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Area of controversial housing project in Chiang Mai to be restored

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Area of controversial housing project in Chiang Mai to be restored

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BANGKOK, 8th December 2018 (NNT) – A government-appointed committee tasked with finding remedies to the Courts of Justice’s controversial housing project in Chiang Mai province has come up with six solutions at its latest meeting. 

The meeting on Friday chaired by Prime Minister’s Office Minister Suwaphan Tanyuwatthana reviewed reports from various agencies, opinions and complaints from the public including environmentalists, and academic reports on the environmental impact of the housing project, as well as ministerial rules and regulations. After much deliberation, the committee devised six solutions as follows. 

1) No judges or judiciary officers shall take up residence in the 45 detached housing units. Local agencies and the Courts of Justice will be responsible for restoring and rehabilitating the area. 

2) Chiang Mai province will work with academics and the civic sector to plant trees around the 45 detached housing units. 

3) The Department of Agriculture shall accelerate its process to authorize the use of areas surrounding the Chiang Rai Horticultural Research Center for the construction of housing units for judiciary officers. The Bureau of the Budget shall speed up the disbursement of the budget for the construction. 

4) The area where the 45 detached housing units are located shall be returned to the public. 

5) The 45 detached housing units can be demolished if needs be. 

6) Nine condominium buildings shall remain occupied by current residents under the condition that environmental resources in the area be sustained. 

Suwaphan said the six-point approach will be presented to the prime minister.

The controversial housing project is located at the foot of forested Doi Suthep mountain. Those protesting against the project earlier called for structures to be demolished, citing damage caused to the state and the environment. 

 

 
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They are going to have to set up at least 6 committees so they

can come up with even more suggestions ,taking even more time 

so maybe the whole affair can be forgotten about.

 

One question I have, are these houses going to be holiday homes

for the judges? or main residences ,if so moving them to Chiang Rai

would make it a long commute to work.

regards worgeordie

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I suggest a land swap. Every rai of land in the project should be replaced with two rai so the environmental impacts are mitigated. I just can't see how the environment benefits having to tear down the houses. It took a lot of energy and resources from the environment to build the houses. Now, to tear them down and start over is environmentally unsound.  

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3 hours ago, ZeVonderBearz said:

7) Carry on as is until everyone forgets about the destruction of the sacred mountain.

and   8 ) Outlaw / stop forever the provision of free housing and the budgets for the same for all government officials, and also outlaw government officials living in enclaves.

 

Except cases such as simple but comfortable dormitories etc., for police living away from home and similar, but cannot be occupied on a permanent basis / only for the duration of the assignment.

 

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Wasn't there a news article the other day stating that the judges were suing the protestors for revealing names of those residing in the illegal housing.

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Don't you think they would have done studies on this land before they started to build. 

Why didn't the people of Chiang Mai who are protesting start protesting before the project was started????

Same old same old cart before the donkey

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15 minutes ago, Blue bruce said:

Don't you think they would have done studies on this land before they started to build. 

Why didn't the people of Chiang Mai who are protesting start protesting before the project was started????

Same old same old cart before the donkey

Methinks you are not aware of the history. First look at the facts and then formulate your comment on the basis of knowledge of the facts.

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I don't think most of the foreigners understand how hierarchy and krieng jai affects society here. Judges are above the law and will become aggressive if confronted by 'plebs'.

 

I also heard the protestors were being sued for defamation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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