Arusha Times (Arusha)

Tanzania: Why Buildings, Bridges Are Crumbling

The Tanzania Bureau of Standards has issued stern warning to Arusha based steel milling factories after reports started floating here that some are churning out sub-standard products.

The TBS Inspector in-charge of Standards, Mr Joseph Mwaipaja who toured the city last week, reminded that following incidences of collapsing building and bridges in the country, all manufacturers and importers of heat-rolled concrete reinforcement steel bars to ensure they produce quality products for the safety of buildings and people who rely on such products.

The TBS Inspector issued the directive when the state watchdog team was inspecting an Arusha-based Bansal Steel Rolling Mill located near Kisongo area.

He said manufacturers need to be aware of quality requirements on what they produce. "TBS remained vigilant on this and will ensure that all the products meet standards," he said, adding that TBS is carrying-out a campaign against all those who do not comply with standards.

Mr Mwaipaja asked manufacturers to inculcate a habit of testing their produces regularly to maintain standards.

"I urge businessmen to put priority on human being rather than money," the official said, calling the public to assist in the fight against counterfeits.

He however said that the impromptu inspections are held in factories to ensure that what they produce are in line with TBS requirements.

"But, we came to learn that there are some shortfalls as some steel bars have too much carbon content, something which is not good as it makes the bars easily broken," he said, calling the Bansal Steel Rolling Mill Ltd to work on the shortfalls before continuing with mass production.

TBS lawyer, Mr Baptister Bitaho said it is the responsibility of manufacturers to meet the set standards.

"TBS is not there to close down some industries, but rather to make sure that buyers and consumers get quality products," Bitaho said, noting that the standard"s watchdog is there to protect consumers.

Executive director of the Arusha-based Steel Rolling Mill, Mr Gurmail Singh, said his plant was still new as it started six months ago and has working hard to ensure the produced bars met the required standards.

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