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Caspian map requires time and money

22 august 2012, 11:37
Caspian Sea. ©RIA Novosti
Caspian Sea. ©RIA Novosti
Time and money are needed for development of a Caspian map, Tengrinews.kz reports citing Director of Surveying, Cartography and Geodesic Control Department of the Land Resources Management Agency Danabek Tazhedinov.

“The final result that we want is a topographic map of the shelf and bottom of the Kazakhstan sector in 1:25,000 scale. This requires development of standard technical documents regulating creation of the topographic map of the shelf and inland water bodies, making a time study of the works to be performed as part of the project, getting approvals for the terms, conditions and time frame established by law for performance of survey and cartographic works with the use of new technologies. The above will require 1 to 2 years and certain budget money,” Tazhedinov said.

According to him, the Agency is ready for preparation of the standard technical documentation and the legal base, as well as for calculation of the money required for its preparation. During creation of such base the Agency will develop suggestions on redistribution of unused money for other purposes.

“I have to mention the irresponsible attitude of the management of KazGeodesy and its branch YuzhGeodesy to this important task. Until now the problem has not been studied, the information was limited or omitted. Some of the cartographic materials that we received recently were not registered in line with the law. This tells us of a continuing reckless attitude of some of the accountable persons,” Tazhedinov stressed. Former Director of KazGeodesy Mr.Kaimbekov was arrested for embezzlement of the budget money allocated for development of the Caspian Sea map.

Meanwhile, head of the Survey Department reminded that the Agency was working on such map from 2008 to 2011. “7 billion tenge ($47 million) were aimed for this map. 2 billion tenge ($13 million) were allocated in this period for survey of the shore line, bottom features and islands. We spent 1.5 billion tenge ($10 million), which is 22 percent of the targeted funds. The works held in 2008-2011 were focused on creation of topographic maps of the sea shelf, not the sea map that contains the topography of the sea bottom features,” he said.

Tazhedinov also added that the maps of the Caspian Sea supplied by Kazakhstan Defense Ministry and the maps made in the Soviet Union in 1:10,000 and 1:750,000 scales and covering the whole water area of the sea are currently good for navigation and sailing. “In this relation, there is no need in continuing implementation of the project on creation of the sea map,” he said.

According to Tazhedinov, a letter was sent to Kazakhstan Prime-Minister Karim Massimov and involved state authorities to resume the works on the map with a request to provide goals and targets for achieving direct results with consideration of the earlier performed works on preparation of the topographic map of Kazakhstan sector of the Caspian Sea.

In October 2011 Kazakhstan finance police initiated a criminal case against then head of the State Land Resources Management Agency Umarzak Uzbekov. He and his deputies were accused of embezzlement of 906 million tenge ($6 million) allocated for provision of topographic and cartographic goods, as well as for creation of the sea map of Kazakhstan sector of the Caspian Sea. The case was transferred to court on June 11.

By Aidana Ussupova

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