Tatarstan begins to design the infrastructure of the observation tower — RealnoeVremya.com
What will appear on the territory of the tower
Tatarstan began work on the construction of a new observation tower. The Main Investment and Construction Office of Tatarstan ordered a project for the construction of infrastructure and landscaping around it for almost 12 million rubles. The contractor who has not yet been chosen will have four months for this. In June, the office must have the plan ready.
The facility will be located on Mount Sokolka in the Verkhny Uslon district, which offers a view of all of Kazan. The total land area for construction is 18.1 hectares.
A visitor center covering an area of 100 square meters for excursions, three 62-seat observation decks, an amphitheater, a 20-seat café and toilets will be built there. The tower will have driveways, parking and an RV park will be created. Networks will also be laid for power supply, communication, water supply and sanitation.
A decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Tatarstan dated December 30, 2021 is the foundation or design of the facility. By the way, the document is absent on the site of the legal information of the republic. Final technical and economic figures must be specified in the project and approved by the Tatarstan State Committee for Tourism.
The federal and regional budgets are indicated as the source of funding for the construction of the tower. The final construction cost should also be written in the documentation.
The project will be implemented under the National Tourism and Hospitality Industry Project
The construction of the tower was approved at the end of December 2021 at a meeting of the Investment Council of Tatarstan chaired by President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov.
“The observation tower with landscaping around the facility will be on Mount Sokolka in Verkhny Uslon district. The construction area will be 6,000 square meters, with an additional improvement of 50 hectares around the facility” , said a representative of Falcon Development.
Investments in the construction of the 30-meter-high observation tower will be 50 million rubles. The project will be implemented under the National Tourism and Hospitality Industry Project.
The construction of the Tubatay tower valued at 300-350 million rubles
It should be remembered that Tatarstan wants to build another observation tower – the Tubatay Tower. Tatarstan Investment Development Agency director Taliya Minullina introduced the concept three years ago. It was assumed that the investments will total 300-350 million rubles.
The tower itself will have a Tatar national hat tubatay on top, restaurants, souvenir shops and an observation deck on an area of 120 square meters on the perimeter of the “hat” have been planned. According to Minullina, the authorities of Kazan, the State Committee for Tourism and the architectural community of the Kazan State University of Construction and Architecture approved it.
“Today we don’t have an observation tower in Kazan. Sure, some hotels have observation decks, but we don’t have an observation tower yet like many countries have,” she said.
Businessman Rashid Gabdullin planned to build the tower. During a conversation with Realnoe Vremya in July 2020, he revealed the details of the project:
“Talking about Tubatay Tower in general, we discussed public and private partnership. We are working closely with Ms. Minullina and her team to reduce the burden on Kazan’s budget with regard to the maintenance of public land when the project is launched. Here, a compromise is needed because it is not smart and aesthetically pleasing to place attractions in a public space. We understand that well. At the same time, cafes and attractions generate a general cash flow. Here, a judicious balance between aesthetics, functions and the commercial component must be respected. »
The tower has changed location several times
Initially, a 100-meter-high tower was to be erected in Kazan. An area next to Ak Bars Arena has been named as the most likely site.
“The Kremlin must be seen, everything must fit well, with the city, the architects are considering where to place such an installation,” Minullina said.
But in August 2020, authorities turned down the idea of building Tubatay Tower near the stadium as a national park will be located in this area. Around the same time, Minullina claimed that a suitable location for the tower was being sought.
“We cannot yet find a solution that satisfies everyone. But the investor does not refuse this project. I think we will make a decision with the mayor soon,” she added.
A year later, the head of TIDA claimed, although there was no news, that the question was still open.
“You won’t believe. We recently held a meeting of the Kazan City Council. And new sites have been proposed there. Our long-suffering potential investor came back, took a look. And now he was choosing the package offered to him, near the new zoon. And he seems to have approved it, I’m afraid to jinx it. If we implement this project, it will be great, of course, if we finally have such a tower,” she said.