Turkey Prez's Pet Canal Project Could Cut Much Of Istanbul's Drinking Water Supply

ANKARA

Turkey’s Ministry of Forest and Water Management has warned that a project championed by the country’s president to build a canal around Istanbul could cut much of the city’s water supply. The ministry’s environmental assessment report on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Canal Istanbul project said it would decommission large parts of Istanbul’s water supply system, causing an annual loss of 427 million cubic metres of drinking water. Ahead of the 2011 general elections, Erdoğan vowed to build a 45-kilometre canal on the European side of the city linking the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea. The canal project has remained on the agenda since then, drawing heavy criticism due to its environmental and social costs, but construction has still not started.

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