Chiang Mai – The drought crisis of the Ping River is being taken advantage by turning the river into a mid-river restaurant by some restaurant operators.
According to the photos posted on a facebook page named “Raks Mae Ping” (Keep the Ping River ), a group of volunteers in Chiang Mai showing lining of dining sheds built in the Ping River in Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai, which have become a hot issue of the running dry river is the place for taking advantage.
“Mid – river resort ! How it happened?” Raks Mae Ping said on their facebook page.
Some of the operators claimed the mid – river dining sheds were built legally and authorized by local officials to operate the business for only 35 days during this summer.
Yet it’s widely criticized by many “Raks Mae Ping” fans that it’s illegal to invade the public area in order to run a business.
“We have to push them to remove the sheds from the river ASAP.” said Raks Mae Ping
“There’re a lot of the things called Mid – river dinings in Chiang Mai including in Hod district, Chiang Dao district or even in Nan province. It’s been around 10 years, so it’s difficult to solve this problem now.” said a fan of Raks Mae Ping.
However the issue has been reported to the Marine Department to take an action.