The zoning plan for Kanal Istanbul has been approved, paving the way for the construction of the artificial seaway, Turkish Transport and Infrastructure Minister Cahit Turhan has said.
"We have arrived at the stage of holding a tender for Kanal Istanbul. We will launch the tender for the project, and construction work will start this year," Turhan told a press conference in Ankara.
A five-story concrete hotel built on Istanbul's 1600-year-old city walls and a historical fountain draws anger of the residents in Cankurtaran neighborhood.
Some stones of the fortification wall, on which serious destructions are noticeable, have been unhitched and the faucet part of the fountain has been removed.
Also, some parts of the fountain have been destroyed.
Hundreds of buildings at high risk have been evacuated due to a planned urban transformation project in Istanbul's Fikirtepe neighborhood are being rented by foreigners and Turkish citizens due to low prices.
The family of Festus Okey, a Nigerian asylum seeker who had been murdered at Istanbul's Beyoğlu police station in 2007, will join the criminal proceedings after 13 years of a legal and bureaucratic struggle.
Okey was detained on Aug. 20, 2007 on charges of drug possession and was brought to the Beyoğlu police station. He was fatally shot by Yıldız after his interrogation.