Minister Arslan We Will Realize Big Projects One By One: Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication Minister Ahmet Arslan said, “The decision taken by the Parliamentary Assembly of the EU or Council of Europe is definitely an application that serves others. You know what our intention is from others, especially for those who want our country to be weak, and for this, an application that serves what they want, including terrorist organizations to make our country weak. We have already said that we will not accept this decision. ” said.
Minister Arslan, who attended the Highways Regional Directors meeting held in Bursa, answered the questions of journalists.
Arslan, a journalist, “The news that the revenues of the one and the second bridge do not meet the construction costs of the third bridge has been published. What will you say about this? ” He said that the concepts of the first and the second bridge and the third, namely Yavuz Sultan Selim and Osmangazi bridges are very different.
"Mixing them together and comparing them is like trying to collect pears and apples." Arslan said, saying:
“They have many different tasks and functions. One more thing is that both Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and Osmangazi Bridge and the highways that follow are the projects we have built with the build-operate-transfer method. These projects will provide us with two things; First, it will increase the travel comfort of our people, relax and ease their lives. Secondly, it will provide the movement of trade especially for the growth of the economy, so that the cities around Osmangazi Bridge and highway Istanbul, Kocaeli, Yalova, Bursa, Balıkesir, Manisa, İzmir and all these southern cities approach each other, facilitate trade, and thus add to our country. it means creating added value. ”
“These highways and bridges will remain with us, ours”
Arslan, bridges to compare only the last vehicle traffic is not correct, said that the development of the geography of the country, the growth of the country, said:
“Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and connection highways are also a bridge and highways that bring Kocaeli, Istanbul, Thrace, Tekirdağ, Edirne, Kırklareli, in other words, closer to Anatolia. They also become the locomotive of the trade that will ensure the development of the country, not just from the passing vehicle, this is the first. So this has nothing to do with the first and second bridges. You have to look at it like this. The second issue is this; In the projects we did with build-operate-transfer, of course, we would have to pay the difference from the warranty at the beginning, it was already showing in our initial feasibilities, this will decrease over time. But more importantly, at the end of the operating period, these highways and bridges will remain with us, it will be ours. We will either return and operate them, or we will rent out their businesses this time, just like at the airports, we will give concessions about the business, we will earn an income for our country. ”
“Do not compare these two projects with others”
Emphasizing that it is absolutely not right to compare these two bridges with the July 15 Martyrs Bridge or Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Arslan said, “Each project has a function it fulfills, a function that it undertakes for the development of the country. Please do not compare these two projects with others. Remember that the contractors of the projects we do with the build-operate-transfer model will transfer them to us at the end of the day. ” used expressions.
Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly of Armstrong on the question of decision about Turkey, "just all big projects Turkey's development we do, including the number of our projects, developments and means to take a greater share of world trade. As we got more share from the world trade, those who shared this among themselves started to feel uncomfortable. ” said.
“We have already said that we will not accept this decision”
Leo, put obstacles in front of him to Turkey, on behalf intercept large projects showed they expressed their utmost to make every effort, said:
“And the opposite is the opposite, 'No stopping, we will implement all major projects one by one.' We say and continue to spend. In this regard, those who can not cope with Turkey in different ways, with political concerns to cut the front of Turkey, are trying to distort the image. Everyone needs to know that Turkey will continue to develop. The decision taken by the Parliamentary Assembly of the EU or Council of Europe is definitely an application that serves others. You know what our intention is from others, especially for those who want our country to be weak and for this, an application that serves what they want, including their organizations, is a decision. We have already said that we will not accept this decision. But no matter which way should know that Turkey's growth, do not want development, despite trying to prevent us to grow, we will continue to evolve. In order to provide transportation and access, which are their locomotives, we will realize all the projects we have put forward so far, and we will realize all the projects that will take us to 2023 goals and beyond after today. I associate this very clearly and I say, yes we must develop. There will be competition in the world, but in order to compete, they should develop better projects than us. Those who cannot put forward a project and compete should not try to hinder our growth indirectly. ”