The minister gave one-month ultimatum to the owners to ensure that the plots are developed or else the government will repossess them.
Speaking to reporters late last week, Lukuvi said that the plots are the ones given to people twenty years ago in various part of Dar es Salaam.
“The 20,000 project involves plots of land located in Kibada, Geza Ulole, Mongozo, Buyuni, Mwanagati, Mbweni Malindi, Mbweni JKT, Mbweni , Mpiji, Bunju and Twangoma,” he said.
He said; “50 percent of the plots are seen as they have been abandoned and the owners do not care if they have the plots, so following the situation, as the government, we will not remain mum leaving the plots idle, we want them to be developed as per objectives.”
Lukuvi said after the end of December if there will be found any undeveloped land under the project, the governments will reposes them stressing that consideration will be given to those who would have at least erected concrete fencing around their plots.
He also announce to commence the house-to-house exercise to identify owners who have failed to collect from the ministry about 6,000 Certificates of Occupancy that were issued during the last 20 years and which are still lying on the ministry’s shelves.
According to him, some of the owners are doing so purposely to evade tax.
“I have already directed land officers to take the titled deeds and go with them to the areas to verify if the owners are there or not…All the 6,000 title deeds are for Dar es Salaam region.”