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Bypass abandoned hotel to be demolished

PHUKET: The abandoned hotel on the bypass road at the site of a landslide last week will be demolished, officials have confirmed.

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By The Phuket News

Monday 24 October 2022, 10:54AM


The decision flies in the face of officials repeatedly claiming that since the buildings have stood at the site for more than 30 years, they pose no danger to people passing below.

According to official reports, the owner of the land has now “agreed” to demolish the buildings.

of note, the official reports make no mention of any requests by officials to have the buildings demolished, and make no mention that officials now consider the buildings to be a danger to passing motorists.

The northbound lanes past the abandoned hotel were closed after a landslip occurred right in front of the structures first last Wednesday, and again last Thursday (Oct 19-20), spilling mud, dirt and debris, including a large tree, onto the lanes of the usually very busy road. No people were injured in either incident.

News that the buildings will now be demolished came after a meeting chaired by Phuket Vice Governor Amnuay Pinsuwan yesterday (Oct 23).

Vice Governor Amnuay described the decision as “a way to prevent future landslides in the area”.

Representatives of the landowner joined the meeting, Vice Governor Amnuay confirmed.

“The company is willing to demolish [the buildings] and will send the matter to Ratsada Municipality and the Phuket Provincial Office of Public Works and Town & Country Planning to request permission to demolish the buildings on October 25, 2022, then the demolition will be done immediately. It will take about two weeks,” Vice Governor Amnuay said.

 

The northbound lanes of the road remain closed past the landslide site. All traffic now operates past the site by sharing the southbound lanes.

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JohnC | 25 October 2022 - 08:47:36

You've got to laugh. The company is 'willing' to demolish their abandoned derelict hotel. Obviously another 'powerful' family are the owners or it would never have been allowed to sit there for 3 decades being a potential hazard. I hope this inspires the governor to target some of the other derelict abandoned project across the island for demolition too. 

Old guy | 24 October 2022 - 16:41:43

All these landslides are evidence how ineffective authorities for decades in doing anything correctly. From building standards, to public schools, to government employees, to law enforcement and police protection and on and on.
Thailand has every needed to be The Jewel of Asia, except the educated citizens that have the vision to do so. 

Kurt | 24 October 2022 - 11:11:17

Abandoned HOTEL? Futher than a 30 years building construction site it never came. Hotels have names, this one not, for more than 30 years. Officials are hard headed, they will continue to go around reason of the decission to demolish it. They stick to ..Construction is not dangerous...., while anybody with common senses knows better. Poor Phuket to have such Officials.

 

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