DTO Antalya Branch Head Erol: "With the connection of Antalya Port to the railroad, both the number of cruise passengers and the cargo capacity will increase, and the costs of exporters and importers will decrease"
Chamber of Shipping (DTO) Antalya Branch Chairman Ahmet Erol stated that with the connection of Antalya Port to the railway, both the number of cruise passengers and the cargo capacity will increase, and the costs of exporters and importers will decrease.
Antalya-Konya-Aksaray-Nevşehir and Kayseri railway line and Antalya railway preliminary studies were discussed at the Antalya City Council Economy Working Group, which convened under the chairmanship of Mehmet Hacıarifoğlu, President of the Former Antalya Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (ANSİAD).
DTO Antalya Branch Head Ahmet Erol said that they have been working on connecting Antalya Port to the railway for 4 years. Stating that Antalya Port is the Home Port in terms of cruise tourism, Erol stated that it is regrettable that there is no railway connection in Antalya Port, although all ports in the world have rail connections.
"Both the number of cruise passengers connecting to Antalya Port railway will increase both the load capacity, exporters and importers will also decrease the costs," said Erol, so he said would further increase Turkey's competitiveness.
Stating that it is essential to build a railway in order to increase the trade volume of Antalya Port and cruise tourism, Erol said:
“We are working together with our esteemed Antalya Governor for the expansion of Antalya Port. 150-200 thousand containers are transported annually in Antalya Port. However, 4,5 million containers are transported in Mersin Port. Why does Mersin carry this much? It is connected to Anatolia by railway. We are also working on the expansion of the port. An investment of 16 million dollars is required for the expansion of the port. Cruise ships are also increasing in size and passenger capacity. Ships with a capacity of 600-750 passengers can dock in Kaleiçi. Thus, Kaleiçi can be revived. "
Noting that the tourist profile has changed in the world, Erol mentioned that cruise passengers spend a lot. Expressing that tourists coming by cruise lines can go from Antalya to Cappadocia by high-speed trains, Erol said, “The tourist profile is changing. Today, 30 percent of tourists go on tour with their own means. He makes the connections himself. Turkey should no longer be dependent on the tourism agency. The tourist should also be able to travel on their own. "Tourists who come by cruise ships should be able to take the high-speed train to Cappadocia or somewhere else when they reach Antalya Port."
- "The port can be used better" -
Ahmet Erol stated that Antalya Port is the exit gate of Central Anatolia to the Western Mediterranean with its current status. Erol said that in order for Antalya Port to respond to a wider hinterland, the increasing freight and ship traffic must be met, adding that a port expansion area is needed to increase the market share of the city from maritime trade.
Explaining that Antalya Port will become an important transportation center of the region with the airport, Erol continued as follows:
“The realization of the Antalya-Konya high-speed train line will contribute significantly to the economy of the region and the country in terms of cruise tourism. The number of passengers arriving by sea will increase more. For this reason, there will be a need for a modern passenger terminal to serve mega cruise ships. However, the existing passenger lounge and dock of the port are insufficient. With the freight train and high speed train line reaching Antalya, Antalya Port will have a very high industrial potential like Konya, Afyon, Denizli, Burdur and Ankara. Therefore, the widening of the port back area, increasing the port capacity, more efficient and effective operation of the port will make the Antalya region one of the most popular trade centers of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin. Therefore, TMO dock should be considered as the port area belonging to ETİ Alüminyum AŞ, TASİŞ vehicle park areas and port expansion area. "
- "Licensing should be stopped" -
Former ANSİAD President Mehmet Hacıarifoğlu also stated that the Antalya-Konya railway line is not included in the 1,8/1 thousand plans of Konyaaltı Municipality, although the 100 km area to reach the port is in the zoning plan of 1/1000 thousand, this area has been opened for development and some licenses have started to be issued. put forward.
Hacıarifoğlu, who wants to stop the granting of the license as a landfill in the area of the plans very urgently, stated that if the registration continues, expropriation will be very difficult in the future stage. Today, Hacıarifoğlu argued that the number of 35 billion pounds for expropriation is very high.
Stating that Antalya's railway story has been going on for about 120 years, Hacıarifoğlu said, “We need to implement the Antalya railway project rapidly. First of all, let's invite ministry bureaucrats to our region. Let's give our reports. If they are not coming, let's go to them. Let them tell us what they want, and we'll work accordingly ”.
- "Antalya OSB cannot use the railway" -
Antalya Organized Industrialists and Businessmen Association President Can Hakan Karaca said that the issue should be told very well to government officials.
“The agricultural sector in Antalya contributed 3,5 billion dollars to the national economy. Antalya tourism also contributed 5,5 billion dollars. Antalya OIZ, on the other hand, reached a trade volume of 1,5 billion dollars. The target for 2015 is to reach 5,5 billion dollars and have an employment capacity of 20 thousand. However, because there is no railway and the port is insufficient, we cannot send our goods to Middle East and North African countries. Connecting the port to the railway line will greatly reduce costs. Antalya OSB, which creates a worldwide brand, cannot use the railway.
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