İzmir Bay Crossing Project will end in 2023: Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Binali Yıldırım said that they will also convince those who oppose the Gulf Passage Project, which will connect Çiğli and İnciraltı, which has been on the agenda again recently. Minister Yıldırım said, “We have seen that the Izmir public has a positive view of this project. This is a good step and start. We need to talk more about the social benefits of the project and the values it will add to the city ”.
Binali Yıldırım, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications met with representatives of the press at breakfast meeting in Izmir. Lightning's first time coming to Izmir Lightning'in Mövenpick Hotel, the meeting of the AK Party Izmir Provincial Chairman Bülent Delican, Izmir deputies Necip Kalkan, Kerem Ali Permanent, Hamza Mountain and Atilla Kaya also attended.
Minister Yıldırım gave information about the Izmir Bay, bridge and tunnel crossing project, which has come to the fore again recently. Underlining that he has seen a joint action on a subject for the first time in a long time in İzmir, Minister Yıldırım underlined that although the number of them is small, the negative attitude of some NGOs has not changed. Giving positive messages, Minister Yıldırım said, “But I think they should also take it into consideration. I am thinking of doing a study especially for these friends. I believe it is due to lack of information. However, if they do not change their attitude, there is no need to dwell on it any more. Because enough positive opinions started to be formed on the project, ”he said.
Reminding that the Gulf Transition Project was approached 69 percent positively and 31 percent negatively in a survey conducted, Minister Yıldırım said, “There is something to my surprise. In my opinion, 69 percent positive opinion is low, and 31 percent opposes the ratio high. So we could not explain the project enough. I do not think that such opposition has a scientific basis. I expected around 10 percent counter stance. We need to work on it a little more and explain it better in a virtual environment. I care about the maturation of Izmir public opinion. We have seen that the public opinion of Izmir is positive towards this project. The decision makers of İzmir are non-governmental organizations, and those who speak on behalf of İzmir approach the project positively. This is a good step and start. We need to talk more about the social benefits of the project and the values it will add to the city. We are in this preparation. We will also hold workshops at technical level. We will showcase the project. "
Yıldırım argued that the EIA process is continuing and the project will not harm the natural structure. “All measures will be taken to prevent the project from damaging natural structures. There will be no harm to the bird paradise. The route is planned to merge with İzmir Ring Road, Çiğli and Menemen. On the other hand, in Narlıdere, it will be connected to the Çeşme ring road just off İnciralt ”.
Explaining that an artificial island would be created in the Gulf as a technical necessity for the realization of the project, Yıldırım also underlined that it would not be possible to have a tunnel due to the Gulf's ground structure. Lightning gave the following information,
“The alternatives are not over yet regarding the artificial island to be created in the Gulf and its functions. Here, too, there are different thoughts to make the project attractive. We will also share it with the public. In addition to being a part of this transportation project, it will create a living space for Izmir residents. I think it is as important as the project, even more than the project. We will take the views of the Izmir public opinion on the Artificial Island. We have a rough draft of the cost of the project, but the actual cost will arise from the drilling work. Here the ground is pretty loose. Therefore it can be misleading. The cost will be revealed after the drillings to be made on land and at sea.
The total project length will be 1800 meters tunnel, 4.200 meters bridge and 800 meters artificial island. A solid structure is needed from tube crossing to bridge. Therefore, it is imperative to make an artificial island. I believe that this artificial island will add a different beauty to İzmir. There will be a green area in the middle of the sea. The bridge will look beautiful from the Bay. "
FINANCE OF THE PROJECT
Explaining that the transition will be paid when the project is completed since it is build-operate-transfer, Minister Yıldırım said, “It will finance itself. It is not easy to make such projects with the general budget. We do this and similar projects with this method. This is the same as the Izmir Istanbul Highway and the 3rd Airport. From now on, we will apply more alternative finance methods in such large projects. We want to diversify the project to make it more feasible. There are two ways to be feasible. Either increasing the indirect revenues and keeping the toll at reasonable levels, or keeping the toll high and making it feasible. The second is not something we prefer. The project reaches 2023. It may end before, ”he said.
Providing information about the ongoing Izmir-Istanbul Highway, Minister Yıldırım said, “The total length of the highway is 387 kilometers. It will be completely finished in 2018. We used to say that the distance between Izmir and Istanbul will decrease to 3.5 hours, but according to new calculations, it will decrease to 3 hours. It is even possible to reach Gebze in 2 hours and 50 minutes. Currently, 1600 thousand people are working with 9 machines in the highway construction. The 22-kilometer section between Otogar and Kemalpaşa is mostly finished. We can open this place next September. "We can say that 45-50 percent of the highway is completed for the entire highway."
