M.Cahit Turhan, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, made the most extensive evaluation of Yeni Istanbul Airport, Musa Alioglu, the author of Yeni Birlik Newspaper. Minister Turhan answered every question from the crash claims in the apron to the relocation process, the transportation sub-infrastructure of the airport and the name studies. Here is the interview with Musa Alioğlu:
“Last week, 12 I received positive and negative reactions to my article on August 2018 in my newspaper column titled edik I want to ask the Minister of Transport”. Some friends acted with prejudice, saying the Minister would not answer these questions. But it wasn't what they said. Mehmet Cahit Turhan, my fellow countryman, newly appointed to the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, made the first and widest statement on the Istanbul New Airport after the first press conference. I would like to thank the ministry for this important step towards an open and transparent society. Thank you. They answered all our questions completely. Now, let's look at the answers given by the Minister. Your comment is yours.
Question: Wouldn't it be right for you to give an explanation to the reporters at the scene before the press conference regarding the land collapse in the airport area which has been reflected to the press recently? Can you tell us what the real lining is?
Answer: The pictures of the subway line M9 scissor structure approach shafts, which are under the tender of Gayrettepe-Istanbul New Airport subway work, which was tendered by the General Directorate of Infrastructure Investments of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and which is still under construction, were reflected in the press and It is located between the west of the apron and the terminal entrance bridge. The place shown here as collapse is related to the Metro work and the subway is the shaft mouth. ”
Question: What do you say to the claim that Vietnamese and other foreign workers are employed in low wages and under adverse conditions?
Answer: A total of 2 thousand 357 personnel from different nationalities are employed in the Istanbul New Airport project. The majority of the foreign personnel have the status of workers and drivers in the operation areas, while the other part is in the level of managers and directors in technicians, engineers, experts and management staff. In order to keep the quality of life of foreign employees at the highest level, works are carried out in the field and the individual and social opportunities of the employees are continuously improved. As an example, as stated in the question, a cook was brought from Vietnam in order to cater to the eating habits of Vietnamese employees working in the construction and to provide opportunities suitable for their tastes.
On the other hand, all employees taking part in the project are provided with social and economic opportunities in accordance with the relevant regulations in force and under equal conditions.
Question: What do you say as the most authoritative authority in the region, claiming that thousands of trees have been cut down, water resources have been dried, animals have died, birds have changed their migration path and ecological balance has been disrupted?
Answer: Although the area where the airport will be built appears to be a forest land, there are mining sites scattered over the majority of the land.
The total project area is 7 thousand 650 hectares. According to the land use of the project area; 6 thousand 172 hectares are forests, thousand 180 hectares mine area, 70 large and small temporary puddles, 236 hectares pasture, 60 hectares dry farming (fallow), 2 hectares are shrubbery areas. Approximately 2,47 (189 thousand 182 hectares) of the project area is private property. The total number of trees in the area is 2 million 513 thousand 341. 657 thousand 950 pieces are the amount of trees that have completed their lives and are necessary for forestry. 1 million 885 thousand 391 trees in the area A and B are trees that can be transported.
Although the authority for cutting or transporting trees belongs to the General Directorate of Forestry, all the trees in the project area are added to the forest property, transport and similar operations are carried out in accordance with the Forest Legislation as a requirement of the EIA.
The existing biodiversity situation in the area is determined, the transportation of the required species to the appropriate habitats and the examination of ecosystem characteristics of the pits formed as a result of mining activities are committed in the EIA report and the studies are carried out in this direction. Within the framework of the Biodiversity Action Plan prepared within the scope of the Environmental and Social Impact Report, a joint study is carried out between IGA and the General Directorate of Forestry-Department of Afforestation for afforestation activities. Marmara Region which is being prepared by Afforestation Protocol to be primarily or partly damaged trees in natural forests or other appropriate afforestation will be planted in Turkey. Within the scope of afforestation activities, it is planned to complete the works in a total period of 5 years, including 3 year of planting activities and 8 year for each field of maintenance works. Within the scope of the works, afforestation will be carried out in an area of 5 thousand ha. In addition, afforestation activities will be carried out in accordance with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the General Directorate of Forestry Action Plan for Combating Erosion.
