TCDD General Manager Süleyman Karaman said, "MARMARAY and Kars-Tbilisi-Baku projects will be completed at the end of 2013 in order to provide uninterrupted service from our country, which is a bridge between Europe and Asia and the Middle East countries."
Karaman, in the 1st Meeting of the Railway Organizations of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) with the participation of the railway authorities, stated that there is cooperation in many fields such as economy, finance, trade, tourism, industry, construction among the member countries of the organization, He also said it took a long time to add the railway sector.
Reminding that he started regular flights to Istanbul-Almata on 20 January 2002 and Istanbul-Islamabad container train on 2 August 2010, Karaman emphasized that the container trains running on both tracks did not reach the desired level.
Turkey and TCDD no outlet to the sea Central Asian countries of the world trade center line will enable the development of transport and lacking the initiative to the completion of the states that follow the lines of an active attitude towards Karaman, said:
This area, which covers a wide geography from the borders of the People's Republic of China to the east of the Balkans, has great potential in terms of transportation. However, we must see the fact that we are far below this potential and overcome the obstacles we face. We should reach this potential with the cheapest, shortest, most economical, environmentally friendly and fastest mode of transportation. The Marmaray Project and Kars-Tbilisi-Baku Project will be completed at the end of 2013 in order to provide uninterrupted service on our transports to be made as a bridge between Europe, Asia and the Middle East countries. With the completion of the Marmaray Project, which is the first in the world with the feature of connecting two continents under the sea, and realizing these connections, we will provide direct rail connections from China and the Middle East to Europe. ”
The ECO meeting, attended by senior officials from Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, will continue tomorrow.
Source: Gercek Gundem