Phnom Penh faces traffic chaos

PHNOM PENH, 24 November 2017: Government officials  want China to invest more in a metropolitan rail system and invest in real estate projects in the capital Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh Municipal Governor  Khuong Sreng made the suggestion during a meeting with Li Dejin, vice governor of Fujian province, the People’s Republic of China in Phnom Penh yesterday, according to Khmer Times.

Phnom Penh is heading the same way as other Southeast Asian cities as residents clamour to buy cars  causing both traffic congestion and air pollution.

Experts say the Cambodian capital has to build a public transport system or face a pollution crisis.

Phnom Penh has currently over 50,000 vehicles on the road and 1 million motorbikes. In the long-term the only solution is to build a metropolitan rail system such as a sky-train and that would most likely be funded by Chinese companies.

The visit of Li Dejin and his delegation sought to create an understanding on potential investments in Phnom Penh, particular focused on real estate and tourism.

Cambodia is supposed to have an electric powered transit system by 2023 – when the country is due to host the Southeast Asian Games.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is funding the feasibility study, due to be published in May next year.

The light-weight train would run on rubber tires, reducing noise and vibration with a maximum speed of 60 kilometres per hour.

JICA is now working on a feasibility study for the project, which will cost about USD800 million.