Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu said that at the end of the Eurasia Tunnel’s operating period, the public will generate at least $140 million in revenue, excluding taxes and other earnings, from the ongoing project. question. , 2042, the public will own the functional investment asset, debt-free and cost-free, and all income will belong to them. mentioned.
In a statement to AA’s correspondent, Karaismailoğlu recalled that the Eurasia tunnel, the construction of which began on January 30, 2013, was completed 8 months ahead of schedule, i.e. 3 years and 11 months, and put into service on January 22 December 2016.
Pointing out that the investment cost of the project is 1 billion 245 million dollars and the annual operating cost is 35 million dollars, Karaismailoğlu used the following statements:
“It was completed in a short time, like 4 years. More than one bid is being prepared for the open bidding organized by the public by calculating the financial costs. If the state had done himself, he would have sold the project worth 1 billion 245 million dollars. Last year, we paid 498 million liras to the operator because he did not respect the guarantee of the vehicle. ” If we had operated the Eurasia tunnel, we would have already spent 519 million lire and that would have come from the state. the chests. Plans for the future are already bearing fruit.
Karaismailoğlu, in the calculations made taking into account the Kozyatağı-Bakırköy corridor, said that drivers using the Eurasia Tunnel achieved 25 million hours of time savings, 35,000 tons of fuel savings, 10,000 tons of reductions emissions and accident cost savings resulting from a decrease of 65 million vehicle-kilometres in 2021. As a result, he said the project’s 5-year contribution to the country’s economy is 8, 1 billion TL.
Minister Karaismailoğlu said that according to the analysis, the Eurasia Tunnel provided an average of 137 liras for each user in the daily round trips, with the effect of reducing fuel consumption, reducing emissions and the costs of accidents, plus 1 hour time savings last year.
Drawing attention to the importance of the Eurasia Tunnel in terms of environmental sustainability responsibility, Karaismailoğlu said that the project has obtained the International Green Energy Certificate (I-REC) by supplying all of its electricity consumption by 2021 from recyclable sources, thus supporting the reduction of the carbon footprint caused by the need for electricity and the increase in energy efficiency. .
Karaismailoğlu said: “In 2021, 7.7 tons of waste were recycled in the Eurasia Tunnel Operation and Maintenance Building, which was designed as a green building taking into consideration elements such as energy saving. energy, recycling and sustainability and has the LEED Gold certificate with these characteristics. Over the past 5 years, a total of 37.2 tonnes of waste has been recovered.” mentioned.
Karaismailoğlu pointed out that a total of 50,000 tons of emission reduction has been achieved in 5 years through the use of the Eurasia Tunnel, and said that with this amount, when considering that a tree absorbs 25 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year, it is equivalent to the task that about 2 million trees will undertake.
“4.8 million different vehicles have used the tunnel 82 million times”
Stating that the Eurasia Tunnel is an exemplary project not only in terms of design and engineering, but also with its human-centered business approach, Karaismailoğlu shared the following information:
“The project, which was completed with a total of 700 engineers, 95% of whom were Turkish, and more than 12,000 people, 14 million man-hours during the construction period, was completed without fatalities or serious injuries. About 500 of the domestic and international companies, leaders in their field, participated in the project and provided consulting services. liras was created for the Turkish economy.”
Karaismailoğlu said that 1 million 77 thousand 335 man/hours of work were achieved with a staff of 200 specialists during the operating period, and the employees received 2 thousand 564 hours of occupational health and safety training and 42 thousand 98 of vocational training.
“The Eurasia Tunnel has been used 82 million times by 4.8 million different vehicles to date.” Karaismailoğlu said 93% of these vehicles are cars and 7% are minibuses.
Pointing out that the rate of vehicles preferring the tunnel is 51% towards Asia and 49% towards Europe, Karaismailoğlu said the average daily usage is 50-55,000 vehicle units.
Explaining that it is planned to reach the minimum number of traffic guarantees in 2026, Karaismailoğlu said:
“After this year, the public will begin to generate revenue through revenue sharing. By 2039, the public will have recovered all collateral they have paid. By January 31, 2042, the public will own an active, free and functional investment, and all income will belong to it. When the period of operation of the Eurasia tunnel is completed, the state will have received at least 140 million dollars, excluding taxes and other earnings.
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