The Land Management Ministry announced last week a series of construction projects to increase safe spaces for pedestrians, including new sidewalks and bike lanes in Phnom Penh and provincial cities.
Land Management Minister Chea Sophara said yesterday that the plan was made to improve traffic safety and convenience.
“The ministry is working with local-level officials to organise an action plan to commence construction,” he said.
Om Sothearith, the ministry’s urbanisation department head, said yesterday that new infrastructure will be tailored for the general public, and also for those with disabilities.
“We worked on sidewalks for disabled people in the past,” Mr Sothearith said. “But the ministry is making it easier for us to implement the new structures at each location.”
He added that the ministry is also aiming to organise workshops to promote the new plan.
“Through this decision, relevant authorities will be able to apply to facilitate and promote the rights of people with disabilities in Cambodia and the general public,” Mr Sothearith said. “This plan has space for pedestrians, bicycle lanes and gardens. Moreover, for pathways, we also have the special tile for people with disabilities that would make it easier for them.”
Soy Sakhorn, director of the Representative Self-help Disabilities Organisation in Kampong Cham province, said that he supported the plan.
A disabled person himself, Mr Sakhorn said that the move showed the government’s commitment to accommodating public services on their behalf.
“It’s a very good and a very positive thing that the government is willing to demonstrate their concern for people with disabilities,” he said.
Mr Sakhorn said that in the past, some sidewalks and ramps for disabled people were not constructed up to standard, making their travels difficult. “Hopefully this new infrastructure will make it easier for us to travel safely,” he said.