Siemens group takes Bursa light rail

first_imgCONTRACTS for construction of a 21·5 km light rail line in the Turkish city of Bursa were signed at the beginning of February. The municipality has selected a consortium led by Siemens Verkehrstechnik, together with Ansaldo Trasporti and three local firms. The deal is valued at DM500m.The first phase of an eventual 55 km network covers the main route from Gecit to Egitim Cadesi and a branch along Izmir Yolu (RG 1.97 p12). It includes a 3·7 km cut-and-cover tunnel under the city centre. Construction is expected to take 30 months.Siemens will undertake project management and systems integration, and provide the power supplies, overhead catenary, depot and workshop equipment. Its Turkish subsidiary Simko will be responsible for local procurement and installation of E&M equipment supplied by other consortium members. Siemens will also supply 48 vehicles 30m long, in conjunction with local manufacturer Tuvasas, bringing its share of the contract to DM250m.Turkish construction company Guris will be responsible for civil works and ’related construction’ to a value of DM150m. Signalling and automation equipment will come from Ansaldo Trasporti for DM80m – the line is designed to handle four-car trains running at up to 80 km/h on 2min headways. olast_img read more

Inadequate Preparation Bane of Sports Devt, Says Kwara Gov

first_imgBy Hammed Shittu in IlorinKwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has identified inadequate preparation as a major bane of sports development in the country.Ahmed who gave this indication when the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, visited him ahead of the National Youth Games in the state, suggested that Nigeria should place emphasis on sports activities where the country has core competences and areas of strength in other to win laurels in major competitions.According to him, “We should use sports to drive us into nationhood because sports is a leveler and performance base, irrespective of social and economic backgrounds of the performer”.Ahmed noted that sports development is crucial for youth development as sports enhance mental disposition and physical capacities to cope with life.The governor said, the state government would introduce Inter Secondary School Competition as part of efforts to rejuvenate sports in the State, adding that the Indoor Sports Hall of the Kwara State stadium complex would be renovated to restore its status as the hub of indoor sports in the country.Speaking earlier, Mr. Dalung said the National Youth Games holding in Ilorin was designed to promote sports development through discovery of talents that could be nurtured for sporting excellence in the future.According to him, “the National Youth Games was designed for young Nigerians below 17 years of age in order to catch budding talents young”.Dalung said through National Youth Games, Nigeria could halt the recycling of ageing elite athletes, which has been taking place in the last two decades.The minister challenged states to direct their energies into sports development as sports have potentials of dissuading youths from crime, as well as create vistas of economic opportunities for youths.Dalung commended the state government for its financial and logistics supports towards the successful hosting of the National Youth Games in the State.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more