Murat Kurum, as the Minister of Environment and Urban Planning, examined the earthquake houses built for citizens whose homes were damaged in the 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Elazig. Stating that 2.500 houses are ready to be delivered to the citizens in Elazig, the Minister “Kurum” also noted that 8 thousand houses will be completed by the end of the year.
The Minister, after visiting Elazig to examine the urban transformation works initiated after the earthquake that occurred on January 24, also visited Akçakiraz, Yazıkonak, Karşıyaka, Çatalçeşme, Aksaray and Bizmişen construction sites. The Minister “Kurum”, inspecting the completed and on-going houses on site, gave an ear to the demands of the citizens, as well.
8.000 Houses are projected to be finished by the end of the year
Minister noted in one of his statements that 2500 houses have been completed in Elazığ, and 8 thousand houses will be completed by the end of the year.
The minister said the following: "As you know, a Sivrice-centered earthquake occurred at the beginning of 2020. We started the required works and procedures immediately within the framework of the earthquake affecting both in Elazig and Malatya. We took the required actions for Elazig. Yesterday, we had taken the required actions for Elazig. Today, we are doing our best to heal the wounds of İzmir all together, doing whatever needs to be done. On that day, we promised our citizens the following: Before the end of a year, we will deliver the houses in stages and hopefully, we will deliver the projects with all kinds of strong and secure social infrastructure to our citizens, while also taking the required steps in order to improve the quality of life in Elazig and Malatya. We are proud and happy to keep this promise. Today, we witness the happiness of our citizens in their homes, who, once, were waiting for their relatives trapped under the rubble. We have stated that we will built 8 thousand houses and we will realize the biggest urban transformation of Elazig by finishing other houses in stages. Hopefully, we will hand over our residences in Elazig and Malatya to our citizens, with their schools, mosques, green areas, playgrounds, also in stages. "
Reminding that the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made a discount up to 50% for the earthquake houses in Elazig, the Minister also stated: "Our President made discounts of up to 50% in housing prices in order for our citizens to pay under favorable conditions. They shared this good news with our citizens. Within this framework, our citizens, who are entitled with no payment to AFAD for 2 years and with zero interest for 18 years, will be making their payments conveniently. Now, they will be living in these houses in a more peaceful, safer, happier manner. I whish the best for Elazıg and Malatya with these houses, social facilities, schools, mosques Elazig and Malatya".