Prime Minister checks Ulaanbaatar-Darkhan road construction progressSociety
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. Prime Minister L.Oyun-Erdene is on a working trip to the aimags of Darkhan-Uul, Selenge, and Orkhon on May 12-14.
On the first day of his working trip, he saw the construction progress of the 204.11 km Ulaanbaatar-Darkhan road extension, hearing suggestions of the contractors and obliging corresponding officials.
In 2018, the Government of Mongolia decided to carry out the construction of a four-lane road connecting the cities of Ulaanbaatar and Darkhan. As per the decision, the former two-lane road is being rebuilt and extended into a four-lane road with a loan from the Asian Development Bank, and an additional new two-lane road is also being constructed with the financing of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The road construction was launched following the selection of contractors through tender, which divided the extension work into five sections.
Today, the construction for Sections 1, 3, and 5 is taking place according to the schedule, while Sections 2 and 4 are currently halted. With the progress of Section 1 at 85.43 percent, Section 3 at 69.76 percent, and Section 5 at 70.46 percent, 65.01 km of the total of 113.53 km in the three sections have been completed. The three sections will be commissioned in July as accordingly, reported the officials. As for Sections 2 and 4, the contracts were cancelled at the request of the contractors, halting the construction work for a total of 90.58 km.
He said, “It is important to complete the auto road construction in time by putting in all efforts. The matter regarding the Ulaanbaatar-Darkhan auto road will continue to be focused by the Government. Rather than launching new construction works, the Government aims to complete the projects that have already started. As this includes auto road construction projects, matters such as the construction quality of the Ulaanbaatar-Darkhan auto road and urgently putting it into operation will be focused.”
Contractors for the new two-lane road to be constructed with financing of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have also been selected through a tender by dividing it into five sections. Launched in March 2021, the construction is to be completed in 24 months.