Kanal Istanbul is also known as the Kanal Project which is an artificial sea-level waterway which is currently being built on the European side of Istanbul in Turkey. It will connect the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and therefore also the Aegean Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. The start point is the Black Sea and the end point is the Sea of Marmara and its length will be from 45-50 kilometres (28-31 miles) with a depth of 25 metres (82 feet).
Kanal Istanbul will form an island between Europe and Asia by bisecting the European side of Istanbul. The expected date of completion is on the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 2023.
Kanal Istanbul is being built to reduce the marine traffic on the Bosphorus to hopefully eliminate the dangers from the tankers that sail through the Bosphorus.
In January 2018 the awaited news was given and the Ministry of Transport announced that the project will pass through Küçükçekmece Lake, Sazlısu Dam and the Terkos Dam.
This is indeed a breakthrough as this project has been proposed at least seven times previously and has been rejected. The first proposal was made in the 1500’s by no other than the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent who reigned from 1520 – 1566. Over the past almost 500 years various proposals have been put forward to no avail.
Finally on the 22nd January 2013, the Turkish Government announced that construction of the canal would begin in May 2013.
The cost will be $10 billion to build and the finance for the Kanal Istanbul has already been allocated by the Turkish Treasury. It is also understood that the Turkish Armed Forces will be very much involved in the development of Kanal Istanbul.
This is a huge exciting project!