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Groundbreaking for Kanal Istanbul to be held in late 2017 or early 2018

Staff Writer |
The groundbreaking process for Kanal Istanbul will kick off either late this year or early in 2018, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said.

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The Kanal Istanbul foresees the building of a giant new canal between the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea on the European side of the city.

“Opening a new channel parallel to the Bosphorus, which we call ‘Kanal Istanbul,’ is my dream.

“God willing, we will break its ground probably at the end of this year or in early 2018,” Erdoğan said at the Turkey-Serbia Business Forum in the Serbian capital Belgrade.

Kanal Istanbul was among the “crazy projects” that then-Prime Minister Erdoğan promised to realize ahead of the 2011 general election, pledging to build a 43-kilometer-long, 400-meter-wide canal crossed by six bridges.


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