Absheron’s largest lake to be restored by 2020

By: Nigar Orujova

Restoration project of Boyukshor, the largest lake in Absheron, will be accomplished by 2020.

Azerbaijan’s Economy and Industry Minister Shahin Mustafayev stated that the world’s leading experts view Boyukshor as one of the most polluted lakes in the world.

“As a result, the second stage of the rehabilitation and reconstruction project of the lake’s ecosystem will take considerable time and energy and will be implemented in 2015-2020,” Mustafayev said to a local press.

He also pointed out that within the first phase, some 300 hectares of the lakeshore near the Olympic Stadium that is currently under construction was cleaned from industrial waste.

The lake itself was divided into different parts: Cleaning of water and sludge from municipal and industrial waste was carried out in the northern part of the lake.

“Thus, 100,000 cubic meters of sludge has been already cleaned from the expected 2.8 million cubic meters,” Mustafayev said.

The subdivision of the lake has paved the way for construction of a new highway from Ziya Bunyadov Avenue to Balakhani-Binagadi highway.

The rehabilitation of Boyukshor is carried out in two stages. The first stage, the implementation of which is scheduled for 2014-2015, includes separation of the most polluted part from the rest of the reservoir using the dam.

The average cost of the first stage of the project will amount to 99.5 million manat. The second stage of the restoration project is expected to cost 183 million manat.

Azerbaijan’s second largest lake and the largest lake in the Absheron Peninsula, Boyukshor is polluted with the waste from surrounding industrial facilities.

The lakes’ pollution not only poses a threat to the health of those living in its neighborhoods, but also creates conditions for the emergence of different diseases.

Earlier, Tamiz Shahar Company has reported works on restoring nine contaminated lakes on the Absheron peninsula will be entirely financed by public funds.

The project will cover the restoration of nine lakes -Boyukshor, Khojasan, Girmizi, Gu, Zabrat, Bulbula, Zikh, Puta, and a lake in the Binagadi village of Baku.

The Dutch Witteveen + Bos Company, which has great experience in restoring reservoirs in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Croatia, and other countries, is engaged in the project.

The Witteveen + Bos said the restoration of the nine lakes’ ecosystem might require up to 716.14 million manat.