KAZAN, September 24 (Itar-Tass) —— Tatarstan’s President Rustam Minnikhanov will present the Innopolis project at the 7th Russia-Singapore business forum.
As Minnikhanov’s press-service has told Itar-Tass, the Innopolis Kazakh project will be presented at the first session of the forum Growing Cities as Development Engines. The Singaporean company RSP Architect drafted its master plan under an agreement with the government of Tatarstan. The plan’s author is Lui Thai Ker, the chief architect of Singapore, who largely shaped the city’s modern image.
The science cluster is 40 kilometers away from Kazan, on the right bank of the Volga River. It takes up an area of 1,200 hectares. Construction work began on June 9, 2012 and will be carried out on the basis of public-private partnership. At the just-ended international forum in Sochi the government of Tatarstan signed an agreement with Vneshekonombank on cooperation in implementing the Innopolis project. The bank has pledged to provide 65- billion rubles.
The science cluster will be operating on the basis of “live, study, work and take leisure time” principle. In the first phase extending over 2012-2014 a technopark for 10,000 specialists in the sphere of information technologies is to be established and 15,000 jobs created for service personnel.
The university’s academic buildings and student hostels are under construction. Homes are being built for 10,000 families. So are childcare centers, schools and recreation and sports facilities. The science cluster will have 155,000 residents.