ASTANA – A new city centre in Karaganda will be built under the corresponding city development plan accepted at a recent meeting. The effort will be directed by Karaganda Regionfirst deputy akim (governor) Assylbek Duyssebayev.
“Everything the modern world already has – spacious parking lots, other communications, – can’t be constructed in the old city. That is why these problems have to be solved using a new site and after that, we will have good conditions for management. These conditions are crucial not only for the city, but also for the whole region,” said development plan author Karim Tusupbekov, according to 24.kz.
Duysebayev supported Tusupbekov’s plan.
“It is not a secret that there is no five-star hotel in Karaganda. Negotiations have been held for decades, but investors don’t come here. The preliminary agreement is finally concluded and the project has to be realised,” he said.
Construction of a new centre on a vacant territory was planned a while ago, but only now has it been discussed so closely to the actual work. The project is not just ambitious, but is a real necessity. The present city centre does not have space for new buildings, as it is situated between a railroad and mines, constantly leading to heavy traffic on central streets.
Architects feel the new centre will become a historic part of the mining capital. The first buildings will be constructed this year and city planners intend to connect the southeast residential and Maykuduk industrial districts. Construction will be financed by the state budget and private companies.
Located between Respublika Avenue and Golubie Prudy, the centre will have an up-to-date trade and entertainment complex with a five-star hotel, a children and youth palace, an innovative library with interactive modern art museum, a kindergarten and a school for 1,200 students.
The city development plan also previews construction of several kindergartens, two schools, a children’s hospital, a sports centre and renovation of the park and precincts, as well as road reconstruction. The plan also includes modernising markets, opening small businesses, establishing a pharmaceutical complex, constructing a concert hall and transport junctions and creating a state-owned bus fleet.
The city has already purchased 28 new ambulances and their operation is 100 percent financed. In addition, the project has plans to reconstruct the city heating system, as well as to build a 30,000-seat football stadium according to Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) requirements. All the measures will contribute to Karaganda’s development and create new jobs.