Turkey begins demolition of illegal buildings in coastal town of Bodrum

Officials in Turkey’s Western province of Muğla on Sunday began the demolition of illegally constructed buildings in the coastal resort of Bodrum. 

Environment and Urbanisation Minister Murat Kurum was on site as the demolition of 19 projects found in violation of zoning laws began, pro-government Yeni Şafak newspaper reported. 

The decision followed fieldwork by 100 ministry staff in the province of Muğla, the newspaper said. 

The companies were told in August that if they failed to demolish the structures themselves, the ministry would take matters into its own hands.

“We had [previously] said that if the violation [of zoning regulations] is not removed [from the relevant construction sites], we would have, through the governor’s office, taken the demolishment ourselves,’’ Minister Murat Kurum said.

The minister said that as of Saturday there were 19 projects in violation of zoning regulations that consist of 2,100 independent sections and 11 hotel units.

In nationwide inspections over the past year, Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation, flagged 20,000 structures as being illegal.   


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