President Aliyev opens facilities in Nakhchivan

By: Nigar Orujova

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev opened a number of facilities during his visit to Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic on December 1.

First, President Aliyev visited a statue of national leader Heydar Aliyev in the center of the city of Nakhchivan.

Later, the head of state reviewed “Eastern Terminal” of the Nakhchivan International Airport after reconstruction.

Chairman of the Supreme Assembly of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Vasif Talibov and President of Azerbaijan Airlines Company Jahangir Asgarov informed the president about the technical indicators of the terminal.

Two jet bridges were installed in the terminal. All necessary conditions were carried out here to ensure comfort of passengers.

Special elevators for passengers with reduced mobility were installed here. A 41 meter-long baggage conveyor system and escalators were also installed in the terminal. All these novelties will allow to increase the airport’s passenger traffic from 150-200 to 400-450 passengers per hour.

The Nakhchivan International Airport operates flights to Baku, Istanbul and Moscow. It is expected to resume flights to Ganja until the end of the year.

As part of his visit, President Aliyev attended the opening of the Shakarabad-Babek settlement Nehram-Arazkend ring road after reconstruction.

The road links several residential areas of Babek district with the total population of 32,000 people. The length of the ring road is 16km, while the width is 7.5 meters. The 455m-long concrete canal was built here.

In Babek, the president also opened Nehram village secondary school No.2.

The school No.2 is one of the many educational institutions, which were built and fully reconstructed in the autonomous republic. The 990-seat three-storey school covers a total area of 5,165 square meters. There are 42 classrooms, chemical, physical and biological labs, a military and two chess rooms here.

The school’s library, teachers’ room and gym feature all necessary equipment. Five electronic boards were installed in the school and provided with Internet access.

President Aliyev was informed that 221 schools in the autonomous republic, including Nehram village secondary school No.2, can directly connect to the Flag Square in the city of Nakhchivan through video conferencing.

In addition, the president attended the opening of a new building of children’s music school No 2.

The music school will enroll up to 300 children in four departments. The facility has 39 classrooms, training rooms and an auditorium. The school was supplied with necessary equipment.

As part of his visit, President Aliyev also opened Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Hospital.

The facility was commissioned in 1920 as the city hospital. The construction of the building of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Hospital started in 1979 with the support of national leader Heydar Aliyev, and ended in 1987. The reconstruction of the hospital started in early 2013.

The eight-storey building has 14 inpatient departments. The 300-bed hospital includes departments of traumatology, emergency and urgent medical care, general therapy, neurology, hematology, eye diseases, otorhinolaryngology, endocrine disorders, proctology, urology, surgery, neurosurgery, resuscitation and rehabilitation.

The facility employs 130 doctors. There are two big auditoriums, seven classrooms, a 200-seat conference hall, computer room, medical and sports center and medical check-up rooms for students here.

The head of state has also attended a ceremony to launch a water supply system of the city of Nakhchivan.

The construction of the water supply and sewerage system in the city that started in May 2010 was carried out under a loan agreement between Azerbaijan and the Asian Development Bank.

President Aliyev also attended the opening of Nakhchivan Industrial Complex. The complex occupies a total area of nine hectares, and is composed of gypsum, drywall, lime and pervious concrete plants.

Automatic management and video surveillance system was installed in all the plants.

The concrete plant has an annual production capacity of 150,000 tons of pervious concrete. The lime plant has an annual production capacity of 36,000 tons. The gypsum plant has an annual production capacity of 40,000 tons. The drywall plant has an annual production capacity of 2 million square meters.

Finalizing his visit, President Aliyev also attended the opening of Nakhchivan Solar Power Plant.

Vasif Talibov informed the head of state that important projects on alternative and renewable energy sources are being implemented in the autonomous republic.

One of these projects is the new Solar Power Plant, the construction of which started this year near Khal-khal village in Babek district.

The power plant occupies an area of 35 hectares. The 20 megawatts plant is a project implemented under an agreement between the State Energy Agency of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and Belgian Soltech company.

Some 78,684 modern glass solar panels, stands and 11 electric power substations were installed here. More than 30 different types of technique and more than 400 workers have been involved in the project. Nakhchivan Solar Power Plant will produce more than 30 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.