ASTANA – President of KTZ, national railway company, Askar Mamin and Almaty regional governor Amandyk Batalov took part in laying the first link of the track panels at the 110-kilometre railroad of the construction of Secondary Rail Road Almaty 1 – Shu on April 7.
“A rail production plant has been started. Production of the plant has a strategic importance for the economy of Kazakhstan and a huge export potential; now the tracks will be purchased from domestic producers.”
The project, implemented as part of the state programme Nurly Zhol, seeks to use domestically produced materials. First of all, the rails used in the construction, were manufactured and supplied by an Aktobe rail and beam plant (Aktyubisnkiy Relsobalochniy Zavod).
Alarms and communication systems are being installed as well as electricity supply works are being carried out on the site. It is planned to start the first complex objects this year.
“The project will create more than 1,500 jobs. This project is of strategic importance for our region,” stressed Batalov.
The Almaty – Shu section is busiest in the country as two lines from North and West (via South) Kazakhstan join in Shu and now trains need at times to wait for their turn to ride the gauge to Kazakhstan’s largest metropolis. The second part of the section will double the capacity, increase the speed and intensity of the movement of trains between Almaty and the rest of the country and will increase the transit potential of the country.