Ministry of Public Works Signs Contracts for Renovation of Central Part of NR5

Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) has signed contracts with three Japanese companies for the improvement project of the central part of National Road 5 (NR5) from Thlea Ma-am to Battambang.

The contracts were signed here yesterday afternoon between Senior Minister and Minister of MPWT H.E. Sun Chanthol and representatives of ILSUNG-CIENCO1, Obayashi Corporation and TEKKEN-IKEE Joint Venture, under the witness of the ministry's senior officials and representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

According to a news release of MPWT, the 110.90-kilometre-long and 23-metre-wide central part would cost some US$243.74 million and the renovation would last 42 months.

Funded by a concessional loan from the Government of Japan through JICA, the improvement project of NR5 starts from Prek Kdam to Poipet city by crossing Kandal, Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang, and Banteay Meanchey provinces, with a total length of 366 kilometres long and an estimated cost of about US$500 million, said H.E. Sun Chanthol, adding that the project is divided into three parts: northern, southern and central parts.

H.E. Senior Minister thanked the Government and people of Japan for the concessional loan and technical assistance for the improvement of NR5, which will contribute to boosting economic growth, promoting social development and alleviating poverty in Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press