Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar and AK Party Deputy Chairman Mehmet Özhaseki, together with Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality Dr. He visited Memduh Büyükkılıç. Minister Karaismailoğlu, who made a statement in the Assembly Hall after the meeting held in the office, gave the good news that they will establish a Logistics Center with a carrying capacity of 620 million tons on an area of 1.8 thousand square meters in Boğazköprü, Kayseri.
Giving the good news that they will also establish a Logistics Center with a carrying capacity of 620 million tons on an area of 1.8 thousand square meters in Boğazköprü, Kayseri, Karaismailoğlu said, “When Boğazköprü Logistics Center becomes operational, Kayseri will become an important freight transfer center that will increase its share in the international transportation corridor. Distinguished members of the press, when we say that we have passed the age of railways, we are calling out to those who do not believe us. Since 2003, we have been mobilized for the railways. We quickly revived our old, renewed lines, which had not even been nailed. We have brought TCDD, which does not know about investment, to produce its own national train in 19 years. We implemented the domestic and national signaling project. For the first time in railways, we started to produce railway vehicles and equipment with domestic designs.
Expressing that they brought high-speed trains together with the whole of Turkey with the modernization of railways that have been neglected for many years, Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “Dear friends, despite those who do not know what the project is, we are making railway transportation contribute to the economy with our east-west and north-south lines. Because our aim is to support Turkey, which produces with each of our modes of transportation. We are working hard for this purpose, and we are using our resources in the most efficient way.”
Underlining that they have laid a total of 1213 thousand 2 kilometers of new railway lines, 149 kilometers of which are high-speed trains, across the country, Karaismailoğlu said:
“In this way, we have increased our railway network to 12 kilometers. Through our logistics centers, we integrate our railways with our land and airways. Within the scope of our railway investments, it has a special importance in our urban rail systems. We are making one of our urban rail system investments in Kayseri. Last year, we started our work on the Anafartalar-Şehir Hospital-Mobilyakent tram line. With the ceremony we held before we came here, we left behind an important milestone by starting rail welding processes at our Anafartalar station, which is the connection point to the existing tram system. Our project, which consists of 803 stations with a length of 7 kilometers, will strengthen the power of Kayseri's urban rail public transportation infrastructure. Our citizens of Kayseri will be able to reach Kayseri City Hospital, intercity bus terminal and Mobilyakent without interruption with this new line. We will also provide an important transportation opportunity for our students and academicians going to Nuh Naci Yazgan University. We are increasing Kayseri's rail system length from 11 kilometers to 35 kilometers and the number of stations from 42 to 55. Again, we are increasing the number of rail system vehicles from 66 to 5 with the 69 new tram vehicles to be procured within the scope of the project. We will complete the construction works in a few months and speed up the electronic mechanical works. According to the contract, we plan to open our line, which should end in October next year, at the end of summer at the latest, before the schools start.”
Talking about other important investments in Kayseri, Karaismailoğlu said that they completed the restoration work of the historical Tekgöz and Höbektaş bridges in Kocasinan district and Kapuzbaşı historical bridge in Yahyalı district and they put the bridges back into service.
“WE INVESTED OVER 8 BILLION LIRA FOR KAYSERİ'S TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE”
Minister Karaismailoğlu stated that they have implemented giant projects one by one in Kayseri, as in all of Turkey, and said: “We will continue with the projects in Kayseri as in all of Turkey. In the last 19 years, we have invested over 8 billion liras for Kayseri's transportation and communication infrastructure. Kayseri had only 2003 kilometers of divided roads in 83. We reached 19 kilometers in 651 years. There was only 1 kilometer of bituminous hot paved road, and we increased it to 467 kilometers. We introduced our citizens of Kayseri to safety and comfort on the roads. Of course it's not enough. Our projects are continuing. We turned the Kayseri-Sivas road, which is 56.2 kilometers, and the Kayseri-Niğde road, which is 124.3 kilometers, into divided roads. We connected Kayseri to Niğde, Nevşehir, Sivas, Adana and Yozgat by divided roads. We opened the Garipçe and Mimarsinan Köprülü junctions, which give a breath of fresh air to urban traffic.”
Karaismailoğlu completed the Bünyan bridge junction and connection roads and put them into service, and in 2020, they completed the construction of the 1.9 kilometer long Pınarbaşı-Sarız bridge junction and two bridges located at the Pınarbaşı-Kahramanmaraş state road intersection, so that in this region where the traffic density in Pınarbaşı city crossing is high. He stated that they increase travel safety and ensure the continuity of traffic flow.
Minister Karaismailoğlu also added that there are 2 projects with a total project value of over 16 billion, such as the Kayseri-Sivas junction, the Bünyan road, the Develi western ring road, the Develi northern ring road, the Develi-Yahyalı road, the Felahiye-Özvatan-Kermelik road, the Boğazlıyan-Felahiye road, the Kayseri-Pınarbaşı road. He reminded that the work on the important highway project continues.
Minister Karaismailoğlu said at the meeting, “We will come and go to Kayseri a lot from now on. We will always continue to meet with you in very good days. I would like to see you again as soon as possible, I offer my respects to all of you," he concluded his speech.