The Investments and Development Ministry in Kazakhstan has revealed to the local press that the light rail transport (LRT) project in Astana could receive state funds of KZT 16.2 billion (USD 47.2 million).
KZT 9.1 billion (USD 26.4 million) will be spent this year while the rest of the allotted funds, KZT 7.1 billion (USD 20 million) will be used in 2019.
”Currently, the participant of the Chinese companies’ consortium, China Railway No.2 Engineering Group Co., Ltd, is engaged in piles and trestle support foundation works. 121 units of heavy vehicles and 2,262 workers are working at the railroad construction objects. As of June 16, 80.5% of bored piles, 35 % of foundation grills, 10.1% of prefabricated girders have been already installed,” Minister of Investment and Development , Zhenis Kassymbek said, quoted by Kazinform.
Astana Mayor Asset Issekeshev said that the construction of the light railway will be completed at the close of 2019. A 22.5 km long elevated road, including 18 stations, 10 underground crosswalks and 8 ground level pedestrian crossings will be built. The project has been implemented by 23% so far.