Development of Astana agglomeration discussed at the Government meeting
According to Dalenov, in order to form the Astana metropolitan area as the long-term growth point of Kazakhstan, the Interregional Action Plan for the Development of the Astana Agglomeration until 2020 has been adopted, which provides for the implementation of 82 measures in three main areas. To date, 72 items have been executed, the work on ten of them is in progress.
First. Territorial and institutional development of agglomeration.
An Urban Construction Document was developed and approved � the Interregional Scheme of Territorial Development of the Astana Agglomeration. Changes were made in the development programs for Astana and the Akmola region for 2016-2020 in terms of agglomeration development. In total, of the ten planned activities of the first task, nine have been executed and withdrawn from control, the detailed layout of the settlements of the agglomeration remains on the execution.
Second. Economic positioning of the Astana agglomeration in the republican and regional markets.
The economic specialization of the Astana metropolitan area is the provision of financial, highly specialized medical and educational services of the world level, as well as the development of high-tech industries. Within the framework of the Digital Kazakhstan State Program a model concept of Smart Cities was developed, which defines the fundamental principles, approaches, goals, priorities and tasks of implementing Smart City technologies. This project began to be implemented, first of all, in Astana.
In addition, a medical cluster has been created, within which six modern medical service centers operate. In general, all ten measures have been implemented and removed from control.
Third. Coordinated development of infrastructure of the city-core of Astana, its suburban zone and the zone of attraction.
The Astana metropolitan area occupies an advantageous geographical location, and is gradually becoming a major hub, contributing to the further development of the transport system of the whole Kazakhstan.
The implementation of such large infrastructure projects as the construction of highways: Astana � Almaty, Astana � Ust-Kamenogorsk, the construction of a new airport and a railway station are aimed at further development of the country’s transport framework from the capital to the regions.
In total, of the 62 planned measures of the third task, 51 were executed and withdrawn from control and nine remain on performance.
“Currently, ten interregional plan activities are being implemented. On the instructions of the Head of State, by the end of 2018, they will develop long-term strategies for the development of large cities until 2050, including the cities of Astana,” Dalenov said.
As the Minister for Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek noted, the MID is responsible for implementing the three tasks of the Interregional Action Plan for the Development of the Astana Metropolitan Area until 2020. To date, one task of the Plan has been implemented and withdrawn from control, the remaining two are on schedule.
“The LRT project is being implemented. To date, a member of the consortium of Chinese companies � China Railway No. 2 Engineering Group Co. obtained a license for construction and installation works (category I) and arrangements have been made for the installation of pile foundations, trestle supports. 121 units of heavy equipment, 2,260 workers are involved in the construction sites along the entire line,” Kassymbek reported.
Work is also underway to develop ring roads (internal and external), transport corridors with optimal coverage of urban areas and connections with external transport systems of the suburban area of Astana.
“In order to close the outer bypass roads of Astana, construction works of the highway Southwest Bypass of Astana are being conducted. The length of the road is 33 km. The road will be built for the I technical category with four-lane traffic. In accordance with the agreement, construction work was started in 2017 and the completion of the project is expected in 2019,” Kassymbek noted.
Akim of Astana Asset Issekeshev, Akim of Akmola Region Malik Murzalin also reported on the implementation of the Astana agglomeration.
Akimat of Astana performed 45 tasks of the Plan, eight are on performance. Of 32 tasks of the region, the Akmola region implemented 31.
The territory of the agglomeration is 2,18 thousand km�. The population of the agglomeration according to the results of 2017 was 1.19 million people, of which Astana is 1.04 million people. The density of the population of the city of Astana is 1,5 thousand people per km�. Thus, today almost 7% of the population of Kazakhstan live in Astana metropolitan area. In general, according to the results of the last year, the share of the city’s GRP in the country’s GDP is about 11.1%.
Source: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan