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City Hall issues vehicle ban for upcoming Water Festival

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Large trucks and tuk-tuks have been asked to avoid festival roads. City Hall

Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng has restricted the travel of large vehicles and taxis operating on main roads during the upcoming Water Festival in a bid to reduce traffic in the capital.

Mr Sreng over the weekend informed construction site owners that their container trucks, cement trucks and other heavy construction vehicles will not be allowed within the city centre for five days.

“From Tuesday until Saturday, we will not allow large trucks, cement mixers and other trucks from operating in the city,” he said. “Construction operations located in the city will also be suspended.”

He added that tuk-tuks and taxis will also be prohibited from operating on main roads used for the festival in the capital between 10am and 10pm.

Mr Sreng has ordered municipal officials to disseminate the information in the upcoming days before the festival.

Prime Minister Hun Sen during a visit to deaf and orphaned children in Phnom Penh said that despite low water levels, boat races will still be held.

“I want to confirm again that although the water level is under five metres, we will still host boat races,” Mr Hun Sen said.

He noted that the last day of the festival could experience some rain.

“Whether the water level is low or high, whether it’s raining or not, we will still be careful and pay attention to your safety during this big festival,” Mr Hun Sen said.

Bun Veasna, an official with the National Committee for Organising National and International Festivals, said that a total of 298 boats will race during the festival’s boat race event.

Mr Veasna said 19,219 rowers from across the Kingdom will participate in races from Wednesday to Friday.

City Hall officials last week said 12,754 security forces will be deployed to ensure public order and provide safety during the festival.

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