Construction on Salda Lake beach sparks fury

Construction works on the beach of a famous lake, which has been reputed as "Turkey's Maldives" its white sand and clear water, have sparked public fury, prompting actin from the government.

The comapnyi, which undertook the construction of a public garden in Salda Lake in the southern province of Burdur's Yeşilova district, used its heavy machinery on the beach, damaging the sand.

Legal complaints have been filed for the cancelation of both the tender and the development plans for the lake, one of the two places where oxygen-producing single-cell cyanobacteria still live in the world.

Tuncay Koç, one of the lawyers who filed the complaint on behalf of five citizens living in Yeşilova, said that a request for the cancelation of the tender was dismissed by the Council of State with a record pace.

Expressing that the firm used the ban imposed on the outbreak days to avoid public reaction, Koç said that entering into the area by trucks showed that the value of the lake was not appreciated by the firm.

"The company wants to take the advantage of the curfew, but the eyes of the public are on this area," he told daily Hürriyet. "We have filed a criminal complaint against those responsible."

The lake is closed to visitors due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum said that the images of heavy vehicles on the lake's beaches also bothered him.

"That image hurt me, just like it did everybody," he told Hürriyet daily on April 14.

"We will not allow such mistakes while trying to protect our natural beauty and be so sensitive."

The minister stated that all people and institutions that had a role in the scandal have been punished.

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