After the coronavirus epidemic that affected the whole world, Kocaeli Metropolitan Mayor Assoc. Dr. The first step was taken by Tahir Büyükakın for the support of public transport trades, which would be “life water”. In this context, the first tranche of 2 million 180 thousand TL support, which concerns 17 thousand 600 public transport trades throughout Kocaeli, was deposited into the accounts.
17 MILLION 600 THOUSAND TL SUPPORT
During the controls and inspections carried out since the first day of the epidemic, the average number of trips per day before the infectious disease decreased by 600 percent after the infectious disease epidemic. Kocaeli Metropolitan Mayor Tahir Büyükakın invited the council to an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday, April 85, and presented projects prepared to reduce the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-22) outbreak on economic and social life. With the number of trips from 19 thousand to 600 thousand in the parliament, 80 million 17 thousand TL support decision was taken for public transport tradesmen to continue their trips in these difficult days.
FIRST PAYMENT DONE
Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Balamir Gündoğdu and Kocaeli Chamber of Coaches and Minibuses Chamber President Mustafa Kurt came together for 2 million 180 thousand TL support, which concerns 17 thousand 600 public transport trades throughout Kocaeli. The first tranche of the support, which will be the lifeline for Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality's tradesmen, has been deposited into the accounts of tradesmen.
“WE ARE WITH OUR TRADE”
Turkey has struggled with the coronavirus outbreak expressing Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Balamir Gundogdu; “After the epidemic, workplaces were closed. In this process, our only tradesmen who have a 50 percent capacity limitation and continue their journeys are our tradesmen in public transport. They both lost customers and continued to work even though people did not go out on the streets. When we realized this situation, we conveyed this issue to our Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Tahir Büyükakın Bey, presented the figures to him and shared with him that this tradesman should be supported urgently. Our president also met with the relevant ministers in Ankara. Our President Tahir Büyükakın, who held a video conference meeting with our President, conveyed the status of our shopkeepers to our President in this meeting. ”
“WE HAVE DECIDED IN A SHORT TIME”
Expressing that a decision was taken in a short time after the meeting, General Secretary Gündoğdu said; "Our Grand National Assembly of Turkey was collected. And a decision was made to help our shopkeepers. The decision was published in the Official Gazette and became law. This provision of the law included provisions regarding the help of the tradesmen who can make public transportation in the private sector, obtain a license from our municipality and work on leave, by the decision of the Assembly. As soon as this law was published, we immediately invited our assembly to the extraordinary meeting as Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality and it was decided to support 17 thousand 600 thousand TL in total.
“WE HAVE EXAMPLE FOR OTHER MUNICIPALITIES”
Stating that the first tranche of the support given to public transportation tradesmen will be paid today, Secretary General Balamir Gündoğdu said; "Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality as an example again, as in many aspects of this issue in Turkey and have demonstrated a pioneering activities. We started to support other municipalities in this regard. Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality has signed a working again become an example to Turkey. "The first tranche of 17 million 600 thousand TL support in total will be paid 5.5 million liras today."
“OUR TRAINER WILL GET A COMFORTABLE BREATH”
Stating that the public transport trades were going through a difficult process, the head of the Chamber of Kocaeli Buses and Minibuses, Mustafa Kurt said, “In Kocaeli, 2 thousand 180 tradesmen have been serious victims. Our daily number of 600 thousand passengers decreased to 80 thousand with the effect of the epidemic. We work on behalf of the public compared to other tradesmen groups, and we continue our duty without taking any disruption to the number of flights by taking risks. We had a serious financial loss. Our Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Tahir Büyükakın and our Secretary General Balamir Gündoğdu carried out a very important work in terms of encountering this loss. Were the pioneers in Turkey. The support made will be the water of life for our tradesmen. Our shopkeepers will breathe a sigh of relief in these difficult days. I would like to extend my gratitude to Tahir Büyükakın, our Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, and Balamir Gündoğdu, our Secretary General. ”