GULF EIA PROBLEM
Reminding that the Metropolitan Municipality is still waiting for EIA approval for the Gulf dredging project, Yıldırım reminded that the process is completely outside of his ministry, “I am not very happy either. Something that delays our projects a lot. Let's use the environment rudely, but when things get in the way, we face another problem. The citizen wants things done. Until the EIA process is completed in the projects, no financing institution looks at the project. EIA is now ahead of everything. We do not have the chance to manage this process. Under the coordination of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. What to do is counted step by step. Six months pass in the EIA process on the most modest subject. The municipality will follow up and we will provide the necessary support ”.
MARINE FOR THE GULF
Reminding that no progress has been made regarding the marinas they have planned in the Gulf of Izmir, Minister Yıldırım said, “There are limits in marinas. With the new Metropolitan law, we share the authority with the municipality. We need to meet with our Metropolitan Mayor. We need to find common ground and act accordingly. KarşıyakaWe did not recommend the marina in, BayraklıThere were other problems in. I absolutely see the need to compromise with the municipality and work with them. We will force this, ”he said.
Minister Yildirim, Çandarlı Port project will be completed in the absolute Çandarlı port is the heart of the region, he said.
Underlining that a stadium will definitely be built in place of Alsancak Stadium, Minister Yıldırım reminded that the Ministry of Youth and Sports will finance this with Spor Toto. Minister Yıldırım said, “The municipality has a share here. When the Ministry requested, the project was requested. The project was presented, it was found insufficient, it was justified that it was not in the investment program. This has nothing to do with the investment program. Spor Toto will do. I will tell the subject to the President. It will be done as soon as possible, ”he said.
THE BRITHDAY SURPRISE
At the end of the meeting, Binali Yıldırım had a birthday surprise. Minister Yıldırım, who will celebrate his 61st birthday tomorrow (Sunday), lived on when the birthday cake arrived. Minister Yıldırım, who put out the candle with his hand, not by blowing it, experienced the real surprise when he watched the birthday message sent by his grandchildren on the screen. Tearful Minister Yıldırım replied to insistent questions about his age, saying, "When the man started to hide his age and the woman did not, he got older," and then announced his age.
MINISTER AND PRESIDENT PERFORMED TESTING IN İZBAN
Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Binali Yıldırım and Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu carried out the test drive of the Cumaovası - Torbalı line in the expanded transportation network of Izban, the rail system of İZMİR. Yıldırım and Kocaoğlu, with citizens who stop at stations along the line and meet them sohbet did. Yıldırım said, “It is a joint work we do jointly. Politics is one thing, service is another, ”he said.
In order to solve the transportation problem of the city, a new route was added to the route in the public transportation system İzban, which is jointly carried out by the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications and the Metropolitan Municipality of Izmir. From the last stop Menderes Cumaova to Torbalı District, the construction of the new line of 30 km was completed. Transportation Marine and Communication Minister Binali Yıldırım and Aziz Kocaoğlu from Izmir Metropolitan Municipality CHP participated together for some time.
FLATS WITH STATIONS
In Cumaovası, Binali Yıldırım and Aziz Kocaoğlu sat sideways in the wagon for a while and exchanged information about the system. Yıldırım and Kocaoğlu, getting off the train that stops at the stations on the route, with the citizens waiting for them here. sohbet did. Binali Yildirim here sohbet “This system is a very good joint work with Büyükşehir,” he said. Meanwhile, a citizen intervened, “This service is a work that will remain for future generations, not us. We are temporary, ”he said. Upon this, Yıldırım said, "Politics is one thing, service is another, when service comes, politics goes". Meanwhile, if a citizen goes on the rail and takes a souvenir photo, “You will protect the president, you will help. Dear minister, my dear deputies. My president is really hardworking here. I am the hardworking president, ”he said.
After the completion of the test drive of the part of Izban to Torbali, Mayor Aziz Kocaoglu left.
Binali Yıldırım spoke to the citizens waiting for him in Torbalı. Yıldırım said, “We will work with all our strength for İzmir for Torbalı. We said it was a country issue, and you listened to our call. You have brought the Ak Parti back to work in as little as 5.5 months. You did more than you would. Now it's our turn. We, as the founder of our party, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, our prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and his team, will work with our entire team to solve all kinds of problems of our country, even for one day, with our 317 deputies. Because we owe this country. We have duties. We know what our duties are, ”he said.
Lightning, the fate of the country for 13 years, with road, sea and air ports with, if they change how high-speed trains, then Izmir, Turkey told us that they are committed to put the country among the world's 10 most important. Meanwhile, showing the Denizli passenger train passing through the station, Yıldırım said, “Look, you know how these trains were 6 years ago, not much. Trains stay on the road, old, uncleaned, cold, you regret traveling by train. Is it so today? Where did we come from? We got on from Cumaovası. The slightest vibration, no noise, comfortable. I hope it will be at your service at the end of January. At the end of next year to İzmir, you will find the opportunity to have a pleasant journey to Selçuk by train. We stand behind whatever promise we make, ”he said. Minister Yıldırım visited the Ak Party Torbalı District Office after the station.