Millennium Road Project fully completed after 21 yearsPolitics
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. A 67-km Tosontsengel-Uliastai road was
commissioned today, June 27, completing the Millennium Road project, which was aimed at
connecting 21 aimags of Mongolia with the capital city by paved roads. The
opening ceremony was attended by Prime Minister of Mongolia L.Oyun-Erdene along
with some members of the State Great Khural and the Government.
“Today is marking the historic day when this road is commissioned and Mongolia has fully connected 21 aimags with the capital city of Ulaanbaatar by paved roads. The Millennium Road project, which stretches for more than 7,000 kilometers, has been successfully completed after 21 years. This is a clear example of how long it takes to implement a long-term development policy, and how success can be achieved if the continuity is maintained”, said Prime Minister L.Oyun-Erdene before thanking the relevant authorities, investors, engineers, and technicians for their efforts in making the project success.
While expressing his delight with the fact that the commissioning of the auto road coincides with the first summer of the ‘New Revival Policy’, the Prime Minister stressed that this is one of the few projects that has fully resolved the investment issue in accordance with the policy of resolving the financing of large projects and programs that have been stalled for many years and have not been completed yet.
This summer, major construction projects such as the construction of the 416-kilometer Tavan Tolgoi-Gashuunsukhait railroad and the 226-kilometer Zuunbayan-Khangi railroad will be completed and the construction of the Bichigt-Zuunkhatavch and Artssuuri-Shiveekhuren railroads will commence. As a result, all the border ports will be connected by auto roads and strategic ports by railroads. This will enable Mongolia to increase its capacity for transportation, logistics, and volume of exports and imports by 3-4 times.
It was highlighted during the ceremony that the commissioning of the road has shortened the travel duration between Tosontsengel and Uliastai to 30-40 minutes, which used to take 2-3 hours.
At the end of his remarks, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that this road would play an essential role in enhancing economic and social development as well as tourism development of Zavkhan aimag.