The Board of the Chamber of Electrical Engineers made a press release in which it shared its first findings within the scope of the technical investigation carried out for the train accident in Ankara. KazanIn the statement that the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure and the General Manager of TCDD, who are the main responsible for the railway, were called to resign, it was requested that all deficiencies in the infrastructure, especially signaling, be completed urgently so that railway services can be made safely.
The written statement from the Chamber of Electrical Engineers is as follows; “On December 13, 2018, at 06.36:9, 86 of our citizens lost their lives and XNUMX of our citizens were injured after the High Speed Train (YHT) that made the Ankara-Konya expedition collided with the guide train coming from the opposite direction in Ankara, Marşandiz. We express our condolences to the families of our citizens who lost their lives and wish a speedy recovery to those injured in the accident.
KazanFrom the first moment of the event, the developments were followed moment by moment by the delegations, including our supreme union TMMOB and our Chamber. kazanThe reasons for this have been tried to be investigated. Within the scope of the technical report prepared by our Chamber on the negligence that led to the accident, it has become essential to announce our first findings with the aim of informing the public correctly.
KazanAlthough our delegations were not brought to the scene of the accident due to the rescue of the injured on the day of the accident and the prosecution investigation that started right after, the series of negligence that led to the accident started to become more evident in the following hours.
The YHT expedition, which departed from Ankara Station to Konya on 13 December at 06.30, collided head-on with the guide train that controlled the train lines throughout the night in Marşandiz locality. The fact that both trains were in motion increased the size of the losses in the disaster.
In the investigations made by our room and the images of the accident reflected in the media, it is clearly seen that the train that made the YHT expedition was on the wrong line when it should have changed the scissors and crossed the other line before, and that the guide train met on the way to the warehouse after completing its task, and thus both trains collided. The most important reason that led to this disaster is the lack of signaling on the line in question. According to the initial investigations of our delegation kazanThe opening of the signaling system, which is the most basic component of the modern rail transportation systems, before the completion of the place where the earthquake took place, was an invitation to this disaster. The communication of the machinists and the personnel in charge of control by radio/phone has created areas open to human error in rail transportation.
According to the data of the United Transport Workers Union, only 12 kilometers of the 534 thousand 5 kilometers line in Turkey is signalized. The traffic in the remaining section is managed from the center by radio/telephone. Signaling must be completed urgently in order to ensure safe transportation on the railways. Moreover kazanTrain services were restarted after the completion of the wreck removal works. The danger continues due to the opening of the line before the signaling deficiency is corrected.
The 2017 audit report of the TCA of the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications also clearly reveals the weakness experienced in the railways. According to the report, 2.8 times the cost of the Kars-Tbilisi Railway was paid, however, a significant part of the productions specified in the project could not be completed because the contract price was filled, and the electrification, signaling and telecommunication productions were never made, although they were included in the contract. Despite all these shortcomings, the Kars-Tbilisi Railway line was opened to trade.
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It has been clearly demonstrated that the statements made by the General Manager of TCDD regarding the Çorlu Train Disaster, which took place on July 8 and caused the death of 25 of our citizens, in the Parliamentary SEE Commission, are inconsistent with reality. In his statements, the General Manager stated that all high-speed train lines are monitored with cameras 24 hours a day and that the security is at the highest level. The General Manager, who did not provide information on signaling, talked about the investments made in infrastructure and maintenance operations. However, when the rail transportation systems in the world are examined carefully, it is seen that the most basic requirement and indispensable is the signaling system.
It is seen that during the 16-year rule of the AKP, especially during the election periods, it hastily put into operation its major projects, ignoring science and technique. The political power, which outsources public resources irresponsibly and at high prices, disregarded science and technique, put into operation the projects it embellished with election shows and endangered the safety of life and property of our citizens. As if this were not enough, investments that directly concern the daily lives of our citizens were cut. The budget of the Presidency of Religious Affairs was increased from 2019 billion liras to 7.7 billion liras in 12.5, quadrupling the budget of the investor ministries. In the budget, the budget of the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology was reduced by 4 percent, and the budget of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure was reduced by 56 percent.
The record of the AKP government is high: Although it has been repeatedly reported that it is full of engineering errors and contrary to the principles of urban transportation, in projects such as the cable car and YHT, which were opened hastily before the local elections, and where the requirements of engineering and science must be fulfilled, the profits and elections of the profiteers, not the interests of the public. kazanApproaches that aim to
that happened on December 13 kazanThe Minister of Transport and Infrastructure and the General Manager of TCDD, who are the main responsible for the railway station, should resign, and the infrastructure deficiencies required for the safe operation of railway services, especially signaling, should be completed urgently.