Today, Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbaş introduced first domestic TBM(Tunnel Bearing Machine), known as "mole" in public.
Mayor Topbaş examined European Region Drinking Water Tunnel Construction which is Istanbul's first drinking water tunnel. Topbaş presented 95 per cent local TBM, saying "It's very exciting to have a TBM that is produced in Kocaeli, 95 per cent of which is native for the first time in Turkey. If we are able to produce our technology now, that is signs of our development."
The so-called "mole" will be used in distribution line with 2,6 meters diameter and 3,1 thousand meters long, which is under Bağcılar-Kabataş tram line.
Mayor of Istanbul Topbaş thanked Arcan Tunnel Technologies authorities and personnel and added "There is 36 million Turkish liras of investment. People on the surface won't see, or be disturbed but hundreds of people will work day and night in underground to ensure the water supply of Istanbul".
Good News To Zeytinburnu Residents From Topbaş
In the ceremony attended by Zeytinburnu Mayor Murat Aydın, Mayor Topbaş, while mentioning Kabataş-Bağcılar tram line, said "It’s a problem to have a train going through Zeytinburnu. Soon, the project of transition of this tram to the underground will finish, and so we will start it right after. Thus the problem will be solved, I hope. I want to express this as a good news, and I say good-bye".