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Cambodia: Govt. introduces measures against illegal construction sites following the deadly collapse in June

Author: Long Kimmarita, The Phnom Penh Post, Published on: 9 July 2019

"Illegal building sites to have power cut", 8 July 2019

The government is to act against illegal construction sites nationwide by cutting off their electricity and water and halting the supply of materials.

The measures come as the latest move against unlicensed projects after 28 people were killed and 26 injured following the collapse … of a seven-storey building which was under-construction in Sihanoukville…

A letter signed by Council of Ministers secretary of state Hing Thoraksy, released … following approval from Prime Minister Hun Sen, lays out a five-point plan for five ministers to implement.

“The Ministry of Information must not permit the advertising of residential and commercial properties, hotels, factories and all other buildings being constructed without permits or to the proper standards,” the letter said…

The ministry’s spokesman Seng Lot told … that it had recently decided to create a further six working groups to carry out the checks, in addition to the 17 already formed.

The relevant ministries are to collaborate further in the national inspection and management of construction sites, even in provinces yet to experience problems, Lot said…

Preah Sihanouk provincial spokesperson Kheang Phearum said that local authorities had suspended a number of construction sites operating without permits since checks began following the recent tragedy…

San Chey, the executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (Ansa), called for greater transparency regarding the inspection of construction sites.

… The International Labour Organisation (ILO) issued a statement expressing its concerns over the possible risk to thousands of construction workers.

“Such risks can be quickly prevented. The resolution of this issue demands measures across many sectors."…

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