2020 passengers used the Ankara High Speed Train Station, where the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure gave the Limak-Kolin-Cengiz partnership a guarantee of 7 million passengers per passenger for the first 1,5 months of 3. CHP Zonguldak Deputy and KIT Commission Member Deniz Yavuzyilmaz, reminding that there is no indication in the contract regarding force majeure, despite the cessation of flights in April and May due to the pandemic, noted that the Treasury will pay the operator about 553 million TL for 409 and a half million passengers who do not use the station.
TCDD stopped High Speed Train (YHT) flights on 19 March due to the Covid-28 pandemic. Train services were resumed at half capacity on June 1, as part of the normalization process. In the first 7 months of the year when the Ankara High Speed Train Station was closed and operated at half capacity, although it was reopened, approximately 3 million TL, excluding VAT, will be paid to the Limak-Kolin-Cengiz consortium as a guarantee for 34 million passengers.
There is no article on force majeure in the contract
CHP Zonguldak Deputy and KIT Commission Member Deniz Yavuzyılmaz asked the number of passengers at Ankara High Speed Train Station in the first 7 months of the year in his application for information to CIMER, with the request of Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu to answer. The Ministry stated that only 553 thousand 409 passengers from Yavuzyılmaz station use the station; He replied that there was no clause in the contract regarding force majeure such as epidemic or disease.
Speaking to ANKA, Yavuzyılmaz reminded that in 2020, a total of 5 million passengers from Ankara High Speed Train Station were guaranteed. Yavuzyılmaz drew attention to the fact that 7 million passengers were guaranteed for the first 3 months, and that approximately two and a half million passengers who did not use the station at all, as the number remained at 553 thousand, would be paid approximately 1,5 million TL at today's exchange rate, 27 dollars per passenger.
Payments will be made to the company by 2037
Limak-Kolin-Cengiz partnership with the build-operate-transfer (BOT) management of the Ankara High Speed Train Station. A BOT implementation contract was signed between TCDD General Directorate and the tripartite partnership. This contract, dated October 2, 2013, was for 21 years and 7 months. 19 years and 7 months of this period were given for operation. The state also guaranteed the triple partner for 14 years of this operating period. TCDD will continue to pay the triple company on 1.5 dollars plus VAT per passenger each year until 2037. (t24)