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State buys Koh Kong bridge

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A file photo shows a bridge owned by LYP Group. Supplied

The state has purchased a bridge in Koh Kong province from a firm belonging to tycoon senator Ly Yong Phat.

Prime Minister Hun Sen posted on his Facebook yesterday to say the coastal bridge, which links Cambodia with Thailand, would be free to use for everyone from today.

“All people will be able to cross the bridge for free,” the Prime Minister said. “This will allow people to travel and celebrate the Water Festival.”

Last month the government also took over the management of a bridge belonging to the LYP Group on the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh.

Koh Kong Governor Mithona Phouthorng said the move would make it easier for people to travel and enable more vendors to cross into Thailand to buy and sell products.

“It will benefit everybody,” she said. “Provincial authorities will make sure the firm no longer takes toll fees from bridge users.”

Koh Kong resident Thong Son, 43, said most passengers who use the bridge were on their way to buy or sell products in Thailand.

“I used to spend about $2 to cross the bridge into Thailand every day, so this will reduce my costs,” she said.

LYP group spokesman Sin Sitha said the company would cease charging people to use the bridge from today in line with the government directive.

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