Burned market shops to be rebuilt in same place

Source: Khmer Times

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Some of the shops destroyed in the fire. KT/Mai Vireak

The Phnom Penh municipal governor will allow Kandal market vendors whose shops burned down on Monday to rebuild at the same location, saying he would find temporary places for them to sell their wares in the meantime.

Governor Pa Socheatvong, after visiting the site of the blaze on Monday, said City Hall would allow shop owners to build new shops at the same place, but they will have to pay for it themselves.

“The old shops should also be upgraded while the burned shops are rebuilt. Markets look nice in other countries, but here it’s still not good,” he said.

Mr. Socheatvong also told vendors to cooperate with City Hall during the rebuilding process.

He could not be reached for further comment yesterday.

Daun Penh district governor Sok Penhvuth met with the affected shop owners on Monday to discuss rebuilding and they decided to build new shops at the same location.

A report from the meeting said the market committee agreed not to charge for guarding the shops at night for five to 10 years depending on the cost of the fire damage.

“The market committee will connect electricity and water to the 19 shops again free of charge,” the report read.

City Hall said a total of 19 shops in the market, in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district, were destroyed in the fire, which was attributed to faulty wiring.

Municipal fire department director Prom Yorn on Monday said damages were between $40,000 and $60,000 because there weren’t many things inside the shops. Most of the items destroyed were manicure products, hair products and massage equipment.

The fire started at 4:15am on Monday and firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze by 5:30am with the help of 18 fire trucks.

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