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The mega-projects which stopped with the development of the Gezi Park, 5 years ago, are now being completed in a row.
Turkey, which gave the high-speed growth and record up to 5-6 percent inflation rate in the year of 2013, drew the biggest response to the ones who try to intercept the events of the big projects of the country with Gezi Park action. According to the news in Yeni Şafak newspaper, just five years ago, people who criticized the transportation of a few trees in the Gezi Park in Taksim in Istanbul, spreading the protest that started with street actions all over the country, almost terrorized the country.. Members of the Taksim Platform, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was abroad - he was the Prime Minister, during these actions during the period - met Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arinc. This platform has submitted a request to the suspension of a series that also takes place among Turkey's centuries-old projects. Those motions which aim to weaken Turkey against Western countries that are in great competition, could not find any response from the government, instead mega projects came to action one by one.
In the intervening five years, Turkey's mega projects aimed to be stopped with Gezi Park incident is now completing in succession. Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Istanbul New Airport, Nuclear Power Plant and Canal Istanbul projects, which were tried to stop, will be opened to service one by one. Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, despite all the obstacles, was completed on time. Mersin Akkuyu plant, foundation already laid, will be Turkey's first nuclear power plant. Canal Istanbul project, where drilling works were started and the first excavation was shot, is targeted to be held this year.
Held in Istanbul's Bosphorus, "The world's widest bridge", Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, a milestone for the history of world engineering was already put into service on 26 May 2016. Thus, the bridge was built for 3 billion USD within the scope of the Northern Marmara Motorway Project, bringing Asia and Europe together for the third time. Thanks to the new bridge, approximately 1 billion 450 million dollars a year energy, 335 million dollars loss of work force, a total of 1 billion 785 million dollars in economic loss was prevented. On May 29, 2013 the foundation of the third bridge was laid.
When all phases are finished, there are only a few months left to open Istanbul's Third Airport, which will be the world's largest airport. At the airport, which is 90 percent complete, the first plane arrives on October 29th. When these investments totaling 35 billion dollars are completed, 90 million people will be served in the first stage. Istanbul with its new airport; will become an international air transport hub on a regional scale. The foundation of the 3rd airport was launched on 7 June 2014.
The foundation of Akkuyu Nükler Power Plant, in Mersin, was launched on 3 April. A $ 20 billion project will build a 4-unit nuclear reactor at Akkuyu with a total capacity of 4,800 MW. nuclear power plants that are important for Turkey's energy security, will meet 10 percent of its electricity needs. Turkey, to gain experience in nuclear, also provides 600 Turkish engineers with opportunities for education in Russia.
For the "crazy project" Canal Istanbul, 1/100 scale route and reserve structure plan has been completed. According to the latest plan; The Canal will be 45.2 kilometres long. The first digging for the project's drilling work was shot on January 15th. 65 billion pounds invested in the project, 6 thousand people in the construction phase, 500 thousand people in the working stage will work.
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