Construction Minister calls for apartment warranties of 40 to 60 years
Minister of Construction and Urban Development D.Tsogtbaatar visited construction companies to become acquainted with their labor safety, sanitation, and construction work last Friday. He reminded the companies to focus on construction quality and said that apartment warranties should be 40 to 60 years.
The Minister visited the sites of Nomin Construction’s River Garden apartment town, Jiguur Grand Group’s Park View town, and a construction site belonging to N.Tumur-Ochir. He visited the sites because common procedures for ensuring labor safety and sanitation standards in construction will be enforced starting on August 1. During the visits, government officials found that the construction companies are not yet meeting the new standards.
Even though safety and hygiene issues are being addressed at River Garden, the apartments are being built near the basin of the Tuul River. The Minister reminded Nomin Construction to pay special attention to construction quality and long-term guarantees.
Parliament is expected to approve amendments to the law on construction soon. “The amendments include a change to the construction warranty term. Previously the guarantee was for three years, while now it will be for 40 to 60 years, so construction companies need to provide citizens with high-quality, durable apartments,” said the Minister.
Park View had some safety issues brought to light. The company failed the surprise inspection because of poor construction site safety. The construction site of citizen N.Tumur-Ochir also had some issues. Prior to the site visit, a female worker died in an accident at the construction site as a result of failing to implement safety regulations. Government officials have conducted inspections to see if the site has improved labor safety, but the situation has worsened. Workers were not following safety procedures and engineers did not know enough about safety issues. There were only a few workers seen wearing hard hats.
The visiting government officials had the right to immediately stop work at the site, but they gave N.Tumur-Ochir one week to fix the mistakes noted. The Minister said that if the company doesn’t eliminate violations, their special license will be cancelled. He added that he will continue surprise inspections.
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