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Botanical Garden saved

By M.ZOLJARGAL

 

The Ministry of Justice planned to build a Court and Prosecutor’s Complex on four hectares of land in the east side of the Botanical Garden in the 12th khoroo of Bayanzurkh District. Deputy of Ulaanbaatar City Mayor, Ts.Enkhtsengel, also planned to build a school and kindergarten on 17 hectares of land in the garden’s territory. Grand Line company had also requested to build an auto road covering two hectares of the garden, but all those plans have been set aside and the garden will remain intact.

Unuudur Newspaper strongly objected to the plans, as the Botanical Garden (BG) is a source of Ulaanbaatar’s oxygen, and is home to various types of rare trees and plants. Staff of the BG, institutes from the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, and other organizations demonstrated at Sukhbaatar Square recently. Their demonstrations are paying off now.

In February, 2013,the Minister of Justice, Kh.Temuujin, requested that the State Property Committee (SPC), privatize four hectares of the garden’s land and sent official notes to the committee twice. The SPC received the request and reported it to the Ministry of Construction and Urban Planning (MCUP). According to Resolution 38, 2013, of Mongolian Government, any issue connected to property and land ownership of state owned legal entities shall be reviewed by the SPC and MCUP. Thus, SPC had no right to independently issue a decision to provide four hectares of the BG to the Ministry of Justice.

Accordingly, Minister of the MCUP, Ts.Bayarsaikhan, sent the Ministry of Justice a 1/1712 Note on May 29 to the SPC which stated, “In accordance with the General Development Plan of Ulaanbaatar City until 2020, as well as appendix of Resolution 23 on Approving an Official Document regarding development tendency of Ulaanbaatar city until 2030, Botanical Garden territory land is for use as only green area or garden, and therefore transferring four hectares of total 36.4 hectares of Botanical Garden land to the Ulaanbaatar City Court is not possible.”

As MCUP denied the request, the SPC sent a note to Minister Kh.Temuujin on June 25 and declared the request was denied.

Minister of MCUP, Ts.Bayarsaikhan and acting director of the SPC, D.Tsogtbaatar have issued a legal decision and Unuudur Newspaper expressed its gratitude.

Other organizations are also planning to use the land for other purposes, as mentioned earlier. The journalists of Unuudur hope that Deputy Ts.Enkhtsengel and Grand Line companies will take back their requests.

 

 

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