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149 "illegal" resort buildings to be demolished on Mount Mon Jam

By THE NATION

 

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The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry is investigating encroachment of national forest land on Chiang Mai’s popular tourist attraction of Mount Mon Jam, the assistant to the ministry, Nopphadol Pholsen, said on Sunday (July 12).

 

Best known for its beautiful mountaintop viewpoint over the Mae Rim Valley and the floral orchard of its Royal Project farms, Mon Jam is about an hour’s drive from central Chiang Mai.

 

“The Royal Forest Department had reported up to 29 resorts with 149 buildings have encroached on forest land and had filed charges against them at the Chiang Mai provincial court early this year,” he said. “The court then issued demolition orders for the department to carry out. So far we have demolished eight newly constructed buildings about to open for business.”

 

Meanwhile, Surin Natheepraiwan, village headman of Moo 11, where the encroachment has taken place, said the resort operators who trespassed on forest lands are mostly investors from out of town who bought lands from local owners.

 

“The land on which they built hotels and resorts was later declared to be a national forest,” he said. “Furthermore, the law allows only local residents to use lands for tourism-related purposes. So these resort and hotel owners are in the wrong, whether their land is in national forest areas or not.”

The department said there are about 80 operators who are under investigation.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30391189

 

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Many little shops have opened up along the road to Samoeng from Mae Rim, including a nasty little coffee shop which spoiled a particularly unique high elevation valley that I used to really enjoy. Lots of drunks and speed demons flying up and down the mountain now. Those people are making some good money while spoiling the little nature Chiang Mai has left.

 

These were never here until a couple years ago so I suspect some corrupt official released permits to them? Doesn't seem right to me.

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7 minutes ago, ezzra said:

It begs the question, how come 149 illegally built hotels were allowed to be erected undetected, i would sack the all the building inspectors and whom ever is incharge on making sure these thing doesn't happen...

So instead of exchanging Brown envelopes the current government are shutting them down. So they are doing the right thing but will still attract a bashing on here no doubts

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9 minutes ago, ezzra said:

It begs the question, how come 149 illegally built hotels were allowed to be erected undetected, i would sack the all the building inspectors and whom ever is incharge on making sure these thing doesn't happen...

Building inspectors in Thailand, do not make me laugh.  Over the time I have lived here and had 2 homes built in a Northern Province, never once did I see an inspector to check and see if the house was being built in a proper location.  The only inspection ever carried out was when it came time to be hooked up to power, and then that inspection was carried out by the power company.  Only paperwork ever needed was signed of by the Phu Yai and money handed over to the Or Bon Tor.  No Chanote for the residence, just the land paper which was signed by the office to allow for power to be brought to the property.  Possibly the same in Chiang Mai, and someones pockets were filled and fake land notes created.

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just burn them down during spring with the rice burn for 6 months of every year.

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30 minutes ago, ezzra said:

It begs the question, how come 149 illegally built hotels were allowed to be erected undetected, i would sack the all the building inspectors and whom ever is incharge on making sure these thing doesn't happen...

They're bamboo huts.

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The new "land tax" is going to catch a lot of people out, they have been to my house twice in the past month as they made a mistake and wanted to charge tax on half the land, this tax is just gaining momentum now...................

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