The urban transformation problem, which has not been solved for years in the Gürpınar Siteler Region, has been solved by Beylikdüzü Municipality and KİPTAŞ A.Ş. resolved by agreement between Speaking at the "Gurpinar Sites Region Protocol Signing Ceremony", IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu, expressed his happiness that his struggle for the solution of the problem during his own district mayor's term was resolved in this way. Emphasizing that earthquake and urban transformation issues are supra-political issues that require mobilization, İmamoğlu reiterated his request for the establishment of an Earthquake Council under the leadership of the Ministry. İmamoğlu stated that no one has the right to stick their head in the sand.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem İmamoğlu, Beylikdüzü Municipality and KİPTAŞ A.Ş. participated in the “Gürpınar Siteler Region Protocol Signing Ceremony” signed between At the signing ceremony held at Beylikdüzü Municipality Atatürk Culture and Art Center, the first speeches were made by Beylikdüzü Mayor Mehmet Murat Çalık and KİPTAŞ General Manager Ali Kurt. Attending the signing ceremony as a "witness", İmamoğlu said in his speech, "Of course, being a witness is important. It means being a guarantor for both parties. I vouch for both sides at the highest level. I sincerely wish this work to be completed as soon as possible, beyond what has been written and drawn," he said.
"THE TRANSFORMATION OF 260 APARTMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED"
Stating that the transformation of 260 apartments will be achieved with the work to be done, İmamoğlu said, “Unfortunately, this number is not an important number for Istanbul. The number of buildings built before the 99 earthquake in Istanbul is over 800 thousand. "When we consider this number, the transformation of 260 flats does not seem very high of course." Stating that he closely followed the problem in Gürpınar during his district presidency and as mayor, İmamoğlu noted that he was "shocked" when he first saw the buildings. Stating that he observed that the buildings looked modern from the outside, but they were destroyed inside, İmamoğlu said, “Let me admit it; "There are no houses left that I have not entered, but every time I enter the apartment, when I go to a condolence or a 'get well soon', I have visited there many times worrying about how we can keep the gap between my attempt and my exit. Sharing the information that nearly 5 thousand people live in the region, İmamoğlu underlined that "lives to change" should be spread throughout the city.
"THIS IS NOT A TALE"
Speaking about his struggle regarding the region at the IMM Assembly at that time, İmamoğlu said, “We had a very difficult time here. We took a decision to Büyükşehir. I waited 8 months. After 8 months, I insistently said, 'Friends, take all the commissioners, bring them. Let them see the concrete under those buildings. Let them feel where they are sitting, 'I said. We went with a plan proposal, a very human offer. We invited those people here. Friends on the commission said, 'We have to convert it here. They went back, saying, 'We have to make this decision immediately. We have friends who witnessed this. No matter what political party it is from; I'm telling you what happened. Because this is not a fairy tale, it is what I have experienced ”.
"WHILE WAITING TO THANK YOU, THEY REFUSED THE OFFER "
Expressing that he went to the Assembly to give a "thank you" speech on June 16, 2017, when the issue will be discussed at the IMM, İmamoğlu said, "While they were waiting to thank, they said, 'We are withdrawing this article'; just that item. Then I went up to the podium and cried. There is no answer, no click in any politician. I did not do politics behind secret doors, and I will not do it. I have political friends here. 'If you pass this on politically, here Ekrem İmamoğlu It is the political will that persuades the political groups there by saying 'it will become stronger'. I'm talking about a simple political will. That's why I'm crying there," he said.
"EARTHQUAKE COUNCIL" REPEATS ITS REQUEST
Emphasizing that earthquake and urban transformation issues are above-political and demanding mobilization, İmamoğlu reiterated his request to establish an Earthquake Council under the leadership of the Ministry. Stating that nobody has the right to put their head in the sand, İmamoğlu said, “The President makes a statement and says on May 5; 'We have made 975.000 buildings in Turkey.' He says but we have to transform another 6,5 million buildings. How many years did you do it? In 18 years. How much time do you need for 6,5 million buildings; 120 years. How will we solve the earthquake in 120 years? That's why I say; The Presidency, the Ministry and the Metropolitan Municipality cannot solve this problem. The district municipality cannot solve this business. TOKI, KİPTAŞ cannot solve this job. "We can solve this job together," he said. Proposing the implementation of systems that can transform the citizens' own homes, İmamoğlu said, "In an environment where the contractor and some financial sectors create an assurance for the system, you can set up such a system in an environment where they create a guarantee, this work goes very quickly and resolves." Noting that when they met with the Minister of Environment and Urbanization, Murat Kurum, he presented the Earthquake Council proposal and was accepted, İmamoğlu emphasized that there was no development in the aftermath.
"1999 EARTHQUAKE BRINGS THE 2001 CRISIS"
Stating that the earthquake was a problem of Turkey's independence, İmamoğlu warned that the 1999 Marmara Earthquake brought the 2001 crisis to Turkey. Emphasizing that the main issue is the matter of lives to be lost, İmamoğlu invited every person, institution and organization to fulfill their responsibilities. Thanking KİPTAŞ and Beylikdüzü Municipality for the protocol, İmamoğlu said, “They have completed the unfinished process. God forbid. The result is important. Today's signatures are just a motivation. I also know and know the representatives of the private sector who will contribute to this work. They rub their backs too. These types of business kazanbeyond the spiritual kazanis mine. I wish you success. I hope that we will go when those houses are finished as soon as possible, we will drink the tea and coffee of the people living there without fear and hesitation," he said.