Murat Kurum

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.

Turkey takes step on wastewater management amid virus

Turkey's Environment Ministry on April 9 issued a circular on the management of wastewater as part of measures against the deadly COVID-19 outbreak.

As part of the efforts to stem the novel coronavirus, Turkey's Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum announced a new circular right after another one on waste management.

Gov’t, municipalities join forces for transformation in Istanbul

A ministerial commission including representatives of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, 39 district municipalities, non-governmental organizations, and professional chambers will speed up urban transformation projects in Istanbul, the urbanization minister said on Feb. 21.

Turkey to build 10,000 residences in Elazığ district

Turkey readies itself to accelerate urban transformation projects as some 10,000 residences for a satellite city will be constructed in the quake-hit eastern Elazığ province's Yemişlik district.

The magnitude 6.8 quake of Jan. 24 caused 37 deaths in Elazığ province, about 550 km (340 miles) east of Ankara, and four in neighboring Malatya.

Gov’t kicks off urgent urban transformation for quake-hit cities

In the wake of a 6.8-magnitude earthquake on Jan. 24 that claimed at least 40 lives, the government is set to kick off an urban transformation project in the eastern province of Elazığ after what it saw as a wake-up call following the collapse of several earthquake-prone buildings, vowing to replace them with disaster-resilient buildings.