The ADB has released Environmental Monitoring Report #16 prepared by Nippon Koei Co. Ltd. in association with JARTS. The report notes some improvements in TSO, the construction contractor’s, handling of environmental impacts of the railways rehabilitation, though continues to note construction workers lack adequate safety tools and equipment in some areas. You can access the report here.
The recently released Environmental Monitoring Report #10 prepared by Nippon Koei Co. Ltd. for the ADB and AusAID funded Rehabilitation of Cambodia’s Railways Project continues to highlight maltreatment of track construction workers by Thai-French joint venture TSO.
Similarly to report #9, released last month, the latest report dated February 2012 notes TSO continues to fail to provide sanitation latrines at workers camps, clean water for washing and drinking, and adequate safety tools for its staff. The report also notes Kampot station has serious problem with human waste, while “borrow pits” on the Missing Link are “very dangerous to human beings”. Some camps are also said to be too small to house the number of workers overnight.
You can access the report here.
The Greater Mekong Subregion Rehabilitation of the Railway in Cambodia Project: Environmental Monitoring Report No.9 can now be accessed from the ADB website. According to the report, as of November 2011, the Southern Line was 51.9% complete, while the Northern Line was just 3% complete. The “missing link” between Sisophone and Poipet was 35.4% complete.
The report also notes TSO’s environmental report for November 2011 had not been submitted due termination of TSO’s QE manager. It further discusses the inadequate housing and sanitary conditions of some of the construction workers along the tracks, in particular Kampot station where the situation amounts to a “very high” health risk. TSO is also accused of not providing its staff adequate safety tools.
Following the silencing of NGOs monitoring the resettlement impacts of the ADB and AusAID-financed railways rehabilitation project, relocations in Phnom Penh have begun right in the middle of the rainy season.
Six out of twelve families living along the railway off street 120K have already accepted compensation and moved to the relocation site in Trapeang Anchangh. On Sep. 17, staff from TSO were seen working in the area – according to community members they were digging a ditch. No confirmed details are available as to why the 12 households in the area, whose houses do not fall within the railways 3.5m Corridor of Impact (CoI), are required to move. Officials have claimed they live in the old Samrong station which is now beyond derelict, yet there seem to be no plans to use the land for a new station. Many of the 12 households have received compensation as low as US$700. One household that refuses to move furthermore has receipts from systematic land titling in the area, yet has been decreed “landless” by the Inter-Ministerial Resettlement Committee (IRC).