THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Forest department demands stall Phang Nga airport plan

PHUKET: The Royal Forest Department has made its position clear on a push for construction of an airport in Phuket’s neighbouring Phang Nga province, saying the proposal will go nowhere until all issues are addressed.

constructionenvironmentlandtransporttourism
By Bangkok Post

Thursday 6 July 2017, 10:30AM


The sunrise from Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga province. Photo: Karnjana Karnjanatawe

The sunrise from Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga province. Photo: Karnjana Karnjanatawe

The department has sent back the airport plan proposed by the southern province, saying further studies are needed in at least three areas.

Department director-general Chonlatid Suraswadi yesterday (July 5) pointed to the need for the province to assess the environmental impact of the project, present the agency with the views of residents who will be affected by or are opposed to the plan, and for more inspections of the proposed location.

“The Royal Forest Department has returned the proposal to the provincial governor,” Mr Chonlatid told the Inside Thailand news programme on Spring News TV. “The proposal still needs an Environmental Impact Assessment and views from the other side,” he added.

Bangkok Airways has approached the province, wanting to build an airport in Thai Muang district.

An area of 2,000 rai in tambon Lam Kaen in the district has emerged as the potential site, after an earlier site was found to include part of Klong Tung Mapro reserve deemed “degraded forest land”.

The tambon Lam Kaen council voted in May last year to support the plan and provincial authorities also backed it, pointing to expected benefits to the province from tourism and trade. The provincial governor then sent the proposal to the forest department.

The future of the airport apparently rests with the department, as it controls the land in question.

Futsal League 2019

“The pictures attached to the proposal show that the land has some green spots,” Mr Cholatid said, but said the department had not jumped to a conclusion it was degraded forest land.

Forestry officials in the province would re-check the location to confirm its status and the department would send officials from Bangkok to look into the area, Mr Cholatid added.

The airport project has divided local residents into two camps.

Supporters welcome the plan to build an airport in the province because it would mean not having to travel to Phuket to catch a plane, and it would assist tourism.

Opponents say the land slated for the airport’s construction is not deteriorating forest land, and have accused Lam Kaen Municipality of too hastily holding a meeting to support it.

Read original story here.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Finnish boy, 5, attacked by stray dogs at Ao Nang, Krabi

Why only dogs? Why not kill every animal that attacks humans,like that elephant from another article...(Read More)


Two nabbed smuggling kratom into Phuket

Kratom, so what? What is the big deal about it? Set it free, than there is no money business in it ...(Read More)


Taxi driver charged after collision with motorbike leaves man, 74, dead

Problem is RTP bull riding thinking. Like large oil spill, than charge the taxi-driver victim. Yes?...(Read More)


Phuket health officials, police unite to enforce Makha Bucha alcohol ban

A 5 day ban? Oh,really.OMG ! That would be catastrophic. Freedom to drink.24/7 Whenever/wherever.And...(Read More)


Finnish boy, 5, attacked by stray dogs at Ao Nang, Krabi

It’s been said time and time again that the stray dogs that roam thailand are a dangerous menace a...(Read More)


Finnish boy, 5, attacked by stray dogs at Ao Nang, Krabi

Do thai officials understand that packs of stray dogs are very dangerous, sterilized/vaccinated or n...(Read More)


Italian tourist gored as trekking elephant goes wild

Well, most tourist don't know that a elephant back is not strong. And they not know that a male ...(Read More)


Phuket health officials, police unite to enforce Makha Bucha alcohol ban

Dek, not only tourists and expats. Thai families too. Don't you notice these days many thai peo...(Read More)


Interpol Red Notice sought for Greek suspect over Phuket beautician murder

Red bull boy is excused until 'his' killings expire. Different class, different justice in ...(Read More)


Taxi driver charged after collision with motorbike leaves man, 74, dead

This is ridiculous - from the article the taxi clearly has right of way and the bike should have sto...(Read More)