Kartal Square was put into service as part of the '150 Projects in 150 Days' marathon. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Parliamentary CHP Group Deputy Chairman Engin Altay said, “Today, there is a political understanding that looks at Istanbul from two different windows. There is a window that; When they think of Istanbul for 25 years, only rent, skyscraper and concrete come to mind. There is a window that; When you think of Istanbul, the farmer in Çatalca and the worker in Kartal come to mind. The children have arrived. Housewives have arrived. Young people who could not find a home came. Unemployed people looking for work. Looking at it this way, I would like to thank Ekrem President, both on behalf of my party and on behalf of Mr. Kemal, for this visible and perceptible change in Istanbul in the last 2 years, 3 years. We walk with our heads held high in every street and square of Istanbul,” he said. Reminding that they have an understanding of working in coordination with 39 district mayors, İmamoğlu said, “In this context, let me underline that we continue this dialogue not only with CHP municipalities, but also with every district of Istanbul. For example; yesterday, we visited our projects in Bayrampaşa. We invited the Mayor of Bayrampaşa. He came, we traveled together. He told us what we lacked. He listed his demands for us. He told us about the service he wanted to see more of. This neither bothered us nor made us behave like 'Sir, why are you saying this?' On the contrary, we declared our happiness”.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) brought a contemporary square to Kartal within the scope of the “150 Projects in 150 Days” marathon. Opening of Kartal Square; Parliamentary CHP Group Deputy Chairman Engin Altay, IMM President Ekrem İmamoğluwas held with the participation of Kartal Mayor Gökhan Yüksel and IYI Party deputy Hayrettin Nuhoğlu. Stating that they care about the concept of "150 Projects in 150 Days", İmamoğlu said that morning KadıköyHe noted that they continued the marathon they started in Istanbul in Kartal. Expressing that they are proud of bringing a contemporary square to Kartal, İmamoğlu said, “If you do not plan correctly and healthily, when you say 'I will make it beautiful', it can turn into a completely different source of problems. In this context, we have defined both a human-oriented study and a study according to the principles of modern urbanism, but also a process that organizes the infrastructure and eliminates chronic problems.”
“5 MORE SQUARE WILL MEET WITH İSTANBUL residents”
Emphasizing that they are fed by the joint work they have done with Kartal Municipality in this context, İmamoğlu said, “Organizing the squares and creating a new order in the city is a task that needs to be done with care. We have an important slogan here; 'Respect for people and care for the city.' For this reason, we are a management that gives importance to talking to everyone, to get their opinions, to cooperate with institutions and organizations, to do business with consensus, not what it does, but how it is done. Especially democratic participation is very, very important. In other words, the processes of listening to the understanding and needs of our citizens, everyone living there, and using their resources fairly, away from the 'we know everything' arrogance, of course, take some time, but I would like to express that there are very good works here. Emphasizing that the squares that bring people together and bring people together symbolize freedom and peace, İmamoğlu shared the information that 150 more squares will be brought together with Istanbulites within the scope of “150 Projects in 5 Days”.
“WE SEE HOW MAXIMUM ADAPTATION FITS”
Noting that Kartal Municipality witnessed various correspondences with TCDD due to the Marmaray line passing through Kartal Square, which was completed, İmamoğlu said:
“Because of the Marmaray line, I know that an image that has disturbed the people of Kartal has been formed here for years. As someone who knows Kartal's former summer resort, summer area, and beautiful areas that meet the sea, we had to refresh and beautify this place. We also made the square accessible to everyone. From disabled access, we have tried to reflect many aesthetic understandings here. I can give you good news that it has transformed into a peaceful, beautiful, modern living space. It has an enormous space, up to 100 thousand square meters, in order and order. It was very enjoyable to turn this place into a city park. Let me state that it is another dimension to provide service in the areas where we have the opportunity in the nearby region, and to put the parking lot of 100 cars into service here. When we do very good and right things, I see that our nation enjoys it very much. Here I see how the maximum harmony between the Metropolitan Municipality and Kartal Municipality can yield results. But when you act out of detachment, insensitivity or other emotions, you also see the image behind me. What is this? Not being able to paint even the concrete passage of Marmaray, as our President has just reproached. So in this context, the understanding that accepts its own area or property, an environment, as if it were personal property, gives you this result.”
