Thursday, April 28, 2011

Erdogan reveals his plan for the Istanbul Channel

The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has unveiled on Wednesday a major project for Istanbul, which includes construction of a canal 50 kilometers on the Bosphorus designed to alleviate the congested traffic of Istanbul. Erdogan, who was mayor of Istanbul, said there are many cities in the world by crossing a river, but Istanbul is the only by passing a sea, so that the new project "will one second Bosphorus' by that city.

He explained that the study for this project will take two years to make and that the works will be completed in 2023. The works, which have been described as megalomaniac by experts, are part of the general election campaign on 12 June and will also include the construction of several satellite towns and parks along the new channel, which should help reduce density of traffic in the Bosporus.

According to initial plans, the channel will have a length of 45 to 50 kilometers and a depth of 25 meters and a width of 145 to 150 meters so they can surf every day from 130 to 160 vessels with a cargo of 300,000 tonnes. Erdogan also stated that the works will come from an island and two artificial peninsulas will be invited to international investors in the "Canal Istanbul and Turkey feels able to materialize the project of XXI century.

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