Descendants of a famous Thai prince yesterday lodged a complaint with the Central Administrative Court over a committee’s controversial decision to allow a condo building to be built next to his residence.
The Plai Noen Royal Villa, which now belongs to HRH Prince Narisara Nuvativongse’s Jitpong family, is located in Bangkok’s Klong Toei district.
Late last year, a committee of specialists on environmental impact assessments (EIA) for building, land allocation and community services of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) approved the EIA for the condo project to be developed next door.
Descendants of the prince said the villa had historic and cultural value. Built a long time ago, its structure might suffer when the construction of a big building started nearby.
“Such precious architecture should not be endangered,” they said.
A son of King Rama IV, Prince Narisara made huge contributions to Thailand’s architectural, visual arts, theatrical arts and fine arts in his lifetime. In 1963, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) named the prince a person of international importance.
The descendants of the late prince hope they can protect his Plai Noen Royal Villa and later open it as a museum for public benefit.
Plai Noen Royal Villa : Courtesy of happeningbkk.com