INFORMING LETTER ON REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ABOUT RAILWAY REHABILITATION PROJECT IN CAMBODIA

We, Korean Committee for Overseas Community Organization (KOCO) that upholds and promotes the history and experience of Asian community organization in solidarity with Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, India, Myanmar and Bangladesh,

1. Support the request of the people living along the railway track of Phnom Penh Capital City.
2. Stay in line with the people living along the railway track of Phnom Penh Capital City.
3. Therefore, we would like to request

Cambodia Country Representative of Asian Development Bank (ADB)

1. To inform detail information about Railway Rehabilitation Project in Cambodia to the people living along the railway track of Phnom Penh Capital City.
2. To provide concrete and clear information followed by the requests stated on people’s informing letter on request for information about Railway Rehabilitation Project in Cambodia dated on August 3, 2014.
① In Phnom Penh, how many meters alongside the railway tracks will be used for the railway rehabilitation project? Will this entire area be used solely and specifically for train operation purposes? If not, how much space is actually necessary for train operation purposes?
② How many stages of project implementation will there be? What exactly will be done and precisely who will be affected in each stage? When will each stage begin and end? What measures will be undertaken in each stage to ensure that affected families are not rendered worse off by the project?
③ Who are all of the stakeholders, including investors, in this project? What is each stakeholder responsible for?
④ What are the relevant documents that we the people living alongside the track should be aware of?
3. To clarify conflicting information on Railway Rehabilitation Project in Cambodia followed by the information given on people’s informing letter on request for information about Railway Rehabilitation Project in Cambodia dated on August 3, 2014.
① The Railway Rehabilitation Project will need 3.5 meters of land from both sides of the track in its first stage.
② The Railway Rehabilitation Project will need 15 meters from both sides of the track in its second stage.
③ The Railway Rehabilitation Project will need 25 meters in urban area, 30 meters in rural areas and 100 meters in mountainous area both sides of the track in its third stage.
④ The Railway Rehabilitation Project will need only 10 meters from both sides of the track claiming that there was a sub-decree from the government.
⑤ People who participated at the information meeting at WatNeakvon on 6 June 2014 claimed that ADB and IRC needed only 3.5 meters both sides of the track for this project.
⑥ The toll company announced that if any accident happened, the company will not be responsible for any damage up to 10 meters away from both sides of railway track.
⑦ There was a rumor that if the Toll company successfully resolved the problems of 3.5 meters, the company will make a fence not allowing residents to use the space of the track anymore.
⑧ We observed in village 2, Sangkat Sraschork, Khan Doun Penh and village 21 and 23 of Sangkat BoeungKak II, Khan Toul Kork, SukakuInc constructed a fence 10 meters away from the track.
⑨ We also heard that the Toll company will complete its solution process with residents living within 3.5 meters sometimes late 2014 and early 2015.

The people living along the railway track of Phnom Penh Capital City have the right to know and to receive reliable and definitive information about the project as local residents who have been living on the site.

We hope that ADB will communicate with the people living along the railway track of Phnom Penh Capital City and make an alternative plan for their future together. We expect more transparency and information from ADB, since ADB has been driven by an inspiration and dedication to improving people’s lives in Asia and the Pacific as an international institution.

Seoul, South Korea
11 August, 2014

Singed jointly by:

  • Korean Committee for Overseas Community Organization,
  • Korean Organization Network for Education & Training,
  • The JeJungGu Memorial Project,
  • Social Welfare Corporation Bojumjari,
  • Korea Center for City and Environment Research,
  • Catholic Committee for Urban Poor,
  • Christian Missionary Council of the Urban Poor,
  • Sung-dong People’s Organization,
  • Gwanak Social Welfare

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