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Astana, Kazakhstan • 23 February 2022

Astana LRT—4 Times More Expensive Than Musk's Hyperloop

Calls to redeem the controversial light-rail project

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Photo of Elon Musk: Reuters / Lucy Nicholson
Photo of Elon Musk: Reuters / Lucy Nicholson

How was it supposed to look like?

clrt.kz
clrt.kz

What does it look like?

tengrinews.kz
tengrinews.kz

Why can't it be demolished?

"Another issue that greatly worries, if not irritates our public, especially the residents of the capital, is the construction of the LRT. It has turned from an ordinary infrastructure project into a serious problem that hurts the country's reputation. Huge amounts of money have already been spent, loans have been raised, and extensive contractual obligations to foreign partners have been taken. The project was flawed from the beginning, it must be recognized. With a strong smell of corruption. Now we need to make the best decision, because simple demolition means a loss of time and money." 

Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the Majilis meeting on January 11, 2022
Sputnik
Sputnik

Turn LRT into an elevated park?

ISTOCK
ISTOCK

Turn LRT into tram system?

flickr.com / besopha
flickr.com / besopha
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