Whose Property Is The Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar has always been veıy important. The Bazaar, which saclly had happened to be the sitting target of many ten·oıist attacks, is the cultmal and business symbol for the whole Anatolia as well as the seeret economy of the country. Each bomb that exploded here, each bullet directed towards the Bazaar was actually targeted at our histarical background, culture, the heart of touıism and the brain of the actual economy.

As a place which even ten·orists see as their biggest target, one of the major signifıcance of the Bazaar is the fact that throughout centuries, different religions, ethnicities, languages, people from various nationalities lived and worked here in peace and haımony. This place, in which everybody can observe their traditions and cultures freely, is the real World Trade and Culture Center. The Grand Bazaar is the end point of the Silk Road, and its gate to the world market.  The population of the Bazaar is more than many cities of the Eastem Turkey. It even exceeds the population of many large European cities as it becomes 300 to 400 thousands in the momings. So, how is a place !ike this managed? By what laws? Is there an official management? Who takes care of its pavements, lights, trashes, cleaning, walls, or the root ? There is only one answer: the tradesmen. Normally, the City of İstanbul is responsible from the maintenance of the main aıteıial roads. They take care of the roads and canals everywhere, but in the Bazaar, it is the tradesmen.

The byroads are always the responsibility of the Town Halis, but in the Bazaar, it is the tradesmen’s. The roads are lightened by the govemment eveıywhere. The govemment not only ignores d1e demands of d1e Bazaar, but alsa they sue d1e tı-adesmen foundation for taking care of those things. The tıashes are collected by the members of the foundation. TI1ey alsa take care of the  cleaning.

If any damage appears on the buildings, the traclesmen renovate them in spite of many cliffıculties, which are mosdy d1e bureaucratic obstacles that must be resolved in order to obtain a peımit for d1e renovations. All of d1e institutions affıliated with the govemment utter the same words: “It is not this institution’s responsibility.” Well d1en! You say that you are not giving any seıvice because it is not your responsibility. Then, why do you demand trash tax, propeıty tax, ineome tax, additional tax, this tax, that tax … When it comes to collectiong d1e taxes, d1ey apperandy know d1eir responsibilities, but when it comes to seıve us, d1ey step aside. In order to solve all the problems, d1e best solution is to pass an autonomous aclministrative law immediately.



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