The high-speed train will carry not only passengers but also cargo: Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Lütfü Elvan said the freight will be carried alongside the passenger on the Ankara-Eskişehir-İstanbul High Speed Train Line.
Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç and Minister Elvan received information about the works on the Bursa-Yenişehir High Speed Train (YTH) line from the General Manager of the State Railways Enterprise (TCDD) at the construction site in Karahıdır Village, Süleyman Karaman. The ministers, who examined the tunnel in Iğdır Village, were then informed about the project at the meeting with breakfast.
Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Lütfü Elvan said that they will break new ground in Bursa YTH project. Minister Elvan said: “We will not only carry passengers with our high-speed train, but also carry loads. This is extremely important for Bursa. Ankara-Eskişehir-Istanbul high-speed train only passengers transport. But in addition to the passenger on this high-speed train, freight transport will take place from Bursa. I think that Bursa is an already developed city, and it will be an important tool for our surrounding districts to develop faster. Our aim is to end these works and complete the high speed train project as of 2017. These are not easy projects. Remember, the governments before us have been dealing with the Bolu Tunnel for years and could not finish a Bolu Tunnel. Last they said this; 'A 3 kilometer long tunnel.' Today we have a 9 kilometer long tunnel here. The total length of the tunnel is over 32 kilometers.
'TENDER HAS COMPLETED 400 MILLION, ONE THIRD TO 300 MILLION'
Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç stated that big projects such as airports were carried out using the build-operate-transfer method, “But this work is not applied here. Because this is not a profitable area. Powerful firms do not get into this business because they cannot see an advanced margin at the point of profit. This is a project made as a requirement of social state understanding. State in high-speed trains; it supports with its own financial power to make our citizens happy. The tender price is close to 400 trillion (million). Nearly 300 trillion (million) of this has been spent, but only 30 percent of it has been realized. Because dozens of tunnels, dozens of viaducts, kilometers of length are produced. If we come across hard surface soil, tunnel work is a little easier and cheaper, but if you come across soft surface soil, your job is a little more difficult and costly. Everything you encounter when you dig the ground increases the cost. ” he spoke.
Arinc is a strong advocate of Turkey's economy continued as follows: "how strong our economy. He can put 70 trillion in a 400-kilometer place and can afford to increase it if necessary. When we look at the period of governments 11 years ago, we remember the prime minister and ministers who sent good news that 400 million went abroad and found a loan of 1 million dollars. Today Praise to all the shaking, inside and outside of Turkey's economy against attempts to distort kadarlık only in an area that has paid 300 million pounds and a state that has committed to pay in the future. There is a 12-13 quadrillion Istanbul-Izmir highway, though it has a build-operate-transfer model, but if you think we are making high-speed trains from our own budget. ”
TCDD General Manager Süleyman Karaman said that they will connect organized industrial zones to railways. Karaman pointed out that the ongoing work on this project, in terms of Turkey's railway is really deductions may seem as if it were the middle of Asia and Europe, so they expressed their projects according to schedule downtime. Karaman said that the contract of the Bursa-Yenişehir YTH line was signed on 30 December 2011, the construction is aimed to be completed in 2015, but it will be delayed a bit due to the tunnel works. Stating that the line was awarded to 393 million 170 thousand 105 TL, TCDD General Manager Karaman even explained that there are 12 tunnels, 9 viaducts and 116 small art structures.
Stating that the project works of the 30-kilometer high-speed railway line between Yenişehir and Bilecik have been completed and the construction tender will be held in the second quarter of the year, Karaman said that they will take the high-speed train to Gemlik district. Bursa's high-speed train that connects directly to Turkey's 15 provinces, emphasizing Karaman, Bursa would fall into line with the completion of 2 hours and 15 minutes distance from Ankara and Istanbul, he said.
In the meantime, Suleyman Karaman suffered from the microphone during his speech. Karaman, who had been silenced a few times, found the remedy to drop the microphone.
Following the briefing, Arinc and Elvan left the construction site to join the groundbreaking ceremony of the Iznik highway by helicopter.