According to the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development, the quality of the transport system is a prerequisite for the development of the country. Thus, by the end of 2018, the volume of transport services increased by 4.6% compared with 2017. The total volume of transit of goods by all modes of transport through the country grew by 6% and amounted to more than 19 million tons, including in the direction China – Europe, an increase of 40%, and Europe – China — 80% compared with 2017.
“We can see the formation of a transit and logistics hub in the center of Eurasia. Our corridors are attractive and competitive. The large-scale implementation of road projects continues within the framework of the Nurly Zhol State Program. Over the years of Independence, about 12 thousand km of roads have been built and reconstructed,” the minister said.
Thus, in 2018, 1.5 thousand km were repaired and 528 km of republican roads were reconstructed. This year, the reconstruction covered 4.4 thousand km of roads of republican significance. More than 100 thousand road builders are involved in the projects. By the end of the year, traffic will be open on the sections with a length of 654 km.
As noted by Kassymbek, in order to fulfill the Head of State’s instructions on the systemic development of interregional infrastructure, since 2018, funding for repairing the roads of the local network has been doubled on a parity basis and brought to 150 billion tenge. Over 4 thousand km of roads have beem repaired. It is expected that 85-90% of local roads will be in good and satisfactory condition by 2025.
At the same time, in order to ensure the normative content and highways safety, the implementation of projects on the introduction of toll collection systems continues. At present, the collection of fees has begun on road sections: Almaty – Khorgos, Almaty – Kapshagai and Astana – Temirtau with a total length of 471 km. According to the minister, within two years it is planned to launch a system of charging another 5.5 thousand km. Due to this, the cost of maintaining highways will be significantly reduced.
The minister also explained how the quality of roads is monitored.
“We know the condition of each particular road. We have a quality center, which since January 2019 has become a single organization. The task of this organization is to assist in the construction, and it gives real information on the state of each road. We have such a center and we monitor the condition of the roads,” said Kassymbek.
During the press conference Kassymbek reported that there is a steady increase in indicators in civil aviation. The number of transit passengers increased from 20 thousand in 2010 to 900 thousand in 2018. In 2020, the number of transit passengers will be 1.6 million people.
In addition, in the first half of 2019 it is planned to launch the first national low-cost airline FlyArystan. In the first year of operation, it is planned to transport up to 1 million passengers at prices two times lower than that of Air Astana. The main task of the new air carrier is to provide Kazakhstanis with cheaper flights.
“The cost of flying on a new low-cost airline will vary between $40-50. FlyArystan ticket sales will begin in late March and early April,” Kassymbek added.