Turkish President Recep Erdogan, the Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and the speaker of the Turkish Parliament Ismail Kahraman cut a symbolic ribbon, having opened on Tuesday “Eurasia” road tunnel through the Bosporus Strait in Istanbul.
“Opening of "Eurasia" tunnel is our long-cherished dream. Turkey, which has been a bridge between East and West for 600 years, continues to connect the continents. No power is able to stop Turkey and will not put it on the knees. We are going to fight terrorism until our complete victory over it,” said Yildirim, speaking at the opening ceremony of the tunnel.
President Erdogan expressed hope that the tunnel would be of great benefit. “I congratulate our agencies and companies that have implemented the project. Hundred of thousands of cars will be able to get from one mainland to another daily, regardless of weather conditions,” added the Turkish leader.
A total length of the tunnel is 5400 meters, 3340 meters of which run under the Bosporus. The capacity of the new tunnel, which is intended to relieve bridges over the Bosphorus, can reach 100 thousand cars a day. The cost of the project amounted to about $1.2 billion.