Such situations must not be allowed: Alikhan Smailov points to shortcomings in heating supply in Shymkent

Launch of new industrial facilities, modernisation of roads and housing and communal infrastructure, construction and reconstruction of social institutions and a number of other issues were discussed at Shymkent development meeting chaired by Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov.

Reports on current indicators and measures taken in various sectors were delivered by the Akim of the city Murat Aitenov, Minister of Industry Marat Karabayev, First Deputy Minister of Education Sholpan Karinova, as well as Deputy Ministers of National Economy Bauyrzhan Omarbekov, of Energy Asset Magauov and of Healthcare Zhandos Burkitbayev.

Having heard the speakers the Prime Minister noted that the Government had begun to implement the wide-ranging reforms outlined by the Head of State in his election programme.

"It attaches special importance to issues of improving the quality of life and well-being of our citizens. A detailed action plan has been developed and approved to achieve these tasks," Alikhan Smailov said.

For example, he said, the city's akimat should give priority to upgrading engineering infrastructure, namely, heating, power, gas and water supply networks.

"Shymkent is located in the south of our country, so low temperatures are rare here. At the same time, there are complaints from city residents about disruptions in heat supply. For example, not so long ago, high-rise buildings in the Zhana Talap and Turan districts were left without heat. Such situations should not be allowed by the akimat," Prime Minister stressed.

Head of the Government praised high growth rate of construction in the city. In particular, only over the last two years more than 2 million square meters of housing have been commissioned. He added that against this background, the load on the transport network in the metropolis is increasing, which requires a significant improvement of the quality of repair work, as well as on the social infrastructure, therefore new schools, hospitals and other social facilities should be opened in due time.

"In the next three years, the city plans to build 54 schools for 68,000 places. This will go a long way toward solving the problem of three-shift education in Shymkent," Alikhan Smailov said.

Moving on to the economic block, the Prime Minister stressed that the Akimat needs to continue its consistent work on economic diversification and import substitution. The main emphasis should be placed on the manufacturing sector. In this regard, he stressed the importance of increasing the efficiency and expansion of existing industrial zones, as well as the opening of new production sites.

"In general, the investment portfolio of the city for 2022-2026 includes 283 projects worth 2 trillion tenge. The akimat should ensure the launch of the current projects on time and the qualitative development of the others," the Head of Government pointed out.

In addition, Alikhan Smailov noted the need to continue systematic work to curb rising prices for socially important food products. This also applies to the application of available market mechanisms, the activities of the regional commission to identify intermediary chains and development of the agricultural sector.

Summing up the meeting, the Prime Minister instructed to work out the issues of water supply to Sairam residential area, construction of the main sewage collector and the Palace of Schoolchildren in Turan micro-district, increase financing of road infrastructure construction in Shymkent as a whole.

Alikhan Smailov also pointed out the need for reconstruction of heating networks, pumping stations, modernisation of boiler houses and gas supply to the Kainarbulak housing estate.

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