Authorities dismantle structures encroaching on Phi Phi national park

Around Thailand February 14, 2018 17:31

By Sittichai Sikhawat
The Nation
Phuket Gazette

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Authorities are preparing to dismantle seaside six houses and two shops that are encroaching on a Southern national park.

The structures are located in Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park in Krabi province. 

More than 100 policemen, soldiers and national park officials started the demolition on Wednesday and expected to complete the task within three days. 

Opas Nuanmangsor, a senior official at the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, said the houses and shops had been seized in 2014 when authorities cracked down on encroachment. 

“They occupied about one-tenth [0.016 hectares] of a rai,” he said. 

Aran Rotakarn has been identified as the encroaching party and charged in court. 

Early last year, the court convicted him of the crime, which is punishable by both a jail term and a fine. As Aran has confessed to his crime, his sentence was commuted by half to a three-month jail term and a fine of Bt3,000. 

Because he did not have any criminal record before, his jail term was suspended for two years. 

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