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TOKy- might destroy what green remains, experts fear.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- A draft law seeking to transfer green areas owned by the military to the Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKy), a state-run agency that has built many multi-storey developments on the limited number of green areas in ystanbul, has caused concern that the remaining green spaces in ystanbul might also be destroyed.

The Ministry of Environment and Urban Development is working on a bill titled the Building Inspection Law. The draft includes regulations that will transfer forested areas owned by the military to local municipalities and TOKy, an alarming development for environment groups and architects.

According to a statement published in the Taraf daily, architect Memed Erdener applauded the idea to return green areas to the people from "men in uniform," but also expressed concern for military zones that might fall victim to uncontrolled urbanization. He has put up a website to hear recommendations from city residents regarding the transformation of military zones.

If the bill is passed, it will be possible to transfer military zones that fall within city limits to municipalities or TOKy with the approval of the Defense Ministry and the Finance Ministry.

Erdener said with the end of the Cold War, military zones inside the city limits have lost their reason for being. The city's rare green areas are being returned to city residents, Erdener said, but noted they should be protected from uncontrolled development. "We don't want any more shopping malls," Erdener was quoted as saying in Taraf.

Korhan GE-mE-E-, an architect, said municipalities have openly proven that they are not fans of protecting the green in past projects where similar areas were turned into manufactured gas plants (MGPs), slaughterhouses and c

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Date:Jul 17, 2012
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