Kazakhstan plans to double goods transit by 2020
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 6 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
Kazakhstan has developed the state program for developing the transport infrastructure of the country until 2020. The program which was developed to implement the Kazakh President's order and was presented in the city administration of Almaty by Transport and Communications Ministry's executive secretary Zhenis Kasymbek on Monday envisages the double increase of goods transit through Kazakhstan by 2020 and 10 times increase of goods transit by 2050, the Ministry reported.
"The document is mainly aimed at creating the modern transport infrastructure which will increase opportunities for Kazakhstan's economic growth and meet the people's needs for transport services," the Ministry said.
Within the program Kazakhstan will build nine new bus terminals, 61 bus stations in the district centers, 733 transport service points in rural areas and villages and 1,104 taxi ranks in towns.
Some 34 bus terminals and 138 bus stations will be brought in line with the standards, 300 railway stations and 14 airports will be reconstructed in this period.
Moreover some 21,390 kilometers of roads will be repaired in this period. It is planned also to complete reconstructing six international routes within the country.
Some new 2,300 kilometers long rail lines, including the Astana-Almaty high-speed line through the Lake Balkhash will be build in 2013-2020. Some 1,400 kilometers of existing railway lines will be electrified in this period.
The development of SILK WIND (China- Turkey-Eastern Europe) project infrastructure is one of the most important items of the program. In particular, Kazakhstan plans to develop Dostyk station, create dry port in the Khorgos - Eastern Gate free economic zone, develop country's ferry fleet and build 3 new dry cargo terminals in the Aktau port.
All kinds of transportation will be automated and due to this measure the document registration procedures will be simplified.