Turkic-Style City to be Constructed in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Plans are underway to construct “New Kyzylorda,” a Turkic-style city on the left bank of the SyrDarya River, reported Tengrinews with reference to the Kyzylorda Akimat (regional administration) press service. The design was presented to local and foreign investors attending the Baikonur Invest Forum held Dec. 14-15 in Kyzylorda.

The author of the project and Kazakhstan’s Union of Urban Planners President Lyubov Nysanbayeva noted the distinctiveness of the project is that the entire urban architecture will be done in unique Turkic style, according to the agency.

“Experts estimate that even under current rates of the city’s population growth, the number of residents will grow from 260,000 to 350,000 people by the year 2050. When developing the project, we first of all proceeded to the needs of future residents in a comfortable, convenient, well-thought-out way for the life of an urban environment. At the same time, it was important not lose touch of the new city with the historical centre of Kyzylorda, as well as with the centuries-old history of the Silk Road,” said Nysanbayeva.

The concept of the new city has incorporated the most contemporary approaches of Western and Eastern urban planning practice and architectural elements of Beirut, Bukhara, Tashkent, Tunis and Yemen while representing a unique, modern city created in classic Middle Eastern style, said Tengrinews.

Nearly 1,500 hectares were thoroughly planned for future comfortable life, work, tourism and learning. According to the design by local authorities, the first phase will be completed by 2025, with construction funding at the expense of investors.

“With regard to Kyzylorda, I mean to say that along the left bank, 270,000 people live here in 2015. By the year 2025, 375,000 people will be living in the city. That is not a fad, it is a necessity… Investors will come. They said they will build commercial housing with their money if we guarantee infrastructure,” Kyzylorda region Akim (Governor) Krymbek Kusherbayev told journalists at a Dec. 25 briefing in Astana. “We said that local authorities will be helping to implement economy class housing; we can take such a responsibility on ourselves. I have no doubts.”