Progress on water taxi service remains unclear

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The new water taxi service is aimed at reducing traffic on the roads and also making it easier for commuters. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Progress made on the construction of a new waterway transportation system in the capital – which was expected to come into service by 2018 – remains unclear, as feasibility studies for the project have not been completed, a representative of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) has revealed.

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Plans for a waterway passenger transport service were introduced by Minister of Transport Sun Chanthol last year, with the system hailed as a way of helping commutes move around and alleviating traffic congestion.

According to Va Simsorya, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transport, feasibilities studies are still being conducted and no concrete timeline for the project is available at the moment.

“We are unsure when the studies will conclude,” Mr Simsorya said. “We don’t know if we will be able to meet the deadlines.”

The project – called Water Taxi Service – is estimated to cost $22 million and will be run by City Hall. Nine taxi service stations will be built along the waterway.

The service will run on 25 kilometres of waterway from the Prek Phnov bridge on the northern outskirts of Phnom Penh south to Takhmao City in Kandal province via the Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac rivers.

Meth Measpheakdey, a spokesman for City Hall, said he was unsure about the project’s current progress, but said officials are now in the process of selecting locations for the taxi service stations.

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