New areas on Turkish coast opened up to construction

More than 50,000 hectares of protected nature reserve on the Turkish coast has been opened up to development by a cabinet decision, independent news site T24 said.

It said 34,162 hectares of first-class protected land and 12,544 hectares of second-class protected land in the Gulf of Gökova region near Marmaris, which contains the villages of Akyaka, Turunç and Akbük have been made available for construction as a result of the decision.

“We are in favour of this (decision) being local rather than these areas being opened up to construction,” Muğla Mayor Osman Gürün said.

“For example, if a village or a bay needs work, decisions can be taken in relation to this. But we do not think that opening up this large of an area is right.”