Officials from the Public Works and Transport Ministry and the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration are studying how to jointly address damaged infrastructure and have decided to first tackle water and road problems.
In May, an inter-ministerial committee made up of officials from various ministries agreed to take urgent restoration measures to address wastewater and road problems in Sihanoukville.
A meeting was held yesterday to discuss the study and identify viable solutions to be implemented, as Sihanoukville is considered vital to the Kingdom’s economy.
Provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun during the meeting said national and sub-national officials noted that there are challenges, including how the main drainage system can be used to discharge water and waste-water.
He also said that damaged roads in the province are needed to be revitalised.
“Flooding and damaged roads in the province have occurred,” Mr Chamroeun said. “The provincial administration will work with the Ministry of Public Works to resolve this issue as soon as possible.”
“Therefore, in order for plans to be effective, citizens in Preah Sihanouk province must willingly cooperate,” he added.
Mr Chamroeun said the provincial administration will launch a rubbish- collecting campaign for the environment on Saturday. “All citizens in Sihanoukville, please participate in this campaign,” he said.
Provincial administration spokesman Kheang Phearum could not be reached for comment yesterday.
It is unclear how many roads are damaged in the province.
The provincial administration yesterday on Facebook said the restoration of 22 roads was discussed during the meeting and that funding will come from the government, provincial administration and private companies.
However, it did not specify how much of those roads are damaged and in need of restoration.
During a separate meeting with provincial officials on Tuesday, Public Works Minister Sun Chanthol said the restoration of infrastructure is important due to the economic contributions of the province.
“We have to strengthen and expand the construction and rehabilitation of transportation infrastructure,” Mr Chanthol said. “[The province] is the blood vessel of our economy.”
He added that the ministry has been implementing restoration projects on National Roads 4,2,3 and 8 in order to ensure quality and expand them to facilitate transport sector growth.