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8 Jul 2022

Sorn Sarath, CamboJA

Cambodia: Villagers affected by airport development in land disputes with OCIC seek clarity over compensations

"Families affected by Kandal airport demand clarity on compensation", 8 July 2022

Sixty Families affected by a $1.5 billion airport project in Kandal province met with representatives from the company responsible as well as officials from the Ministry of Land Management on Thursday to discuss compensation for their homes.

For four years the families have been locked in a dispute over the mega airport, which is being developed by the Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation (OCIC),...

The residents of Kampong Talong village, who are being relocated to make way for the airport, have already rejected the offered compensation rate of $8 per square meter for affected farmland... they expressed concern over how much they would receive for their houses...

Sixty-four houses in Kampong Talong village, Kandal Stung district, have been affected by the mega-project... , local authorities and the company started measuring people’s houses to work out compensation rates.

The company will provide compensation in cash for people’s houses, crops, trees and other constructions on their land, according to the valuation document ... However, the document did not mention how much compensation they would get, with a company representative saying this will be discussed at a later stage...

Chiv Kok Say, who is in charge of land acquisition for the new airport, told ... that the company first wanted to ensure their information was correct.

“What we’re discussing is only about the size and kind of constructions and number and kind of trees or crops on the site,” he said. “We were not talking about the price of those properties yet because we need to finalize the offers based on these factors.”...