Friday, 8 May 2009

Cambodia unveils plan for conservation, development of Preah Vihear temple

PHNOM PENH, May 7 (Xinhua) -- The Cambodia government here on Thursday released a master plan for conservation, management and development of the zone surrounding the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple.
The plan aims to develop the belt around temple into an eco-tourism zone, said Suos Yara, undersecretary of state of the Council of Ministers.
The area within a radius of 10 km of the temple will be under governmental conservation control, or it can be called "the green zone" for the Preah Vihear temple, he added.
A museum will be built in the zone to highlight the history of the Preah Vihear temple and house relevant artifacts, according to the plan.
It also demands relocation of the 792 families of Kor Muy and Prasat villages to a land of over 4,500 hectares some 10 km away from their current sites, said Suos Yara.
The relocation will make way for the temple zone development and schools, hospitals, markets other infrastructure for the relocated people will be built in their new living area, he said.
The Preah Vihear temple became a World Heritage Site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in July 2008.

Editor: Yan

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