2 February 2013

Tanzania: Government to Simplify Land Survey Procedures

Dodoma — GOVERNMENT is seeking for funds for the construction of Direct Receiving Stations (DRS) to simplify procedures on land survey and reduce costs people incur while surveying plots.

The Deputy Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development Mr Goodluck Ole Medeye told Parliament on Friday that the arrangement would facilitate the timely securing of title deeds that are crucial for various economic development activities.

He told the House that under the current arrangement one should not pay more than 100,000/- for survey costs while the costs is lower if the survey is conducted for groups of people where each member pays only 50,000/-.

Mr Ole Medeye was responding to a question posed by Mr John Mnyika (Ubungo- CHADEMA) who wanted to know what efforts government has made to reduce the current costs charged for surveying plots up to the time one eventually possesses a residential license or title deed.

Mr Mnyika also wanted to know when the Luguruni Satelite Town project in Kinondoni Municipality in Dar es Salaam would be implemented so to avoid land conflicts with residents particularly those at residing at Kibamba and Kwembe.

The Deputy Minister said the implementation of the project is about to start in collaboration with the National Housing Corporation (NHC) which was recently appointed as co-master developer. "We are completing the hand over procedures with NHC and look forward implementing the project this year under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement," he said. He said other master plans are underway for Manzese and Tandale wards in Kinondoni Municipality.

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