Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu in the ministry on December 13, 2020 2021 budget presentation at the Parliamentary General Assembly of Turkey, with great goals, the future is bright country, this belief, especially turning to the future of the last 18 years, face, mind, in the light of science He said that they always brought the best and the newest to life.
Karaismailoğlu, said: "Today, the changing axis of world trade, Turkey poses to the much larger opportunities. Situated in the center of Eurasia and at the heart of the New Silk Road, our country is at a historical turn when it will become one of the playmakers of the world economy, beyond being a regional economic leader that will determine the course of trade. For this reason, we are on the way to meet the changing needs in human, freight and data transportation and to participate in the systems that constantly renew themselves around the world. Every step we take is part of this great strategy. ”
Sharing the analysis of the savings effects of public and PPP investments made between 2003 and 2019, Karaismailoğlu gave the following information: “The returns to our country from investments in highway, railway, airline, seaway and communication are clearly seen. Between 2003 and 2019, these investments had a total impact of 386 billion dollars on the Gross Domestic Product and 818,8 billion dollars on production. The impact of these investments on total employment was an annual average of 703 thousand people. In 2019 alone, we saved a total of 13,4 billion dollars from fuel, time, vehicle maintenance and operating costs. "
In addition, we saved 10,3 million dollars in CO2 emissions and 20 million dollars in paper savings by moving public services to a paperless environment with the transition to environmentally friendly transport modes with shorter roads, urban rail system lines and High Speed Train. Thanks to the fact that our citizens can complete their transactions without going to public institutions by using the e-government, a time saving of 1,8 billion dollars has been achieved and this has been reflected in an increase in public labor productivity.
Karaismailoğlu explained that the breakthrough period that started in the railways in 2003 continues today, that they have renewed the existing conventional lines as well as the new line construction, they have implemented the domestic and national signaling project, and that they have started to produce towing and towed vehicles with national designs for the first time in railways.
Pointing out that they have built a total of 1213 thousand 2 kilometers of new lines, including 115 kilometers of YHT, Karaismailoğlu stated that they increased the railway network to 12 thousand 803 kilometers, increased signal lines by 161 percent and electrical lines by 176 percent.
Karaismailoğlu stated that despite the epidemic in 2020, there was no decline in domestic freight transportation by rail, and a significant increase was achieved in international transportation due to the advantage of contactless transportation, “Especially in international transportation, a 116 percent increase in the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars line, a 63 percent increase in the Iran line and a 15 percent increase in the European line. We expect a XNUMX increase. In order for the advantages provided by our geographical location to turn into economic and commercial gains, we need to continue our investments in railways without slowing down. " used the expression.
Reminding that they sent off the first block export train from Istanbul to China on December 4, Karaismailoğlu said:
“Our train went down in history as the first export train from Europe to China using Marmaray on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Iron Silk Road. It completed its 2 thousand 323 kilometers road within the borders of our country on 8 December. Today, he continues his journey from Shalkara, Kazakhstan. Our train, which will travel 8 thousand 693 kilometers in total, reaches Georgia, Azerbaijan, Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan and finally Xi'an city of China, completing the international track without interruption, Çerkezköywill reach Xi'an from. We are also continuing the preparations for our new export trains. As it mentioned China-Russia via the northern line in the subsequent years of the transition to occur in 5 percent of the annual 30 thousand block trains in Europe trying to move to Turkey. We aim to increase the annual capacity of 1 million passengers and 6,5 million tons of freight of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway to 2024 million passengers and 3 million tons of freight by the end of 20. With the projects we have planned within the scope of the Transportation and Logistics Master Plan studies, we aim to increase the share of the railway from 5 percent to over 10 percent in the first place.
"We Will Continue To Make Exemplary Projects For The World"
“While production and supply centers are shifting from the far east to our region in world trade, our country; It is the bridge of the new Silk Road, right in the middle of Africa, Europe and Asia triangle. Karaismailoğlu said, “We have to take advantage of this advantage. With our highway, railway, seaway, airline and communication projects, we create the commercial corridors in which our country is at the center. Pride for our country; We will continue to make exemplary projects for the world. " used the expressions.