Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday queried if lands at the St Augustine Nurseries which have been earmarked for a Government housing project has been transferred to the Housing Development Corporation (HDC).
She said she did a search on the land registry website but found nothing, as she came to the conclusion that Government wanted to keep the terms and condition of those lands a secret.
Persad-Bissessar raised the issue during her contribution of the Registration of Titles to Land Bill, stating that she did several online searches on the website to find out if the Commissioner of State Lands had transferred the nurseries lands to the HDC, as this would have been mandated by Cabinet, following the decision by the Government recently to use the land to build houses.
“So when you talk about condominiums in Aranquez is that what you want to build at the nurseries? Is that you do not want me to see what are the terms of that particular document that I cannot search it even on the electronic site. It cannot be found.”
Persad-Bissessar also pointed out several clauses of the bill the Government claimed they amended, showed no substance.
She said she had serious concerns with Clause 20 Section 73.
In the past, Persad-Bissessar said the clause stated that “any person” could have gone to the land registry and look at land documents manually, which has since been changed to an “attorney” who they would now have to pay to do a title search.
“What you have done you have made an amendment so they can do an electronic search. The system is not working. And up to today, I tried. I tried last week. I tried before I come. It is a hit and miss. Which poor family has a computer to run a search? So you remove that right of the honorary citizens? Why are we propping up the lawyers to make more on poor people who want a search?”
Persad-Bissessar said every citizen should be allowed to have access to the manual records at the land registry.