Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around the region over the last week.
Babadag Cable Car Project In Flight
Soon visitors will be able to take a trip to the top of the world famous Babadag mountain in just 7 minutes when a new cable car is built.
The mile high Babadag, or ‘father mountain’, dominates the skyline above the Turkish holiday resorts of Fethiye and Ölüdeniz.
It is also the most popular launch site in Turkey for paragliding with over 100,000 flight launches a year.
Plans to build a cable car to ferry visitors and paragliders to the top of the mountain were first drawn up in 2011.
Since then around 70 million Turkish Lira has been spent on planning, permissions and costing to bring the project to the tender stage.
The launch of the Babadag Cable Car project implementation board took place last week and was attended by senior government and other advisors.
They included Muğla Governor Amir Çiçek, Fethiye District Governor Ekrem Çalık and Fethiye Protocol members, Muğla Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Dr. Osman Gurun , Mugla Commerce and Industry Chamber President Bulent Karakus , Muğla Journalists Association president Suleyman Akbulut , Fethiye Mayor Behçet Saatçı , CHP Mugla Deputy Omer Suha Aldan, CHP Muğla deputy Prof. Dr. Nurettin Demir , MHP Muğla deputy Mehmet Erdoğan , Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University Rector Dr. Mahsur Harmandar and representatives of academicians, political parties and non-governmental organizations and officials of public and public institutions participated.
Spring into Action
Early April will see the receipt of tenders and the evaluation of the bids.
If all goes to plan the new cable car is expected to carry its first passengers in May/June 2018 subject to contract.
Faster and Safer
Currently it can take can take up to half an hour to make the nail biting journey to the top via vehicles driving on a winding but paved mountain road.
A one-way journey in one of the new 8 person cable cars is expected to take between 6 to 7 minutes from Ovacik, Yasdam Cadessi to the 1,700m site of the cafe and main flight launch pad.
For those people who want to go right to the top of the 1,900m summit a separate ski lift will be built to help make the last leg with ease.
International Women’s Day Celebrated in Fethiye
There were a raft of articles in the local press covering international women’s day events in and around Fethiye last week.
Fethiye Council held a full day of events in and around Fethiye including talks, music and dancing.
The Yörük Türkmen Association organised an event to celebrate the day in their nomadic tents too.
Fethiye Times celebrated IWD 2017 (International Women’s Day) by looking in detail at two of Turkey’s remarkable women from the last century; during a time when the country underwent a violent and dramatic change, but one that resulted in the beginning of a new era for Turkish nationhood and Turkish women. You can read more in the article IWD 2017: celebrating Turkey’s remarkable women in Turkey.
Meanwhile the security services were busy last week catching criminals.
A vehicle stopped by police was found carrying 100kg of illegal tobacco.
It was on its way to Fethiye and the driver was arrested.
The press reported that the Police raided an illegal gambling den in Fethiye.
Seven men were detained and over 4,300 TL confiscated along with playing cards when it was found that they had been illegally gambling.
Operation Bingo 57 Puzzlers Fined 13,000TL
Meanwhile in Ovacik the Jandarma raided an establishment in the early hours of 3rd March where it was suspected bingo was being played.
They were acting on a tip off that the Hisarönü Strategy and Puzzle Games Association was actually a centre for illegal gambling.
The press reported that 57 people were found at the establishment to be participating in games of a gambling nature and fines of 227TL per person were handed out totalling almost 13,000 TL.
Nine members of staff including the owner were detained but they were later released.
A bingo machine, playing cards and audio and visual systems used to play the bingo were confiscated and the workplace was sealed.
Tourism Fair Doors Opened
The 7th Fethiye tourism fair opened its doors to the trade and public last week in Çamköy.
The 4,500 m2 exhibition site included 80 products for the tourism industry from food (See cheese stall above) and beverages to beds and beyond.
Miner Killed in Blast
A mine worker died last week in an explosion.
The local press reported that a 39 year old man, who was working in a chrome mine in the Çatalarık District of Fethiye, died when he was hit by rock fragments after a blasting operation went wrong.
The man was rushed to Fethiye Hospital but died later from his injuries.
The British Pound bought 4.54 Turkish Lira (TL) by the close of business on Friday.
The week before it was selling for 4.57 TL.
It was still snowing on the higher mountains and roads above Fethiye last week.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead. A mix of rain, hail and sunshine.