Authorities destroy over 20 illegal homes

Source : Khmer Times

The homes were built on private property.

Authorities yesterday destroyed more than 20 homes in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nop district, claiming they had been illegally constructed on state land or private property.

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Bridge plans steadily driving up land prices in Arey Ksat

Source: The Phnom Penh Post

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Passengers and vehicles board ferries in Phnom Penh that cross the Mekong River to Arey Ksat.

Land prices in Arey Ksat have been steadily rising on the expectation that two planned bridges to connect the area will increase property values.

More certainty over the future construction of two Chinese-funded bridges to span the Mekong River has fuelled land speculation in Arey Ksat, a quiet agricultural community on the opposite bank of the river from Phnom Penh and the Chroy Changva Peninsula.

Real estate specialists say prices have been climbing steadily in the commune, with speculators picking up what they see as deeply undervalued land that will soar in price once bridges connect it to the capital. Continue reading

NGO worker swindles land-dispute victims

Source: Phnom Penh Post

The deputy chief of the NGO December Second, Yon Sothy, is photographed after his arrest in Preah Sihanouk province. Photo supplied

A local NGO worker was arrested on Tuesday in Preah Sihanouk province for allegedly misrepresenting himself as a land deal broker and taking advantage of villagers involved in a land dispute for personal profit.

Kol Phaly, deputy provincial police chief, said suspect Yon Sothy was the deputy chief of December Second, an NGO that primarily worked to help victims of land disputes.
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Olympic-size walkway

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Plans for a walkway within the Olympia City development project. Photo supplied

Construction crews will break ground this weekend on a new walkway overpass alongside Olympic Stadium as part of the Olympia City development project. The Overseas Cambodian Investment Corporation (OCIC) and a municipal crew will begin work on the walkway, which will be at a five-way intersection where Charles de Gaulle Boulevard and Oknha Tep Phan Street meet.
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Japan to continue drainage project

Source: Khmer Times

A boy collects rubbish from a canal. KT/Mai Vireak

The Japan International Cooperation Agency yesterday said it plans to continue working with City Hall to clean drainage pipes to reduce flooding in the capital during heavy rainstorms.

City Hall and JICA workers began cleaning pipes around Wat Phnom last week following heavy floods from a week-long storm front.

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Industry expo for building sector to be biggest yet

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A visitor admires a model of a condo development at last year’s expo. Moeun Nhean

This year’s Cambodia Construction Industry Expo looks set to be bigger than ever, with up to 300 stallholders slated to attend.

The exhibition showcases the latest technology, materials, and equipment in the construction sector, with some of the top names in the industry in Southeast Asia getting ready for the three-day event, which starts on December 30 and runs for three days at the Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Centre in Phnom Penh.
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Locals like living the condo high life

Source: Phnom Penh Post 

The view from one of Phnom Penh’s new condominium developments. Local people moving out of older accommodation like the panoramas as well as the extra security. Moeun Nhean

The current generation of Cambodians are the first to move out of shop houses and stilted village properties. They’re moving into condos and apartments in the capital and elsewhere in ever larger numbers. Post Property visited some recent buyers to find out how they like their new life.
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