What Happened From Akşener and İmamoğlu's Channel Istanbul Meeting?

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IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu, informed IYI Party Chairman Meral Akşener about Kanal Istanbul. Akşener said that İmamoğlu said, “I know your efforts on this issue. On behalf of the people of Istanbul, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks; I am grateful. After the holiday, we will start a serious campaign to expose this process to the public completely. Because we need to eliminate this threat," he said, "I agree 100 percent with what you say. Betrayal, this Istanbul. How will it be blocked? It can be prevented entirely by public pressure. As a person residing in Istanbul, I am ready to do whatever comes my way”.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem İmamoğlucontinued to inform the politicians about the Kanal Istanbul project, which is listed as one of the three most important problems of the city, along with the "earthquake" and the "refugee problem", with IYI Party Chairman Meral Akşener. Meeting with Akşener via teleconference, İmamoğlu emphasized that Kanal Istanbul is a real estate project. In his presentation to Akşener, İmamoğlu stated that 3 thousand hectares of forest area is planned for Kanal Istanbul and said, “This means 5 thousand trees. This means a year's oxygen for 400 million 1 thousand people. Kanal Istanbul is a project that does not carry any ecological sensitivity.”


Criticizing the implementation of the plan without resolving the expropriation problem, İmamoğlu said, “This is a subject that will really make victims of the local people. In a way, it completely destroys the article "No application can be made without the public hands." This is an important trauma, ”he said. Drawing attention to the fact that the excavation processes will be managed with explosions, İmamoğlu said, “The channel will be opened with approximately 11 tons of dynamite. It is like feeling an earthquake close to 4 intensity every day for almost 4 years. So this is a serious destruction of nature ”.

İmamoğlu emphasized that everything that is called “It is vital for Istanbul, it should definitely not be done” in the environmental plan prepared by the IMM under the management of AK Party in 2009 was listed as follows:

  • Avoiding settlement decisions that will cause Istanbul to develop northward.
  • Preventing the use of agricultural and pasture lands other than their intended purpose.
  • In order to better protect the forests of Istanbul, to be taken into conservation forest status.
  • Taking measures to prevent urban development pressures in drinking water basins; uses that threaten coastal areas are not allowed.
  • 16 million population, which is the natural threshold limit of Istanbul, is not exceeded.


"There is no transparency in participation," said Imamoglu, "There is no public interest. There are no institutional views. No policies. Here, everybody object to the plan. There is only one meeting. They also do not let the participants in that area. A funny EIA meeting. We are not included in any of the processes that should be included in the IMM. Even though we told these officials, 'Come tell us', despite our written invitation, they do not even need to come and tell us about it at our workshops or meetings. When you look at it, they put money money economically, they say, 'This place is valuable in terms of public interest.' Once the cost calculation is contradictory and not valid. 65 billion said Mr. President. Then they said 75 billion. Then they said 100 billion. Now they say 145 billion. I never think it is a project where 140 billion will be enough. They also introduced this business as an investment of 100 billion dollars at MPIM. I always say: Let them do the Samsun-Ceyhan Pipeline or create another method; Let's have already stated that tanker transportation is over. ”


İmamoğlu told Akşener, “I know your efforts in this regard. I extend my heartfelt thanks to the people of Istanbul; I am grateful. After the feast, we will start a serious campaign to make this process completely public. Because we have to eliminate this threat. ” Akşener thanked İmamoğlu for the presentation and said, “I agree with what you say 100 percent. Betray this to Istanbul. How will it be prevented? It can be completely prevented by public pressure. The element of fear is taking off people. There is hope as if we could. As a person residing in Istanbul, I am ready to do whatever happens to me ”.

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