Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 15
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
The project length of the Istanbul Canal, a waterway that will link the Black and Marmara seas, has been extended by another two kilometers, and will total 45 kilometers, Turkish Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan said Jan. 15, Turkish media reported.
Technical research for construction of the Istanbul Canal has been fully completed, he said.
The minister noted that the construction of the waterway in Istanbul will start this year.
The cost of construction is estimated at 60 billion liras. The construction project received an environmental safety certificate.
As many as 6,000 people will be involved in the construction.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed the intention to implement the Istanbul Canal project in 2011.
The depth and width of the Istanbul Canal will be 25 meters and 400 meters, respectively.
(3.7690 liras = $1 on Jan. 15)
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