The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway will be put into operation in the first quarter of 2017, said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
Yildirim made the remarks during a meeting with his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the TRT Haber news channel reported Dec. 20. The Turkish prime minister noted that the BTK project is at the stage of completion.
Georgian PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili, for his part, said that Tbilisi is doing everything needed for the project’s speedy completion. He also noted that the BTK project is the most important link in the cooperation of Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan.
The BTK railway is being constructed on the basis of the Georgian-Azerbaijani-Turkish intergovernmental agreement. The peak capacity of the railway will be 17 million tons of cargo per year. At the initial stage, this figure will be one million passengers and 6.5 million tons of cargo.