This Act sets forth procedures and principles of acquiring any land by the Government for public purposes and abandonment of acquisition. The acquisition of lands for public purposes shall only be made by the declaration of the Governor General. In addition, the Governor General may authorize officers for a preliminary survey or other investigation of the land, for the purchase of the land without waiting for formal procedures, for setting and marking the borders of the acquired land, for negotiating with the land owners, and for gathering information. The Governor General may state a decision for the abandonment of acquisition at any time before any land has been acquired compulsorily. When required, a Board of Assessment shall be created by the Governor General to assess, award and apportion compensation in cases for loss of bargain or for damages for breach of contract, in accordance with the provisions of this Act. Furthermore this Act sets forth provisions on the structure and working principles of the Board, rules for the assessment of compensation and the jurisdictional transactions regarding compensation, exemption from stamp duty and fees, offences and penalties.
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