3. The emphasis on the construction of the airport: 3. Tender specifications and contract in the construction of the airport have been reduced to 105 meters in height from sea level in 75 meters.
In the news in the daily Birgün, it was claimed that the great emphasis on the construction of the 3rd Airport was revealed. In the news written by CHP Istanbul Deputy Aykut Erdoğdu, the author of the newspaper, in the 22rd Airport tender, which was awarded to 152 billion 3 million Euros by the Limak-Cengiz-Kolin-Mapa-Kalyon Joint Venture, the airport area, whose height was determined as 105 meters above sea level, was reduced to 75 meters. took place. It has been claimed that the reason for this change is the reduction of the excavation costs amounting to 3 billion Euros.
In the headline of Birgün newspaper with the headline of “The Big Profit at the Airport”, it was stated that the two main determinants affecting the offers of the participating companies are the treasury guarantee and the elevation of the airport, that is, the height above sea level. Regarding the emphasis put forward in the news, Aykut Erdoğdu explained the following:
"3. There are hills reaching a height of 160 meters and ponds and pits that go down to -37 meters in the area where the airport will be built. In the tender specifications, the airport was envisaged to be at an average height of 105 meters above sea level.
In this case, the hills up to 160 meters had to be shaved and filled with huge pits that went down to -37 meter depth. According to the EIA report of the project, the amount of excavation projected in the airport construction was 1 billion cubic meters. All of Istanbul's excavation 2,5 isn't enough even if it moves here during the year.
This requires external ground transportation in order to complete the project within the prescribed period. The project will be spent on the excavation of approximately 3 billion euros. So the most costly item of the project.
Big construction companies that are considering participating in the tender know this situation very well. Before the tender, he asks whether the elevation will be lowered in the "Question and Answer Part" regarding the airport construction. The Ministry of Transport, General Directorate of State Airports, who made the tender, says that the elevation will not be lowered. They also ask this with a written question. DHMI says again that the elevation will not be lowered.
Now all the bureaucracy and business is 3. The airport's 30 meter is down. The average height of the airport is 105. Authorities answer the questions asked are evasive.
According to my information, the contractor firms have great pressure to reduce the jeans. It is not difficult to guess that this pressure was done through Erdoğan. This is the Minister of Transport who does not accept such questionable transactions. He's in the hospital. Bureaucrats don't want to sign on about the jeans. There are bureaucrats considering retirement or resignation.
3. The project area of the airport is about as far as the Beyoğlu, Bayrampaşa or Zeytinburnu districts of Istanbul. Those who want to revive the size of the cost advantage that will be provided to the contractor by lowering the jeans should think about how much money should be spent in order to raise the whole Beyoğlu, Zeytinburnu or Bayrampaşa districts to the 30 meter.
The cost of excavation, which was approximately 3 Billion Euros in the original form of the project, is reduced to approximately 30 Billion Euros with the reduction of the elevation by 1 meters. In other words, 2 Billion Euros is put into the pockets of contractors with a single transaction. "
"The public has suffered a loss of at least 2 billion Euros"
In the news, it was stated that the reduction of the airport elevation foreseen in the tender specifications and contract at a height of 105 meters to 75 meters caused the transfer of 2 billion Euros to the contractors, and this situation constituted the crime of "rigging the execution of the act" according to the Turkish Penal Code. It was stated that the fact that this change was not known before the tender was effective in keeping the bids of other companies participating in the tender low and there was a public loss.
News in the construction of the airport consortium of one of the construction companies in the 17-25 December bribery and corruption investigations reflected in the public during the investigation and abusive statements in a telephone conversation on the Internet were also reminded.