Izmir Bay Transition

urgent case for cancellation of izmir korfez gecis project
urgent case for cancellation of izmir korfez gecis project

📩 08/11/2018 18:06

Lawsuits filed by environmental and professional organizations and citizens against the Izmir Bay Crossing Project were filed.

The critical process opened against the Izmir Bay Crossing Project, which was decided to stop execution in line with the expert reports, was entered. At the hearing of the case seen today, environmental and professional organizations demanded the cancellation of the project by drawing attention to the damage to both nature and urban culture. The decision of the court will be expected.

A lawsuit filed by the EGEÇEP, TMMOB, Doğa Association and 85 citizens against the Izmir Bay Crossing Project included in the AKP's local election declaration. In the case heard in the courtroom of the İzmir Regional Court of Justice, the damages that the project will cause to Izmir Bay were expressed and the EIA positive decision was canceled. Apart from the lawyers, the hearths of the Izmir 3rd Administrative Court also attended the managers of the EGEÇEP, TMMOB chambers, citizens, the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, bureaucrats of the General Directorate of Highways and İnciraltı 2nd Generation Platform, which was involved in the case.

EGEÇEP Lawyer Arif Ali Cangı stated that the Gulf Crossing Project contradicts the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality's project to rehabilitate the Gulf. Cangı added that Gediz Delta and İzmir Bay should be protected in order for İzmir to be a livable city and to maintain its identity. Stressing that otherwise the city will become uninhabitable, Cangı stated that there is no public interest.

Özlem Şenyol, the Head of the Izmir Branch of the Chamber of City Planners, reminded that the Gulf Crossing Project was not included in the İzmir-Manisa 100 thousand Environmental Plan and the transportation master plans prepared by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality for 2030 and stated that there was no need for the city. Geophysical Engineer Erhan İçöz, who is one of the plaintiffs, informed that there was no more than 50 meters of drilling work in the project and said, “It is not planned to happen in an earthquake with more than 6 intensity in İzmir, which is an earthquake zone. He should go down to 150 meters deep for a real transportation. ” İçöz informed that there is no archaeological investigation in the area where the bridge legs will be located.

The lawyers and bureaucrats of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and the General Directorate of Highways claimed that the EIA file is procedural and will not harm the areas it will pass. The party, who also opposed the expert report, also requested that an additional expert review and the case be dismissed.

The court will announce its decision in the coming days.


Izmir Bay Crossing Project was the first of the 2014 projects in the election declaration of Binali Yıldırım, who was the candidate of the Izmir Metropolitan Mayor of AKP in the local administrations elections of 1.414, and is now the chairman of the parliament. of the Golden Necklace ". The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization approved the environmental impact assessment (EIA) positive report of the İzmir Gulf Crossing Project, which is planned to connect the Gulf Highway Peripheral Çiğli in the north and İnciraltı in the south in March 2017. The Izmir Gulf Crossing Project, which started from the Sasalı junction of the İzmir Ring Road on the west side of the İzmir Atatürk Organized Industrial Zone in the north, was aimed to end at the junction where it meets the Çeşme Highway in the south. The project is envisaged as a 12 km highway, a 16 km rail system tram, in this context, a bridge on 4.2 km legs in the north (in the form of a suspension bridge of 200 mt on the bay screening canal), a 800 mt artificial island and 1.8 km. immersed tube tunnel
was planned.


The Gediz Delta, located in the northern part of the project, is one of the most important habitats of flamingos and many bird species in the world. Gediz Delta, one of the 14 internationally important Ramsar sites in Turkey, also protected as a Natural Protected Area. Turkey has one of the largest coastal wetlands in the face and the measurement of Izmir Gediz Delta is very flamingo nest from 40 thousand, UNESCO provides all of the four criteria for World Natural Heritage Site. Therefore, the decision taken is of historical importance in terms of the world nature conservation case-law.


In the EIA file, 11 experts appointed in the lawsuit filed against the project decided that the evaluations regarding the impacts of the project on the Gulf ecosystem are insufficient. In line with the report, the Izmir 3rd Administrative Court decided to stop execution. The expert reports stated that the negative effects of the project on the protected areas and the Gediz Delta wetland were not sufficiently examined, and the Izmir Bay Crossing Project was not in compliance with the planning principles and principles, since it was not produced as a strategy at the provincial or regional level.

Source : www.evrensel.net

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