Resort site is completely legal: Arcadia boss
PHUKET: Maitree Narukatpichai, Executive Director of Phuket Arcadia Ltd, which owns the Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach, insisted yesterday (July 12) that the ownership of the land for the resort, currently under construction, is completely legal.
Friday 13 July 2012, 05:14PM
His comment came after the site on Phuket’s northwest coast was visited the day before by Damrong Pidech, Director of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.
Mr Damrong announced that the Arcadia and nine other sites would be investigated over suspicions that they encroach on the Sirinart Marine National Park.
Mr Maitree said, “We have legal land papers, which are ready to be investigated. Every paper was issued [legitimately] by authorities.”
He added that he himself organised the purchase of the land from “an individual”. He insisted that he would proceed with the construction of the project until it is completed.
The Pullman Phuket Arcadia is due to open in November this year, with more than 280 rooms. The project cost B1.5 billion, funded mostly by a B1.05-billion credit line from KasikornBank, Mr Maitree said.
Meanwhile, park officials reported to the Tha Chat Chai police today that they believe that three rai of the 38-plus rai of the Arcadia site encroach on the park.