A new bridge across the Ishim River; an outpatient medical facility, four monuments, a residential home for veterans and senior citizens were unveiled in Astana. A number of overpasses have also been completed and exit roads running towards the cities of Kokshetau, Kostanai and Pavlodar have been overhauled. 24 parking lots are being constructed to house 7,5OO cars each.
An additional two bridges are under construction, as well as 22 schools, a medical cluster, a 3,500-seat concert hall by the Italian architect Manfredi Nicoletti and a 3km-long Green Water Boulevard… Groundbreaking ceremonies have been held to celebrate the start of construction of the Nokian tyres plant, Nissan and General Electric assembly facilities.
New 5-star hotels, mosques and synagogue all function well - and a light rail metro line will open shortly (with a link to the airport). Landscaping work is also underway to make Astana greener. 400 hectares has been transformed into parks and squares and 40 thousand hectares of forest have already been planted around the city’s outskierts.
Kisho Kurokauwa, the late superstar Japanese architect designed much of the city plan, but in spite of the many extraordianry talents involved, President Nazarbayev is Astana’s ultimate visionary. “Our plans for Astana are grand” he explains. “The heart of the nation beats here. And I believe that the greater part of the city will be completed by 2012.”