Connect with us

Phuket

Pian authorizes Phra Barami 8 evictions

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

Pian authorizes Phra Barami 8 evictions | Thaiger

KALIM: Patong Mayor Pian Keesin has reluctantly agreed to demolish three squatters’ homes on Soi Phra Barami 8, the site of a proposed road-widening project that has been delayed by the numerous illegal dwellings there.

The three houses are among 61 that face eventual destruction, but are the only dwellings that the court has thus far ordered demolished. Workers will begin pulling down the three homes tomorrow.

Mayor Pian agreed to the eviction during at a meeting at Kathu District Office chaired by Phuket Provincial Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Nivit Aroonrat, who has long sought removal of squatters from prime real estate in the hilly, seaside area.

Most of the 61 families who face eventual eviction from the area work in low-paid jobs in the Patong tourism industry; many have children who attend school there. Their electricity was cut when they were served their eviction papers in May by provincial officials, who were accompanied by some 100 police and security officers.

Two months after receiving eviction notices the squatters not only refused to move, but also staged an angry protest at Phuket Provincial Hall, where they demanded a delay in the eviction, negotiation of a fair resettlement and restoration of electric power.

The province, represented by Palad Nivit, took a hard line with the villagers after they rejected a plan to be resettled on small plots of land owned by Wat Kathu, some six kilometers away.

Saying that the time for negotiation in the case had passed, Palad Nivit ordered Mayor Pian to have the first three dwellings pulled down.

As of November 5, each of the three homeowners had run up 137,000 baht in fines for defying the court order to vacate. If unable to pay the fines, each face a one-year jail sentence, he said.

The three targeted dwellings fall most directly in the path of the intended roadway widening project. The province wants them to relocate first so that the owners of 12 other dwellings in a group of 15 targeted for immediate relocation will follow suit and will not need to be served with court orders.

K. Nivit said it was time that the province showed the encroachers that it is serious about the evictions.

“Patong Municipality must first deal with these three cases, because the villagers are still there in spite of the court order. I don’t want to have to ask the court to issue orders against the other 12. We need to do this in order to set an example and prevent more problems later on,” he said.

Mayor Pian first asked to bring in the Justice Ministry’s Legal Execution Department to advise and help negotiate a “step-by-step” solution to the problem, but in the end agreed for the three holdouts to be demolished tomorrow.

Numerous police units, including members of the local Police Border Patrol Unit, are expected to provide security during the operation.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Vietnam9 hours ago

Ho Chi Minh launches 3-stage reopening plan, international on January 1

Kanchanaburi10 hours ago

Border shacks to be demolished for aiding Burmese immigrants

Tourism11 hours ago

Tourism calls for Russia and India to be added to safe list

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Economy11 hours ago

Bank of Thailand plans real-world test of digital currency in 2022

Hua Hin12 hours ago

Hua Hin calls for delay in reopening amid Covid-19 infections

Chiang Mai12 hours ago

Chiang Mai Covid-19 infections swell ahead of reopening

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Koh Samui14 hours ago

Thailand’s bars and beach parties remain strictly closed (cough)

Coronavirus (Covid-19)14 hours ago

Covid-19 Sunday: Deaths fall to low of 56, provincial data

Tourism15 hours ago

Ministry of Foreign Affairs sings praises of Thailand Pass

Coronavirus (Covid-19)16 hours ago

Covid-19 in prison: outbreaks from overcrowding now subsiding

Coronavirus (Covid-19)16 hours ago

Covid-19 deaths receding, but still here; 1 month old baby dies

Crime1 day ago

Van packed with 39 illegal burmese workers stopped in Phichit

Vietnam1 day ago

Vietnam to test reopening starting with Phu Quoc Island

World1 day ago

Chinese law to limit homework and tutoring pressure on kids

Bangkok1 day ago

Thai man takes grandfather hostage in Bangkok standoff

Thailand1 month ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism8 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand10 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand10 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending