Turkey Towards 2023 Part Three: Infrastructure and Energy Plans
Read Part Two of Turkey Towards 2023 here.
Turkey has been investing heavily in improving its infrastructure in recent years, and the government is keen to continue the momentum for at least the next decade. As an example, look at the announcement by the Defence Minister, Ismet Yilmaz, in July of this year regarding the military security zones: “These are set to be replaced by new housing, education and transport projects, to cater for the country’s rapidly growing population.” The military sites located in the affluent western part of the country will be moved to the east, while many of Istanbul’s military sites (over 50 000 acres) are likely to be redeveloped. Such schemes are essential in a country that has experienced one of the highest urbanisation rates in the world. Three quarters of the population now resides in urban areas compared to 25% in 1960.
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