A girl’s try and promote an unlimited piece of island parkland for 350 million baht might backfire on her.
The Division of Nationwide Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) is investigating a Fb publish by which the lady tried to promote the 298-rai (47-hectare) piece of land on Koh Wai island in Trat’s Mu Koh Chang Marine Nationwide Park.
“The division has checked the whole quantity of land on Koh Wai island and we discovered it’s inconceivable for anybody to personal 298 rai plots within the nationwide park,” mentioned Damras Phoprasit, the division’s director-general.
“We now know the id of the one that posted this and we are going to launch an investigation.”
Koh Wai island, which is 932 rai in measurement and a part of a small archipelago off the Trat coast, was declared a part of the Mu Koh Chang Marine Nationwide Park in 1982.
Just a few small blocks of land had been awarded to a few native fishermen who had lived on the island many years earlier than.
Nonetheless, Mr Damras insisted the overwhelming majority of the land — 922 rai — nonetheless belonged to the state. “We’ll examine this and take authorized motion in opposition to anybody who’s discovered to have encroached on park land,” he warned.
The division started making inquiries after listening to of the widely-shared Fb publish by a lady calling herself Minky Arisara.
Describing the island as “The Maldives of the East,” she claimed her household owned 298 rai on the island, solely to later replace her Fb web page apologising and saying the unique data had not been correct.
“We solely have a small piece of land on this island which we use to make a dwelling,” she mentioned.
“I’m so sorry I didn’t test the data — I didn’t suppose anybody would have an interest.”
A supply conversant in actual property on Koh Wai mentioned two separate resorts on the island had been making an attempt to promote their land however they weren’t breaking the regulation as a result of they may show they held the title deeds.
They weren’t native villagers, mentioned the supply, however traders who’re believed to have purchased their land from the unique villagers three many years in the past when the state introduced the island would turn out to be a nationwide park.
“Nonetheless, it’s nonetheless inconceivable for anybody to personal 298 rai of land on Koh Wai island,” he mentioned.