Turkey to open Bosporus zone for development

The Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning has developed a draft regulation which includes offering the green areas of the Bosporus zone for development.

Turkey to open Bosporus zone for development

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning has developed a draft regulation to the Construction Inspection Law, which includes offering the green areas of the Bosporus zone for development.

According to a report published by the Hürriyet daily on Wednesday, the regulation concerns the construction of buildings including houses, trading centers and tourist facilities in current picnic areas, urban parks and other green spaces along İstanbul's scenic Bosporus.

The maximum height level for the buildings will be two stories, excluding basement floors, and each parcel of land on which a development will be built should be at least 1,000 square meters.

In comments to the Hürriyet daily, Hüsein Gazi Çetinkaya, the secretary-general of the Chamber of Urban Planners, criticized the new regulation, saying the government is trying to exploit the country's resources to revive the economy.

Çetinkaya claimed that a copy of the change to the Building Inspection Law sent to the Turkish Union of Engineers and Architects' Chambers (TMMOB) for the union's review did not include a regulation concerning the Bosporus zone. This regulation is unacceptable due to the damage it is certain to cause the Bosporus, Çetinkaya remarked.

Last Mod: 28 Kasım 2012, 13:06
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