Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, stated that the light can be seen in the Aşık Festival Tunnel, which will breathe life into one of the international highway lines, and pointed out that with the project, the route will be shortened by 4 kilometers and a savings of 4,4 million liras will be achieved per year.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu spoke at the light-seeing ceremony of the Aşık Festival Tunnel. Stating that Turkey, located in the middle of three continents and two large sea basins, is at the crossroads of international transportation systems and strategic location, Karaismailoğlu said, “In the last 20 years, more than 1 trillion 337 billion liras have been invested for the transportation and communication investments of our country, which is of such importance. we did. During our governments; Our divided road length, which was 6 thousand 100 kilometers, reached approximately 28 thousand 650 kilometers. We are happy to increase the length of the highway tunnel, which is only 50 kilometers, to 651 kilometers today.”
SAFETY, COMFORT, SPEED INCREASED AS DISTANCES INCREASED
“As we shorten the distances; Karaismailoğlu said, “security has increased, comfort has increased, speed has increased” and continued his speech as follows:
“This means adding vitality to our national and international trade. It means new job doors and employment opportunities for our nation. It means the welfare and peace of both today's and tomorrow's Turkey. In addition to highways, we have taken our place among the countries that the world admires in the fields of communication and communication, along with railways, sea and airlines. By opening the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway line, we provided an uninterrupted railway connection from Asia to Europe. We believe that those who do not have a trace in space will not have power in the world. Our country took its place among the rare countries in the world that successfully sent Türksat 2021A and Türksat 5B communication satellites into space in 5. We will send Türksat 6A, our domestic and national communication satellite, into space on the 100th anniversary of our Republic.”
CLOSE TO 6,5 BILLION TL INVESTED IN ARDAHAN
Karaismailoğlu, who stated that Ardahan got its share from the works while signing great works in transportation and communication throughout the country, announced that close to 6 billion 538 million liras have been invested for Ardahan's transportation and communication investments so far. Pointing out that there was no divided road in Ardahan until 2003, Karaismailoğlu said, “Today, we have 131 kilometers of divided roads. We built 132 kilometers of hot asphalt roads in Ardahan, which does not have a hot asphalt road. in Ardahan; We have built and improved a single road of 280 kilometers. We built 632 bridges with a length of 16 meters. We continue with 2 highway projects in Ardahan, the amount of which exceeds 549 billion 9 million liras. We built the 79 kilometer Turkey-Georgia-Azerbaijan road with double track and signalization. We opened our road on October 30, 2017, providing an uninterrupted rail connection from Asia to Europe. In 2021, we increased the amount of freight carried on this line by 80 percent compared to the previous year. Today, we see the light in the construction of the Aşık Festival Tunnel, which will give a breath of fresh air to one of the international highway lines, in this piece of paradise with its mountain ranges, valleys, plateaus, lakes and ponds, one of the places where the millennial Turkish history began in Anatolia.”
WE WILL PROVIDE A HIGH STANDARD TRANSPORTATION TO AKTAŞ BORDER GATE AND GEORGIA
Reminding that 16,3 kilometers of Çıldır-Aktaş Road, which has a total length of 8 kilometers, was put into service before, Karaismailoğlu said that the remaining road section, including the Aşık Festival Tunnel, is 8,4 kilometers. Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Karaismailoğlu said, “The Aşık Festival Tunnel, which we built at the Mozeret Pass, the most important crossing point of the line, has two tubes, one of which is 2 thousand 312 meters and the other 2 thousand 34 meters. When our tunnel is completed, we will provide a high standard transportation for our Ardahan and Eastern Anatolia Regions, via Çıldır, to Aktaş Border Gate and Georgia. With our project, which costs 659 million 321 thousand liras, the route will be shortened by 4 kilometers. We will save 2,2 million liras in one year, 2,2 million liras from time and 4,4 million liras from fuel. However, the amount of carbon released to these beautiful mountains will decrease by 450 tons.
OUR HIGHWAYS ARE THE “CAPITAL VESSELS” OF OUR COUNTRY
Emphasizing that the roads built for the reconstruction of Turkey add vitality to the places they pass and go, just like rivers, Karaismailoğlu made the following evaluations;
“We compare our country to a body and our roads to our veins. Above all, our highways are 'capillaries' reaching every corner of our country. Under the leadership of our President, we are building the roads that lead to the hearts of our esteemed people by working hard day and night, as a requirement of the principle of 'do not stop, keep going'. I want to sing with the lines of Çıldırlı Aşık Şenlik from Ardahan; Let the people of Islam hear and know. We do not give a homeland to the enemy while he is alive.”