İstanbul Mayor: ‘Come on, we are in the communication era’
Sunday, 15. July 2012, 15:38
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Kadir Topbaş, who has been heavily criticized for going on holiday in the middle of a traffic crisis in Istanbul, has responded to the criticism by saying that he is in control of everything.
“We are in the communication era. The age of waiting in
the office is over. I receive information every hour. I am in control of
everything from Artvin. My units are also working. We have succeeded in
institutionalizing and I must congratulate [our municipality] for this. I have
been in politics for 38 years and I have always integrated myself in the
public,” he said.
Topbaş was photographed dancing in the Black Sea province
of Artvin on July 11. “When I was taking a mountain walk in Artvin, I
encountered a group of people from Istanbul. They said to me, ‘Don’t leave us,
you have provided great services to Istanbul.’ When I look at the media organs,
I see that some people are searching for another mayor. If the media goes on
displaying such an attitude, they will lose the public’s trust,” Topbaş said.
Meanwhile, traffic on the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge
started flowing again following the urgent action plan taken by the
municipality and the governor’s office on July 12.
Measures in the plan proposed that a maximum of six ticket
booths be opened for vehicle passage and the number of the active lanes be
re-considered in order to prevent crowds from collecting in front of ticket
Mobile kiosks and toilets have also been established.
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