Boeung Kak residents told to turn to Toll

Concrete poles meant to indicate the boundary of the Shukaku development and the railway concession are rumoured to be in the wrong place.

Nov. 28, 2010. Residents of Village 1 affected by the pumping of sand in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak lake have been told to turn to Toll for compensation the Cambodia Daily reported on Nov. 12, 2010.

The embattled villagers, whose houses have for months been flooded by first water and later sand due to the illegal “development” of the lake area by Shukaku Inc., are now being told the area they live in, within 20m east of the railway branch line, is not the responsibility of Shukaku Inc. At least 24 families in the area have hence been told they are not entitled to the cash compensation of US$8500 offered by the company, despite a previous agreement between the parties.

The situation raises questions regarding land ownership in the railways Right of Way (20m) in the vicinity of the lake, and what responsibility Toll Royal Railways and the ADB/AusAID have towards households evicted as part of the Shukaku concession.