NCPO happy with Phuket cleanup

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Monday said it was satisfied with the recent crackdown on encroachments of public beaches in Phuket and appealed to everyone on the tourist island to maintain the cleaner beach conditions.

Navy chief Adm. Narong Pipattanasai, who is deputy NCPO chief, said the re-organisation of public space on Patong, Kata, Karon, Surin, Nai Torn, Kamala and Nai Harn beaches was successful because of joint effort by concerned agencies.

Phuket beaches had been impacted for decades by illegal structures built by vendors and private business owners, he said.

"Now the beach areas are beautiful and natural as they used to be and tourists and Phuket residents are pleased with them and want to keep it this way forever," he said. "I must ask Phuket people to help keep the beaches encroachment-free as long as possible," Adm. Narong said.

In addition to the beaches cleanup, the NCPO also pledged to get rid of the so-called "taxi mafia" operating illegally on the island and improve services at Phuket airport. 

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