Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan said that soundings related to the 3-storey Grand Istanbul Tunnel have been carried out and the study studies are continuing.
Arslan stated that the soundings related to the 3-storey Grand Istanbul Tunnel were made and the survey project studies are continuing, and the project, which continues its studies depending on the completion of the engineering works, will be tendered with the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model this year.
For the first time, the rail system, including a BOT model that they foreseen the attention of the LR, rail systems is not easy to implement the BOT model, because it will be applicable together with the road has become applicable.
Pointing out that the rail system investments are very expensive, Arslan continued:
“However, it has a long life to be used. This does not fit into the build-operate-transfer model. As a country, we are making this investment, which is initially expensive, but it will be economical in the long term because it will be used for 100 years. However, if you think that it can be financed in BOT, it will not be financed after 15-20 years, but since it also includes the road crossing, both will be compatible with the BOT model. We will decide this as a result of our engineering studies. ”