In the program organized by the Union of Engineers and Architects of the Turkic World in The Ankara Hotel in Ankara HST Station on 27 January 2017, the promotion of the final awards of “Sinan the Architect International Olympics of 2016 - the Year of Haydar Aliyev“ was held.
Addressing in the meeting, Deputy Minister of Environment and Urbanization Mr. Mehmet Ceylan expressed that the basic goal of the Union of Engineers and Architects of the Turkic World was to produce projects and exchange the experiences for the development and improvement of the Turkic World and Related Communities. Mr. Ceylan underlined the activities on national and international levels such as symposiums, councils and Project Awards of Sinan the Architect since the establishment of the Union and stated that the 7th Urbanization Council will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Chairman of the Union of Engineers and Architects of the Turkic World Mr Akif Özkaldı, Undersecretary of Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, expressed the aim of the Union as to vitalize the common urbanization culture in Turkic World and Related Communities via the organization of Turkic World Councils in the field of engineering, architecture and urbanization.
“Railways are in the golden era”
In the speech addressed by Director General of TCDD Mr. İsa Apaydın, he reflected that “important developments have been experienced in the recent years in the relations among the countries of Turkic World speaking the same language and having the same cultural values.”
A great importance has been attached to railways taking on the task of a bridge between the countries of Turkic World in the last 14 years, stated by Mr Apaydın. He added: “Railway sector experience its golden era under the high patronage of H.E. President and with the support of H.E. Prime Minister and H.E. Minister and our governments”. Accepted as the state policy since 2003, the railways sector have had an important amount of investment of approximately 57 billion TL. With these investments, we have taken the high speed railway projects into operation which are admired by the world, he underlined.
The stations which are our cultural heritage have been restored as loyal to the originals, the lines which were not touched for 100-150 years have been renewed and turned into electrified and signalled lines, and the total length of the high speed railway lines, rapid lines and conventional lines under construction has reached to 3.713 km, Mr Apaydın stated.
He also addressed that it is planned to establish logistics centres in 20 points which will make Turkey a base of logistics of the region, 7 of these centres have been taken into operation, the works for the development of advanced railway industry in Turkey have been continued in an instant manner and it is desired to put the national trains on the rails at the soonest possible date.
“Our railway projects will reinforce our bonds with Turkic World”
Emphasising that they are carrying out Kars-Tbilisi-Baku Railway Project in order to reinforce their historical and cultural bonds with Turkic World of Central Asia, Mr. Apaydın continued his speech as follows:
“It is planned to open the railway line named as Modern Iron Silk Road and extending from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Tbilisi and Akhalkalaki, Georgia, and to Kars within this year. The mentioned project will ensure an uninterrupted railway connection via Georgia to Azerbaijan and to Turkic Republics in Central Asia. The historical Silk Road will be revived and the economic, social and cultural cooperation between the countries will reach to a better by far level with the uninterrupted railway transport from London to China. The construction works are about to come to an end in the Kars-Tbilisi-Baku Railway, where we are aiming to carry 6,5 million tons freight annually in the short term and 17 million tons freight annually in the long term, and it is planned to be taken into operation within this year.”
Mr Apaydın also reminded that the MARMARAY connecting Asia and Europe via railway going under the Bosporus and enabling uninterrupted railway transport from London to Beijing was opened on 29 October 2013, and stated that the projects works for the railway connection of Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge are still going on intensively.
Mr. Apaydın also stated the Ankara-Sivas High Speed Railway Project would serve as a bridge for the uninterrupted transport between London and Beijing, and expressed that “With the Kars-Tbilisi-Baku Railway Project, Ankara-Sivas High Speed Railway Project, MARMARAY and Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge Railway Connections, our historical and cultural bonds with the our brothers in Caucasus and Turkic Republics in Central Asia will be reinforced. We will continue our works, as it was before, with the same resolution and determination to reinforce our bonds with our brothers in the Turkic World countries.”
Distinguished Service Award to Mr. Apaydın
After the speeches and announcing the projects in the final, Director General of TCDD Mr. Apaydın was awarded with “Silk Road Civilizations Distinguished Service Award”.
Thanking to the Chairman and the administrators of the Union of Engineers and Architects of the Turkic World that deem me worthy of this award valuable for our country and railways, Mr. Apaydın stated that they, as the family of Turkish State Railways of 30 thousand personnel, would continue our works in a great effort and commitment in order to make our country reach the targets of 2023.