Ger area turning into smoke-free housing areaSociety
Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/. ‘Infrastructure center’, also known as service center, opened yesterday, November 12, in the ger area of 7th khoroo of Chingeltei district, Ulaanbaatar city. Specifically, over 200 households of the 7th khoroo have been connected to the main trunk infrastructure within the ‘Infrastructure center’ project.
Present at the opening were Parliament Speaker G.Zandanshatar, MP M.Oyunchimeg, Governor of the Capital City and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar S.Amarsaikhan and representatives of Citizens’ Representative Meeting of the assigned territory.
Speaker G.Zandanshatar emphasized, “I am happy to note about a great advancement of the capital – a commencement of the great construction that makes ger area living environment identical to apartment residential complex. Over 200 households will no longer use stove and chimney pipes. We see that as a result of intensive actions to reduce smog such as refined coal and construction of service center, we are able to spend this winter with less smog.”
MP M.Oyunchimeg said, “This project is the most optimal solution to turn ger area into a housing area in the future and create safe, healthy and ecological environment. This work has been funded with MNT5 billion from Ulaanbaatar municipality and MNT5 billion from China, to construct the infrastructure on 14-hectare area, which has been connected to the ‘Infrastructure center’. In addition, 1.5km roads were paved in four areas alongside the establishment of a wastewater treatment plant. We will work to implement this project in other khoroos.”
Within the project, 285 households of three streets of the khoroo have been connected to electricity, heating and sewerage lines, alongside the establishment of a wastewater treatment plant. Established with German technology, the plant is capable of purifying 530 cubic meter water per day with 99.9 percent purity and to be expanded further.
During the event, Governor S.Amarsaikhan said that the required financing has been reflected in the municipal budget 2020 to implement the project in other khoroos and districts in the coming years. He also informed that Ulaanbaatar Green Affordable Housing and Resilient Urban Renewal Projects is going to be implemented from next spring.
Following the opening ceremony, they got familiarized with operations of ‘Infrastructure center’ and wastewater treatment plant and visited a home of N.Otgon, beneficiary of the project. She said, “We have bought radiator, WC pan and sink, but all of other expenses have been funded with the state budget. It is so nice to live in such a comfortable environment connected to fundamental infrastructure in our own fence.”
Establishment of the infrastructure center contributes to reduce the number of chimneys and air and soil pollution, increase land value and create favorable condition for households to live on their owned land.