Former Minister of Public Works, Yaşar Topçu, made the first tender for the Osmangazi Bridge. Artillery vehicle 35 told the story of the transition from Osmangazi Bridge, which is the dollar + tax. ”The government didn't tell the truth,” he said.
While discussing the hike to bridges with guaranteed vehicle access, Yaşar Topçu, former Minister of Public Works, said, “While these bridges were being built, they were hidden from the real people. It was said that money would not come out of the state's purse. Here are the facts. ” Claiming that the tender of the Osmangazi Bridge was much better than today's conditions during his ministries, Topçu said that the AKP misused "Build-Operate-Transfer" and its bill was heavily released to the public. Noting the companies making the bridges, the Minister said that it should react to power, “The contract was signed and the investor made the investment accordingly. They have no fault, ”he said.
Yaşar Topçu explained the bridge story and the contract terms of that period to SÖZCÜ as follows:
NUMBER OF VEHICLES NO WARRANTY
“CHP externally supported the Motherland Party and the DSP coalition government. In 1997, I was also in the cabinet as the Minister of Public Works. We went out to tender to build a 40-foot bridge into the bay. To this, the Naval Forces Command requested that the warships could not pass through these foot openings, and if necessary, the bridge foot openings should be extended. So we stopped the tender. Soon we went on the suspension bridge tender. We have determined the suspension bridge construction period including the highway up to Gebze-Orhangazi for 4 years, 20 years for operation time and 11 dollars for the toll. So many vehicles will pass through the bridge, and if it does not, we do not guarantee the difference will be covered by the State.
Along with Enka, British and Japanese companies won the tender. I signed the framework agreement with them as the Prime Minister of the time, Mesut Yılmaz, and the Minister of Public Works. We sent a concession agreement to the Council of State. The Council of State also approved the contract. The motherland-DSP government fell. I also left the ministry. Turkey went on an early election. AKP came to power. As soon as he arrived, an investigation was launched against Mesut Yılmaz, his first job, and Cumhur Ersümer from the ministers. Within the scope of the investigation, the bridge tender was also examined. They called the General Directorate of Highways to the Parliamentary Investigation Commission. 'What happens if you don't make this tender according to the framework contract?' The statement said. He said, 'Appreciation is yours. We cannot intervene in this, 'he said.
In the Investigation Commission, 'Economic conditions have improved. We do the tender in better conditions. 'And the tender we made earlier was broken. They made a contract with very heavy provisions that were not in our contract. This time, by giving a certain number of vehicle pass guarantee and keeping the fee high, we will say, 'We will not make money from the Treasury. Contractors will find and make money from outside. The taxes we received from the public will not be spent on the bridge, 'they said. Contractors have no fault in this regard. The man made an offer according to the specification and made a spending for the bridge. Now, he wants to get his money back according to the contract.
'WRONG GOVERNMENT GOVERNMENT'
If the bridge had been constructed according to the contract we did not sign, the bridge would have been opened to traffic in 2002, it would have been 16 years until now, the toll would be under 60 lira. Moreover, this government charges separately from the bridge and separately from the highway. There was no such situation in our contract. ” Yaşar Topçu said, “It is the AKP government that does it wrong. It uses wrong build-operate-transfer model. You are paying for the road, bridge, and tunnel without traffic by giving a pass guarantee that we do not provide. The works to be done with the facilities of the state are done as build-operate-transfer. Let our state do these things because it will pay such big money. The truth is not disclosed to the public. ” (Source: SPOKESMAN)