The First Assembly of Mersin Metropolitan Municipal Council's November 2020 Meeting was held at the Congress and Exhibition Center.
President Seçer made important evaluations about the Metro project and said that the companies participating in the tender will determine the financial institutions themselves. Select emphasizing that it is aware of concerns about the cost of the project, and noted that it is important for Turkey to Mersin and Metro. Chooses, “If I make unnecessary investments, if I erect huge buildings and leave the interior empty, if I make huge concrete piles, if I do 10 liras for 100 liras, please question me. But the assembly should support me in rational, logical and promising investments ”.
Mayor Seçer was asked the approximate cost of Mersin Metro, whether there was a change in the previously planned routes and what kind of studies were carried out to create financial resources. Noting that the subway tender was initially canceled, but they could not focus on this issue due to the pandemic, President Seçer said, “The pre-qualification tender for this project was held on 9 October. This is the 1st Stage underground light rail system. Its total length is 7 thousand 930 meters. The part to be built with TBM is 4 thousand 880 meters long. At both start and end points, there is a tail length of 170 meters in one and 400 meters in the other storage areas. There are also 11 underground metro stations. The total length of this is 13.4 kilometers, ”he said.
"We are in contact with the authorized department of the relevant Ministry on rail systems"
Reminding that they changed the existing subway project after he came to the administration, President Seçer said, “Of course, Mr. President has also included this in the investment program and I think he has given us a positive discrimination on this issue. It has included our project in its 2019 program and this development means that our mobility will increase as soon as possible. Here, of course, we have friends who have contributed, especially Mr. Lütfi Elvan. We are in contact with the authorized department of the relevant Ministry on rail systems regarding this project change, ”he said.
"It is not legal for me to give a cost figure as it is currently at the tender stage"
Giving information about the cost and financial resources of the project, Mayor Seçer said, “Our tender is a construction tender. It includes the stations and tunnels and was built on the condition that the companies find their own financing. A study where the construction period is 4 to 6 years and the payment is 11 years after the construction is delivered. Prequalification was made for this tender. A total of 28 companies participated with 13 different offers. Investigations are about to be completed now. But as it is currently at the tender stage, it is not legal for me to provide a cost figure. After the first stage is over, we will receive offers from companies that have received prequalification permission. This is our metro project with the simplest and plainest expression. The companies that participate in this tender know that they will determine the financial institutions themselves. They are doing their own meetings. Some are negotiating with European and some with Chinese capital. "There are companies from Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, USA, Azerbaijan and Spain presenting files for the project."
"I am aware of your concerns"
Giving examples from the metro projects abroad, Mayor Seçer said that he understood the financial concerns and said, “Now there is this concern. I am aware. "I wonder if Mersin is being put under debt, under burden?" It is definitely an important investment, a valuable investment. I'm not just talking about this for Mersin. In many regions he as comfortable, fast, safe, environmentally friendly public transport systems to Turkey in a sense coming from so far behind, "he said.
"We reduced the debt stock by 3/1"
Stating that they are a municipality with financial discipline as the Metropolitan Municipality, Seçer said that MESKİ and the Metropolitan Municipality reduced their debt stock from 3 billion lira to 2 billion lira. Seçer said, “We reduced the debt stock of MESKI and Metropolitan by 1.5 in 3 within 1 years. This is important, this is very valuable, this is a financial discipline. I am saying one more thing is important; no one has ever heard of me saying this city is a poor city. We are a city with an income, I say we will grow even more. I put forward a vision. I am making a prediction ”he said.
"If I do a 10 lira job for 100 liras, please question me"
Stating that he is open to being questioned by the Assembly, President Seçer said: “If I make unnecessary investments, if I erect huge buildings and leave the interior empty, if I make huge concrete piles, if I do 10 lira for 100 lira, please question me. But let the assembly support me in rational, logical and promising investments. You too do research. The President speaks so assertively: 'The metro is this and this. Who did what, what did Konya do, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Ankara, what did they do? What has Europe done, what has America done? ' We can be a European city. I say this in terms of development. Otherwise, we are satisfied with ourselves, we are satisfied with our own civilization. We are satisfied with our own culture and lifestyle. Don't be misunderstood here either. Our feet are on the Anatolian soil, our center is here. But our eyes also have to follow the whole world. Where, what is happening, we have to look at them. Of course, when the tender is concluded, we will share their explanation with the public in our parliament. "
"We are working on making a science museum"
Stating that they will also consider the butterfly valley and panorama museum evaluations from the assembly member, Mayor Seçer said, “We are working on making a science museum. It is a study initiated by our Yenişehir Municipality in the previous period. He was currently failing. As a metropolitan city, we want to take over the area and finalize that construction and build a beautiful science museum. "It will be a burdensome project, but of course I think it is a work that should be done with the principle of 'The Most True Master of Life is Knowledge'."