After a meeting on May 11th 2010, to discuss public utility systems in the sea gypsy village at Rawai, Mr Aroon Soros, the Mayor of Rawai Municipality, said that the municipality board had assigned the related offices to supply electricity and waterworks systems into the village. But the municipality could not continue working on this, because the sea gypsy village was located on land of three other villagers, who did not allow the municipality staff to do anything on their land.
Therefore, the municipality supplied them a water hose installed in the village. The municipality officers also surveyed the dwellings in the village to see if they can be improved to get more water. Aroon assured that the municipality would try to get everything done as soon as possible.
Aroon further commented that it’s difficult to solve the problem about land ownership since it costs a lot of money to buy the 20 rai of land, where the existing 240 sea gypsy families now live.
Question for readers:
Should authorities buy the land for sea gypsies to protect their current dwellings or move them to other areas?