İmamoğlu: We Become Servants and Slaves for Earthquakes, But We Stand Against You for Canal Istanbul

IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu introduced the “Post-Disaster Temporary Housing Areas” that they put into service in Ataşehir and Topkapı.


Speaking at the introductory meeting, İmamoğlu said, “It is our main responsibility to do business with every institution of the state. But if an institution of the state wants to betray Istanbul persistently, it is our responsibility to stand up against it as well. We will not wait for hands to be delivered. I want a nonsense called Kanal Istanbul to disappear from the agenda of Istanbul. This city does not have such an agenda. The agenda of this city; to ensure the life health of the people of this city. The agenda of this city; It is to get rid of the fear and threat of earthquakes as soon as possible. For that great measure, let's stand shoulder to shoulder, arm in arm, protect each other, strengthen our institutions. Let's work for Istanbul, this city and this country, without competing any institution. We are in a great struggle for the earthquake, so to speak; servants, we become slaves. We'll be ready. But for Kanal Istanbul, we will stand up straight before you, ”he said.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu introduced the "Post-Disaster Temporary Housing Areas" that the institution put into service in Ataşehir and Topkapı. İmamoğlu, who came together with the citizens at the Ataşehir Deniz Gezmiş Park Post-Disaster Shelter Area, made observations in the region. İmamoğlu, who received information about the work carried out in both areas from the Head of the Department of Earthquake Risk Management and Urban Improvement, Tayfun Kahraman, was accompanied by Mayor of Ataşehir Battal İlgezdi, Secretary General Can Akın Çağlar and Head of the Park Garden and Green Areas Department Çağatay Seçkin. The introductory meeting, held with the participation of a crowded community of citizens, started with a minute of silence for thousands of citizens who lost their lives in the Marmara earthquake of 17 August 1999. The work carried out in the Topkapı Park Post-Disaster Temporary Shelter Area was shown to the participants with a cinevision image. Making the first speech at the meeting, Kahraman conveyed detailed information about their work to the participants.

"MEETING EFFORT AROUND A TABLE IS IMPORTANT"
Taking the microphone after Kahraman, İmamoğlu wished mercy to the citizens who lost their lives in the Marmara earthquake of 17 August 1999 and his condolences to their relatives. Stressing that the three most important threats to Istanbul are the refugee problem and the Channel Istanbul, along with the earthquake, İmamoğlu criticized the lack of institutional and social cooperation. Pointing out that the efforts of responsible individuals and institutions to meet around a table are very important, İmamoğlu said, “The 3 Marmara Earthquake gave us very important lessons, but it cannot be said that we learned enough. If we still say 'the most important problem, the most important threat is earthquake' in Istanbul today, it is a sign that we cannot get enough progress ”.

"WE WILL ALSO MEET WITH THE DEAR MINISTER"
Emphasizing that the transformation against earthquakes should be carried out as soon as possible, İmamoğlu said:
“I said it is important both to fulfill the struggle until the disaster and after the disaster. In this sense, we had a suggestion in Istanbul; I also conveyed this to our Minister of Urbanism. We interviewed several times. Our dialogue has been running at the highest level recently. I want to underline this. If we give politics a struggle over Turkey's fight against the earthquake, one of the most important issues to me, we are obliged to move to another platform. This alone is not the job of a government era. It is not the work of a single Metropolitan Municipality or partly by 39 district municipalities. When we conveyed this proposal to our Minister of Urbanization, he expressed that he was warm. We will present to them the work we have done on which philosophy to carry this out in more depth. Both IMM and Ministry of Urbanization officials will discuss this; Then I hope we will meet with the Minister personally at the point of achieving a healthy result. We have a consensus on this issue. "

"THE THREAT IS WAITING AT THE DOOR"

Stating that the understanding of obtaining political benefits should be put aside regarding the earthquake issue, İmamoğlu drew attention to the loss of life and economic losses to be experienced in a possible disaster. Underlining that there will be losses for an irreversible period, İmamoğlu said, “Then there is no bigger mobilization in such an environment. The threat is also waiting at the door. We will act quickly. Such a council will be established; Will a zoning decision be taken under his coordination, is there minimum common conditions for that job… Neither the district municipality will deal with the politics of that business, nor the IMM nor the Ministry. Nobody will do delivery to address. A process will be defined on the benefit of the citizen. Everyone will do their job. No, Party A was too many in the Parliament, Party B was horrible, or something, or something; story. I think it is indispensable to have a supra-political institution for the ripening of the words that will replace all these provisions ”.

"WE WILL NOT MAKE ANYONE UNDERSTANDING SUCH AS BUILDING A GREEN AREA"

Noting that in the event of an earthquake, there will be a huge need for areas such as the parking lot they promote, İmamoğlu said, “We will no longer expose any green areas to a zoning change in this city. We will not make anyone experience the great betrayal of being a government that opens green space to development. Let's underline it once. This is what should happen; not a blessing either. On the one hand, KİPTAŞ will deal, on the other hand, on the other hand, and so on. With the collective solution model we will put forward, we are obliged to solve such chronic problems of Istanbul. We have no other choice. "The future of 16 million people, 83 million people ... The threat of the Istanbul earthquake is this big."

"LET'S WORK FOR THIS CITY AND THIS COUNTRY WITHOUT COMPETING ANY INSTITUTION."

Saying "Every institution of the state, our institution is our brother," Imamoglu completed his words as follows: "Dealing with every institution of the state is our main responsibility. But if an institution of the state insistently wants to betray Istanbul, it is our responsibility to stand against it too; Let's express it. So we will not wait for hands to surrender. On this subject, I express it very clearly: I want a nonsense called Kanal Istanbul to disappear from the agenda of Istanbul. This city does not have such an agenda. The agenda of this city; to ensure the life health of the people of this city. The agenda of this city; It is to get rid of the fear and threat of earthquakes as soon as possible. For that great measure, let's stand shoulder to shoulder, arm in arm, protect each other, strengthen our institutions. Let's work for Istanbul, this city and this country, without competing any institution. We are in a great struggle for the earthquake, so to speak; servants, we become slaves. We'll be ready. But we stand firmly before you for Kanal Istanbul. "


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