Kanal Istanbul gets ministry nod on environment

Hurriyet Daily News | Jan 17, 2020 at 1:32 PM
  • The Environment and Urbanization Ministry on Jan. 17 approved the report on environmental impact of Turkey’s planned megaproject, Kanal Istanbul.
  • With Kanal Istanbul, the government is aiming at opening an artificial seaway between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea to mitigate the oil tanker traffic through the Bosphorus as well as constructing new earthquake-resistant residential areas along the channel.
  • Environmentalists have voiced serious concerns about the artificial channel by arguing that the seaway will damage underground water resources of Istanbul and will threaten the Marmara Sea along with other social and urbanization risks.