The construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway project was reported to be delayed.
Baku-based 'Trend' news agency, in the news published in reference to the President of Azerbaijan Railways Arif Askerov; He stated that the BTK project could be delayed within the framework of making the existing railway suitable for the new project. In the news, which emphasized that the need for configuration is higher than anticipated, it was stated that the reason for the delay was the revision of almost the entire line.
The project is planned to be completed within 317 year as planned. It is reported that the part of the 2014, which is not included in the project, is in need of some restructuring. According to the news, Azerbaijan and Georgia through the territory of the line of the 483 kilometers will be overhauled.
The project, the foundation of which was laid with the participation of the presidents of three countries on 21 November 2007 in Georgia, is expected to be completed by 2017.
The railway line runs from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, to Kars, after Georgia's cities of Tbilisi and Ahılkelek. In parallel with the completion of the Marmaray project in the Bosphorus, when the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project is implemented, it will be possible to transport cargo from Europe to China by rail. With the completion of both projects, most of the freight and passengers that can be transported from Asia to Europe and from Europe to Asia will use this line. When the project is completed, the annual capacity of 1 million passengers and 6,5 million tons of cargo will be reached in the first stage.
With the realization of the BTK project, the Armenia line, which has not been used for a long time, will also be bypassed.