Klong Lat Phrao encroachers want payment to leave their homes

Klong Lat Phrao encroachers want payment to leave their homes

City Hall says about 1,000 families have encroached beside and over Klong Lat Phrao for years and should not expect compensation upon eviction. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)
City Hall says about 1,000 families have encroached beside and over Klong Lat Phrao for years and should not expect compensation upon eviction. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)

About 1,000 families that are being relocated from public land they have occupied along Klong Lat Phrao are demanding they be paid at least 200,000 baht each, according to a community rights group.

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Evicted 'land encroachers' demand payout to leave homes

Supoj Wancharoen

About 1,000 families that are being relocated from public land they have occupied along Klong Lat Phrao are demanding they be paid at least 200,000 baht each to move, according to a community rights group.

The group, led by activist Srisuwan Janya, lodged the demand Thursday with the governor of Bangkok through his deputy, Chakkaphan Phewngam.

Mr Srisuwan said people who set up houses on public land along the canal were ordered by City Hall to vacate to clear the way for construction of embankments to fight flooding.

He said 1,000 families belonging to the Chum Chon Khon Rim Klong (Riverside Community Group) did not oppose the embankment project and were willing to comply with the relocation order.

But they were told to relocate to the Ban Mun Kong housing project provided for them and bear the cost of construction.

City Hall has arranged for the Community Organisations Development Institute (CODI) to extend a loan of 200,000 baht to 300,000 baht to each to the affected residents so they could build new homes at the project.

Mr Srisuwan said this was problematic as most residents do not have secure employment and cannot afford to pay the monthly installments of between 1,500-2,000 baht for 15 years.

Many residents did not wish to be burdened with debt, he added.

They are seeking compensation from City Hall equivalent to the loan so they can resettle at a location of their choice.

One of the group's members, Siriporn Adisornmongkolkul, said residents felt they were being forced to join the Ban Mun Kong housing project. He claimed some had been given "stern" warnings to leave.

Yet the group does not represent the entire community – some residents have consented to being resettled at the designated project.

Mr Siriporn also claims some residents never received money promised to them by City Hall for installing public utilities. He suspects it may have been misappropriated.

A source at City Hall said the demand for compensation was out of the question as it lacks legal support and precedent.

Moreover, they have broken the law by encroaching on public land, the source added.

Mr Chakkaphan said 7,081 families in 52 communities that occupied the banks of Klong Lat Phrao are to be vacated as they have encroached on public land needed for anti-flood embankments.

City Hall has dismantled the houses of over 800 families who have signed up for the Ban Mun Kong project. The deputy governor said the CODI has disbursed low-interest housing loans for them.

