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Turkey: Urbanisation project pushes out "seven hundred families"00:51

Turkey: Urbanisation project pushes out "seven hundred families"

Turkey, Istanbul
May 5, 2014 at 06:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkey: Urbanisation project pushes out "seven hundred families"

Residents of the Fikirtepe district in Istanbul have been offered money to leave their homes as the Ministry of the Environment and Urbanization of the Republic of Turkey approved plans to rebuild 50,000 buildings in the area over the next three years.

Some residents have already agreed to leave their homes, although many have not been able to reach an agreement with the developers. Planners say the urban transformation project will increase quality of life and the value of the district by including more green spaces and transport links. The project is estimated to generate some 40,000 billion Turkish Liras (13,7 billion EUR).

One resident said "What you see here is the result of the urbanisation. There used to be seven hundred families living here. Because of the owner of this place is not signing the contract the construction can not start."

However some residents are concerned that the developers are not taking lower income citizens into account and therefore will push them out of the area.

Turkey: Urbanisation project pushes out "seven hundred families"00:51
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Turkey: Urbanisation project pushes out "seven hundred families"

Residents of the Fikirtepe district in Istanbul have been offered money to leave their homes as the Ministry of the Environment and Urbanization of the Republic of Turkey approved plans to rebuild 50,000 buildings in the area over the next three years.

Some residents have already agreed to leave their homes, although many have not been able to reach an agreement with the developers. Planners say the urban transformation project will increase quality of life and the value of the district by including more green spaces and transport links. The project is estimated to generate some 40,000 billion Turkish Liras (13,7 billion EUR).

One resident said "What you see here is the result of the urbanisation. There used to be seven hundred families living here. Because of the owner of this place is not signing the contract the construction can not start."

However some residents are concerned that the developers are not taking lower income citizens into account and therefore will push them out of the area.

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