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24.06.07 20:28
Turkmen president tours Ruhabat district and Ashgabat
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov paid a working visit to Ruhabat district and the city of Ashgabat yesterday. During the visit he familiarized himself with the progress in implementing the important state programmes as well as a number of industrial and social projects.

The head of state made the first stop at Gindivar settlement on the outskirts of Ashgabat on the foothills of Kopetdag. A large-scale construction of a forest-park zone is under way there, the Turkmen State News Service (TDH) reports. As is known, the president has recently signed a decree on planting trees and landscaping works in the territory adjacent to a ring road around Ashgabat which is currently under construction. It is reported that during the visit Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov drew the attention of accompanying him vice-primer Gurbannazar Ashyrov and governor of Ahal province Gurbanberdi Orazmyradov to a number of shortcomings in the road construction.

From there, he drove his car to a new industrial region which is being created in Ruhabat district. There, a number of enterprises have been already put into operation, including the wool primary processing plant Ahal Yun and a textile complex built by Norsel company. The construction of a new velvet plant is also under way. The president inspected the territory allocated for construction of a big complex on the bank of the Karakum river. The complex will consists of an elevator, flour milling production, a macaroni plant and a bread-baking plant. Having approved the location of the new facility, Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov issued instructions to complement the project with a modern supermarket that would sell a wide range of macaroni and bread products twenty four hours a day.

The Turkmen president next pulled over at another industrial zone in Ruhabat district, close to Ovadandepe. Soon, there will be built a complex of modern enterprises in immediate proximity to the Ashgabat-Karakum-Dashoguz road. The first on the list is the existing marble and granite production plant. A metal-wear plant and a waste processing and cotton ginning plant will be built next to it. The president also got acquainted with the plan of architectural development of the villages of Ruhabat district. The plan was submitted by the governor of Ahal province.

During the trip, Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov again raised the issue of constructing and landscaping the Ashgabat-Karakum-Dashoguz road. Having noted the strategic importance of the new road for the further intensification of the social-economic development of the country, the president urged vice-primer Gurbannazar Ashyrov to pay attention to the importance of strict compliance to all technological norms and quality of construction.

Leaving Ruhabat district, the president's car headed to Ashgabat, pulling over at acrossroad of Archabil and Bitarap Turkmenistan (Neutral Turkmenistan) avenues. There, Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov got acquainted with the state of affairs at the construction of one of the facilities of the cultural-business center.

Then, the head of state drove to the prospective site of a new Ashgabat TV tower which is to be erected in the capital in the near future. Among the requirements to potential designers and constructors of this facility Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov named high quality, durability and seismic stability of the construction. As regards the architecture, the new TV tower was initially designed as one of the most striking and original site of the capital, the president said. Built on the hill, it will be plainly visible from any place in the city. That is why it has to become Ashgabat's most glaring business card.

A special commission will work out the parameters of this complex technical facility. The commission was set up on instructions of the president of Turkmenistan. It consists of the leading specialists of relevant ministries and establishments. All estimates are calculated for the long term prospects, taking into account the development of telecommunication infrastructure, including TV, Radio and modern means of communication.

The new Ashgabat tower will be fitted with state-of-the-art equipment. It will be staffed with latest electronic and other necessary equipment. It will be 470 m high (70 of which is the height of the hill forming the basis of the facility). There will be three viewing balconies at different levels as well as three restaurants on the rolling platforms. There will be also built a parking space for 800 cars. The tower will be accessible from two sides via a modern 3 km road meeting all international standards.

Having viewed the capital from the site, the head of state tasked Ashgabat governor Deryageldi Orazov to ensure landscaping works and planting of trees in the city as well as keeping it clean and in order. At the same time, the president particularly stressed the need to develop comprehensive measures to protect the city and all new facilities from any possible floods.

Having pointed to one of the new construction sites, a new school in Bitarap avenue, Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov noted the low pace of construction and demanded that relevant officials take all necessary steps to ensure the school commissioning by September 1.

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