18 June 2014

Tanzania: Moshi Industrialist Told to Demolish Plant

Dodoma — THE government is closely following up on the implementation of its directive to the owner of a light industry on Plot number 16 Block F to stop production and demolish the structure because it was erected in contravention of a land use plan for the area.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) Mr Aggrey Mwanri said in Parliament that he had directed Moshi District Council to serve the owner of the light industry with a notice on the government directive which he had apparently chose to ignore.

The minister was responding to Mr Augustine Mrema (Vunjo- TLP) who had wanted to know when the government would demolish the factory structure which had been constructed in contravention of the land use plan at Himo in Moshi Rural District.

He said Moshi District Council had had surveyed land in Himo town and allocated the plots for various uses including residential purposes. Plot number 16, Block F was surveyed and designed for a tourist camping site but its land use was changed and a light industry instead illegally constructed on it.

Mr Mwanri said the owner of the factory had no title deed for the plot because the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) had not conducted any Environmental Impact Assessment for the operation of a light industry in the area.

NEMC had served the owner of the industry with a notice to cease production until the legal requirements had been fulfilled, he said.

The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development had also directed Moshi District Council to demolish the structure because it did not have a permit for changing land use plans.

He said Moshi District Council had already served the owner of the plant with a notice to pay a fine amounting to 2 per cent of 447,919,362/-, which was the value of developments on the plot.

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