Turkmenistan to build a new village in Karakum Desert

ASHGABAT (TCA) — “The new village which will be erected in the center of the Karakum Desert on the territory of the Serdar Etrap in Balkan Velayat (province) will testify to the successful implementation of the tasks set in the Program of socio-economic development of the country in 2019-2025,” said Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov during the ceremony of laying a social and industrial complex in the area of the Altyn Asyr Lake, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reported on May 8.

The first stage of the construction of a new village will be carried out in 2019-2022, the second one will start in 2022 and be completed in 2025.

Eighty one-story houses will be erected in the first phase of the project: 60 houses with four-room flats and 20 houses with three-room flats, as well as the building of the Village Council, police and fire safety services, a secondary school for 260 places, a kindergarten for 160 places, a Centre of Culture, a Health Centre. Internal roads, gas and water supply systems, sewage systems, power lines will be laid there, and a water desalination plant will be built.

In the second stage of construction, 44 four-room apartment houses and 88 three-room apartment houses will be built.

A combined solar and wind power station with a capacity of 10 MW, a gas station, a grocery and industrial goods store, a park zone will also be built there.

All the necessary conditions will be created for the population to practice cattle breeding, fishery, and vegetable farming. The President of Turkmenistan emphasized that special attention will be paid to providing the residents of the new village with jobs and social protection.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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