Buildings in 46 illegal land plots at Phu Tap Berk will face demolition

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Buildings and construction works on 46 land plots in Phu Tap Berk which have been found to be illegally built on encroached land will be the first to be demolished under the government’s tough policy to reclaim the Sor Por Kor land from illegal owners.

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Owners of the buildings who are mostly tourism operators who either built resorts or shops on the land in question will receive letters of notification from the court on Friday. They are given 30 days to remove their buildings or other construction works otherwise the authorities concerned will do it themselves.

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An informed source said that as many as 1,000 home stays and resorts in Ban Tap Berk, Ban Tap Berk Mai, Ban Na Sa-oong and Ban Nam Piang Din in Lom Kao district of Phetchabun province will face demolition.

It was reported that about 100 tourism-related operators would petition the Damrongtham centre in Phetchabun for justice and fair treatment. They said they would like the authorities to find a compromise solution to the problem.

The operators claimed that the government’s attempt to reclaim the Sor Por Kor land from illegal owners would cause serious impacts on them, on tourism-related businesses.

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Meanwhile, an advisor to the natural resources management and environment of Phetchabun province said he agreed with the use of Sectioin 44 of the interim charter to solve the Sor Por Kor land abuses but he disagreed all the buildings built on the encroached land should be demolished.