‘Speed up Na­tional Road 2’

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL - Soth Koem­soeun

PRIME Min­is­ter Hun Sen on Wed­nes­day crit­i­cised gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in charge of the Na­tional Road 2 re­con­struc­tion. He told them to work with the South Korean gov­ern­ment as the project cost $56 mil­lion, most of which was bor­rowed from that gov­ern­ment.

At a meet­ing with more than 20,000 gar­ment work­ers from 20 fac­to­ries in Takeo prov­ince’s Bati dis­trict, Hun Sen said he is un­happy with the de­lay in the re­con­struc­tion.

He or­dered Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Works and Trans­port Sun Chan­thol and Min­is­ter of Econ­omy and Fi­nance Aun Porn­moniroth to work closely with South Korean of­fi­cials to speed up work on the na­tional road.

“The con­di­tion of the road re­mains the same. Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have been ne­go­ti­at­ing for more than five years. I heard it is at the bid­ding stage. It needs to be pushed for­ward. It would not cost much money. Why it is so late?

“We need to de­velop and ex­pand other na­tional roads. Na­tional Road 3 has been ex­panded twice, from seven me­tres to 12 me­tres and from 12 me­tres to 20 me­tres. Na­tional Road 2 re­mains the same, which makes me very un­happy be­cause re­con­struc­tion is very late,” he said.

Min­istr y of Pub­lic Works and Trans­port spokesman Vasim Sor ya told The Post on Wed­nes­day that the road­works are late due to bud­get con­straints as it costs more than the $13 mil­lion the gov­ern­ment had bor­rowed from South Korea in 2014.

So­rya said his min­istry had re­quested to bor­row more from the South Korean gov­ern­ment which has since agreed. The re­con­struc­tion of Na­tional Road 2 will start at the be­gin­ning of next year, he said.

“We will open bid­ding pro­pos­als by con­struc­tion com­pa­nies on De­cem­ber 3 and quicken other pro­cesses to start work in Jan­uar y next year,” he said.

The re­con­struc­tion pro­posal in­volves 57km and runs from the Takhmao city round­about in Kan­dal prov­ince to the O’Cham­bak Takeo De­tour Cir­cle, about 3km west of Takeo prov­ince’s In­de­pen­dence Mon­u­ment round­about.

The pro­posal also in­cludes 9km of Na­tional Road 22. The whole pro­posal will cost $56 mil­lion.

The Cam­bo­dian gov­ern­ment will fi­nance $8 mil­lion with the rest be­ing funded by loans from the South Korean gov­ern­ment.

The pro­posal calls for the road to be paved with rub­berised as­phalt con­crete. New bridges will be built and the road’s width will be ex­panded to 13 me­tres.

An 8km-long road head­ing south from the Kuo Srov round­about and 5km south of the Choe­ung Ek Geno­ci­dal Cen­tre will be re­con­structed in four phases.

PHA LINA

Mo­torists pass Na­tional Road 2. PM Hun Sen urges gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to speed up work on the road which is partly funded by South Korea.

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