The ministry of health and medical industry of Turkmenistan is to sign a contract with Turkish company Erku for the design and construction of a new recreation center for 500 people, a two-storey hotel, and a solarium for 300 people on the bank of Duzly lake in the Mollakara resort. A residential house with improved conveniences for 18 flats will be also built for staff. Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree to this effect "with a view to enlarging the Mollakara resort, further strengthening its material and technical base and enhancing its services to meet recreation needs of people in full."
Under the document, the contractor will provide training for staff, and fit the resort center with advance medical equipment, spare parts and consumables, the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports from Ashgabat. As part of the contract, the territory around the recreation center will be landscaped, and engineering communications will be laid down. The total cost of the contract (VAT excluded) is Euro 55 million. The construction should start this month and the center should be commissioned in May 2010.
Mollakara is a world famous healing mud resort in the west of Turkmenistan, 25 km away from the city of Balkanabat. Its uniqueness was first discovered in 1895-1896. Mollakara is open all-year-round for people who have problems with musculoskeletal system, peripheral nervous system, female and male sterility. Medical treatment provides for mud application and rapa baths as well as electrophoresis and phototherapy, therapeutic exercises, massage, underwater traction, laser therapy, acupuncture, manual therapy and intestinal irrigation with healing herbs. The resort's prime healing factors remain sodium chloride rapa bath and sulfide-sludge mud. The only places with analogues mud and water are Saki (Crimea) resort and Dead Sea (Israel).