“OUR COOPERATION REQUESTS ON BEHALF OF CITIZEN”
Emphasizing that their request to cooperate with other state institutions is on behalf of the citizens, İmamoğlu said, “Unfortunately, a contact reveals an interesting character in not meeting even on the ground of dialogue, but the ministries but the bureaucracy of today. No one takes anything with them. It does not serve its own property. In this context, let me underline that we continue this dialogue not only with CHP municipalities, but also with every district of Istanbul. For example; yesterday, we visited our projects in Bayrampaşa. We invited the Mayor of Bayrampaşa. He came, we traveled together. He told us what we lacked. He listed his demands for us. He told us about the service he wanted to see more of. This neither bothered us nor made us behave like 'Sir, why are you saying this?' On the contrary, we declared our happiness. Therefore, I will express this need at every opportunity. But they give up but they don't give up. If they don't give up, our nation will give up on them very soon," he said.
Saying "Working together is not reconciling and agreeing on everything", İmamoğlu concluded his speech with the following words:
“Of course we will criticize. We will also use satires that exist in our culture. Moreover, the Neyzen Tevfik, whom we call the square today, is one of the identities that is perhaps its main source. In that sense, I wish everyone who comes to Neyzen Tevfik Square or gets close to it brings a smile to their face. I even recommend the creative young people of Kartal to make drawings full of smiles on these walls. Let them smile a lot. We will continue to smile and make our nation smile. Because; to strengthen and beautify this city and at the same time to meet its needs, to build a dormitory for 3000 students in the absence of any; to prepare our kindergartens, which are going to serve almost 10 thousand children out of nowhere; To open Kent Restaurants out of nowhere, to triple the number of libraries in just 3 years… Here are all these works; training centers, sports fields, working on 3 metro lines at the same time, being able to open three metro lines in one year… All these are the works we do to make you smile and increase the quality of life. We will spend our resources without wasting them. We are the people who know that the abundance of our source comes from its 10 million people. In this context, we are managers who know that even a single penny is important while serving you, managers with that morality. We continue our work and our way with personality and identity. Of course, we overcome all kinds of obstacles brought against us with the strength and prayers we receive from you. As our President has stated, we do not take refuge in any excuses. We continue to produce services and complete projects without fighting with anyone. We show our strength with our stance against those who want to fight, we repel them.”
“MARMARAY” SITE FROM YÜKSEL TO THE GNAT
Reminding that Kartal Square, the construction of which was completed, was flooded with almost every rain in the previous periods, Kartal Mayor Yüksel said, “After the March 31 elections and the repeated June 23 elections, the first thing we said in the first meeting with my Metropolitan Mayor was: We need to save you from the disaster of being under the sun, our projects are ready, let's solve this together hand in hand. We could have said to our esteemed President, 'Make the superstructure first'. Or we could have said, 'This infrastructure service will take a long time, it will be very expensive, we need to act quickly, let's do the top side, let's open it'”. Stating that they do not prefer to sweep the problems under the carpet, Yüksel stated that a coordinated work was carried out with IMM during the construction of the square. Stating that he reproached the TCDD administration for not giving them the necessary permissions for the arrangement of the section under the Marmaray line, which passes over the square, Yüksel said, “We made the transition in this area you see, taking the initiative, friends. I'm sorry to say sorry. Regarding the areas under the train track, we tried to provide a public art workshop, a music workshop, and very valuable areas that can be used by the people of Kartal. We consulted. Unfortunately, we did not get the answers we wanted. We could not achieve the cooperation we wanted. And the area just below the train track, which we used as a bridge and overpass before, unfortunately left us a bad legacy.”
FROM ALTAY TO İMAMOĞLU “THEY WANTS TO SEND YOU TO PRISON…”
Speaking before the ribbon cutting, Parliamentary CHP Group Deputy Chairman Altay said that there are political understandings that look at Istanbul from two different perspectives. “There is a window; Altay said, "For 25 years, when they think of Istanbul, they only think of rent, skyscrapers and concrete."
“There is a window; When you think of Istanbul, the farmer in Çatalca and the worker in Kartal come to mind. The children have arrived. Housewives have arrived. Young people who could not find a home came. Unemployed people looking for work. Looking at it this way, I would like to thank Ekrem President, both on behalf of my party and on behalf of Mr. Kemal, for this visible and perceptible change in Istanbul in the last 2 years, 3 years. We walk with our heads held high in every street and square of Istanbul. We do not receive a wit or a complaint from anyone, Mr. President. Thank you very much. You have two important things. There are two things that are very important to you: First of all, God, then 16 million Istanbulites.”