The commissioning of the railway corridor Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) is planned for June this year, Anadolu agency reports with reference to the statement of the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications of Turkey Ahmet Arslan.
Arslan noted that BTK will contribute to the economic development of the eastern provinces of Turkey. “Products of Turkish manufacturers will be delivered through the logistics center in Kars to various countries of the world, which will reduce the time and cost of delivery” the Minister said.
Regarding the details of the BTK project, the minister noted that one railway branch will operate from Kars to Baku, and then the communication will be continued through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to China.
“We are talking about significant delivery volumes on the railway” Arslan said.
The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is built on the basis of the Azerbaijani-Georgian-Turkish interstate agreement. The project started in 2008. Within the framework of the project, a railway line is being built on the territory of Turkey from Akhalkalaki station in Georgia to the railway station in Kars. The total length of the BTK will be 826 kilometers. The peak capacity of the corridor is estimated to be about 17 million tons of cargo per year, at the initial stage of the corridor this figure will be at the level of one million passengers and 6.5 million tons of cargo per year.