In major project, Erdogan said to annpınce Istanbul canal to relieve strait traffic
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan early next month is reportedly due to announce a major public works project in the form of a canal in Istanbul meant to relieve traffic on the Strait. Erdogan is set to make the announcement at the opening of the 24th International Project Management Association (IPMA) World Congress on Nov. 1. Erdogan previewed the announcement last week, but declined to elaborate on what he called his "crazy" project. Media reports say this "second Bosporus" would go between the city's Silivri and Catalca districts and would be set to finish by 2023, the Turkish Republic's centenary. The Istanbul Strait's ever-growing traffic of oil and natural gas tankers poses significant threats to Turkey's most populous city and economic center and has led to calls to reduce it. Under the purported project, sea traffic on the Bosporus would be channeled to this second artificial strait. The IPMA congress is expected to be attended by nearly 250 project management scholars from 50 countries. During the three-day gathering, more than 350 worldwide projects and scientific articles will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to share knowledge and exchange views on innovative new projects. Many leading figures from the world project management sector will make presentations, and a number of important projects from around the world will make their debut. In related news, conference organizer Cetin Elmas of Gazi University said Erdogan will make important announcements during the meeting. "For three days Turkey will host the world's top project managers," he said. "After Istanbul's yearlong reign as European Capital of Culture, this congress will make Istanbul the world's project management capital." During the event, transportation, healthcare, public works and education officials will make presentations about projects in those areas. Event organizers say the total worth of the projects publicized during the congress will exceed $50 billion.