The project for constructing the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway is of great importance in cargo transportation not only for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, but for the whole Europe, Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication, Binali Yildirim, said.
He noted that after being commissioned in 2016, the BTK railway will transport cargo and the passenger transportation will begin later, TRT Haber TV channel reported March 9.
Currently, work is underway to complete the construction of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, Yildirim added.
The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is being constructed on the basis of a Georgian-Azerbaijani-Turkish intergovernmental agreement and is expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2016.
The railway’s peak capacity will be 17 million tons of cargo a year. At the initial stage, this figure will be one million passengers and 6.5 million tons of cargo.