URAYSİM Project Launches “Archaeological Site” and “Agricultural Land”

URAYSİM Project Launches “Archaeological Site” and “Agricultural Land”

It turned out that the land that was to be built as a test track for trains in Eskişehir is an “Archaeological Protected Area”. It was determined that disaster risk reports were not prepared for roads that will be close to fault lines.

Mustafa Bildirici from Birgün on news by; “It was decided to expropriate an area of ​​6 million square meters for the construction of the test roads of the National Railway Systems Research and Testing Center (URAYSİM) project, which was launched in partnership with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and Anadolu University, in Eskişehir Alpu.

The expert committee formed in the framework of the lawsuit filed by the Eskişehir Metropolitan Municipality with the Administrative Court for the expropriation decision of the project, which should be built with an estimated budget of 504 million TL, has completed its report . The seven-person expert committee, consisting of five academics, a geological engineer and a cartographic and cadastral engineer, concluded in the 77-page report that the URAYSİM project, in its current form, “does not is not suited to the public interest”. In the report, it was pointed out that the land, the expropriation of which is envisaged under the project, touches on first-class agricultural land, a pasture area, a gas pipeline, the border of the floodplain of the Porsuk River and the “archaeological site on the Great Caravan Road route”.

Reacting to the project’s lack of planning, CHP MP Utku Çakırözer said, “The project should be moved to a more barren region instead of fertile land for agriculture and animal husbandry.”


In the report of the expert committee, there were some conclusions in summary:

“The majority of the project area is first-class agricultural land where active agricultural production is carried out in the Alpu plain, which was declared a “Great Plain” in 2017 with the decision of the Council of Ministers. There, land was consolidated and turned over to producers, and irrigation infrastructure projects were completed. With the project, the integrity of the region’s most productive agricultural lands will be disrupted. Changing the quality of agricultural land and using it for other purposes will cause irreversible damage. It is illegal to use it for purposes other than agriculture.


DSI’s opinion has not been received on whether the test roads are within the flood and flood protection zone. There are active faults near the project site, but it has been determined that AFAD has not received institutional notice on this matter. Possible future risks in terms of terrain and disaster have been ignored. As part of the project, it is not planned to cross to the other side because of the rails that will cross the fields of the citizens in the form of an ellipse. With the exception of two underground passages, the cadastral roads are completely interrupted.

Since there are many immovable cultural properties such as mounds, flat settlements and necropolises in the plain where the project will be built, the project may cause irreparable damage. Given that the project is heavily populated and located on the eventual ‘Great Caravan Road’ cultural route, the outstanding public interest is overshadowed. Expropriation would not be in the public interest in terms of cultural property.


CHP Çakırözer assessed the expert report as follows:

“In the railway city of Eskişehir, nobody is against URAYSİM and similar projects. Thanks to the expert report, the city had for the first time the opportunity to discuss the project in detail. What does science say? He says, “This project will not be on farmland.” Then we should all listen to the expert report. Turkey is not self-sufficient in agriculture. First the pandemic, then the war in our north showed the importance of producing wheat, beets and corn yourself. Therefore, laying rails on the most fertile agricultural land in our country will not benefit anyone. The project should be moved to more arid areas, as desired by the villagers. »

Amalia H. Mercado