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Layan Beach demolition begins

PHUKET: Heavy machinery was brought to Layan Beach today (Sept 30) to knock down the last remaining illegal beachfront buildings on some 178 rai of state land, altogether estimated to be worth over B10 billion.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 30 September 2022, 05:46PM

The Department of Special Investigations (DSI) originally served eviction notices in 2017 after the Supreme Court ruled that the occupiers were illegally encroaching on state land. Several ‘final warnings had been made since then, with the last eviction notice served on Sept 12, 2022. 

The encroachers were ordered to vacate the plots by Sept 30 or else officials would remove their buildings for them. Contrary to the previous warnings, this time officials were serious. 

Traiyarit Temhiwong, Director-General of the DSI, arrived in Phuket to witness in person the beginning of the demolition process. He was accompanied by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew, Vice Governor Anuphap Rodkwan Yodrabam and a slew of officials from local government agencies as well as the Office of the Auditor-General.

Speaking on the case, Director of Phuket Legal Execution Office Paween Kumar said that the owners of the buildings had been given time to remove their property from the state land voluntarily.

"The eviction notices were posted on Sept 12, 2022, ordering the occupiers to vacate the land within 15 days. The notices said we would be coming to check the area on Sept 30, and we came in accordance with the notices to demolish [the illegal buildings]. There are four separate sub-cases in this case and six separate plaintiffs who tried to appeal but lost in court,” Mr Paween said.

It was announced that the demolition would be finished within Sept 30. Any people found doing business or living on the land after that will be charged with trespassing.

“It took 22 government agencies to make today’s work  possible,” Mr Paween said about the demolition. 

“We focus on dismantling all the structures so that there are no people left [encroaching on the land],” he added.

Mr Traiyarit of the DSI stressed that the provincial Office of the Ombudsman sent a representative to oversee the demolition process.

"The authorities are entering the demolition process. He came in person as an observer to encourage the officers doing their job to recover valuable natural resources,” Mr Traiyarit said.

“If the average price of the land is B1 million baht per square wah and the area in total is 178 rai, the value of the land to be returned to the nation is about B50bn. It is the property of the nation as a whole and should not belong to anyone seeking illegal benefits from these 178 rai,” he added.

Mr Traiyarit emphasised that the DSI “accepts all the special cases”, just as its name presupposes.

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“Here is a backhoe demolishing a building right now. The structure is built with a lot of concrete, but no piling makes the demolition very easy. I think in about a month there will be a beautiful clean beach here,” Mr Traiyarit said.

“The local Government will organise everything for people to use this land together for the joint benefit of the community and the society. I believe that the strong integration of law enforcement efforts as well as the cooperation and strength of all the relevant agencies guarantee nobody dares to encroach on this land [again]. If it happens, serious legal action will be taken then," Mr Traiyarit added.

See also:

Layan lockout: Public access denied amid Supreme Court wrangle for B10bn beachfront land (Click here)

Not For Sale: Attempt to sell Phuket beachfront state-owned land for B3.6bn draws fire (Click here)

Phuket beachfront businesses at Layan, Leypang ordered: ‘Get out, or be demolished’ (Click here)

DSI posts encroachment warning signs at Layan, Leypang beaches (Click here)

Layan beach encroachers given seven days eviction notice (Click here)

Layan Beach encroachers finally face eviction (Click here)

Final eviction notices served at Layan (Click here)


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JohnC | 02 October 2022 - 08:56:19

Estimated by whom? Why even bother stating estimated value of the land in question. If anything it will be a total exaggeration of the true value to try and make the story sound more impressive. Besides, if it is state land then the value has no merit what-so-ever.

Sam Thompson | 02 October 2022 - 07:31:26

@Capricornball...yes, Tony's, Paul's and every place in between have been flattened but there are at least two places just a bit further down that appear to have been left untouched

Capricornball | 01 October 2022 - 21:15:31

@Sam...Did Tony's AND Paul's get demolished?  They both seem to have "special" connections to have lasted this long. It is pretty well know the the former Mayor/OrBorTor had his hand out for years, and he skipped away unscathed. I think Kurt is right, just enough demo will occur on the easy places to let them think their fooling the public by "getting tough" and "t...

Kurt | 01 October 2022 - 12:44:10

@ Sam Thomson, time will teach us how sincere this demolition law wise is. Or it is not a rubber law show demolition for the eyes of higher BKK Authorities, but same time plan locally to get things step by step back in place when the BKK heat'/attention'has gone. Have no confidence in: "The law is the law" on Phuket.

Sam Thompson | 01 October 2022 - 12:04:37

The demolition has not taken place at every bar and restaurant along Layan Beach only from Tony's to Paul's. Wondering why the laws do not stretch all the way along to the start of the National Park. 

Kurt | 01 October 2022 - 10:17:05

@ tc12719, This is Phuket. Chance that corrupt Officials are found are very slim. Phuket has a refined professional corruption system that blocks finding the culprits. Unless one did not shuffle money to a higher ranking culprit. Than they set a example among each other. Using that as: "See, we fight corruption".  Total hypocrite. Underlaying is the message: "This is over, move on&q...

christysweet | 01 October 2022 - 09:32:07

No it will not be a clean beach but covered in  trash as no one is around to pick it up. Why are restaurants on the  south end of Bang Tao allowed to concrete over the sand for  their seating arrangements ?  

tc12719 | 01 October 2022 - 06:08:11

The story should elaborate how many illegal structures were there and how many of the illegal occupants had refused to leave. Also who is the state plan to use this piece of land which worth so much. On top of this, in order to make the readers more understanding of the issue, are there any officials being prosecuted  for allowing illegal use of government land.

Capricornball | 30 September 2022 - 22:43:36

Curious to see how this all pans out. I just can't see some of these freeloaders will just turn their backs and walk away. If it's anything like Surin, the people will be back, little by little, pay off by pay off, until once again they have established their free businesses. Go look at the north end of Surin as an example, and you'll see who and what the "special business owners&...

Fascinated | 30 September 2022 - 18:50:37

If its @State Land' how can there be a value on it? It belongs to the State so any 'value' is irrelevant until it comes to the envelopes.


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