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DSI probes B14bn forest encroachment at Phuket beach

PHUKET: The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has launched a probe into a claim for a Chanote title deed to be issued for 200 rai of Phuket beachfront property with an estimated value of B14 billion.

By Suthicha Sirirat

Saturday 27 June 2015, 01:23PM

The site in question is a two-kilometre stretch of sand at from Layan Beach to Laypang Beach, in Cherng Talay, which is deemed to be in Sirinart National Park.

DSI deputy director-general Pong-In Intarakhao and Pol Lt Col Prawut Wongseenin, director of the DSI’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and Environment Crime, led an inspection of the site yesterday (June 26).

Joining the leading crime-busters were Phuket Vice Governor Somkiet Songkhaosuttirak and Jirasak Chukwamdee, who is the director of the Protected Areas regional office under the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP).

The investigation was launched after a complaint filed by the DNP alleged that the land was within the national park boundary, said Col Pong-In.

“We suspect that the entire area – which the owner has applied to be upgraded to Chanote status – is trying to be claimed by use of ‘flying SorKor 1’,” he said.

A ‘flying SorKor 1’ attempts to use a SorKor 1 land-use document to claim ownership of an entirely different plot elsewhere.

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Col Pong-In said that aerial photographs and other documents related to the area showed that the land under investigation was once sea.

“Aerial pictures and other documents prove that in the past this area was covered by sea, and later dirt and debris were deposited to form the land,” he said.

“The area has since been fenced off and marked ‘Private property. Do not enter’ for land that is clearly public property.”

Investigators will file their reports directly to Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong with a request to investigate the alleged encroachment, he added.

“The person attempting to claim ownership of this land and any government officials involved in this claim will be investigated” Col Pong vowed.



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Joe12 | 06 February 2016 - 12:44:46

Christy... what the hell are you on about?  The article is not about Nikki Beach Club. Where is your evidence of "constant loud music" and "garbage"? I suggest you read their conservation policy. See also their website  Oh.. and the red sign indicates a position north west of the Nikki Beach Club. The red sign is an i...

christysweet | 28 June 2015 - 18:50:44

That red sign is actually about 200 meters  south of Nikki Beach club, not north as the map indicates. Does that mean Nikki Beach club  is also encroaching? I hope so, place is a nuisance with the constant loud music that ruins the natural ambiance  of the  park (along with all the garbage) 

Andy | 27 June 2015 - 19:23:06

Good, this is one of the last areas of unspoilt beach. The signs and wall preventing access to the beach should be removed immediately.
Maybe the DSI will take a look at the history of other land too. 

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