22.7-million-baht building at Laem Talumpuk non-hunting area under probe

The installation of air-conditioners in an open-air building at Laem Talumpuk non-hunting area in Nakhon Si Thammarat province prompts an investigation into suspected corruption in the 22.7-million-baht construction project.

Nakhon Si Thammarat governor Chamroen Tippayapongthada on Tuesday (Feb 123) led a team of officials to inspect a multi-purpose building located in the Laem Talumpuk non-hunting area in Pak Phanang district after alleged corruption in the construction was reported.

The inspection team found several air-conditioners being installed on the wall although the building was an open-air structure without walls.

Governor Chamroen said Nakhon Si Thammarat province allocated the 22.7-million baht budget for the construction of the multi-purpose building upon request from Nakhon Si Thammarat Natural Resources and Environment Office.

The building project was completed in September last year with the project builder being fully paid.  The project was meant to develop and promote eco-tourism in the province, Mr Chamroen said.

He insisted that the project was implemented before his appointment to Nakhon Si Thammarat.  He said that the building has not been used because there are several irregularities in the construction, especially the installation of air-conditioning system despite the fact that the building has no walls.

The governor said he expected an investigation report in a week.

Meanwhile, a construction expert of the Region 14 Auditor-General’s Office who had inspected the building noted that several points of the building were not in accordance with the blue print.

He said he would ask for documents related to the project for more detailed study.