How Has It Happened?

  • April 27, 2011

    "Crazy Project" Istanbul Canal announced to the public for the first time

    It came up for the first time as an election promise on the way to the 12 June 2011 General Elections.

  • July 04, 2011

    The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization

    The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization was established.

    July 04, 2011

  • August 13, 2012

    Reserve Structure Area Authority

    The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization has been authorized to determine the ‘Reserve Building Area’.

  • November 15, 2012

    The boundaries of the "European Side Reserve Structure Area" have been determined.

    It has been determined as “Istanbul Province, European Side, Reserve Building Area” within the scope of the Law on Transformation of Areas Under Disaster Risk No. 6306.

    During the process, some changes were made, including the removal of military areas in the region, and the Reserve Building Area took its final form with the Ministry’s approval dated January 16, 2019.

    November 15, 2012

  • April 14, 2014

    Reserve Structure Area boundaries have been revised

    The new settlement area of Istanbul, which was determined before, was re-determined with the decision of the Council of Ministers numbered 2014/6028, published in the Picture Newspaper on April 30. Along with the decision, the sketch and coordinates of the new area were also published.

  • March 23, 2016

    The phrase ‘Waterway’ was added to the Zoning Law

    In one of the bag bills submitted to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, the definition of “waterway” was added to the Zoning Law for the Canal Istanbul Project.

    March 23, 2016

  • May 30, 2016

    Agricultural Lands in the Reserve Building Area

    It was announced by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock that the non-agricultural use of agricultural lands in the Reserve Building Area was approved.

  • July 14, 2017

    Project Services Survey

    Kanal Istanbul Project Services Survey was carried out.

    July 14, 2017

  • November 30, 2017

    Project Cost Information

    “EIA APPLICATION FILE” OF THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION

    65 BILLION TL
    AT THE DAY’S EXCHANGE RATE: $16.5 BILLION

  • December 11, 2017

    The EIA Report was prepared, and the EIA Application was canceled in the same month.

    The works on five separate routes for the ‘Canal Istanbul’ became clear, and it was announced that the route close to the 3rd airport was preferred. Accordingly, the project will start from Küçükçekmece and pass through Avcılar, Arnavutköy and Başakşehir. While the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization accepted the EIA application for the 45-kilometer canal, it was stated that the project will be presented to the public on 22 December.

    December 11, 2017

  • August 27, 2018

    The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization has restarted the EIA process

  • August 01, 2018

    Inter-Institutional Protocol was signed

    A protocol was signed between the MEU, IMM, UAB, TOKI, etc.

    August 01, 2018

  • August 14, 2018

    Environmental Plans were submitted to the ministry but not approved

  • 2018

    Project Cost Information

    FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR/ OFFICIAL PRESENTATION OF UAB/ GENERAL DIRECTORATE OF INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS*

    118 BILLION TL

    AT THE DAY’S EXCHANGE RATE: 20 BILLION DOLLARS

    2018

  • December 18, 2018

    1st Stage 1/5000 scale Master Zoning Plan was submitted to the Ministry

  • January 16, 2019

    European Side Reserve Building Area

    The boundaries of the European Side Reserve Building Area have been determined.

    January 16, 2019

  • November 11, 2019

    Project Cost Information

    NOVEMBER / MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT AND URBANIZATION MURAT KURUM’S STATEMENT*
    NOVEMBER / KANAL ISTANBUL EIA REPORT*

    75 BILLION TL

    AT THE DAY’S EXCHANGE RATE: $12.7 BILLION

  • December 23, 2019

    The EIA Report has been published

    Tens of thousands of appeal petitions were submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

    December 23, 2019

  • December 23, 2019

    EIA change approved

    Istanbul Province European Side Reserve Building Area 1/100,000 scale Environmental Plan amendment was approved.

  • January 13, 2020

    Project Cost Information

    JANUARY / TERM MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION MEHMET CAHİT TURHAN’S STATEMENT*

    15 BILLION DOLLARS
    AT THE EXCHANGE RATE OF THE DAY: 87.8 BILLION TL

    January 13, 2020

  • January 17, 2020

    The "EIA positive" decision was announced

    The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization announced that it gave a positive decision to the EIA report, in which approximately 100 thousand objection petitions were filed.

  • March 25, 2020

    The first tender was held.

    For the reconstruction of the historical Odabaşı and Dursunköy bridges, which are in the impact area of the project, the first tender was held, in which 5 companies submitted bids.

    March 25, 2020

  • June 22, 2020

    The EIA change has been revised

    “1/100.000 ölçekli Çevre Düzeni Planı” değişikliği Bakanlık tarafından (bir kez daha) revize edildi.  Çevre ve Şehircilik Bakanlığı değişikliğe gitti. Yenişehir’de yer alması planlanan ‘teknoloji geliştirme alanı’ ile ‘fuar ve kongre alanı’ndan vazgeçilerek ilgili plan notları iptal edildi.

    The “1/100,000 scale Environmental Plan” was revised (once again) by the Ministry.

    The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization made a change. The ‘technology development area’ and ‘fair and congress area’ planned to be located in Yenişehir were abandoned and the relevant plan attachments have been removed.

  • July 2, 2020

    The Zoning Plans were exhibited and the appeal process began

    1/5000 scale Master Development Plan and 1/1000 scale Implementation Development Plan were exhibited and the appeal process began in 3 stages.

    July 2, 2020

  • March 16, 2021

    EIA amendment revised again

    The “1/100,000 scale Environmental Plan” amendment was revised (once again).

  • March 25, 2021

    Zoning Plans Approved

    1/5000 scale Revision Master Plan and 1/1000 scale Revision Implementation Development Plan were approved in 3 stages.

    March 25, 2021

  • May 8, 2021

    Project Cost Information

    MAY / STATEMENT OF MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION ADİL KARAİSMAİLOĞLU

    15 BILLION DOLLARS
    AT THE EXCHANGE RATE OF THE DAY: 123.5 BILLION TL

  • July 16, 2021

    MDP and IDP Revision

    After the objections to the 1/5.000 scale Master Development Plans and 1/1.000 scale Implementation Development Plans, revisions were made.

    July 16, 2021

  • July, 2021

    Project Cost Information

    TODAY / UNITY OF DISCOURSE IN CENTRAL MANAGEMENT

    15 BILLION DOLLARS
    AT THE CURRENT EXCHANGE RATE: 130 BILLION TL