The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization has shared the point which has been reached until today in “Urban Transformation Projects”, the projects which are about to begin and its targets in urban transformation with the public. The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, local administrations and the public, which are the three trivets of urban transformation projects, came together in Istanbul, at the “Meeting of the Urban Transformation Families”.
The organization which was held by the Infrastructure and Urban Transformation Services General Directorate, at Cevahir Hotel Asia, was attended by the “urban transformation families”.
İdris Güllüce, the Minister of Environment and Urbanization, said, “Both our Mayors and our Ministers, our government need to run in order to be able to compensate for the losses. The problem of risky buildings and risky areas needs to be minimized as much as possible, as soon as possible, before the earthquake comes, so that Turkey is able to redeem these losses as a result of us running and acting fast.”
Güllüce, who stated that Turkey is located within a seismic belt, said, “Just as we have begun and will complete the largest airport in the world, just as we have completed the fast train project, just as we have become the fastest rising country in the world in the area of health, and succeeded in converting dormitories reminiscent of Saharan tents, which housed between 20-40 patients, into rooms housing 1-2 patients in hospitals, we believe that we will also be able to succeed in urban transformation.”
The project activities of all 159 risky area projects announced since 2012 have begun, and the vast majority of these will be completed in 2018.
While the municipalities have been authorized in 123 regions announced as being risky, for urban transformation, applications have been made by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization in 29, TOKI in 5 and the owners in 2 projects.
There are 54 Urban Transformation and Development Projects which are being conducted by municipalities within the scope of the Municipalities’ Legislation, since 2012.
Close to 200 project proposals are currently being examined by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. Projects will begin by 2018 among those deemed to be appropriate and in regions which have been declared risky areas.
1 billion 350 million Liras have been spent for urban transformation
Urban transformation has had an effect on a total of 2 million people – 1 million 150 thousand in urban transformation areas and 850 thousand in individual buildings. 475 million Liras of rent assistance has been provided in the 2 years since 2013.
While 500 Liras per annum in fuel savings are achieved from just the external insulation of a building which has been transformed, more than 500 thousand buildings have been renovated, both in terms of area and in terms of individual buildings. The annual contribution of this to the country in terms of energy savings has been 250 million Liras. When all of the 6,5 million buildings have been transformed this figure is expected to reach 3 billion Liras per annum.
2 million people are affected
Urban Transformation Managing Director Vedad Gürgen, who started that they had spent 1 billion 350 million TL for urban transformation to-date, said that urban transformation had had an effect on a total of 2 million people – 1 million 150 thousand in urban transformation areas and 850 thousand in individual buildings.
Buildings which are able to endure earthquakes with an intensity of 9
Vedad Gürgen, who stated that buildings are to endure earthquakes with an intensity of 9, as a minimum, had been established for the first time, through urban transformation, and said, “Buildings are subjected to 3 separate inspections during the construction phase. The projects and plans are checked by the Ministry, our relevant directorates carry out on-site inspections and further inspections are also carried out by structural inspection organizations. Thus, the project, materials and application are all inspected.”
Energy savings of 250 million TL will be achieved
Managing Director Gürgen, who emphasized that they were endeavoring to increase quality of life and eliminate infrastructure issues with an integrated approach in the transformation, gave the following information concerning energy savings. “500 TL per annum in fuel savings are achieved from just the external insulation of a building which has been transformed. To-date more than 500 thousand buildings – both in terms of areas and the transformation of individual buildings – are being renovated. The contribution of this to the country in terms of energy savings is 250 million TL, per annum. When all of the 6,5 million buildings have been transformed this figure is expected to reach 3 billion Liras per annum.”
Vedad Gürgen emphasized that freehold titles were being distributed within the scope of the urban transformation projects, and announced that analyses could also be carried out on certain buildings in rural areas and citizens who wished renovate their buildings could also benefit from the opportunities offered by urban transformation.
Large scale urban transformation projects
- Istanbul Yenişehir Project
- Istanbul Finance Center
- Diyarbakır Old Town Region Master Plan Project
- Ankara Demetevler Region Master Plan Project
- Izmir Karabağlar District Urban Transformation Project
- Erzurum Yakutiye and Aziziye Urban Transformation Project
- Sakarya Erenler Urban Transformation Project
- Ankara Altındağ, Mamak, Çankaya and Elmadağ Districts Urban Transformation Project
- Kütahya Central and Pazarlar Districts Urban Transformation Project
- Istanbul Gaziosmanpaşa, Esenler, Beyoğlu, Küçükçekmece, Zeytinburnu, Pendik, Bağcılar and Kadıköy Urban Transformation Project
- Adana Seyhan and Ceyhan Districts Urban Transformation Project
- Çorum Osmancık Urban Transformation Project
- Edirne Menzilahir Urban Transformation Project
- Bursa Yıldırım District Urban Transformation Project