—(1) Neither the public nor any person shall be deemed to have any right of ingress, egress or regress over any back-lane vested in the Government or any part thereof except by express grant by the Authority which the Authority may, in its discretion, withhold or give upon such terms as it may think fit.
(2) The Authority may prepare a plan of any back-lane and the Minister may, by writing under his hand, declare that, at the expiration of one month from the date thereof, the back-lane shall be vested in the Government.
(3) A copy of such declaration shall be forthwith posted up in some part of the back-lane.
(4) At the expiration of the period referred to in subsection (2), unless the owners of the premises fronting, adjoining or abutting on the back-lane or the owners of such premises having the greater part in annual value have, by notification to the Authority in writing under their hands, objected thereto, the back-lane shall be vested in the Government.
(5) Where a back-lane has been declared to be vested in the Government under this section, the declaration shall be registered together with the plan under the Land Titles Act (Cap. 157) in respect of registered land and under the Registration of Deeds Act (Cap. 269) in respect of other land.
(6) Upon such registration, the land comprised in the plan shall be deemed to be vested in the Government freed from all encumbrances, and where the land is held under a statutory land grant, such vesting shall not be deemed to be a subdivision within the meaning of the State Lands Act (Cap. 314).
—(1) The Authority shall level, pave, metal, channel and drain, and may provide lighting for, all back-lanes vested in the Government under section 30.
(2) When the Authority has made up a back-lane, the Authority may recover the costs and expenses of acquiring the land for, and of making up, the back-lane from the owners of premises abutting on the back-lane.
(3) Such costs and expenses shall be paid by the persons who are the owners of premises abutting on the back-lane when the works are completed according to the frontage of their respective premises in such proportions as are settled by the Authority.
(4) If the owner of any such premises is dissatisfied with the Authority’s apportionment of costs and expenses, he may, within 14 days of being notified of such apportionment, appeal to the Minister whose decision shall be final.
(5) The Authority may, if it thinks fit, decide that in settling the apportionment regard shall be had to the following considerations:
the degree of benefit accruing to any premises by the making up of the back-lane; and
the amount and value of any works already executed by the owners or occupiers of any such premises.
(6) The Authority may, in any estimate of the costs and expenses of works, include reasonable charges in respect of survey and superintendence.
(7) The Authority may, if it thinks fit, pay the whole or any part of the costs and expenses of the works and the payment of part of the costs and expenses may be made in such manner as the Authority thinks fit to the exclusion of other owners or to relieve one owner to a greater extent than the other owners.
(8) Section 43 shall apply to any sum payable by the owners under this section.