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Court says housing project in Chiang Mai to finish on schedule in June

The Court of Justices (COJ) today (March 27) reiterated it's legitimate right to construct the housing project for judiciary officials at the foot of Doi Suthep in Mae Rim district of Chiang Mai and said it would be finished on schedule in June.

Affirmation of the right by the COJ was made at a press conference in Bangkok following report that the commander-in-chief of the Army has ordered the suspension of construction pending investigation that the project has encroached on forest area at the foot of the Doi Suthep national park.

The controversial housing project for judiciary officials belongs to the Court of Appeal Region 5. The project will house 200 judiciary officials from seven judiciary offices in Chiang Mai province.

At the conference held in Bangkok, the Office of the Judiciary secretary-general Sarawut Benjakul reiterated the legitimate right of the COJ to construct and go ahead with the housing project after having reached understanding with relevant government agenices, including the Army.

He said the construction site belongs to the Treasury Department and the project did not encroach on forest area as reported.

The COJ is also a state agency which enforces law, therefore it will abide by the law strictly, he said.

The COJ was also aware of environmental impact and therefore has a reforestation plan to bring green areas to the vicinities, he said.

Mr Sarawut cited the COJ's compound in Bangkok on Ratchadapisek road where it had solar panels to generate power supply for use as an effort to ease global warming.

We don't only talk but act, he said, adding that on April 21 which is the founding anniversary of the COJ, judicial staff will go out together to plant trees under its reforestation plan to protect environment, he said.

He insisted the COJ would take delivery of the housing project from the contractor in June on schedule.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)