Underground parking being developed in city

Source: Khmer Times

Freedom Park. KT/Mai Vireak

Phnom Penh City Hall’s spokesman yesterday said that three private companies were preparing to build underground carparks from Freedom Park to the Old Market Park in Daun Penh district to ease traffic congestion caused by vehicles parked along roadways.

Spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey said that the first carpark was being built by the OCIC company, the second by a Vattanac Bank company and the third by a company from Malaysia.

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Protected land to become state property

Source: Khmer Times

Community Protected Area forest in Pich Chenda, Mondulkiri province. Wiki Commons CC BY-SA

The government is to register more than 260,000 hectares of protected land in Koh Kong and Mondulkiri provinces as part of a bid to eliminate land disputes in conservation areas.

The Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Land Management initiative will mean the areas are designated as state land.

The Ministry of Environment said the protected areas to be registered as state land for the first time are Koh Kong’s Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary and Mondulkiri’s Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary.

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International groups slam NGO and media closures

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A man reads an issue of the Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh. The government has come under sharp international criticism for threatening to close the paper over a purported $6.3 million tax bill. Hong Menea

International condemnation for the government’s continued clampdown on NGOs and independent media organisations continued to flow in over the weekend, with Human Rights Watch (HRW) calling it an “escalating campaign of politically-motivated harassment, intimidation, and legal action”.
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New $23b Kampot resort

Source: Khmer Times 

A view of the coastal town of Kampot and its river from the air. A new resort complex called French Riviera Marina will be built in Kampot and nearby Kep. Kampot Property

Located in southern Cambodia, Kampot has been attracting investors’ attention in recent times mainly because of the latest mega development project announced for the province.

The first large-scale international project slated for the region is called the French Riviera Marina; a project valued at $23.2 billion, which will be constructed along the coastal area of Kampot and Kep.

According to the developer, the Pallas Group, the French Riviera in Kampot will offer a secure ocean-side parkland community, consisting of hotels, villas, apartments, a water park, private and artificial beaches, a golf course, a marina, an amusement park and a shopping centre, among other facilities.

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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

Consumer retail demand underpins rise in shopping malls

Source: Phnom Penh Post

AEON Mall, which opened in 2014, is expanding in the Kingdom with AEON Mall 2 set to open in 2018. Photo supplied

Cambodia’s retail scene is making big leaps and bounds as many new mall entrants ready to open their doors in 2018, despite a study by Bonna Realty Group showing more than 30 retail precincts are already operating across Phnom Penh.
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Where are all of Phnom Penh’s green spaces?

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Green space enhances the appearance of the roundabout near Chroy Changvar Bridge. Moeun Nhean

Open green spaces remain crucial for the healthy development of any city, especially one that is urbanising at a rapid speed. According to City Hall, the municipality is catering to the growing need for public parks, but not everyone is content with the recent action, with citizens maintaining that more green space is needed in Phnom Penh.
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