Coup in Turkey would’ve halted BTK construction

Coup in Turkey would’ve halted BTK construction

If the July 15 military coup had been successful, the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway in Turkey would have stopped, the Turkish Minister of Transport, Shipping and Communications Ahmet Arslan said in an interview with Anadolu Agency.

He said in such a case, other important projects in Turkey would also have been under a great threat.

“As it has turned out, one of the objectives of the coup plotters was to paralyze the transport projects in Turkey,” Arslan added.

The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is being constructed on the basis of a Georgian-Azerbaijani-Turkish intergovernmental agreement. It will be commissioned in the second half of this year.

The peak capacity of the BTK will be 17 million tons of cargo per year. At the initial stage, the capacity will be one million passengers and 6.5 million tons of cargo, Trend reports.

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