Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan, stating that the difficult processes were left behind in the Baku-Kars-Tbilisi (BTK) railway project, “As a result of approximately one month of work, we will complete the project completely and start commercial service in terms of freight and passenger.” said.
Arslan said that the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project of Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan of brotherhood, in terms of the development of human and trade relations, he said is very important.
In Turkey, Arslan stating that handled the year 26,5 million tons of freight railroads, "said the railway project, going by making continuous railway from Beijing to London when making central corridor in terms of attractive transport made out of our country, we simply from China to Europe If we can take 10 percent of the loads, we will have created an additional load capacity of 30 million tons. ” he spoke.
Arslan said that the amount of cargo that this project will bring to the country is a serious figure compared to the country-wide handling, and that this figure will be reached in time, which is much lower in the beginning.
“All countries on the route will benefit”
Indicating that all the countries on the route will benefit from the project that will make the railway uninterrupted from London to Beijing, Arslan said that there is a chance to carry cargo to many countries on these lines from Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan to Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.
Arslan emphasized that the project was very important especially by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, “I am grateful to them for giving all kinds of support from the beginning. If there is a strong will and a firm stance behind you, you can easily realize these projects. His enjoyment is not compared to anything else. ” found the assessment.
“Freight connections were established with many countries”
Arslan, who stated that the challenging processes were left behind in the project, said:
“For the test drive, on September 27, we boarded with the relevant ministers of Georgia and Azerbaijan from Tbilisi, we came to the entire line with the railway uninterrupted until Kars. As a result of approximately one month of work, at the end of this month, we will have completed the project completely and started commercial service in terms of cargo and passengers. Authorities from 3 countries are working together on transportation. TCDD and TCDD Tasimacilik also hold the necessary negotiations. Freight connections are provided with many countries. It is necessary to provide connection about 1 year in advance regarding railway freight transportations. I hope there will be transports that we can express with the numbers of millions as soon as they are opened. ”
Arslan pointed out the importance of the BTK project for the development of the region and said that the logistics center built in Erzurum is about to be completed and the construction of the logistics center in Kars is ongoing. Arslan stated that the cargo movements coming from China and Central Asia with these centers have the chance to spread to the Black Sea, the Middle East, and Africa over both provinces, “I hope that the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Project, which is known as the 'project of the century', When we open it to commercial transport months later, both the provinces and our country will benefit from this. When we get on the train from Tbilisi and come to Kars without interruption, I have a hard time describing the pride and pride that I live in my country. Good luck to our country. ” used the expression.