Turkey to Build 2 'New Cities' for Istanbul

Image ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey on Wednesday announced plans to build two earthquake-resistant developments in the Istanbul area to lure residents away from dangerous neighborhoods.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the first of two "new cities" would be built on abandoned quarries and coal pits at the edge of Istanbul's European side. The second would be located on unused land on the Asian side, he said, without providing further details.

The two new urban centers would have a population of about 1 million each.

Erdogan said studies for the project would begin soon after Turkey's June 12 elections, while construction would start next year. The main aim of the project is encourage people living in Istanbul's earthquake-prone areas to move, he said.

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