It is guaranteed that 8 million passengers will use Ankara YHT Station this year, but only 5 thousand 272 people came in the first 676 months. If 7 million 727 thousand 324 passengers do not arrive by the end of the year, another 12 million dollars will be paid to the contractor.
SPOKESMANAccording to the news of Deniz AyhanIt is guaranteed that 29 million passengers will use the Ankara High Speed Train (YHT) Station, which was built with public-private cooperation (PPP) and opened on October 2016, 8. However, the number of passengers arriving at the train station in the first 2021 months of 5 remained at 272 thousand 676 people. If 7 million 727 thousand 324 passengers do not use the station until the end of the year, another 12 million dollars will be paid to the contractor company from the Treasury. If this amount of passengers comes, TCDD will earn from the ticket money and the amount to be paid to the contractor will be balanced. Due to the passenger guarantee, from 2016 to the end of 2020, 21 million 352 thousand 545 dollars were paid from the Treasury to the Cengiz-Kolin-Limak partnership for the Ankara YHT Station. Unlike other PPP models, Garda is paid for both arriving and non-arriving passengers and extra passengers. In the model that holds an annual passenger guarantee, the contractor company is paid 1.5 dollars per passenger. This amount is also paid for the passenger who stays under the warranty but does not come. If a passenger arrives on warranty, 50 cents per passenger is paid. Only ticket sales enter the TCDD's safe.
CHP Zonguldak Deputy Deniz Yavuzyılmaz asked TCDD General Manager Ali İhsan Uygun at the GNAT Commission of the GNAT, about the passenger guarantee payments at the station, which has become a “dollar grinder”. In the written response given by TCDD, the amounts paid to date for the passenger guarantee at the train station are explained as follows:
■ In 2016-2017, 2 million passengers were guaranteed, and 2 million 207 thousand 230 passengers used the station. The contractor company was paid 3 million 103 thousand 615 dollars.
■ In 2017-2018, 2 million passengers were guaranteed, and 2 million 497 thousand 861 passenger terminals were used. Another 3 million 248 thousand 930 dollars went from the Treasury to the vault of the contractor company.
■ In 2018-2019, passenger guarantee increased to 5 million, 1 million 933 thousand 123 people used the station. $7.5 million went into the pockets of the company.
■ Passenger guarantee was 2019 million in 2020-5. 1 million 91 thousand 881 people came to the station. It remained under the passenger guarantee and another $7.5 million came out of the state purse.
8 million passengers were guaranteed Only 5 thousand people came in 273 months
The number of passengers guaranteed for Ankara YHT Station is increasing exponentially every year, but the number of passengers decreases more and more. The passenger guarantee given to the company for the 2020-2021 period increased to 8 million, but the number of passengers using Ankara YHT Station in the first 5 months of this year remained at 272 thousand 676 people. If 7 million 727 thousand 324 people do not go to the train station by the end of the year, an additional 12 million dollars will be paid from the state coffers. Thus, the amount coming out of the Treasury due to the passenger guarantee will reach 33 million 353 thousand 545 dollars, excluding VAT.