Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities yesterday reminded people that they will take legal action against those who grab public land along canals and ponds and affect the drainage system.
Last week, provincial authorities met to discuss the progress of work on the drainage system, including ditches, canals, ponds, and a water treatment system.
They also discussed action to take against those who grabbed land set aside for work on improving the drainage system, and the construction of a water treatment basin by a Chinese company.
Provincial Deputy Governor Cheav Vicheak, who chairs the committee monitoring work on the drainage system, said on the provincial administration’s official Facebook page on Thursday that they will continue to crack down on those who grab and use public land reserved for the projects.
Mr Vicheak declined to comment further on the matter yesterday.
Cheng Srong, director of the provincial department of land management director and also a committee member, said that during land registration, officers also recorded the locations of ditches, canals and drains.
He said that because of strong economic development in the province, some people have violated the law and filled up some parts of the waterways to build houses and fences which leads to severe flooding.
“However, our committee has been cracking down on such people,” he said. “We have sent excavators to demolish the illegal structures and have taken action to clear the clogged waterways.”
Mr Srong noted that authorities have resolved issues with the land grabbers peacefully and no cases have been taken to court.