Hundreds of residents of the Boeung Kak lake area met with
Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema in a conference room at City Hall Monday to
request compensation for moving to make way for a massive development project.
About 450 residents asked the city for $13,000 each in order
to move from the area, which is slated for the development of commercial,
residential and entertainment property.
City officials and developers have made plans for commercial
buildings, supermarkets, a meeting hall, an entertainment center, night clubs,
hotels, a university, a hospital and residences on the site where now sits a wide
pond full of water lilies encircled by makeshift homes of the poor.
Residents have complained in the past they were not being
given enough money to move away from the development site, but the city
maintains most people living along the lakeside, in makeshift wooden homes, are
Some residents have requested new housing on the outskirts
of Phnom Penh,
in Dangkao district, while others are seeking payment.
Kep Chuktema told the crowd of residents he would take their
monetary request under consideration, requesting cooperation from the
developer, Shukaku, Inc.
A Shukaku representative was present at the meeting, but
declined to speak to the crowd. Shukaku has a 99-year lease with the
government, for an estimated $79 million project.
One plan for the development would require filling in the