Three presidents will lay the foundation of a railway project, publicly named as "silk railway", in eastern Turkey, executives of the Turkish Transportation Ministry said on Sunday.
Presidents of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia would participate in the groundbreaking ceremony of 76-kilometer part of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project, which would be constructed in Turkey's Eastern Anatolia Region, the executives told AA correspondent.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili will push the button to launch the project on July 24th. The presidents will have a luncheon after the ceremony.
The foundation of Georgia section of the railway was laid in a region outside capital Tbilisi on November 21st, 2007 with participation of Gul, Aliyev and Saakashvili.
The Kars-Tbilisi-Baku railway, or Kars-Akhalkalaki-Tbilisi-Baku railway, is a regional rail link project to directly connect Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan. The project is due to be completed by 2010.
The project will enable uninterrupted railway link with the Central Asian republics, which are the new oil and natural gas center in the world. Thus, a train that will set off from London can reach China without any interruption.
Celikler-Ozgun Yapi Grubu (Turkish construction group) offered last September some 290 million new Turkish liras (one USD is equal to 1.200 YTL) to fulfil the project.
The project consists of three stages. The 76-kilometer part of it will be constructed in Turkey. The 29-kilometer part of it will be built from Turkey's border to Akhalkalaki, Georgia and Georgia will also rehabilitate the current railway line from this city to Tbilisi.
After the Marmaray Project is completed in Istanbul and after this railway project is implemented, railway and cargo transportation from Europe to China without any interruption will be possible.
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