Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said that his ministry will build a bus terminal on the outskirts of Phnom Penh to boost the public transportation in collaboration with the private sector.
Chanthol approved the project during a meeting with Chhim Chamnan, president of the Cambodia Bus Association at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport on Wednesday.
The budget allocation for the project, time frame to finish the work and location details are yet to be determined.
Chamnan requested the minister to set up more bus stations to avoid traffic congestion and improve the public transportation in the country.
Chhuon Vorn, director-general of the General Department of Land Transport at the ministry, said that the president of Cambodia Bus Association had asked the ministry to consider setting up a bus station outside of the city, and the ministry agreed to the request as an encouragement to the private sector. “Recently, the Ministry of Public Works has approved a project to set up a bus station in Poipet in Banteay Meanchey province to facilitate flow of tourists coming from Thailand to Cambodia,” he said.
Chhim Chamnan said that in his meeting with the minister the project was discussed, and the ministry seeks partners to set up the model bus station. “The approval for a bus station outside of Phnom Penh is a remarkable thing because the population of the city is steadily increasing, and also the number of bus users,” he said.
“The project will help the private sector to be part of improving passenger service in the capital. It also gives the private sector an opportunity to be part of the public transportation system,”Chamnam said.
He added that the project is still in talks, and matters related to location, route, budget are yet to be fixed.