Turkish park construction project cancelled

Turkish park construction project cancelled
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Published: 1 February 2018 - 6:40 a.m.
By: CW Staff

A tender for construction projects in a Turkish park in the north-western province of Bolu has been cancelled after protests over environmental concerns

It was held for the initial stage of a three-part development, which included building a 3km aerial tramway, a 1km mountain railway, 25 bungalows and a 19-room mountain mansion.

The site was part of Gölcük Natural Park, which was previously owned by the Bolu Municipality. A company called Kurtuluş Tokcan, from the nearby province of Düzce, won the tender after offering to pay $30,700 a month as rent to obtain the operating rights.

But environmentalists reacted to the decision to give the 22-year lease to private owners, prompting them to file a demand for the cancellation of the tender to the country’s ruling Justice and Development Party

Bolu Mayor Aladdin Yılmaz said. “We have made a decision. We are cancelling the tender regarding the Gölcük Natural Park. We are sorry that it has been cancelled.

“I exclude the well-intentioned people; some provocateurs have turned this tender into a political matter. We were doing this not for money but for the future of Bolu.

"We were going to carry out this project without cutting down a single tree. But then came the ill-intentioned people, people who acted for the sake of it. This has made us really upset.”

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