Resolution on combating air pollution approved

The American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia

2018-01-08 15:30 GMT+8

During its January 5 plenary session, Parliament approved a resolution on combating air pollution in Mongolia. President Kh. Battulga proposed declaring a state of emergency due to the pollution situation in Ulaanbaatar at the end of 2017.

In response to his proposal, a parliamentary working group was established. While discussing the air pollution resolution, Speaker of   Parliament M. Enkhbold noted, “The working group studied the state of emergency matter and determined that it is not yet time to make the declaration,  in accordance with the State Emergency Law but, the working group, Parliament, Cabinet, and local government agencies consider the pollution to be an emergency.

It is expected that drafts of amendments to laws on air pollution will be submitted to Parliament before February 10. President Kh. Battulga also urged Cabinet to carry out its work to fight air pollution.

During the plenary session, Prime Minister U. Khurelsukh highlighted that Cabinet will work to grant enough access to Ipotek loans for ger district households to purchase apartments. Minister of Construction and Urban Development Kh. Badelkhan said that 120 billion MNT from the government and 180 billion MNT from the Bank of Mongolia has been earmarked for financing Ipotek loans.

A working group was established by Cabinet to reduce Ipotek loan requirements, and will implement changes through various programs. The resolution on combating air pollution's main points are focused on ger district redevelopment and infrastructure, and creating suburbs.

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