Cabinet okays Bt10bn to expropriate land for Khon Kaen-Nakhon Phanom railway

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft law for expropriation of land to build the 336-kilometre Northeast railway between Khon Kaen and Nakhon Phanom. The plan hands the State Railway of Thailand a budget of Bt10 billion to requisition land along the route linking Ban ...

The Nation Reporter

Smart City project a source of conflict

The row over a plan to purchase land from a community behind the old Mor Chit Bus Terminal to build an elevated road as part of a “smart city” project around the mass transit station has raised questions about the way the state spends taxpayer ...

Supoj Wancharoen

New land use rules seen as threat to poor farmers

A civic land rights group has expressed concern for the welfare of poorer farmers after a law change to allow commercial development on previously protected Sor Por Kor land was given the green light by agriculture chiefs.“The Agricultural Land Reform Office’s revamped rules allow businessmen, ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Landless Thais get homes in mangrove forest in conservation push

Thai authorities have reached an agreement with a landless community that will allow villagers to live in a mangrove forest if they help protect the area, a unique collaboration that could work across the country, land rights groups said.Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between ...

Alro changes regulations on how allocated land is used

The Agricultural Land Reform Office (Alro) has revamped its regulations to allow Sor Por Kor landholders to develop their plots into apartment buildings, gas stations and food-processing plants, among others.The Sor Por Kor programme was enacted in 1975 with the aim of distributing degraded forest ...

Apinya Wipatayotin

EEC adjusting investment in line with Biden’s 'green' strategy

The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Office has announced it will adjust its five-year investment plan to adapt to the changing global situation.The 2020-2024 plan for infrastructure and targeted industries will be revised in light of US president-elect Joe Biden’s strategy to promote eco-friendly businesses, said ...

The Nation Reporter

Thailand’s economic crunch, protests cast land rights struggle in new light

As Thailand’s economy cracks under COVID-19, land ownership and access are key to many communities’ ability to ride out the crisis. Amid ongoing popular protests, Thailand must decide how to address its stark wealth gap and the needs of low-income rural communities.Keep reading ...

Thai embassies in 30 nations urged to woo investors for EEC

The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Office of Thailand has recently called on Thai embassies in 30 countries to approach foreign firms to invest in the EEC, the office’s secretary-general Kanit Sangsubhan said.He said the EEC’s main targets are firms in technology, logistics, medical and health ...

The Nation Reporter

Megaprojects to link economic zones with borders

A study is to be undertaken on eight motorway-railway projects linking economic zones with Thailand’s border regions, the Transport Minister said on Friday.Saksayam Chidchob, defending the ministry’s budget at Friday’s parliamentary debate, said the study would be completed by next year.Keep reading ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Lay of the land 'murky'

Sor Por Kor land — the degraded forest tracts that the government gives to poor farmers — has always courted controversy.A cautionary tale is the case involving Suthep Thaugsuban, a veteran politician and co-founder of the Action Coalition for Thailand (ACT), now one of the ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

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