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Siem Reap to clear sidewalks for public

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Authorities dismantle illegal constructions in the city. Supplied

Authorities in Siem Reap city are looking to take action against illegal constructions built on sidewalks and public property.

The decision came after authorities removed two shops illegally built on a sidewalk in the city last week.

Siem Reap city Governor 05yesterday said he has found illegally built stalls and homes located on sidewalks and public property.

Mr Putheara, who only took office recently, said city authorities will take action against all illegal constructions in order to ensure public order and welcome national and international tourists.

“We will have a plan to organise step-by-step and what we do will be in accordance to that plan,” he said. “All private buildings constructed on public property are illegal. The Land Management Ministry has issued instructions on how to arrange for the removal of all illegally constructed buildings.”

Mr Putheara said Siem Reap city residents must ask for permission from authorities before building structures.

However, when asked how many illegal structures there are in Siem Reap, he said that his administration still has yet to account for them all.

An illegal structure in Siem Reap city. Supplied

“I still do not have the figures on how many illegal buildings there are in total,” Mr Putheara said. “But last week, we removed two illegal stalls built on a sidewalk in Siem Reap commune. We will gradually inspect every commune in the city.”

Toun Sothon, a city resident, yesterday said he supports action against those who violate public property.

“Please free the sidewalks along the streets in the city for pedestrians,” Mr Sothon said.

The Land Management Ministry in the past issued a letter to all provincial and capital governors to prevent and remove all illegal buildings built on state property.

It said that the move is to ensure beauty, public order and safety.

The ministry in the letter also instructed citizens and company owners to identify illegally built buildings in order for authorities to take action.

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