Pom Mahakan community to be evicted

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Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will go ahead with its plan to evict Pom Mahakan community and turn it into a public park despite protest by residents.

Eviction sign will be put up soon at the community ordering the residents to leave the area by end of April.

The BMA says it wants to improve the residential community at the Pom Mahakan fortress and turns it into a public park under its plan to conserve and make the place an ecotourism spot.

But the BMA’s is expected to draw opposition from the community people.

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Tawatchai Woramahakun

Community leader Tawatchai Woramahakun said they will not leave the place they have lived for several decades.

He said the people do not object to the BMA’s plan but would like to have part in managing and conserving the area as an ecotourism spot.

He said community residents will cooperate with the BMA to ensure safety at the place by setting up their own guards to provide safety for tourists, and take care of cleaning.

He said the community residents wished to make their community a model where the BMA and community could live together in harmony which means the BMA will earn revenues from rents and residents will help to conserve this site for ecotourism.

A Silpakorn University architect Vice Professor Chatree Prakitnontakan supported the community residents’ proposal saying it could do so by seeking cabinet approval to revise the land expropriation law to allow community residents to have participation in developing the area  as a conservation or community museum.

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Pom Mahakan community to be evictedhttp://goo.gl/YnfnB2Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will go ahead with its plan to evict Pom Mahakan community and turn it into a public park despite protest by residents.

Posted by Thai PBS English News on Sunday, 27 March 2016