Ekrem İmamoğlu, President of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), restarted the construction work of the "Ümraniye-Ataşehir-Göztepe Metro Line", a project that has been stopped since 2017, on 20 September 2019. İmamoğlu examined the completion of the tunneling works at Atakent Station, the most important line that will breathe the city traffic, on site.
Following the TBM device (Tunel Boring Machine-Tunnel Boring Machine), the last concrete block drilling process with the employees, İmamoğlu received information about the works from Pelin Alpkökin, Head of the Rail Systems Department. İmamoğlu and employees congratulated the completion of the drilling with applause. İmamoğlu also answered journalists' questions 42 meters below the ground. The questions asked to İmamoğlu and the answers given by the IMM President to the questions were as follows:
"OUR METROWALS WALKING ON ONE SIDE EXCITES US"
It was one of the discontinued subway lines in the previous period, what is the last point in construction?
“We are currently in Ümraniye. We watched the release of TBM all together. When we took office, it was one of our standing lines. With the creation of resources, we are at the point where we started quickly. Our line will continue to the last stop from here. Now it will set out from our stop in Ümraniye to Çekmeköy. Our other arm comes next. The process we started in Ataşehir last year will have finished its job towards the north, towards the last point. And of course, it has its south, there is a part that will continue towards Göztepe. Preparations are being made and I hope we will take action there towards the end of the year. This means that our tunnel works will be almost finished by the end of 2021. There are precious stops on a line we believe in. We have 11 stops and we have a precious line that also meets Ümraniye-Üsküdar line from Göztepe to Çekmeköy. Subways are important to us. Our subways walking on the one hand excites us. Istanbul and Turkey in these difficult days, the committed efforts of all the working people themselves our friends, our company here, my colleagues and my valuable advisor to our firm, heartfelt thank you to them all. I hope Allah will make it to all. "
"ISTANBUL'S CREDIT CAPABILITY ALWAYS EXISTS"
Are there any new loan agreements?
“Of course we are working. We need. There are also on different lines; we are working. We are getting good signals. Hopefully, we'll quickly address these requirements. Istanbul always has that reputation and talent. We want to quickly overcome these problems and complete the smooth processes related to our existing lines. On the one hand, we have lines to which we contribute as much as possible from our own resources, and of course, we also have lines that we have recently prepared. On those lines, we will have lines that we will design as they will end as they started, after we have calculated both the borrowing model and the financing model and the capabilities of the project before, and after getting into the job, we will not say, 'Oh, this is not the case, this is not the case'. These things should be like that anyway. When the work that you started and said 'will be completed in 3 years' ends in 6-7 years, my cost is much more to you. Because, unfortunately, the economy of our country has been putting the costs on our back with foreign currency and such factors that will increase these costs recently. However, Istanbul's active state and being a metropolis of worldwide interest, its capabilities are at a level to overcome all these problems despite everything. We will plan both existing and new projects in the best possible way. We have prepared Istanbul for very important steps in these 5 years. I hope these 5 years will be remembered very well. "
İmamoğlu conveyed the question “Has a date been set for the opening of this line” to Alpkökin, right next to him. Receiving the reply "At the end of 2022" from Alpkökin, İmamoğlu replied, "Pelin is what she says".
IT WILL CARRY 44.000 PASSENGERS IN ONE WAY PER HOUR
With its fully automatic driverless feature, the 13-kilometer M12 Göztepe-Ümraniye Metro Line consists of 11 stations. The M44.000 line will have a capacity of 12 passengers per hour in one direction; M5 Üsküdar-Çekmeköy subway line at Çarşı station, M4 at Yeni Sahra station Kadıköy- It will be integrated with the Kavşantepe metro line and with Marmaray at Göztepe station. Even; 60. Yıl Park, Göztepe, Sahrasıcedit, Yeni Sahra, Ataşehir, Finance Center, Site, Atakent, Çarşı, SBÜ Hospital and Kazım Karabekir stations will be located.