INTERESTED persons are advised to apply to the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) for houselots, as the Government of Guyana seeks to reassure the public that everyone will have fair and equitable access to land.IN a press statement, the CH&PA stated, “It has been observed that persons in large groups have been demarcating vacant lands from Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara to Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice, for the purpose of squatting under the pretext that President David Granger instructed same.
“The Authority reiterates that squatting is an illegal act and such acts would not be condoned by the Government of Guyana. The Central Housing and Planning Authority declared that lands squatted on after January 1st 1998 would not be regularised. That is to say, persons attempting to occupy those lands would not have the opportunity to legally own the lands. In addition, they may be liable for prosecution under the relevant Act.”
According to reports, “persons began demarcating plots on May 15, 2015, one day before President David Granger would have been sworn in as President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. And, over the weekend of May 16 and 17, 2015, the systematic land- grabbing activities intensified.
“[The area]behind Diamond Housing Scheme, where there is empty land, has been the most sought area for land grabbers,” the Authority stated. CH&PA has since placed a signboard on the open space notifying the public that trespassers will be prosecuted.
Land grabbers have also targeted Government reserves, leased lands and plots earmarked for playgrounds and schools. The targeted areas include Sophia, Mon Repos, Enmore, Haslington, Nabaclis, Hope Experiment, and Bush Lot. Officers of CH&PA are and will be closely monitoring these areas to ensure that persons do not unlawfully occupy the lands.
The Government of Guyana has urged persons “not to be misled into committing unlawful acts; Guyanese will be given fair and equitable access to land under the Government’s land-distribution policy.”
CH&PA is requesting persons to desist from squatting and to have patience, as Government implements its policy.