PHUKET: Much of the 178 rai of beachfront land stretching from Layan to Leypang Beach now reclaimed by officials from illegal occupiers will have trees replanted to restore the area’s natural beauty.
An area left vacant on the Layan beachfront after illegal buildings were forcibly removed in late September. Photo: PR Phuket
The massive tree planting will begin with an event next Tuesday (November 15), with Phuket Deputy Governor Amnuay Pinsuwan meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (November 7).
The meeting was that of a task force assembled for the sole purpose of restoring the area.
Those present included Phuket Provincial Administration (Palad) Director General Somprat Prapsongkram, Thalang District Chief Bancha Thanu-in, Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (PPAO) Chairman Rewat Areerob, Chief from Cherng Talay Sub-district Administrative Organization (OrBorTor) Manoch Punchalad and Wisut Chokchai from Phuket Land Office.
Vice Governor Amnuay explained that recovery efforts will focus on 172 rai of the reclaimed land, as some areas of the 178 rai were untouched or within the national park area.
“The goal is to turn the landscape into a park that people and tourists can enjoy,” he said.
Next Tuesday’s event will begin at 9 a.m. and will include a beach cleanup, he added.
Mr. Manoch explained that Cherng Talay OrBorTor had set aside 5 million baht to cut the grass on the site and take care of the planted trees.
“This place is expected to be one of the meeting places for people across the country. and the whole world, will want to go to Phuket because it is an area with beautiful beaches over two kilometers long.
“The beachfront area will later feature sculptures as well as parking lots and restrooms for people to use. This area is a national treasure that everyone must take care of,” Mr. Manoch said.