Will huge new airport planned for Kandal see locals stripped of land?

Source: The Phnom Penh Post

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Rice fields in Kandal Stung district’s Kandork commune that are set to become part of a large airport development announced by the government In January.

Life was quiet at first in the Kandal Stung village where Uong Sim and her husband settled more than 20 years ago.

They planted rice fields and built a small house. They had children and grandchildren. Money was tough, but they made do.

Then strangers began appearing in the village with stakes and bulldozers. A local oknha, or tycoon, said the land belonged to her. Villagers in three communes went to court, protested in front of Hun Sen’s house and clashed with Military Police. Hundreds of families were affected.

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Airport railway project halted

Source: Khmer Times

The ministry announced a halt to the construction following a meeting with villagers. Reuters

Following multiple protests by local villagers, the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation has announced a halt to a railway project meant to lead to Phnom Penh International Airport.

Villagers of Por Sen Chey district’s Ka Kab commune have been protesting against the railway construction in their community over the past few weeks, burning tyres during some protests.

The villagers are fearful of evictions and upset that the government has not been more forthcoming about the project, which is being carried out by Royal Railways along street 105K and is meant to make ferrying goods to the airport easier. Continue reading