Project of new satellite city Kazan Smart City to be realized in Tatarstan
5 July 2012, Thursday
The project of new satellite city "Kazan Smart City" is to be realized in Tatarstan. The satellite city will be constructed close to the international airport Kazan at the area of 350 hectares.
Technical and financial issues of the project have been discussed at a meeting of the Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov with officials of Malaysian consortium (AMANAH Capital Group, Straits Consulting Engineers), the largest conglomerate of the United Arab Emirates (TECOM Investments) and Siemens company.
Welcoming attendees of the meeting, Rustam Minnikhanov said that realization of the project seems to be interesting for republic in the context of provision of new jobs, involvement of small and medium-size companies, increase of Tatarstan’s investment attractiveness, and adoption of smart and energy-resource saving technologies.
Presentation of the project was organized for the President. He was told about the project concept, attraction of experts and companies having great experience in successful implementation of smart city projects in a number of countries and adoption of smart infrastructure technologies.
Main developer of the master plan is “AGM Planning and Urban Design Group” - the largest developer of master plans of big infrastructure projects in Malaysia. JSC “Tatinvestgrazhdanproekt” will act as a technical partner.
Siemens experience in terms of infrastructure and energy saving technologies will be used when implementing the project. One of the model projects of the company is Masdar city (Abu Dhabi, UAE).
Major Russian and international financial institutions will render financial consulting aid in the context of project creation and management.
To the point, the project Kazan Smart City was presented by the Investment Development Agency at the international forum KAZANINVEST 2012. The satellite city is supposed to become a new business center of the Republic of Tatarstan and attract big international, Russian and Tatarstan companies.
Kazan will enjoy modern world-class infrastructure comprised of the exhibition and conference center, administrative center, educational and health care areas, and high-tech production zone. Export, insurance and financial companies, outsourcing, business, scientific and research centers and government organizations will be potential residents of the Kazan Smart City.
Railway aeroexpress line that will connect the Kazan international airport and the city center will pass through the satellite city.
According to the concept, the project will meet the following criteria: smart technologies and social infrastructure, energy saving technologies and “green” zones in the sphere of urban planning. Special conditions will be provided for businessmen on the territory of the Kazan Smart City (notably, “one stop” principle, tax benefits, minimal cost of connection to engineering infrastructure).
On July 13, Head of the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service Igor Artemyev, First Deputy Prime Minister of the republic Rustam Nigmatullin, Chairman of the Board of Russian Rugby Federation Druzhinin Stanislav and other officials took part in the opening ceremony of the Rugby Europe Women’s Sevens Olympic Qualifier Tournament held at the Central Stadium in Kazan.
On July 12, Tatarstan Government together with the Higher School of Urban Studies of the National Research University Higher School of Economics and Shukhov Lab announced the second grant contest for students from Tatarstan to study the international master programme of the National Research University Higher School of Economics "The City and Technology: Prototyping Future Cities". The academic leader of the programme is ex-chief architect of Barcelona, head of the Shukhov Lab Vicente Guallart.
On July 4, Acting Prime Minister of the republic Rustam Nigmatullin took part in an event dedicated to laying the foundation stone of a new building and a student residence of the Kazan branch of the Russian State University of Justice.