Cabinet meeting covers road projects, air pollution and more


More than 20 issues, including road projects across the country, air pollution measures, import regulation, and preparations for winter, were discussed during last week’s cabinet meeting.

During the meeting, Foreign Minister L.Bold approved the selection of a new Permanent Representative to the U.N. in association with Mongolia’s term heading the U.N. Environment Assembly from 2014 to 2016. Mongolia was elected to head the U.N. Environment Assembly in June.

The head of the assembly will be in charge of the implementation of the assembly’s 2014 to 2016 project plans, its finances, monitoring the budget, chairing meetings, and managing and organizing meetings with local governing bodies with secretarial support.

Selbe Highway interchange approved

The interchange for the Selbe Highway, part of Ulaanbaatar’s general development plan through 2020 and the Street Project, was approved during the weekly cabinet meeting.

Ulaanbaatar Mayor E.Bat-Uul was made responsible for, “the clearance, approval and ownership of land for the road and interchange.”

Head of the Street Project B.Batbold was made responsible for, “financial compensation issuance for land clearance.”

The street and highway projects are focused on reducing traffic congestion by building a highway on the vertical axis of the city.

The Selbe Highway project is expected to link the horizontal highway across Ulaanbaatar from Bayanzurkh Checkpoint to 22nd Checkpoint, being built through the Street Project, to the center of the city.

The Selbe Highway will link Altanbulag to Zamyn-Uud Highway and the ANZ road, in the south of Ulaanbaatar.

Anti air pollution efforts to intensify

 On May 15, 2014, efforts to combat air pollution and a resolution on the issue were added to the Law on Government. The amendment obliged ministers to, “actively work against air pollution, and a centralized policy for combating air pollution has been formed.”

At the weekly cabinet meeting, ministers responsible for fighting air pollution were instructed to work with related organizations to determine the workforce required for carrying out projects and to oversee their implementation.

Officials in the sector were given the task of evaluating coal usage, and to conduct studies on heating stoves to provide information about the size of the areas they heat, the cost of maintenance, and heating efficiency.

High-risk imports under review

Deputy Minister D.Terbishdagva was instructed to create a list of risky import products based on the approved criteria for imported products to undergo inspection by the State Specialized Inspection Agency. By forming a list, the cabinet believes that the products subject to regular inspection will become clear, and monitoring the safety of imported products will become easier. The list is also expected to simplify human resource challenges facing inspectors and make it easier for importers of risky products to conduct business within regulations.

Decree issued on agricultural winter preparations

The government issued a decree on winter preparations and supply in the agricultural sector for 2014-2015. At the cabinet meeting, Minister of Agriculture and Industry Sh.Tuvdendorj and provincial governors were instructed to oversee preventative measures for seasonal hardships and natural disasters in winter and spring, and to form plans to minimize damage and monitor winter preparation progress.

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