Following Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure in the TBMM Plan and Budget Committee, Environment and Urban Planning Minister Murat Kurum did not mention Kanal Istanbul in his budget presentation regarding his ministry. After the criticism of the opposition that the project was abandoned, the institution said, “There is no abandonment from the project. The planning process that needs to be done now, and the EIA process is progressing. Any hitch, no problem ”he said.
The institution gave information about the work done after the Izmir earthquake in a statement made during the budget negotiations. Stating that the damage assessment studies have been completed in 145 thousand 677 buildings and 737 thousand 291 independent sections, the Authority said, “On average, 30 percent of the heavily damaged or destroyed buildings in the Izmir earthquake were built between 1990-2000, and 70 percent were built before 1990. We did not detect any demolition or damage in the buildings built after 2000 in Izmir. detected by our present 9,8 million buildings in Turkey, there are 28,6 million homes. In Turkey, 1,5 million, 300 thousand independent unit needs to turn in Istanbul in an urgent manner, "he said.
"Where did the earthquake money go?" The response of Nilgün Ök from AKP to the criticism drew attention. Ök said, “In 17 years, a total of 147,2 billion lira was collected from earthquake taxes. 1,21 trillion lira has been spent on earthquake zones so far, which is 8,3 times the money collected. "We are making very serious expenditures from the central budget, just as the money collected for the earthquake went instead."
Stating that it is ready to meet with the mayors about urban transformation, the Authority said that municipalities also have authority in the detection and demolition of risky buildings for urban transformation. Regarding the AKP's allegations that it bought beach enterprises through the Muğla Tourism Environment Foundation (MUÇEV) in places where it lost the local elections, the institution said that MUÇEV was not included without a tender and that the public procurement law was complied with. (T24)