UB to get subway system and new elementary schools
The Ulaanbaatar Administration Council regular meeting on Thursday discussed the relocation of the Ulaanbaatar City Administration unit complex, locations of 80 new elementary schools, and the results of a study on establishing a subway in Ulaanbaatar.
The working group in charge of formulating the project to build the Ulaanbaatar Administration complex reported its findings. After studying five possible locations, it chose a nine hectare lot, part of 19 hectares belonging to Khaniin Materials, located in the 6th Khoroo of Songinokhairkhan District.
The General Architect of Ulaanbaatar, Sh.Natsagdorj, introduced his plan to build 80 elementary schools, each with a 300 student capacity, within Ulaanbaatar. The new schools are needed because when schools recently began accepting six and seven year old children for the first grade, they no longer had sufficient school buildings. The nine districts of Ulaanbaatar have 150 khoroos, in which there are 115 state-owned general education schools. Over 116,000 children study at those schools.
Sh.Natsagdorj believes it would be most economical to copy the design of the schools that were built with grant-in-aid from Japan. It may be possible to build the new schools on land belonging to other schools, or on privately held property. The Ulaanbaatar Mayor, E.Bat-Uul, has ordered officials to conduct a detailed and thorough study of school locations. The schools are to be funded from the state and local budget.
The meeting also included a presentation of the findings of a study on building a subway in Ulaanbaatar. According to research by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a 6.2 km above-ground metro could be built from the Tolgoit Railway Station to 25 Emiin San (Pharmacy 25), while a 6.6 km underground metro would run from Pharmacy 25 to East Central Intersection. Along with a 4.9 km above-ground metro from East Central Intersection to Amgalan, the total metro length would be 17.7 kilometers, running along Peace Avenue. The cost is estimated at 1.5 billion USD. The design will be completed within 1.6 years and construction will start in spring of 2016, to be completed by 2020.
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