Cave-in risk to cancelled Istanbul metro lines – engineers association

Turkey’s Chamber of Mining Engineers has warned of the risk that six partially-built metro lines under Istanbul could collapse and threaten nearby buildings, opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) parliamentarian Barış Yarkadaş told Cumhuriyet newspaper.

“The Chamber of Mining Engineers says that if these are left as tunnels, they can damage the surface and structures and may face the risk of collapse,” Yarkadaş said.

“I also wonder who will pay for the extra costs of this situation … Will it be overthrown mayor Kadir Topbaş or appointed bureaucrat Mevlüt Uysal?”

Uysal cancelled the contracts for six new metro lines after Topbaş resigned from his position under pressure from ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) leaders.

Two Istanbul municipality council members belonging to the CHP have also filed for legal action to be taken against former mayors, claiming that the cancellation of the tenders for the metro lines would cost Istanbul more than $260 million.

In their filing, the two councillors said Uysal’s cancellation of the contracts was a waste of public money.

The filing also said that the high costs, which Uysal cited as his reason for cancelling the bid, were the result of abuses of office and intervention in public tenders, both of which are crimes.

Uysal informed companies working on the bids that the proposed lines were cancelled on Dec. 29, 2017.