The Cambodian government has officially inaugurated one of the most ambitious new road programs undertaken by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
Launched in the world famous tourist site of Siem Reap, home to the famous Angkor Wat, the project includes more than 100 km of new roads and nearly 250 km of stormwater drainage systems, parks and other physical infrastructure. .
Costing more than $150 million, the highly advanced infrastructure project arrived in time for the much-anticipated return of large numbers of visitors to Cambodia’s remarkable tourist attractions in Siem Reap, which have been closed. during the pandemic.
The Ministry of Works and Transport has taken advantage of the global COVID-19 shutdown to improve infrastructure in the region, create jobs and secure Siem Reap’s position as a major global tourist destination. Construction was completed in just over a year, from November 30, 2020 to the end of 2021.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new infrastructure in Siem Reap, Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Commission for Infrastructure Management in the Province and Minister of National Defence, DPM Tea Banh, said: “These roads play an important role in promoting infrastructure. , reduce congestion, attract domestic and international investors and tourists. All of this will contribute to making Siem Reap a modern city, a heart of the national economy, as well as a top tourist destination for culture, heritage, history and nature.
The 38-road construction project also added flood protection systems throughout the city, as well as roadside lighting, additional sidewalks, handicapped accessible paths, bicycle lanes, parking lots , security camera systems, trees and gardens.
Try Malen, 28, a resident of Sangkat Kork Chak, Siem Reap town, said: “When I was little, around my house, there were not many houses! The whole forest around was scary compared to now, which is very different. Now the road is clean and new trees have been planted and it looks really good.
The Cambodian government, which is also building a new airport in Siem Reap, expects tourists to return to the country in large numbers now that COVID-19 has been brought under control in most of the world. Cambodia has been widely praised for its extensive COVID-19 vaccination program. PR Newswire