Naklua canal encroachers face inspection Feb. 26

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Local and military officials on Friday planned to survey about 40 structures allegedly encroaching on the Puek Plub Canal in Naklua as city hall tries to improve storm drainage in the area.

Pattaya Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay said at a Feb. 16 meeting with Banglamung District and Marine Department representatives that the Department of Land and 14th Military Circle will inspect the canal and meet with property owners Feb. 26 to ask them to remove structures blocking the waterway.

One of the many structures built on, and blocking, the Puek Plub Canal in Naklua. Orders have been given to have it demolished.

Khakhay said an initial investigation showed 40 structures were encroaching on public land between Naklua Soi 40 and the ocean, inhibiting storm runoff from draining and flowing to the sea.

The city has been trying for some time to clear the canal, but only one large building has been demolished to date while others cited still have time remaining on their deadlines.

The Naklua canal effort comes after Pattaya spent years trying to clear the South Pattaya Canal, where Khakhay said only three obstructions remain.