The focus on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project, whose progression has been observed at close range by countries worldwide, is nearing its completion and set for being put into service in June.
The railway project are going to have major importance for countries that could trade through Turkey, which can be supposed to double its railroad capacity with the project.
Tnsportation, Maritime and Communication Minister Ahmet Arslan declared the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project, the total cost this is $450 million, is with the completion phase, nevertheless they wish to finish the development in two months, run test drives upon completion and operations for diesel locomotives in June.
The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project will span when using 838.6 kilometers, connecting the Eastern Turkish province of Kars while using the Azeri capital, Baku, along with the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, in Central Asia. On top of that, he revealed that this project it isn\’t just vital for Turkey, but also for many of the countries of the universe that prefer to trade through Turkey, adding that the cargo shipped from China, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia moves to Europe through Turkey.
Arslan seen that the cargo from Europe shall be taken to Asia through Turkey utilizing this type of project. “It will but not only increase the value of our country when it comes to transportation, and may integrate while using transportation system in the entire world, and we\’ll have the capacity to carry a great deal more cargo inside railway sector,” he was quoted saying.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Minister Arslan declared this year’s snow and cold temperatures brought productivity towards region as well as the country, but that this also disrupted develop the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway project. Moreover, Arslan, noted which they will enhance the focus on the work on account of disruptions.
The project can certainly make Turkey more from the railway sector, said Arslan. Making evaluations in regards to the fact that the railway project, he stated that your railway line from Europe will pass beneath the sea to Kars by using the Marmaray project, an underwater rail system connecting Istanbul’s European and Asian sides beneath Bosporus. However, Arslan stressed how the railway would not extend after Kars province, adding which the work on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway project currently continues in order to complete this important missing ring. “Throughout the construction has actually come to an end, but we have been capable of working occasionally also in many places we would not due to the heavy winter conditions,” said Arslan.
Besides Turkey, the earth can also be monitoring the project
Emphasizing that, besides Turkey, countries around the globe are following your project, Arslan said that the project have also been about the agenda on the meeting on the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Pakistan.
Recalling them to be in Pakistan yesterday with President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Arslan asserted that the project concerns the many 10 Economic Cooperation Organization states, including Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. He also noted that most for these countries are awaiting the conclusion of your Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway project “with great curiosity.”
“If we go through the transportation corridors between Asia and europe, we expect the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway project, which setup the heart corridor about the fastest, shortest distance, to finish right away. Once project is completed in June, Hopefully Turkey along with other countries throughout the world will gain from this project. The work will not surprisingly give rise to Eastern Anatolia, and this will also develop a significant contribution to country’s railway sector,” said Minister Arslan.
Transport between China, Europe will disappear 3.5 fold
Indicating that product transfers going from China to Western european (EU) countries and world markets by sea arrives within 45 and Sixty days, Arslan seen that products going through the northern corridor to Russia could reach its destination a duration of approximately a month. Moreover, stating that the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway project would cut back plenty of time and cost of transport, Arslad said: “In the event the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway project is finished as a complement to the central corridor, an order from China will go Europe by rail in 15 days. The distance will appear reduced by 3 x, saving both time and cash. Therefore, many once expensive transport costs can become economical when transport time falls from 45 days to fifteen days.”
Importance of your Baku-Tblisi-Kars railway
The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway comes to the fore as being a critical project at the western end with the Silk Road. Similar transportation projects also reinforce Turkey’s economic and political ties with Eurasian countries.
With a view to offering a more efficient way of transportation which could facilitate trade between China and also the European Union, China identified three land routes including a maritime route within the framework in the OBOR initiative. Among the list of three land routes, the very center Corridor, goes through Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.
“Although various options, just like highway, airway, land and maritime routes, take any presctiption the table for China as well as the OBOR participant countries throughout the framework of regional integration, railway transportation thought of as more time-efficient, green and secure than the others. Hence, projects poor the ‘Iron Silk Road’ will be required to get more momentum in mid-2017,” wrote ?zge Nur ??