The ongoing discussion regarding the Montreux Straits Convention also brought the Kanal Istanbul project back to the agenda. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced yesterday that they will launch the project tender soon and the foundation of the project will be laid in the summer months. Experts listed the negative effects of the project on Istanbul and warned them once again.
Experts believe that the project will irreversibly destroy the existing agricultural, forest and pasture lands and water resources of Istanbul.
‘WE SEE THE GAME’
UCTEA Chamber of City Planners Istanbul Branch Vice President Assoc. Dr. Pelin Pınar Giritlioğlu said that Kanal Istanbul is not a transportation and logistics project, but a real estate and income project. Giritlioğlu, in short, “The government has an attitude that covers every objection. He does not listen to any scientific explanation. We see that they are in a stubbornness and persistence accusing those who oppose Kanal Istanbul with treason and putschism. There is a rush. The only explanation for this rush can actually be revealed by examining the handover processes of the lands. They are trying to open the way to eliminate the canal Istanbul as a national security issue by showing the forests, coasts and agricultural areas that cannot be destroyed by legal means as a national struggle. We are aware of this game, persistence and haste. The rooms are not ‘wedge rooms’ as the Minister Institution explains. The purpose is not to inhibit the process. To defend Istanbul and our region to the end. In other words, the main purpose is to protect our natural areas, which are our main guarantees in the future … We have no other purpose than this ”.
Giritlioğlu stated that the government, which blocked the ears of those who said that the project was wrong, should confront these segments with a different discourse and said, “No scientific explanation could be made. It is said that it will only be done stubbornly. This project will create an ecology in itself. “Implementing a project that will eliminate forest areas, water basins, agricultural lands and pasture lands means the end of Istanbul.”
Raşit Fırat Deniz, Board Member of the Chamber of Environmental Engineers Istanbul Branch, stated that the water resources of Istanbul will be destroyed with the project. Deniz said, “With the Canal Istanbul and Yenişehir Reserve Areas Project, the 3rd Airport and the 3rd Bridge are being turned into a center of attraction. Qualified population is required to settle in this region. “The need for water will also increase due to the increasing population in the north of Istanbul.”
VALUABLE ‘FIELDS’ OF ALBAYRAK AND MUHAİDİB
Berat Albayrak, the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was transformed into a “residential + commercial area” with the implementation zoning plans. In the latest plans, which were revised upon numerous objections and suspended again, it is seen that the function of “residence + commercial area” given to the land in question has not changed. Likewise, the 9-acre ‘field’ land purchased by Saudi Arabian businessperson Sulaiman Al Muhaidib remains “partly residential, partly on the road, partly in the kindergarten and primary school area”.
THERE IS UP TO 24 APRIL FOR THE APPEAL
Channel Istanbul zoning plans were approved by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and were suspended recently. Plans covering 9 districts, namely Arnavutköy, Başakşehir, Avcılar, Küçükçekmece, Bakırköy, Eyüp, Bağcılar, Esenler and Bayrampaşa, will affect an area the size of 90 thousand football fields.
Istanbul residents who want to use their right to object to Kanal Istanbul revision plans, download and sign the petition from www.kanal.istanbul website. [email protected] or deliver it to Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization Ataşehir service building by hand. The appeal period expires on April 24, 2021.
Either Kanal Ya Istanbul Coordination announced that they would go to the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization in Ataşehir on April 14 at 14:00 and submit their petitions regarding the latest plans.