Aktobe Development Plans Updated to Reflect Population Growth

A new plan to develop the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe was approved by the maslikhat (regional assembly) during its 27th session on Oct. 15. The plan was forwarded to the government for further approval.

nikolskii-aktubinskAccording to the Director of the Municipal Architect’s Office Nurlan Buranbayev, the first version of this plan was approved in 2006. However, rapid population growth required an update to the plan.

“The new plan lays the framework for the city’s development until 2030. It is expected that the city population will be 625,000 at the time. In 2040, there will be one million citizens in Aktobe city,” Buranbayev said.

The director of Gradcomplex Ltd, Nurbek Auzhanov said that the large amount of construction in the area will help modernise the regional construction industry.

“Aktobe will become a modern city of high rises, the total area of the city will reach 71,708 hectares. Now, it is only 27,600 hectares,” Auzhanov explained.

A large traffic artery will also be constructed to reduce congestion in the downtown area. It is also planned to move the city railway station to the Moscow District as part of the future Moscow City Business Centre.

“We will further develop our system of city districts by adding scientific and sport complexes, as well as shopping centres in each of them. Today, Aktobe is divided into two parts – the old and the new city,” concluded Auzhanov.

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