Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum said, "The Qataris took the whole area in Kanal Istanbul." It is an area of 157 thousand square meters bought by the Qataris. The percentage of properties purchased by foreigners from the 330.000.000 square meter reserve area is zero, point zero, 35. The percentage of the Qataris is 0.00045. So it's very little," he said.
Minister Kurum made statements regarding the Atatürk Airport and Kanal Istanbul discussions. Speaking to Abdulkadir Selvi from Hürriyet, the Authority stated that the foundation of Atatürk Airport will be laid on May 29 and said, “We are resolutely continuing our work in line with the promises we made to our nation. We have designed this project so that 16 million Istanbulites will benefit. We continue our work to complete and open it next year. On the centennial of our Republic, on a day when the conquest of Istanbul will be celebrated, we will present this park to our Istanbul.”
'132 thousand 500 trees will be planted'
Expressing that it is planned to plant 132 thousand 500 trees in the first stage, the institution said, “In the process, all of the bushes, flowers, plants, different types of trees and large trees that our people can shade under will be included in this project.”
President Erdogan with the youth sohbetReminding the phrase "There will probably be runways," the Authority said that no building will be demolished and that the airport will also function as a disaster assembly area:
“First of all, we do not demolish any buildings. Those buildings will also be a museum, a youth center, and a robotics workshop within the scope of the project. We will evaluate all of these buildings by restoring them. We will preserve all the values here and turn it into a national garden project. But it will not be just a national garden. Apart from the public garden, this will be a living space. It will be a disaster assembly area.”
Regarding the tracks, the Environment Minister Kurum said: “You already know on the tracks, we have a track. The east-west runway remains. We will use the infrastructure that we can use within the project on the north-south track. We try to build walking paths where there are tracks. We will build sports fields in those areas. We will use any available area of the north-south runway within the scope of the project.”
'Erdogan will continue to use the Hall of Fame'
The institution also stated that it will continue to use the Hall of Fame during President Erdogan's visits abroad, even after the airport is converted into a National Garden, and said, “It will be used for both emergency landings and civil flights. It will be used in times of disaster. We have a pandemic hospital there. It will serve the pandemic hospital. Ambulance planes will land,” he said.
Expressing that the emergency landing strip will continue to be used, the Authority said, “When we think that Atatürk Airport consists of two runways, it will continue to serve with all operations other than just one runway. We will continue to use the ports and other structures there in line with the needs during the operation of the airport. None of them will be left idle,” he said.
They are trying to deceive our citizens with false information.
Answering the question regarding the discussions that Istanbul Airport will be sold to Qataris, Minister Kurum said:
“If you look at them, we are selling all parts of Turkey to Qataris and our Arab brothers. But when you look back, it turns out that none of this is true. They said that the Qataris took the whole area in Kanal Istanbul. It is an area of 157 thousand square meters bought by the Qataris. The percentage of properties purchased by foreigners from the 330.000.000 square meter reserve area is zero, point zero, 35. The percentage of the Qataris is 0.00045. So very little. They are trying to deceive our citizens with false information, as they are always after a perception, always acting on perception.”