22 November Friday

IMM Ready for Winter

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) has taken all the necessary measures to combat the severe winter conditions.

A total of 6,882 personnel and 1,373 vehicles under the management of the IMM's Department of Road Maintenance and Infrastructure Coordination are on alert for Istanbul residents to spend a comfortable winter.

In addition, 60 critical points are closely monitored by the Ice Early Warning System (BEUS) to avoid accidents on an icy roads.

A Winter Preparatory Assessment Meeting was held at the IMM Disaster Coordination Center (AKOM) yesterday. At the meeting, which was chaired by Deputy-Secretary-Generals of the IMM Mr. Mehmet Murat Kalkanlı and Mr. Murat Yazıcı, the participants discussed the efforts to combat possible icing and ponding during the winter months.

The meeting was attended by the Istanbul Fire Brigade, Road Maintenance and Infrastructure Coordination, Support Services, Rail Systems, Police, Mukhtars (Headmen) and Food and Health Departments, AKOM, IMM White Desk, İETT, İSKİ, İGDAŞ, İSTAÇ, İSFALT, Provincial Security Directorate, General Directorate of Highways, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and ring road operation company İCA as well as the representatives of Istanbul New Airport operator IGA.

At the meeting, all institutions serving for Istanbul agreed on the importance of cooperation in order to prevent interruption in urban life.

To ensure the smooth running of winter and the continuation of public life in the normal course, the teams have been deployed at 400 points of intervention in 4,023 kilometers of route network throughout the city.

In order to prevent traffic congestion, a total of 53 crane-rescuers will serve 24 hours a day throughout the city. There will be 33 winter fighting vehicles in order to avoid any problems on the Metrobus route.

A total of 1,373 vehicles and construction machinery with 7,083 staff in three shifts will be taking part in the struggle against winter conditions. 300 pieces of saltbox will be placed in critical locations.
60 critical points will be closely monitored by the Early Warning System for Ice (BEUS) to avoid accidents icy roads. Salt bags (10 thousand tons) will be left to critical points and intersections for citizens' use throughout Istanbul.

During the heavy snowfall, mobile buffets and emergency services of hospitals will serve soup, hot drinks and water to drivers waiting in traffic and for those waiting at piers and roads.

After the citizens call the helpline 153 for those in need of a shelter, the homeless will be taken to the guest houses after health checks. The guests receive personal care, treatment services, and they will also benefit from winter clothing help, as well as 3 meals a day.

Collecting centers were planned for the homeless citizens living on the street. District Municipalities will transport the homeless citizens identified in their districts to the guesthouses owned by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.

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