Phnom Penh Governor H.E. Khuong Sreng has urged all relevant authorities to ban or demolish if necessary for all illegal and unsafe buildings and advised people to be more cautious about dilapidated buildings, according to the Ministry of Information.
The Governor said that during the meeting with related officers regarding the construction inspection in Phnom Penh on July 24.
“For any construction of more than 5 or 10 floors which are wrongly built, constructors must cut the floor or demolish if those buildings can cause severe risks to the public safety,” said Sreng.
He also added that to ensure the long-term quality of the construction, officers should also issue notices and instruct the people living any dilapidated buildings across 14 districts to be more cautious.
This inter-ministerial meeting is done after an incident on July 24, which a piece of concrete from an old building falling on a car parked underneath in front of BS Building, 7 Makara district.
Regarding this issue, the city hall used to issue a notice in March 2019 to advise people living in or near the incident place to be aware of the old building since it was 50% dilapidated and collapse at any time.
To date, Phnom Penh has 245 dilapidated buildings posing a very high risk to both occupants and passers-by.