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Water taxi service by April

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The taxi service will begin by April 2018. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Transport Minister Sun Chanthol has told officials to prepare a water taxi service to serve passengers on the Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac rivers by April.

Mr Chanthol said in a ministry Facebook post on Wednesday that the waterway transport service will help ease traffic congestion in Phnom Penh and reduce traffic accidents.

He urged the general department of transport to launch the project in Phnom Penh and Kandal province before Khmer New Year in April.

“Each docking station must connect with public bus stops to make it easy for passengers,” Mr Chanthol said.

Earlier this year, former Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong confirmed the water taxi project will be run by City Hall and cost an estimated $22 million.

The service will run on 25 kilometres of waterways 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.

Under the plan, 20 passenger boats will be used for the service, running four times daily. Each boat will carry up to 90 passengers and travel at a maximum 30 kilometres per hour. There will be nine water-taxi service stations on the waterway.

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