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Landowners face jail in Koh Samui "mystery tunnel" case

 

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Authorities in Koh Samui said they plan to pursue a case against landowners on the island after a tunnel was found to have been constructed without permission.

 

The tunnel connects the beach at Ban Tai with a private road and undeveloped piece of forest land two hundred meters from the ring road in Mae Nam district. 

 

It was earlier reported that the tunnel was part of an uncompleted hotel development. 

 

On Wednesday legal expert Phallop Meephian, local officials, police and army were all on the scene investigating.

 

The site is legally owned and features on two land title deeds with both Thais and a foreigner named on the documents. 

 

But no permission has been found for a tunnel. 

 

Building such a structure would fall under legislation that allows for a prison term of three months and or a fine of 60,000 baht. 

 

The tunnel was constructed between 2005 and 2006 and only recently came to the authorities' attention after a foreign tourist stumbled on it. 

 

It has been blocked up by the authorities so that the public cannot gain entry. 

 

Source: Manager Online

 

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yes indeed lack of regard for nature/environment, if only it was the island mafia getting arrested, I suspect their competition has just been removed

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6 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Interesting.

Will the landowner be charged with removing the soil on their own land, thereby constructing a tunnel by default?

Only if you fill in the void with concrete thus constructing a tunnel as apposed to making a hole by merely removing soil !!!

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

It has been blocked up by the authorities so that the public cannot gain entry.

Why? A mystery tunnel could be a tourist attraction, what else is there to see on Samui when you've seen the beaches and temples.

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10 minutes ago, hotchilli said:
6 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Interesting.

Will the landowner be charged with removing the soil on their own land, thereby constructing a tunnel by default?

Only if you fill in the void with concrete thus constructing a tunnel as apposed to making a hole by merely removing soil !!!

Very true. I was being sarcastic.

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8 minutes ago, fersken said:

44E97909-6C96-4A23-A489-58C30DA3858B.thumb.jpeg.cae7d12e96fd56367e6d4f7eca195eb7.jpeg3BA36CE4-A6B4-4532-B6C9-B74F49F937AF.thumb.jpeg.1c8674d0fa6fdd41c455f8b3774c52a6.jpegWhat I do not understand is why a tourist tells the authorities that he has found a tunnel at the end of a private road. I lived on the private road when the tunnel was built in 2005, meant to build houses facing the water but was abandoned, but it gave me a shortcut to the beach.

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9 minutes ago, fersken said:

but it gave me a shortcut to the beach.

You will have to go the long way around now !

regards worgeordie

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How about court case before jail?

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30 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

 

You will have to go the long way around now !

regards worgeordie

I moved in 2011

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