TCDD's Quarry Project in Çaltı Affiliated to Menemen Canceled

The stone quarry project of TCDD, which was planned to be built near Gediz Delta in Menemen district of Izmir, was canceled.

The stone quarry project of TCDD, which was wanted to be opened in Menemen near Gediz Delta, with the decision of the Governorship of Izmir 'EIA is not required', was canceled by the court. While the trial of two more quarries continues, Çaltı Muhtar Gürol Kaplan said, “Gediz Delta is wanted to be destroyed. He drew attention to the damages of the quarries with his words "Will we eat stones or dust.

The decision of 'EIA is not required' given by the Governorship of İzmir for the quarry, crushing-screening facility and ready-mixed concrete facilities located within the borders of Bağcılar and Çaltı neighborhoods in İzmir's Menemen district and which are intended to be built by TCDD General Directorate, 5 regions including 26 neighborhood headmen was taken to the court by the resident and asked for cancellation

Among the objections of the menemen to the quarry, the license area is to be within the boundaries of the Gediz Delta and the pasture area and the area is covered by 3. It's highly archaeological site. According to the project file, 200-300 would remove dust from the quarry per hour and 6 tons of dynamite and 6 tons of other explosives would be used. 1,6 million tons of agglomerate filling material per year, 300-400 thousand tons of crushed stone, 160 thousand cubic meters of concrete were targeted and 30-40 tons of water would be used per hour.


The expert panel examining the project dossier expressed the opinion that it did not find suitable for the project in terms of mine and environmental engineering, and that it was not suitable for the protection of geological engineering, agricultural engineering and cultural assets. After the expert report, the court announced its decision and 'The EIA is not required' decision was canceled. The court noted that although the mining activity area in the project file was shown below the 25 hectare area specified in the regulation, the license area was an area of ​​99.37 hectares and the project was subject to the EIA process.


The decision de Considering the provisions of the legislation in force at the date of the transaction, the examination of the expert report which was prepared after the exploration and expert examination at the site and presented to our Court; for the project to be considered as 'environmental impact assessment is not necessary' and the geological / hydrogeological and archaeological aspects of the project introduction dossier; taken into consideration the importance of the said issues are found to have been established by the missing investigation of the law and legislation in the process of lack of compliance with the results and conclusions were reached ın said. On the other hand, the case against two quarries in the region continues.


Çaltı Village Headman, Gürol Kaplan, evaluating the court's decision to Evrensel, drew attention to the damage that 200-300 kilograms of dust will cause to the environment per hour and said, “Think about how that much dust will destroy the Gediz Delta. The governorship issues the document 'EIA is not required' without making any examination. With the decision, İzmir Governorship had to take a step back. When we look at the decision, the most striking is the statement of the company. The firm says it needs 25 acres, but it occupies a thousand acres of land. According to the firm, it calls Bağcılar pasture, but it also includes Çaltı pasture. However, all irregularities and unlawfulnesses were resolved by court decision. Currently, no quarry will be established in our region. We have registered our legal struggle with the local people with a court decision ”.


Kaplan also stated that they want to finish the agriculture with the stone quarries that are wanted to be built in Gediz, one of the most fertile plains in the world. A stone quarry was opened in the area we call Yoğurtçu Castle. Livestock and beekeeping is over. When you see the pine forests in the white dust, you can cry. Shall we eat stone or dust? what is this a lot of money kazangreed As long as there is no agriculture or animal husbandry, will we eat money? We also continue our rightful struggle to prevent the pollution of oxygen sources and groundwater with the quarry to be opened with a court decision. kazansteep. We are very happy about that. If there is any negative situation in the next process, we will continue our legal struggle.”

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