Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev today visited a large remediation project near the national capital Baku.
International engineering and consultancy firm Witteveen+Bos is working with local and international partners on improving the environmental and landscape qualities of Boyuk Shor situated north of the city and the largest of nine lakes subject of study for remediation.
The first phase of the remediation of Lake Boyuk Shor is nearing completion, well in time for the European Games (the European version of the Olympic Games), which will be held for the first time in Baku in 2015.
These lake rehabilitation projects are initiated by the Ministry of Economy and Industry and coordinated by the executive organization Tamiz Shahar, meaning clean city. During his visit President Aliyev reviewed the measures taken to improve water quality and clean up the lake beds and banks.
The part of Lake Boyuk Shor that can be seen from the European Games stadium has been thoroughly cleaned up. The severely contaminated lake bed has been dredged, a storage facility for contaminated dredging spoil has been taken into operation, and dams have been constructed to isolate the project area from its surroundings.
In the future, one of these dams will support the construction of an eight-lane motorway. The area between the stadium and the lake has been beautified by constructing a park and a boulevard with an integrated groundwater interception system.