Preah Vihear Provincial Administration has mapped 36 ha of land to form a new landfill site in Chhep Lech village, Chheb commune of Preah Vihear district. Its objective is to improve sanitation services in the province in line with its population growth.
District Governor Sok Santara told the Post on March 6 that the provincial administration had long planned to use the 36 ha for a dump, but because residents had encroached on the land, authorities had recently demarcated boundaries and formed access roads.
“Too often, when the public finds land vacant, they clear it and use it. To avoid any further encroachment, we have clearly marked the boundaries. The occupants voluntarily returned the land,” he said.
He added that the area was now ready for construction.
“The reason we have set aside such a large piece of land is that we plan to build a landfill that will serve us well in the future. The bigger it is, the longer it will benefit the population. There is currently a problem with litter being dumped in the province – which damages the beauty of the district and has a detrimental effect on the environment,” he said.
According to Santara, no date has been set for the construction of the site. Legal documents have been submitted to the relevant institutions and he is awaiting their return.
“We are waiting for the Ministry of the Environment to issue a building permit. When we receive the permit, we will seek contributions from surrounding districts and investment companies. The ministry pays particular attention to this kind of project,” he said.
Santara added that the new landfill is close to the old one, which was too small to meet the daily needs of the neighborhood.
He called on the public to follow the guidelines issued by authorities to ensure waste is disposed of in the most efficient way.
Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra could not be reached for comment on March 6. But he said earlier that part of the government’s national policy was to improve solid waste management.
The ministry has provided training to sub-national government officials to ensure they have the necessary skills.