MAJOR efforts are underway to make sure land conflicts, including double land allocations, are a thing of the past.
Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam Friday, the Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Mr William Lukuvi, said a process was underway for introducing an Integrated Land Management System (ILMIS), which would revolutionize land allocation system in the country.
Speaking during a tour of the parliamentary committee of Lands, Natural Resources, and Tourism, the minister said that the initial stages of the project would start with Kinondoni and Ubungo districts, which have been over the past few years bogged down by several land conflicts in recent years.
“The new system is set to bring together various departments involved in land registration and allocation and bring them under one roof, which will reduce the time taken in the process,” he said.
He explained that the World Bank-funded project would help ease the management of Tanzanian land while facilitating access to information for the people.
The minister said that the new system would strengthen land records keeping and speed up service delivery to Tanzanians seeking to register their lands, while simultaneously making it difficult for unscrupulous individuals to forge the electronic document.
He said that his ministry has undertaken efforts and initiatives to modernize land administration and develop institutional transformation with a focus on computerizing the alphanumeric data of the cadastral parcels and registration data which includes certificates of occupancy and customary rights.
On his part, the Deputy ICT Director from the ministry, Mr Shaban Pazi, said the new system would reduce the time and costs of land services and at the same time improve the safety of land records.
He said the initial phase of the IMLIS project included the design, development, customisation and installation of ILMIS, which would facilitate efficient administration of cadastre and real property registration at central, zonal and district levels, conversion and indexing of data and migration into the ILMIS database.
He said that the land information system to be developed in the perimeter of the IMLIS project was
expected to be fully operational by June 2018 in the Kinondoni and Ubungo districts.