A recent report by the Istanbul Municipality has revealed that the city has lost one fourth of its farmlands in the past 25 years. The amount of green space per Istanbulite was measured at 2.7 square-meters as of 2019, about one fifth of an average car parking space. The report has also said that Istanbulites have become impoverished over the years, as the monthly income of a household is currently below the level of 2006 in terms of dollars.
Ülkü Doğanay writes: It is not difficult to understand that Erdoğan and the ruling AKP do not like the possibility that Ekrem İmamoğlu might become the presidential candidate for the Nation Alliance. The government would prefer Muharrem İnce to be the opposition bloc's presidential candidate. The recent generous coverage of İnce by the pro-government media also mirrors this.
A survey by Istanbul Municipality has revealed that more than 60 percent of the city's residents don't support President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's "crazy" Kanal Istanbul project. The most common concerns about the artificial canal were water resources and earthquake risks.
President Erdoğan has accused opposition-run municipalities of failing to offer sufficient service for residents, singling out Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality run by Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu. İmamoğlu responded to Erdoğan's claims by a video that questioned the necessity of Kanal Istanbul project as such a huge investment could be allocated for the use of real issues of the city.
Upon the orders of the governor's office, police have torn down the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's posters reading "Either Kanal or Istanbul." Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu slammed the move, saying: “Unfortunately a handful of people are now doing whatever they want, even without needing the judiciary's decision. Unlawfulness has become the country's biggest problem."
Turkish Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank has used the deadly explosion in Beirut to advocate the construction of the controversial Kanal Istanbul project, which seeks to carve out an artificial shipping canal on the outskirts of the European side of Istanbul in order to alleviate traffic from the Bosphorus Strait.
Millions of square-meters of land was zoned for commercial and residential use, FOX TV reported on July 24. The land joins those owned by Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, mother of Qatar Emir on the artificial canal's route.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu submitted an official complaint against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's Kanal Istanbul project. The artificial canal project would split Turkey's European land in half, and has been criticized for severe environmental risks.
Finance Minister Berat Albayrak's lot on the route of Kanal Istanbul, the president's artificial canal project, was opened up to commerce. Albayrak will be allowed to build commercial structures on up to 40 percent of his land.
The land owned by the mother of Qatar Emir, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, on the route of the controversial Kanal Istanbul project was designated as a "tourism-trade area." The Environment and Urbanization Ministry recently prepared the construction plans regarding the area, changing its former status of "agricultural land."
Veteran seismologist warns of tsunami risk in planned Kanal Istanbul after expected big Marmara quake
Prof. Dr. Naci Görür, a member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences, has said that there is a danger of a tsunami hitting the planned Kanal Istanbul waterway after the expected big Marmara earthquake. "[In such a case] All the places surrounding the canal will be flooded. You can no longer save that area,” Görür told Cumhuriyet newspaper in an interview.
A recent answer to a parliamentary question has revealed that foreign companies to date have purchased 791,370 square meters of real estate near the planned construction site of the controversial Kanal Istanbul project.
Prosecutors seek 2 years for journalist over report on Albayrak’s land ownership on Kanal Istanbul route
Turkish prosecutors are seeking up to two years in jail for a Cumhuriyet journalist who had reported that Finance Minister Berat Albayrak purchased a land on the route of the Kanal Istanbul project in 2012 — a year after Erdoğan announced plans for its construction.
In the second episode of 'Turkey: The Long View' Luke Frostick talks with Istanbul-based Russian foreign policy expert and independent geo-analyst Yörük Işık about the state of shipping in the Bosphorus and how a new canal might impact it. Frostick's second guest for the same topic is the environment and energy specialist Önder Algedik.
Turkey's Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan has been removed from his post by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Several social media users alleged that Turhan was removed from duty over criticism of the timing of a recently held tender related to the controversial Kanal Istanbul project.