March 10, 2004
The Land Department has revoked title deeds for more than 1,300 rai of land designated for the Klong Dan wastewater treatment project, Praphat Panyachartrak the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment said yesterday.
The revocation signals a victory in the legal battle the ministry is engaged in with land brokers, Palm Beach Development and Klong Dan Marine and Fishery, for encroaching upon public land and water sources.
The department’s legal expert Nakrit Sawettanan said the deeds’ revocation would reinstate the legal status of the public land which was illegally acquired by the companies.
The land deeds, covering 1,357 rai, were issued to Palm Beach Development in 1995 and 1996. They were divided into four plots of land, which stretched over 343, 377, 488, and 148 rai within the 1,900 rai (3.04sqkm) project site.
The Pollution Control Deparment, the project operator under the ministry, earlier filed charges of public land encroachment against Klong Dan Marine and Fishery.
Klong Dan Marine sold the land to Palm Beach Development and the latter then resold it to the Pollution Control Department.
Samut Prakan MP Vattana Asavahame has been implicated in the illegal acquisition of some plots of land.
He has denied any wrong doing.
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