Despite lack of resolution in dispute, authorities block roads, let OCIC begin clearing residents’ farmland for mega airport project

Police erect barricades blocking a road to residents' farmland, located at the site of the newly planned airport in Kandal Stung district on September 7, 2021. Photo Supplied

Hundreds of police and military police have been deployed to the road leading to the new Phnom Penh airport project in Kandal, as land clearance begins despite an ongoing land dispute with local residents.

Land dispute at mega-airport project leads to protest, scuffle at access road

A villager looks on as construction crews use excavators and bulldozers to prepare land for the massive new airport in Kandal province. Picture taken on July 29, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Landowners at the site of the new airport mega-project starting in Kandal province said the developer is still trying to encroach on their farmland even though they have not agreed to sell the affected land.

Negotiations fail in land dispute linked to new Phnom Penh airport

Company workers use excavators and bulldozers to prepare land for a new airport in Kandal province, June 15, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The latest impasse came when more than 30 affected people met Tuesday with Kandal provincial Governor Kong Sophorn seeking a solution after one month of protest. Long Sopheak is one of those local villagers and a resident of Kampong Talong village in Kandal Stung district, which is part of where developers have planned to build the 2,600-hectare airport project about 25 kilometers from the capital.

Hundreds of people block road as airport project damages rice crops

Villagers set up camp to block a street leading to a new airport construction site. The development is locked in a dispute with villagers in Kandal province's Kandal Stung district, May 17, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Around 200 people affected by a mega-airport project in Kandal province have been protesting the damaging of their rice crop by developers by blocking the road to the project’s site in Kandal Stung since Friday.