« İstanbul becoming uninhabitable with mega construction projects » / Today’s Zaman

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and President Abdullah Gül attends to grounbreaking ceremony of the third İstanbul bridge on Wednesday. (Photo: Cihan, source : Today’s Zaman)

« Consecutive construction projects launched in İstanbul that all steal space from the city’s green areas have sent waves of anxiety, fear and disappointment among many who think Turkey’s most populous city will end up being an uninhabitable place in near future.

The fact that public opposition or criticism is not taken into consideration during the implementation of these projects also concerns many because they are able to do nothing in the wake of the destruction.

There are currently several giant construction projects slated for İstanbul. One is a third airport between the Black Sea regions of Yeniköy and Akpınar. A record 22.1 billion euro ($29 billion) deal was made for the project early this month.

According to Candan Karlıtekin, a former executive board director of Turkish Airlines (THY), construction of a new airport is unnecessary and a waste of money for İstanbul and it would create extensive damage to the city’s natural environment.

He suggested that by adding two parallel runways to the current Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen airports in İstanbul at a cost of $2 billion each, İstanbul can easily welcome more than 120 million passengers annually. » […]

Source : Today’s Zaman


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