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Zh. Kassymbek: Over 4 thousand km of roads of the local network will be repaired within the framework of the Nurly Zhol Program in 2018

by March 6, 2018 Market

A Government meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev today, which focused on the results of the implementation of the Nurly Zhol State Program for 2017 and work plans for the current year.

Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek reported that within the framework of the Nurly Zhol Infrastructure Development State Program, the construction of the second tracks on the Almaty-Shu section was completed, the first phase of the automobile ferry complex with a capacity of 4 million tonnes was launched in the seaport of Kuryk in 2017.

In addition, the construction of a new passenger terminal of the Nursultan Nazarbayev Airport was completed in Astana, and a new railway station Nurly Zhol was put into operation.

At the end of the year, within the framework of seven carry-over projects, traffic was opened on 603 km of highways of national importance.

Road-building works covered 4.4 thousand km of highways of national importance. A total of 75 thousand people were involved in the implementation of projects, and the share of road construction materials of domestic production was 93%.

In 2018, 23 road projects will be implemented, of which 22 are carry-over projects, of which 10 projects are implemented through loans from International Financial Institutions, � Minister Zhenis Kassymbek reported.

Ten projects with a total length of 2900 km will continue to be implemented via loans.

It is planned to open traffic on 528 km of roads by the end of this year.

At the same time, within the framework of implementing the President’s Address with regards to increasing the funding of repairing and reconstructing the roads of the local network to improve intraregional mobility and in order to increase the Road Quality index of the WEF GCI, the Ministry of Investments and Development, together with regional Akimats worked out a set of measures to improve the technical state of roads of regional and district importance.

In the current year, 60 billion tenge will be additionally allocated on a parity basis from the National and local budgets, bringing the volume of financing to 150 billion tenge, � Zhenis Kassymbek said.

These measures will cover over 4000 km of roads with repairs and by 2025 improve the condition of the local network, bringing the figure for roads in a good and satisfactory condition to 85% (today 66% are in good and satisfactory condition).

Along with this, special attention is paid to the development of road service facilities. According to the Minister of Investments and Development, to date, according to the results of the inventory, the number of service facilities is 1859.

Last year, regional working groups were created to bring the service facilities in line with the National Standard and support SMEs. A plan of measures for the development of service facilities was developed and approved. By the end of 2017, 113 existing facilities were modernized and 21 new facilities were built, � Zhenis Kassymbek informed.

In total, in 2017 the number of facilities corresponding to the National Standard increased by 135. Two modular service pavilions KazWay were also installed.

In 2018, it is planned to build 36 facilities and modernize 200. In total, by the end of 2018, it is planned to bring the overall number of facilities corresponding to the National Standard to 818 or 44% of the total number of road service facilities. Also work is underway to include information about the service facilities in the digital maps of IRU Transpark, Google Maps, Yandex Maps.

In the field of civil aviation, modernization of the land infrastructure of Kazakhstan’s airports continues in order to improve the attractiveness of air transportation.

A new passenger terminal of Astana’s airport was completed in 2017, as well as the reconstruction of one of the operating airstrips of the Almaty airport. The reconstruction of the runway of the Semey airport will be completed in 2018. The reconstruction of the airport runway in Kostanay has begun.

With regards to modernizing the heat, water supply and drainage systems, in order to reduce the burden on the National Budget, budgetary lending and subsidizing mechanisms are being implemented to reduce the burden on the budget. By the end of 2018 it is planned to reduce the depreciation of networks from 60% to 57% due to the construction and reconstruction of about 800 km of engineering networks for heat, water and sanitation.

In conclusion, Zhenis Kassymbek noted that all the planned infrastructure projects under the Nurly Zhol program are being implemented in a timely manner and are the main priority of the Ministry.

Alik Aydarbayev, Deputy Chairman of the Board of NWF Samruk-Kazyna JSC, also reported on the implementation of infrastructure projects (construction of Almaty-Shu, Kuryk Port, etc.).

In addition, a number of regional Akims reported on the progress of the implementation of Nurly Zhol in the regions: Kostanay – A. Mukhambetov, Kyzylorda – K. Kusherbayev, Karaganda – Y. Koshanov, Almaty – B. Baibek.

Following the consideration of the issue, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that the implementation of the Nurly Zhol State Program is personally monitored by the Head of State. Ministries and Akimats should make every effort to timely and qualitatively achieve the outlined indicators. The results of the program will be considered at the Government meeting in the third quarter of this year.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan