More than 10 million square meters of housing will be constructed this year within the framework of the Nurly Zher Housing Construction State Program. This was reported by Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek during today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev.

According to Zhenis Kassymbek, during the nine months of this year, 591.3 billion tenge was invested in the construction of housing, including 108.4 million tenge of state investments. 7.9 million square meters were put in commission, which  is 10.2% more compared with the previous year. In total, 78.2% of the year’s plan was put in commission. A total of 70 thousand apartments were built.

83.4 billion tenge is provided for bringing the necessary infrastructure to areas allocated for housing construction. Of these, according to the financing plan, 57.4 billion tenge was transferred to local executive bodies, 54.2 billion tenge (94.4%) was utilized. In order to develop individual housing construction, work is underway to bring engineering communications to more than 60 000 land plots.

In addition, 25 billion tenge was allocated this year for the construction of housing for rent without a purchase option. Construction began of 5936 apartments, of which 2697 apartments are to be commissioned this year. Regarding credit housing, with the plan of 8495 apartments, the local executive bodies have since the beginning of this year commissioned 3731 apartments (250 thousand m2) and by the end of the year will complete another 4764 apartments (273.5 thousand m2).

It was noted that in 14 regions, second-tier banks began providing the population with preferential mortgage for the purchase of new housing. To date, the banks have received 700 applications amounting to 7 billion tenge, of which 650 applications amounting to 6.6 billion tenge have been approved.

On October 10, a draft package of changes for the program was approved at a voting in the Government. The main changes relate to the redistribution of funds from the quasi-public sector entities to Akimats to increase the volume of construction of credit and individual housing. Also, the Akimats are given the opportunity to buy out part of the unsold credit housing for distribution to those in queues.

“Overall, the introduced changes provide for updating the program’s mechanisms, and the ongoing activities will allow timely and effective implementation of all parts of the program and allow commissioning 10.1 million m2 or 99 000 apartments in the current year,” – Kassymbek concluded.

Reports on the progress of the housing construction program were also made by Deputy Chairman of the Baiterek NMH A. Arifkhanov, Akims of the Pavlodar and Mangystau regions B. Bakauov and Y. Tugzhanov.

Following the consideration of the issue, B. Sagintayev noted the disproportion in the plans for construction and the demand for housing in the regions. In Almaty region there are 37 thousand people on waiting lists and 88 apartments planned for construction. In Karaganda region – 35 thousand people and 387 apartments to be constructed. In the Mangystau region – 17 thousand people, with the plan being 1132 apartments to be constructed.

The Prime Minister instructed Minister of Investments and Development Zh. Kassymbek to deal with these issues and streamline planning. Coordination of the implementation of the Nurly Zher program is entrusted to First Deputy Prime Minister Askar Mamin.

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Published: 23 October 2017

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