Istanbul's 2nd Administrative Court decided to suspend 37 articles of the total 61 proposed on reconstruction plans for preservation of the city's historic peninsula.
The suspension decision includes Kennedy Street on which the Eurasia Tunnel project will be connected to the Sirkeci Train Terminal, Yedikule Gardens and the Kumkapı Fish Market.
Based on expert reports, the court decision stated that underground road intersection and road enlargement projects connected to the western end of the Eurasia Tunnel, the submerged tunnel project that will connect Istanbul's European and Asian sides, will increase traffic in the historical area. This is contrary to earlier policies and provisions to decrease traffic.
The designation of a municipal bus garage as a commercial zone located in the Topkapı district was suspended. The article regulating the former area of the Kumkapı Fish Market, demolished to make way for the western exit of the Eurasia Tunnel and projected to be a marina, was also suspended as conditions for construction in the area are not clear. The Yedikule Gardens, located adjacent to Istanbul's UNESCO-listed city walls, was among the suspension decisions of the court as sports and recreation facilities were not found compatible with the historic character of the area. The court also suspended the use of Sirkeci Terminal, Yedikule Train Maintenance and Gas Factory facilities for activities other than cultural purposes.