Samsun-Ordu Railway project tender, which was tendered in the previous months, was canceled. NGO representatives in Ordu asked, "Why was the tender canceled, when will it be tendered again?" he asked the Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu.
After the Samsun-Sarp Railway Project's Samsun-Ordu Railway Line project tender was announced to be held on December 25, 2019, it was a matter of curiosity by the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that the tender was not announced until today.
WHY IT HAS BEEN CANCELED? - WHEN TO DO?
Ordu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OTSO) President Servet Şahin: We were excited when the tender was announced on December 25, 2019. We waited for the better to be done when it was canceled, but more than a year has passed since. We wonder why it was canceled and when it will be tendered and we are waiting for information from Minister Karaismailoğlu.
NEW DATE SHOULD BE ANNOUNCED ONE MOMENT BEFORE
Fatsa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FATSO) President Tayfun Karataş: It goes without saying about the importance of transportation for the business world, especially for the Black Sea Region, a region that is in a disadvantaged position. We expect the canceled project tender of the Samsun-Ordu Railway Line to be made after the announcement of the new construction date.
SHELF REMOVED, WE HAVE CONCERN
Ünye Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ÜTSO) President İrfan Akar: We expect this project to be realized for more than 1 year. We do not see any steps taken after the canceled project tender. We are worried about whether this project has been shelved. A statement should be made on the subject first and then the project should be tendered in a short time.
THE MOST IMPORTANT PROJECT OF THIS REGION
Ordu Chamber of Trades President Erdoğan Akyürek: This project should definitely be done. The most important project in the region. We are curious about the reason for cancellation in 2019, and we expect an explanation from our minister. Even now, the roads in the region cannot handle the traffic load. We don't even want to think about the future situation. We wish our politicians to follow the issue closely.
THE SUBJECT SHOULD BE ON THE AGENDA OF OUR POLITICIANS
Ordu City Council President Ömer Aydın: We are glad that the project tender will be held. We waited for a new one. However, more than a year has passed since then. No information about what happened. This issue should be on the agenda of not only civil society but also politics. The new project tender schedule should be announced without any further loss of time.
OUR EXCITEMENT BEGAN TO TURN INTO ANCERY
Ordu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OTSO) Council Chairman Levent Yıldırım: If there is no railway, we cannot. This is a must if we are to break our shell and integrate with our region and the world. When the project tender was announced, the excitement we felt started to turn into anxiety with the prolonged time passed. It is a new calendar that will relieve our concerns.
WHY IS IT HEAVY LACK WHEN IT COMES TO ORDU?
Kadir Engin, President of Ordu Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (ORDUSIAD): While the investments of other provinces in our region are progressing rapidly, the work to be done to Ordu should not progress slowly and should not be in the form of a puzzle. This line is a business for the region. Nobody should try to put a chock on this line with the urge of brotherhood-greatness.
OUR YEAR WAITING SHOULD BE ENOUGH
President of Ordu Mukhtars Association, Olgun Öztürk: If we emigrate constantly, if our countryside is constantly evacuating and there is nobody other than the elderly population, it is because of our economic weakness. Our economic strength will be through linking with the region and trade networks. 1 year is a long time in the trade. Beledik enough more would be a shame. (Orduolay)