HUA HIN CITY MUNICIPALITY: The Deputy Governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan province has prioritized eviction of remaining squatters occupying some 700 households in 18 communities along sections of railway track in Hua Hin municipality.
According to a report by Siam Rath, construction to expand Hua Hin train station as part of a regional double-track upgrade project, is behind schedule with construction suppose to begin by January 2019.
As many as 400 cases have already been compensated for relocation or demolition expenses, according to the report. However, some squatters have refused relocation compensation or alternative housing offered by authorities in a different location 12 kilometers away.
According to coverage by Hua Hin today, some 4,000 residents in 1,200 families had been affected by the eviction orders, and by December 3 there was still 17 people negotiating with local officials for better compensation offers to demolish their homes in target areas.
Nonetheless, Prachuap Khiri Khan Deputy Governor Phirom Ninthaya has ordered a probe on these cases with the aim of justly expediting evictions so that the State Railway of Thailand can proceed with transferring land to the contractor in charge of the project.
Construction commenced earlier this year to upgrade the single track to double-tracks in three project sections: two sections between Nakhon Pathom (60 km west of Bangkok) and Hua Hin, and between Hua Hin and the Tri-Cove City (Prachuap Khiri Khan provincial center).
Sino Thai Engineering will develop the 169 kilometer section between Nakhon Pathom and Hua Hin for some THB 16 billion. (two sections)
Italian Thai Development will develop the 84 km section between Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan for about THB 5.8 billion.
Tri Cove City dot com inquired with officials at Hua Hin railway station about that expansion project, who confirmed a new station was planned to be constructed in an as-of-yet-to-be-disclosed plot nearby but that the current station buildings and facilities would not be demolished and continue service as usual until the new site is completed and opened in either 2019 or 2020.