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Phuket’s Katathani Beach Resort land under investigation

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The Katathani Phuket Beach Resort, sprawled along Kata Noi’s small beach on Phuket, is the latest subject of investigation by the Phuket Provincial Land Office. The investigation team has been given 30 days to complete its review by the Phuket Governor.

The latest investigations are the latest in a tit-for-tat battle between the owners of the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort and the Peaks Residences Condominium, perched on the hills above the beach resort.

The latest investigation is reported to be related to the construction of the controversial Peaks Residences Condominium development on the hills overlooking the popular beach resort. Villagers in the area have also filed a complaint to the Phuket Damrongtham Centre and Department of Lands, requesting an official inspection of the Bang Rak Canal, which flows from the Peaks Residences development, down the hill, and through the beachfront resort. Or it used to anyway.

On Friday representatives from the local land office said they were continuing their investigation of The Peaks Residences and the development of a building over a canal near the beachfront.

The official investigation into the resort’s beach land has followed requests from the Karon Municipality.

Although the famous Katathani resort was not directly named, it’s the only resort along the Kata Noi beachfront and is constructed directly over the named Bang Rak canal that runs from the Peaks Residences Condominium. Whereas the rain used to run down the hill, into the canal and to the sea, the egress of the canal is now blocked by the beach hotel.

At this early stage a working group say they’ve already confirmed that the land in question is among nine land deeds owned by the Katathani hotel. The legality of those land deeds is the subject of the investigation.

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Investigators also reported that the Karon Municipality is compiling a collection of aerial photographs taken by the Royal Thai Survey Department 52 years ago which will be examined along with the current deed map as the Bang Rak canal is not marked on the current deed or is visible on current aerial imaging. They say they are speaking to locals to ascertain the community’s history and the presence of the canal.

The investigation into the Peaks Residences Condominium development follows years of protests led by the Katathani resort owner Sombat Atiset who filed a formal complaint against the project overlooking his resort earlier this year.

Construction at the controversial Peaks Residences was halted once in March this year after Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered an investigation into the project.

Since then a Palang Pracharat MP, Sira Jenjaka, has gone public with alleged death threats over his complaints about the Peaks Residences project. Then, two weeks ago, he visited Phuket and filed a list of formal complaints against the development on August 22.

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An earlier version of the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort in the early 1980s

 

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For travellers to Phuket, testing is out, quarantine is in

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PHOTO: Phuket Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong (via Facebook)

The on-again-off-again plans for testing people for Covid-19 as they arrive in Phuket will be replaced by quarantine after May 15, according to Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong’s latest announcement. In an online video broadcast last night, the vice governor confirmed the new scheme after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew first mentioned it in an executive meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

There had been some back and forth with budget concerns of being able to provide the mass testing and who would pay how much for continued testing. Perhaps requiring people to quarantine in Phuket is cheaper than testing them when they arrive (cheaper for Phuket officials anyway).

The original scheme was set to expire May 15, and announcements were made about extending the plan and stopping testing right away. For now, this debate seems to have settled on replacing the testing with a mandatory quarantine upon entering Phuket.

The vice-governor explained that the rapid antigen test will continue through May 14, and then starting May 15, anyone who arrives without a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Phuket will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They set a goal of zero new infections by the end of the next two weeks. And he stated they are committed to doing whatever it takes as “Phuket cannot continue with this risk”.

Speaking to The Phuket News… “We want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The 3 vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,”

After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Thailand News Today | Pfizer vaccines on the way, Phuket’s July re-opening | May 7

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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.

You’ll also need a general knowledge of the Thai news cycle as the content will be largely centred around daily news and current affairs. Knowledge of social media, and especially YouTube, will be an advantage.

Prior work in the TV or video production industry would be a requirement; we couldn’t care less about your educational qualifications. The role would be Monday to Friday.

The work hours would be earlier in the day, probably starting around 7am. There may be some occasional travel to Bangkok involved as well. Salary would be between 30-40,000 baht per month, depending on experience with opportunities for bonuses. The initial contract would be for 3 months, renewable.

If you are interested, or know someone who could fit the job, send an email to THAIGER EDITOR at info@thethaiger.com

 

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