He took part in the solemn ceremony of the beginning of the laying, pressing a symbolic button and starting the implementation of the project. The broadcast was carried out on the Turkish leader’s Twitter. Construction will begin with one of the six bridges over the future canal.
“Today we are opening a new page in the development of Turkey, laying the first stone in the construction of the first bridge over the Istanbul canal, which will have a length of 45 kilometers and a minimum width of 275 meters and a depth of 21 meters. I wish that it will bring good to Istanbul, Turkey, and all our people,” he said.
According to him, the Bosphorus is experiencing the greatest load among the waterways in the world.
“Today, 45 thousand ships a year pass through the Bosphorus. The passage of each large ship carries a risk for the city, they carry different cargoes, and in the event of an accident, the city falls under a great threat associated with fires and destruction, including cultural values,” the Turkish leader said.
He added that, according to calculations, by 2050 about 78 thousand ships a year will pass through the Bosphorus, while it is possible to ensure the safe passage of 25 thousand ships.
“We look at the new project as a project to save the future of Istanbul. We have conducted all the necessary studies, including sounding and environmental impact assessment,” Erdogan added.
He criticized the Turkish opposition that opposes the construction of the canal.
“Those who are against it say: we were not asked. We asked everyone we needed. You were against it when we were building the third bridge over the Bosphorus and the tunnel under it. But we all did it. If we had listened to you, we would not have built any of this. The caravan is coming,” Erdogan said.