“50-year dream” of Kartepe is coming true
“50-year dream” of Kartepe is coming true – The contract for the cable car project in Kartepe district of Kocaeli which will provide the transport to the summit of Samanlı Mountains via the forests which are very rich in tree species, offering the great views of Gulf of İzmit and Sapanca Lake simultaneously – It will become possible to hit the top of Kartepe in 15 minutes when the project in which construction process will start within two months is finalized – Kartepe Mayor Üzülmez said: – “Cable car will make significant contributions to tourism.
Plus, a tourism potential will be created. At least 500,000 people will get this service annually, so a new tourist potential will arise”
KOCAELİ (AA) – The contract for the cable car project featured as a “50-year dream” in Kartepe district of Kocaeli which will provide the transport to the summit of Samanlı Mountains via the forests which are very rich in tree species, offering the great views of Gulf of İzmit and Sapanca Lake simultaneously.
In the signing ceremony held at municipality, Kartepe Mayor Hüseyin Üzülmez said that today is passing into history with the start of the implementation of the 50-year dream of Kartepe.
Üzülmez specified that the towns and villages, even the whole Kocaeli has had a cable car dream since Kartepe was not a district, an even Kartepe name was not given to the relevant region. He said:
“This issue was brought to agenda in every election, but we had promised this in the last elections. We went it at tooth and nail for it. According to our research, a very strong company won the tender. The most important point is that the necessary legal permits and procedures took a long time locally and centrally, but the tender process was completed at the end of a 3.5-year struggle. Our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan provided considerable support to us. He dealt with this matter personally. I owe him a debt of gratitude. I thank our Deputy Prime Minister Fikri Işık, members of our parliament, our Metropolitan Municipality Mayor İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu and our bureaucrats for their support.”
– “Kartepe will further be an attraction center with the completion of the project”
Üzülmez mentioned that Metropolitan Municipality allocated the take-off and landing locations of the cable car to us at no charge and this facilitated their works. Üzülmez reported: “Tender process of the project was finalized. Terms for the relevant company were set. Today, we are drawing up the contract. Later, application and construction stage of the project will start. The company will begin to construct in two months. Tender specification requires the completion of the project within two years. However, the company mentioned that they will be able to complete the project on December 31, 2018 unless exceptional circumstances arise. I see the excitement of the awarded company. Cable car will cover an air distance of 4.9 km in 15 minutes.”
Üzülmez emphasized that the cable car will make significant contributions to Kartepe tourism and create an additional tourism potential. “At least 500,009 people will receive this service annually, thereby making a new tourist potential. This new transport mode will contribute in local, domestic and international respects. We’re waiting for the day on which our citizens will start to use this service“ said he.
Üzülmez pointed out that Kartepe is not just a center of winter tourism and can be visited during four seasons. He continues to his speech as follows:
“Kartepe is very important in summer as well, because it has tableland tourism. Kartepe contains a national park on which our Metropolitan Municipality will invest significantly. New hotels and facilities will be constructed. Different investments will be made. Kartepe has the view of not only Sapanca Lake, but also Marmara Sea and Gulf of İzmit. When you go up, you can see Blacksea with a great flora, including green forests. There is no other cable car from which you can see all of these beauties. I hope Kartepe will attract more visitors at the end of the project.”
In the meeting, Üzülmez and General Manager of the Contractor Company, VALTER signed the contract.