Flag flown to start celebrations. President Nursultan Nazarbayev gave a start to celebrations of the Day of Astana
July 05. Kazpravda
By Yulia Mager
Yesterday President Nursultan Nazarbayev was in the flag-hoisting ceremony in the state symbols Square to launch festivities of the Day of the capital.
Traditionally this ceremony takes place a day before the holiday itself. For 2 years already a big sky-blue-and-gold flag is flown on this occasion in Astana at a 111-meter height. It is a spectacle watched by hundreds of the city dwellers and guests. Addressing them Nursultan Nazarbayev said Astana had become known in the world, grown into a real brand of the country, much admired by visitors. It has been a venue of momentous events on the Eurasian continent of late: OSCE and OIC summits, 7th Asian winter Olympics and world Islamic economic forum. The President marked the capital’s remarkable architecture the world experts and journalists take interest in, which is conductive to its development too.
As the Day of the capital is going on under the sign of 20th jubilee of Independence N. Nazarbayev detailed on the achievements – booming construction countrywide, a 30% raise in the budgetary salaries and student scholarships, which is indicative of economic progress.
He largely attributed all the progress made to the national unity – a priceless asset, enabling Kazakhstan’s headway.
Traditionally at the flag-flying ceremony military ranks and distinctions are awarded, personally by the President. To the defenders the Supreme commander of the forces said they must guard peace and harmony in the country, its state borders and territorial integrity like the apple of the eye.
The President wished Kazakhstanis good health, success, welfare and peace in every family.
The ceremony was crowned by guards of honor march.
The same Day N.Nazarbayev took part in capsule-laying at the site of the project “New transport system of Astana”, to be constructed in 3 phases the length of 41,81 km: phase 1 – airport-Abu-Dhabi Plaza, phase 2 -Abu Dhabi Plaza-railway terminal, phase 2 – railway terminal – Abu Dhabi Plaza.
And LLP “Astana LRT” is to design and construct light-rail tramline. The “Alstom” (France) speed trams are to be run in phase 1. In all 12 tram routes will be launched between the airport and Abu-Dhabi Plaza. Pedestrian underpasses, elevators and escalators are in the pipeline too. 5bn tenge is budgeted for phase1 – local funds, and by 1 September – 13,3bn tenge of the republic budget. Construction of phase 2 starts in the next year on the state funds and ADB loan, and the commissioning is in 2014.