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Raid halts illegal construction in Phuket national park

Raid halts illegal construction in Phuket national park

PHUKET: Officers from Sirinath National Park yesterday (Feb 18) moved in to stop construction on a 12-rai site within the park that is being claimed as privately owned.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 19 February 2021, 11:58AM


The team of officers were led by Sirinath National Park Chief Pramote Kaewnam and joined by officers from the Royal Thai Police Crime Suppression Division for Natural Resources and Environment and from the Office for Defense and Suppression Support 4 (Southern Region) under the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

The raid yesterday follows a previous order for the workers to cease clearing the area, and felling trees, Chief Pramote explained.

“I had already ordered an officer to inform them to stop cutting trees down in the area, but they did not follow our order,” he said.

Chief Pramote also explained that a person had claimed private ownership of the 12 rai through a SorKor 1 land document.

“In front of the site, is a vinyl sign with text, ‘This land is owned by Mr Pau Phetcharat under land document (SorKor 1) No. 283, covering 12 rai. This land is under the process to be issued a land ownership document. Anyone who enters the area without permission will be prosecuted under the law”.

However, Chief Pramote yesterday noted, “We have already asked the Land Office to check, and they have confirmed to us that the land is a public area covered as a part of the national park.”

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At the site yesterday, officers found a backhoe and a group of workers building shacks as onsite accommodation for themselves, Chief Pramote said.

“We also found signs of other large equipment used to cut down trees,” he said. 

“A person presented to officers and showed the SorKor 1,” Chief Pramote noted.

Regardless, he added, “We seized the equipment found and took the person [who presented the Sor Kor 1] and all workers to the national park office for questioning.

“If we find that any other offenses have been committed, then we will proceed in accordance with the relevant laws for those also,” Chief Pramote said.

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Kurt | 20 February 2021 - 10:05:43

One Nat Park after another 'welcomes' backhoes and workers who cut trees, clear areas for illegal building. Security guards at entrances, are they bribed to allow destruction material coming into Nat Parks? The crying just starts when constructions are or are almost completed.. Oh, now we just leave it there if you please fill this large brown envelope and give me project benefits.

Timothy | 20 February 2021 - 10:01:12

Well this is going to be interesting. This guy Pau Phetcharat was so sure he knew or paid the right people he put his name on the vinyl sign. They won't be able to claim they don't know who to charge in this case. Strange how they can never get to the bottom of Fake Chanotes when the land department officials names are on the fake Chanotes. Duh!   

Kurt | 20 February 2021 - 00:23:25

Officer ordered, perpetrators informed. SK1 land documents not prove ownership. Well, no need to talk more. Thai government continue al the time to give room to wrong doing people. Not adjust law settings. Of course not, so much bribe money to collect. Shame on Government people who see this as their aim, violating their oath. Yes, what is the value of the Thai oath? Is shows; nothing!

CaptainJack69 | 19 February 2021 - 13:00:32

An SK1 land document does NOT show ownership, it is just a tax receipt. Anyone can pay tax on any land if they want to. Even IF it's real it doesnt't give anyone permission to fell trees and start building anything. That said this is THE classic corruption route by which all those other developments have gone ahead unstopped on national park land.

Fascinated | 19 February 2021 - 12:39:38

The officer was 'ordered', the perpetrators to be 'informed' - classic.

Christy Sweet | 19 February 2021 - 12:13:09

Meanwhile 20 or so other rai have been fully developed within the reserve within the last 2 years. 

 

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