Erdogan: Construction of Istanbul Canal begins in summer

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Turkey will soon hold a tender for the opening of a huge canal on the outskirts of Istanbul, and the first works for its construction will take place in the summer, the president said today. Tayyip Erdogan promoting a project that has provoked criticism for its cost and environmental impact, the RES reports.

THE Canal of Istanbul (Kanal Istanbul) is projected to connect the Black Sea north of Istanbul with the Sea of ​​Marmara to the south and is estimated to cost 75 75 billion ($ 9.2 billion).

The government says opening the canal will reduce traffic in the Bosphorus and prevent accidents, but critics of the project have said it will cause major environmental damage and contaminate drinking water sources.

Speaking to AKP lawmakers, Erdogan said Turkey would proceed with the plan “whether you like it or not”, citing criticism from opposition parties and other rivals, adding that the canal would be “a new rough track”. »For the area.

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