via Phnom Penh Post, 06 June 2019: This news is probably in response to the demolishing of illegal constructions in the Angkor Archaeological Park from the previous year.
The Apsara Authority allowed villagers to repair and renovate more than 600 deteriorating homes in the Angkor area in accordance with conservation efforts at the Unesco World Heritage Site, a report seen by The Post on Tuesday said.
According to the Apsara Authority Community Secretariat report, in the first five months of this year, they gave permission for villagers to repair and renovate homes in 638 cases, while so far this month they’ve granted permission in a further 35 cases.
The authority specified that renovation permission was granted 139 times to villagers in Prasat Bakong district, 56 in Angkor Thom district, 111 in Puok district, 115 in Banteay Srei district and 217 in Siem Reap town.
The Angkor area is a protected site measuring some 401sq km across Prasat Bakong district, Siem Reap town, Angkor Thom district and Puok district, among others. Unauthorised construction is banned within the area, as are repairs without permission.