Bangkok Hotel built illegally faces demolition after court verdict

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A newly completed hotel in Soi Ruamrudee may have to be demolished following a landmark verdict by the Central Administrative Court yesterday.

The court ruling said that highrises in Soi Ruamrudee had been built illegally as the soi is not 10 metres wide as claimed by a former Bangkok governor and a former Pathum Wan district chief, who approved the construction.

The verdict followed a petition by the Foundation for Consumers volunteer lawyer Chalermphong Klabdee, who represented 24 Ruamrudee residents – including Royal Household Bureau’s Deputy Lord Chamberlain Khwankeo Vajarodaya – against the then Bangkok governor and then Pathum Wan district chief for allowing Tabtimtorn and Lapprathan companies to construct the highrises on Soi Ruamrudee.

Both companies are currently operating The Aetas Hotel inside those buildings.

Chalerm said the Bangkok governor and Pathum Wan district chief were obliged to enforce the demolition within 60 days if the complainants demanded it.

Several tall buildings were constructed in or near Soi Ruamrudee before and during 2004 with approvals from the Pathum Wan district chief, who said the soi was wider than 10 metres and could accommodate tall structures.

The construction of many buildings continued even after the residents lodged a joint petition with the Foundation for Consumers, which took the complaint to court in September 2008.

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