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Dangerous land excavation investigated in Kathu

Dangerous land excavation investigated in Kathu

PHUKET: Officials are investigating whether excavation of a hillside land plot in Kathu was legal following a landslide at the site nearly falling onto monks’ dwellings at the base of the hill in Moo 7, Baan Bang Thong, last Wednesday (Oct 19).

By The Phuket News

Monday 24 October 2022, 12:03PM

The landslide stopped short of directly damaging the monk’s accommodation, called the “Bang Thong Monastery” in Thai, but left the road right in front of the buildings covered in mud and debris. Large trees were among the debris that stopped short on the steep slope just tens of metres from the dwellings.

Phuket Vice Governor Amnuay Pinsuwan and Kathu Mayor Chai-anan Suthikul inspected the site last Wednesday. The runoff from the excavated land caused the small creek at the base of the steep slope to rise to dangerous levels with very fast-flowing water. A layer of mud still covers the car park area at the monastery. (Located here.)

The investigation into the excavated land now launched involves a slew of government offices and agencies, noted an official report yesterday (Oct 23).

Officals returned to the site yesterday (Oct 23) to continue their investigation, said the report.

Officers from the Phuket Provincial Office, the Phuket Provincial Land Office, the Phuket Provincial office of the Office of Natural Resources and Environment, the Kathu District Office, Kathu Municipality, the Royal Forestry Department and even the Phuket branch of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) have joined the investigation, the report noted.

Phuket Provincial Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Sompratch Prabsongkram had informed Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew of the investigation, the report added.

According to the report, the investigation follows “people” complaining that the excavation of the land had caused the landslide and runoff.

“If anything is found illegal with the site, officials will take serious action,” said the report.

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Mr Sompratch said that from the initial investigation, it was found that no permission had been granted for land to be excavated at the site.

“So Kathu Municipality was assigned to investigate the complaint,” he said.

The Phuket Land Office is to investigate whether the land ownership document presented by people on behalf of the person claiming to own the land was also to be investigated to determine whether it is genuine.

Forestry Department officials are to check whether or not the land claimed is within any protected forest area, he added.

Mr Sompratch said that flooding and landslides had occurred in many areas across Phuket following the heavy rains last week.

Governor Narong has ordered officials to investigate the sites and take “strict legal action” where any offences had been committed, he said.

“If officials have been neglectful, there will be measures to punish them as well,” he said.

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Sam Thompson | 31 October 2022 - 09:26:41

This will happen more and more as the frenzy of development continues unabated. As already stated, there is no use investigating after the fact and   like marking your own homework, investigations into legality and due diligence are futile as they investigate themselves. This island is likely to be spoiled by greedy, over-development. Remember the tale of the goose that laid the golden egg 

DeKaaskopp | 25 October 2022 - 15:11:04

@Fascinated   Actually I would be as angry as that "falang guy", but I would not call it xenophobic , because if the owner of that house would be a non influential Thai the story would be the same. Apart from that ,have you ever considered that the "falang guy" is maybe married to a Thai woman ? And no, I do not support double standards, but I accept it as a fact without crying...

Kurt | 25 October 2022 - 10:39:20

Yes, serious actions about projects have to be taken BEFORE they get a green light to progress. Not AFTER it causes personal and economical disasters. Not yet speaking about the loose face of Officialdom what is incapable in doing their work/duties. To much lethargy, stupidity and corruption. Make once a sumon what all this cost the society. ( not including calculation of kowtowing)

Fascinated | 25 October 2022 - 10:21:40

@DKK should have known you would support a double standard. Pitiful is the 'well if you don't like it' attitude of some. Run away to thaigeezer- they would love you. I have no need of 'Thai Love' to live here. Nice to see you have no issues witht he falang guy being shafted by 'powerful people'.

JohnC | 25 October 2022 - 08:54:15

Officials will take serious action. Do they even know what that means? Interesting how many gov offices and officials are suddenly all ovwer this because it involves monks. I feel sorry for the poor 'unnamed expat' with the landslide problems getting not one bit of help from any of those offices. Double standards yet again!

DeKaaskopp | 24 October 2022 - 19:31:49

Always funny how fast some people come up here using the word " Xenophobic Thailand". Makes me thinking why some people keep living here if they feel not loved by Thai's and if they feel persecuted all the time and if they feel disadvantaged too. Pitiful !

christysweet | 24 October 2022 - 18:28:53

Meanwhile Layan just north of Laguna looks like an ugly bomb went off-trash infested dark sand now covers huge swaths where  hundreds of coconut trees were felled. The abandoned disco club  at he marine Park entrance is also an eyesore.  Long time returning tourists to northern Bang-Tao beach will be disappointed. 

Nasa12 | 24 October 2022 - 13:10:37

Well, the rumors and talk are going around in Kathu, about a police chief and Land & House company.  Who has taken this land after the previous owner died.  There is always some truth in rumors and talk.

Fascinated | 24 October 2022 - 12:57:40

Ahh- they will investigate when the Monks are involved, but not when a farang's property is at risk. Xenophobic Thailand!

Kurt | 24 October 2022 - 12:44:36

Mr Sompratch: No permissiongiven for land excavation. Phuket Land Office: Starts NOW investigation or correct papers are handed out. Forest Dept: Starts NOW to check or there is no land claimed what is in protected area.  Give me a break, here we see Depts who start NOW investigations, that should HAVE BEEN DONE BEFORE and during start excavation. What a club useless smurfen. 


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