We need the Cambodian train back to life…

Reading the news about the project of a high speed rail for California, I think in the Cambodian train. It is certainly two different realities of an industrialized state like California and a developing nation like Cambodia. But trains bring development, of course.

We Colombians abandoned the train as well in a similar situation as Cambodia. In an Andean nation like mine, with high mountain ranges and a so broken geography, the construction of the train was the only responsible to open the gates of development for the 19th century’s Colombia.

If there is something of great value that British let to India was the most complex and fascinating net of rails in a huge country. Fortunately, India will continue its growing through this century on train.

But the train is becoming a thing of the past in Cambodia. We hope it will change soon.

How useful would be a high speed train connecting Phnom Penh with the most far provinces of the country like Ratanakiri, Poipet and Koh Kong? And by them to Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.

It would need of course a great investment. The high-speed rail for California will cost 2,250 million dollars for the construction of stations, rails and signals.

But so costly work will generate 450 thousand direct jobs in the system that would operate in 2020. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said to the press that it is the biggest public work of the country and it will free the natural environment from smoke, the main responsible of global warming. High-speed trains are common in Europe and it will be the first one in the American territory.


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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

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