Phnom Penh Governor Asks Japan to Speed Up Public Transportation Development Project

Phnom Penh Municipal Governor H.E. Pa Socheatevong has, through H.E. Kumamaru Yuji, Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia, requested Japan to speed up the public transportation development project in Phnom Penh.

The governor made the request while presiding over a meeting on public transportation in the capital city on Aug. 9.

On the occasion, H.E. Pa Socheatevong recalled the Japanese diplomat of Japan's approval to provide 140 buses to Phnom Penh to expand the transportation lines to 10, up from the current 3 with 57 buses.

Of the total buses, 80 will arrive in Cambodia in late 2017 and early 2018 and the rest in 2020, said the governor, adding that the expansion of public transportation services will contribute to reducing traffic congestion as well as economic and environmental impacts.

Phnom Penh Municipal Hall spends annually over US$2 million to support the transportation services in Phnom Penh, underlined H.E. Pa Socheatevong.

For his part, H.E. Kumamaru Yuji said the Government of Japan's donation in buses through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will help strengthen the capacity of public transportation services in Phnom Penh.

According to a report of Phnom Penh Municipal Hall, there are between 6,500 and 7,000 people using the public bus services a day. The bus ticket costs 1,500 Riel (about US$0.37) and it is free of charge for disabled people, monks, elderly people, small children, and students.

Phnom Penh has currently three public bus lines - Line 1 of some 17 kilometres starts from Kilometer No. 9 in Khan Russey Keo, along Preah Monivong Boulevard, to Kdey Takoy pagoda in Khan Chbar Ampov; Line 2 of about 14 kilometres from the Night Market to Takhmao town, Kandal province; and Line 3 of over 15 kilometres from the Night Market to Choam Chao.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press