Transport Minister Sun Chanthol has told officials to prepare a water taxi service to serve passengers on the Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac rivers by April.
Mr Chanthol said in a ministry Facebook post on Wednesday that the waterway transport service will help ease traffic congestion in Phnom Penh and reduce traffic accidents.
He urged the general department of transport to launch the project in Phnom Penh and Kandal province before Khmer New Year in April.
“Each docking station must connect with public bus stops to make it easy for passengers,” Mr Chanthol said.
The water taxi was already announced at the beginning of this year but it has now been officially confirmed by city authorities. The idea was mulled out by former Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong, who confirmed that the public transport project would be run by City Hall and would cost an estimated US$22 million.
The service will run on 25 kilometres of waterways from the Prek Phnov bridge on the northern outskirts of Phnom Penh south to Takhmao City in Kandal province via the Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac rivers.
Under the plan, 20 passenger boats will be used for the service, running four times daily. Each boat will carry up to 90 passengers and travel at a maximum 30 kilometres per hour. There will be nine water-taxi service stations on the waterway.
Authorities hope that the new service will become an attractive option for tourists to discover the Cambodian capital and its surroundings.
(Source: Khmer Times)