In addition, due diligence for the interaction with bird migration routes and monitoring of bird migrations for the 2 year have been undertaken in the EIA Report and bird observation studies have been carried out meticulously.
In addition, the studies carried out by IGA are as follows:
The first studies on both domestic and migratory birds started in 2014 with the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Studies conducted by Environ. 2014 the second half of the year, bird radar system also began collecting data in the field and is also Turkey's first radar ornithologists (ornithologist) that were grown in the period. At the beginning of the year 2015, a team of 7 ornithologists at the Wildlife Management Unit established within the IGA conducted monitoring of migratory birds passing over the project site and the local bird species in the vicinity of the project. With this full-time monitoring team and monitoring work, the foundations for a reliable and wildlife program of international standards were laid. All these studies are supported by bird radar system. In the second half of the year 2017, the latest bird radar system was procured and placed on the project site. Thus, the Company continues to work with a system that collects detailed data and also performs risk analysis and serves flight safety studies.
Question: Construction went fast, was it late to get to the airport? Or does the real situation completely coincide with the construction that is said to have reached 95 percent? Do you think there is an even bigger difference?
Answer: The displacement of D-20 Highway which is one of the transportation connections of Istanbul New Airport has been realized and opened to traffic. Another road connection, the North Marmara Motorway, is underway and will be opened until the opening date.
Gayrettepe-Airport Metro line project, which will provide airport-city connection, is carried out by the General Directorate of Infrastructure Investments of our Ministry and the project is planned to be completed by the end of 2019. Airport-Halkalı The project is still continuing.
Another connection project that will provide transportation to Istanbul New Airport is the High Speed Train Project and the project is being carried out by TCDD.
1.Step of Istanbul New Airport Project 29 will be put into service on October 2018. 1. Stage over 40 million m2, more than 3 million m2 building indoor area and more than 8 million m2 covered area (asphalt and concrete) are being manufactured and the stage of the project is at 95 level. Consequently, the real situation coincides with the realization of construction.
Question: As the world's largest relocation operation, the 11 evacuation operation, which will be the subject of documentaries and will go down in history, is as short as XNUMX weeks. Hearing from you what is going to happen in the widest and most detailed way will relax the public and stakeholders.
Answer: As of September 2016, 13 has been commissioned with different commissions from September XNUMX in order to open the Istanbul New Airport to operation and to ensure the timely and trouble-free transfer of our stakeholders residing at Atatürk Airport to Istanbul New Airport (ORAT-Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer). coordinated with all stakeholders.
Moving to Istanbul New Airport is planned in three parts:
- Airport transfer attempts and transportation of elements independent from the instant operation before the opening (30-7 days before the opening),
- Transfer of the operation (within 2 days after opening),
- Transfer of other equipment independent of instant operation after opening.
· The main route of transport is Yeşilköy-Mahmutbey-Odayeri road.
· As regards the opening and moving day timetable, it was deemed appropriate for all stakeholders to carry out the move in a single move according to the continuous transfer scenario (Big-Bang).
· The relocation process will start at 30 October 2018 (Tuesday) at 03.00, the 31 October will be completed at 2018 (Wednesday) at 23.59 and will last for a total of 45 hours. In this process, the joint airspace capacity of Atatürk Airport and Istanbul New Airport will be arranged as hourly 35 landing-35 take-off, flights will be reduced on the basis of airline organization, 12 will be an hourly process in which both flights are completely interrupted at the same time.
· While planning the transportation, criteria such as the size of the airline companies and whether the base is Atatürk Airport or not, were taken into consideration and it was aimed to prevent possible chaos by carrying out the transportation on company basis considering the air traffic and equipment traffic on the ground.
