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Workers not destroying January 7 dam: Transport Ministry

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Officials discuss work being done along National Road 3 in Kandal province. Fresh News

The Public Works and Transportation Ministry yesterday told the Water Resources Ministry that it had contracted workers to build a bridge alongside the January 7 Dam in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district, not to destroy the dam.

On Saturday, the Water Resources Ministry questioned two workers who were chipping at the dam’s foundation after they were reported by nearby residents. It is still unclear why the workers were chipping at the dam’s foundation.

Chan Youtha, spokesman for the Water Resources Ministry, said yesterday that the workers were contracted by the Public Works Ministry to expand National Road 3 and build a bridge.

“We didn’t know where they were from and what they were doing,” Mr Youtha said. “We found out that they work for a private company contracted by the Public Works Ministry.”

He noted that the private company did not inform the Water Resources Ministry regarding the project.

“The damaged watergate will be repaired soon,” Mr Youtha added. “We will cooperate with the Public Works Ministry. Everything is fine now.”

The Public Works Ministry yesterday said the workers were tasked with the construction of a bridge, noting that confusion ensued due to a lack of communication between the two ministries.

The Water Resources Ministry on Saturday said the January 7 Dam on National Road 3 was damaged by two excavators.

Work resulted in the damage of concrete, beams and shafts, the Water Resources Ministry said.

The dam was built by the Japanese government in August 2007 and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Hun Sen in December 2007. It is located in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district to serve as a flood regulator for Phnom Penh and Kandal.

In separate news, the Water Resources Ministry yesterday announced that three water pumping stations in the provincial cities of Stung Treng and Kratie are 70 percent complete.

“The stations can pump up to 2,500 cubic metres per hour,” the ministry said. “It can help reduce flooding that occur in Stung Treng and Kratie.”

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