The interregional scheme for the territorial development of Astana agglomeration was approved in the course of the Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev. The draft document was presented by Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek.

According to the Minister, the dynamic development of the capital, the demographic capacity, the growing density of the region’s population, the migration inflow create prerequisites for the capital’s agglomerative development. The territory of the Astana metropolitan area includes the city of Astana - the core of the agglomeration, three districts (Arshalyynsky, Tselinogradsky, Shortandinsky) and four districts of Akkol district of Akmola region. In total, 124 settlements were included in the agglomeration. The population of the agglomeration will increase to 1.6 million by 2030.

According to the document's authors, the creation of cities-countermagnets and industrial zones will allow "unburdening" Astana from overpopulation and "pulling" external migration flows.

Concentration of production and the necessary production infrastructure in countermagnets and satellites will allow forming advanced growth territories, which will be the industrial zones of Arshaly, Tonkeris and Zhaynak, which will increase production of industrial products by 144%.

Akkol city and the Akmol village are also identified as potential countermagnets. They are located at a remote distance from the core city and have sufficient resources to pull away migration flows. Free movement of the population, connection of the core with perspective growth points should be ensured through the main trunk roads.

By 2030, the project proposes the removal of large industrial facilities from Astana to the agglomeration area by creating three industrial zones; newly created industrial enterprises are also planned to be located in industrial zones.

Due to diversification and intensification of the industry, agricultural production will increase 170%. Astana's demand for food (flour, buckwheat, legumes, milk, eggs, poultry, etc.) will be fully met through the agglomeration area.

The agglomeration core’s demand for building materials such as concrete, reinforced concrete, brick, rubble, sand, metal structures, and wood products will also be fully met through enterprises located on the territory of the agglomeration.

It is planned to create a green corridor "Astana-Burabai", link it with natural forests and provide a single ecosystem.

Further gas infrastructure development in settlements will be carried out through the construction of the Saryarka gas pipeline, which will allow providing gas to the city of Astana and about 30 settlements. It will also improve the ecological situation.

In addition, in order to improve the ecological state of the agglomeration, it is proposed to remove class I-II polluting enterprises of from Astana.

"The implementation of the project proposals of the interregional scheme will promote the optimal resettlement in the agglomeration area and increase the economic density and density of the region's consumption,” – Kassymbek concluded.

Akim of Astana Asset Issekeshev shared his vision of the further development of the metropolitan area.

Summarizing the discussion, Bakytzhan Sagintayev instructed all concerned state agencies and Akimats to ensure the effective operation of this interregional scheme.

The interregional scheme for the territorial development of Astana agglomeration was approved by the Government unanimously.

Published: 31 October 2017



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