1,207 trees to be cut down for dormitory construction

Hurriyet Daily News | May 27, 2019

Some 1,207 poplar trees will be cut down for a new dormitory construction at Ankara’s Middle East Technical University (ODTU), according to a written statement by the university’s presidency. The dormitory construction, carried out by Turkey’s Credit and Dormitories Institution, commenced on May 16 and drew an avalanche of criticism from many student clubs and non-governmental organizations on grounds that it would harm the ecosystem and endanger many species living in ODTU’s renowned forest. As part of a protocol signed by the university’s rectorate, dated May 21, 2018, the property rights of a 40-decare area in the campus were transferred to a state institution for 49 years. The controversial dorm construction is within the scope of the said protocol. Many students have set up tents in the construction area to protest the management’s decision on tasking the institution to construct what they call an unnecessary and excess dormitory, calling for Rector Verşan Kök’s resignation.

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