Diyarbakır Water and Sewerage Administration (DİSKİ) General Directorate terminated fossil fuel boat transportation within the scope of the "Dicle Dam Lake Basin Protection Plan", which is one of the city's most important drinking and utility water resources.
DISKİ continues its field studies without interruption in the planned calendar in the project carried out with academicians who are experts in their fields within the framework of the "Dicle Dam Lake Basin Protection Plan".
In this context, DISKI has terminated fossil (petroleum) fueled boat transportation in order to prevent pollution and risks that may occur in the Dicle dam lake in Eğil district.
Fırat Tutşi, General Manager of DISKI, met with the Governor of Egil and the Deputy Mayor of Egil, Idris Arslan, with the boat operators.
Stating that the Dicle Dam provided drinking water to approximately 1 million 200 thousand people in Diyarbakır city center, Eğil and Ergani districts, Tutşi stated that protecting the health of 1 million 200 thousand people is of paramount importance and they had to terminate fossil fuel boat transportation in order to protect the basin. he did.
“We are planning to develop tourism by protecting water”
Reminding that the borders of the Dicle Dam, which provides drinking water to Diyarbakır and its districts, were determined by the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change within the framework of the protection plan, Tutşi stated that it is everyone's duty to protect the water source, which is the apple of the city's eye.
Tutşi said: “Egil is a very important district in terms of tourism. In Eğil, we cannot aim to end tourism activities in order to protect the Dicle Dam Lake, the life source of the city. On the contrary, we contribute to the development of tourism by protecting our source of life, the Dicle Dam. When our water is polluted, it should be known that tourism will be affected the most. People do not visit places where the water is polluted and do not go and do some activities in that area. For this reason, the watershed protection plan actually secures tourism in Eğil in the long run.”
Pointing out that the number and size of boats are increasing day by day and their routes are expanding, Tutşi emphasized that if the boats meet the desired criteria, they will give license to a limited number of businesses on the dam and allow their activities.
“Boat transportation should be done with clean energy”
Tutsi concluded his speech as follows: “Boat transportation should not be done in the drinking water dam. Transportation is carried out only at the Dicle and Atatürk Dams. Fuel wastes from boats cause serious damage to the drinking water supply. We have to think about the city in this regard. We must provide transportation with clean and green energy. These energy sources will provide significant savings within businesses. Alternatively, canoes or pedal boats can be considered. As an institution, we will do our best to help our operators get through this transformation process with the least damage.”
Following the briefings by General Manager Tutşi and District Governor Arslan to the boat operators, the municipal police teams of Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality and Eğil Municipality sealed the boats on the dam lake with the supervision and acceptance of the operators.