Minister of Transport and Infrastructure M. Cahit Turhan said, “In our 67 thousand 898 km road network throughout the country, our 422 snow fighting centers, 8 thousand 778 machines and equipment, 400 thousand tons of salt, 2 thousand 800 tons of de-icing, 382 thousand tons of aggregate and 12 thousand We will have a winter struggle with our 300 staff ”.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, M. Cahit Turhan, attended the ceremony for the recruitment of Snow Fighting and Maintenance Vehicles in 2018 by the General Directorate of Highways.
Giving the opening speech of the program, Turhan stated that highways constitute the main backbone of the transportation network. Stating that 88 percent of passenger transportation and 90 percent of freight transportation in Turkey is done by highways, Turhan said that highway transportation is the complement of all other modes of transportation. Stating that the main purpose in the last 16 years has been to increase the traffic safety of the existing road network, reduce the vehicle operating costs and provide transportation to all settlements in all seasons, Turhan said, “Although the mobility on our highways has doubled in the last period, we have not been crushed under this load with the highway mobilization that we have carried out since the beginning. 80% of the traffic on highways currently travels on divided roads. We have a transportation network that keeps the safety of life and property at the highest level, in accordance with international standards, and encompasses all corners of our country. We have never been in the mentality of the wheel to turn and the day to be saved while on the road. On the one hand, we have increased the physical and geometric standards on our state and provincial roads that provide access to every corner of our country. On the other hand, we increased the service level and traffic safety by establishing smart transportation systems. In addition, we have strengthened our country's national and international corridors with our works on highways and divided roads, which we attach special importance to. As a result, the life of our citizens has become easier, accidents have decreased, and travel distance and time have been shortened. KazanThe moment became our people, our country, our future”.
“55 percent of our supply is domestic manufacturing”
Turhan underlined that KGM's machine park is equally important as well as strengthening road networks. Turhan said that, besides maintenance and repair services, a strong machine park is needed for keeping the roads open 7/24, search and rescue operations and struggling with difficult winter conditions, KGM has a rich infrastructure and qualified staff. Sharing that the machine park is strengthened every year by taking into consideration the changing conditions, needs and technology, Turhan said, “Currently, there are 5 thousand 12 machines and equipment in our machinery park. We have included 161 thousand of them in our machinery park this year. With our purchases in the last 47 years, we have renewed 3 percent of our machinery park. We also pay special attention to local production in the formation of our machinery park. As a matter of fact, 25 percent of our supply this year is domestic manufacturing. Our General Directorate has made all preparations for the harsh winter conditions. In our 55-kilometer road network across the country, we will have a winter struggle with our 67 snow fight centers, 898 thousand 422 machines and equipment, 8 thousand tons of salt, 778 thousand 400 tons of de-icers, 2 thousand tons of aggregates and 800 thousand 382 employees. Of course, besides all these, great duties fall on drivers. In addition to obeying traffic rules, using winter tires in vehicles during winter months is indispensable for life and property safety. We want to share happiness instead of the possible pain on the roads. ”
General Manager Abdulkadir Uraloğlu, who was in the program, introduced the machines purchased in 2018. Minister Turhan and his delegation then KGM Akköprü facilities in the machinery examined. Minister Turhan, used the snow plow tool and gave information about the press members of the press.