First step taken to initiate Kanal Istanbul project

First step taken to initiate Kanal Istanbul project :Details have recently been released of the construction and zoning plans for the Kanal Istanbul project All studies will be carried out by a team of experts to construct an environmentally-friendly settlement

Construction and zoning plans for the Kanal Istanbul project, an artificial sea-level waterway, and a new town to be located on 95 acres will be issued by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Building permits will be issued after approval by the Ministry of Environment and Town Planning. The ministry has “reserved” an area that is included within the borders of the districts of Avcılar, Bağcılar, Bakırköy, Arnavutköy, Başakşehir, Esenler, Eyüp and Küçükçekmece. The new town’s population is expected to be around 500,000.

The Kanal Istanbul project is to be built on the European side of the city, connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara leading to the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. The project plans on bisecting the current European side of Istanbul, forming an island between the continents of Asia and Europe. The island would have a shoreline on the Black Sea, Sea of Marmara, the new canal and the Bosporus. The new waterway would bypass the current Bosporus. Kanal Istanbul aims to minimize shipping traffic on the Bosporus. The project is intended for the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 2023.

A special planning office will be to construct an environmentally friendly and modern settlement within the Kanal Istanbul project. A team of scientists, architects, urban planners and sociologists will study the soil and environmental conditions, and after a workshop is held for the plan, preparations for the new city will be completed. The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s Urban Planning Directorate requested that authority should be provided to Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş to issue construction plans for the basin of Kanal Istanbul on which the new town will be located. Parliament has accepted the bill, and after the protocol with Topbaş, constructions plans with scales of 1/100,000th, 1/5,000th and 1/1,000,000th will be issued. After the plans are completed and submitted for approval by the ministry, they will be suspended. After the suspension period, the projects can be implemented once the construction plans are obtained.

The area, which was reserved by a decree from Parliament in 2012, will now be transferred to the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. The municipality’s Urban Planning Directorate has submitted a request to the City Council and requested local planning rights that were held by the directorate to be carried out by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality via a protocol.

The construction plans will be prepared by the planning company of the municipality, and at the office to be founded, population, environmental awareness and architectural designs will be developed along with a 1/100,000th scale landscape map. To make the best use of the area, implementation plans will also be issued by the municipality. After the plans are completed and approved, construction permits can be issued. After the ministry and municipality sign the protocol, work on the construction plans can commence. Precautions will be taken to prevent any kind of manipulation in terms of real estate prices.

According to the protocol between BİMTAŞ and the Spatial Planning General Directorate of the Ministry of Environment and Urban Development, the project will be financed by the ministry. The plans will also be submitted for approval by the ministry.

The area was reserved in 2012 in order to build new settlements that can withstand earthquakes by a cooperation protocol between the Ministry of Environment and Urban Development, the Ministry of Transport, Maritime and Communication, the Housing Development Administration and Emlak Konut GYO A.Ş.

The main purpose of the project is to reduce marine traffic through the Bosporus and minimize the risks and dangers particularly associated with tankers. About 56,000 vessels pass yearly through the Bosporus, among them 10,000 tankers carrying 145 million tons of crude oil. International pressure is growing to increase marine traffic tonnage through the Turkish Straits that brings risks for the security of marine navigation during passage. The canal will further help prevent pollution caused by cargo vessels passing through or mooring in the Sea of Marmara before the southern mouth of the Bosporus.

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