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Phuket’s coastal eyesore construction is legal, confirms mayor

PHUKET: The building under construction on the coastal road to Krathing Cape, north of Nai Harn Beach, is legal, Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos has confirmed.

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Saturday 15 December 2018, 01:00PM


The news comes as the final touches to the construction of the building are being made.

The construction caused an international uproar last year over the structure spoiling one of the best sea views that tourists from around the world come to Phuket to enjoy.

Construction was ordered to stop on July 31 last year after it was found that the incomplete structures were already exceeding the building permit issued by Rawai Municipality.

Initial investigations overseen by Capt Boworn Phromgaewngam, Deputy Director of the Phuket branch of the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc), confirmed that the project was on legally acquired private land – but also that the project had been issued a building permit allowing four three-level buildings to be built at the site. (See story here.)

Department of Special Investigation (DSI) investigators also inspected the site and noted that the land the building was “likely to be illegal”. However, no further remonstrations by the DSI against the project have been forthcoming.

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Mayor Aroon confirmed to The Phuket News this week that redrafted construction plans were submitted – and approved – and are being adhered to.

“The modifications that were exceeding the building permit (an extra two floors) were removed some time ago and the construction has continued since,” he said. (See story here.)

“The construction now complies with all municipality regulations,” he added.

“I know this has affected people’s feelings. People keep complaining and saying many things about this project, but I have upheld my responsibility - the building is legal,” Mayor Aroon concluded.

 

 

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Kurt | 15 December 2018 - 19:37:07

This whole Naiharn Beach View housing project is now a monument, expressing thai corruption. ... How to make legal what was illegal..., and bend thai laws for personal use. ( money)  Are there thai words for:  'Moral Compass' ?

Pauly44 | 15 December 2018 - 15:49:11

The real question is just how/why was the building permit approved not whether they are adhering to it, more than likely a few cash hand shakes under the table. 

CaptainJack69 | 15 December 2018 - 13:17:53

Just because something is "legal" doesn't make it right. There's no way on earth any permit should have been issued for this project, and the fact that one was makes a farce of the whole "building permit" system. It is now clear that you can get a permit for literally anything (as long as you pay the right fee that is).

Kurt | 15 December 2018 - 13:04:55

Well, it took some time to modificate the documents to make legal what was illegal + a lot of brown envelopes ( perhaps), as any departments involved. Many noses had to be steered in same direction.

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