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Two intercity rail lines cross Akhali Vale and the [[MSR
Two intercity rail lines cross Akhali Vale and the [[MSR ]]. A [[MSM]] station is planned on the line, connecting with the [[Capital Metro]] and lines.
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|— Planned community —|
|Managing entity||Akhali Vale Development Authority|
|• Total||207 km2 (80 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||238 m (781 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||96 m (315 ft)|
|Time zone||VST (TUC+1)|
Akhali Vale (Varkan: ახალი ვალე; literally New Vale) is a planned township in Vale, Varkana, located between the core center of the commune and the commune of Zestafoni, only 15 km southeast of central Klow. The township will feature its own central business district and a 5 km² park. Schools, hospitals, residential complexes, office buildings and cultural amenities are to be built in Akhali Vale.
Ownership and design
The master plan of Akhali Vale was jointly developed by the Department of Urban Planning and Design of Klow University, the Department of Architecture of Zestafoni University and the Department of Civil Engineering of Oni University.
Built on 20,700 hectares (51,151 acres; 207 km²) of land mainly in the commune of Vale, with small portions neighboring Zestafoni and Jvari, Akhali Vale is the largest real estate development in Varkan history. By its completion date in 2030, the district aims to be able to cater to a population of 2,500,000. With construction started in 2011 by Telasi, Akhali Vale will be built over a period of 19 years at an estimated cost of ₭65 billion.
The intention is for development to take place around conserved ecological valleys and rehabilitated water bodies. Veolia has been contracted to develop and install utilities throughout the project. The township will further expand the urban sprawl and population within the Greater Klow Area.
Green spaces will be interspersed throughout the township. Integrated waste management will be implemented in Akhali Vale, with particular emphasis on the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste. Carbon emissions will be at a minimal, with emphasis put in public transit in the transportation scheme.
Social harmony will be a key feature of the township. An important instrument will be subsidized public housing, which will help to meet the housing needs of the lower and lower-middle income strata of society, and enable people of different income and social strata to live near to, and interact with, one another. The township will be barrier-free to cater to the needs of the elderly and the mobility-impaired. Public social and recreational facilities will be located within easy access of homes to meet residents' needs and provide opportunities for residents to interact.
Akhali Vale will be adjacent to President Inga Korsantia International Airport, the largest airport in Varkana. It is connected to the airport through road network and the Capital Metro's Red Line, Khaki Line and Violet Line.
Unlike other planned communities in Illypnia characterized by atypical wide roads, Akhali Vale has narrow roads and has a higher number of bicycle paths and walkways. This is due to the Varkan government's desire to keep the urban characteristics of Varkan cities.
The three new metro lines and the red line extension will cost ₭30 billion, of which about ₭20 billion is part of the Akhali Vale project. The Khaki Line will connect the township with the Port of Vale, the largest container port in the country, and is scheduled to open in 2022. The Claret Line will link the existing Sairme and Dzegam metro stations on the Red Line through Akhali Vale. Finally, the Violet Line will link Besiki station in central Zestafoni to the commune of Ozurgeti crossing the township on a southwest/northeast axis, connecting with the two new lines and existing Red and Orange lines in the process. Including the existing metro stations in Akhali Vale, all the stations and metro lines in the township will be fully underground.
Capital Region Transit Authority (DSU) will operate several new bus lines in the township.
Great Mosque of Vale and Muslim Quarter
With a capacity of 7,000, the Great Mosque of Vale will become the largest mosque in Varkana and the second largest in the Dinarides after the Great Mosque of ?? in Aetolia. The project has generated considerable controversy in Varkana, as freedom of religion is restricted in the country with the Sects Act of 1962. The National Council of Varkan Muslims has been the main promoter of the project and has cooperated with Varkan authorities for the approval of the project. Nevertheless, some elements within the ruling AAP political party are against the project as well as some opposition parties in Parliament. One element of particular incongruity is the related planned Muslim Quarter adjacent to the mosque.
Opponents have argued the Muslim Quarter is a form of ghettoization, while others have expressed concern about the possible rise of criminality and inability of enforcing Varkan religious laws citing the Christian commune of Mimesopolis as an example. Councilor of the Interior Irma Borodin has assured the project will be in accordance with the law and that the Muslim Quarter, despite its name, will not be a ghetto. She explained the name refers to the residential zoning around the mosque which takes into account the Adhan, a practice strictly controlled by communal authorities throughout the country and – more often than not – indirectly banned. There are generally strict limits to the volume of the use of public address systems for calls to prayer, including Christian churches' bells and Jewish horns, throughout Varkana. This also includes the time at which the call is made, usually banned from 10 PM to 7 AM in most communes. The Great Mosque of Vale will become the first mosque to be granted permission for Adhan at Fajr (at dawn) and Isha (at around midnight), on condition that the sound volume does not exceed 60 dB.