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The total cost for the roofing of the new presidential palace and additional buildings where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family stay is TL 85 million — equal to 89,568 average salaries, claimed Tezcan Karakui Candan, head of the Turkish Union of Engineers and Architectsand’ Chambers (TMMOB) Ankara branch.
President Erdoganand’s luxury presidential palace, dubbed Ak Saray, which was illegally constructed on an area of 300,000 square meters within the Atatandurk Forestry Farm (AOandc) — an environmentally protected area where construction is not permitted — continues to occupy a prominent place in domestic political discussions.
Referring to a recent decision by the Council of State which confirmed the illegality of the palaceand’s construction, Candan said that a 35 square meter area was covered with expensive roofing materials.
According to information TMMOB acquired, Rheinzink brand zinc material, which was specially made in Germany, was bought for the palaceand’s roofing at a cost of TL 1.124 per square meter. and”If we consider that the average worker with a basic salary has four people in his family, the cost of the roof of the palace affects the life of 358.272 people which is more than the population of Danduzce province,and” Candan said.
The Council of State recently annulled an earlier decision by the Ankara Regional Conservation of Cultural Properties Council to reduce the degree of protection granted to SiT areas — environmentally protected sites where construction is restricted or forbidden — confirming once again the illegality of the palace.
On March 5 of last year, an Ankara court ordered a halt to the construction of the palace. However, then-Prime Minister Erdogan challenged the court decision and dismissed those who had called on the Ankara Governorand’s Office to halt construction of the palace. andquotIf they have the power, let them destroy it,andquot Erdogan said regarding the courtand’s decision.
Although the cost of the building has not been officially announced, TMMOB last year estimated the total cost to be TL 1.37 billion ($615 million). According to the chamber, the cost of cooling for a month is around TL 600,000, while heating and lighting expenses total some TL 1.6 million and TL 1.2 million, respectively. The cost of cleaning the presidential palace is around TL 8 million, and another TL 9 million has been spent on the grounds.
Candan also claimed in April that exclusive 24-carat gilded marble has been imported from Italy at a cost of 3,000 euros per square meter to be used in the construction of a spa that includes Turkish baths (hamam), Finnish saunas and pools within the palace.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman