By Azania Post Reporter
TANZANIAN government has no plans to scrap fire inspection fee before construction activities is executed, the Minister for Home Affairs, Mwigulu Nchemba has said.
Nchemba was responding to a question by Sebastian Kapufi, Mpanda urban legislator (CCM) who said the current fee of 150, 000 was excessive.
The MP said time had reached for the government to scrap the fee in order to reduce construction costs among Tanzanians.
Responding on behalf of Minister Nchemba, the Deputy Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office, Labour, Youth and Employment, Anthony Mavunde said the government does not intend to scrap the inspection fee.
He said the fee was introduced by the fire act it helps the government to provide better services to its customers.
The act give powers to the Fire Commissioner to enter and inspect buildings before giving approval for construction.
In the past the law did not specify of fire safety guidelines for architects to follow, leaving room for developers to construct buildings that do not adhere to fire safety conditions.
This leads to most buildings in the country being constructed without water reservoirs and hydrants, which are useful during fire outbreaks, experts say.
The Fire and Rescue Service Force Department has been empowered to ensure that industries, factories, filling stations, banks, government buildings install early warnings systems such as smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.