İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu answered journalist İsmail Küçükkaya's questions about the agenda in the "Alarm Clock" program broadcast live on FOX TV. Emphasizing that the revenues of the municipalities are at “zero point” due to the coronavirus epidemic that affects the whole world, İmamoğlu underlined that they will overcome this with solidarity.
Announcing that they have started a solidarity campaign with the understanding of mobilization, İmamoğlu said, “We will distribute our parcels that we will create for our families, which will be determined in accordance with all rules, and about 250-300 thousand of Istanbul. We will also support cash assistance. In this regard, I would like to announce that we will also manage our 39 district municipalities in solidarity. ” İmamoğlu asked the question about "full buses" that took place on social media yesterday and said "If politics is this; Damn politics. You live too; Sir trolls, these are these ... What is this for God's sake! If anyone in my own party is doing this and acting like this, I will fight it; as a member of the party. There is a council member who spreads this, there is a district president, he is there, this is… I am ashamed! My blood is frozen! But we will struggle. We have a decision-making partnership with our Governor. Whoever acts against the spirit of this period, we will protect all our legal rights. We have filed a criminal complaint. ”
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem Imamoglu responded to many questions from journalist İsmail Küçükkaya's curfew to social media “trolls” in the “Alarm Clock” program broadcast live on FOX TV. Some questions Küçükkaya asked and the answers given to these questions by İmamoğlu were:
"Should there be a curfew?"
I think it should. If we do not say this, we will act against the spirit of the business. I suggested that our government say: may not be in Istanbul but throughout Turkey. Because now Istanbul is obviously the most basic center of the disease. It has nothing to do with the population. 60-70 percent of dangers and threats are growing in Istanbul right now. The car traffic on the E-5 that I saw coming here did not make me happy. We've reduced mobility incredibly. Thank you for this. I also thanked both our Governor and Governor. The issue here is this: When even 15 percent comes out, 2,5 million people are doing in Istanbul. 2,5 million; bellow figan shouting as much as the population of European cities. What is the strictest rule in applying sterilization? That's not going out. We have to make a decision about this. We're already going step by step.
USING ATATÜRK AIRPORT AS A HOSPITAL
“You had a suggestion to use Atatürk Airport as a hospital…”
Yenikapı is one of the field areas to meet our needs. Maltepe opposite is one of the areas that can provide field hospital service in the same sense. There is also the Gürpınar Fish Market in Beylikdüzü; The closed area, the parking area is close to 250 thousand meters… So there is such a service area ready in Istanbul at three points. I also sent it to the Minister of Health in writing. Likewise, Ataturk Airport with its current closed areas, metro transportation with its transportation, vehicle transportation, everything, even if necessary, even the plane can land. Why did I say? I have seen that such preparations are needed in some metropolitan areas of the world. Even today, I saw the announcement of the field hospital work in Central Park in New York. Meanwhile, the weekend was a very valuable step. It was late but it was valuable. After the announcement made by our President, our governor invited us to the Provincial Administrative Board on Saturday morning at 09.00:2. It should have been long ago. I have announced this from the very beginning. But still, thank you, it is true, it was good, we had a very useful day, 3-2 hours in the Provincial Administrative Board, 3-XNUMX hours in the Pandemic Board. All issues were discussed and discussed at the Pandemic Board. So, especially as I listened to the healthcare professionals, scientists, academia people, I felt how responsible we are all. That's why we suggest these areas.
“MUNICIPALITY REVENUES AT ZERO POINT”
"What is the income of the municipalities?"
one of the municipalities in Turkey's system; there are central government revenues, two; they have local income. Currently, municipalities, not for Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, for the 39 district municipalities of Istanbul, Turkey for hundreds of municipalities, the revenues of the currently almost zero. Look, we made a 20 percent bus reduction. Our passenger number dropped to 10 in 1. Of course, the income from there also fell to 10 percent. The biggest logistics force is the municipalities. We, on these issues, this process will be installed in the best environment and the mobilization of institutions that will carry them in all municipalities in Turkey. So we need subsidies extremely. Our municipality; He explained that he would not make any cuts in electricity, water and natural gas. All the metropolitan cities announced. We have also explained. So no one should doubt these bills. During this period, no one can go to anyone's door for interruption.
"Can't electricity, water, natural gas bills be postponed?"
We have to postpone anyway. This is our BOTAŞ request. We pay the natural gas bill we receive from the citizen to BOTAŞ. We are the intermediary institution. There is a remaining profit division for very small personnel and services. The reason for our request to postpone from BOTAŞ is as follows: Let us postpone the citizens' gas bills. Postponing water bills energy cost. Fifty percent of our cost is energy at İSKİ. Electrics distribute all the water. I got the dam full before coming here this morning: 65 percent. It's not a good rate for months. We are praying to the April showers. We have to enter the summer with 85-90 percent. Our dams on the Anatolian side are full, but unfortunately Istranca and Thrace were very dry this year. Our occupancy there is very low. Let's use the water without wasting it, without wasting it. Postponing water and electricity bills will ease the municipality. We will say to our citizens, 'We will not interrupt' with the benefits of our state. This business is a solidarity business. We are mobilizing, like the struggle for independence. There was a period when melting the metal in his house and making a gun. We are a society that melts its bowl in its house and grants it to the homeland.
