10/21/2010

Turkey to privatize bridges and highways

Today’s Zaman - A decision announcing plans to privatize designated segments of Turkey’s road infrastructure was published in the Official Gazette on Wednesday.

The country’s Supreme Privatization Board has decided to privatize the Edirne-Istanbul-Ankara, Pozanti-Tarsus-Mersin, Tarsus-Adana-Gaziantep and Toprakkale-Iskenderun highways and Bogazici and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges in Istanbul. The connecting roads to the highways and bridges, which are the Gaziantep-Sanliurfa, Izmir-Cesme, Izmir-Aydin, and peripheral roads to the Bogazici and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges will also be included in the privatization package.

The acquiring company will have the right to operate these highways and bridges and the accompanying facilities such as maintenance, supervision, toll centers and other facilities for 25 years. Until privatization, the maintenance and supervision of these highways and bridges will be conducted by the General Directorate of Highways.
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