Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek has presented the interregional scheme for the territorial development of the Shymkent agglomeration at the Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev.

According to Zhenis Kassymbek, for the purpose of forming a multimodal transport framework and improving the mobility of the population, it is proposed to construct three bypass roads (Southern, Eastern, Northern - 78 km) and 118 km of the outer South bypass of Shymkent city, the bypass road of Saryagash city, as well as to reconstruct and repair 720 km roads of regional and district importance.

“It is recommended to build four transport and transfer junctions. We are envisaging the construction of 43 km of the bypass railway line of the city of Shymkent, the new railway station "Shymkent-2", reconstruction of the Arys city train station. We also propose the construction of two transport and logistics centers in the city of Shymkent and Saryagash district before 2020, as well as the reconstruction of the airport complex of the city of Shymkent. The proposed measures will improve the quality of services, increase the transit and export potential of the agglomeration,” – the Minister reported.

The development of engineering infrastructure is aimed at modernizing existing and introducing new power supply capacities, involving renewable energy sources in the balance and attracting private investments.

“Development of engineering infrastructure will provide 72 settlements with access to centralized water supply. The construction of intercity and inter-settlement gas networks will increase the coverage of settlements by 2030 from 46% to 94%. The interconnected development of engineering infrastructure will cover the needs of the population and business for water, gas and energy infrastructure,” – Zhenis Kassymbek said.

As for the development of social infrastructure, it is proposed to increase the coverage of children with preschool education from 81% to 100%, to eliminate 18 three-shift schools and 10 schools in bad repair by 2020.

“The bed capacity of inpatient care organizations will increase 11% by 2020 and 28% by 2030. The housing stock of the agglomeration will increase from 30 to 59 million m2 by 2030, and taking into account the population growth in this metropolitan area, the housing to person ratio will increase from 17 to 26 m2," – Minister Zhenis Kassymbek reported.

For the purpose of improving the environmental situation in the agglomeration, a set of measures was proposed, including intensification of measures to protect the air basin in the territory of Shymkent and Saryagash district, the modernization of sewage treatment facilities (in Shymkent, Saryagash, Aksukent, T. Ryskulov), the elimination of "historical" pollution before 2030.

“The introduction of an effective solid domestic waste management system will ensure 100% coverage of services for its collection and removal. Landscaping measures will allow bringing the total area of ​​green zones of the agglomeration to 40% by 2030,” – Zhenis Kassymbek said.

In conclusion, the Minister of Investments and Development announced that the implementation of the project proposals will make it possible to develop the agglomeration area in a comprehensive and mutually connected way, to create a center for economic growth and a favorable urban environment, to improve mobility of the population, to ensure equal access of the population to vital service systems, to improve the environmental situation in the area, supporting the sustainable development of the region as a whole.

Akim of South-Kazakhstan region Zh. Tuimebayev also made a report on this issue. First Deputy Prime Minister A. Mamin made a comment.

The draft interregional scheme for the territorial development of the Shymkent agglomeration was adopted following a vote.

Published: 13 February 2018


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