Kars Logistics Center, which has a container stock area of 19 thousand square meters on an area of 400 thousand square meters on 80 separate lines, will provide employment for 500 people in the first place, and will be connected to the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway line with a 7-kilometer railway connection.
Ahmet Arslan, Deputy Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications of the 65th Term, Professor of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Affairs Commission Kars Deputy Prof. Kars. Dr. Yunus Kılıç, Kars Governor Türker Öksüz, AK Party Kars Provincial President Adem Çalkın and officials came to the Kars Logistics Center via the train connecting the Kars Train Station. Within the train, Arslan wished passengers auspicious journey by calling on the radio.
Arslan, who got off the first train to Kars Logistics Center, told the journalists who viewed him that this photo is not an ordinary photo, this photo is a historical photo.
Arslan, Kılıç and Öksüz, who were briefed by the authorities at the Logistics Center, examined the works on the spot.
Reminding that the Logistics Center of the citizens always went elsewhere, and that it used to be done here in the past, the President of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Affairs Committee Kars Deputy Professor. Dr. Yunus Kılıç said, “We showed the way, we showed the infrastructure work, they didn't even believe it, they said“ they are distracting ”. Millions of investments have been made, but some ill-intentioned citizens resisted incomprehension. But today they saw a train in Paşaçayır. The investment and labor made for those years were today. Thank God we experienced the pride and honor of coming to our Logistics Center on this train for the first time today. ” said.
Kılıç told the story of Nasrettin Hodja, “They asked Nasrettin Hodja, where is the middle of the world? Nasrettin Hodja said: He said, "Anyway, if anyone does not believe, he should measure, mow, come and tell." Yes Kars, Turkey in the middle, in the center of commerce, those who want to get in on all sides, who want to see the world in all axes to pass. We had to make this advantageous in terms of transportation and freight transportation. ” used the expression.
Kars Governor Türker Öksüz said, “We entered the Logistics Center for the first time with a train car. I would like to state that we are very happy as the first to use the junction line here. Logistics Centers with Kars Kars, Turkey is becoming one of the major transportation centers. This center will bring 412 thousand tons carrying capacity and 400 thousand square meters logistics area to our country. We are talking about an investment of 150 million liras, this is an important investment amount for Kars, a great contribution to our economy. ” he spoke.
65th Term Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Kars Deputy Ahmet Arslan said, “It is an important day for Kars that the first stage of Kars Logistics Center has now come to the end and a train has entered here for the first time. This can be a very ordinary photo for those who look at the photo, the Kars team stood in front of a train and gave a photo. It's a very ordinary photo. But when you look at the meaning of the photograph truly a historic photograph that date in Turkey's Kars Logistics Centers with logistics, economy, will contribute to development. It means the development of Kars' economy, trade and industry. In another aspect, that train was the herald of a blessing, we experienced the pride, dignity and happiness of coming with that train. ” spoke in the form.
Turkey, as usual, Arslan noted that the transition out of the ordinary transport logistics, "the logistics carrier, the production, the raw materials, the finished product as a whole. This is the method of carrying the whole evaluation together. Here too, start to transport logistics from ordinary transportation Turkey, logistics master plan was Turkey plans similar logistics centers in many parts of the framework, and this is one of them and I hope that our logistics center as part of a larger photo will be much more meaningful. " said.
Arslan, adding that a different feature of Kars Logistics Center from other logistics centers is that customs clearance can be made here, "We hope that we will start the second stage in a short time after the 1st stage that comes to the completion stage." used the expression.
Stating that 138 thousand loads were carried during the pandemic process over the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line, Arslan continued his speech as follows:
"It's helped Turkey to go to the far east, Central Asia, the load provided here to come in there loads of course, we were aware of the importance and the benefits of the project the way iron Baku-Tbilisi-Kars but we've seen in the pandemic process in particular is very important to stop the trade box to close borders Iran. Closing the border gates at a time when the wheels of the economy must return did not cause any problems with the entry of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway system, on the contrary, 138 thousand tons of cargo was carried only during this epidemic period. Since the day it was opened, we will talk about millions in the coming periods with the systems developed with logistics centers carrying 580 thousand tons of cargo. The second stage of this project will be possible for this logistics center to reach the stage where it can be exported, where the raw material it is manufactured is separated from each other and turned into a finished product. The logistics center was established on an area of 400 thousand square meters, we are talking about a logistics center, which will process 412 thousand tons of cargo per year, has a container handling area of 80 thousand square meters, and a container stock area of 60 thousand thousand square meters. There are 18 different lines in our location, the total of 20 and a half kilometers Kars Logistics Center, the biggest difference from all the logistics centers in our country is that it has reached the railway, and also it can accommodate trains with a rail span of 435 millimeters, which we call the European standard, The standard of all countries is that the rail span of 520 thousand millimeters can also serve trains of that standard. In other words, a train coming from China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia can come here, where freight transfers and trains to European systems can be transferred. is also a very important event. ”
After the speeches, Arslan, Kılıç and Öksüz took a souvenir photo with TCDD staff, Logistics Center employees and press members.