Foundation laid for $885 mln metro project in Turkey’s Kocaeli
KOCAELİ - Anadolu Agency
Turkey’s Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality laid the foundation of a metro project in the prominent industrial province on Oct. 20.
The new metro line worth 5 billion Turkish Liras ($885 million) will connect the Gebze Organized Industrial Zone with the Darıca coastline.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Turkish Parliament Speaker Binali Yıldırım said the metro project will be equipped with the latest technology.
“The metro cars here will be fully automatic. The smart metro system will be driverless,” he said.
Hüseyin Aksoy, the governor of Kocaeli, said that the population of Kocaeli rises at around 50,000 people annually and added: “The metro project will address the increasing traffic load of such an important city.”
Kocaeli Mayor İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu said the municipality lays the foundation of “the biggest investment project in its history.”
He also said that about 1.3 million people commute to Kocaeli from Istanbul for working every morning.
Noting that the whole investment cost will be met by the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, Karaosmanoğlu added: “The metro will meet the transportation needs of the increasing population of Kocaeli.”
The new underground metro project will consist of two tunnels, each of 15.6 kilometers (10 miles), with a diameter of 6.5 meters, while the line will have 12 stations.
The metro project is expected to be put into service in 2022.