At a ceremony last week, the Minister for Road, Transportation and Urban Development, Mr. Kh.Battulga,  formally handed over  to the Director of Mongolian Railway LLC, Mr. B.Batzaya, the authority to build the 1,100 km Dalanzadgad-Tavan Tolgoi-Tsagaansuvarga-Zuunbayan-Sainshand-Baruun urt-Khuut-Choibalsan railway. Mongolian Railway is a company totally owned by the Mongolian state.
Construction is expected to begin in the first half of this year. Studies of the technical and economic aspects of the project, as also geological and geodesic studies, are under way. International tenders to select contractors for the work will be announced soon.
The railway will serve coal, copper, tungsten, zinc and fluorspar mines in Tavan Tolgoi, Tsagaan Suvarga, Aduunchuluun, Chandgana, Talbulag and Khuut.  Mr. Battulga hoped for an early resolution of export tariff issues. The Government plans to build altogether 5683.5 km of railway in stages.
Source: Ardiin Erkh, Montsame
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