Fulfilment of President instructions: More than 15.3 million square metres of housing to be built in 2023

The Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development is actively working to implement the pre-election program of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and the instructions given by the Head of State at the enlarged Government session of the Republic of Kazakhstan. During the Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov, Minister of Industry and Infrastructural Development Kairbek Uskenbayev reported in more detail on the measures taken.

First of all, the minister focused on the sphere of industry and transport.

"A concept on development of the defence industry has been worked out, within which we will implement projects on transfer of modern technologies and increase of localization of production with the leading world manufacturers of weapons and military equipment until 2029," Uskenbayev said.

Also, he said, a package of legislative amendments has been prepared to provide domestic processors with basic raw materials at an acceptable price. Two options of leasing financing of agricultural equipment are being considered. The first one would be through the republic's budget, the second one - at the expense of the operator ROP. A draft Concept of transport and logistics potential until 2030 has been developed. The deadline for approval is by the end of this year.

In addition, 11,000 km of railway sections are planned to be repaired by the end of 2029. In 2023, work will be carried out on 882 km of railways.

Implementation of infrastructure railway projects has started. Construction of second tracks of Dostyk-Moynty section started in November this year. Technical documentation for other projects is under development.

Construction and reconstruction of roads of national importance and local network continues.

"In total, by the end of 2029, we plan to build and repair more than 22,000 roads of national and local importance. Together with the MIE we started to develop a road map to create the necessary infrastructure for electric cars in major cities," Uskenbayev reported.

 In the construction and housing and utilities sector, a number of measures are being taken to ensure housing starts. In 2023 more than 15.3m sq. metres or 143,500 dwellings are planned for construction.

"In order to complete problem properties with shared ownership in the regions, work is being done to attract investors. The country has 44 problematic sites and 14 of them are expected to be finished by 2023," Uskenbayev said.

According to him, 17 cities have approved renovation programmes for demolishing homes and improving the living conditions of their owners.

A total of 375 projects to build utilities and infrastructure in housing developments are under way, he added. By 2029 it is planned to equip 239,000 plots of land available for individual construction.

By 2023, it is planned to provide water services to 98.7% of the urban population and 96% of the rural population. All settlements will be provided with water in 2025.

The Minister also noted that amendments to the rules for the provision of housing assistance had been developed for a unified approach in determining the standards for the maximum allowable level of consumption for consumers. The draft regulation has been submitted to the government.

All the instructions of the head of state have been decomposed until 2029 and included in the roadmap being drafted by the Ministry of National Economy. Between 2023 and 2037, modernisation of heating networks will be carried out in stages.

In the first phase, from 2023 to 2030, it is planned to replace 1,600 km of heating networks, which are networks with more than 75% deterioration. 

In the second stage, from 2030 to 2037, it is planned to replace heat networks with 50 to 74% wear, the length of such networks is 3.7 thousand km.

Networks with less than 50% wear are proposed to be replaced as part of the investment programmes of natural monopolies.

Now, first of all, local executive bodies need to carry out a technical survey of the condition of heating networks with the development of design and estimate documentation and subsequent submission of a budget request for consideration by the authorized body.

Also, the construction and reconstruction of the DHE is planned in 68 cities between 2023 and 2028.

In 26 towns, the projects will be implemented by attracting loans from IFIs under the state guarantee.

In 36 small towns, the projects are planned to be implemented through transfers from the national budget.

Construction of STPs in 6 small towns is already planned for the next year, design and estimate documentation is being prepared now.

The contractual obligations for AMT have been revised.

In addition, a comprehensive inspection of the AMT is currently being conducted under the leadership of the Prosecutor General's Office. The results will be reported additionally.

"Work is being done to recover the illegally transferred fields. Out of 87 contracts concluded with socio-entrepreneurial corporations to date 40 contracts were terminated, on 47 contracts is being analyzed in terms of fulfilment of obligations by subsoil users," Uskenbayev reported.

He said that out of 143 deposits ready for production, but illegally transferred for exploration, 10 licenses/contracts were revoked and 25 subsoil users were notified of the breach of obligations.

Work to return illegally transferred fields to the state continues.

In order to meet 100% of the domestic needs of the agro-industrial complex, 7 projects for the production of mineral fertilizers (ammonium nitrate, urea, ammophos, complex fertilizers) will be implemented by 2028.

"All of the President's instructions are under special control and will be executed in a timely manner," Uskenbayev assured.

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