A private airlines was yesterday ordered to stop construction of an airport on Ko Phangan in Surat Thani after it was found to encroach on national park and forest areas.
Besides, the ongoing construction is also threatening the shore environment when silty soil flow into the sea.
The action came after a team of park officials from the Forestry Department, the National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation Department, the Marine and Coastal Resources Department and soldiers inspected the airport construction on Ko Phangan by a private airlines.
The team found that the construction site has encroached on over 40 rai of forest land, and silty soil flowing into the sea is threatening coral reefs.
They ordered the construction to stop pending verification of its document and areas it was permitted to construct.
Another team of officials comprising the Land Department and local administration will make another inspection of the construction next week.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)