Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Ekrem İmamoğluStating that 88 percent of Istanbul residents have no idea about Kanal Istanbul, they announced that they will hold a workshop open to the public in January. İmamoğlu said, “Nobody is a citizen with 3 children. Ekrem İmamoğluHe cannot force him to say, 'We are making Kanal Istanbul'. Everything we do should benefit this city. Why do we spend 15 billion liras in this country where there is 75 percent unemployment according to official figures? Let's not betray Istanbul. Let's not leave a bad legacy to our children," he said.
Chairman, who chaired the December meeting of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) Assembly. Ekrem İmamoğlu, made statements about the discussed Kalan Istanbul project.
Stating that in a survey, 88 percent of Istanbul residents said "I have no idea" about Kanal Istanbul. Ekrem İmamoğlu, said that they will invite scientists to talk about the subject by holding a workshop open to the public in the first week of January. Particularly inviting the members of the assembly to the workshop, İmamoğlu said:
“Until now, a workshop open to the public has not been held on Kanal Istanbul. Scientists need to discuss this issue. No one is a citizen with 3 children Ekrem İmamoğluHe cannot force him to say, 'We are making Kanal Istanbul'. Everything we do should benefit this city. Why do we spend 15 billion liras in this country where there is 75 percent unemployment according to official figures? Let's not betray Istanbul. Let's not leave a bad legacy to our children."
Imamoğlu emphasized that Istanbul is a thousand cities unique with its natural beauties, historical and geopolitical location and does not need crazy projects. İmamoğlu continued his words as follows:
“Does Istanbul need Canal Istanbul? 15 million square meters of agricultural land, which corresponds to 136 percent of the total, will be destroyed. This city has a full 1 million vacant housing stock. What percentage of zoned land is empty throughout the city? Has it ever been calculated? 1 million is called 150 thousand new population. I think 2 will be million. 1 billion 250 million cubic meters of excavation is said to be filling. I think 2 will be a billion cubic meters. A statement said the two always done in Turkey. See, now, the passage of the tanker is decreasing in the Bosphorus. Turkey also is common pipelines for transporting oil and gas was made. Tanker transport will be minimized in the coming years. ”