The governor of the Southern province of Antalya stopped controversial construction works at the world famous Çıralı Beach yesterday.
Villagers have been protesting the rental process and construction works of the 18-acre land for the last 10 days.
Ahmet Altıparmak said he decided to stop construction until the court
gives a verdict. “If lawlessness is the matter in question here, then
lawbreakers must be put on trial,” Altıparmak said.
Çıralı Beach is
known for its logger-headed turtles, a species that is on the verge of
extinction according to environmental organizations.
say the renting process was controversial and was opposed both by
nongovernmental organizations and locals of the area.
A football team, called “Orman Sport Club,” signed a rental contract with the Antalya
Regional General Directorate of Forestry to rent the land for 10 years
by paying 5,000 Turkish Liras. On the same day the team handed the land
tenure for 55,000 Turkish Liras to a hotel management firm.
ambiguous situation forced the villagers to take steps against the
deal, said Hediye Gündüz, the chairwoman of the Nature Conservation
Association of Turkey. “This region hosts 18 different endemic plant
species, 500-years-old pine trees and logger-headed turtles, which
annually deposit their eggs here. What is going to happen now? The
villagers are standing guard here 24-hours a day to hinder any harm to
the environment. We are all waiting for the cancellation of the
project,” Gündüz said.
Original article in Hurriyet daily news: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/governer-responds-to-villagers-protest.