The big trucks that are carrying the gravel are massive and they drive whenever they want. The dust in the air from these trucks goes into the air and wind and covers the western part of the city, making it grey. Around 200 people from 32 household live in this area of the Khan-Uul district. Each household breeds 10 to 200 heads of cattle. The residents of this area earn their living by selling milk from their cattle in Ulaanbaatar. Unfortunately, because of the project to accommodate all the citizens, gravel businesses have boomed. The gravel carrying trucks have been destroying the living environment of those people and the grazing land of the cattle.
The dwellers of this area have complained to the authorities several times. The authorities and officials, headed by the minister for Nature, Environment and Tourism, D.Tsogtbaatar have met the residents of the areas which have been destroyed by the gravel carrier trucks.
“The Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism pursue the policy to restrict the operation of mining and gravel exploiting companies and entities that operate in the river’s protected areas. Any damage that was made will be compensated by those entities.There is a certain demand for gravel behind the buildings which are under construction in Ulaanbaatar. But gravel exploitation raises the issue of environment damage. Capital City planning should be grounded on the water resource,” said Z.Batbayar, the deputy chairman of the Water Authority.
Big trucks that carry the gravel to the city cause lots of damage to the environment and the companies and entities that exploit the gravel in the Tuul River also pollute the Tuul River badly.
Minister D.Tsogtbaatar, warned gravel carrying companies that are deteriorating nature and the environment. He also said they need to take serious measures. In 2012, only 5 entities out of 70 that carry the gravel, submitted the rehabilitation plans to the Nature, Environment and Tourism Ministry. Thus, the Ministry has decided to urgently shut down the operation of 10 companies in the first phase. These are companies who did not submit the rehabilitation plans to the Specialized Inspection Agency.The remaining entities and companies will be shut down in the future, because those gravel exploiting companies do the operations and are in breach of the law. Also, the authorities want to make those companies perform rehabilitation in the damaged areas.
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