Authorities in Sihanoukville on Tuesday demolished two buildings being constructed without permission along O’tres I beach.
The buildings, being built with steel beams, were demolished in two locations along the beach over concerns that they were not safe and their construction would affect the environment.
Taing Sochet Krisna, Preah Sihanoukville provincial tourism director, on Tuesday said that the owners had ignored two previous warnings not to continue with construction.
“Next year this beach will host the National Sea Festival and we are preparing it for the event,” he noted. “Only building projects which have permits are allowed to be constructed.”
Mr Sochet Krisna said the illegal buildings were being constructed by shop owners along the beach.
He appealed to all shop owners to obey the law and not to construct buildings without any permission to protect the environment and allow the beach to be beautified to attract more tourists.
Separately, Kun Kim, newly-appointed National Committee Disaster Management first vice president, on Tuesday urged Sihanoukville authorities to instruct owners of illegally-built buildings to demolish them immediately.
“We are delighted over the development of Sihanoukville, and the construction of many tall buildings,” he said during speech.
“However, we are still concerned about the safety of the buildings, especially those constructed with steel beams like the one which collapsed on June 22.”
Mr Kim praised the authorities’ response to the deadly collapse in which 28 construction workers died and 26 other were injured, and expressed his hope that such tragedies would not happen again.