Gov’t to Spend $27.1 million for Development of Kentau Infrastructure

KENTAU – The government is going to finance Kentau from the national and regional budgets to the amount of 9 billion tenge (US$27.1 million) this year. The funds will help solve several social and economic problems, create new jobs and improve standards of living and well-being of its habitants.

Akim (Governor) of the South Kazakhstan region Zhanseit Tuimebayev believes such large-scale financing of Kentau will not only contribute to the development of the city, but also bring benefit for the whole country.

The funds will help solve many long-standing problems. For example, 400 million tenge (US$1.2 million) will be used to construct two 5-storey apartment buildings. Another 100 million tenge (US$301,500) will be allocated to construct dormitories where Kentau college students will live.

The city administration is going to spend 541 million tenge (US$1.6 million) for the reconstruction of the water supply system, which eventually will solve the difficulty of supplying high quality drinking water. The Kentau administration is going to finish construction of an automatic gas control station designed for the supply of natural gas from the main gas pipeline Beineu-Bozoi-Shymkent.

Problems of the city and ways to solve them were discussed by Governor Tuimebayev at a recent meeting in the city. In particular, he focused on the fact that Kentau, located 150 kilometres northwest from the regional capital of Shymkent, has not organised any business support and development programmes. The governor emphasised that three projects in the amount of 900 million tenge (US$2.7 million) were not included in the industrial map for various reasons. Tuimebayev concluded that the work of local executive bodies for the development of entrepreneurship and creation of new jobs in the city is not conducted at the proper level.

The head of the region said that the local authorities should pay more attention to healthcare and employment, sanitary cleaning and landscaping, maintenance of engineering infrastructure and work on revival of the mining field. Tuymebayev said that business people can build small shops and factories in the city, establishing partnership relations with the city’s largest companies, such as Kentau Transformer Plant.

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