President and Mayor discussed development of Almaty
During the meeting held at the Almaty residence of the President of Kazakhstan, Bauyrzhan Baibek reported to the Head of State on the ongoing work on the social and economic development of the city.
The President of Kazakhstan noted the important role of Almaty in the economic scale of the whole country and stressed that the issues of the development of the city are constantly on his personal control.
“If the population of the city reaches 2 million people, then it becomes economically self-sufficient. It creates new opportunities, becomes the center of attraction for small and medium-sized businesses. Such cities can create goods without raw materials and raise the economy of the country”, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.
The Head of State drew attention to the issues of gasification and improvement of the ecology of Almaty.
“We need to continue to work towards the gasification of power plants, private housing, the switch of public and private vehicles to gas. In the future, we should come to the fact that in Almaty and Astana only electric cars will be operated”, the President of Kazakhstan said.
In turn, B. Baybek informed the Head of State about the beginning of construction of the Big Almaty Ring Road (BAKAD) and attraction of investments worth 1.5 billion dollars for the implementation of this project.
“The implementation of this project will relieve the city by 10% or 40-60 thousand cars per day, which will positively affect the ecological condition and will include the transport and logistics network of Almaty in the system “Western Europe-Western China”, the Mayor of Almaty said.
Along with this, during the meeting, issues of transferring industrial enterprises outside the city, as well as measures taken by the Mayor’s Office of Almaty to provide housing for citizens from among the socially vulnerable segments of the population were discussed.
“This year, about 6 thousand rental apartments were handed over, including 1,748 apartments in the Athletic Village. Thus, each third family is provided with housing, standing in the queue”, B. Baibek reported.
Following the meeting, the Head of State gave a number of specific instructions on the further development of Almaty.
It should be noted that the growth of Almaty’s economy is forecasted at the level of not less than 3% for the year.
The growth of industry, construction, investments, the number of active SMEs will be more than 3%, housing construction – more than 2%. Production of products by SMEs grew by 20.7%.
The republican budget collected taxes by 6% more (1.3 trillion tenge), the local budget – by 10% more (372 billion tenge) than last year.
The use of funds amounted to 99.5%, the existing savings comprised 1.5 billion tenge.
As a result of the state anti-crisis program and local measures, almost 45,000 jobs were created.
The bus fleet of the city in 2017 was updated by 30%, 500 buses were purchased.
A research institute on architecture, urban planning and the development of the master plan of the city – the General Plan of Almaty has been established.
Together with the Government, the process of transferring the SEZ PIT “Alatau” to communal ownership was initiated.
Together with the NWF “Samruk-Kazyna” a question is being considered on the transfer of the CHP-2 to gas.
As part of the expansion and modernization of the international airport, a new runway 3B has been built, old buildings have been demolished for the construction of a VIP terminal, and a sketch of a new building is being developed.
In 93 student dormitories, repairs were carried out, social and living conditions were improved. The construction of 4 hostels for 2 thousand places is being completed.
Source: Kazakhtan 2050