Update on Land Ownership Support Campaign
The Land Ownership Support Campaign has been ongoing for two months in an effort to help ger area residents purchase the land they reside on.
As the campaign is scheduled to end next month, Head of the Land Ownership Division at the Ulaanbaatar Land Office U.Suvdsuren gave a brief interview to report on its progress.
Since the Land Ownership Support Campaign launched in September, how many people have applied?
The campaign kicked off on September 4. Our specialists first conducted onsite inspections at the residences of 1,154 people living in Songinokhairkhan District, resolved cadastral map related problems of 33 families, eliminated miscellaneous problems of 10 families and provided legal consultation to 63 people who hadn’t received their real estate certificates although they were approved. Our division has handed out land ownership directives to 429 people in accordance with the Ulaanbaatar Mayor’s orders.
Specialists worked at Bayanzurkh District for three weeks from September 25 to October 28. During this time, they visited 2,477 residences, found 408 expired land use permits, corrected residence perimeter of 87 people, and resolved 188 violations related to transfer of land permit. These issues were reported to the Mayor’s Office twice but the mayor hasn’t taken any countermeasures.
Moreover, there were 441 residents who didn’t have any problems getting the ownership of their residence. A mayor’s directive has been sent to district land departments to approve their land ownership.
Most recently, our specialists worked in Bayangol District. As of November 13, they met with 465 residents, visited 228 residences, and received 115 applications without any violations. We’re also correcting cadastral maps of homes that have their gateway placed in the wrong direction.
In total, land ownership applications of 985 residents living in Songinokharikhan, Bayanzurkh and Bayangol districts have been approved and 1,628 applications are waiting for approval of land permit extension and transfer.
Can people who have land permits in Zuslan area apply in the campaign?
This campaign is for people living in Residential Zones 1 and 2 in Ulaanbaatar. The reason we’re focusing on these zones is that campaign initiators decided to first carry out the campaign in these areas until the end of this year. The Land Ownership Support Campaign will focus on Residential Zones 3 and 4, and Zuslan areas from 2018 as the 26 partial general plans for Zuslan area need to be renewed.
In other words, the budget for redrafting the partial general plans hasn’t been approved yet. Approving the budget will enable us to intensify land distribution related work in Zuslan areas next year. The current general plan was developed in 2011 so it’s not consistent with the current land arrangement.
Can residents living in Residential Zones 3 and 4 apply for land ownership now?
Residential Zones 1 and 2 was chosen because there were only three months left until the end of the year. It was best to start with these areas because all of their land is occupied. The end of the campaign doesn’t mean land ownership work will finish. People are free to apply for land ownership. The campaign facilitates this process as specialists work closely with applicants, oversee residences without delay, and provide necessary consultation. However, those interested in taking ownership of their current residence, can submit their documents to their respective district land department without having to wait for the campaign.
The Land Ownership Support Campaign is underway in Bayangol District. Where do you plan to carry it out next?
We started working in Khan-Uul District on November 13. Starting from November 15, we will carry out the campaign in Sukhbaatar for 10 days and then in Chingeltei District. It will be really helpful if residents prepare the necessary documents beforehand.