Mehmet Cahit Turhan, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, said that the Baku Tbilisi Kars railway line reaches the ports in the Caspian Sea and the infrastructure and train ferry lines related to sea transportation in the Caspian are put into service, providing significant advantages for our businessmen. said. Minister Turhan made evaluations in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where he came for the 3rd Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Information and Communication Technologies of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking Countries.
Turkey to recognize the independence of Kazakhstan and reminiscent of the first countries that started the first commercial economic relations Turhan, he said he came to the important stage of bilateral economic relations.
Mr. Turhan emphasized the need to develop these relations with the transportation infrastructure and make them more competitive.
Explaining that they aim to make the entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan become more competitive against other foreign companies by reducing transportation costs, Turhan said that they have good relations with the government of Kazakhstan.
Mehmet Cahit Turhan emphasized that Kazakhstan is an important country in Central Asia with a great geography.
only to be connected with road and air transport infrastructure between Turkey and Kazakhstan they see Turhan striking enough, he continued:
"Turkey and Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and even other brotherly countries, will be held over two major economic zones, the trade between Europe and China in the region and will give us a great contribution to the country. When we consider these contributions and look at the geographical conditions of the region, we have a consensus on developing the infrastructure of the most convenient road, which we call common corridor and which enables multi-modal transport. In this sense, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line reaches the ports in the Caspian Sea and the infrastructure and train ferry lines related to the sea transportation in Caspian provide important advantages to our businessmen. ”
Baku Tbilisi Kars railway line
Minister Turhan, they want to move the relations in the field of transportation to a more advanced point, in this context, the second part of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars rail line project work is continuing, he said.
Giving the information that the construction works will start after the completion of the project works between Kars and Ankara in the next period, Turhan stated that the works are continuing in the part of Ankara and Sivas to the Erzincan border. Turhan stated that this project continues as a high-speed train work and this is an important infrastructure.
In terms of upgrading the railway standard in terms of infrastructure improvement work will be done in the next period between the provinces of Kars and Erzincan, Turhan said that there is an existing line currently serving. Turhan said that with the completion of maintenance and repair works in March, the Istanbul Bosphorus will be able to reach the European railway network continuously and this will provide a very important advantage in terms of transportation.
Great Almaty Ring Road Construction Project will be put into service
Mehmet Cahit Turhan, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, emphasized the importance of the Big Almaty Construction Project in the international transit corridor (BAKAD) in order to improve the roads passing through the cities and metropolitan cities, and to provide more economical and faster transportation by means of intercity traffic and intercity transit traffic. Turhan reminded that this project is undertaken by Turkish companies, the project is done with the build-operate-transfer model, he said.
Finding the financing by the contractor also means that the job will be completed quickly. According to the information given to me, although the construction period is approximately 4,5 years, a program has been made in which they can complete this road in 2,5 years and put it into service. Turkistan province, which was created in Kazakhstan last year, is a region that has historical values for the Turkic world. There is a demand for many Turkish tourists to come to the region. Therefore, the necessary initiatives to increase the number of flights and facilitate transportation in air transportation to this region continue with the Kazakhstan government. Turkey is the country most preferred by the people of Kazakhstan for a holiday.