Foundation Laying Ceremony near the Turkmen lake Altyn Asyr
One more important step was taken towards the social-economic development in Turkmenistan. This is the foundation laying ceremony of a new social-production complex near the Turkmen lake “Altyn Asyr.”
The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov participated to this festive event. The Head of State left a commemorative note placed in a special capsule positioned in the foundation of one of the new complex’s structures.
The heads and representatives of the Mejlis (Parliament) of Turkmenistan, Deputies of the Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, heads and representatives of various ministries and agencies, as well as the higher educational institutions of the country, heads of diplomatic missions and representations of international organizations accredited in Turkmenistan, international experts, foreign and local journalists also took part in the ceremony.
The “Altyn Asyr” lake is a grand hydro-technical project aimed at amelioration of the environment, including the rational use of water and land resources. The process of building the lake is not simple. With this purpose, a system of collectors for accumulating the drainage waters coming from the irrigated lands from all the regions of the country was created, then to transfer them to the natural valley called Garashor, in the north-west of Turkmenistan.
The new, large-scale social-production complex and the Turkmen lake will become complementary segments in the region, where people will live and work in the sphere of crop production, animal husbandry and other types of agriculture. According to the designed plan, the social-production complex will be built in two stages; the first will embrace the period of 2019-2022, while the second will encompass the years 2022-2025.
It is vital to note that Turkmenistan pays great attention to cooperation with international organizations in this sphere. Therefore, effective management of water resources is one of the important aspects of cooperation with the United Nations, particularly in the process of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals that are steadily applied in the preparation of national development programs of Turkmenistan.
Altyn Asyr Lake – new opportunities for the region
On the 8th of May 2019, a briefing was held in the framework of the events dedicated to the foundation laying of the new, social-production complex in Serdar province of the Balkan region. This event was organized with the aim of informing the larger community about the Turkmen Lake “Altyn Asyr,” including its significance in the sphere of environment protection and development of social-economic system of Turkmenistan and the region in general.
The high-level foreign guests, heads and representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Turkmenistan, international organizations and programs, international experts, as well as the representatives of national and foreign mass media took part in the briefing.
The authorized representatives of UN agencies and OSCE gave speeches during the briefing where they specifically noted the significance and scale of the man-made Turkmen Lake “Altyn Asyr” that is being constructed in the heart of the Karakum valley.
Then the Scientific-practical conference was held dedicated to the importance of Turkmen Lake which is a grand hydro-technical project aimed at the amelioration of environment, including the rational use of water and land resources. The key officials of Turkmen higher educational institutions, scholars, experts, as well as the representatives of national mass media attended the conference.
During the conference, it was noted that Turkmen Lake “Altyn Asyr” will undoubtedly make a vital input to the development of social and economic system of the country.
After the events, the excursion by boat and bus along the Turkmen Lake “Altyn Asyr” was organized for the participants of the event that was also complemented by a promenade. Here, the participants could get acquainted firsthand with the transformations in the Karakum valley that took place after the construction of the reservoir that is being replenished by wastewaters from the agricultural fields of the country.