October 27, 2014
Marmaray Project was chosen out of 11 nominee projects for JICA President Award 2014 for its successful implementation. It is the first project in Turkey which was chosen for this award. The "JICA president award" is honouring projects which made great contribution to the development of the target countries and exert extraordinary impact on boosting JICA's international stature.
The award ceremony was held on October 27, 2014 in Ankara with the participation of the representatives of JICA Turkey Office and the awarded organizations, Undersecretariat of Treasury and General Directorate of Infrastructure Investments.
The award was delivered by Ms. Mayumi ENDOH, the Chief Representative of JICA Turkey Office to Mr. Hakan TOKAÇ, Director General of Foreign Economic Relations on behalf of Undersecretariat of Treasury and to Ms. Ferzan GÖKERKÜÇÜK, Head of Mass Transportation Department, on behalf of General Directorate of Infrastructure Investments.
At the ceremony, it is stated by both representatives that the Marmaray Project is a symbol of friendship between Turkey and Japan and they conveyed their wishes for the future projects with utilizing Japanese high technology to contribute to the development of Turkey and mutual benefit of both countries.
The Marmaray Project is a prominent project of connecting European and Asian continents and the first ODA loan agreement was signed in 1999. It is aimed at reducing traffic congestions and air pollution in the central area of Istanbul by constructing a subway line. The railway tunnel underneath the Bosphorus strait is located 60 metres below sea level which is the deepest underwater immersed tunnel in the world and the tunnel required a high level of technical construction expertise. The length of the line is 13.6 km with three underground stations that crosses the Bosphorus. From its opening in October 2013 to middle May 2014 (7 months), over 24 million people used Marmaray.
Mr. Hakan TOKAÇ (left), Ms. Mayumi ENDOH (Right)
Ms.Ferzan GÖKERKÜÇÜK (left), Ms. Mayumi ENDOH (Right)