Rebuilding Cambodia’s troubled railways

A project to rebuild Cambodia’s decrepit rail-system appears on track for completion, despite delays and difficulties relocating residents… The ABC has been told of the $26 million originally allocated through AusAID, just over $14 million remains, and will go towards finishing tracks and building a bridge to help trains carry goods to Cambodia’s southern port of Sihanoukville port. The project has been underway since 2010, but has been plagued with delays, mostly because of the need to move 4,000 families from areas near the tracks. That’s been the Cambodian Government’s responsibility – but residents have also criticised AusAID and project leader, the Asian Development Bank. They say they’ve been given inadequate the compensation and have been moved away from their livelihoods.