Minister: “Marmaray” project in Turkey to contribute to development of region
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 28/Trend, R. Hafizoglu/
The "Marmaray" project that will be commissioned on October 29 will contribute to not only Turkey's development, but also to neighboring countries, Turkish Minister of Transport, Shipping and Communications Binali Yildirim said, Anadolu agency reported.
According to him, the "Marmaray" project is a rail "Silk Road".
The Minister also stressed that this is not the first global project being carried out in Turkey.
According to Yildirim, alongside "Marmaray", the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars rail project is one of these global projects.
Earlier it was reported that the Marmaray rail tunnel will be launched on October 29 in Turkey.
Earlier, the Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Traffic and Communications told Trend that the length of the tunnel will be 13.6 kilometres. Trains will depart every two minutes.
The transport capacity for both directions will be 1.2 million passengers per day.
The ministry also said that this is the only project of its kind allowing the transport of both passengers and cargo through one tunnel.
After commissioning the tunnel, the volume of rail transport in Istanbul will increase by 20 per cent, up to 28 per cent of the total transit volume.
Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Marmaray project will be one of the most powerful projects in the region.