Asian Development Bank project to cut Tuul River pollution with one billion USD in aid


The Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) of the Asian Development Bank has been implementing several projects in Mongolia, and one of them is the Tuul River Recovery Project.
A discussion on technical preparation for the project took place on Wednesday to launch the project and improve Tuul River’s water quality as well as strengthen flood control.
Chief of River Basin Area Division at the MEGD G.Ganbat said, “We are planning to do both mechanical and biological cleaning in the river as we have now easy access to required modern equipment. The first stage of the project is financed with a billion USD which will be spent on detailed researches.”
Minister of Environment and Green Development (MEGD) S.Oyun and Ambassador of Japan to Mongolia Takenori Shimizu joined the discussion.
The MEGD will manage the project in collaboration with the Tuul River Basin Administration.
Tuul River stretches over 700 kilometers and its 140 km are heavily polluted according to unofficial reports. Detailed research on pollution of Tuul River hasn’t been done in the past 70 to 80 years.
If the project aims are met, pollution accumulated for many years in the river will be cleaned, the Central Water Treatment Plant will be upgraded and the river basin area will be better protected and maintained.
The project will proceed in two stages – the first stage is expected to take 15 months. Officials will conducted a detailed study on how efficient the toxic substance filters at the Central Water Treatment Plant is and how substances dumped in Tuul River can be completely cleared in the first stage, while the second stage will focus on conducting a one-time large-scale cleaning at the river’s most polluted part based on the research, reported ministry officials.
“In 15 months of the first stage, we will also study similar experiences of other countries and find the most suitable technology to clean Tuul River,” G.Ganbat added.

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