· In this context, for moving activity;
First of all, the operations of the airline companies whose base base is not Ataturk Airport and the ground handling companies serving them are stopped and moved to Istanbul New Airport (30 October 2018 hours 03.00L-31 October 23.59L),
Stopping the operations of other airline companies whose base base is other than THY (base airport) and Ataturk Airport and stopping the operations of ground handling companies serving them (30 October 2018 hours 19.00L-31 October 2018 hours 18.59L),
Stopping all operations at Atatürk Airport for a period of 12 hour for the purpose of transporting THY and TGS and not performing operations at Istanbul New Airport (31 October 2018 hours between 02.00L-13.59L),
THY and TGS start operations at Istanbul New Airport at the end of 12 hours (31 October 2018 as of 14.00L),
5 hours after THY and TGS start operations, other airline companies whose base base is Ataturk Airport and the ground handling companies serving them are starting operations at Istanbul New Airport (31 October 2018 hours from 19.00L) ,
Following these phases, it is planned that all airline companies will start operations and the Istanbul New Airport will be fully operational (01 November 2018 hours from 00.01).
· The Turkish and English Relocation Plan was sent to all stakeholders on 22.03.2018.
· Air traffic management procedures and Moving Plan to be implemented at Atatürk Airport and Istanbul New Airport during the period of relocation in Turkish and English on 08.05.2018 were announced to the whole world.
· In order to organize the traffic signs to Istanbul New Airport from the central points of the city as Yeni Istanbul New Airport kurul, it was established in coordination with Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality to update the signs.
· During transportation, it was agreed with HEAS to make Sabiha Gökçen Airport's runway closed at night due to construction works.
· Atatürk Airport IATA code “IST” code will be given to Istanbul New Airport, while Atatürk Airport IATA code will be changed to “ISL X on 31 October 2018 at 03.00 (L).
Question: According to DHMİ, TAV, AHL operator “29 leave here in October,, how much will be paid to the operating company as passenger guarantee until the expiry date of the contract? From which source will this payment be made?
Answer: There is no passenger guarantee in Atatürk Airport's current rental agreement.
Within the scope of PPP (Public-Private Partnership) projects that we have achieved great success on a global scale; As a requirement of the sustainability of this model to the end of the period to which we are a party, the payment of possible profit losses from the date of the closure of Atatürk Airport to the expiration date of the Atatürk Atatürk Airport Lease Agreement X until the termination date of 03.01.2021, TAV Istanbul Terminal Management Inc. . In accordance with the Implementation Contract of Istanbul New Airport, it is obligatory to close Ataturk Airport to commercial flights for scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international passenger transport on 29 October 2018.
In this context; The Company continues to work with the Tenant Company, the General Directorate of DHMI, and the consultancy companies of both parties in order to determine the possible profit losses of TAV Istanbul Terminal Operations.
Question: How does the recent overvaluation of the dollar and the euro affect all accounts related to this airport? Since commercial areas at the airport are also rented in foreign currency, is DHMI authorized to make an arrangement?
Answer: In accordance with the Implementing Contract and its annexes signed with the Company in charge, the responsibility for saving the commercial areas belongs to the Company.
There will be no difficulties arising from the exchange rate at Istanbul New Airport. This is because the balances of this project (credit, currency, tariffs, etc.) are arranged in such a way that they will not be affected by the exchange rate.
Question: The annual 1 billion 45 million lease of the IGA Consortium, which has been postponed for three years and fully supported by the President, will it be paid and will the administration charge any interest?
Answer: The 2018 Euro of 2019 Euro, which is the total rental amount of two years and two months of INA's 2020 / 1.919.840.000 / 1.195.000.000 years, has been postponed to the end of the period. The deferred amount will be paid by the Company to the Administration together with interest + VAT over the deferred period over the long-term Eurobond “Risk-Free Yield Interest Rate belirlen determined by the Undersecretariat of Treasury.
Question: As the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, you should have a thought about the name of the New Airport. Is the name of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, or is Sultan Abdulhamid Han considered appropriate? What do you say? Which do you think happens? Could it be another name? Do you have a name in your mind?
Answer: No decision has been made for the name of the airport and the process is ongoing.
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Source: Yeni Birlik Newspaper