48 resorts slated for razing (Thailand)

Another 48 resorts in the Thap Lan National Park will be demolished in the middle of next month as part of the state’s continuing crackdown on forest encroachers.

Officials have “plausible evidence” implicating the resort operators in illegally building facilities in protected forest in parts of Nakhon Ratchasima and Prachin Buri provinces, said park chief Thewin Meesap.

The owners were earlier told to remove their properties by Oct 30. But because officials wanted to ensure “fair treatment and careful action”, the deadline was extended to Nov 30, he said.

If the encroachers fail to observe the order, the authorities will remove the buildings themselves, starting after His Majesty the King’s 84th birthday on Dec 5.Investigators say they have found up to 122 cases of forest encroachment in the park. Of them, 64 (21 in Nakhon Ratchasima and 43 in Prachin Buri) include illegally constructed buildings, while 58 were farms operating illegally in the protected forests.

Read more in the Bangkok Post

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