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Ulaanbaatar celebrates its 376th anniversary looking back at city development projects

By Ch.KHALIUN

Ulaanbaatarians are celebrating the 376th anniversary of the city, looking specifically at recent projects carried out for the city’s development.
Some citizens say they are satisfied that a new team for solutions led by Governor E.Bat-Uul has successfully conducted many development projects in past three years. Over the past three years, over 100 km of new roads were constructed, including a new 17.1 km road from Bayanzurkh Checkpoint to Yarmag Bridge, a 13.7 km road connecting the junction of Nisekh and Sonsgolon with Yarmag Checkpoint, and a 9.06 km road from Ulziit micro-district to Shuvuun Fabric. In addition to the newly opened roads, many damaged roads to summer camps were upgraded. Previously, roads were just patched, but city officials say the repaired roads now meet international standards and contractors have issued guarantees of up to 60 years.
Ulaanbaatar has recently introduced a new waste management system as part of the city’s redevelopment, and together with the private sector’s participation, new modern bus stops were replaced in 117 locations around the city.
Ger area development is ongoing with assistance from the private sector. Currently, in 37 khoroos of eight districts of UB construction of apartments is underway. Housing for nearly 7,000 households has been completed in the city, with apartments for 876 households commissioned.
The city is also implementing a rental housing project for seniors. The first construction site was commissioned in 2013 and provided 300 seniors with housing. Officials report that housing for another 132 households will be commissioned soon. These apartments are being funded by the city budget.
The city’s thermal line capacity was improved by 30 percent compared to previous years, and old lines that were not meeting performance requirements were all updated this summer. Contractors issued a 20 year guarantee for the lines, stating that the lines will not need any maintenance.
The city administration says it has focused on the safety of children studying in remote areas of Ulaanbaatar, providing 33 public and private schools with buses. Around 3,000 students are now getting to school on 125 school buses. Parents of these children say they are happy, and that the buses are the most reliable form of transportation for their children.
Officials report that within the past three years, a total of 14 new schools and 34 kindergartens were constructed in UB, while ten schools and ten kindergartens were expanded.
City officials also cite that the Mongol Naadam Complex was built at Khui Doloon Khudag, and that a new auto complex was completed to mitigate the city’s congestion to popular destinations. UB authorities say the development work was conducted in Ulaanbaatar to improve the city as the capital of a well developing country.

Brief history of Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar was founded in 1639 as a movable Buddhist monastic center. In 1778, the city was settled permanently at its present location, the junction of the Tuul and Selbe rivers. Prior to its settlement, the capital changed its location twenty-eight times, with each location being chosen ceremonially.
Ulaanbaatar has been given numerous names in its history. Before 1911, the official name was Urguu (1639 to 1651), Nomiin Khuree (1651 to 1706), Ikh Khuree (1706 to 1911), Niislel Khuree (1912 to 1921). When the city became the capital of the new Mongolian People’s Republic in 1924, its name was changed to Ulaanbaatar (Red Hero).
In 1954, the first long-term general plan for developing Ulaanbaatar was approved and implemented.
In 1990, Mongolia conducted its first democratic election with multi-party participation. As a result of the election, Mongolia’s first permanent, multi-party parliament was established. In 1992, Mongolia’s fourth constitution was approved, reaffirming Mongolia’s capital as Ulaanbaatar.
In its history, Ulaanbaatar has had thirty governors. E.Bat-Uul is the 31st governor of the city. He was appointed for the position in August 2012.

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