Land Reclamation Act, 1949

Clearing of watercourses.

5.—(1) The Minister may, where it appears to him to be necessary for the adequate reclamation of any land under any works being carried out by him, clear or repair a watercourse, and, for this purpose, shall, by his servants and agents, have access to the watercourse and may proceed along its banks with or without machinery in so far as appears to him to be necessary so as to render it capable of carrying waters that should normally pass through it, and may dispose of the spoil in such manner as he thinks fit.

(2) Before entering on land under this section the Minister shall either obtain the consent (in the case of occupied land) of the occupier, or (in the case of unoccupied land) of the owner or shall give not less than fourteen days' notice in writing of the intention to make such entry.

(3) The notice referred to in the preceding subsection may be given to a person in any of the following ways:—

(a) by delivering it to such person,

(b) by leaving it at the address where such person ordinarily resides,

(c) by sending it by post in a prepaid registered letter addressed to such person at the address where he ordinarily resides, or

(d) by posting it at or near the land concerned.