TODAY’S – 38 trains bought for Marmaray sit idle at HaydarpaIa

38 trains bought for Marmaray sit idle at HaydarpaIaThirty-eight trains, bought at a cost of 12 million euros each to transport passengers between Gebze and HalkalI, remain idle at the HaydarpaIa railway station in Istanbuland#39s KadIky district because the infrastructure for the trains to maneuver does not exist at some of the stations along the Marmaray line.According to a report published in the Bugun daily on Friday, approximately 50 trains, some comprising 10 wagons and the rest five wagons, were imported from South Korea in 2012.

Nonetheless, while five-wagon trains were put into service on Oct. 29 of last year, the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic, 10-wagon trains remain idle at HaydarpaIa station because they cannot turn around at the current terminal stations on the Marmaray line, AyrIlIk eImesi and KazlIeIme.

Commenting on the issue, United Transportation Workers Union (BTS) Secretary-General Hasan BektaI says the trains contain sensitive electronic devices which can be damaged in unfavorable weather conditions. Underlining that the trains have been waiting at HaydarpaIa without being used for three years, BektaI said the infrastructure in Turkey is not compatible with the trains imported from South Korea BektaI also said public money has being wasted for political campaigns.

The Marmaray project includes an upgrade of 63 kilometers of suburban train lines to create a 76.3-kilometer line between Gebze, a town east of Istanbul, and HalkalI, a neighborhood to the west of Istanbul, in addition to the 13.

6-kilometer line that is currently in service.The Marmaray rail tunnel is the worldand#39s first underwater rail link to connect two continents.

Sirkeci and uskudar are the two stations linking the Asian and European sides via a 1,400-meter tube underneath the Bosporus.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman