Astana finishes construction on 71 idle private housing projects

ASTANA – Astana officials have completed construction on 71 out of 100 residential housing projects in which construction began since 2015 but was never completed.

Sergey Khoroshun (centre) and journalists. Photo credit: Astana Akimat.

“In early 2015, more than 100 incomplete objects were identified, for which there were complaints from residents who had purchased housing but did not receive it,” said Astana Deputy Mayor Sergey Khoroshun at a Dec. 7 press conference. “A joint action plan was developed by the interdepartmental commission and, at the beginning of this year, this number was reduced to 62 objects – the rest were commissioned for completion. Presently, 29 of these 62 objects remain to be completed. Generally, these are objects for which there were concrete instances of fund misappropriation and measures were taken against real estate developers.”

The city’s interdepartmental commission on shared participation in housing construction administered the completion of the construction projects, reports the city akimat’s (administration) press service.

The remaining objects will be complete under the Nurly Zher land and housing development programme launched in 2017, for which Baiterek National Holding has allocated 40 billion tenge (US$108.19 million). Completed design and documentation of and contractors for all 29 objects will be organised by mid-2019, he said, noting that each object’s construction may take approximately 1-2.5 years.

“A financial model was calculated for each object, making the return of assets and funds to the state budget, following the completion of construction, possible,” said the deputy mayor, adding that the allocated funds are to be returned within four years.

Two hundred and forty-three objects were left incomplete during the first wave of shared construction projects in 2007-2009, with 130,000 real estate investors left at the mercy of deceitful developers who were selected for their low prices per square metre. To prevent similar situations of incomplete construction projects, amendments were made to the Law on Housing Relations. Nevertheless, Khoroshun advised potential investors to remain vigilant.

Since the 2016 Law on Shared Participation in Housing Construction, 88 building permits were also issued in the capital as a fundraising measure for investors. Thirty objects have since been put into operation, which is approximately 5,500 apartments, and another 58 are at the planning stage, which is approximately 16,000 apartments.