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Officials demolish illegal resorts

PHETCHABUN: Authorities began demolishing illegal resorts, over the protests of owners, on Phu Thap Boek mountain on Friday morning (Aug 19), after operators of only two of the 19 premises complied with an order to remove them.

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Saturday 20 August 2016, 09:26AM

Officials remove the electricity meters at Rongtiem resort, the first premises demolished on Friday. Photo: Bangkok Post / Soonthorn Kongwarakom
Officials remove the electricity meters at Rongtiem resort, the first premises demolished on Friday. Photo: Bangkok Post / Soonthorn Kongwarakom

A total of 650 forestry officials, local officials, volunteers and police moved in to demolish the remaining illegal resorts built on the popular mountain in Tambon Wang Ban and Tambon Ban Noen in Lom Sak.

Eviction notices were posted at 19 resorts on July 8, ordering they be removed within 30 days as they illegally occupied land owned by the Royal Forestry Department.

When the deadline expired on Aug 7 only two resorts had been dismantled and removed. New notices were posted asking owners of the other resorts to demolish their buildings by Aug 19. None complied. The number of resorts targeted for demolition was later reduced to 16.

The land on the mountain was reserved for the resettlement of Hmong hilltribe people, who later leased it to outsiders who built resorts for tourists.

Phetchabun Governor Bundit Theeveethivarak said the teams had been instructed to take a soft approach in carrying out the demolitions, which would be video-recorded. Police were deployed to ensure peace and order, he added.

The team first targeted Rongtiem Resort on Friday morning. The owner, Kunpas Pattanachatrungruj, objected and tried to stop them.

He alleged there was double-standard in play over the demolition of his premises.

Mr Kunpas argued he was given only one month’s notice by authorities to move out. This was insufficient to remove all the furniture and other equipment elsewhere and dismantle the premises. Worse still, it was the rainy season, which added to the difficulty of removing the buildings, he asserted.

Senior officials present stressed they were required to do their duty as ordered, to demolish illegal resorts.

They started by cutting off the electricity, removing and seizing the electricity meters and making a list of all belongings and assets on the premises. All tasks were video-taped.

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Lists were completed before the items were loaded on trucks, which took them for storage at a garage in a military camp in Lom Sak district.

Hmong people and operators of other resorts in the area watched the operation, undeterred by rain and strong winds. Some took photos and video-recorded the operation.

Cholathit Surasawadi, director general of the RFD, said officials had followed proper procedures.

“All illegal resorts will be dealt with the same way. There is no double-standard. Rongtiem Resort is the first to be demolished because it was the first facing legal action, and the case has already been concluded in court,’’ the RFD chief said.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, as the National Council for Peace and Order chairman, earlier invoked Section 44 to order the removal of all illegal buildings on the mountain.

Phu Thap Boek has become a top drawcard for tourists due to its weather and scenery. Resorts have mushroomed in the area.


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Christy Sweet | 04 September 2016 - 07:19:29

Agree with Rorii, while thoughts and opinions should not be censored in any way, the continuous slurs and insults really is dragging  the tone of the comment section down to about an 7th grade level. And I too have no problems understanding what Kurt is trying to convey and  actually enjoy quite a few of his, er... mirations?

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Joe12 | 03 September 2016 - 23:02:25

Rorii...LOL...I don't need protecting from "the many replies" - thanks. My experience is, that Kurt (and you) write defamatory, derogatory, illogical, factually incorrect comments citing freedom of speech and expects to get away with it. Sure he can say what he likes, but in terms of balance, I reserve the right to comment on those erroneous comments and if you or anyone else doesn&#...

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Rorii | 03 September 2016 - 16:08:12

Kurt, very nice, intelligent comment, I do hope Joe12, and swerv, can understand it. 

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Rorii | 03 September 2016 - 12:17:40

swerv, grow up, many of us understand kurt, you and your other identities, seem to have a problem.

Note to editor, try to keep these personal attacks to a minimum.

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Rorii | 03 September 2016 - 12:13:55

Joe12, for some reason they do \"approve\" your lunatic raving, but protect you from many replies.

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Kurt | 03 September 2016 - 11:45:45

Thai Joe12 has to learn that a newspaper has a ethical protocol.
And we, readers who comment, have to respect that. However PN is quite understanding and flexible in what they forward or not.
Complaining that PN not approve certain replies doesn't make sense. It is up to PN.
Joe12 can always read below a fresh PN article that he is invited to be the first to comment.
However, Joe12 never c...

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Joe12 | 02 September 2016 - 19:03:33

I find it strange that the ravings of a lunatic can be subject of editorial approval, whilst a reply is not. 

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Kurt | 30 August 2016 - 18:27:53

To swerv and thai Joe12.  Both of you, Stop your hard headed comments.
Both of you should read the thai court order about this illegal affair.
By thai law Hmong hilltribe people are not allowed  to lease out given land to outsiders.
Stop your silly reactions as both of you have no idea what you are talking about.

It is not for nothing that after a thai court order NCPO stepped in and initiat...

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swerv | 30 August 2016 - 12:56:30

Kurt: I have no idea what you have written. I have read it 3 times and it makes no sense whatsoever.
Evidence is overflowing a bath tub? WTF

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Joe12 | 30 August 2016 - 11:33:08're an absolute goose. The article states, "The land on the mountain was reserved for the resettlement of Hmong hilltribe people, who later leased it to outsiders." At the time of installation of these services given that a valid lease was in operation it does not equate to so called "corruption." It is "so called corruption" because you have proved noth...

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