By Zulfiya Bainekeeva
“Saltanat Saraiy" new wedding palace has a legal manager now, who was officially presented to us by the department of finance.
Our previous publication about Wedding palace (see "Two puzzles of the Akimat") evoked a wide response: over 18 thousand hits, about 170 comments of readers, some of them believed that supervisory authorities will be interested in the issue, and local executive body would make an attempt to save their face and answer the questions that cast shadow on their good image. But it didn't happen. Therefore, after a long pause the editorial office sent an official inquiry to the Governor of Atyrau Oblast B. I. Izmukhambetov, and the copy to the prosecutor of Atyrau Oblast G. I. Togizbaev. Let me provide you the text of inquiry:
"On February 2, 2015 our newspaper published the article "Two puzzles of the Akimat" (http://azh.kz/ru/news/view/26213) in which there was a speech about commercial activity of the facility that was signed off to department of finance (according to department of construction). Governor's deputy Shakimov hasn't answered the question about the form of management and the entities that conduct direct management of the state facility. Though the publication caused great public outcry, it unfortunately, didn't become a reason for investigation neither by local government office, nor by prosecutor's office to what many readers counted on. Could you please comment on the facts specified in the publication, and also answer the following questions:
1. Who manages the palace operations?
2. On what legislative bases?
3. What was the amount of income that the government gained from the facility during its operations?
4. What amount does the local government allocate from the budget for a monthly service and maintenance of the facility?5. On what basis does the facility that was built on public funds render commercial services to the public: paid registration of marriage; rent of the restaurant, banquet hall and VIP-halls, etc.?"
TENDER WAS HELD IN MARCH
Literally on the second day the prosecutor's office answered that our inquiry was sent "for consideration" to department of finance of Atyrau Oblast. Soon we received the comment from B. Zhylkybayev, the finance department head. It appeared that the facility was handed over to finance department in February for its further transfer to the competitive environment (strangely, in their reply sent to us in January it was mentioned that the facility has been already handed over to finance department). The text further reads: "Concerning items 2, 3,
Re. item 5: The facility was transferred on the basis of lease contract according to article 75 of the RoK Law "On State Property", as well as on the basis of the RoK government resolution # 88 "The Rules of transfer of state property to property rent".
The answer is very laconic. But, in my opinion, some items require explanation. Therefore it was necessary "to dig" several additional sources. To begin with, tender announcement for management of the Palace was published on February
The proposed price was 5,1 million tenge. Two companies were qualified for the bid - Atyrau Hotel Service Home LLP and provate company "Zhanshin" registered in
Information about the winning company in Internet was scarce. But powerful Google provided information that “Hotel Service Home LLP" was established for management of “
HE IS LUCKY
According to official version of regional Akimat, Adil Zhubanov was supposed to receive 1,9 billion tenge from the budget for the construction of the
By the way, in
But let's continue the topic of comparison - the Uralsk Palace was transferred to the city that carries the burden for the second year: marriage registration halls are more or less operating (marriage registration there costs 25 thousand tenge, here in Atyrau it costs from 100 thousand to 130 thousand tenge). But not many are willing to rent banquet rooms and restaurants costing 2,5 million tenge. In
WHO ARE YOU, SUGER DFADDY?
Our cities are only
I will speak for myself. I drive past the Palace 4 times a day during the working week and see that it is used quite actively starting from last year. Weddings, corporate parties, jubilees …
In any case the facility looks well looked after and was obviously heated all throughout the winter and generously illuminated. And it is not a small private apartment of 30 sq. meters, the payment for heating of which is still expensive, and the
The bid announcement was published in such a newspaper that Atyrau never heard of, not counting a few officials and their relatives.
Well, there is a portion of practical attitude here. Just imagine, if everybody will learn about the bid then there will be a crowd of people who are interested in bid participation.
It's better to avoid hassle and bustle with those who will dissatisfied with the results of bid…
Because we are not from
Photo taken by Kanat Eleuov