Urban administration and development

Urban policy and administration

Government approves the Japanese SmartCity initiative in principle

The establishment of the Asean-Japan Smart City Network and of a Private-Public Forum on Asean-Japan urbanisation development in Cambodia may soon be a reality after the government approved the initiatives in principle, according to a Council of Ministers letter. ...

Hin Pisei
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/government-approves-japanese-smartcity-initiative-principle

Factories ‘don’t need to move’

The owners of existing factories, warehouses and other businesses in the capital that rely on large lorries to move their products will not have to relocate to the outskirts of the city. The decision came after the Phnom Penh Municipal Hall and the Garment Manufacturers ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/factories-dont-need-move

Businesses asked to relocate

The Phnom Penh Municipal Hall has requested owners of factories, enterprises, warehouses and garages to relocate to the outskirts along the capital’s third ring road, which is still under construction and expected to be completed by 2021. It said the facilities’ locations in the city ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/businesses-asked-relocate

Date set for annual clean city day

The government has set February 27 as annual National Clean City Day to remind people to care for the country’s urban areas. Prime Minister Hun Sen made the announcement in a letter to mark the 6th anniversary of National Clean City Day, which has been ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50109302/date-set-annual-clean-city-day/

Call to review White Building plan

The Ministry of Land Management is to create a committee to plan and review development of Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building. Meanwhile, the sale or transfer of ownership of the building has been blocked temporarily for the committee to collect details of the people living there. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/31895/call-to-review-white-building-plan/

Doubts surround Phnom Penh’s master plan

Last Friday, Phnom Penh’s master plan until 2035 was fully approved by the council of ministers, as announced by Pa Socheatvong, governor of Phnom Penh. While it is claimed that the plan is complete, those in the private and public sector and other relevant stakeholders ...

Julius Thiemann, Siv Meng and Moeun Nhean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/real-estate/doubts-surround-phnom-penhs-master-plan

Cambodia campaigns against plastic

Cambodia launched a campaign, late last week, to reduce the use of plastic bags and plastic waste that is littering streets in an effort to make the country more environmentally friendly for both local residents and visitors. ...

Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit
http://www.ttrweekly.com/site/2015/12/cambodia-campaigns-against-plastic/comment-page-1/

The Fatal nature of garbage dumps

On the outskirts of Phnom Penh once stood a smoldering testament to mankind’s assault on the Earth. Stung Meanchey was the largest waste disposal site in Cambodia, the size of 76 football fields. Scavengers sifted through 900 tons of new waste delivered each day, amid ...

Mikaela Lefrak
https://newrepublic.com/article/123304/fatal-nature-garbage-dumps

Korean firm plans JV expressway to Sihanoukville

Cambodia’s Global CAM Project Development Plc on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Korea’s Green Eco Energy Co. Ltd. to build a high-speed expressway from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, executives from the two firms said. ...

Sok Chan
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/18056/korean-firm-plans-jv-expressway-to-sihanoukville/

Cintri in contract negotiations with all Phnom Penh districts

Phnom Penh’s beleaguered trash-collection company, Cintri, is in the process of creating new contracts with each of the city’s 12 districts, an official from the firm said on Thursday. ...

Sek Odom and Anthony Jensen
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cintri-in-contract-negotiations-with-all-phnom-penh-districts-100982/

Ministry’s ‘gentle nature’ leaves unclear endings in the Capital

With the construction industry growing at a dizzying pace as the sound of buzz saws and jack hammers relentlessly permeate the capital while announcements of massive developments become a weekly affair, many unanswered questions remain to what can be done regarding halted projects—most notably the ...

Siv Meng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/real-estate/ministrys-gentle-nature-leaves-unclear-endings-capital

Trash piling up in temple town

Residents of Wat Damnak village, just one kilometer from Pub Street, still resort to burning their rubbish when trash collection is slow.  ...

Naomi Collett Ritz
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/15459/trash-piling-up-in-temple-town/

Thai company proposes parking lot plan

After Phnom Penh City Hall announced last month that bus stations must be moved outside the city by next year, a Thai company put forward a proposal on Tuesday to invest in bus parking lots on the city’s outskirts, according to the municipality. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/business/thai-company-proposes-parking-lot-plan-93275/

Bus depots will move to city outskirts in bid to ease traffic

Phnom Penh governor Pa Socheatvong held a meeting with the city’s bus companies Thursday to inform them that starting next year, their depots and pickup points must be located outside the city center as part of efforts to ease worsening traffic congestion. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/bus-depots-will-move-to-city-outskirts-in-bid-to-ease-traffic-92200/

Public bus system works, but needs improvement, riders say

For many residents of Phnom Penh, a public bus system makes sense. The traffic in the capital is crowded with cars, SUVs and motor scooters, making public transportation a good, affordable option. Right now, a bus system that started in 2014 is working, but many ...

Ros Puthineat
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/public-bus-system-works-but-needs-improved-riders-say/2913585.html

NGO brings trash problem into greater focus

Phnom Penh’s ever-growing garbage problem is not going away, but on Friday its scope became clearer as the Asia Foundation presented two years of research into the city’s present and future solid waste generation, along with suggestions on how to cope with the mess. ...

Simon Henderson and Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ngo-brings-trash-problem-into-greater-focus-91206/

In congested capital, gov’t looks to rail transit

As Phnom Penh’s population expands in the coming decades—with expectations of 2.6 million people by 2035 and 5 million by 2050—Japan’s development agency on Thursday hosted a conference to review its plan to curb traffic congestion in the capital. ...

Sek Odom and Simon Henderson
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/in-congested-capital-govt-looks-to-rail-transit-91089/

With protest, families win drainage donation

A group of Phnom Penh families from a flood-prone community living along the city’s abandoned railroad tracks managed to secure the last $2,250 they need to build their own drainage system after protesting outside the Russei Keo district governor’s office Wednesday. ...

Huot Chanpav
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/with-protest-families-win-drainage-donation-90920/

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