Plans are being drawn up for the development of the Usa-River area following its elevation to the status of township at the start of this year.

The trading area strung along the Arusha-Moshi highway around 25 km east of Arusha was formerly considered a village for administrative purposes.

The development plans will encourage the ordered growth of the urban area and provide residents basic services such as water, electricity, health and education.

Meru district council chairman Godson Majola told