Construction permits inspected

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The meeting of the Ulaanbaatar Mayor’s Council was held on November 3.

At the beginning of the meeting, the results of inspections made to the construction permits issued after 2020 were discussed. Head of the Ulaanbaatar Specialized Inspection Agency S.Davaasuren introduced the result of the inspection.

Since 2020, the Ulaanbaatar Urban Planning and Development Department has issued a total of 1,143 building permits, 1,197 electrical and energy permits, 104 utility and network permits, 368 permit extensions and 16 renewed permits. A total of 67 of 410 construction permits were found to be in violation. In this regard, the mayor instructed the relevant officials to eliminate the violations found during the inspection.

COSTS OF WASTE LANDFILL HAVE NOT CHANGED FOR 16 YEARS

General Manager of Ulaanbaatar and Head of the Ulaanbaatar Mayor’s Office D.Ganbold presented the increasing cost of waste disposal at the landfill.

Ulaanbaatar has more than 410,000 households and 175,000 entities. As this number increases every year, the amount of waste is also increasing. There are six centralized landfills in the capital and the waste is buried in the soil.

The operations of landfills in Tsagaan Davaa, Narangiin Enger and Moringiin Davaa are managed by the Ulaanbaatar Urban Development Department and the landfills in Nalaikh, Baganuur and Bagakhangai districts are managed by the district’s development service organizations. Out of an average of 4,000 tons of garbage produced per day and 1.5 million tons per year, 200,000 tons are sorted and 1.3 million tons are landfilled or buried.

“According to the resolution of the Ulaanbaatar City Council on the revision of the 2006 Service Fee, the cost of burying one ton of waste in soil was set at 2,080 MNT. The price hasn’t changed to date, which has led to the malfunctioning of the main landfills. For instance, the amount of waste increased from 642,000 tons in 2006 to 1.3 million tons in 2021. Moreover, the price of fuel has increased by 3.48 times and the cost of fuel per hour has increased by 2.02 times. Additionally, the minimum wage increased from 53,000 MNT in 2006 to 420,000 MNT. Due to the above conditions, the service of the landfills in Ulaanbaatar is unstable and unable to operate regularly. Therefore, there is an urgent need to increase the budget for landfilling to improve landfill services,” D.Ganbold said.

The mayor instructed officials to prepare for the submission of waste disposal cost estimates to the Ulaanbaatar City Council.

CAPITAL CITY TRAINING, RESEARCH, AND PUBLIC RELATIONS AGENCY

Dulguun Bayarsaikhan

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