Ulaanbaatar-Darkhan auto road development to continue with EBRD loan

2021-01-21 12:04:01

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. At its meeting held on January 20, 2021, the cabinet heard a presentation on an issue regarding the construction of a 204-km four-lane auto road connecting Ulaanbaatar and Darkhan cities. It was reported that the contracted traffic police department will take control on the auto road safety matters throughout the development period. 

Continuing the extension and rebuilding of the auto road underway with loan from the Asian Development Bank, two-lane road will be added with financing of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, reports the Cabinet Secretariat Press Office. The second phase of the construction of the four-lane Ulaanbaatar-Darkhan road will begin in March 2021. 

Moreover, the cabinet agreed to urgently submit the bill to the Parliament on allowing herders and self-employed people to repay social insurance premiums for the period they were not able to make before. 

Being effective until December 31, 2020, a previous law covered over 18,000 herders and self-employed citizens, who are approximately 62 percent of all eligible citizens, amid the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown measures. 

A large number of herders and self-employed had been expressing their requests to extend the effective date of the law to the parliament, government and the Ministry of Labor and Social protection. The bill reflects to postpone the effective date until January 1, 2022.