Tavantolgoi-Zuunbayan railway construction goes smoothlyEconomy
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. Last weekend, President of Mongolia Kh.Battulga worked in Dornogobi to become acquainted with the development works of Tavantolgoi-Zuunbayarn railroad, being built in Mandakh soum of the aimag. As reflected in a document “State Policy on Railway”, a 414.6 km long road from Tavantolgoi coal mine in Tsogttsegtsii soum of Umnugobi aimag to Zuunbayan, Dornogobi aimag is presently under construction. Thanks to the railway, Tavantolgoi’s coking coal’s sole market dependency will end and around 40 deposits along the railway line, that are not under exploitation yet, will be utilized and their products will be supplied to international buyers at international market price. Also, the railway expected to help reduce widespread problems, such as degradation of pastureland, dust and soil pollution and bring positive social and economic changes to the food, agriculture and tannery industries.
Corresponding officials reported to the President that the railway construction project is continuing without hindrance. Personnel of the General Staff of the Mongolian Armed Forces and 7781st military unit of the Mongolian army are taking part in the construction works with 8 companies as sub-contractors and 4 companies of geology and geodetic control using around 210 machinery and equipment.
D.Sumiyabazar, Minister of Mining and Heavy Industry, who accompanied the President to Dundgobi aimag, noted that there are 37 deposits of mineral resources of special license along the 30 km long area of the Tavantolgoi- Zuunbayan railway, including Tavantolgoi coal mine, Kharmagtai copper-gold mine, Manlai coal mine as well as Kharaat Mountain, Tukhum and Dadiin Khar Mountain and Dulaan mountain with coal, copper, gold and gypsum resources. According to the Minister, total value of the deposits mentioned here reaches MNT 6 billion. Therefore, he said that the new railway will not only carry coals from the Tavantolgoi deposit, but also it will allow transportation from other deposits in the area in order to put them into economic circulation.
During the construction project, a total of 3700 people are estimated to be provided with employment and 1352 machinery to be used. Furthermore, 10 thousand people and their families will earn income from supply of materials, techniques, drinking water and food throughout the project period.
During his working trip in Dornogobi, President Kh.Battulga also visited the construction site of a 15 km long railroad in Zuunbayan and an extension of Zuunbayan station, a part of the Tavantolgoi-Zuunbayan railway construction. The extension is being built at the Zuunbayan station as the railway to Tavantolgoi will be connected to the rail line at 49.4 km line of the Zuunbayan station. The extension work is being performed by military personnel of the 7781st unit of the army.
The military unit crew working at the building site told that they have done excavation and earthworks on 59040 m3 land, over-fulfilling the scheduled works to 127 percent. Minister of Road and Transport Development B.Enkh-Amgalan said “Military troops’ highly effective and responsible organization has had a great influence on the advancement in the construction. Some technical issues related to the construction will be discussed at a cabinet meeting next week”.
At the end of his visit to the construction sites, President Kh.Battulga expressed his gratitude toward every person taking part in the development works and requested them to finish the project on time.