Plan to Dredge Sand on Mekong

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered government planners Tuesday to draw up a master plan to dredge sand from the Mekong River, saying it was aimed at restoring shallow areas along the waterway.

Sand that is dredged from Cambodia’s portion of the river can also be exported to draw more revenue for the country, he said at an inauguration ceremony for a U.S. $28 million container terminal on the Mekong River in Kien Svay district in Kandal province, about 30 kilometers (nearly 19 miles) east of the capital Phnom Penh.

The terminal was built with a soft loan from the government of China, which is Cambodia’s top ally, investor and aid provider.

Hun Sen told the Ministry of Public Works, the Ministry of Water Resources, and the National Mekong Committee to work together to draw up the master plan for dredging sand from the Mekong River, whose lower stretches are shared by Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

via Plan to Dredge Sand on Mekong.

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