The Act regulates the acquisition of land by the Crown for public purposes. 'Public purposes' is defined in section 2. It establishes the power to acquire land for any public purpose and powers to make a preliminary investigation made pursuant to section 4.Whenever the Minister resolves that any lands are required for a public purpose the Minister shall give notice to the proprietors of the said lands and to the mortgagees, encumbrances and lessees thereof, or to such of them as shall after reasonable inquiry be known to him, which notice may be in the form in the Schedule or to the like effect. Disputes regarding compensation shall be settled by the High court.
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