Railway Projects of Strategic Importance to Commence in Near Future

2023-09-04 17:49:31

Ulaanbaatar, September 4, 2023 /MONTSAME/. The Minister of Road and Transport Development S. Byambatsogt met with the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Mongolia A.N. Yevsikov on September 1, 2023, and agreed to jointly implement the major development project of the railway sector in the near future.

The Minister S. Byambatsogt spoke that Ereentsav-Choibalsan-Khuot-Bichigt railroad would become the central railway corridor connecting Mongolia, China and Russia. “At present, our country has only one railway crossing to China, i.e. Zamyn-Uud. By the commissioning of this railway, the number of cargos passing through Mongolia would increase, and the transportation volume of the three countries would grow hugely, which is of particular social and economic significance. Mongolia has signed an agreement with the concessionaire and is working to start the construction work in the near future. To this end, along the construction of the Choibalsan-Khuot-Bichigt railway, it is necessary to renovate the Ereentsav-Choibalsan railway. We have asked from Russia to cooperate in the start of the major overhaul in the near future”.

Also, the Bogdkhan Railway Project passing through Ulaanbaatar is critical for upgrading the capacity of the railway, creating work places in settlement areas, and reducing congestion. Since the Feasibility Study of the Project to implement in cooperation with the Russian Federation has been developed, it is required to urgently start the major overhaul, commence construction works, accelerate Zuunbayan-Sainshand railway capacity and train exchange, and establish technical compliance. Therefore, the Minister discussed with the Ambassador about intensive solution and implementation of these issues, and asked to convey them to the shareholders of the Russian side of the Mongolian-Russian Joint Venture Company "Ulaanbaatar Railway".    

The Ambassador A.N. Yevsikov said that he would pay exceptional attention to immediate commencement of the major overhaul and modernization of the railway, expansion of the transport corridor of the three countries, and increase of cargo transportation. In addition, he expressed his desire to come to a consensus on how to make the Railway double-track, how to settle budgets and financing, and how to develop the Mongolian-Russian Joint Venture Company "Ulaanbaatar Railway", a symbol of friendship of the two countries, in the next 70 years.

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