Pattaya City Halts Construction on Koh Larn Pending Land Rights Check

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Pattaya —

Pattaya City is investigating land title documents on Koh Larn after heavy machinery was spotted clearing a large portion of a mountain slope on the island’s Taewan Beach.

Pattaya Deputy Mayor Mr. Manoch Nongyai stated on Wednesday, July 3rd, that most of the land on Koh Larn, which spans 4.5 kilometers, lacks formal land titles. However, some plots do have official ownership documents.

The land has mainly been used for agricultural purposes by island residents for a long time, and Pattaya City has been working to ensure that native residents who pay taxes to the city have legal ownership of their land.

However, Mr. Manoch further explained that while most of Koh Larn’s flat land has been developed into residential areas, concerns have arisen regarding the recent adjustment of a large mountain slope near Taewan Beach.

Local residents reported seeing bulldozers clearing the land, raising concerns if the operators possess legal land title documents and if it is legal to turn such steep land into a residential area. Additionally, residents were afraid it would ruin the natural look of the area and encourage other construction.

“Pattaya City has already ordered officials to measure the incline of these areas,” Mr. Manoch told local media. “Construction must comply with the laws regarding land use. If the incline exceeds legal limits, construction will not be allowed. We have initially ordered the halt of construction in the affected area and the removal of machinery from the site,” stated Mr. Manoch.

It was not immediately clear who claimed to own the land or what they planned to construct, with Pattaya City still investigating even as many complaints from local residents reportedly poured in.

PHOTO: Khaosod
PHOTO: Khaosod
PHOTO: Khaosod


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