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An illegal resort in the Phuket hills is raided by Forests officials today

Surprise Raid In Phuket Forests Leads to One Arrest

Saturday, July 28, 2012
PHUKET: Forests Department officials from three provinces converged on Phuket today in a crackdown on the appropriation of public land.

One man was arrested and another was seen fleeing into the jungle near the construction site of what appeared to be an illegal resort .

Over the past nine years, Forests department Director Amnard Soikerw said, 60 people had been arrested and 651 rai of public land restored.

He said that of 5000 rai of Forests Department land on Phuket, 3844 rai was being used by 268 people to graze animals or for agricultural purposes. Only 794 rai of genuine forest remained.

Forests land in the Kamala Hills and the Nakkerd Hills was most under threat, he said.

There were also official requests from Islamic groups, for example, for cemeteries and the Roads Department.

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Looks pretty ceremonial to me. Where's the bulldozer to raze the illegal constructed buildings. Next week everything will be back to normal.

Posted by Anonymous on July 28, 2012 22:33

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what about the road between kata and rawai loads of new buildings there.

Posted by michael on July 29, 2012 18:40

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It's the same story all over Thailand - the deforestation has taken a massive toll and with the love of money and concrete this will only get worse.

Posted by Graham on July 29, 2012 20:41


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