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Re: Khao Yai Thiang Forest Encroachment
« Reply #30 on: February 13, 2010, 08:18:07 AM »
Surayud's Khao Yai Thiang home razed

The vacation home of Privy Councillor Surayud Chulanont at Khao Yai Thiang in Nakhon Ratchasima has been demol�ished and the plot has been vacated and restored to its original undeveloped state, forest official Suthep Pawaretwithayalan said yesterday.

"A team of forest officials, including myself, checked and found the plot vacated and devoid of any property or physical structures," he said.

Suthep said he already submitted his report on the plot to the Forest Department, confirming Surayud's compliance with the order to vacate the plot.

The red shirts brought to light the impropriety of Surayud's vacation home, located inside the forest reserve.

The government has the legal right to grant settlement rights to original settlers before forest zoning, but the forestland titles are not transferable to nonfamily members.

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Back to its "original undeveloped state"? Never before I heard of trees growing over night. :-\

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Re: Khao Yai Thiang Forest Encroachment
« Reply #31 on: February 13, 2010, 05:33:09 PM »
Trees growing overnight doesn't happen as can be seen in this picture of the Khao Yai plot of land.

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Re: Khao Yai Thiang Forest Encroachment
« Reply #32 on: February 13, 2010, 06:09:49 PM »
Looks more like he left it in a "dessert-state" They should request him to grow trees again.

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Re: Khao Yai Thiang Forest Encroachment
« Reply #33 on: February 26, 2010, 09:05:17 PM »
Forest homes face the axe

The Royal Forest Department wants five more houses dismantled in the Khao Yai Thiang forest reserve in Nakhon Ratchasima.

The five houses are close to where privy councillor Surayud Chulanont kept a holiday home, before it was dismantled on the department's orders.

He was ordered to remove the house and clear the area after the department declared he was ineligible to hold the land.

The department has found that owners of at least five other houses in the area were not qualified to occupy the land. They, too, would be ordered to move out and dismantle structures on the land.

Chonlatid Suraswadi, the department deputy director-general who chairs a panel investigating landholdings in Khao Tian-Khao Yai Thiang forest reserves in Nakhon Ratchasima, said the reserve land was reserved for poor, landless farmers under a 1975 cabinet resolution.

He did not disclose the names of the five other landholders.

A source said the five occupants were state officials who had tried to sell their land after the Surayud land occupation fiasco erupted.

Mr Chonlatid said the five owners would be treated under the law in the same way as Gen Surayud.

The privy councillor and former prime minister was forced to return his land to the department after an investigation found he was not qualified to hold the land under a 1975 forest village programme.

The land was distributed to people on the condition it would not be transferred to anyone other than a legal heir.

Gen Surayud came under fire from the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, which accused him of encroaching on 20 rai in the forest reserve overlooking the scenic Lam Takong reservoir in the Khao Yai Thiang reserve in Nakhon Ratchasima's Sikhiu district.

Mr Chonlatid said his panel had also looked into landholdings in three villages at Khao Yai Thiang.

It found many owners should be allowed to live on the land as their houses were built in areas within a settlement zone.

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Re: Khao Yai Thiang Forest Encroachment
« Reply #34 on: March 06, 2010, 11:38:24 AM »
Red-shirt movement files suit against Surayud with Nakhon Ratchasima Court

Nakhon Ratchasima - The red-shirt movement Wednesday filed a lawsuit against privy councillor and former prime minister Surayud Chulanon with the provincial court here, alleging him with encroachment on a forest reserve.

Former Nakhon Ratchaisma MP Suporn Atthawong and other local red-shirt leaders filed the suit with Nakhon Ratchasima Court, alleging Surayud and his wife, Thanpuying Jitrawadee Chulanon, of encroaching upon 21 rai of land on the North Yai Thieng Mountain in Tambon Klong Phai in Si Khiew district.

Suporn said the red-shirt movement was awaiting the court's decision whether to proceed with the case.

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Re: Khao Yai Thiang Forest Encroachment
« Reply #35 on: March 26, 2010, 10:10:41 AM »
Forest Dept to reclaim 300 rai in Nakhon Ratchasima

The committee investigating forest encroachment in Nakhon Ratchasima's Khao Tian and Khao Yai Thieng Natural Reserves has concluded that a 300rai plot in Zone C would be returned to the Royal Forest Department by the end of this month, a senior official said yesterday.

This decision is based on the ground that the 313rai forestland originally allocated to landless farmers according to a 1975 Cabinet resolution was left with only one original landlord, Jok Sawasdi, who occupies 13 rai, the panel's chairman and the department's deputy chief Cholathis Suraswadi said. The rest of the land has already changed hands.

The committee is also trying to determine who owns the five luxurious houses, located near the vacation home of Privy Councillor Surayud Chulanont that has already been torn down to return the land to the authorities. However, documents including the title deed as well as applications for utilities do not show who the owners are, he said. Therefore, initially, the authorities will reclaim the 300 rai, which does not include the land owned by Jok, for reforestation, he said.

After 60 days on the job, the committee came up with the abovementioned resolution for the Permanent Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Saksit Tridech to consider on March 30.

The other resolution proposed was for three villages, namely Khao Yai Thieng Neu, Khao Yai Thieng Tai and Ban Khao Noi. The committee agreed that the Royal Forest Department should allow the villagers to continue living on the originally allocated 161 plots, Cholathis said.

In the next day or two, the 11strong committee will check this information again before signing the report on March 29 for Saksit's consideration on March 30. If Saksit agrees to the proposal and allows the department to proceed, the problems should be resolved in about 30 days.

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