January 18, Khao Takiab Village, Hua Hin District, fishermen complained that there were too many impediments to fishing boat navigation in the Khao Takiab Canal. The Port Authority went to investigate and discovered that there were buildings that had not been granted licenses and stretched practically the whole width of the canal. This is a major impediment to navigation. As a result, it is dismantled for aesthetic reasons and to reduce the risk of an accident.
Mr. Apisit Khamphiro, Director of the Office, Ms. Jirat Pranprasit, Director of the Environmental Division of the Bashu Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Office, Ms. Busaba Choksuchat, Deputy Mayor, Mr. Jeerawat Prahmanee, Permanent Secretary of the Huaxin City Government, and more than 30 city officials, including the Port Director, brought in excavators to improve the landscaping and tear down buildings.
Mr. Apisit Khamphiro stated that he went to the area today to speak with fishermen and builders who encroach on the canal because, in the past, it had an impact on the environment and caused trouble, which everyone understood by extending the remaining demolition period for about 20 days and then proceeding as scheduled. At the same time, the Harbor Office has given the Hua Hin Municipality permission to build a ramp (boat beam) in the area so that fishing boats can be fixed more easily.
Ms. Busaba Choksuchart stated that the municipality met with the Phuket Harbor Department and the Provincial Environment Office. After receiving complaints about the environment in the Khao Takiab Canal, which is under the Marine Department’s jurisdiction and is situated in the municipality of Hua Hin, we discovered that there is a lot of filth and incursions in the river and scheduled a cleaning. Khao Takiab Canal is being cleaned up and made to look nice so that it can become a tourist town in the future. The city has given the authorities the machinery, tools, and equipment they need to keep doing this.