He told The Phuket News this morning (June 24), “Every piece of public land has to be returned to public use. Some building, the businessmen do not have any right to build it on.”
He spoke particularly about Surin Beach, where – after the sweeping-away of all structures on the west side of the walkway – businesses are now under threat of having their remaining structures on the east side knocked down or taken back by the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor).
While saying that the remaining parts of businesses along the beach would be looked at case by case, he added, “No one has right to build something on public land. On the other side [to the east of the path], the buildings built [as emergency housing] for local people [after the tsunami] may not be rented out nor used for business. I have to look back to the OrBorTor’s building documents to see what they built in the past.
“Any structure that was added to [an OrBorTor] building must be pulled down.”
The Phuket News has obtained a copy of the Nangseu Samkan Samrab Ti Luang (NorSorLor) paper – a deed for public land – which was issued 30 years ago and shows that all land to the west of the main road and Soi Haad Surin 8 is public land.
“Surin Beach will be the model for how we handle [encroachment on] other public land in Phuket,” V/Gov Jamroen said.
He said he was delighted that, at last, something could be done. “I am so glad that things are finally working in the right way. I have tried to do this for long time – about 10 years.
“But some people did not want to give good corporation while others were afraid of influential people. Now is the right time, however, as I have the [Army’s] National Council for Peace and Order to support me.
“I would also urge the media to continue publishing stories about encroachment by influential people.”
V/Gov Jamroen has been in Bangkok this week at a minister-level conference on disaster risk reduction.
Next week, after his return, the tempo of the anti-land-grab campaign can be expected to quicken significantly.