Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu talked about the mega projects carried out by the Ministry. Explaining that his work on Kanal Istanbul continues, Karaismailoğlu said, "Our negotiations and preparation works for the main tender are continuing." Underlining that the annual benefit of the Northern Marmara Highway to Turkey is 2,5 billion liras, Karaismailoğlu said that the Çanakkale Bridge will also be opened on March 18, 2022, and the test drives of the Istanbul Airport Gayrettepe Metro line will begin on November 8.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu, “Turkey 2023 Summit and A Money SohbetHe spoke about the investments of the Ministry.
Karaismailoğlu said, "We exist wherever there is life," and "You can develop as much as you can reach. You can communicate with the world. Freight, passengers, data and communication are also indispensable in our age. We are also in great strides, we are in great works. There are huge investments in communication," he said.
Karaismailoğlu, who stated that 5G comes to mind immediately when communication is mentioned, mentioned the importance of increasing the fiber optic infrastructure and fiber infrastructure before switching to 5G. Noting that there is currently over 440 thousand kilometers of fiber infrastructure, Karaismailoğlu said that the most important goal is to switch to 5G with domestic and national opportunities. Emphasizing that the rate of domestic and nationality in the telecommunication sector has exceeded 25 percent, Karaismailoğlu underlined that they aim to increase this rate much, much higher in the short term.
WE HAVE SERIOUS WORK ON SATELLITE
Explaining that there are serious studies in the direction of satellite, Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu said, “We launched the TÜRKSAT 2021A satellite in the first months of 5. Again, we commissioned it in June. It currently serves a third of the world. At the moment, the production of our 5D satellite has been completed. We aim to launch it in the first month of 2022," he said.
Karaismailoğlu stated that the domestic and national satellite TÜRKSAT 6A studies are also continuing intensively in Ankara, “Our aim is to send it to space in the first months of 2023. When we send this out, we will be one of the top 10 countries in space represented by its own satellite from now on. These are important and world-class works. We do not distinguish between the Motherland, the Blue Homeland and the Space Homeland. "We are working hard to protect our rights in space," he said.
IN THE LAST 19 YEARS, WE HAVE DONE A PUBLIC-PRIVATE COLLABORATION PROJECT FOR 30 BILLION EURO
Reminding that it is the 19th year of the AK Party government, Karaismailoğlu said that in 2002, there was a 6 thousand kilometer divided road network in Turkey, and these were unsafe and poor quality roads. Expressing that there is an investment deficit not only in highways, but also in airlines and railways, Karaismailoğlu said, “There was a very serious infrastructure investment deficit in 2002. You need to solve this huge infrastructure gap in a short time. As a state, it is clear in your budget. You can't do these projects with this budget," he said.
Emphasizing that it is difficult to make large-cost projects with only the public budget in a short time, Karaismailoğlu noted that for this reason, they have implemented the public-private cooperation projects that they have implemented very successfully. Explaining that they are one of the countries that implement the public-private cooperation model most successfully, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Karaismailoğlu continued as follows:
“In the last 19 years, we have carried out a public-private cooperation project worth 30 billion euros. We have invested over 1 trillion 100 billion liras in transportation infrastructure in the last 19 years. 20 percent of this is build-operate-transfer, that is, public-private cooperation.”
WE THINK ABOUT FUTURE MOBILITY
Referring to the Northern Marmara Motorway, Karaismailoğlu reminded that the Northern Marmara Motorway is an 8 billion dollar project. Karaismailoğlu, who underlined that not a penny was paid by the government during the investment, and that all the expenses during the operation were covered by the operator, said that at the end of the process, all the maintenance was completed and the project was delivered.
Pointing out that the mandate of the operator on the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge will end in 2027, Karaismailoğlu emphasized that they are planning projects such as the Northern Marmara Motorway, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Eurasia Tunnel, İzmir Motorway, Osmangazi Bridge and Marmaray with the mind of the state. Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu, who stated that they are thinking decades ahead by considering the future mobility, said that if these projects are not carried out, a completely locked-down Istanbul will emerge.
KARAİSMAİLOĞLU RESPONSE TO THE CRITICISM THAT "HE WAS BANNED TO FUTURE GENERATIONS"
Noting that an airport where 200 thousand people are employed, without leaving a penny from the state, was built in an area that has no economic value, Karaismailoğlu announced that 25 billion euros will be paid to the state in 22 years. Karaismailoğlu said, “Although the number of vehicles increased thanks to the safe and comfortable roads, the accident and loss of life decreased” and underlined that the annual benefit of the Northern Marmara Motorway to Turkey is 2,5 billion liras.
Responding to the criticism that he left a debt to future generations, Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu made the following assessments:
“If these projects were not carried out, neither the infrastructure nor the growth would have happened. The new generation would make plans for 'how can I build this much infrastructure'. We will leave a ready infrastructure. Then, how it will develop production, tourism and industry, its plans will now be made. We contribute 30 billion TL annually with projects worth 15 billion euros (public-private partnerships). There are direct benefits of saving time, fuel and environment. It indirectly contributes to the economy, production, employment and tourism.”
WE WILL OPEN THE CANAKKALE BRIDGE ON MARCH 18
Underlining that large projects increase production and employment on the one hand, and bring comfort to the citizens on the other, Karaismailoğlu said, “Our projects bring mobility and vitality to the places they go, like a river. At the same time, it provides contributions such as fuel saving, time saving and environmental saving. These are the direct benefits. Indirect benefits are also developments in production, employment and tourism. One of the most important build-operate-transfer projects is the Çanakkale Bridge. It is running very successfully. It rises like a monument in Çanakkale. Hopefully, we will open it on March 18, 2022. We bring such successful and great technological works to our country. It is the world's largest bridge with a middle span, with a middle span of 2023 meters, which we will present to the 100th anniversary of our Republic. Again with the height of the steel pier, it is the highest bridge on the steel pier, with a height of 318 meters. These are very valuable works. These will be a value of our country. They will serve our country," he said.
OUR NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE FOR THE MAIN TENDER
Karaismailoğlu, who also touched on the works of Kanal Istanbul, said that the work on the project continues. Explaining that the transportation roads are currently being built, Karaismailoğlu stated that the construction of the bridge has started. Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu said, “Our negotiations and preparatory work for the main tender continue. The only reason for the delay is that we have an extraordinary work to manage and undertake the construction of this project with its own revenues, without any burden on the general budget. We are trying to overcome this project without burdening the general budget,” he said.
Karaismailoğlu said, “Our rail system investments continue in Kocaeli, Bursa, Gaziantep, Konya, Kayseri, in important metropolitan cities Ankara and Izmir,” Karaismailoğlu said, adding that rail systems are costly projects and that they help as the Ministry according to their intensity.
Noting that the rail system works continue in Istanbul, Karaismailoğlu stated that there are ongoing 103-kilometer metro investments in Istanbul.
Emphasizing that the most important of these is the Gayrettepe-Airport Metro line, Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu said:
“It is 37,5 kilometers long. When finished it will be the fastest metro in Turkey. It has a speed of 120 kilometers. Domestic signaling will be used for the first time in Turkey. We start the tests of the first train on Monday. We will run the train. We will go by train from Kağıthane to Istanbul Airport. We are planning to open it in the first months of next year. Halkalı-There is also the Istanbul Airport side of it. This is 31,5 kilometers long.”
Noting that they aim to complete all 103 rail system lines with a total length of 7 kilometers in 2023, Karaismailoğlu said, “The TL equivalent of the 103 kilometer rail system line is over 60 billion liras. As a ministry, we are doing our part more than enough.” said.