Build­ing of ‘Three-level Grand Is­tan­bul Tun­nel’ to start in 2018

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

TRANS­PORT, Mar­itime Af­fairs and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Ah­met Arslan said sub­sea drilling work is be­ing car­ried for the “Three-Level Grand Is­tan­bul Tun­nel Pro­ject” preparation and en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices. “The [ini­tial work] will be com­pleted at the end of this year and the con­struc­tion bid­ding will be held with the build-op­er­ate-trans­fer model in 2018,” he added.

Arslan told Anadolu Agency (AA) that peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enced the ease of the rail sys­tem with the Mar­maray and had the plea­sure of driv­ing un­der the seabed with the Eura­sia Tun­nel.

Cit­ing the com­fort of five-minute travel be­tween the two con­ti­nents, Arslan said they will re­al­ize the tun­nel pro­ject, which will bring to­gether the Mar­maray and Eura­sia Tun­nel, as a re­sult of tech­ni­cal work con­ducted in the di­rec­tion of peo­ple’s de­mands.

He ex­plained that the rail sys­tem, which will reach un­der­ground from İn­cirli and go un­der the sea from Me­cidiyeköy and Zin­cir­likuyu, will be con­nected to the Kadıköy-Kar­tal metro line and Mar­maray from Söğütlüçeşme. He added the tun­nel, which will also go un­der­ground from Has­dal on the Euro­pean side will be con­nected to this tun­nel in the same way, adding that it will exit from Çam­lık and be con­nected to TEM on the Ana­to­lian side.

As­sert­ing that this will be an im­por­tant ad­van­tage for both au­to­mo­biles and rail, Arslan said the Mar­maray is in­te­grated with all rail sys­tems from Hal­kalı to Ge­bze, point­ing out that this will also be in­te­grated with many other rail sys­tems from In­cirli to Sögütlüçeşme, which carry 6.5 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per day.

“This means when peo­ple leave home, they will con­tinue their jour­ney with the rail sys­tem by trans­fer­ring to an­other line. It is a very im­por­tant pro­ject and we have made sig­nif­i­cant progress,” Arslan said. “We will hold the bid­ding next year and start the con­struc­tion pro­cesses.”

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