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Government approves interregional scheme for territorial development of Astana agglomeration

31 October 2017, 11:05

At the meeting of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan chaired by the Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, an interregional scheme for the territorial development of the Astana Agglomeration was approved. The draft document was presented by the Minister for Investments and Development, Zhenis Kassymbek.

According to the minister, the dynamic development of the capital, the demographic capacity, the growing density of the population of the region, the migration inflow create prerequisites for the agglomeration development of the capital. The territory of the Astana metropolitan area includes the city of Astana – the core of the agglomeration, three districts (Arshalyn, Tselinograd, Shortandy) 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 "unloading" Astana from overpopulation and "pulling" external migration flows.

Concentration of production and the necessary infrastructure in counter magnets and satellites will allow to form the territories of advanced growth, which will become the industrial zones of “Arshaly”, “Tonkeris” and “Zhaynak”, which will increase industrial production by 144%.

The Akkol town and the Akmol aul are also identified as potential counter-magnets. They are located at a remote distance from the core city and have sufficient resources to delay migration flows. Free movement of the population, connection of the core with perspective points of growth 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 by 170%. Astana's need for food (flour, buckwheat, legumes, milk, eggs, poultry, etc.) will be fully provided at the expense of the agglomeration area.

The need for agglomeration core in building materials such as concrete, reinforced concrete, brick, rubble, sand, metal structures, wood products will also be fully provided by 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 gasification of settlements will be carried out through the construction of the gas pipeline "Saryarka", which will allow gasifying 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 transfer polluting enterprises of I-II classes 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," Zh. 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 interested state bodies and akimats to ensure the effective operation of this interregional scheme.

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