THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Forest department demands stall Phang Nga airport plan

PHUKET: The Royal Forest Department has made its position clear on a push for construction of an airport in Phuket’s neighbouring Phang Nga province, saying the proposal will go nowhere until all issues are addressed.

constructionenvironmentlandtransporttourism
By Bangkok Post

Thursday 6 July 2017, 10:30AM


The sunrise from Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga province. Photo: Karnjana Karnjanatawe

The sunrise from Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga province. Photo: Karnjana Karnjanatawe

The department has sent back the airport plan proposed by the southern province, saying further studies are needed in at least three areas.

Department director-general Chonlatid Suraswadi yesterday (July 5) pointed to the need for the province to assess the environmental impact of the project, present the agency with the views of residents who will be affected by or are opposed to the plan, and for more inspections of the proposed location.

“The Royal Forest Department has returned the proposal to the provincial governor,” Mr Chonlatid told the Inside Thailand news programme on Spring News TV. “The proposal still needs an Environmental Impact Assessment and views from the other side,” he added.

Bangkok Airways has approached the province, wanting to build an airport in Thai Muang district.

An area of 2,000 rai in tambon Lam Kaen in the district has emerged as the potential site, after an earlier site was found to include part of Klong Tung Mapro reserve deemed “degraded forest land”.

The tambon Lam Kaen council voted in May last year to support the plan and provincial authorities also backed it, pointing to expected benefits to the province from tourism and trade. The provincial governor then sent the proposal to the forest department.

The future of the airport apparently rests with the department, as it controls the land in question.

Laguna Golf Phuket

“The pictures attached to the proposal show that the land has some green spots,” Mr Cholatid said, but said the department had not jumped to a conclusion it was degraded forest land.

Forestry officials in the province would re-check the location to confirm its status and the department would send officials from Bangkok to look into the area, Mr Cholatid added.

The airport project has divided local residents into two camps.

Supporters welcome the plan to build an airport in the province because it would mean not having to travel to Phuket to catch a plane, and it would assist tourism.

Opponents say the land slated for the airport’s construction is not deteriorating forest land, and have accused Lam Kaen Municipality of too hastily holding a meeting to support it.

Read original story here.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Government clamps down on surging illegal Thai migration

140,000 illegal thai workers in Korea. Wow. Obviously thai Immigration should check better on depart...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Recalibrating the retirement visa

Talking about thai NIDAL Polls: In BP of 19 May an article that according a NIDAL poll 31.25% of th...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Recalibrating the retirement visa

Was there any NIDAL Poll, proving that retirees, with their 800,000 Baht deposit are more hospitalis...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Recalibrating the retirement visa

can he explain why retirees need to keep 800k in the bank? Probably has no idea about that,not his m...(Read More)


Mains water supply to be shut off near airport

Well done, PWA. You choose the most quiet hours at Phuket International Airport to shut of her water...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Recalibrating the retirement visa

My retirement visa is yearly from 15 September till 15 September. My International health insurance...(Read More)


Senior monks jailed for fraud

See the look on his face, no sign of feeling guilt or sorry. This was not a thai buddhist monk, but...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Recalibrating the retirement visa

They know full well it's the short stay tourists that are not paying their bills. I'm sure m...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Recalibrating the retirement visa

Good PN Opinion piece. This 'action' is very thai. ."First do something, think about d...(Read More)


Cabinet approves mandatory health insurance for long-stay visas

"No need to panic!" No, but on that web site are thai insurances only, just covering Thai...(Read More)