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PHUKET TOWN: The greatest threat to Phuket’s continued success as a top tourist destination is not a lack of planning, but the fact that few plans are put into action and, when they are, there is a lack of supervision or enforcement. That was the clear message from the majority of speakers in yesterday’s seminar on “The Prospects for Land Resource Management and Tourism in Phuket” organized jointly by The Nation newspaper and the Phuket Gazette. The tone was set by Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi, in his opening address. Describing Phuket as a “gold mine” he said, “Some people dig in order, but some dig in disorder. They resist everything that the Provincial Hall tries to do.” He added, “The only way to keep Phuket in good condition is planning.” In the first session, on land resource management, Rajatin Syamananda, the recently-appointed Director-General of Thailand’s Town & Country Planning Dept, said he was surprised, when he took up his post, to discover that urban planning regulations cover only 2.7% of the total area of Thailand, and that even in that small area there is “a lack of appropriate guidance”. A master plan for Phuket is being drawn up, he said, adding, “The first thing to be done is to add more control measures. This depends on appropriate law enforcement.” Thasanee Chantadisal, Director of the Urban & Environmental Planning Division of the Office of Environmental Policy and Planning, described Phuket’s environmental protection system as “very poor”, with the problem being exacerbated by increasing numbers of visitors and immigrants from other provinces. She was particularly concerned with the damage being done to watersheds. “This is very dangerous for water resources,” she said. O. B. Wetzell, principal of development management company DMG, remarked that “the train of development that has run over Phuket has done some serious damage.” Asking, “What do the tourists come back for?” he urged Phuket to “dare to dream” about its future marketability. “We have got to get our act together. The market will pay for this progress, believe me.” Amnard Poltecha, Senior Policy & Planning Analyst with the National Economic and Social Development Board, pointed out that there is no 20-year plan for Phuket, or even any maps. Wichit Na-Ranong, principal of the local Pearl group of companies, said, “The problems we have are, first, no planning; second, planning but no implementation; and third, planning with implementation but no supervision.” He called for education of the public, new laws and strong enforcement. “We can’t depend on luck any more,” he concluded. In the second session, on the future of tourism, Auggaphol Brickshawana, Director of the Planning Department of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, identified two main weaknesses in Phuket. The first, he said, is rapid development combined with a lack of planning or ineffective enforcement, leading to destruction of the environment; while the second is a lack of efficient management of tourist attractions. James Batt, Joint Managing Director of Laguna Resorts & Hotels, was the one very optimistic voice in the seminar, though he too called for greater law and order. In particular, he said, tourists do not like being harassed by hawkers on beaches, nor are they impressed by the aggressive welcome they get from taxi touts at the airport. Methee Tanmanatragul, Managing Director of property developer and hotel consultancy W. M. & K, called for grass-roots education about tourism in all schools and for more stringent enforcement of laws and regulations. He remarked, “I don’t think the dream destination will have a much longer life if nothing is done.” Phuket Senator Paiboon Upatising said that a recent survey of tourists showed that they had three major concerns: environmental degradation, lack of road safety and being hassled by touts. But, he warned, enforcing laws would not work as long as local people do not feel they are being allowed to participate. Without participation by “stake-holders”, he said, “the more you enforce the law, the more resistance you will get.” The seminar, at the Royal Phuket City Hotel, was part of The Nation’s 30th anniversary celebrations which, in Phuket, include an exhibition of photographs from the past three decades. This opened yesterday in the same hotel, and is open to all.



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Power outage in parts of Chalong tomorrow

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Residents of Chalong should be aware that there is a scheduled power outage from 9am to 4.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday) as the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) continues its work on high power voltage systems in the area.

The blackouts will affect the areas from the Shell petrol station on Patak Road to Bayshore law office opposite Chalong Beach Hotel on Wiset Road.

As always, the PEA apologises for the inconvenience.

For more information contact the Operations and Maintenance Department of the Provincial Electricity Authority on 07 652 1099 (24 hr)

 

 

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Free water schedules for residents in Patong and Rassada

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Authorities have announced schedules of free water distribution for residents in Patong and Rassada.

In Rassada by the Phuket Waterworks Authority (PWA)

  1. Koh Siray, from 8pm to midnight every day at Supitcha housing estate
  2. Soi Kingkaew and Soi Honsaithong, from 9am to 3pm every day.
  3. Nattakamon housing estate, one time per three days.
  4. Thep Buri housing estate, one time per three days.
  5. Sri Suchart 2 housing estate , Rock Garden housing estate and Kietsin hosuing estate, one time per three days.

