In his speech at the TRANSIST 11th Istanbul Transportation Congress and Fair, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan pointed out that transportation is one of the most important sectors that affect the economic development and welfare levels of the countries.
Advanced transport systems; Turhan pointed out that it offers social-economic opportunities and benefits to people as well as facilitating accessibility to production areas, markets and investments; intense population growth, steps that push the boundaries of science and technology; stressed that low cost, high capacity, faster, safer and more comfortable transportation needs make it compulsory all over the world.
Stratejik We look at transport as a strategic sector. “
As a government for this and similar reasons, starting from the day they start to serve as a strategic sector indicating that the Turhan, said:
“For us, the issue has two aspects, humanitarian and commercial. If we look at the issue from a human point of view, our population has exceeded 80 million and the majority of this population lives in cities. The migration that started from the village to the city in the 1950s increased exponentially in a short period of time. This situation started to form a basis for many problems from infrastructure to culture and socioeconomic problems especially in the cities after 1980s. We can say that the 1980s are also the beginning of our country's foreign years. Unfortunately, as in many areas, the area of transportation and infrastructure has made progress behind the dynamics. Of course, we have paid for this, as a nation and as a state, we pay. ”
Turhan also attracted the industry's attention to the presence of the international dimension in economic sense for Turkey, referring to the geographical location of Turkey, the hosts the advantage that, when in the past he can not be disposed of right moves for these benefits. Turhan, Turkey is too heavy to pay the price for it, said the strategic issues as they approached the government since the beginning of these reasons.
"If there is a problem in transportation systems, there is a problem in the social life, trade and economy there."
Mehmet Cahit Turhan, the last 16 years in the field of transportation has made significant progress by specifying, found the following evaluations:
“We made history in the field of transportation. Moreover, we have accomplished all this with the strength and support of our nation despite the global crises, regional chaos and treacherous attacks in our country. No matter what country it is developed, no matter how much it produces, how far it advances in science and shows how much effort it has in marketing its products, if there are problems in transportation systems, there is a problem in social life, trade and economy. With this in mind, we have invested 16 billion liras in the past 515 years to strengthen our transportation infrastructure and integrate with the world. ”
UM Currently the construction of the 4 thousand 15 railway is in progress “
Giving information about the investments in the railway sector, Turhan stated that the existing 15 983 mileage railway and the 4 railway are doing the 15 km railway construction.
”We have increased the number of railway passengers to 183 million.“
Stating that they increased the number of passengers from 2003 million to 77 million in 2017 with the railway mobilization launched in 183, Turhan said, “The project of the century, which was put into service on 29 October 2013, has moved 296 million passengers since its inception. We have come to an end in Ankara-Sivas high speed train project. ” said.
“The length of the rail system lines under construction in Istanbul is 143 kilometers”
Mehmet Cahit Turhan, population, economic and cultural sense, Turkey's largest brand value in Istanbul, which is the accumulation of years of emphasizing that they give individual attention to solving the infrastructure problems, said:
“We have taken giant steps in our field of transportation in Istanbul and we continue to take them. Metro length will reach 233 kilometers by the end of the year. As the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, we are engaged in the places where our Metropolitan Municipality is inadequate. We continue our work on 118 construction sites and 18 routes. The length of the rail system lines, which are being constructed by our Ministry in Istanbul, is 143 kilometers. ”
Turhan stated that they did not neglect the improvement of Istanbul's suburban lines in addition to the metro works.Halkalı 3 will be the line.
“Our project work has reached the final stage in the Great Istanbul Tunnel.”
Turhan also gave the following information regarding the Great Istanbul Tunnel project:
“Our project work has reached the final stage in the Great Istanbul Tunnel, which will cross the Bosphorus underground. We will realize a first in the world with this project. We will build a 3-storey tunnel in a single pass, in a single tunnel. With this tunnel, the burden of the Bosphorus Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge will be significantly reduced. A total of 6,5 different rail systems that 9 million people will use every day will be connected to each other by express metro. Thus, our citizens will be able to reach Istanbul Airport from Sabiha Gökçen Airport in less than an hour by using the 3-storey Grand Istanbul Tunnel. When our works are completed, all the districts of Istanbul will be connected by metro. ”