Transportation Planner Erhan Öncü stated that the transportation system of Adana has gone too far in the last 15 year. Stating that the city is growing, height and intensity increased, Öncü said that no improvement was achieved in transportation.
Oncu, who participated in the panel on 'Adana Transportation' organized by the Adana Chamber of Civil Engineers (İMO) Adana Branch at the Yaşar Kemal Cultural Center of Seyhan Municipality, noted that sustainable transportation plans and approaches could not be implemented in the city.
Emphasizing that the transportation master plans should be renewed every 5 years according to the Ministry's Specification, the Transportation Planner claimed that nothing has been done here even though 25 years have passed. Stating that they want to give priority to pedestrians, bicycles and public transport, Oncu said that the regulations expected for disabled people, children without physical strength, children and the elderly have been reversed.
Erhan Öncü, who argued that transportation has developed in a way that all these groups will go to the bottom, continued his words as follows: “Therefore, an urgent regulation, change and inspection activity should be undertaken. An emergency action plan should be prepared and implemented. The Transport Master Plan (UAP) has no priority. In any case, it will not be applied in these conditions. All this must be done through participatory planning. However, the risks in participatory planning should not be ignored.
Underlining that the light rail system in Adana is very inactive and inefficient, the Transportation Planner announced that 18 thousand people were transported with this rail system, which has a capacity of 20-3 thousand. Pointing out that in other cities of Turkey, similarly, the metros, of which a kilometer is built for one hundred million dollars, are used with bus capacity, Öncü said: Therefore, it is necessary to think very carefully when constructing metro or light rail systems. Will we find that many passengers? As a result of the rapid increase in rail systems across the country, the State Planning Organization put some limitations. At least 15 thousand passengers in the year it was opened to build the metro; He said that there should be a demand for 10 thousand passengers for the light rail.
Yıldız Technical University Faculty of Civil Transportation Department Head Assoc. Dr. İsmail Şahin focused on the components of sustainable transportation solutions in his presentation at the panel. Emphasizing that the solutions found to meet today's transportation needs do not confront tomorrow's generations as new problems, it is necessary to adopt the 'sustainable development model', Şahin pointed out that this model was put forward to define transportation problems and develop solutions. Stating that transportation solutions in sustainable development are based on three pillars such as economic development, social justice and environmental protection, Şahin said that if at least one of these features is insufficient or missing in the developed project options, the project will be insufficient to meet the stump and requirements.
Yıldız Technical University Head of the Department of Transportation, who reminded that measures were taken to prevent city travel by car, which realizes well planned public transportation types that give priority to bicycles and pedestrians, said that the approaches that avoid building a car park here are counted as sustainable transportation solutions.
IMO Adana Branch President Nazım Biçer stated at the opening that cities were no longer a living space and turned into a heap of ugly buildings without a soul, with no local identity, with a corporate urbanization model. Biçer continued as follows: Cities are seen as a commodity to be marketed, and the people of the city, the subject of social life, as an object. The interests of the country, social future, solidarity and ethical values have been abandoned. With the legal and administrative changes, the continued propaganda and the power of being in power, this understanding has penetrated into the cells of our cities. Unfortunately, a healthy, safe and livable city could not be established in Adana, one of these cities, as a result of years of lack of planning and control, wrong land use policies, illegal construction and zoning amnesty. Adana has many problems that can be listed from transportation, unplanned construction, infrastructure problems, environmental and waste problems, food safety, use of energy, destruction of our urban identity, poverty, unemployment, work accidents, lack of attention to art and culture, and more.
Civil Engineer, City Master Planner The panel, where İsmail Hakkı Acar made a presentation, was followed by Deputy Mayor of Metropolitan Municipality Ramazan Akyürek, CHP Deputy Zülfikar İnönü Tümer, Seyhan Mayor Zeydan Karalar and many NGO representatives and students.