Officials consider installing transmission lines near Shoshkaly Lake, focus on boosting tourism 

NUR-SULTAN – A proposal to build power transmission lines near Shoshkaly Lake in 2020 was recently submitted to the Department of Economics and Budget Planning of the East Kazakhstan Region, Akim (Mayor) of the Beskaragai District Daulet Batyrbayev said Oct. 16 at the Regional Communications Service of the East Kazakhstan Region. 

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Local government officials are focusing on making the region more attractive to tourists, as the region is rich in natural resources, such as the unique ribbon pine forest and the Shoshkaly Lake, which is found to contain the mud with healing properties. 

To attract the tourists, the Semey Ormani State Forest Nature Reserve organised a rental of tourist equipment, a two-apartment cordon, an additional guest house, wooden dressing rooms, gazebos, a volleyball court on the shore and garbage collection facilities last summer at Shoshkaly Lake.

D.Serikbayev East Kazakhstan National Technical University together with the East Kazakhstan Region administration also conducted a study of the physicochemical properties of the water and mud of eight lakes and two springs in the region to organise the development of medical tourism in the region. 

The composition of the lake was found to be similar to the resorts of Truskavets (Ukraine) and Novaya Russa (Russia). According to salinity and basic ion-salt composition of water, it was attributed to external balneological waters. These waters are reported to help in the treatment of skin diseases, respiratory and digestive organs, as well as the nervous, endocrine, genitourinary and circulatory systems.

Shoshkaly, as well as Alakol, Markakol, Zaisan, Sibinskie, Dubygaly (Okunki), Shybyndykol and Rakhmanovskie Springs, the resort Barlyk-Arasan, as well as the springs Konyr Aulie and the Holy Key were all tested in the study, reports qamshy.kz.