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PHUKET TOWN: Local authorities were red-faced this week after learning that part of the land reclamation at Saphan Hin appears to have been done illegally. The reclaimed land in question is next to the sea at the southeastern end of the road leading into Saphan Hin. It currently has a car park on one side and an open area on the other. The reclamation apparently breaks two laws: the Environmental Protection Act of 1992, which bars construction work in an environmental protection area, and the Thai Navigation Act of the same year, which bans construction work in the sea unless permission is first obtained from the local Harbor Master’s office. The revelation came after a recent visit by a team from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, which found that not only the Saphan Hin reclamation, but also the new Chalong Pier, contravene the Environmental Protection Act. The Ministry finding prompted the local Harbor Master’s office to point out that reclamation work done at Saphan Hin since 1992 also contravened the Navigation Act, since permission to carry it out had not been obtained from the Harbor Master. Aryoot Tarnsiriroj, vice mayor of the Phuket Town Municipality, which is responsible for the Saphan Hin area, explained, “We [the Phuket Town Municipality] have been improving the land since 1981. It was never our intention to harm the environment; we only wanted to improve the land. We wanted to make a green area or a park in Saphan Hin.” At a meeting held on Wednesday to discuss the problem, Provincial Governor Charnchai Soontharamut said that although he sympathized with the aims behind the Saphan Hin reclamation, he also needs, as governor, to preserve the law. “We need to follow the law before we change it to suit people’s needs,” he said. “When the municipality has finished its master plan, then we will begin public hearings. If everyone agrees [with what the municipality has already done and with what it plans to do], then we may decide that the law should be modified. We need to study both the advantages and disadvantages.” Until then, no more work will be done on the reclaimed land. As for the Chalong Pier, the Harbor Master, Region 5, gave permission for the construction company to build on the seabed, in compliance with the Navigation Act, but the Ministry team found that this project, too, contravenes the Environmental Protection Act. The penalty for breaking the Navigation Act is up to six months in prison or a fine of up to 10,000 baht, or both. For contravening the Environmental Protection Act, the penalties are much stiffer: up to five years in jail, or a fine of up to 500,000 baht, or both.

 

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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The Thaiger is seeking a full time video editor and production assistant for a new project based in Phuket. The role is open to a Thai national but with great English skills as well. You will need to be able to work to deadlines with a crazy bunch of stressed out news hosts, guests and the rest of The Thaiger team.

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Phuket red zone list adds Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phatthalung

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FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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