Since the first day we have taken office, we have carried out important projects under the leadership of our President in line with our targets set by our Government.
Within the frame of our goal of big and strong Turkey, we have realized many projects such as Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Osmangazi Bridge, Eurasia Tunnel, İstanbul Airport, Marmaray, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway line, High-Speed Train Lines, divided roads, highways, airports, marinas as the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. We have invested over 757 billion Turkish liras in 17 years. In 2019, as in the previous years, we started and realized important projects. We put the giant projects we have planned for the future of Turkey into service.
Another giant project in 2020, in other words, we will implement Canal İstanbul. With this project, we will not only reduce the ship traffic load of the Bosphorus, but we will also minimize the risks that may occur due to ships carrying dangerous goods in the Bosphorus. We will also have an alternative for ships and tankers who do not want to pass the Bosphorus without waiting. Ships carrying international cargo will be able to use Canal İstanbul for a fee. They will also eliminate the financial burdens that may occur due to waiting for a week. Especially due to the shift of world trade to the east, the number of ships using the straits will increase significantly in the near future. In fact, the number of ships that will use the Bosphorus in 20 years is expected to reach 70 thousand. In short, Canal İstanbul is not only the project of today but also of tomorrow. Canal İstanbul is a project that will save the Bosphorus from accidents. 2020 will be the year of Canal İstanbul.
Have a nice trip…
M. Cahit TURHAN
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure