On October 28th, Tri Akaradecha, the Governor of Phuket presided over the 10th meeting of Phuket Public Order Committee in 2010. There were heads of related government offices and representatives from private sectors attending the meeting.
In this meeting, the committee followed up on the activities agreed in the last meeting, concluded public order projects, natural environment care and problem solving projects, and drug prevention projects. Moreover, there was a report on crime, crime suppression, and night club order.
Pol. Col. Wanchai Akeporapit, mentioned about the mangrove encroachment in Pa Lai, Chalong Sub-district, and King Kaew Village. There were complaints from the residents in those areas about encroachment; however the police did not charge anyone. He asked every related sector to work together in order to charge people who encroached on the forest.
The governor asked every related government officer to follow the cases and also to prepare to give information to the representatives of the Senator’s House who would come to investigate the case of mangrove encroachment in Thalang, Pa Klok, Cherng Talay, and Mai Khao in late October.
Surachat Chalarat, Head of Mangrove Development Office 23, said that there were 15 pilot communities in community land title projects located in mangrove forest. However, there were only 4 communities inspected by the government officers. They were Klong Koh Pee community, Tah Rua Mai community, Pak Bang community, and Muang Mai community. The officers had to survey and get information of the remaining 11 communities before passing the cases over to the provincial government.