Epworth town planners have been challenged to come up with a proper layout plan of development for the satellite town for it to attain a town status.

Epworth, a satellite town under Harare accommodates more than 250 000 people, with some illegal settlements common in the area, raising concern over adequate health facilities and schools.

Speaking at the commissioning of four vehicles meant to improve service delivery, Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Deputy Minister Cde Christopher Chingosho challenged the Epworth local board to come up with a proper structure for the satellite town so that it attains the town status.

He said there is need for council to improve service delivery by regularising some of the settlements and put in place suitable roads, sewer system, water reticulation and electricity.

Epworth local board town secretary Mr Wilton Mhanda indicated that work is already in progress with council having constructed three schools in two years and connecting water to Rock View one of its suburbs.

He said currently they are working on a proper planning and residents affected will be moved to other areas.

Legislator for the constituency Cde Zalerah Makari promised to bring more development in Epworth.

The equipment purchased include an ambulance, motorised grader valued at US$187 000, refuse compactor worthy US$106 000 and a tipper bought for US$93 000.

All the vehicles are expected to improve service delivery in the satellite town.