Government-Initiated Low-and-Middle-Income Housing Scheme Begins

Groundbreaking ceremony of the first-ever government-initiated housing for low-and-middle-income public was organised on Jan. 7 - the date officially marks the end of genocidal Khmer Rouge period.

Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction H.E. Chea Sophara presided over the event at the construction site, roughly five kilometres from Takhmao - the largest city of Kandal province located at the south of Phnom Penh.

Oknha Sear Rithy, Chairman of World Bridge Land - a private counterpart in charge of the construction - told local media that for the first phrase, the work will encompass 20 hectares of land out of the total 45 hectare size.

Over 2,000 housing units, added Oknha Sear Rithy, will be completed within two years. And the sale will be launched soon with various options to support low-and-middle-income Cambodians.

In the same report, Spokesperson for Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction H.E. Seng Lot underlined current priority of the housing scheme on civil servants and soldiers, including those with low income and vulnerability.

This is the first but not the last government-initiated housing project of its kind; more schemes are expected to ensure decent lives of Cambodians almost four decades after the dark period of Khmer Rouge.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press