Doi Suthep activists plan rally (In a recent survey by Mae Jo Poll (57% of…
Doi Suthep activists plan rally
A civil network
fighting to reclaim
the Doi Suthep forest area
is calling on the government to set a time frame
for the dismantling of the controversial housing project
the foot of Doi Suthep mountain
in Chiang Mai.
The call comes
despite a decision by a committee
which said that
the 45 homes and nine buildings would be demolished and the disputed plot will be returned to the Treasury Department for rehabilitation.
In a recent survey by Mae Jo Poll
57% of respondents
were in favour of
rehabilitation of the plot
while 29% of respondents suggested
at only partial demolition
would still negatively affect the environment.
About 7% of respondents
the public should be allowed to use the disputed area
the remaining 6%
the housing project should be kept because it did not violate any law.
The housing project
is located on an 89-rai land plot
given by the Treasury Department to the military
for the construction of the Region 5 Appeals Court.
It met with strong opposition
from local groups months before
it was completed in June of this year.