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Clean-up on Phuket’s Kamala Beach after illegal structures torn down

Clean-up on Phuket’s Kamala Beach after illegal structures torn down

PHUKET: Governor Maitri Inthusut yesterday (July 3) led a group of officials and residents to clean up trash and rubble left along 1.5-km stretch of Kamala Beach by more than 100 business people who recently complied to remove illegal structures from public space.

By Suthicha Sirirat

Friday 4 July 2014, 08:17PM

Gov Maitri does his bit.

Gov Maitri does his bit.

Joining the clean-up crew were soldiers, police, Kamala Tambon officials, lifeguards, residents and business operators, who swept up and bagged plastic bags, scrap wood and various other kinds of rubble left over from the razing that followed the government’s orders to return public space back to the people.

Gov Maitri said that the clean-up was a successful collaboration between various sectors to reestablish order, in accordance with the law, at Kamala, a significant tourist destination.

He added that that there must be follow-up discussions between the local government and affected business people about allocating appropriate space for them to conduct business, but that the agreed space must fall within the rules and regulations.

Clarifying on behalf of the local government, Seri Lapmak, deputy chief of the Kamala OrBorTor said that operators will first need to register their businesses or services at with the OrBorTor office, and the OrBorTor) will then discuss designating an appropriate zone for them to do business.

He said that most of the 100-plus operators who had encroached on public space at Kamala Beach had already complied with the order to remove their structures.


However, he noted that a handful, about five or six, still have not complied, having previously claimed that they were operating within the law. Despite a recent court order that ruled they were in the wrong, these people, whom he did not name, have yet to comply.

He said that the OrBorTor had posted their second and final notices on the encroaching properties and, if the owners of the structures fail to comply soon, the OrBorTor will proceed with demolishing the structures.

Mr Seri emphasized that everyone must continue to respect and adhere to the rules and regulations, which not only forbid permanent structures from being built along the beach, but also bars vendors from selling food in the beach area, all of which will be strictly forbidden from now on.

Kamala OrBorTor has also ordered bars and other structures on Laem Singh Beach to be removed. Some have already been pulled down.

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