Lanzar filed for application for registration of title over a parcel of land, to which the Director of Lands objected to as the land in question, according to him, was part of the foreshore lands. The trial court adjudicated the land to Lanzar as the said land wasn’t necessary for public utility or establishment of special industries.
The CA reversed the decision.
Lands added to the shore by accretion and alluvial deposits caused by the action of the sea, form part of the public domain. When they are no longer washed by the water of the sea and are not necessary for purposes of public utility, or for the establishment of special industries, or for coastguard services, then the Government shall declare them to be property of the owners of the estate adjacent thereto and as increment thereof.