The end is near for Lam Takhong restaurants

The end is near for Lam Takhong restaurants

It is not just the Bonanza Golf and Country Club that is feeling the heat from authorities for encroaching on state land. All 45 restaurants at the edge of the Lam Takhong reservoir will be gone by next month.

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The Bonanza Golf and Country Club was in the news again yesterday, after Pak Chong officials in Nakhon Ratchasima said owner Phaiwong Techanarong will face legal action for encroaching upon national forest lands.

A soldier stands guard at a golf course and car-racing circuit operated by Bonanza Golf and Country Club in Nakhon Ratchasasima’s Pak Chong district, which was raided by anti-encroachment officials last week. TAWATCHAI KEMGUMNERD

Since Mr Phaiwong has ties to the red shirts, many see the case as politically-motivated, but there are many other encroachment cases underway as well

One that is near its end involves 45 restaurants along the Lam Takhong reservoir in the same province. Here are the latest details.

In this photo taken in February, the Lam Takkhong restaurants were operating normally despite being condemned. They are in a picturesque spot and are popular with motorists, so it is understandable why they are resisting being shut down. CHANAT KATANYU

45 Lam Takhong restaurants to be demolished in May

Prasit Tangprasert

All 45 restaurants encroaching on state land near the Lam Takhong reservoir in Nakhon Ratchasima will be demolished next month, a panel tasked with resolving encroachment problems decided Tuesday.

The committee, chaired by deputy Nakhon Ratchasima governor Winai Witthanukul, raised the demolition plans during a meeting with representatives from relevant agencies yesterday.

The panellists agreed that the 45 restaurants would be demolished on the same day next month. However, the panel has yet to set a date for the flattening, although it resolved that work must be completed before 3pm.

Authorities earlier had asked operators to disassemble their own restaurants and 16 agreed to do so, but have yet to carry out the work. The remaining 29 vendors sought a court injunction against the condemnation order. But the provincial court rejected their request.

The panel assigned 14 tambon administration organisations in Pak Chong, Sung Noen and Sikhiu districts to jointly work with the 2nd Army to carry out the demolition.

Mr Winai said explosive ordnance disposal teams and anti-riot police would be dispatched to the area to prevent possible violence.

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  • agency (noun): a government department that provides a particular service - หน่วยงานราชการ
  • assign: to give someone a job to do - มอบหมาย, สั่งงาน
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • carry out (verb): to do something, to finish and complete a task - ทำให้สมบูรณ์, ทำให้สำเร็จ
  • case: a matter that is being officially investigated, especially by the police - คดี
  • chair: to be the person in charge of a meeting, committee, or company - ดำรงตำแหน่งประธาน, ทำหน้าที่ในฐานะประธาน
  • circuit: a track for cars or motorcycles to race around - เส้นทางครบรอบ
  • committee: a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject - คณะกรรมการ
  • condemned (adj): (of a building) required to be demolished (taken down or destroyed) -
  • demolish: to completely destroy a building, especially in order to use the land for something else - รื้อ (สิ่งก่อสร้าง), ทำลาย
  • demolition: complete destruction - การรื้อถอน, การทำลาย
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • disassemble: to take something apart in order to repair it or understand how it works - แยกออก, ถอดออก
  • dispatch (verb): to send someone or something somewhere - ส่งออกไป, ส่งคนออกไป
  • disposal: getting rid of something or, in this case, making an explosive safe   - การกำจัด
  • encroach: to gradually enter, cover or take control of more and more of an area of land or sea - บุกรุก, ล่วงล้ำ
  • encroachment: gradually entering and taking control over an area of land - การบุกรุก
  • flatten: to make something flat -
  • governor: a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province or a government agency - ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด
  • guard: to watch a place carefully to protect someone from attack, to prevent something from being stolen, or to prevent someone from escaping - เฝ้ายาม, ดูแล, รักษาความปลอดภัย
  • injunction: an order form a court that prevents someone from doing something - คำสั่งคุ้มครองชั่วคราว, คำสั่งห้าม
  • involve (verb): to be an important or necessary part or result of something - เกี่ยวพัน, เกี่ยวข้อง, พัวพัน
  • jointly: done together - อย่างร่วมกัน, พร้อมกัน, ด้วยกัน
  • legal: relating to the law - เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
  • motivated: done for a particular reason - มีแรงจูงใจ ถูกโน้มน้าวใจ
  • normally: as usual; properly - ตามปกติ
  • operate: to carry out an activity like running a business - ดำเนินการ
  • ordnance: weapons, ammunition, etc., especially military - สรรพาวุธ, อาวุธยุทโธปกรณ์
  • panel: a group of people who make decisions or judgments - คณะกรรมการ
  • panellists: one person on a "panel" which is a group of people who make decisions or judgments คณะกรรมการ -
  • picturesque: pretty, especially in a way that looks old-fashioned - สวย,งดงาม,น่าดู,เหมือนภาพวาด
  • popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
  • prevent (verb): to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening - ขัดขวาง, ป้องกัน, กัน, กีดขวาง
  • raid: to forcefully and suddenly enter a place to catch criminals or to search for something like drugs or, in this case, fake passports - ใช้กำลังเข้าค้นสถานที่หรือ จับกุมคนร้าย
  • raise: to bring up a subject for discussion - ยกขึ้นมาเป็นประเด็น
  • reject: to not agree with a request, offer or proposal - ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ, ไม่เห็นชอบ
  • relevant: directly connected and important to what is being discussed or considered - ที่เกี่ยวข้อง
  • representative: someone who has been chosen or elected by a person or group to vote, give opinions, or make decisions for them - ผู้แทน
  • reservoir: a natural or artificial lake where water is stored - อ่างเก็บน้ำ
  • resist: to oppose or fight against someone or something - ต้านทาน, ต้าน, ขัดขวาง,
  • resolve: to make a formal decision - ตัดสิน, มีมติ
  • riot: a violent protest - การจลาจล
  • shut down (verb): close , stop operations of a factory or business - ปิดแน่น, ปิดโรงงาน, หยุดผลิตชั่วคราว
  • sought (past tense of seek): tried to get/do something; asked for something - พยายามได้, พยายามได้มา
  • spot: the particular place where someone or something is - ที่, สถานที่
  • state: government - รัฐบาล
  • ties: relations; connections - ความสัมพันธ์
  • understandable (adj): easy to understand; seeming normal and reasonable in a particular situation - ที่สามารถเข้าใจได้
  • underway: happening - กำลังเกิดขึ้น
  • vendors: people who sell things, e.g., food or newspapers, usually outside on the street - พ่อค้าแม่่ค้าหาบแร่แผงลอย
  • violence: physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย

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