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From 2021, state budget to receive 30 billion tenge from toll roads — MID RK

06 March 2018, 14:29

Today at the press conference following the meeting of the Government, the Minister for Investments and Development, Zhenis Kassymbek, answered questions from media representatives about the implementation of payment on the highways of national importance within the framework of Nurly Zhol state program.

To date, only one route operates in paid mode — it is Astana-Shchuchinsk route.

"Within the framework of the Nurly Zhol program, the Ministry is carrying out construction works on the installation of a charging system at the sections Astana-Temirtau, Almaty-Kapshagai and Almaty-Khorgos, with completion in April this year. The system is scheduled to be launched in the second quarter of this year," said Zhenis Kassymbek.

It is planned that the roads will be completely transferred to the stationary paid mode in June this year.

At the same time, design and estimate documentation is being developed to establish a charging system at 13 sections with a total length of 5500 km, including on Western Europe - Western China international corridor.

The implementation of these projects is planned by the mechanism of public-private partnership with the conclusion of a PPP contract in the second half of this year.

In general, until 2020, it is planned to increase toll roads to 6.5 thousand km, which will provide about 30 billion tenge annually.

"30 billion tenge, which we are planning to receive from toll roads in 2021-2022, will come to the budget. They will be spent on the maintenance of roads. Today toll roads are built at the expense of the state-owned company Kazavtozhol or because they were laid in the project. Accordingly, this money will be used only for the maintenance of roads. In the long term, we plan that 5.5 thousand km, we will additionally, by the PPP principle, transfer to toll roads. Private money will be attracted there, the collection from these roads will flow to the accounts of state companies, to the budget and will be spent only on maintenance," the minister explained.

At the same time, the money that the investor spent on the PPP project will be repaid to him in equal parts from the budget.

"There are the so-called CICs — compensation of investment costs. They are determined by feasibility study. Then during the contest and negotiations," said Zhenis Kassymbek. In addition, the minister noted that the revenues to the budget from toll roads will be high, even despite the payment of compensation to investors.

Recall, today at the meeting of the Government chaired by the Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, the results of the implementation of Nurly Zhol State Program for 2017 and work plans for the current year were considered.


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