The implementation of the project for the construction of the Istanbul Canal, which is 45 kilometers long, is intended to relieve the Bosphorus Strait and will be launched in the near future on holding a tender.
This was announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“In the near future we will begin the construction of the Istanbul Canal to hold a tender. The Istanbul Channel is a project to protect the Bosphorus from a serious disaster, ”he said.
The Turkish president also criticized those who consider it inappropriate to build a canal.
The Istanbul Channel is the largest and most ambitious project in the history of modern Turkey, which should connect the Marmara and Black Seas. An artificial canal with a length of 45 km, a width of up to 400 m and a depth of up to 25 m should pass through the territories of Besiktas, Sazlidere and Durusu.
It is expected that its throughput will be 160 corals. 10 bridges are planned to be built on the channel daily.
The Bosphorus currently has a capacity of 25,000 ships per year, but in fact this figure is more than 40 thousand ships. Through significant demand, ships have to wait in line for the passage of the canal for several days.
The government announced its intention to build the canal back in 2011, but implementation was delayed several times due to financial and environmental issues. Environmentalists are against the construction of an artificial canal, they argue that the canal will damage Istanbul's underground water resources and pose a threat to Marmkrov, will also lead to increased urbanization of the region and social risks.
The cost of the project according to preliminary estimates will be 50 billion US dollars.