Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu held the “12. He spoke at the closing session of the Transport and Communication Council Common Mind Conference. Minister Karaismailoğlu stated that the 'new age of transportation and communication', which started in Turkey 19 years ago, continues with the process of renewal and transformation by accelerating. On the other hand, speaking about the Kanal Istanbul Project, Karaismailoğlu said, “After the Kanal Istanbul tender process, the preparatory work will take about 1 year. We aim to complete the construction in 5 years and 6 years in total," he said.
Pointing to an ambitious process shaped by holistic development-oriented mobility, digitalization and logistics dynamics in the fields of transportation and communication, Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “As before, the transportation and communication sectors will continue to be the main locomotives of development in every field, especially the economy, which will extend to 2053 and 2071. They will play an important role in the journey. The world is developing very rapidly. Social and economic changes are now happening almost instantaneously. For this reason, we will include the needs that have not been revealed in the new transformation process more in our plans. With our foresights, we will design the future in 'human, cargo and data transportation', which we have determined as our field of activity, and we will set appropriate targets. With our vision in line with our Transportation and Logistics Master Plan and Strategic Plan, we will continue on our way by taking into account the dynamics of mobility, digitalization and logistics.”
“The welfare of our people can be established with equality in development”
Minister Karaismailoğlu, who stated that they are working with the aim of supporting equality in geographical development while making Turkey the dominance of the world's largest and most important commercial corridors, said, “In our transportation ecosystem, which we have designed as an integrated, we integrate all our modes with each other on the basis of efficiency. We ensure that our citizens in Kars or Van can also enjoy the opportunities that our citizens in Istanbul or Izmir have in the field of transportation and communication, and the prosperity they gain in these areas. Our main source of motivation is the added value we provide for holistic development, our sine qua non for national economic independence. Because the welfare and happiness of our people can only be established with equality in development from the village to the city, from the east to the west.
“Our responsibility is great, our duty is supreme”
Pointing out that the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and its related institutions have the largest share of the government's total budget, with a rate of 2021 percent, within the scope of the 31 investment program, Minister Karaismailoğlu said, "With the appropriation of 2021 billion TL in 44,8, in line with the supreme interests of our country and our people, transportation and infrastructure We continue our investments without slowing down. For this reason, our responsibility is great, our duty is supreme.”
Karaismailoğlu continued his speech as follows: “From 2003 to today; By allocating 105,1 billion dollars to our highways, we made highways, divided roads, bridges, tunnels, viaducts, single road and improvement works. While introducing comfortable and high driving safety roads to Turkey, we significantly reduced the fatal accident rates. By investing 32 billion dollars in our railways, we realized our YHT projects. We built urban rail system lines, carried out our renovation, signalization and electrification works, and brought our Turkey logistics centers that increased our claim in rail transport. We have literally braided our country with iron nets. We have transformed the railways into a strategic power of Turkey. By allocating $15,1 billion to airlines, we increased the number of airports from 26 to 56. We increased our capacity with new terminal buildings. While THY became a world brand, we became the transit center of the world with Istanbul Airport. We are building ports suitable for the ships of our time on sea routes. We are building marinas, fishing shelters and boatyards to increase our yacht tourism capacity. By increasing the number of our shipyards, we are becoming an assertive country in the shipbuilding sector.”
“Our basic principle in 5G is to ensure this transition with significant domestic and national opportunities”
Stating that they are preparing Turkey for a new era in terms of communication and communication competencies, Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “As with all major investments in information, communication and communication, we ensure the active participation of our domestic industrialists in 5G processes. Our basic principle; To ensure this transition with significant domestic and national opportunities. We came together with 5 companies that took on important tasks in the 10G project and determined a harmonious business model. TÜBİTAK also supports the End-to-End Domestic and National 5G Communication Network Project, which we have developed for this purpose.
“Public-Private Cooperation models set an example for the whole world”
Minister Karaismailoğlu noted that in line with Turkey's needs, they have come a long way in Public-Private Partnership projects that help complete infrastructure investments quickly without burdening the central budget. Emphasizing that they have realized large projects without burdening Turkey's own resources with the Build-Operate-Transfer model, Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “Our Public Private Partnership models set an example for the whole world. In the last 20 years, the budget allocated to PPP projects in the transportation and infrastructure budget constitutes 22 percent of the general budget. The PPP model, which is frequently used in developed and developing economies, is one of the most important financial instruments to meet the transportation and infrastructure deficit. In the projects made with these models, risk sharing is carried out by bringing together the dynamism of the private sector, public experience and the support of international financial institutions, and faster and more efficient project processes are realized. With the completion of the projects in a short time, fuel and time savings and significant contributions to the economy are provided.
“Marmara Region and Istanbul will be the focus of world trade”
Stating that Turkey is the heart of the Middle Corridor and the North-South Corridor in terms of logistics, Minister Karaismailoğlu pointed out that the Marmara Region and Istanbul will be the focus of world trade and the amount of cargo passing through the Straits will increase every year. Pointing out that Kanal Istanbul will provide a 13 times safer passage than the Bosphorus, Karaismailoğlu said, “Today, it is an undeniable fact that the Straits are faced with a traffic well above their capacity and therefore a risk. While 1930 thousand ships passed through the Bosphorus in the 3s, today, approximately 43 thousand ships pass through the Bosphorus. 30 percent of these ships are tankers carrying oil and other similar dangerous/toxic materials. On the other hand, the size of shipping vessels is also increasing. This makes Istanbul the world's most dangerous transit waterway. Bosphorus, which is one of the most important cultural centers in every age in terms of natural and historical values; It was a living space where countless places and activities such as nature, beaches, architecture, gastronomy, sea baths, Bosphorus villages, fishing, boating, etc. meet. However, in the changing world conditions, the cultural heritage of the city has also been seriously damaged due to factors such as increasing transit ship passages in the Bosphorus, density, pollution and security concerns.
Karaismailoğlu continued his words as follows: “Canal Istanbul, which is expected to significantly reduce the transit traffic of the Bosphorus; It offers important opportunities to revitalize the culture of the Bosphorus, to increase the urban sea transportation in the Bosphorus, to prevent pollution in the Bosphorus, and to create new recreation areas. With the completion of Kanal Istanbul, the Marmara Region; With its ports, logistics zones, railway connections, Marmaray and growing industry, it will be the economy, finance and trade center of Eurasia. The north of Istanbul is; Kanal Istanbul, Istanbul Airport, commercial ports, Northern Marmara Highway; moreover, it will turn into the most important logistics center in the world with its railway connections and logistics bases”
“Canal Istanbul will be completed in 6 years”
Stating that the Canal Istanbul route, which is determined among five alternative routes, passes through an area of 78 percent of which is water and a water basin, Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “In this way, minimum excavation work will be carried out. It will be carried out as a project to expand the Sazlıdere Basin, which is already a waterway, and prepare it for ship passage. With the Kanal Istanbul Project, the loss of water resources caused by the Sazlıdere Dam will be increased and improved with the Karamandere, Pirinçci and Hamzalı Dams, Melen System, Yeni Şamlar Dam, Osmangazi and Sungurlu Dams, Kömürköy, Kızılağaç and Balaban Dams. There is no forest land on the route of Kanal Istanbul. The length of the canal will be 45 km, its base width will be a minimum of 275 meters and its depth will be 20,75 meters. The upper width of the canal is designed in accordance with the elevation difference and varies between 360-600 meters. After the tender process, the preparatory work will take approximately 1 year. We aim to complete the construction in 5 years and 6 years in total," he said.