Almaty agglomeration may face lack of water - deputy
Astana. December 11. KazTAG - Almaty agglomeration may face lack of water, said Shaimardan Nurumov, Majilis deputy.
"Within the frameworks of agglomerations development in Kazakhstan the dynamics of their growth is studied. By 2050 24.5% of the state population may live in the Almaty agglomeration it is about 5 mln people. About 3 mln people will live in the urban area, while about 1.5 mln in the rural area. Even by 2035 the population of Almaty agglomeration will increase to 3.755 mln people. Such development dynamics will require intensive construction of utilities, first of all for drinking and irrigating water," he said.
He indicated the program of intensive melting of ice beds in the regions.
"According to the research of McKinsey audit company, all the glaciers will disappear in the Zailiskiy Alatau by 2050 which provide water to Semirechiye and form water reserves. The institute of geography of Kazakhstan indicated sharp degradation of glaciers in Kazakhstan. Such events will result in deficit or even loss of traditional water sources in the Almaty region," he said.
The deputy asked Askar Mamin, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, to provide information about the arrangements on forecasting and response to melting of glaciers and water supply in the Almaty, Shymkent and Aktubinsk agglomerations taking into account growth of population and economic development.
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