Turkey accelerates BTK railway construction
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 9
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The work is being rapidly conducted to complete the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway in the Turkish province of Kars, the municipality of the Kars province told Trend Feb. 9.
The BTK construction work will be conducted more rapidly after weather conditions improve, the municipality said.
A 79 kilometer-BTK railway section stretches through Turkey, 58 kilometers of them account for the province of Kars.
"The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will be constructed in 2016," the municipality said.
Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is being constructed on the basis of a Georgian-Azerbaijani-Turkish intergovernmental agreement. Azerbaijan allocated a loan of $775 million for the construction of the railway's Georgian section.
A new 105-kilometer branch of the railroad is being constructed as part of the project.
The peak capacity of the corridor will be 17 million metric tons of cargo per year. At the initial stage, this figure will be equal to one million passengers and 6.5 million metric tons of cargo.
The annual transit of goods from Iran to Russia via Azerbaijan will reach about ten million tons. The North-South railway will connect Northern Europe to South-East Asia. It will serve as a link to connect the railways of Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia.
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