>> This family have worked the land just outside Istanbul for five generations. But handing it over to their kids is now in doubt due to plans for a massive waterway through their farmlands, an attempt to ease traffic on major global shipping lane that will redraw the map of Europe's biggest city.
> He says whether people want it or not, it will be built.
Right now, five countries rely solely on the Bosphorus.>> The government says the canal is needed to ease traffic on what's one of the world's busiest waterways. Currently, ships have to anchor the tips of the Bosphorus and can sometimes await weeks for that turn to pass through.>> The canal is the latest of Turkey's mega projects led by Erodogan's government.
The cities third airport, which will be one of the world's largest, is due to open in October. This latest project has alarmed environmentalists. They say it'll damage the seas it's supposed to connect as well as archaeological sites in the area. For residents of surrounding villages, they fear they'll be uprooted from their homes.
When and others in the village of tried to attend a public consultation he says they were blocked by armed police, leaving them without any answers.>> These are their worries. What will happen to our land? Will they be expropriated for little money? Will our houses be knocked down?
Will new homes built for us? What will happen? No one has any information.>> Last month this tanker crashed into a villa on the Bosphorus. President Erdogan says the tender for Canal Istanbul should be held as soon as possible to avoid these kinds of incidents.>>