Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Public Works and Finance Ministries to accelerate the reconstruction of National Road 2, which is being funded by South Korea and is three years behind schedule.
Speaking during a meeting with garment workers in Takeo province yesterday, Mr Hun Sen said that he was disappointed over the reconstruction of National Road 2.
He said that both ministries must speed up negotiations with the South Korean government in order to commence reconstruction.
“The reconstruction of National Road 2 is the slowest compared to other roads,” Mr Hun Sen said. “I do not know what happened because National Roads 1, 8 and 9 have been completed, but National Road 2 is still the same.”
He said that he has personally travelled on National Road 2 and noted that nothing has changed.
Mr Hun Sen said that National Road 3 was expanded twice, while the reconstruction of National Road 2 has not even started.
“We have negotiated for five years and now the ministries are saying they are processing the bidding process,” he said. “Please accelerate this process. We need to begin developing other roads.”
“I am disappointed with the reconstruction of this road,” Mr Hun Sen added, noting the delay has caused inconveniences in Takeo.
A ministry official responding to the Prime Minister’s statement said the delay was caused by a bidding process and that reconstruction will only commence early next year.
Vasim Sorya, spokesman for the ministry, yesterday noted that the reconstruction of National Road 2 was under a concessional loan from the Korean government.
“For this reconstruction, it costs more than $60 million,” he said.
He added that the reconstruction of National Road 2 was supposed to commence three years ago, but the project stalled when National Road 21 was rehabilitated.
He added once National Road 21 repairs are done, which were delayed and are also funded by Korea, work on Natonal Road 2 will begin.
Mr Sorya said the delay was also caused by a bidding process that will begin in December, noting that reconstruction will begin next year.
The reconstruction of National Road 2 will expand the road by 13 metres along a 15 kilometre stretch, while eight kilometres of the road will be divided into four lanes.