Minister Yıldırım: The Preparations Related to Canal Istanbul Have Been Mostly Completed

Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Yıldırım, “The preparations related to Canal Istanbul are mostly completed. So little is left for finishing the project.

Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yıldırım, explained that the arrangements about “the crazy project” that was mentioned by president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in 2011 are mostly one and they have not that much work to fulfill the project.

Minister Yıldırım moved to Zonguldak by train from Karabük after attending the opening ceremony of Karabük-Zonguldak part of Irmak-Karabük-Zonguldak railway rehabilitation and signalization.  Conserving with the journalists on his way on the train, he pointed out that the process has started from transportation to logistic in Turkey and said that they decided to set up more than 20 logistic centers on the main lines presented with railway stations. The minister told that Turkey takes firm steps to forward for being logistic base in respect of its location.

Yıldırım emphasized that Turkey is not a convenient country for the purposes of every kind of transportation and lacks natural gas but it is a strategic location where all these transported on it. He expressed that Turkey has a comparative superiority and its young and dynamic population, great effort and brain powers are among the most important values for its future.

“The preparations related to Canal Istanbul have been completed”

Reminding that Canal Istanbul is a strategic project explained by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a crazy project, he pointed out that the preparations are done in large. So little is left for finishing the project

The minister gave information about the legal regulations made about Canal Istanbul. He said that in order not to pay expropriations they have made regulations in reconstruction and grassland laws.

Yıldırım marked that for Irmak-Karabük-Zonguldak railway rehabilitation and signalization project the budgets of IPA fun and TCDD General Management are used together. He emphasized that EU has supported the project with supplying 183 euros out of 219 total cost.

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