This afternoon I got a forwarded mail from Housing Rights Task Force, learning that Beoung Kok, the biggest lake in Phnom Penh is now being filled with soil piped from the river. More than 90% of Beoung Kok is said be filled with the river soil for development project, reducing the size of the lake from 130 hectares to only 10 hectares. Sooner or later, people living in the surrounding slums as well as the backpacker area will be evicted; regardless they are unwilling to do so or not. Personally I do not agree with this development plan. I wish the lake should be kept and developed into a public park with greenness, what I think Phnom Penh dwellers really need now.
“Due to people there, the company started their pumping preparation around 7 AM in the morning with about 30 police gathering on the site. The pumping started around 9 AM and stopped for 30-minute break at 11 AM. According to what people heard, the company will pump the sand into the lake for 18.00hours/daily.
It said that at the meeting took place yesterday on August 25, 2008 between communities and Municipality of Phnom Penh, the Municipality offered to those family that agree to move to the new site one flat with 2,000,000 Riel; and to those wanting money a sum of 8,000 $ plus 2, 000,000 Riel. No more offer!!!!!! ” wrote Ms. Rachana from Housing Rights Task Force.