from the Söğütlüçeşme Train Station. KadıköyPeople opposed the construction of the High Speed Train Viaduct. In the statement made about the new project, the content of which has not been disclosed to the public, “There is no need for a viaduct or a new line for the high-speed train. Trying to expand Söğütlüçeşme Station, which is definitely not a station as a result of scientific transportation studies and located on the viaduct, by constructing new viaducts other than the existing railway lines and passenger platforms, is an effort whose service is unclear; At the point reached at the end, it does not contain any meaning other than commercial rent.
In the statement, “The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization has prepared a Shopping Center/GAR Project and Zoning Plan amendment to be realized in Söğütlüçeşme in 2019. However, this project and plan change KadıköyPeople, TMMOB, Chamber of Architects, Chamber of City Planners, Chamber of Civil Engineers and the period Kadıköy It was canceled as a result of the intense objection of the Municipality to the plans and the lawsuit they filed. Istanbul 13th Administrative Court, with its decision in July 2021, to change the zoning plan; It was reminded that "the plans in the case, which were understood to be incompatible with planning principles and techniques and urban planning principles, were canceled on the grounds that they did not comply with the law and legislation".
The statement “Then the relevant ministry, which revised itself as the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate by taking the 'climate' supplement, revised the plans in December 2021 and suspended it again. Although it is stated on the page of the Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization that 'all necessary revisions have been made in line with the reasons stated in the expert reports', the nature of the new project has not been disclosed to the public,” he continued.
Expressing that the content of the project has not been disclosed Kadıköylüler said:
“We learned some information on the subject from the publicly traded contractor AKFEN Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı A.Ş.'s PDP statement on April 6, 2022. In the said statement, it was stated that the construction will start in April and said, “The construction of the High Speed Train Viaduct in the Söğütlüçeşme Project investment of our affiliate Fıratcan İnşaat Ticaret ve Turizm A.Ş. with a total cost of 20 million EUR will start in April 2021. Our company, which plans to turn Söğütlüçeşme into a culture, art and food and beverage center, has brought together the best of the city under one roof, with the concept of food and culture market in Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Lisbon. and Dubai, which operates in 7 cities around the world, signed a confidentiality agreement to make a potential cooperation with TimeOut Market and started negotiations.” We see it said.
While the Contractor company made the above statement to the public regarding the new project, the content of which was not disclosed to the public, the necessary preparations were made to start the construction. Recently, screens were placed around the construction site by TCDD and posters of "SÖĞÜTLÜÇEŞME VIADUCT AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION" were placed on them.
Contractor; of TCDD, Kadıköy When he applied for an Environmental Impact Assessment (i.e. EIA) to the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change on June 1 for his land, which includes the Marmaray station and the high-speed train station in Söğütlüçeşme, it turned out that the shopping mall station project, which had received a great response, was abandoned. . However, the details of the new project, which is stated to be built on a land of 40 thousand square meters, were announced in the application. In the old project, it was announced that the shopping mall station project will consist of 7 viaduct blocks, 76 shops and offices, while it was stated that TCDD's new Söğütlüçeşme project will include 36 viaduct blocks and 13 commercial areas within 108 one- or two-storey light steel structures. Although the shopping mall project was abandoned, the increase in commercial areas attracted attention, and the parking lot capacity, which was stated to be 443 vehicles in the old project, was reduced to 169. In addition, it was observed that TCDD did not include the information of the contractor company that will do the construction in the EIA file.
The EIA application also states that there are a total of 52 trees on the project area, claiming that 19 of them are in a planted and dry condition and 33 are in an unhealthy condition. It is stated that since the planted dry and unhealthy trees are vulnerable to insects or other pests, they pose a danger to healthy trees. “With the landscaping works to be done, the trees that are currently unhealthy will be removed from the area, and the trees that are worth moving will be used inside or outside the site in the project.” It is said.
While the contractor company explains what it will do in this way, TCDD tries to simplify the work to be done by defining the project as "Viaduct and Landscaping", KadıköyIt tries to reduce the reactions from the people, so it commits the crime of misleading the public.
As a result:
Biz KadıköyPeople, we do not accept the implementation of this project and construction in this area, whose EIA report has not been approved, the opinions of the institutions in the canceled 2019 plans have not been updated, the plans prepared without the public's opinion have not been disclosed, thus bringing with it various uncertainties.
With this project, the commercial function of the region kazanThe region will be transformed into a center of attraction and the region will be Kadıköy Municipality Building, wedding hall, Fenerbahçe stadium, Marmaray, high-speed train, metrobus lines, parking lot, minibus stops will cause a serious burden to pedestrian and vehicle traffic that exists at all hours of the day. It is not possible for this area to handle this traffic load.
KadıköyTurkey needs more green spaces, clean air and disaster recovery areas. With this project, an area that could be an earthquake gathering area for the people of the region is destroyed, while the archaeological heritage of the region, which is an archaeological site, will be irreversibly destroyed. More concrete in this area will also mean more heat island effects, as well as light pollution and of course more air pollution.
Biz KadıköyWe want this area, which is one of the few green areas in the city, to continue to be used as a green area.
There is no need for a viaduct and a new line for the high speed train. Trying to expand Söğütlüçeşme Station, which is definitely not a station as a result of scientific transportation studies and located on the viaduct, by constructing new viaducts other than the existing railway lines and passenger platforms, is an effort whose service is unclear; At the end, it does not contain any meaning other than commercial rent.
It is against urban planning principles, technique and science to implement such a project above and below the viaducts.
The commercialization that will emerge with this project, Kadıköy it will impoverish the shopkeepers of the surrounding area, the shopkeepers of the historical bazaar.
For all these reasons, this work in Söğütlüçeşme should be stopped immediately, the green area should be protected, and Haydarpaşa Train Station should start providing station services as soon as possible.
The main actor of all this destruction process we have been through is the 1980 coup and the neoliberal system that took over our country with this coup. All these attacks on our living spaces and public spaces will only end when we change this system.
Finally, we send heartfelt greetings to Osman Kavala, Mücella Yapıcı, Can Atalay, Tayfun Kahraman, Çiğdem Mater, Mine Özerden and Hakan Altınay, who devoted their lives to the fight against urban crime and were held hostage for this cause.
We do not want shopping malls, stations or parking lots in Söğütlüçeşme; Söğütlüçeşme station is Haydarpaşa Station!”
The parties and mass organizations that signed the statement are as follows:
Republican People's Party
Democratic Regions Party
Fenerbahce Kalamis Solidarity
Peoples' Democratic Party
Kadıköy Urban Solidarity
Kuşdili Meadow Platform
Socialist Refoundation Party
Social Rights Association
Turkey Workers Party
Communist Party of Turkey
Civic Freedom Party