World Canals: "Turkey's crazy project"

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Martin Nicholas

Jan 6, 2022, 2:42:50 AMJan 6
"A giant new canal for the world’s biggest ships is the most ambitious
engineering plan yet proposed by Turkey’s President Erdogan, whose
massive infrastructure projects have already changed the face of his
country. The proposed waterway would slice through Istanbul, creating
in effect a second Bosphorus, the busy shipping lane that is now the
only outlet from the Black Sea. The president himself has called the
project “crazy”. But he says it would “save the future of Istanbul”,
easing traffic in the Bosphorus and reducing the risk of a terrible
accident there. But the plan has met a storm of opposition. Istanbul’s
mayor says it would “murder” the historic city. Critics claim the canal
would be an environmental disaster, cost billions of dollars that
Turkey can’t afford – and provoke severe tensions with Russia, which is
determined to preserve existing rules on traffic into and out of the
Black Sea. Will the canal go ahead? Who would lose – and who would
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