The opposition mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu, has accepted his call die President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government repeats canceling the Istanbul canal project. Local media have confirmed that die Excavation work for the sewer project in the last week of June will begin.
In a press release on Wednesday, the mayor said the real reason the government wanted to build the canal was die “new city”, die she wants to build around him.
Imamoglu added, “The problem is not the channel, it is die Building, die to be erected around it, this is an emotional act, it has come to this point, we cannot bear it. Around die Future of Istanbul is not in One cannot destroy the Sea of Marmara to bring danger. “.
Earlier on Wednesday, Haberturk TV reported that the groundbreaking for die first bridge in the canal project on June 26th in Presence of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will take place, who said there are plans to build “two new cities” around the canal.
Erdogan said in speaking again to his party’s parliamentary bloc on Wednesday, I say that the construction of the two canal bridges will start this month.
Opposition parties and environmental groups rejected the project because of concerns about its potential environmental impact and economic costs. Also die Provide opposition parties to the project die Importance of the project in Question, because the canal runs parallel to the Bosphorus and will be about the same length.
Erdogan brought die Idea of the project launched for the first time in 2011, and die Project cost is $ 25 billion while die Government expects die annual project revenue will reach $ 8 billion.
Form a public opinion against the project
Tried, contrary to the government’s efforts to move the canal project forward die Opposition with the support of civil society organizations to form a public opinion against the project.
In this regard, Aisha Yekce, head of the Istanbul Canal Association (a civil society organization against the project) said: “The Istanbul Canal will die northern reserves, die Region of Thrace and die Badly affect water sources, so we are against the project. many Turks oppose it and we are trying to organize and gather them to oppose the Istanbul Canal.
She added in a statement to Al Arabiya.net added: “The sewer project is a topic not only die Turkey is concerned but a global issue is there die natural resources mentioned by us are vital areas, die are connected to and threatened with the northern European forest chain. “With extinction, it is a global issue, as is the issue of climate change.”
She added, “Given the recent emergence of the pollution problem in the Sea of Marmara, we can say that if the canal were built, the Sea of Marmara would be exposed to greater pollution. That means the sea, the land and die entire vital systems are threatened with extinction. Because of this we reject die Idea of the project. “
On the other hand, confirmed die Turkish government that the project die Does not harm the environment and does not increase the risk of earthquakes, based on studies and research of major Turkish universities and the reports of the relevant ministries, die from more than two hundred experts.
The writer and journalist Akram Kazlatash confirms that die Question of the Istanbul Canal in Turkey in has caused controversy recently, die raised by the major opposition parties and their president, but is interesting die Intervention by the Mayor of Greater Istanbul, die address the topic and call for the project to be stopped under scientific pretexts, die do not correspond to reality.
In a statement to Al Arabiya.net Kazaltaş said that the Bosphorus is crossed by thousands of ships annually, with the size of the ships increasing in In the last few decades and the increase in their weight, this has led to dangers over time. especially sharp curves in the strait and the presence of countercurrents alongside the congestion on both sides of the strait lead to accidents for ships since die Ships long wait around die Strait to cross, and in some cases damage to the strait occurs die Goods that require all of these reasons die Establishment of a new parallel channel, the die Overload reduced and there are no detours, die die Endanger shipping and the crossing of ships.
The Istanbul Canal Project is a water canal that die crosses the European side of Istanbul and connects the Sea of Marmara in the south with the Black Sea in the north with a length of 45 km and a depth of 20 meters.
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