Tashkent: City of Fu­ture, City of Dream

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - KALEIDOSCOPE - Tahir Mahkamov

The cap­i­tal’s hokimiyat has hosted a pre­sen­ta­tion of the project “Tashkent-2025: Trans­for­ma­tion” ad­dress­ing the prospects for fur­ther im­prov­ing the ap­pear­ance of our cap­i­tal, took place in the.

The act­ing hokim of Tashkent, Ja­hon­gir Ar­tikho­jayev, and oth­ers who spoke in de­tail about the project stressed that it sought not only to se­cure suc­cess­ful ur­ban plan­ning, but also im­prove the wel­fare of the pop­u­la­tion, de­vise far-reach­ing strate­gies to en­sure the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the ur­ban econ­omy and its sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. In Oc­to­ber 2018, the “Tashkent-2025: Trans­for­ma­tion” project was founded by the pub­lic coun­cil at the city hokimiyat, which will be im­ple­mented by the pub­lic foun­da­tion Ur­ban Stud­ies Cen­ter.

It is en­vis­aged that by 2025 the Uzbek cap­i­tal will turn into an ul­tra-mod­ern city at­trac­tive for in­vest­ments and tourism, em­body­ing the rich his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural her­itage, a com­fort­able place to live, a met­ro­pol­i­tan area ad­vanced in all senses. The project cov­ers such ar­eas as ad­min­is­tra­tive re­form, ur­ban eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment strat­egy, hous­ing and util­ity ser­vices, so­cial sphere and in­clu­sive progress, en­vi­ron­ment. It con­sists of such steps as for­ma­tion of a pri­mary team, col­lec­tion of ini­tial data, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of short­com­ings and the com­pi­la­tion of a roadmap, elab­o­ra­tion of strate­gies for ar­eas, mon­i­tor­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of planned tasks, and pre­sen­ta­tion of re­sults. In de­ter­min­ing the ob­jec­tives of the project, the ef­forts will be built on pub­lic opin­ion, on the views of sci­en­tists, ex­perts, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, on the ex­pe­ri­ence of ma­jor cities of the world.

To be sure, the project gives the im­pres­sion of a dec­la­ra­tion of in­tent – there are a lot of com­mon phrases in it, without specifics. For ex­am­ple, at the pre­sen­ta­tion, noth­ing was said about how the no­ble goal of rais­ing the liv­ing stan­dards among the city res­i­dents would be achieved. How­ever, this is just the be­gin­ning. In par­tic­u­lar, such an im­por­tant stage as the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of draw­backs is very im­por­tant. And if in­deed, it will be car­ried out tak­ing into ac­count the opin­ion of res­i­dents of the cap­i­tal, and these weak­nesses will be­gin to be prac­ti­cally elim­i­nated, end­ing up with ‘trans­for­ma­tion’ pro­duc­ing our beloved Tashkent as... a dream city!

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