During a conference on Wednesday, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) presented their modern railway system project for Phnom Penh City, which is set to be completed in 2023. It is part of a multi-million dollar master plan to improve transportation in the capital city.
The railway will play a crucial role in reducing traffic congestion in the Phnom Penh. Currently, there is a distinct lack of public transportation—the city bus only has one line along Preach Monivong Blvd.
The planned railway is expected to accommodate approximately 72,500 to 81,600 travellers a day and will help Phnom Penh City adapt to the demands of globalization.
According to Mr. Trak Thaiseang, the Deputy of the Phnom Penh Council, if the project takes place, some residents (such as sugarcane juice sellers along the railway) will be forced to relocate. However, there are plans for new infrastructure such as a school, a health center, and new housing for evictees in order to ease the transition.
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