İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu gives priority to metro investments as he promised. After the Sultanbeyli and Ataşehir metro, the construction of the third metro, “Kaynarca-Pendik-Tuzla Metro”, has started again. İmamoğlu gave the good news that they will put Mecidiyeköy-Mahmutbey Metro and Eminönü - Alibeyköy Tram into service this year.
A ceremony was held at the central construction site in Pendik for the "Kaynarca-Pendik-Tuzla Metro Line", the construction of which was resumed by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality for 2 years. In addition to Ekrem İmamoğlu, Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, CHP Deputies Turan Aydoğan and Gökan Zeybek, Consul General of France in Istanbul Bertrand Buchwalter, Kartal Mayor Gökhan Yüksel, İBB Sözcüsü Murat Ongun, İBB Deputy Secretary General for Transportation İbrahim Orhan Demir, IMM Rail System Department Head Pelin Alpkökin, IMM Assembly CHP Group SözcüTarık Balyalı, İBB Assembly IYİ Party Group Deputy Chairman İbrahim Özkan, council members and muhtars attended.
“VERY SORRY, OUR HEAD THANKS”
Speaking at the ceremony, İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu started his words by wishing mercy to the Turkish soldiers who lost their lives as a result of a treacherous attack in Idlib in Syria. Imamoglu said, “I express my regret for our 6 soldiers who were martyred. May their souls be challenged. Thank you all our nation. These sad events hurt all of us. It is a process that deeply upset all our citizens who are here or not. I hope that we will establish peace together with the countries that fully fulfill their responsibilities for achieving peace, which is the expectation of each of us, our country or even the whole world. We are very sad, thank you. ”
“We give priority to transportation and metro”
Stating that they gave priority to transportation and rail system investments as they promised during the election process, Ekrem İmamoğlu said that Kaynarca-Pendik-Tuzla Metro Line is one of the most important rail systems in the east of Istanbul. Expressing that they made great efforts to streamline the irregular transportation planning system in Istanbul and to create its financing, İmamoğlu said: “You know, as Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, the tender has been put out; however, we restarted the construction of the Çekmeköy-Sancaktepe-Sultanbeyli and Ümraniye-Göztepe-Ataşehir metro lines, which were built 2 years ago. Today, the construction started in April 2017; but we are restarting the construction of the "Kaynarca-Pendik-Tuzla Metro Line", which stopped in October 2018 due to the failure to pay progress payments. In this metro line, physical manufacturing is currently only two thousandths. We can say that we will start the construction from scratch, so to speak. ”
730 MILLION LIRA OF INVESTMENT
Stating that the 2017 discovery cost of the Kaynarca-Pendik-Tuzla Metro Line was 1 billion 613 million liras, and the updated prices of 2020, the tender price exceeded 2 billion 340 million liras. If it were finished, we would not have faced the price difference of 730 million liras that we are facing today. That is what I wanted to share with you the financial cost of unplanned and unorganized work for this or that kind of work, or not arranging for future financing with project ability, ”he said. Stating that they will start the investment with the 86 million euro loan they obtained from the French Development Agency, Imamoglu reminded that they found the construction of 2019 metro lines stopped in Istanbul when they came to office in June 8. The IMM President continued his words as follows:
“There were serious financial difficulties and technical problems in rail systems. I have companions who spend all their work in this process very devotedly. Our efforts will not be limited to these 8 lines. All Istanbulites know the need of our Istanbul for the metro line as much as I do. In this sense, for example; The west side of Istanbul is also a neglected part. Beylikdüzü and the surroundings of Esenyurt have been neglected in this sense. One of the most densely populated areas in Istanbul. Because currently the population of only four districts, that is the metro waiting population, is 2,5 million people. İncirli- Beylükdüzü Metro Project has been waiting on the shelf for years. We want to take a quick step in this regard. ”
“THERE IS NO PLAN WITH METRO TENDER!”
