During today’s press conference following the Government meeting, Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek answered questions from media representatives about the implementation of tolls on the highways of national importance within the framework of the Nurly Zhol State Program.

To date, only one highway uses tolls - the Astana-Shchuchinsk.

“Within the framework of the Nurly Zhol program, the Ministry is carrying out construction and installation works to set up a toll system on the sections Astana-Temirtau, Almaty-Kapshagai and Almaty-Khorgos, to be completed in April this year. The system is scheduled to be launched in the second quarter of this year,” – Zhenis Kassymbek said.

It is planned that the roads will be completely converted to a stationary paid mode in June this year.

In addition, the design estimates are being developed for the installation of a toll system on 13 sections with a total length of 5500 km, including on the international corridor "Western Europe - Western China".

These projects are planned to be implemented via the public-private partnership mechanism, the PPP contract is to be concluded in the second half of this year.

In general, before 2020, it is planned to increase the length of toll roads to 6.5 thousand km, which will provide about 30 billion tenge annually.

“The 30 billion tenge, which we plan to receive from toll roads starting 2021-2022, will go to the budget. They will be applied for the maintenance of roads. Today toll roads are built at the expense of the state-owned company KazAvtoZhol or because they were laid in a project. Accordingly, this money will be used only for the maintenance of roads. In the long term, we plan that 5.5 thousand km of roads will additionally use a toll system via the PPP principle. Private money will be attracted there, the money from these roads will go to the accounts of state companies, to the budget and will only be used for maintenance,” – the Minister explained.

At the same time, the money that investors spent on the PPP project will be repaid to them in equal parts from the budget.

“The legislation has so-called CIEs - compensation of investment expenditures. They are determined by a feasibility study. After, during the tender and negotiations," – Zhenis Kassymbek said. At the same time, the minister noted that the revenues to the budget from toll roads will be high, even despite the payment of compensation to investors.

Recall, today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev focused on the results of the implementation of the Nurly Zhol State Program for 2017 and work plans for the current year.


Published: 06 March 2018



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