Kazakhstan’s President unveils the name of a new megapolis to emerge in Kazakhstan
Shymkent. Photo courtesy of tntexpo.kz
Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has specified which of Kazakhstan’s cities will be the next megapolis, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing his Press Service’s Twitter post. “Kazakhstan will be forking to further develop Almaty and Astana. Symkent in the South of Kazakhstan and another city in the West of the country may be transformed into megapolises as well”, the Press Service quoted President Nazarbayev as saying during the recent working trip to the South of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan will see another two cities similar to Astana and Almaty created shortly, Tengrinews.kz reported, citing President Nursultan Nazarbayev as saying September 10. “We have set a task to create another two megapolises, as well as a number of smart green cities”, President said when speaking at the Eurasia Emerging Markets Forum in Astana September 10. “Our choice is to develop urban agglomerations as powerful points of growth. In the long term we plan to shape urban agglomerations of global scale”, he said. As of today there are two megapolises in Kazakhstan – the capital city Astana and Almaty. The population of Almaty is close to 1.5 million, with the population of Astana reaching 1 million, the President elaborated.