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Beach development being scrutinised

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The development company is accused of violating coastal management laws. Photo: Swift News

The National Committee for the Management and Development of Coastal Zones is taking action against an unnamed company accused of reclaiming parts of Prek Treng beach in Preah Sihanouk province.

Tourism Minister Thong Khon, who is also an NCMD permanent vice president, said on Sunday that the NCMD has been reviewing the situation and will soon take action against the company for violating coastal area management laws.

“The NCMD is reviewing the legal aspects of this case, which may require the company to reverse what it has done because the government will not allow the company to destroy our beautiful beach,” he said.

Mr Khon said that any company granted an ELC by the government to develop coastal areas must be at least 100 metres away from the coast.
Neth Pheaktra, a spokesman for the Environment Ministry, declined to comment yesterday. Tith Chantha, another ministry spokesman, could not be reached for comment.

Preah Sihanouk provincial Governor Yun Min said that the NCMD has made a report on its findings, but noted that he does not yet know the results.

Mr Min added that the company has legal permission from the government to develop the area, but added that the company has used techniques deemed inappropriate.

The government is reviewing the project. Swift News

“The company has permission, but they are also wrong for using stones to fill in the land,” Mr Min said. “So we instructed them to develop the area according to technical standards.”

Mr Min could not confirm the name of the company but noted that it was Cambodian.

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