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Ground transport hub slated for capital

An artist’s rendition on phnompenh.gov.kh shows plans for a new international bus terminal to be built by LYP Group. Photo by: Will Baxter
Local tycoon and CPP Senator Ly Yong Phat has announced plans to build
a new bus terminal on the outskirts of Phnom Penh intended to serve as
the capital’s ground transport hub.

Ly Yong Phat said yesterday
that his LYP Group had invested about US$10 million in the project,
planned to be opened in January or February of 2011.

“I will
build the bus station, and if bus companies and other passenger service
providers park at my station, they have to pay us a set fee,” Ly Yong
Phat said.

The terminal will have a capacity of 264 buses, 540
cars, 342 vans and 300 minibuses, Ly Yong Phat said, and will be
constructed on 27 hectares of land in Russey Keo district’s Bak Kheng
commune, which was formerly part of Kandal province’s Muk Kampoul
district before being re-zoned earlier this year.

Ly Yong Phat
has been involved in contentious land disputes in Oddar Meanchey and
Kampong Speu provinces with villagers who claim to have been displaced
by his development projects.

Muk Kampoul district deputy
police chief Koang Siphal said, however, that the land in Bak Kheng
commune was uninhabited forest purchased by Ly Yong Phat several years

In a meeting last week on the project, Phnom Penh deputy
governor Nuon Sameth said the new terminal would “facilitate the flow
of traffic in Phnom Penh and in the surrounding area in line with the
strategic expansion policy of the capital”.

Ly Yong Phat said
his firm would also construct condominiums and hotels near the bus
terminal, located about 20 kilometres from central Phnom Penh, to
provide temporary accommodation for travellers.

Sok Chan Mony,
general manager of the Rith Mony bus company, said the terminal would
ease congestion in the city, though he also said that both passengers
and transporters would see rising costs if all companies are forced to

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