By Luckmore Safuli
Local developers are set to play a key role in the development of the proposed Batoka Satellite town with the Hwange Rural District Council now ready to hit the ground running.
The local authority has prioritised the establishment of the Batoka Satellite Town which has been necessitated by the implementation of the 2400-Megawatt Batoka Hydro-Electric Power Project.
The land has already been set aside for the construction of accommodation for project staff, powerhouses and related infrastructure.
Hwange RDC Chief Executive Officer, Phindile Ncube highlighted that requests for expression of interest will soon be made for the development of the master plan and core infrastructure for the satellite town.
“Given the magnitude of the project, there is a need for the local authority to provide relevant infrastructure. We have received some expressions of interest but we have to move with the procurement regulations and very soon we hope to be advertising for the expressions of interest.”
The local authority is set to work closely with the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA), a jointly owned organisation which was tasked to implement the Batoka Hydro-Electric Scheme on behalf of the governments of Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Hwange Local Board and Victoria Falls Municipality currently have a combined housing backlog estimated at around 25 000 housing units and the establishment of the satellite is expected to ease demand for accommodation.