The Asian Development Bank funded "Southeast Gobi urban planning, border town development project" has approved additional loan and signed an agreement.
The project aims to upgrade urban infrastructure and management services in fast growing aimag centers and border towns in Southeast Gobi. And the agreement for required additional loan of $19.4 million was signed last Friday May 20, 2016.
East Asia Director General Ayumi Konishi, Uvurkhangai, Arkhangai, Dornogovi, Umnuogiv aimag governors have signed the agreement.
The fresh loan will finance new wastewater treatment plants, while a technical assistance grant of $1 million from the Sanitation Financing Partnership Trust Fund, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be used to assist the government in addressing sludge reuse, including implementing a pilot in at least one of the project aimag centers.
“Mongolia has seen very fast growth in urban areas in recent years, as mining operations have expanded and trade with the People’s Republic of China has picked up, but services and infrastructure haven’t kept pace”
The initial ADB project grant of $15 million was approved in 2010. “Mongolia has seen very fast growth in urban areas in recent years, as mining operations have expanded and trade with the People’s Republic of China has picked up, but services and infrastructure haven’t kept pace,” said Antonio Ressano-Garcia, an ADB Senior Urban Development Specialist. “This new assistance will support essential urban improvements in selected aimag centers, giving a significant boost to the living conditions in these areas as well as aiding economic development.”
The fresh funds will cover the construction of modern wastewater treatment plants in four aimag centers (Dalanzadgad, Sainshand, Avairkheer and Tsetserleg) to replace the current inadequate pond systems. The wastewater plants will meet government standards for discharge, including reusing sewage effluent.
Further support for building know-how and institutional reforms will be provided for public utility service organizations in Avairkheer and Tsetserleg towns, resulting in improved planning, management, and cost recovery for services. The earlier project is on track to achieve most of its outputs, with significant improvements already made to water supply, sewerage, solid waste management and heating coverage.
Almost 95% of ger area dwellers in the target soums now have access to potable water within 300 meters of their dwellings, resulting in a substantial reduction in water collection time for women and children. It has also established standard service agreements for local governments and public utility service organizations.
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