In Patong by Patong Municipality

Free water is available on Phra Baree Road, Phisit Koranee Road and Nanai Road on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am, onward starting today.

Residents are told they need to bring water buckets.

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Alleged Greek murderer of Phuket beautician remains at large

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PHOTO: Dimitrios ‘Dim’ Chairopoulo, wanted and believed to be living in Greece

Local Phuket police are yet be informed of the latest in an international hunt for a Greek alleged murderer Dimitrios Chairopoulos. He remains wanted as a suspect in the murder of local beautician 43 year old Niramon ‘Bea’ Aewkaew in Phuket during February.

Cherng Talay police say they want an Interpol Red Notice issued so that they can track down and arrest 42 year old Dimitrios ‘Dim’ Chairopoulos, wanted for the murder. Bea and Dim were seen leaving their accommodation on February 11. It was the last time Bea would be seen alive.

Mr Chairopoulos was recorded as clearing Immigration at Phuket International Airport to board a flight to Dubai in the hours after Ms Niramon was last seen alive. He boarded an Emirates flight EK0379 to Dubai, departing Phuket at 2am. Police also confirmed that he arrived in Dubai on the same day.

“If he comes back to Thailand he will be arrested,” said Chief Col Sen Kwannimit of the Cherng Talay Police.

A request for a Red Notice was submitted with the Foreign Affairs Division of the Royal Thai Police on February 19 but, for now, no formal international’s notice has been published..

Cherng Talay Police confirmed that Dim was seen leaving the room at a guesthouse in Bang Tao where Ms Niramon’s body was found on Saturday, February 16.

In the days leading up to her murder her family had been desperately trying to contact her.

‘Bea’ was the eldest of 5 children from Phatthalung province and had been working in Phuket as a beautician at the time.

One of her sisters, May’ was contacted on February 15 by one of Bea’s workmates trying to locate her.

Neither May or Bea’s other sisters, relatives or friends were able to contact her. Bea had just moved to a new house so nobody knew where she was living. Another sister, Pichy, spoke to friends and was able, using Google Maps, to locate the guesthouse she was staying.

The owner of the room told the family that the air-conditioning was on in the room but there was no response. When the owner returned with a key he informed the family that Bea was found on the bed with a black cloth stuffed in her mouth and her hands and feet bound.

CCTV footage shows the couple leaving the room in the afternoon of February 11, the last time that Bea was seen alive.

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Dimitrios ‘Dim’ Chairopoulos with his daughter from another relationship

What we know about the alleged murderer?

Dimitrios ‘Dim’ Chairopoulos, who remains at large and thought to be in Greece, worked as security in a night club in Athens. He already had a daughter to another woman in Greece.

During his relationship and marriage with Bea he was said to be ‘controlling’ and ‘jealous’ by members of Bea’s family. A close family friend told The Thaiger that the family had concerns for Bea’s safety and were ‘uncomfortable’ with her ongoing relationship and marriage with Dim.

“We tried to get to know him at family functions but he was not easy to know and seemed very possessive of Bea,” said one of the close family members who asked not to be named.

“He did threaten to kill her if she ever left him and Oh, another of her sisters, went with Bea to file a report of the threats at the Cherng Talay police station at the time,” they explained.

That report was made to police in 2016. A year later the pair married and were still married at the time of the murder.

“He would drive past the beauty shops that Bea worked at and spy on her.”

The family claim that, apart from his own possessions, he also stole Bea’s phone before he headed to the Phuket International Airport on the evening of the murder.

So where is Dimitrios Chairopoulo?

At this stage the Greek Embassy has made no comment about the case or followed up with Greek Police about the pursuit for the fugitive man.

There are currently approximately 58,000 valid Red Notices worldwide of which only 7,000 are public. An Interpol Red Notice has not been issued to alert international police or Immigration officials to be on the look-out for Dim.

For now, the alleged murderer of Bea – an innocent Phuket beautician, beloved sister and family member – remains at large, most probably in Greece.

If anyone has any information about Dimitrios ‘Dim’ Chairopoulo’s whereabouts or information that may lead police to arrest him, please send a confidential message to The Thaiger.

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