Friday, January 20, 2012 -
Kazakhstan by the end of 2013 will open its part of a major transnational highway corridor connecting China with Europe, Prime Minister Karim Massimov said in a report on his web site Thursday.
By the end of 2012, the country will lay sections of the ‘Western Europe-Western China’ highway in the western regions of Aktobe and Kyzlorda, according the report.
The highway will be completed a year later with construction of the southern stretch through the Zhambyl and Almaty regions.
The transit corridor is Kazakhstan’s largest transport project ever.
“More than 35,000 people are involved in the construction of the corridor and 34,500 of them are Kazakh citizens,” the report noted. The full project will require 50,000 people in all.
Massimov said the highway, which will be laid on 1,732 miles of Kazakh territory, will lead to creation of new enterprises and jobs.
The total length of the corridor is 5,250 miles, linking the Russian city of St. Petersburg at one extreme to China’s eastern seaport city of Lianyungang.