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Turkey to hold tender for Grand Istanbul Tunnel in 2020

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ANKARA

Turkey is planning a tender this year for a third underwater tunnel beneath Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait, this one combining both road and railway passages, officials announced Tuesday.

The Grand Istanbul Tunnel contract will have the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model, said Cahit Turhan, Turkey’s transportation and infrastructure minister.

The three-level mega-project will integrate with the Yenikapi-Sefakoy subway line, he told an annual meeting in the capital Ankara.

After completion, the tunnel is set to be used by some 6.5 million people annually to…

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