Turkish government unveiled the route of 45 km ‘Istanbul Canal’

Vastavam web: The Turkish government today unveiled the route of its planned new canal for Istanbul, a hugely ambitious 45 kilometre (28 mile) project designed to be its answer to the famed artificial shipping lanes in Panama or Egypt’s Suez.The project, first announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan while he was prime minister in 2011, is by far the most complex of a string of new ventures for the city.Transport and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan said that the canal would begin in the Istanbul district of Kucukcekmece on the Sea of Marmara, where there is already an inland lake.

It will then head north towards the Sazlidere reservoir before emerging into the Black Sea just north of Durusu.”Another aim is to create an urban transformation for our citizens in this area… and also to increase the attractiveness of Istanbul as a global metropolis.” Some environmentalists have warned the project risks wrecking the maritime ecosystem and could also increase the risk of earthquakes in an area of high seismic activity.Erdogan, whose rise to national political prominence began while he served as mayor of Istanbul, is presiding over a string of ambitious infrastructure projects in Turkey and especially its largest city.

With Erdogan fondly dubbing the schemes his “crazy projects”, the last years have already seen the opening of metro and road tunnels underneath the Bosphorus as well as a third bridge across the waterway.