Turkey will soon inaugurate the Canal Istanbul maritime project that will connect the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced from Ankara, while presenting the 100,000-housing social program for citizens with low income.
“We will launch the Istanbul Canal as soon as possible”, Erdogan stated, adding that this is a plan to protect Bosporus from any serious disasters.
The channel’s purpose is to reduce the maritime traffic between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara, in particular the back-and-forths of oil tankers via Bosporus, the Turkish President noted.
It constitutes one of Turkey’s largest strategic projects and is designed to eliminate the growing risk posed by ships carrying dangerous goods to Bosporus.
The 45km-long canal, which will be built on the Kucukcekmece-Sazlidere-Durusu corridor in Istanbul, will increment capacity by 160 ships per day.
The Turkish President announced a new social program that provides for the construction of 100,000 low-cost housing in all 81 provinces of Turkey to house low-income families.
“We are starting the process of constructing 100,000 low-cost homes in [all] our 81 provinces under our 2020 program”, Erdogan said. “We will provide homeownership to 100,000 low-income families in installments; [it will be] just like paying rent”, he explained.
The Turkish President also said that the construction of the buildings would be completed in one to one and a half years. “These housing projects will be designed to reflect the traditional culture of our neighborhood with squares, mosques, schools, markets, recreation areas, green areas, facades and all other features” he concluded. /ibna