Kazakh President Declines Water Supply Project Due to Financial Crisis

7 Jan 2009 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
ASTANA, Kazakhstan

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev declined a $500 million USD project offered by the mayor of Astana, Kazakhstan's capital, which was aimed at uninterrupted supply of clean drinking water to the city. His reason for the refusal is the global financial crisis, according to the president. The project was offered by Mayor Imangali Tasmagambetov at a December meeting on the problem of the capital's development. The issue of water deficit is topical for Astana due to the increasing demand for drinking water in the capital, which will reach 109 million cubic meters a year, Tasmagambetov was quoted in national media as saying...

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