14. Land comprised in a permit, drilling reservation, lease or licence may be entered for certain purposes
(1) Subject to the approval and consent in writing of the Minister, any person may enter upon any land comprised in any permit, drilling reservation, lease or licence and do any of the following things: ¾
(a) erect poles and posts thereon, and carry overhead across or along such land electric lines, and from time to time repair, alter, or remove such poles, posts, or lines;
(b) make or construct any tramways thereon, and from time to time repair, alter, or remove the same;
(c) construct any road, race or drain, or lay water-pipes under, over, across, or through such land;
(d) any act or thing for or relating to a public purpose or the exercise of any right granted pursuant to law; and
(e) for carrying out any of the said purposes, break or otherwise disturb the surface and soil of such land.
(2) If the permittee, holder of the drilling reservation, lessee or licensee suffers any estimable damage by reason of the exercise by any person of any of the powers mentioned in subsection (1), that person shall be liable to compensate the permittee, holder of the drilling reservation, lessee or licensee, as the case requires, in respect of the damage so caused.
(3) In default of agreement between the parties concerned, the permittee, holder of the drilling reservation, lessee or licensee may make application to the Magistrates Court at the place nearest to the place at which the land is situated in the prescribed manner to fix the amount of compensation to be paid.
[Section 14 amended by No. 12 of 1990 s. 9; No. 78 of 1990 s. 7; No. 59 of 2004 s. 141.]