New highway to run through Boeung Tompong

October 17th, 2013 , The Phnom Penh Post

A new highway that is being built is expected to not only reduce traffic jams, but to also open up a large area for real estate development.

The new highway, called Samdech Techo Hun Sen Blvd, runs from the intersection of Road 271 and Monivong Blvd to National Road 2 at Prek Kampis, and some initial work has already started.

An employee of ING Holding Co, Ltd, a subsidiary of AZ Group, who asked not to be named, said the new highway is to help reduce traffic jams along National Road 2. The new road will be one-way with a park in the middle and will run for 9.16 kilometres and be 60 metres wide. …

“It is to avoid traffic jams between Phnom Penh and Takhmao, because in the Chak Angre area along National Road 2 to Takhmao there are traffic jams every day, so when this road is completed there would be no traffic problems,” he said. …

Siv Meng

Eviction fears grow at lake

September 17th, 2012 , The Phnom Penh Post

Villagers living in raised houses on the capital’s Boeung Tumpun lake fear their eviction is on the horizon as sand pumping increases at the site, they said yesterday. …

In recent months, heavy machinery has been at work at the Boeung Tumpun site. Sand pumping has increased, and workmen, including one yesterday who said he was from Vietnam, have been regulars at the lake. …

Under a proposed 2011 development, dubbed AZ Town, roads, including the 60-metre Hun Sen Boulevard, would cross the lake or pass near it.

AZ Town, a satellite city similar to Camko City, and the associated Hun Sen Boulevard would be developed by four firms – AZ Group, ING Holdings, Daun Penh Construction Group and SMEC International, according to documents obtained by the Post. …

Sok Lida, research project manager of land and housing rights NGO Sahmakum Teang Tnaut said his organisation had identified 28 poor urban communities that could be affected by development at the lake. …

Post Staff, P. 4

Residents could be evicted as pumped sand fills the Boeung Tumpun lake

September 17th, 2012 , Demotix

Heavy machinery is pumping millions of tonnes of sand from the river into the Boeung Tumpun lake in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The area is home to some 2000 families and rumours suggest they will be evicted to develop the land once the lake is filled….

The Phnom Penh Post reported today that the area was earmarked for development: “by four firms – AZ Group, ING Holdings, Daun Penh Construction Group and SMEC International.”

Stephen Ford