Should Istanbul sacrifice further ?

While reading the news, I came across this one. The Municipality is planning to build 31 new tunnels for cars in the near future. The tunnels shall be approximately 68 kilometers in total and will cost about 2 billion American Dollars.

Yet, is this the right thing to do ?

We know that in NY the traffic is a mass, same in London, in Berlin and in all other metropoles. Whenever we go abroad and then come back we keep saying that we could go around the city using the public transport possibilities, especially the light rail system and tell how great and easy it was to get around.

We know that in Istanbul the traffic is a mess, too. Beside all those private cars, we have thousands of busses, minibusses and those “dolmus” vehicles. We know that sometimes in winter we can’t even stand in the street and breathe because of the exhaust gas.

So why do we once again try to build roads instead of railways ? Apart from the fact that tunnel building extremely expensive and somehow risky, why do these people keep promoting the usage of private motor cars ?
On the other hand, why tunnels in Istanbul ? Hello, we are living under continious earthquake danger ! Who is going to save twenty thousand people from those tunnels if worst case comes true ?

This picture (taken from Radikal Online) shows the lengths and the locations of these planned tunnels.

If you know Istanbul a little, you would also know that the building of these tunnels shall create an incredible mess in the city. The transportation will not be moved to public transpost but more and more private vehicles will appear in the city and one day we will be holding our heads in our hands thinking where we made a mistake.

No city has ever suffered so much from lack of professionality in management…

3 Comments so far

  1. Flavio (unregistered) on March 1st, 2006 @ 7:54 am

    You are absolutely right, the most urgent issue is the connection of Taksim with Aksaray metro lines, and the extension of the tram where is possible. The mistake of investing on private transportation has no price in a 10 years period of time.


  2. metecem (unregistered) on March 1st, 2006 @ 8:53 am

    hey flavio,

    absolutely right !

    by the way, i have seen your blog… i loved those Holga pictures :)

    drop me a line if you fancy coffee sometime in istanbul.


  3. berque (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

    Yes, u are absolutely right!
    But i guess they will not build railways because car companies and petrol companies wouldn’t be happy about it. Istanbul people, who cares about them…:(



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