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Alro readying to repossess forest land, rent it back to businesses

Alro readying to repossess forest land, rent it back to businesses

THAILAND: The Agricultural Land Reform Office (Alro) says it will “repossess” Sor Por Kor land illegally occupied by resorts and hotels, and then rent the land back to them.

By Bangkok Post

Sunday 14 June 2020, 08:45AM

Thamanat: Flexibility needed. Photo: Bangkok Post

Thamanat: Flexibility needed. Photo: Bangkok Post

However, the process involves amending the land’s allocation status.

“What we are going to do is take land back from resorts and hotels so the illegally occupied land is back under Alro control. Later, we will let them rent the land under our new regulations, which should take around three months,” said deputy agriculture minister Thamanat Prompow, who oversees Alro.

Sor Por Kor land is forest land which the state allocated to poor farmers for cultivating.

Farmers are supposed to use the land for cultivation only, and not sell it or use it for other purposes.

However, this policy has been abused with many Sor Por Kor plots having been illegally acquired by investors for business purposes or used for other activities by farmers.

This includes building resorts and hotels on the land.

“Not all Sor Por Kor land is now fit for farming and it is better if Alro can utilise it differently,” Mr Thamanat said.

The regulations would be adjusted for better land management, including relaxing some regulations so hotel entrepreneurs can invest in Sor Por Kor land for tourism activities.

The ministry will consider an appropriate rental rate based on Treasury Department recommendations and a committee will draft the new regulations.

Alro, he said, will survey hotels on Sor Por Kor land, starting with around 300 resorts in Phuket and 100 hotels on Ko Samui.

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Timothy | 15 June 2020 - 08:55:10

"Around 300 resorts in Phuket"... Allowed to operate for many years. Trisara, Pullman, and many others mentioned in multiple "investigations". Who approved the construction? Who approved the building permit? What land department official signed off on the titles? Should be easy to find out if someone really wanted to. Now rent instead of bribes? Disgusting. 

LALALA | 14 June 2020 - 15:14:22

Paddy... Honesty and Government same as Honesty and Thailand are 2 things which are contradicting each other....stop dreaming.  

Paddy | 14 June 2020 - 12:03:39

We need that prosecutor that was here a few years ago, forget his name. He exposed the Pullman resort that was built on forest land but he got transferred and they are still open today . they need honest men in the gov here. Should go after the banks that give these crooks loans and the electric company for supplying power to these resorts . Crime pays in Thailand. We can expect more encroachment 

Paddy | 14 June 2020 - 11:41:46

Nice to have friends in high places. What a complete joke. Should demo the lot , make the criminals pay and then jail for 30 years .

Fascinated | 14 June 2020 - 09:38:44

We will take the land back but then rent it so people can carry on their illegal activity legally. How typically ridiculous. All about lining pockets as usual. 


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