3.5 million TL "theft" damage to İZBAN: It was determined that the electrical wires belonging to 32 kilometers of the 22-kilometer railway line of İZBAN between Cumaovası and Torbalı were stolen. It was learned that the theft caused 3.5 million damages while the works to ease the transportation between İzmir and Torbalı continued.
10/1 of the project
It was stated that Emre Ray Energy Group, which carries out the project to extend the İZBAN line from Cumaovası to Torbalı, did not interrupt the electrification system of the line after the theft. Company officials, which have maintained the electrification system of the 32-kilometer line for nearly 2 years, claimed that the 22-kilometer line was damaged. This theft, which is the largest between Turkey voiced similar projects in general. It was stated that the amount of cable stolen by thieves in the 240-kilometer-long Ankara-Eskişehir High Speed Train project was 5 kilometers. It has been announced that in the İZBAN project, which is 10/1 of this project, the amount of cable stolen is exactly 4 times.
The Minister announced
Electrification works, which started in the 2012th month of 9, were supposed to end in July 2014. However, it was claimed that the project could not be completed due to the theft of electrical wires. Turkey performs the electrification of the railway line projects 80 percent of the general Emre Ray Energy officials said that so far 3.5 million pounds of losses in excess of bag line. The firm, which continues its Eskişehir-Kütahya, Kütahya-Balıkesir, Balıkesir-Manisa and Manisa-İzmir high-speed train works, has also installed the electrification system of the Aliağa-Cumaovası line. The company did not encounter any theft incidents in these projects. The company, which faced a great damage in Torbalı, argued that there were deviations in the timing with the theft of 65 tons of wire. Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Lütfi Elvan, who went to Torbalı last month and made examinations on the line, said that the voyages would start in May at the latest.
200 thousand pounds per kilometer damage
If the cables stolen by the thieves are sold in copper, an average of 100 TL is obtained from a few kilos of copper, while the damage per kilometer is 200 thousand TL. It was stated that these cables, which are specially produced in Germany, are costly to bring. Despite the security personnel, no solution was found for the theft that occurred.