By Azania Post Reporter
THE Tanzanian government has completed surveying land in a number of regions and districts , the Deputy Minister for Land, Housing and Human Settlement Development, Dr. Angelina Mabula has informed the house in Dodoma.
Minister Mabula was reacting to a basic question by Lucy Mlowe,a special Seats legislator (CCM) who wanted to know on government’s plans to work on population density and poor human settlement .
The MP said Tanzania has witnessed the increase of population in urban areas and poor land use hence there is a need for the government to explain its stance.
Responding Deputy Minister Mabula said the government has been various initiatives to improve human settlement and good land use planning
Regarding land use, she said the government has already surveyed some regions which now paves the way for the best human settlement.
Some of the surveyed areas are Mwanza, Dar es Salaam , Arusha,Mtwara, Morogoro, Musoma, Shinyanga, Lindi, Bukoba, Korogwe, Babati, Ifakara and Malinyi.
She urged Mps who mostly doubles as councilors collaborate with land planners in their areas to make the good use of land particularly construction.
“There are people who build houses in restricted areas( such as flooding zone) you as councilors should take actions to make sure that this does not happen,” she said.
Recently the Ministry’s minister William Lukuvi was quoted as banning local authorities from surveying land and planning its use.
He said the job should be done by private firms, adding that this was aimed at addressing excessive red tape that people seeking land services from district and municipal councils were being subjected to.
Lukuvi said he would issue an official directive to district councils to contract private companies to undertake land surveying and planning in their respective areas.
"Many district councils have been violating Section 6 of the Land Use Planning Act Number 7 of 2007, which calls for transparency in the process," he said, adding that he had decided to bar local authorities from surveying land and planning its use because "most of their officials are dishonest".
He added that it was also too expensive for district councils to survey land and plan its use, and he directed the Town Planners Registration Board and Architects and Quantity Surveyors Registration Board to register more local companies to carry out the work.