The Apsara Authority granted permission to more than 320 minor projects to build or renovate homes within the Angkor archaeological park in the first half of 2017, according to a report released yesterday.
The report, posted to the Apsara Authority Facebook page, said the authority received 469 applications from residents living on the grounds to build or renovate their homes, and granted permission to 326 of them.
Meanwhile, the authority and local police forces have yet to finish the demolition of 521 illegal constructions that sprung up from May 20 to June 2 as the June 4 commune elections neared.
“The Apsara Authority always pays close attention to the public’s concerns, including their livelihoods, health, construction requests and education, to ensure the people in the Angkor area benefit from a great economy, knowledge, and peace,” the report said.
Resident Suy Yoeung, who just renovated his house, said if people follow proper protocols, it is not difficult to renovate or construct new buildings in line with the law.
“If people want to build a house, they should request legal permission to avoid illegal construction,” he said.
Apart from allowing longtime residents to build and renovate buildings, the Apsara Authority is continuing to work on removing the 521 illegal buildings.
A Joint Commission for the Elimination of Illegal Constructions created last week plans to take action to remove the remaining illegal constructions in the Angkor area.
However, as of yesterday, the commission had yet to take any action.
Long Kosal, spokesman for the Apsara Authority, declined to comment over the specific time it would take to demolish all of the illegal constructions.