Traffic jams are currently causing boredom in many places over the world where cities are booming. And here in the Kingdom of Cambodia, especially in Phnom Penh, her Capital city, traffic jams are marking boring waiting along the tiny roads too. Fortunately, the jam situations in Phnom Penh and some other crowed places are not really serous like other wider cities.
Of course, when mentioning about traffic jams toward Cambodian people living outside Phnom Penh, they will feel bit strange and reluctant, and it is because most of Cambodian provinces-cities are rarely faced with the jams, for it can founded in some boom towns and cities such as Phnom Penh Capital, some crowded provincial towns, markets, and business neighborhoods only.
Besides these above mentioned locations, you will find it comfortable to commute along the roads crossing Cambodia to wherever and whenever you want. However, most of the roads are not really standardized and smoothed like other developed countries either that also raise another concern for commuters. But I don’t think it is the serious point that cripples people to travel entire the country.
Causes of traffic jams:
To my own observation, the traffic jam is really a big concern for Phnom Penh, and other crowded locations in the countries, since most roads are not available for more expansion, whereas the population of city dwellers keeps increasing along with the purchasing of more motors and cars for their own travels since public transportations are not yet available.
Currently, there are about 1.5 million people living in Phnom Penh alone, while the Cambodia’s total population almost reaches 15 million covering her 24 provinces-cities. The population growth is increasing rapidly from year to year, the constructions are also booming by that way, and what is worst, i.e. 800,000 motorbikes, 170,000 vehicles (according to a report from the Cambodia’s Transportation Ministry few months a go), and probably thousands of uncounted bikes too are being commuted, filling all confined roads in Phnom Penh, and the crowded areas.
On the other hand, the constant jams are also blamed to the gathering of cities like Phnom Penh where is the center of employment, schooling, business, and many other affairs that gather millions of people crossing the counties to pour in. yes, you may not find the traffic jam occurring at the rural area where job opportunities, businesses are remarkably lacked.
Occasion of severe jam in Cambodia, and especially, cities
Regarding to the occasions of when the traffic jams on daily basis can be noticed—Saturday and Sunday have been spoken by most of the passengers to be the busiest day of trafficking in Cambodia, and if regarding to jamming by definite hours, in the morning from 6:00 to 8:00 A.M. (people go to work, schools), 11:00-12:00 (leave works and schools in the afternoon),and evening from 4:00-6,30 P.M (leave works and schools) have been said the most boring hours to wait on the road too.
Besides this regular busy time, during the national holidays or long holidays such as New Year Day, Phnom Ben day, Water Festival, and so on, you will find the roads are busy and filled with vehicles, and passengers much greater than normal. For example, during the 3-day Water Festival to be celebrated in Phnom Penh in November annually, around 5 millions people including international tourists pouring into Phnom Penh, making the city crowded both day and night, but definitely it is really the best pleasure period to visit the city too. I do believe international visitors feel find it a remarkable visit during this occasion as well.
Fortunately, there is plan to ease the traffic jams in Phnom Penh
Fortunately there is good news for Phnom Penh citizens, i.e. the arrival of the public transpirations mainly bus and train lines are projected to emerge soon.
Phnom Penh Mayor Kep Chuktema said on the Central Market inauguration on May, 25, 2011 that the fist five lines of buses and a fast train line running basically from the railway station to Phnom Penh International Airport will be soon emerged in order to ease traffic jams which serve as a worry after the soaring population growth, and the number of motorbikes and cares has been increased sharply in recent years.
According to him, the Royal Government has already approved this public transport proposal, and Phnom Penh Hall is apparently conducting feasibility studies with the French experts.
The project has high possibility to get funding from the French government through the French Agency for International Development (AFD)and now the municipality is seeking a capable company [possibly from France] to hold the project while already getting assistance from France.
“I understand people’s boredom with this daily problem, because I myself also suffer from the jam that affects my working time too.” said the Mayor.
“Despite the fact that you have your own vehicles, the jams can get worsen, you can’t reach the place on time, so the public transport agents such as the bus and train transport system must be taken place,” he added.
Phnom Penh keeps expanding, and without the public transports, he said the capital will definitely face a worse situation.
Phnom Penh City Timelapse
Video: Phnom Penh City Timelapse by dav363