“Unfortunately, our Mahmutbey-Esenyurt Metro Line has been stopped. We intend to connect İncirli- Beylükdüzü Metro and Mahmutbey-Esenyurt Metro Lines in that region. What is our interesting point? The tender for the Mahmutbey-Esenyurt Line was held. Unfortunately, it has never been started. But more interestingly, the Mahmutbey-Esenyurt Line has no projects. İmamoğlu emphasized that such mistakes made in the past were hurriedly, in order to give some political messages. Imamoglu continued his words as follows:
“It is a high cost line like Mahmutbey-Esenyurt Line. When we think that the next process will take 3 to 4 years despite all the technological developments, the time that Istanbul has lost has been lost since the tenders held in 2017 and after that when you organized the process regularly about its construction, the end of a line is about 7 and 7 It causes it to take half a year. All this is actually deep mistakes about the planning of the process. ”
MECİDİYEKÖY-MAHMUTBEY, A FEW MONTHS AFTER
İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu stated that, despite the advancement of technology, meticulousness and technical metro investments took time, “I hope that a few months later, Mecidiyeköy-Mahmutbey Metro Line, which we think will ease Istanbul, will be relieved by some of its shortcomings and revisions. We will provide the service of Istanbulites. A very valuable line. This line, which will carry over 400 thousand people in a day, is already predicting that this line will also ease the concentration in the metrobus. Another important line is the Eminönü-Alibeyköy Tram Line, which has been occupying the historical area in that region for years on the shore of the Golden Horn, which has also turned into a kind of visual pollution. We will complete this line very quickly. Hopefully, this year, we will be bringing this line to Istanbul residents. With all these investments, the share of the rail system in Istanbul in public transportation will reach 20,5 percent from 30 percent. ”
NIGHT METRO WERE INTENSIVE INTEREST
Noting that they started the night metro application and that the application was in high demand from the citizens because Istanbul is a 24-hour city, İmamoğlu said, “This service, which we say we need to do, has now turned into a profitable section in a city that lives 24 hours.”
THE INTERNET WILL TAKE IN METHODS
İmamoğlu pointed out that they will undergo a very strict inspection of metro constructions for occupational safety and that they are also working to analyze air pollution in rail systems, “We continue to work on internet, Wi-fi and other services to ensure sustainable communication in subways. We will definitely share the developments with you. ”
TECHNICAL DETAILS OF THE PROJECT:
12 independent subway lines will be constructed in “Kaynarca-Pendik-Tuzla Metro” with a total of 8 kilometers of 2 stations.
Line 1: 7,7 kilometers long and has 6 stations “Tavsantepe-Tuzla Line.” This subway will be the continuation of Kadikoy-Tavsantepe Metro Line.
The 2nd Line is the “Pendik Center-Kaynarca Line” with a length of 4,1 kilometers and 2 stations. This line will be a continuation of the Rabbittepe-Sabiha Gökçen Airport Metro that will be connected at the Hospital Station.
Some of the trains departing from Kadıköy Station are in Tuzla. İçmeler Station will go to Sabiha Gökçen Airport Station. Some of the trains that will depart from Sabiha Gökçen Airport will go to Kadıköy Station and some to Pendik Marmaray Station.
6 tunnels of “Kaynarca-Pendik-Tuzla Metro Line” will be excavated with the tunnel boring machine TBM. Ticket halls will be made as open-close. The platform and ticket hall of the other 2 stations will be constructed with the complete on-off method.
I would like to give information about the integration system of Kaynarca-Pendik-Tuzla Metro so that the importance of the line is better understood. Every 2 metro to be built here will be integrated under ground at Kaynarca Station.
Also with the Marmaray Line İçmelerIntegration will be provided at Dudullu-Bostancı Metro Line under construction, Pendik and Ayrılıkçeşmesi stations and Kozyatağı Station, and at Yenisahra Station with Ümraniye-Ataşehir-Göztepe Metro under construction.
Istanbul residents will have fast and comfortable transportation to many points of the city by rail system from Tuzla, Pendik, Sabiha Gökçen Airport.
TIME OF JOURNEY
- Tuzla-Tavsantepe 11 min
- Tuzla-Kadıköy 51 min.
- Tuzla-Yenikapı 65 minutes
- Tuzla-Ümraniye 51 min
- Pendik Center-Kaynarca 3 min
- Pendik Center-SG Airport 15 min
- Pendik Center-Sultanbeyli 35 min