Marmaray Modern Silk Road

Marmaray Modern Silk Road: The Modern Silk Road It is now hours left for Marmaray to open the 'Project of the Century', which will breathe Istanbul traffic. The 5.5-scale earthquake-resistant project, costing 7.5 billion TL, is both a masterpiece of technology and a complete city museum.
Turkey is performing the 150-year dream; It is opening Marmaray, which connects Asia and Europe, in the 90th year of the Republic. Marmaray is not only a 150-year-old dream connecting two continents but also a world project… It connects London to Beijing. The new "Silk Road" of the global world, so to speak. We meet at Yenikapı Station on Sunday morning, upon the invitation of Binali Yıldırım, Minister of Communications, Transport and Maritime Affairs. The entire team is there, including Ministry Undersecretary Habib Soluk and TCDD General Manager Süleyman Karaman.
Even entering the station you are impressed. It is an elegant structure that brings together the architecture that makes you feel the historical depth of Istanbul and the technology of the age. But at the same time, it is an extraordinary city museum displaying works that take the history of Istanbul back 2 thousand years. In the middle of the place, Binali Yıldırım, the most successful minister of the last 10 years, tells many columnists about Marmaray's short story and answers questions that come to mind: “The idea of ​​meeting two continents was introduced in 1860. It was discussed from time to time, but after 1902, nobody dwelled on it for a long time. After the 1980s, he returned to Turkey's agenda. The first serious attempt was made during the 57th Government period and a consultancy agreement was signed in 2000. After the AK Party came to power, its foundation was laid in 2004. On that day, the completion date of the project was projected as 2009. However, due to archaeological excavations, it has survived. "
Minister Yıldırım explains the details of the project through photographs and gives technical information: “His project cost 5.5 billion TL. Now the 14-kilometer section comes into play. Kadıköy Ayrılıkçeşme and Kazlıçeşme meet. There are also connections to Taksim-Hacıosman metro and Bağcılar metro from here. All kinds of calculations were made for the passage made 62 meters below the sea. There is no other project in the world that passes 62 meters below the sea. " Minister Yıldırım also says that the delay of the project due to archaeological excavations has caused another wealth. The 6 thousand-year-old history of Istanbul goes back to 8 years with these excavations. That's exactly why the minister says: "Marmaray went down in history as a project rewriting the history of Istanbul." As well as the historical and technical parts of the project, the facilities and risks that Istanbul will bring to daily life are also curious. Minister Yıldırım, while listing the facilities that Marmaray will bring, refers to the famous proverb: “It will be said that the horse has not passed Üsküdar, but now it has passed to Sirkeci, who is riding Marmaray. Because the distance between Üsküdar and Sirkeci is only 500 minutes. The distance between Ayrılıkçeşme and Kazlıçeşme is 3 minutes. The price is 16 lira and 1 cents. But if Marmaray is used from another line, then it goes down to 95 kuruş. We must abandon our car habits now. Uskudar or KadıköyThere is no excuse left to cross from. "
Marmaray is a project that has both historical depth and global dimensions… It will be a part of our daily life after 29 October. This excitement is experienced, but cautious approach is also due to the sea passing under the sea and the Istanbul earthquake. What is the situation in terms of both earthquake and passenger safety? Binali Yıldırım gives information about these issues and also makes experts talk. Kandilli Observatory Director Prof. Dr. It is said that he worked with Mustafa Erdik, that every precaution was taken and the tunnel was built according to a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. In fact, Minister Yıldırım states that the tunnel is more secure compared to the buildings. In addition, it is emphasized that Marmaray's safety is at a high level in terms of disasters such as accidents and fires. Every different movement, including an earthquake that may occur inside Marmaray, is monitored at the Automatic Train Control Center and in Kandilli.
A few months ago, I had wandered Marmaray to the middle of the sea when the rails were not yet laid. This time, we are passing from Yenikapı to Üsküdar with Minister Yıldırım. We are standing in the middle for a while, visiting the intermediate transitions. Everyone takes souvenir photos. Indeed, being in Üsküdar in a few minutes surprises people. But in the rapidly changing world, maybe even this step will not be enough for us after a while… Transportation is still the most troublesome problem of Istanbul… But Marmaray is a historical turning point in terms of overcoming this problem. There is a frequently used saying in politics; Nothing will be the same anymore. Nothing will be the same in Istanbul after Marmaray. Especially with the High Speed ​​Train, new metro lines, the third bridge and the Eurasia Tunnel where the cars coming to Marmaray will pass, a different Istanbul is born that will be the center of attraction of the world.

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