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Phuket beach cafés and resorts demolished in crackdown

July 14, 2014 Destination Thailand, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59Thai authorities have begun demolishing illegally built shops, resorts and cafés along two prominent beaches in Phuket.

Both Naithon and Naiyang beaches are part of Sirinath National Park, so technically  belong the to public. Authorities are removing from the beachfront umbrellas and beach chairs placed there by food shop owners. Tourists are said to have complained that some shopkeepers and café owners chase them away if they sit nearby without paying or buying food from the shops.

The action is part of a National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) crackdown on encroachment on state-owned land and national parks, Thailand’s Nation newspaper reports. NCPO is the official name for Thailand’s current military administration.

Authorities say beach furniture such as umbrellas and chairs constitutes “an eyesore on the beaches for most visitors”.

Shops that have not yet been demolished have been granted a 30-day deadline to dismantle their installations and relocate – or the properties will be torn down by a team of 200 forestry officials and soldiers, at the expense of the owners.

In a separate development, ownership of 92 unlawfully acquired plots covering a large area (160 hectares, or 1.6 square kilometres) is to be revoked.

The land had been unlawfully acquired by former ministers, deputies and provincial governors, Samak Donnapee, director of the Bureau of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, stated.

Senior forestry official Sanit Ongsara said seven buildings had been dismantled so far.

“There are a few people benefiting from running the shops and resorts, but the beach is public land which should be utilised fairly by everyone,” he added.

Written by Peter Needham

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  1. bruce weston says:

    oh dear !! a thai crackdown !! hey watch this space – with in a year ‘local ‘ business men will have huge leases on all this , whats that – to their mates – no ! never !! not in thailand

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