THE piece of land that is currently undergoing development at the Rove seafront in West Honiara is privately owned since 2017.
The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey clarified this following numerous questions raised via the social media.
Commissioner of Lands Alan Mcneil said the land is already in private ownership since 2017 when it was granted by the previous Commissioner of Lands to I.T. Investment Trust Association through the late Isaac Inoke.
Mr McNeil explained any recent dealings to the land is up to those who own the land but the ministry has no idea about that.
“There may have been more recent dealings over the land after it was granted in 2017,” he said.
He said the boundary of that land is the road on one side and the high water mark on the other side.
The commissioner added anything to do with its development has to be governed under the Honiara City Council.
“Any development of the site is governed by the Honiara City Council,” he said.
Meanwhile, many have questioned granting of the land for development because it is situated at a sewage and drainage outlet.
The outlet accommodates water coming down all the way from Ngossi residential area.
The area is also prone to flooding during heavy rain.
Attempts to get comments from HCC were unsuccessful last night.
By IAN M.KAUKUI