Lake in the Altai Valley completely filled with water

Finished filling with water from the Katun artificial lake created in the Altai Mountains in the exclusive economic zone, according to the regional authorities.

Artificial and yet unnamed pond area of 51 hectares in the special economic zone "Altai Valley" in the Altai Republic, which will be its "twist", began to fill with water from the river Katun in October last year. In the future around it should be elevated to tourist sites, islands, equipped for bathing beaches. Will surround the lake hotel and apartment complex located on three rounded peninsulas. The process of filling the reservoir was somewhat delayed, in part because of extreme cold.

"Today (Tuesday) The filling of the lake special economic zone of tourist and recreational type" Altai Valley "reached the design elevation. Depth of the lake is five meters," — said in a statement.

According to the head of the branch of "special economic zones" in the Altai Republic Herman Chepkina, specialists of the branch and the general contractor by the end of the first quarter are planning to complete the test seal impervious screen, equipment and conduit.

Earlier, the head of the region Alexander Berdnikov and head of "special economic zones" Oleg Kostin noted that the lake is especially important for the country, because there's very little warm water where you can swim without risk to health. Here you can swim already upcoming summer.

SEZ "Altai Valley" is located in the district of the republic Mayminsky, in an area of 855 hectares on the right bank of the Katun River. It is assumed that each year in the "Altai Valley" will rest up to 94 thousand people, with an average length of stay of eight days and simultaneous loading of up to 3.5 thousand.

SEZ residents receive some benefits — temporary exemption from taxes on property, land, low rates on hotels, transportation, and income tax. Travel SEZs are also created on Lake Baikal — the Irkutsk region and Buryatia, Altai, Krasnodar, Stavropol and Kaliningrad region.

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