamouk lake to the Ministry of National Defence.
In August, the government decided to take 15 hectares of Tamouk lake to build three state offices, namely, the National Committee for Disaster Management, the Cambodian Human Rights Committee and the Cambodian Mine Action Authority.