Karaismailoğlu talked about the measures and new practices taken on the railway lines with the Kovid-19 outbreak. Reminding that the intercity trips were restricted at the first stage in order to prevent the spread of the epidemic, Karaismailoğlu said that passenger flights were temporarily stopped on high-speed, main and local trains starting from March 28.
Karaismailoğlu stated that by allocating the idle capacity to freight trains, they are going to meet the logistics needs of the industrialist, manufacturer and exporter. Giving information about the steps they have taken in this context, Karaismailoğlu said, “As of March 28, when the transportation of passengers in our railways has been restricted, we have mobilized all possibilities for freight transportation. We use our railways on possible lines to carry loads without human contact. There is an intense desire for transports, especially on Iran and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) rail routes due to the restrictions on transports with trucks and trucks. ” he spoke.
Pointing out to the importance of the strategy followed, Karaismailoğlu said: “Within the scope of the measures taken against the economic effects of the coronavirus epidemic, most of the transportations especially with Iran started to be carried out by rail and without human contact. We ensure that all products needed by our citizens are brought to our country via our railways. At the moment, we cannot carry our citizens on our railways, but our railways have all the burden they need for their health and future. ”
“The loads are transported without human contact”
Karaismailoğlu Ministers from Turkey to Iran, the freight cars came and went from this country to Turkey that moved without human contact also told Good.
In this context, both sides of the locomotive and stressed that cross the border Karaismailoğlu of employees reported that dispatch brought to the station for disinfection and wagons from Iran to Turkey.
Karaismailoğlu pointed out that national and international transportation is carried out on railways by taking all precautions and gave the following details:
“The wagon disinfection system was commissioned at Kapıköy Border Station. Thus, as of 8 April, TCDD Tasimacilik AS delivered 1130 thousand 42 tons of freight to Iran in the Iranian railway border gate, which opened to a limited passage, to the direction of Iran with 645 wagons. From Iran, there are loads with 529 wagons and 20 thousand 924 tons of human contact to our country. There are approximately 329 thousand tons of freight forwarding requests for transports in Iran. ”
“Trains Are Taken In The Disinfection Cabinet”
Karaismailoğlu said that although freight is carried and no human contact is allowed, all freight trains are disinfected both before and immediately after the trip.
Stating that disinfection procedures are carried out meticulously within the scope of the Kovid-19 measures, trains are taken to the cabinets with vehicle disinfection system, Karaismailoğlu said, “We do not abandon the measure, even though we only carry cargo on our trains. We are meticulously applying disinfection processes both at the entrance of the cargo and at the entrance of the dormitory. We do not leave our job to chance. ” found the assessment.
“The Amount of Cargo Carried at BTK Passed 46 Thousand Tons”
Reminding that the border gates were closed to the land and railways on the BTK railway line as of February 23, and the transportation of freight was started on the railway line as of March 5, Karaismailoğlu said, “In this process, 566 tons of cargo came with 23 wagons. 500 thousand tons of cargo were also exported from the same line with 579 wagons. In total, 23 thousand 5 tons of cargo were carried on the BTK railway line after 46 March. ” said.
Expressing that the export goods are mainly composed of various construction materials, Karaismailoğlu stated that an average of 7 tons of cargo per day is transported to Europe across Kapıkule.
Minister Karaismailoğlu added that private railway train operators continue their cargo transportation by taking all precautions.