Development plan for capital discussed in Kazakhstan
Astana, Kazakhstan, Nov.27
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
A meeting on the development of Astana took place in Kazakhstan's capital with participation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Nov.27,the Kazakh president's press service said.
According to the report, at the meeting the president said that during the recent visit to NIPI AstanaGenPlan LLP, issues of development of the capital were considered.
"The city's population is increasing and stands at 900,000, although we planned to achieve this figure in 2020-2030. In this regard, development of the city lags behind the dynamic growth of the population and this causes various difficulties.
"Of course, we are working on the development of all cities in the country, but special attention should be given to the capital. I held a meeting and gave a number of instructions in the spring of this year. I became familiar with their implementation. However, we face new challenges that require appropriate decisions," Nazarbayev said.
The president said that around 188 sites with an area of 7000 hectares in the city have been returned to state ownership.
"According to the Prosecutor General's Office, to date around 11,000 hectares have been neither developed nor returned. About 711 sites have been given for construction, but it is has not been carried out," the president said.
According to Nazarbayev, there are several possible causes for this situation. In particular, in 2008 the mayor's office of the city signed contracts with land users who were willing to transfer the land to the state at the initial cost. The land was purchased at a low price then and when the time for the build-up arrived, high prices were required thus earning big money on public land, he said.
"This outrage must end. This is dishonestly earned money. When the issue is the state needs, the lands should be returned. We have all the legislative opportunities," Nazarbayev said.
The president stressed that this issue also concerns Almaty and ordered the resumption of work and to bring it to an end.
He said the regions which are located close to the capital lack some order in land issues and as a result are faced with unauthorised capture of the territories.
"The development of land around Astana happens unsystematically. The population growth exceeds the prognosis for 2015. Today some 156,000 people live there, while around 175,000 people stand in a queue for land sites. Using the fact that around 10 hectares of land are considered adequate for citizens, the people submit applications. However these sites can be allocated only where communication exists. If the land hasn't been prepared, then they should not be made available for use. So I declare a moratorium on the granting of land in a 30 -kilometre zone around Astana," Nazarbayev said.