via Phnom Penh Post, 05 January 2021: Illegal soil dumping in the vicinity of an ancient temple in Takeo province.
Authorities in Takeo province’s Samrong district have warned of legal action against the owners of heavy dump trucks and tractors who continue to excavate soil illegally or transport it in the vicinity of Prasat Sen Phouvang temple in Sla commune.
The authorities are concerned that this activity may be causing damage to the temples due to the size and weight of the vehicles.
This warning came following the impoundment of an excavator on January 3 for operating illegally near Prasat Sen Phouvang temple, which is a cultural heritage site with protected status and is off-limits to heavy machinery.
District governor Ket Mao said he received information on January 3 that local farmers had hired dump trucks and a tractor to excavate their rice field just 200m from the temple.