Anger over holiday homes for Thai judges and officials

Construction activity on the housing project has stopped, although it is due to be completed in June. A panel will decide which buildings encroach on forest land and should be demolished.
Construction activity on the housing project has stopped, although it is due to be completed in June. A panel will decide which buildings encroach on forest land and should be demolished.PHOTOS: TEERASAK RUPSUWAN
Construction activity on the housing project has stopped, although it is due to be completed in June. A panel will decide which buildings encroach on forest land and should be demolished.
Construction activity on the housing project has stopped, although it is due to be completed in June. A panel will decide which buildings encroach on forest land and should be demolished.PHOTOS: TEERASAK RUPSUWAN

Activists say Chiang Mai project encroaches on national park

Thai environmentalists and civil organisations are in uproar over a controversial 955 million baht (S$40.3 million) housing project in Chiang Mai for judges and court officials that they say encroaches on a national park.

The summer residences - comprising more than 40 bungalows and 13 apartment buildings on 23.5ha of land - are built on the slopes of Doi Suthep, an iconic mountain that houses at its peak the northern province's holiest shrine, the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline 'Anger over holiday homes for Thai judges and officials'. Print Edition | Subscribe