"TURKEY IS NOW ALL NATIONAL ISSUES"
We want exemption from SCT and subsidies. In this short time, we can talk about the loss of our affiliates close to 300 million liras. We have reached a deficit of 750 million liras. The Ministry of Urbanism asked them and sent them to us. We sent these information and requests to the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Urban Planning. What is coming now is about not interrupting. If there is debt, deductions are made. Since IMM does not have SGK debt, deduction does not work, but we need subsidies for service. We are trying to take all kinds of measures that will facilitate our daily measures, struggle, mobilization and the hand of our healthcare providers against pandemic. As Metropolitan Municipality, we have prepared the accommodation of our healthcare providers close to the hospital, the capacity of two thousand beds with our hoteliers. As a Tourism Platform; We presented it to the Governorship and the Provincial Health Directorate to allocate nearby hospitals. We will do all this, but the main issue is; and there is a post. So we have people who are unemployed. We have sectors that will remain unemployed for a long time and cannot do business. It is easy to make a good guess, but it is necessary to consider the worst. We, as the whole world tourism sector, are missing in 2020. It is imperative that all these issues are put on the table with mobilization, economists, sociologists, and psychologists. That is now all national issues in Turkey. It is time to show political solidarity. We make the broth about the basic needs, we make preparations for them ourselves.
IBB SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED
"Can you talk about your solidarity campaign?"
The issue of solidarity came up at the teleconference meeting with our 11 metropolitan mayors. Each of our municipalities had preparations for this issue. Municipalities are the ones that most often touch the citizens, wherever you go. We are currently providing social aid to 230 thousand people and our families. We are still distributing milk to 100 thousand children. This also means meeting the needs of 100 thousand families. The needs will grow due to the job loss of the currently concentrated people and the loss of income to the home. Under this, metropolitan municipalities or district municipalities do not have the chance to stand alone. This is a day of solidarity. Our president, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who made this a province for us, was. He said; 'You will evaluate this process over parties. You must involve the people in the process. Such mobilization processes cannot be overcome without solidarity. ' We started a study on this. The point we have reached is this: As of today, we will include our citizens in the process by saying 'We will succeed together'. We enter Ramadan after 23 days. The month of Ramadan is a month of solidarity. The freshness and zakat of the work… We share our account numbers. As metropolitan municipalities, we have a status both in kind and in cash suitable for receiving donations. What will we do? Vatandaşımızla; We will be a bridge between wealthy families and those families who are currently stranded. We are entering a great organization in this regard.
FIRST PARTICIPATION IN THE CAMPAIGN COMES ON LIVE
"What do you want from citizens?"
They can send us all kinds of help. We have a phone line; We have 444 0 093. WhatsApp line; 05521530034. We have a website; www.birliktebasaragiz.ibb.gov.t is. They can get all the details from here. They can send us their in-kind help; provided that food is predominantly. Account numbers were opened for cash aids through different banks. It was opened by our unit related to social assistance. They can make their cash donations and donations here. We will distribute our parcels to our citizens, in accordance with all the rules, to the families we will determine, to the families that will find approximately 250-300 thousand of Istanbul on this occasion. We will also support cash assistance. In this regard, I would like to announce that we will also manage our 39 district municipalities in solidarity.
“A nice initiative. I will follow this too. The first message came this way: "Mr. Küçükkaya, if you agree, Mr. President, the first fundraising campaign, we want to make Turkey Charity Association donated 10 thousand as Headquarters' he says ..."
Thank you. All NGOs, companies, people… We should also talk about this process later. This will have economic outcomes. We have to manage its economic outputs as a whole. With the pandemic, the government, its minister, the governor, the mayor cannot fight alone. Not unless the citizen gets involved. We will fight together. We will prevent loss of life, loss of people, but then we have to stand up together. Municipalities are the most reliable public institution to establish the link between the state and the citizen.
“WE HAVE DECIDED WITH OUR GOVERNOR'S GOVERNOR: WHO ANYWHERE AGAINST THE SOUL OF THE PROCESS, WE WILL FIGHT”
“Full bus images were spoken on social media…”
When we first learned about the process, we also made a phone call with Governor Bey, such as 'What is this?' I said; 'Sir, we're investigating. This is not normal. ' Let's highlight something here. We made a decision with our Governor Ali Yerlikaya. Whoever acts against the spirit of this process, who politicizes this process and who will mislead the spirit of the process in a way that freezes the blood of man, will fight together in the legal framework. We also sign under it. We will fight. We investigated this process. There are 52 stops on the Metrobus line. At the same time, at 06.00, 75 people used the metrobus line. At 6 in the morning on Sunday; nobody will go out on the street. No match. They seem to go to the match. I watched the bus boarding footage; my blood is frozen. With such a head… Morning prayer is not performed; because it is forbidden to pray in congregation. Desek, 'They gathered, they go to prayer ...' Not that either. There is no work force. There is no working environment. I will give an example of a line. On the Boğazköy line, 1 person a week ago, 71 people a week later! Bus drivers have their statements. They say: My blood is frozen! If this is politics; Damn politics. You live too; Sir trolls, these are these ... What is this for God's sake! If anyone in my own party is doing this and acting like this, I will fight it; as a member of the party. There is a council member who spreads this, there is a district president, he is there, this is… I am ashamed! You know why I care about these concepts? Let me not be someone else tomorrow today. We say the world has changed; heads should change. Politics should change. Maybe there will be no such thing as politics. The language, shape and form of politics will change. My blood is frozen! But we will struggle. We have a decision-making partnership with our Governor. Whoever acts against the spirit of this period, we will protect all our legal rights. Meanwhile, we filed a criminal complaint.