The Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Clarence Rambharat has confirmed that investigations are underway into the allocation of a 10,000-square-foot parcel of state land at No 1 Mucurapo Road, St James.
This revelation followed a question by Opposition Senator Wade Mark, who reported to having knowledge that state land was being cleared by a religious organisation without the official permission of the Commissioner of State Lands.
Minister Rambharat said it has been determined that a 10,000-square-foot parcel of state land in that area was allocated by a so-called tenancy agreement without the knowledge of Cabinet.
He said the circumstances surrounding the allocation of this 10,000-square-foot parcel is being investigated by the TTPS.
However, he said that parcel is in no way connected to the Jamaat al Muslimeen, who have a masjid and ancillary business buildings on the site owned by the Port of Spain city corporation.
The minister said the Commissioner of State Lands and the Director of Surveys have been instructed to survey the land, including any encroachment and squatting on the site.