THE GENERAL DIRECTOR ISA APAYDIN, HAD A CHAT WITH THE 98 YEAR OLD SENIOR RAILROAD WORKER MEHMET ILTER. ILTER SAID THAT HE EXPERIENCED THE JOY OF HAVING A CHAT WITH THE GENERAL DIRECTOR BEFORE THE END OF HIS LIFE.
The TCDD General Director İsa Apaydın came across the 98-year-old retired railroad worker Mehmet İlter in the Bahçe district of Osmaniye, where he was being present for the Bahçe-Nurdağ variant tunnel inspections. Apaydın, had a chat with the centenarian railroad worker for a while.
İlter who had worked for years on the railroad line that has tough geographical conditions said that he had never seen anyone but the road guard, the road overseer, and the section chief during all the years that he worked and it was a great pleasure to meet with a General Director for the first time. During the chat, which took place in a joyful and sincere environment, İsa Apaydın shared information on the Bahçe-Nurdağ Tunnel that will be longest tunnel in Turkey when it is complete, it is made up of two tubes, and it is 20.200 meters long and the other railroad projects with the senior railroad worker İlter.
“I am very happy because I was able to meet my General Director before I die.”
İlter who was living the joy of having a chat with General Director Apaydın said, “Ah! These mountains you have right here, what trains had passed through them. If I begin to tell the hard times we had in winters, on snowy days, hot days; neither books nor time would be enough.” İlter who also shared his experiences with Apaydın said, “Now you carry this flag. May God give you power and strength. May God never make you turn back from the right path. Earnings from the railroad are legitimate. Thankfully, not even once an illegitimate bite went down my throat and for this reason, I am the way I am at this age today. I am having a conversation with you. I am very happy that God allowed me to have a conversation with a General Director such as you who is a master of his job and humble enough to have a chat with me before I die. May God also grant you a lifetime that you will account for.”