World Bulletin / News Desk
Environment and Urban Planning Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar made statements on Saturday about a new urban renewal project that will involve the demolition of some 6,500 buildings to prevent deaths due to non-earthquake resistant buildings.
Speaking at a conference, Bayraktar noted the growth of the Turkish economy to a gross domestic product (GDP) of nearly $800 billion, and remarked on the high level of urbanization occurring all over the world. The minister also stated that people should be informed about the importance of quake-resistant buildings. “The demolition of 6,500 residences and workplaces will be implemented in 35 cities on Oct. 5, with the attendance of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. After our analysis, we will pay rent allowance to those people whose houses are not resistant,” said Bayraktar.
Bayraktar dismissed public criticisms of the urban renewal law that it is aimed at providing unfair benefits to the government's closest allies within the country's construction sector. He said that those who voice such criticisms should be prepared to accept responsibility for the deaths of those whose homes are not resistant to natural disasters, most significantly, earthquakes.
The minister stated that six-and-a-half million out of seven to eight million buildings located on the fault line should be analyzed for their resistance capacity as soon as possible. “We will do our best to finish this project with the effort of the municipalities and the support of the people. We have built nearly 500,000 buildings without any Treasury aid,” added Bayraktar
Unplanned and uncontrolled urbanization stems from mass migration to big cities, which started in Turkey in the 1950s. Turkey is located in a quake-prone region, and 70 percent of its population live in first or second-degree earthquake zones. The Marmara earthquake of 1999 caused the greatest loss of life in the history of the republic.Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ekim 2012, 17:40