İBB has fined Üsküdar Municipality with a fine of 270 thousand liras for pouring excavations into the Validebağ Grove without permission. Üsküdar Municipality objected to this penalty and took the matter to court. The Istanbul 7th Administrative Court, where the case was heard, found IMM justified and ordered Üsküdar Municipality to pay 270 thousand liras with interest.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) fined Üsküdar Municipality 270 thousand liras for dumping excavations in Validebağ Grove. The lawsuit filed by Üsküdar Municipality, which brought the fine imposed by IMM to the court, was rejected by the Istanbul 7th Administrative Court.
Announcing the court's decision on his social media account, İBB Head of Reconstruction and Urbanization Department Gürkan Akgün said, "In September 2021, in Validebağ, we carried out detection and punishment despite the spillage of illegal excavation soil. In the case brought by the district municipality to the IMM, the court confirmed our rightness and rejected the case. In short, it cannot be interfered with without permission, which will disrupt the ecological balance in Koru!” said.
COURT: THE DECISION IS COMPLETELY LEGAL
The court decided that the penalty imposed on Üsküdar Municipality by IMM was legal and rejected the objection of the district municipality.
Regarding the outcome of the case, Istanbul Administrative Court 7 stated the following in its decision: "As it is clear from the report prepared by the defendant administration and the photographs submitted to the file, that excavation soil was spilled on the path in the Validebağ grove without permission, due to the unauthorized spillage of excavation soil in the above-mentioned area by the plaintiff. There is no illegality in the action subject to the lawsuit regarding the imposition of an administrative fine in accordance with Article 2872 (r) of the Law No. 20.”
On September 21, 2021, Üsküdar municipality entered the Validebağ Grove, which is a natural protected area, with construction equipment and poured sand and excavation into the area. After this development, which the citizens reacted to, many citizens started to keep watch in the region. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, on the other hand, fined 270 thousand liras for the Üsküdar Municipality to pour excavations into the special protected area. Üsküdar Municipality objected to the sentence and filed a lawsuit against İBB. The Istanbul Administrative 7th Court, which handled the case, found the administrative fine imposed by the IMM to Üsküdar Municipality completely legal and rejected the request of Üsküdar Municipality to appeal the penalty.