Lt Sompop Kamkhana from the Navy’s Third Area Command at Cape Panwa told The Phuket News today (April 4), “The Department of Rural Roads confirmed they built the road in 1994 and handed it over to Rassada Municipality to take care of in 1997.
“According to the law, regardless of the time that has passed, the road remains a public road,” he said.
The road was opened on March 29 after joined Phuket Vice Governor Khajornkiet Rakpanichmanee and Phuket Damrongdhama Centre (Ombudsman’s Office) Chief Prapan Kanprasang inspected the site and held talks with Laem Nga Development Co Ltd’s legal representative.
Military personnel armed with assault rifles accompanied the officials for the “talks”. (See story here.)
However, the company blocked off the road again soon after the official inspection party had departed.
“We visited the area again (on Mar 31) after learning that they had blocked off the road again,” Lt Sompop said.
“We told them to keep the road open and will have a meeting with officials and the company soon to settle this,” he added.