Zerenda-Schuchinsk highway to be improved to make region more attractive to tourists

NUR-SULTAN – The Zerenda-Schuchinsk highway and its surrounding territory will undergo infrastructure development to make the Zerenda resort area more attractive to tourists, reported www.yunews.com.

Despite its tourist potential, the resort’s popularity lags behind the Borovoe resort area in Schuchinsk, reported Bnews. In an effort to alleviate the disparity, the Kazakhdorstroi company will straighten complex areas, dangerous turns and grooves along the 80-kilometre highway, shortening it to 77 kilometres.

The trip between the resorts will also become easier with the construction of 64 reinforced concrete culverts, two recreation sites, 10 bus pavilions near populated areas, 15-kilometre snow-holding fences, 14-kilometre barrier fences, adjustable traffic lights in Zerenda and lighting in the villages of Gabdullina, Serafimovka and Zerenda.

The project, expected to be completed by the end of the year, also provides for reconstructing road maintenance points in Schuchinsk and Zerenda.

This project is part of the effort to make the Zerenda resort area more attractive. Zerenda District Akim (Mayor) Berikzhan Abutalipov praised the area’s natural grounds, arguing its untouched areas are the key advantage over the Borovoe resort area.

“The nature of Zerenda is not inferior to the Burabay (Borovoe) resort area. But, instead, there are some advantages: clean water and untouched forests. You can fish in the lake and hike in the hills and thick pine forest,” he said.

Photo credit: aqmo.kz.

Abutalipov suggested marketing the Zerenda waterfall by developing a tourist route to the cascade and encouraging residents of nearby villages to sell souvenirs and environmentally friendly food products. He also talked about plans to install a yurt and hire a state-employed, free guide. He recounted the legend of the waterfall having curing properties and praised its beauty.

“According to legend, in this waterfall once lived an old doctor who cured human diseases with a holy spring flowing here. Its stream falls off a cliff. The beauty of the terrain, created by the very nature, rocky canyon and waterfall, is beyond words. You just have to see it,” he said.