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DESTINATION KAZAKHSTAN Every square and boulevard built in the capital this and next year will be designed according to specific style and theme. For example, construction of square in the area of house #5 on Birzhan Sal street will be finished by the anniversary celebration. In the process of building the square was named a ‘Suitcase park’, since its territory is nearby the railway station. Small architecture forms there will be designed in the shape of suitcases. As per the architect’s idea, railways for children will be built there as well. Construction workers have already started setting the rails with this purpose. The primary goal for the Akimat’s office work is providing Astana citizens with comfortable, available and secure conditions for living no matter which area or street they are located at. First of all, it relates to improving the roads and territories in town and outskirts. For today, the transport system of Astana consists of 953 streets with a total length of 1,049 km. In our capital, there are 24 bridges, 11 overpasses, 8 transport interchanges, 7 underground and 4 aboveground pedestrian crossings. In 2017, a record amount of road work was achieved - 169 streets were built and repaired. A total of 114.5 km of asphalt roads laid down. Also, in order to reduce the load on the city’s street-road network, 7 intersections have been equipped with 9 right-turn signal arrows. Currently, due to the continuous increase in the intensity and speed of traffic on roads, much attention is paid to ensuring road safety. The key role in unloading the center of the city is given to conjunction of Small ring road in the Southern part of town, extending Beisekova street and Uly Dala avenue (both sides of Kaldayakov and Beisekova streets) and erecting two automobile bridges through Esil river and Nura-Esil canal. In the current year, 183 streets will be built and repaired, including 22 main city streets and 133 in residential areas, and 28.4 km of road surface will be repaired on 28 streets. In addition, in order to develop the streetroad network, we continue work on the construction of 37 more streets, laying down engineering networks and lighting. The formation of the transport frame will prevent the probability of a traffic collapse on the roads of the capital and ensure the easy accessibility of residential complexes and social facilities. In total for the 5-year period it is planned to build 197 km of roads, 8 traffic junctions, 7 bridges and 1 overpass through the railway tracks. One of the main indexes for quality of civil life is public transport’s operation. Currently, within the framework of the ‘New transport system of the city of Astana’ concept, the project ‘Intelligent Transport System’ is being implemented, which provides for an integrated control system for traffic lights on a single platform. In 2014, construction of the first stage (42 traffic lights) was completed, and by the end of 2018 the second stage will be completed. Thus, up to the end of the year, 123 ‘smart’ traffic lights will function. The system has adaptive control and minimizes human intervention. Based on sensor data along the road, it analyzes traffic and provides the most effective algorithm for controlling traffic lights. For the constant monitoring of the traffic situation, management and regulation, the Traffic Management Center was established on the basis of Astana LRT LLP, the only company in the Republic of Kazakhstan that has full competence in the field of transport planning, management and directly implements all projects on transport development in the capital. In order to develop public transport for the last 3 years, 738 new comfortable buses were purchased, corresponding to the severe climate of the capital. Therefore, the car park was updated by 70% and work in this direction continues. The conditions for the popularization of public transport have been created: annually allocated public transport lanes are being introduced (currently there are 23 sections with a length of 76 km), and an electronic payment system is being introduced that meets all modern requirements of comfort and convenience. Building of LRT from the airport to the ‘Nurly Zhol’ railway station is active now and planned to be finished by the end of 2019. The planned length of the system is 22.4 km, includes 18 stations, 10 underground and 8 above-ground pedestrian crossings that allow to optimize route network and unload certain streets' squares. Energy infrastructure Energy infrastructure – is foundation for the city’s vitality and development. There are over five thousand people working 24/7 at the energy complex of Astana city. They ensure that all houses, offices and production facilities have electricity and heat. Centralized generation of electric and thermal energy is composed of two sources: Combined Heat & Power Plant 1 (HPP-1) and Heat & Power Plant 2 (HPP- 2). Currently, these heating plants possess thermal power of 2 510 Gcal per hour. It is hard to imagine our present and future without thermal and electric power. Energy is the basis for digital technologies and Smart City. People’s quality of life and business activity level is directly related to energy services and access to provision of these resources. 10 world monitor DESTINATION KAZAKHSTAN In order to develop public transport for the last 3 years, 738 new comfortable buses were purchased, corresponding to the se- vere climate of the capital. Therefore, the car park was updated by 70% and work in this direction continues. Every square and boulevard built in the capital this and next year will be designed according to specific style and theme. For example, construction of square in the area of house #5 on Birzhan Sal street will be finished by the anniversary celebration. In the process of building the square was named a ‘Suitcase park’, since its territory is nearby the railway station. Small archi- tecture forms there will be designed in the shape of suitcases. As per the architect’s idea, railways for children will be built there as well. Construction workers have already started setting the rails with this purpose. In the current year, 183 streets will be built and repaired, including 22 main city streets and 133 in residential areas, and 28.4 km of road surface will be repaired on 28 streets. 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