Hotels, slopes and; hiking trails: both business and; the authorities will jointly develop a new cluster; Mountain belokurikha

Hotels, slopes and; hiking trails: both business and; the authorities will jointly develop a new cluster; Mountain belokurikha

Vadim Boreiko, based on open sources and available data, investigated the mountain cluster and made many interesting discoveries

There was a lot of talk about the mountain cluster in the Zailiyskiy Alatau in the media in January this year, when B. Baibek flew around some future locations, and there are nine of them in total: Turgen, Ak Bulak, Oi-Qaragai Lesnaya Skazka, Tabagan, Butakovka, Pioneer, Kokzhailau, Shymbulak and Kaskelen.

The last mention of the mountain cluster was on April 8, when the akim announced that the Kokzhailau project was postponed. His words are quoted by the akimat's website: "Mountains are our main competitive advantage, and we must use this. According to Austrian experts, having invested $ 1.5 billion in its (mountain cluster. - Auth.) Implementation within 7-10 years, the return for the economy will be $ 2 billion annually. "

The analysis of the economic effect of the cluster in the annual two billion dollars with investments of one and a half billion will be left to specialists.

When there is no news feed

But for the third month now nothing has been heard about the project. And the informational reason for writing this article was the lack of informational reasons.

With projects, including environmental ones, this happens: when large government funding looms on the horizon - talk about them "collapses", access to information is limited, topics are diligently "forgotten". And they "come to life" in the form of a ready-made decision taken behind the scenes, when the public can no longer influence it.

There are at least two examples of how this happens.

B. Baibek announced the resumption of the Kokzhailau resort project on November 9, 2017. This happened the next day after the signing of an agreement for the development of a feasibility study (feasibility study for the construction of a resort) between the tourism department and Almaty Mountain Resorts LLP. That is, the public was presented with a fact. A year later, on November 4, 2018, the only uncontested version of the project was considered at public hearings. (As the author managed to find out, his consolidated estimate was 89 billion 500 million tenge, at the current exchange rate over 230 million dollars.)

This was an obvious violation of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Environmental Information, which was ratified by Kazakhstan. According to her, hearings are held before the start of design work, and alternative options are being considered, including "zero" - refusal to build.

The suppression of information about the Kokzhailau project provoked a series of scandals, including three lawsuits, which ultimately led to the fact that it was shelved.

Similarly, since the end of last year, we have not heard anything definite or new about the transfer of Almaty CHPP-2 to gas. In the last days of November, the Ministry of Energy received a pre-feasibility study of three options for the reconstruction of the station. On December 26, 2018, Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said at a press conference in the capital that "it will be cheaper to reduce emissions [at CHPP-2], but the Ministry of Energy insists on switching to gas." After half a year of silence, on June 13, 2019, at a government meeting, he noted that "it is proposed (.) The modernization of the CHPP-2 in Almaty with its transfer to gas with an increase in the capacity of generating electricity." Nothing new. Meanwhile, in September it will be two years since Elbasy gave the order to the Ministry of Energy and B. Baybek to transfer CHPP-2 to gas. Bozumbayev himself estimated the level of investments in gasification of the station at 500 billion tenge (or 1 billion 300 million dollars today. - Auth.).

Mountain cluster, part 1: who will develop the Zailiyskiy Alatau and $ 1.5 billion

In the next three years on the territory of the new resort "Belokurikha Gornaya", better known as "Belokurikha-2", the creation of engineering infrastructure will continue. We are talking about new roads and on-site networks, to which already built objects will be connected. All this will make the tourism cluster even more attractive to investors. On December 6-7, at the investment forum in Belokurikha, experts discussed what promising areas can be developed here.

How the new Belokurikha appeared

Mountain Belokurikha is a truly unique place, and not only for its pristine nature and purity. This is the first resort in Russia in the post-Soviet period, created from scratch thanks to a public-private partnership.

The need for its appearance has arisen for a long time: for many years, tourist and health complexes in Belokurikha have been working at the limit of their capabilities. There is a shortage of accommodations here for nine months a year.

At the same time, there are more and more people wishing to rest and undergo medical treatment - 10 years ago, more than 140 thousand people a year came here annually. At the same time, there were no opportunities for expansion - the resort is limited by a mountain gorge.

We were working on several options and realized that the new Belokurikha needed to be placed in the mountains. We proposed the site of the former village of Ustaurihi, where there were about 60 hectares for building. The authorities of the Altai Territory supported us. In 2011, this project was included in the federal target program.

Nowadays Belokurikha Mountain is a full-fledged tourist facility: a picturesque track is laid here, there are hotels that will be launched next summer, a modern ski and biathlon track, a ski slope, food and entertainment complexes.

What will be done next year

Since 2020, a large construction project will start again in the mountainous area. In three years, it is planned to build two roads here, which will be laid from the central part of "Belokurikha-2" to the Mishina and Glukharinaya mountains.

The region will receive 880 million rubles for these purposes from the federal budget alone, plus co-financing from the regional treasury is envisaged. In general, the cost of the project may exceed 1 billion rubles.

According to Oleg Akimov, these will be modern roads with lighting, bicycle and pedestrian zones. “There are not such roads everywhere in the city,” the expert added.

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