Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Mevlut Uysal, said the work continues with determination before the 2019. Uysal pointed out that none of the subway projects were accelerated as opposed to being canceled.
Turkey is experiencing the winds of change politics in epic writing in the fight against terrorism. In the AK Party, which was preparing for two big elections in 2019, especially local governments got their share of this wind of change. İSA TATLICAN from Sabah talked to Mevlüt Uysal, who resigned from Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, with his lawyer past, Başakşehir years, Istanbul's problems and 2019 elections.
Shortly after you took office, there was a confusion about the cancellation of Metro auctions and projects. Can you clarify this topic?
When our people are asked "What is the biggest problem of Istanbul", we get the answer of "transportation" to a large extent. So the subway is the most vital issue for us. When we took office, we knew the importance of the rail system and the subway. As of now, we are the city with the most subway construction in the world. But until now, none of our subway stations has been completed on time. Additional periods were always taken. When we arrived, we saw that these old habits of the contractors continue. If a metro that will end in 3 years ends in 6-7 years, this means there is something wrong. We had to add another 275 km to the existing 600 km subway. We have seen that we will not be able to reach the 1023 km metro target at this speed. When we sent the cancellation letters, all the contractors came and talked. Our aim was to speed up the work of the Metro. We received additional commitment from the contractors to end the end of 3 by the 2018 metro lines (Mecidiyeköy-Mahmutbey, Eminönü-Alibeyköy, Dudullu-Bostancı) that started before these tenders. With this condition, Sancaktepe-Sultanbeyli, Kirazlı-Halkalı, Başakşehir-Kayaşehir and Ümraniye-Ataşehir to continue the construction of the 4 line. The other two lines will continue as soon as we start the new subway system. No subway cancellation, the productions will last and finish on time. No subway work is being stopped and accelerated. 2-3 has accelerated the metro works with this intervention.
WE WILL REPLACE THE LOAD OF THE METROBUS
Metrobus load too much. It's fast, but it's a rough journey, especially at certain times. Do you have projects to alleviate the burden of the Metrobus?
I think the burden of the Metrobus will soon ease. Kazlıçeşme-Halkalı suburb will be opened. In addition, when we open the Mecidiköy-Mahmutbey line, which we received additional commitment to be completed on time, I think the Metrobus burden will be significantly reduced. However, our friends are working for optimization of metrobus flights. There will be a noticeable improvement when this work is finished.
NEW METRO ROUTES TO COMFORT IETT
IETT is backing an important transportation burden in Istanbul. What are you planning at IETT?
There are many populated cities in the world, but Istanbul is very different. The throat runs through it. A city with a length of more than 100 km. The solution for transportation is the metro, but this is a long-term solution. IETT remains important at this point. Our IETT travels around the world 6000 times a day with 14 vehicles. IETT has remote lines. These are also having some problems. We go to the village by bus for 60 people. The bus returns with 3 people. We look at their costs. We are working on our 150 lines. We are working on a tender system similar to service tenders for some of our lines. We think that this will provide serious savings and that our citizens will have a much more comfortable journey. We will start to implement this in 1-2 months. We carry one billion hundred million people annually. We are working hard to minimize problems. As the metro routes open, relief will increase.
PERMANENT SOLUTION IN PUBLIC BUSES
Complaints about Private Public Buses are also available to you.
Yes, we are working on the problems of Private Public Buses. Public Bus operators are in trouble, as a municipality we are in trouble, and most importantly, citizens are in trouble. So there is a problem with this system. We are working to fix this system. A permanent solution will be found by meeting the parties to the problem.
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