The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure said, “Work on the Canal Istanbul project is of course ongoing, and today the work of moving or preserving the two historical bridges on which the project was tendered is part of a predetermined process.” found in the description.
The full written statement from the Ministry is as follows: “Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Ekrem İmamoğlu, criticizing the project tender for the decision to move two historical bridges on the route of Kanal Istanbul or to take them under protection on-site, and made statements such as "While they are fighting against the coronavirus, they are in trouble for Kanal Istanbul".
As in all parts of the world, the fight against coronavirus is continued with all the institutions of the state and our nation. We hope to get rid of this epidemic in a short time and return our country to its normal agenda.
However, it should not be forgotten that on the one hand, while fighting the epidemic, life on the other hand continues. It is also very important to continue production and investment, not to collapse the national economy, to produce the products needed after the epidemic and to make the necessary investments. The Republic of Turkey has the strength to make investments in manufacturing and battling with the epidemic.
Of course, work on the Canal Istanbul project is still ongoing, and today the move of two historical bridges or project preservation of the project is part of a predetermined process.
In this period when our country is struggling with the epidemic, demanding to stop the investment and production, and doing political opportunism through a project tender, harms our nation more than the Coronavirus.
We believe that it is our primary duty to continue production and investments while our country is struggling with the epidemic, and to secure our future by keeping the country's economy upright. ”