Wild boars take to Istanbul's water to flee cementification

Massive projects make city unlivable, Zaman Online

15 October, 20:02

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, OCTOBER 15 - A family of wild boars was recently seen swimming in the Sea of Marmara across the Bosporus to the Asian side of the city, report Turkish media. According to Zaman Online, about 10 wild boars fled the construction works for a highway and the third bridge across the Bosporus, which are causing large-scale destruction of the forests north of Istanbul. In the megalopolis of at least 15 million inhabitants, huge real estate and infrastructure projects are underway, encouraged by the government under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, mayor of the city in the 1990s.

    In addition to the third bridge and connecting artery roads, a third airport is also planned (expected to be the largest in the world), a new satellite city with a million inhabitants and a 'new Suez Canal' reaching from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, which Bosporus traffic will be rerouted to.

    The large anti-government protests in June were sparked by the cementification of Istanbul and especially Gezi Park in the city's central Taksim Square, which was to have been destroyed to make room for a shopping center. Zaman's commentator, Baris Altintas, said that the result would be an 'unlivable' city covered in heavy, ugly smog 'like hell'. (ANSAmed).

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