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    At a time when many people are sensitive about the quality of life, Istanbul faces traffic problems which would make most town planners wince.

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    At a time when many people are sensitive about the quality of life, Istanbul faces traffic problems which would make most town planners wince.

    The famed minarets rising above the city of mosques and palaces, colourful ferries criss-crossing the blue Bosphorus and the placidity of the Marmara Sea stretching to the horizon still make Istanbul one of the most attractive tourist spots in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

    But like many other metropolitan centres, by nine a.m. each working day its streets are turned into fume-filled canyons lined with Hong Kong-type traffic and pedestrians striving to pick their way along crammed pavements.

    The problems are causing great concern with the Istanbul authorities, but the city still retains much of its tranquil charm, as this film shows.

    SYNOPSIS: Istanbul, the city on the bridge of two continents. City authorities are expressing concern over the problems of traffic pollution. During the daily rush hours, traffic resembles that of Hong Kong.....the fumes do also.

    In a bid to cut down the traffic noise, city officials recently ordered a complete ban on the use of car horns. The city's taxi drivers complied for three days, then reverted to honking in a concerted campaign which defeated the authorities....despite this type hazard, the city still retains its ancient charm.

    Although the systems of Governments have altered over the years, the basic way of life is unchanged. The people may have been a little restricted following the recent declaration of martial law, but the are able to cope with development.

    The mosques of Istanbul are the biggest tourist attractions in the country. Many of them have been standing for centuries, monuments to the days when ancient west met ancient east....the unforgettable eras in Turkish history and the reminders of an old and powerful charm.

    City authorities are planning to change the whole landscape of Istanbul. One of the more significant changes will be the Bosphorus bridge, which will link Asia and Europe and is due for completion in 1973 at a cost of more than 12 million pounds. Experts from the Soviet Union are estimating the costs of an extended two-line underground railway system....initial estimates worked out at 100 million pounds, and the authorities say the will need state help in raising the money. Although new developments may relieve the bustle, many Turks will be reluctant to see the changes.

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