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."