The foundation of the third bridge to be built in the Bosphorus is laid on May 3, the 560th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul, with the ceremony attended by President Gül and Prime Minister Erdoğan, while the name of the new bridge was announced as Yavuz Sultan Selim by President Abdullah Gül.
The third bridge to Istanbul, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge was laid with the prayers read the foundation.
Following the speeches at the groundbreaking ceremony in Sarıyer Garipçe, President Abdullah Gül, President of the Parliament Cemil Çiçek, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Minister of Transport Binali Yıldırım, Minister of Customs and Trade Hayati Yazıcı, Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock Mehdi Eker, Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu, Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Kadir Topbas and other participants came to the scene.
Hayrünnisa Gül, the wife of President Gül, and Emine Erdoğan, the wife of Prime Minister Erdoğan, stayed on the stage with their wives.
Following the prayers that were read, the foundation of the third bridge was laid by President Gül whose name would be Yavuz Sultan Selim. Rose, Flower and Erdogan, the letter in the steel tube through the pipe to the foundation of the construction.
Prime Minister Erdogan's speech at the ceremony:
560 of the conquest of an Ottoman sultan, his mighty commanders and his beautiful troops, opened a luminous age by closing a dark age. We are here with you. Currently, various celebrations are held in different parts of Istanbul. On this occasion, I rejoice in the glorious sultan, commanders, and saints who conquered Istanbul. Let the spirits be blessed. Fatih Sultan Mehmet Khan not only abandoned the beautiful cities of Istanbul, but also conveyed the spirit of conquest to the next generation.
The Ottoman Empire has left the works that conquered the hearts of the people in all lands. We, just like our ancestors, continue to write history and artifacts. Today, we are laying the foundations of a giant project. We have 7 great work project in Istanbul. One of them is the third necklace in the throat. After a little while, our President will announce the surprise.
We're wearing the third necklace in the throat with this bridge. We will no longer see heavy vehicles in Istanbul. At the same time, this bridge will have features to protect the environment. It will look very different with connection ways.
Today we are at the foundations of the North Marmara Motorway and the third bridge, already in Istanbul, all of Turkey, I wish the best to the world.
We bring a civilization project to Istanbul, a city of civilization.
This bridge is aimed at protecting the environment. Today it is the third bridge after the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges. We are building this bridge and wearing a third necklace. North Marmara Motorway and the third bridge already I wish to be beneficial to the whole world our Istanbul Turkey. The third airport, the tender of which we have recently been awarded, will be an airport that the world will talk about.
Some do not know because the mouth is talking. It is not known where this airport is being built. I listen to TV from time to time, there is no news of "where so many trees are cut, so many trees are cut". It is a geography that has come out of war to see if it travels there. Previously, there were places like quarries. Now, by building a human-oriented airport, Istanbul's existing airport does not respond to the need. We listen to complaints due to delayed departures.
But at the airport to be built at the moment, with five runways, modern terminal buildings and bellows, we are now getting an airport where such expectations will not happen.
Turkey We're a strong development in this way. This tender was held. A new tender is being held. It is also the tender for KanalIstanbul. Now they will talk a lot about it, they will shout and call too much. But the caravan is on the way, we have business. The beautiful throat is the problem, how many curved places there are, they do not know. But we worked hard. We cannot forget how this ship, which has been burning for seven months, created fear in Istanbul.
This work will not end with KanalIstanbul. Now see Marmaray is opening on October 29. Praise be it to us to build it. Just a little south, two tubes. Cars will come and go from there. Do they mind these kinds of investments? Almaz. Alsa has already done this until now. But for 10 years we fit them.
Another step. As you know, the volume seems small in us, but there is a Yaslıada. I'm not saying it's flat. In Yaslıa. Why? Menderes was executed there. The two ministers are the same. Now we are making an island of democracy and freedoms by taking the island and Sivriada next to it as a whole. I hope there will be hotels, there will be a museum. But it's not the ones that threaten the sit line. By paying attention to the site. For example, it was used as a quarry in Sivriada and we will turn it into a congress center. In other words, our guests will come, they will close to these islands, they will meet and leave.
He's not finished. Estuary. We are preparing for a new tender in Haliç these days. With this tender, Haliç has one thing we can accept. Taşkızak shipyard, with a new project with a new project, we applied environmentalism to the place of Vialand, just like if we took the 2,5 million cubic meters of mud in Haliç.
We're not talking. We are producing business. Here comes somebody. It has been like this in Taksim Square. Whatever you do. We made the decision. If you have respect for history, look at it before you explore it, what is the history of the place called the park. We're going to revive the date there. We will offer it to the work of mankind by pedestrianization. Currently, during the AK Party government, the amount of trees planted in certain age groups is about 10 billion, with trees above the 5 age group and trees above the 2,5 age group. These trees are planting this power. As long as our people are curious about planting trees, they plan to place trees on them for free.
Currently, in-city vehicle traffic in Istanbul reaches 3.5 million. Our bridges operate with 2.5 times the capacity, the time to cross the Bosphorus takes up to 1 hour. Those who oppose the construction of the 3rd Bridge to Istanbul do not make any suggestions to prevent these losses. therefore, we do not take these unsophisticated approaches seriously and will not. Turkey will try to create the future. We planned the route of the project by keeping the forests and ponds in the foreground. When the project is completed, we will be signing a world-wide record. This bridge will set an example in the world with everything and we will all be proud.
Prime Minister Erdogan, the contractor company with the contractual completion of the project after the date of the contractor companies representative 29 May 2015 took the floor as.
Highlights from the speech of the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Cemil Çiçek, who took the podium after the Prime Minister:
I wish this service to everyone. The cost of this project was expressed as $ 3.5 billion. Until yesterday, this country could not find 1 million dollars. The late Turgut Özal knocked on the doors of foreigners for this money. Turkey spends $ 3.5 billion for a project only at the point where it is today. If not guarantee Turkey's future come nobody does these investments, so these projects are brought to life in the bright future of the country. Hopefully, larger projects will be implemented in the coming years the state of Turkey. The government of Turkey is dealing with the scourge of terrorism for a long time was the main aim of terrorism is to put the stone in front of this kind of project. Therefore, the Turkish Nation should no longer allow such games and should look to the future with hope.
Finally, the speech of President Abdullah Gül, who spoke:
Dear guests, dear friends, dear citizens today, this happy day together in this great foundation throwing ceremony is a great pleasure.
Today is the anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul. We commemorate Fatih Sultan Mehmet with mercy. This city has entrusted us. This city Istanbul is not only our pupil. Istanbul is the pupil of the whole world. It is one of the rare cities in the world. It is a big city that has been the capital of three great empires. Therefore, it is a source of happiness for all of us to bear the responsibility and serve this city. Fortunately, our country has left behind very dark days in Turkey. We are proud of Turkey.
Today we have gathered here on this great foundation. Istanbul has witnessed many great events throughout its history. Certainly there have been many important meetings within these. I am sure that the foundation of the third bridge in the future will always be remembered as an important moment.
The First Bridge, as you know, bears the name of Atatürk. The Second Bridge bears the name of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, who conquered Istanbul as a gift to us. I am sure this third bridge is in everyone's mind. I wonder what the name of this bridge will be. Just a little while ago, our esteemed prime minister has signaled that I will make that statement.
Our friends, our government, has always been thought, and we came to this conclusion. Let the name of the Third Bridge be Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge.
Prayed with basic prayers
With the prayers made after the President's speech, the foundation of Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge was laid.