We are planning a 12 billion lira railway investment: Lütfi Elvan, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, stated that next year 8,5 billion lira will be invested in the railway and said, "We plan to invest around 2016 billion lira annually as of 12"
Being a guest at Anadolu Agency's (AA) Editorial Desk, Elvan, upon a question about the grievances of the families of the workers who lost their lives in the mine accident in Ermenek and what kind of measures were taken to repeat such accidents, gave a comprehensive study by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security on occupational safety. he said he did.
Explaining that they discussed the work in the Council of Ministers, Elvan said, "I hope this draft prepared for job security in the coming days will pass by our Assembly and we will have a healthier structure."
Stating that the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources is also working on the Mining Law, Elvan stated that some structural problems should be eliminated.
Pointing out that anyone responsible for the accident will be held to account, Elvan said, “Our citizens and local people should be sure of this. It is never and will never be possible to protect or defend someone who is guilty by any means. The guilty person will definitely account for this before the judiciary, ”he said.
Explaining that they started a comprehensive study for the relatives of the dead workers, Elvan said that they decided to give the same rights given to the families of those who lost their lives in Soma to the citizens in Ermenek.
Elven, including spouses, particularly the workers, said they started work in order to provide housing to relatives, Turkey Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), recalled that commitment in taking a house for each family.
In addition to this, Elvan stated that some municipalities can help by building or purchasing houses. “We organize these. "We will place each of our siblings' relatives in a house where they can live well and comfortably."
Underlining that nearly 500 miners are working in the basin where the incident took place, Elvan said, “Some of the mines have been closed. We have siblings who are unemployed. We have brothers who worked in the mine but were unemployed. "We will make a payment to these brothers and sisters, but we are providing financial aid to the end of this legal process," he said.
Elvan, within the framework of the aid campaign launched to repair the homes of the relatives of the deceased, such as white goods, such as the need to continue the work reported.
- "Next year 8,5 billion lira railway investment will be made"
Upon a question about the interest in the Konya-Istanbul High Speed Train line, which opened on December 17, Elvan noted that the tickets for the next week are completely sold out. Stating that there is a very high demand, Elvan said, “This is not unique to Konya-Istanbul line. There is a similar situation on our other lines. We have an occupancy rate of up to 90 percent. When we look at the satisfaction rate, we see that our citizens are again 90 percent satisfied ”.
Elvan which is a high-speed train with the priority demand of citizens should go with whichever Elvan, continued his words as follows:
“It's an area that has been neglected for years. Railway construction had begun during the Ottoman Empire period. Railway construction continued in the first years of the Republic. However, until 2003, until the AK Party came to power, the railway sector and railway investments were almost forgotten. Today, we focus heavily on railways, we focus on high-speed train construction. Next year, we will have 8,5 billion lira investment expenditure for the railways, which when we looked just a few years ago, we came to this level from 3-4 billion lira. As of 2016, we are planning to make an average of 12 billion lira investment in railway per year. "
- Ongoing railway investments
Providing information on the ongoing railway investments, Elvan said that after the completion of Ankara-Sivas High Speed Train line, the distance will be reduced from 600 to 400 kilometers and the travel time will be reduced from 12 to 2 hours.
Stating that the Kars-Tbilisi-Baku Railway Project will be completed by the end of 2015, Elvan said that the construction works continue on the high-speed train line connecting Ankara to Izmir, from Polatlı to Afyonkarahisar. Explaining that they had a tender for the section between Afyonkarahisar and Uşak, Elvan said, “In 2015, we will tender the section up to Turgutlu. So where are we going to bid? The distance between Banaz-Eşme is 101 kilometers, Eşme-Salihli is 74 kilometers, and Salihli-Turgutlu is about 38 kilometers. We will be bidding for these 3 projects in 2015 ”.
Kars-Tbilisi-Baku Railway Project was reminded of the news that stopped the work in Turkey section, the question is at what stage of the project on Elven, in the current winter conditions at the moment, projects in Turkey cut said work 600 workers.
Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Elvan stated that there was no hitch in the project and said, “Our goal is to complete this project by the end of 2015. We have completed the tunnel works on the Turkish side, but the tunnel works on the Georgian side have not been fully completed. Turkey is not a question arising from the delay, "he said.