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Phuket’s eyesore coastal road construction to stay

PHUKET: The revised plans for the controversial buildings under construction on Krathing Cape, on the coastal road just north of Nai Harn Beach on Phuket’s southwest coast, have been approved and the structures will stay, albeit with modifications to reduce their heights, Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos has confirmed to The Phuket News.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 15 November 2017, 03:47PM

The revised plans were submitted to Rawai Municipality “in the last week of October”, Mayor Aroon told The Phuket News yesterday (Nov 14).

“Their workers are now continuing to demolish those parts of the buildings that were deemed to be illegal – the third floor of what was supposed to be a two-storey building, and the second floor of what was to be a one-storey building,” he said.

However, Mayor Aroon declined to allow The Phuket News to view the plans filed with his office, which is the local government authority for the area, claiming, “I cannot give [the plans] to press. It is the owner’s property and they have not authorised me to give the plans out.”

Asked if any deadline had been set for the demolition of the illegal sections of the buildings, Mayor Aroon said, “Approximately one year after the owner submitted the new plans with the municipality.

“Let them finish their work according to the authority of Rawai Municipality. The owner of the property does not want to see more complaints about this property in social media.”

The approval of the revised plans and the ongoing demolition of the illegal sections of the buildings come without any consent from Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong, despite Mayor Aroon explanation earlier this year that the demolition of the illegal sections could not be completed without the Governor’s approval.

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“The demolition is not yet finished because I am still waiting for orders from the Phuket Governor. I need the governor’s document outlining the official plan… Once this document is received then the demolition can continue,” he told The Phuket News on Sept 25. (See story here.)

Asked for his current understanding of that requirement, Mayor Aroon said, “Even though there has been no update from the Governor I have the authority to allow this to continue.

“I am still waiting for that information,” he said.

The “buildings on the cape” sparked public outrage earlier this year, with scores of tourists and residents – Thai and foreign, alike – voicing their anger over how the structures, to be built as either a luxury private residence or a small luxury resort, had destroyed one of the best scenic ocean views on the island.

Construction was ordered to stop on July 31 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.)



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Christy Sweet | 16 November 2017 - 22:10:41

Thailand has not held an election in five years- including local ones. Mayors can do what they want and don\'t they know it.  

Mika | 16 November 2017 - 17:28:12

Isn't Mr.Aroon an elected mayor?Why would Thai people elect him if he cares about nothing{actually re-elected} And it's a miracle to me why someone thinks that guidance from Bangkok would be a solution for Phukets problems.Everything so perfect organized in Bangkok?

Kurt | 16 November 2017 - 12:32:08

Am I the only one who feels that many years now Rawai/Naiharn has not governed correct?
Rawai beach road seafront repairs, that Naiharn 'film museum' plan., the ludic Naiharn shower stands ( budgetted, no water connection piping), all the traffic lights, not working, just flashing ( nice budget, good for nothing), this eyesore coastal project. And so on, and so on.
Funny road white strip...

Kurt | 16 November 2017 - 10:54:20

This is a very smelly affair.
When building plans are submitted to the Government, than they are available for the 'public interest'. Public can see the plans in a Government office. 
That is the thai law.
When the Rawai Mayor declared he can not show the plans because the owner doesn't want that,  well, than something is very wrong going on, and unlawfull.

Christy Sweet | 16 November 2017 - 10:19:57

I'm missing the part where capitalism gets regulated. Another example, a beach side resort filling in a section of Bangtao beach effectively "laking in" a sea lagoon so as to circumvent the 20 meter rule. Not to mention cutting down dozens of old Casuarina trees to erect condos ruining the view for 12 or so properties across the lake. That developer couldn't care less about curre...

BenPendejo | 16 November 2017 - 00:04:44

Mayor Aroon seems to have nothing but scorn for the public and the citizens of Rawaii, or anyone else that gets in the way of his special favors.  And which is it...? he needs the Governor's approval...or not?...or is he just telling everyone to go eff themselves?  This sets a bad precedent.

Kurt | 15 November 2017 - 19:28:15

The Rawai Mayor seems to be the key person here with unlimited powers. 
Great to read that demolition may be set 1 year after the owner submit new plans with municipality ( the mayor).
That will be than a 'thai rubber year', and demolition will never take place.

Is it not time that the people know who is the owner of this complex?
Perhaps that will explain a lot.

marcher | 15 November 2017 - 18:51:23

Who owns the land should have nothing to do with this. The Mayor should be ashamed of himself. Any building works should never have been allowed on many grounds, not the least are environment and traffic chaos. There must have been an awful lot of tea money paid out

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