The Minister of transport and infrastructure Cahit Turhan, announced on Monday that the canal Istanbul will become an alternative to the Bosphorus and ensure the safety of the metropolis. Turhan, knowing about the criticism of prominent scholars have noticed that they have no direct knowledge on the subject, but that the project has been prepared with great care.
Known to geologists, architects, climate scientists, environmental engineers and activists opposed the project since then, Erdogan announced it in 2011, saying that the canal Istanbul, along with a third bridge and new airport that will put an end to Istanbul.
The result of cutting down of valuable forests, drying up water resources that are critical for the city, and the destruction of endemic species, the cumulative impact of these projects will lead to a huge construction frenzy in the Northern part of Istanbul, not to mention the effects of climate change. Officially, the population of the metropolis of 16 million people. Adding new housing to the North will bring an additional two million people.
The government has always ignored these warnings and the risks involved, which will bring the channel, when will the expected earthquake. Professor Naji Gorur, a geologist and expert on earthquakes, has warned that the canal project in Istanbul contributed to the damage which the city will likely face a few decades from the predicted earthquake with high magnitude.
According to Erdogan, the channel Istanbul will be an incentive for staggering the economy, but more importantly, it is a way to change the direction of the capital, the journalist writes Bahadir Özgür. "Kanal Istanbul is the Turkish history of capitalism and neo-liberal transformation of political Islam," he says.
Since the project was announced, speculation on the real estate market skyrocketed. Recently it became known that Sayigh Moza, the mother of Sheikh Temim bin Hamed al-Sani, who is the Emir of Qatar, founded the company and bought 44 acres of land, where it will build Kanal Istanbul. So far no one has refuted this statement.
Canal Istanbul is not only crucial for Erdogan financially. He is also a political battlefield in which he wants to defeat their opponents, in this case, the new opposition mayor of Istanbul Ekrem Imamoğlu.
In early December there was an exchange of sharp words between the two leaders. While Erdogan said that the canal Istanbul "would be a big story in the world" and criticized Imamoğlu and asked "to sit down and do their work", Imamoğlu, who is usually gently otrajaetsya against claims, retorted: "We do not say Yes to any project, which some call a scoop, but that would be a betrayal of the latter". Imamoğlu went on to say that he was not chosen to sit idly by, and in order to do my job, which involves the promotion of the rights and interests of the people.
Erdogan, in turn, has made it clear that he will actively move forward with the canal project, as with several other mega-projects. But for the first time Imamoğlu strongly opposed this.
Just before the local elections he promised to do it. However, that will do Imamoğlu and his Republican people's party (CHP), when heavy equipment will go to the excavation? Does he have the power to resist this act, or he will simply say that they will "pursue their rights in court"? Since Turkish courts are a tool of the government, which it can achieve?
It seems that Kanal Istanbul will be the second battleground for Erdogan and Imamoğlu, after the re-run of local elections on June 23. Then Imamoğlu won, and he would be even greater if it were able to stop the "crazy project". The battlefield in Istanbul will also have a big impact on the upcoming presidential election.