Speaking at the meeting of Anatolian Lions Association of Businessmen held at Çırağan Palace, Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, said that the future of Turkey would be much better thanks to the investments being made and the developments achieved and added “Godwilling, we will make Turkey grow another 3 times in the next 10 years as has been the case for the past 10 years.” The Prime Minister Erdoğan continued as follows:
“We are preparing for the opening ceremony to be held on October, 29 this year of the tube-way crossing (Marmaray) that will pass under the Bosphorus, Istanbul. In 2017, the double-deck tube-way crossing located slightly to the south of Marmaray will be opened. That same year, we will finalize the third bridge to be built on the Bosphorus. We will finalize the third airport of Istanbul, which will have an annual capacity of 100 million. Within the current year, the preparations are underway for the new strait project Canal Istanbul (Kanal Istanbul in Turkish) to be built in the west of Istanbul. All these developments mean the realization of dream with a wide horizon.”
Canal Istanbul is Prime Minister’s ‘Crazy’ Project
The Canal Istanbul project, which has been termed by the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as ‘My crazy project’, created a tremendous impression for a long time. With this huge project, Istanbul will turn into two cities divided by the sea. As part of Canal Istanbul, a canal of nearly 45-50 kilometers is planned to be constructed on the European side of Istanbul, in the west of the city between the Black Sea and Marmara Sea.
The entry point to the Canal in the Marmara Sea will start in Silivri. Two peninsulas and one island will be formed along with this project. The canal will be one of the largest projects of the current century with a water depth of nearly 25 meters. The width on the water surface will be around 145-150 meters. The objective is to put an end to the traffic on the Bosphorus. It is expected that 150-160 ships per day pass through Canal Istanbul.