IMM President Ekrem İmamoğluinformed the public about the snowfall and its struggle, which started to be effective in the morning. Saying, “I stated yesterday that there is no chance of success in combating snow in Istanbul unless our citizens are involved in the process in harmony with us,” İmamoğlu said, “I sincerely thank our 16 million citizens of Istanbul who carry out a process in harmony with us. We are now at the beginning of the 4-day timeframe. Our citizens should not take the traffic lightly and behave like going out on the field with their private vehicles, please. They prefer public transport. "Maybe this will be the most valuable function of our 4-day precaution," he warned.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem İmamoğluheld a press conference where he shared information about the cold air wave of Siberia origin and snowfall, which started to be effective in the morning. The meeting was held at the Disaster Coordination Center (AKOM) in Eyüpsultan. Noting that the snowfall started at around 05.00:4 in the morning in line with the forecasts of Meteorology, İmamoğlu said, "The cold air wave of Siberian origin in Istanbul began to be felt intensely in our districts on the Black Sea coast." Sharing the information that the snowfall, which is expected to be heavy in places, will continue at short intervals, İmamoğlu said, "Snowfall and cold weather are expected to be effective throughout Istanbul for 20 days, that is, until Monday." Noting that the snow thickness has reached 5 centimeters in some points of the districts in the north of the city and XNUMX centimeters in the center, İmamoğlu emphasized that all relevant units of IMM are working in an alarm state.
“DO NOT GO ON THE FIELD BY SPECIAL VEHICLE BY SEEING THE TRAFFIC LIGHT”
Saying, “I stated yesterday that there is no chance of success in the fight against snow in Istanbul unless our citizens are involved in the process in harmony with us,” İmamoğlu said, “I sincerely thank our 16 million citizens of Istanbul who carry out a process in harmony with us. But I want it to be known: We are now at the beginning of the 4-day timeframe. Our citizens should not see the traffic lightly and behave like going out with their private vehicles, please. They should prefer public transportation in case of emergency. "Maybe this will be the most valuable function of our 4-day precaution," he warned.
SPECIAL THANKS TO 9 THOUSAND 500 IMM STAFF
Expressing that they manage the snow-fighting efforts from AKOM, İmamoğlu shared the details of the number of employees and technical equipment in the hands of IMM and its subsidiaries, saying, “Our 9 personnel are currently on duty in the fight against snow. I extend my heartfelt thanks to all my working brothers and sisters who are trying to fulfill their duties in these difficult conditions. On behalf of the people of Istanbul, I would like to express my gratitude not only to the 500 personnel in our institution, but also to all our colleagues in institutions outside of our institution and especially within the district municipalities.”
40 thousand food items will be distributed at 75 points
Detailing their work throughout the city, İmamoğlu stated that they are in a coordinated work with public and private sector organizations that they share their areas of responsibility with. Noting that a traffic density of 20 percent is observed in the city as of now, İmamoğlu said, “At the point of winter conditions, especially the personnel working in the field, and at 40 points determined on the transportation network throughout the province, 75 thousand food items and mobile materials - including soup, cake, water - so far. and hot drinks are available - they are distributed. At these points, we support our citizens in need.” Saying, “Our winter service to the homeless continues uninterruptedly,” İmamoğlu said, “Currently, nearly 600 of our homeless citizens are our guests at the points we host. All services; All our homeless citizens receive these services, from their bathrooms to their clothes, from food to shelter, to health screening," he said. Expressing that they are helping homeless citizens who want to go to their hometown, İmamoğlu stated that they also contacted the Employment Offices with job requests.
“PASS TRANSPORTATION IS THE MOST VALUABLE LINE FOR US”
Saying "Public transport is the most valuable line for us", İmamoğlu repeated the following information:
“The services of our metro lines will continue until 02.00:12.00, and our city lines and ferries will continue until 4:XNUMX at night. At this point, I hope that the sensitivity of our citizens not to drive into traffic will continue at the highest level. In particular, the decision of the governor's office not to allow trucks and heavy vehicles to enter Istanbul, after my statement last night, is the most critical decision in such environments. Because, in the previous snowfall, the main problem of the traffic jam and the concentration there, especially on the TEM highway, especially on the connections of the TEM highway, and especially on the Northern Marmara Highway. In this context, we attach great importance to this decision. We find it very valuable. And I was pleased to hear from our esteemed Governor that this will be managed at the highest level during these XNUMX days, of course, with the exception of emergencies, at the highest level. Especially
It will be a measure to prevent traffic jams on these lines. The Governor's Office had previously announced that all logistics facilities are provided there, where trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles are also accommodated.”
“I HOPE ISTANBUL WILL ONLY TALK ABOUT THE PLEASURE AND BLESSING OF THE SNOW”
Expressing that İSKİ and İGDAŞ are trying to fulfill their responsibilities during the snow fight, İmamoğlu said, “Your wife, I hope Istanbul only talks about its joy and abundance. We talk about the fact that our dams are almost full as of the weekend and Monday. In this context, everyone is working hard to make this happen. Our most important stakeholder, fellow traveler, our esteemed citizens. Our children and young people staying at home can get a little bored. But let them enjoy the snow. Let them read lots of books. I hope the 3-4 days they spend with this family in their home will leave good memories in their lives.”
Imamoglu, from a journalist, said, "Last night, Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya tweeted. In his tweet, he added many of his colleagues, saying 'Ready to tackle snow and ice'. But Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality was not included in this tweet. Can we say that there is a coordination problem? I don't think it's a coordination problem. I called him this morning and we had a mutual consultation. At least nothing on our part. I don't think the Governor thinks so. It just reminded me of this: He probably thought that we were working flawlessly, and he might have asked other institutions to give a little more support and support. I accept this tweet as a humorous approach that we are working perfectly.