City Hall has announced that more than 500 families who live along the Stung Meanchey canal will get long-awaited land titles after the waterway is developed.
On Friday, City Hall held a public forum with villagers living along the canal to present its plans to develop the area and then issue them land titles.
Deputy governor Mean Chanyada said a 1,350 stretch of the canal, which spans Meanchey and Sen Sok districts and has 562 homes along it, will be developed.
The developments will include drainage infrastructure and new roads, he said.
“After the canal is developed they will get land titles,” he said.
Meanchey district hall said that during construction, temporary homes will be found for villagers who must vacate their current houses.
Stung Meanchey community representative Seng Sinat said villagers in the area have been battling authorities for land tiles for nearly five years.
“We protested many times because villagers did not want to leave their homes,” she said. “Now the authority says they will give us land titles for our current addresses and most of the villagers have agreed, because they do not want to move to somewhere outside the city.”
Hon Sokhorn, a 39-year-old local, said some villagers will lose land in the land titling process since City Hall is issuing the same size plots for all current residents.
“But we do not want to protest any more,” she said. “We agreed to accept the land even if it is a bit smaller than what we have now.”