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Vocabulary

  • activist: someone who takes part in activities that are intended to achieve political or social change, especially someone who is a member of an organisation - นักกิจกรรม
  • affected (verb): having received an effect or influence - ถูกผลกระทบ, มีผลต่อ
  • afford: to have enough money to be able to pay for something - มีเงินพอจับจ่าย  ซื้อหา
  • arrange: to plan or organize something in advance - จัดเตรียม, เตรียมการ
  • banks (noun): the raised areas of land along the sides of a river (or canal) - ริมฝั่งแม่น้ำ
  • bear the cost (idiom): to pay for something - จ่ายค่า, จ่ายเงินสำหรับ
  • burden: to give somebody a duty, responsibility, etc. that causes worry, difficulty or hard work - เป็นภาระ
  • City Hall: a city government - ศาลาว่าการกรุงเทพ
  • claim: to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - อ้าง
  • community: the people living in one particular area - ชุมชน
  • comply with: to obey a rule or law or do what someone asks you to do - ปฏิบัติตาม
  • consent: to give permission to do something - ยอมให้ทำ, อนุญาต
  • construction: the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - การก่อสร้าง
  • debt (noun): an amount of money that you owe - หนี้, นี้สิน
  • demand: a very firm request for something - ข้อเรียกร้อง, การเรียกร้อง
  • demand: to ask for something very firmly - เรียกร้อง, ต้องการ
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • designated: marked, separated, or given a name for a particular purpose - ถูกกำหนด
  • development: the gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger, etc - การพัฒนา
  • disburse: to pay money to someone from a large amount that has been collected for a purpose - เบิกจ่าย
  • dismantle: to take something apart, in this case, to defeat an opponent completely - รื้อ
  • embankment: a slope made of earth, stone or cement that rises up from either side of a road, railway/railroad, river, etc. - มูลดิน,ตลิ่งทาง, เขื่อน
  • employment (noun): when a person has work that earns them money - การจ้างงาน, การงาน
  • encroacher: when a person who gradually takes control of an area of land or sea that is not their's - บุกรุก, ล่วงล้ำ
  • equivalent: the same as; equal to - เท่าเทียมกันกับ
  • evict: to force someone to leave a building or place where they have been living or working - ขับไล่ออกจากพื้นที่   ไล่ที่
  • extend a loan (verb): make a loan to someone; offer someone a loan; give a loan - การให้ยืม
  • flooding (noun): a large amount of water covering an area that is usually dry - น้ำท่วม
  • governor: a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province or a government agency - ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด
  • install: to put a piece of equipment somewhere and make it ready for use - ติดตั้ง
  • installments (noun): a series of regular payments - การผ่อนส่ง
  • institute (noun): an organization that has a particular purpose, especially one that is connected with education or a particular profession; the building used by this organisation - สถาบัน,องค์การ,วิทยาลัย,สถาบันหนึ่งของมหาวิทยาลัย
  • interest: the money that a bank or other financial company charges you when you borrow money, or the money it pays you when you keep money in an account - ดอกเบี้ย
  • lack (verb): to not have something - ขาด
  • legal: relating to the law or lawyers - เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
  • loan: an amount of money that a person, business, or country borrows, especially from a bank - เงินกู้
  • location: where someone or something is - ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล
  • lodge: to formally make something such as a complaint or a claim - ยื่นคำร้อง ยื่นฟ้องต่อ
  • misappropriate: to use money improperly; to take for yourself money that you are responsible for but that does not belong to you - ใช้เงินในทางที่ผิด
  • moreover (adv): in addition; furthermore - ยิ่งกว่านั้น, จากนั้น
  • occupy: to work or live on a piece of land - อาศัยอยู่ใน, ครอบครอง
  • oppose: to disagree with or not approve of a plan or policy - คัดค้าน
  • payout: a large amount of money that is given to somebody - การจ่ายเงิน
  • precedent: an action, situation or decision which has already happened and which can be used as a reason why a similar action or decision should be performed or taken - มาตรฐานในการตัดสิน, ตัวอย่างหรือแบบอย่างที่มีมาก่อน
  • problematic: causing or involving problems - ก่อปัญหา
  • project: a planned piece of work that is designed to find information about something, to produce something new, or to improve something - โครงการ
  • provide: to give someone/ something that they want or need - จัดหาให้, จัดเตรียมไว้ให้
  • public (adj): belonging to the government -
  • relocate: to move someone or something to another place - โยกย้ายประชาชนออกจากบริเวณ
  • relocation: the process of moving someone or something to a new place - การย้ายที่ใหม่
  • resettle: to relocate; to move to another place to live - ไปตั้งรกรากใหม่
  • residents: people living in a particular area - ประชาชนผู้อยู่อาศัยในบริเวณ
  • rights (noun): the basic rights which it is generally considered all people (or animals) should have, such as justice, freedom and the freedom to say what you think - สิทธิ
  • secure (noun): stable, not likely to move, fall down, etc. - มั่นคง
  • source: someone who gives information - แหล่งข่าว
  • suspect: to believe that something is true, especially something bad - สงสัย, เป็นที่สงสัยว่า
  • utility: a service provided for the public, for example an electricity, water or gas supply - สาธารณูปโภค, การบริการสาธารณะ
  • vacate: to leave a place - ออกจาก, ออกไปจาก, ย้ายออก
  • willing: to be happy to do something if it is needed - ซึ่งสมัครใจ, ซึ่งมีความตั้งใจ
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