Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday attended the opening ceremony of the Atakoy Advanced Biological Waste Water Treatment Plant in Istanbul. Speaking at the ceremony, Erdogan said that he hoped the plant would be beneficial for Turkey and Istanbul and congratulated both the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and contracting firms. Stating that the plant amounting to 108 million Euros is the biggest installed advanced biological plant of Turkey with a capacity of purifying the wastewater refusal of 600,000 m3/day to serve 2.5 million people, Erdogan said that Turkey would launch 30 new treatment plants in the next 30 years and thus purify 100% of the waste water of Istanbul. "Today we are also implementing the Atakoy Environmental Protection Project, which is a vitally important project with an investment value of $650 million aimed at supporting our other work and investments," Erdogan added. During the ceremony, Erdogan also criticized the opposition parties for their on the Syria motion which was approved by the Turkish Parliament last week, saying, "You have to be prepared as if you are about to be in a war at any time. If you cannot be prepared, you cannot call yourself a powerful country and powerful nation." The ceremony was also attended by State Minister Hayati Yazici and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Kadir Topbas.