Legal action to be taken against an illegal golf course on Ko Samui

The Royal Forest Department (RFD) is pondering legal action against the proprietor of a golf course on Ko Samui in Surat Thani for alleged land encroachment after it was discovered that most of the golf course has encroached on a forest reserve. Somkid Jiewkok, chief of the RFD’s forest protection unit on Ko Samui, said that the golf course covers more than 70 rai of land, but only 11 rai are legally owned by the proprietor with Por Bor Thor 5 local tax payment documents. The RFD will reclaim the 60-rai plus encroached land and demand compensation amounting to 3-4 million baht from the encroacher, he said after the latest round of inspection earlier this week. The golf course is one of three locations confirmed to be illegally encroached out of 14 locations already checked by the RFD and local officials who took part in an operation launched since Feb...


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