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Phuket Property – 5 Phuket park deeds ‘illegal’

At least five owners of land belonging to Phuket’s Sirinat National Park possess illegally issued title deeds, a Land Department probe has found. Following a request by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) to nullify land title deeds for individuals, hotels and resorts believed to have encroached on the national park, the Land Department set up a committee to investigate.

Land Department chief Peerasak Hinmuangkow said Wednesday the committee had probed 23 suspicious land ownership cases covering 1,412 rai. It found that eight of the plots had been legally issued.  The deeds were issued based on original land ownership documents such as Sor Kor 1, Nor Sor 3 and Nor Sor 3 Kor, which guarantee land rights and can later be changed into deeds.  The committee has no need to revoke the deeds in these cases, he said.

They belong to Three Dolphin Co, Pullman Phuket Arcadia, Naithon Beach Co, Surachai Laosaichua-Chomchanok Suthamma and Pinnacle Cape Co, said Mr Peerasak.  He said the committee had found that all five resorts had used Sor Kor 1 documents from other areas to illegally obtain the title deeds.  The committee would consider how to proceed with revoking ownership of the five plots.

Those affected by the department’s findings would be able to submit an appeal, Mr Peerasak said. He said the department needs more time to consider aerial images of the national park to verify whether 185 rai of land belonging to Andaman Private Beach Co, Sureesamrit Co and Istana Co, had been obtained legally.

Niphon Chotiban, chief of the DNP, said he would obtain all the necessary information from the Land Department and would ask it to speed up the process of nullifying the illegal deeds.  He also said that the DNP does not agree with the Land Department’s findings that eight sets of deeds to Sirinat land were obtained legally, so it will submit more information to the department to argue its case.

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