Nazarbayev supports eco-friendly Almaty: city centre to become exclusively pedestrian

Apr 20. Tengrinews

By Gyuzel Kamalova, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina

Nazarbayev supports eco-friendly Almaty: city centre to become exclusively pedestrianPresident of Kazakhstan has visited Almaty this weekend, Tengrinews reports. He has been to the newly opened fashionable Dostyk Plaza shopping mall, bought some the Made in Kazakhstan products and participated in the opening ceremony of two new subway stations in Almaty.

President Nazarbayev also took part in a meeting with media representatives to discuss development of the City of Apples. According to the Kazakh leader, the main goal in the development of Almaty is to improve the city’s ecology.

High level of air pollution in Almaty, according to UNDP, is attributed to motor vehicle emissions. Scary 160 thousand tons of emissions pollute the air of the largest city in Kazakhstan every year. Almaty’s location at the foot of the Alatau mountains, too, affects the ratio of pollution in the air, because the mountain chain hinders the circulation of air that could otherwise blow away some of the harmful emissions.

Earlier, Exclusive magazine reported Almaty Oblast as the second most polluted area in Kazakhstan. If there is nothing to be done with the location that according to Sholpan Aitkhozhina of the UNDP in Europe and Central Asia traps motor vehicle emissions in the city, surely, there is much to be done with the actual fact of producing the pollutants.

“To improve the environmental condition of the city, the municipal transportation will start operating on pollution-free clean natural gas. Today two new subway stations, positively affecting the environment, have been opened. It is also planed to launch new tramways, electro mobiles and ultimately turn the city center into an exclusively pedestrian area,” Nazarbayev said.

The government, according to the President, pays close attention to the development of Almaty.

“All the Kazakhstanis, including me, love Almaty. The city has become even better since the Independence (of Kazakhstan in 1991). All the conditions for living, studying, receiving health treatment and working have been created here. All the venues built for the 2017 Universiade will be used for the benefit of the city dwellers. Almaty is a multiethnic city with a friendly population. This makes a solid basis for well being,” Nazarbayev said.

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Two new subway stations open in Almaty

Apr 20. Tengrinews

Reporting by Roza Yessenkulova. Writing by Gyuzel Kamalova

Two new subway stations have been opened in Almaty on April 18, Tengrinews reports.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev along with the Akim (Mayor) of Almaty Akmetzhan Yessimov, well-known Kazakh businessman Kenes Rakishev, Ambassador of Russia Mikhail Bocharnikov and several officials participated in the opening ceremony of the Sairan and Moskva stations. Nazarbayev travelled by subway with Yessimov and got off on the Moskva station to meet the subway construction workers. The workers thanked the President for supporting the construction of the Almaty subway.

Nazarbayev noted the importance of the subway for Almaty. “The city is expanding. The subway decreases the traffic pressure, which is especially convenient for city dwellers during rush hours. The ring road will be completed soon. It will improve the environment. The passenger flow will be increased with these two new stations,” Nazarbayev said.

In 2012, the passenger flow amounted to 15-16 thousand people per day in the subway. In 2014, the passenger flow increased to 24-25 thousand people per day. The new stations are expected to double the passenger flow.

The Moskva station is situated at 11-meter depth under Abay avenue between Otegen Batyr street and Altynsarin avenue. The design of the new station features a vibrant red colour and photography of the Red Square and the Kremlin.

According to the press office of the Akimat (Municipal Authorities), the construction of the metro line will be continued. The metro line will be extended along Abay avenue from Altynsarin avenue towards Yassauy street. The Akimat promised to open the Saryarka and Dostyk stations in the future.

The Almaty Subway opened on December 1, 2011. The subway line initially consisted of seven metro stations: Raimbek Batyr, Zhibek Zholy, Almaly, Abay, Baikonur, Mukhtar Auezov’s Drama Theatre and Alatau.