Turkey’s Official: Baku – Tbilisi – Kars to be completed by end of 2014

Turkey’s Official: Baku-Tbilisi-Kars to be completed by end of 2014 :Project construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will be completed by the end of 2014 at the latest, Turkish Minister of Transport, Shipping and Communications Binali Yildirim told to the local Turkish media on November 21.

According to the minister, construction work within the framework of the BTK railway project continues.

Earlier, Azerbaijan’s Deputy Minister of Transportation Musa Panahov said that despite the complexity of the relief on the territory of Georgia and Turkey, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will be put into operation in 2014.

According to Panahov, plans have been made to send the first technical trains and locomotives by late 2013.

The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is being built in accordance with an inter-governmental agreement reached by Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. The railway will increase the flow of containers and other types of cargo from Asia to Europe.

Azerbaijan has allocated a $775 million loan for the construction of the Georgian section of the railway. Funding for the project from the State Oil Fund is carried out in accordance with the 2007 presidential decree on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project.

Construction of a new 105 kilometer branch railway as part of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project is planned. In addition, reconstruction work will be carried out on the Akhalkalaki-Tbilisi-Marabda railway in Georgia, which will increase its capacity to 15 million tons of cargo per year. Building a center in Akhalkalaki for the transition of trains from the existing train tracks in Georgia to the European ones is envisaged.

Around 30 million tons of cargo a year is to be transported via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line, which will become a direct route to the European rail network.

Turkey's Official Baku-Tbilisi-Kars to be completed by end of 2014

Source : www.azernews.az

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