MoU with China firm for study on sew­er­age

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL - Kong Meta

THE Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Works and Trans­port Sun Chan­thol on Wed­nes­day signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with Bei­jing Ur­ban Con­struc­tion Group Co Ltd (BUCG) in Phnom Penh, to un­der­take a study of sew­er­age and drainage sys­tems.

The study will in­volve Si­hanoukville, Siem Reap town and Kan­dal prov­ince’s Takhmao town and is aimed at de­vel­op­ing suit­able sewage and drainage sys­tems.

Chan­thol said BUCG will be­gin with a study to de­sign a mas­ter drainage sys­tem for Si­hanoukville this month. The study is set to con­clude in May 2019.

From Oc­to­ber this year to Fe­bru­ary 2020, it will con­duct a sim­i­lar study in Siem Reap, and do the same in Takhmao from Fe­bru­ary 2019 to De­cem­ber 2020.

“The­gov­ern­men­tand[BUCG] of­fi­cials are pleased with our co­op­er­a­tion and know that a smooth work­ing process is im­por­tant to com­plete the mas­ter plan for drainage and sewage sys­tems,” Chan­thol said.

Based on a United Na­tions re­port, he said a large num­ber of peo­ple around the world died be­cause of health is­sues caused by poor drainage sys­tems and that tonnes of con­tam­i­nated wa­ter pour into rivers, lakes, and seas.

He also noted that the Asia De­vel­op­ment Bank (ADB) es­ti­mated the lack of ef­fi­cient drainage sys­tems in the King­dom cost the econ­omy some $450 mil­lion an­nu­ally.

“The MoU is very im­por­tant, es­pe­cially in a quickly de­vel­op­ing town like Si­hanoukville. We need to have a mas­ter plan im­me­di­ately in or­der to build a drainage sys­tem that can serve the city,” Chan­thol said.

Vasim Soriya, the di­rec­tor of the Gen­eral De­part­ment of Ad­min­is­tra­tion at the Pub­lic Works Min­istry, said he wasn’t sure how much the study would cost, but es­ti­mated it would be in the $500,000 to $1 mil­lion range. The com­pany is fi­nanc­ing the study.

“The min­istry lacks the funds to carry out the study, and de­vel­op­ment part­ners like ADB and the World Bank lack funds as well, so we en­gaged with the pri­vate sec­tor. ADB wouldn’t dare to un­der­take such a study be­cause of the huge costs in­volved,” Soriya said.

HENG CHIVOAN

Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Works and Trans­porta­tion Sun Chan­thol speaks at the sign­ing cer­e­mony of an MoU to study the King­dom’s sewage sys­tem, in Phnom Penh, on Wed­nes­day.

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