Last 18 Months in Marmaray

Transport Maritime and Communications Minister Binali Yildirim, 150 year dream of the 18 month only announced.
Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, Binali Yıldırım, ”We have only 150 months before our dream come true. We will have a double feast on October 18, 90 in the 29th year of our Republic. We will also open our big dream Marmaray in the anniversary of the founding of our republic. ”

Yıldırım said that the Marmaray Project is expected to take place for 150 years.

"Our love for Marmaray started in 1860, when Sultan Abdülmecit's engineer Preault started his project," said Yıldırım, who was designed by engineer Preault, on the feet between Sarayburnu and Üsküdar, but for pedestrians, but he He explained that this tunnel is not possible with the technology of the day.

Stating that they have downloaded this project from the dusty shelves and redesigned it in accordance with the requirements of the era, Yıldırım said, "(This road will not be a pedestrian road, it will be a railway). We named it Marmaray. We have made this project one of the most respected projects in the world and laid the foundation of the project on May 9, 2004 ”.

Yildirim said that they had to extend the working calendar to the end of 2013 due to the archaeological findings that were discovered during the excavation. Yildirim said:

We took the first rail source of the Arılıçeşme-Kazliçeşme section. We only have 150 months to come to our dream, which we expected to come true for 18 years. In the 90th year of our Republic, we will have a double holiday on October 29, 2013. On the anniversary of the founding of our republic, we will also open our big dream, Marmaray.

However, it should not be forgotten. We did not do the Marmaray Project just to unite the two sides of Istanbul. We made Marmaray to unite the world, to connect the two sides of the world. Because Marmaray is only one leg of the Demir İpekyolu Project. We are gradually completing the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Project, Istanbul-Ankara High Speed ​​Train Project and Ankara-Sivas High Speed ​​Train Projects, which are the other legs of Marmaray. In this sense, Marmaray is a project not only of my Ministry, but of our government, not only of our government. It is a project of the countries on the route from Beijing to London. It is a project that the world trembles over. We are approaching the end step by step. ”

History of the project

The idea of ​​a railway tunnel that will pass under the Bosphorus was first introduced in 1860. The tunnel was planned as a tunnel placed on the columns built on the seabed.

Such ideas and thoughts were further evaluated over the next 20-30 years and a similar design was developed in 1902. In this design, a railway tunnel under the Bosphorus was envisaged, but this design mentioned a tunnel placed on the seabed. Since then, many different ideas and thoughts have been tried and new technologies have given the design more freedom.

The desire to build a railroad public transport link that stretches between the east and west in Istanbul and passes under the Bosphorus gradually increased in the early 1980s, and as a result, the first comprehensive feasibility study was conducted and reported in 1987. As a result of this study, the route determined in the project today was chosen as the best among a series of routes.

The project, which was outlined in 1987, was discussed in the following years and in 1995, it was decided to carry out more detailed studies and studies and to update the feasibility studies including the passenger demand forecasts in 1987. These studies were completed in 1998, the results showed that the results obtained were correct, revealing that the project will offer many benefits to people working and living in Istanbul and will reduce the rapidly increasing problems related to traffic jams in the city.

In the 1999 Turkey and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) signed a financing agreement between. This loan agreement was the basis for the project's funding for the Istanbul Bosphorus Crossing.

This loan agreement also covers the provision of a group of international consultants who will be selected through competitive bidding. Avrasyaconsult, the chosen consultant, prepared the Tender Documents for the project in March 2002.

The tenders were open to international and national contractors and / or joint ventures.

BCNNXX Bosphorus Tube Crossing Construction, Tunnels and Stations were contracted in 2002, including the construction of the Bosphorus tube crossing and approach tunnels and 4 station construction. A second loan agreement was signed with JICA in 1 for this contract.

In addition, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the 2004 have signed loan agreements for the financing of the Railway Vehicles (CR2006) in 1 in 2006 in order to finance the financing agreements of important parts of the project. With the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), loan agreements were signed for the financing of the CR2 contract in 2008 and in the 1 for the financing of the CR2010 contract.

Contract CR1 Suburban Lines Improvement and Electro-Mechanical Systems work was tendered in 2006 (Preliminary qualification 2004). The ICC Arbitration process, which started upon the termination process and the application of the contractor, continues.

The tender process of the said work under the name of Contract CR3 started with the publication of the International Tender announcement in July 2010 and technical offers will be opened in January 2011. Contract CR2 Railway Vehicles Procurement work was tendered in 2008 (Preliminary qualification 2007).

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