The process for preparing the environmental impact report on Turkey’s Canal Istanbul megaproject was one of the most transparent in the country, Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum said Thursday.

“The environmental impact assessment report for Canal Istanbul and its process have been one of the most well-attended, transparent processes,” Kurum told a press conference in the capital Ankara.

Canal Istanbul is one of Turkey’s most strategic megaprojects, which is meant to reduce potential risks posed by ships carrying dangerous goods through the Bosphorus Strait.

The 45-kilometer (nearly 28-mile) canal, which will be built west of the city center

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