Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer spoke about the Gediz River polluting the Izmir Bay at the regular Assembly meeting in July. Stating that they will investigate the source of the pollution in the Gediz River from its origin to the place where it flows into the Izmir Bay, Mayor Soyer said, “Is this my job? Am I the Minister of Environment and Urbanization? No, but my conscience is not willing to be a spectator to this," he said.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality July ordinary Assembly meeting was held under the management of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer. President Tunç Soyer said that they will conduct investigations from the place where the river originates to the place where it flows into İzmir Bay in order to determine the source of the pollution in the Gediz River, which flows into the Gulf. Soyer continued:
“We say that the Gulf is poisoned, polluted. Since rain water and sewage channels were not separated in the past, there were many deficiencies, many mistakes were made, but if the calamity called mucilage does not appear in Izmir Bay, the Grand Canal Project, which was built 20-25 years ago, has a share in this. Where is the Gulf still being poisoned? From Gediz… There are friends who are angry that I am going out of the city, yes, I am going to Kütahya. I will drink water from the top of Murat Mountain, from the place where Gediz was born. After that, I will travel with my bureaucrat friends to the point where Gediz empties into the sea. Is this my job? Am I the Minister of Environment and Urbanization? No, but my conscience is not willing to watch this. If that poison continues to flow, I will work with the municipalities and bureaucrats of Kütahya, Uşak, Manisa. I will present something to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. Maybe I'll offer solutions that they missed or weren't aware of. Shouldn't we? Gediz, Ergene is poisoned. These incoming disasters are not the problem of the last 3-5 years. It is the result of the wrong policies implemented for years,” he said.
I have to make a cure
Stating that he witnessed the lakes dry up during his visit to Burdur, President Tunç Soyer said, “Don't be happy when it rains. The drought will not end. The result of the wrong policies implemented for years, combined with climate change, and we are under a great threat today. You don't have to be the Minister of Agriculture for this. It is not my duty, the Ministry of Agriculture. But as an elected local administrator I have to look for a solution to this. He will come to our Izmir tomorrow, he has. Friends cannot draw water at 300 meters in Kiraz. Drought is at our doorstep and I, as an elected local administrator, have to find a solution to it with my fellow councillors.”
I do politics so that corruption and poverty do not exist.
Stating that they will fight against poverty and corruption, Soyer said, “The responsibility of this country and city is on us. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality is the largest elected body of Izmir, its institutional capacity. We have to feel this responsibility on our shoulders. That's why I do politics. Corruption, poverty, so that they do not exist in these lands. I will also fight anyone who causes this, ignores it. That's my only concern. The people of this land deserve better. We have only one line, thieves and thieves. As we know that the beautiful people of this country deserve better things, we will find solutions together. By continuing to fight against poverty and corruption," he said.
Demolition suggested instead of reinforcement
At the meeting, where the future of the Metropolitan Municipality Building, which was damaged after the 30 October Izmir earthquake, was on the agenda, Dr. Barış Erkuş made a presentation. Giving information about the studies and examinations about the Metropolitan Municipality Building, which was damaged after the earthquake, Dr. Barış Erkuş stated that the building consists of 5 blocks and the concrete strength is weak. Noting that the ground structure is also not good, Erkuş stated that corrosion was observed in the sections on the sea side and that there were similar symptoms in the piled system. Erkuş stated that it would be more correct to demolish the building instead of strengthening it. Eser Atak, Deputy Secretary General of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, said, “We acted very meticulously. As a result, we continued our efforts to avoid making the wrong decision.” Atak also gave information about the studies and investigations on the municipality building before and after the earthquake.