Tajikistan builds new town in the desert in northern Sughd province

Tajik President inspects plans for Saikhun new town

Tajikistan builds new town in the desert: Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon yesterday attended a ceremony to mark the start of construction of Saikhun, a new town  in a desert area  close to  Khujand in the country’s northern Sughd province.The new town will provide housing for 250,000 people  in 19 residential areas with 17 schools, 31 kindergartens, 40 sports centres, 140 shopping and services centres, a transport terminal, and other social facilities.  A total of 7,000 hectares of the desert will be turned into orchards, the presidential press service said, adding that the construction phase of  Saikhun  would in itself construction  create more than 50 thousand jobs and in the process help reduce the number of Tajik citizens working abroad (mainly in Russia).