It was wrong to settle a city over still-productive coalmines, Ata said adding that the Filyos Valley area was an appropriate location to move city. "It is possible to complete this if you face up to great expenses," he said.
Using the example of cities in the Marmara region where around 50,000 houses were built after the 1999 earthquake, Ata said it was possible for Zonguldak to accomplish this as well. "When we were on duty in [the western province of] Kocaeli, 17,788 houses were built and given to their owners. In total, with other cities in the region, around 50,000 houses were built, which is the size of Zonguldak and its districts. This means it is possible to rebuild the city gradually, in the long run," he said.
What is needed for the project is funds, Ata said, adding that as the financial sources of municipalities are limited it could be possible through the Mass Housing Administration, or TOKİ. "In some big cities it is possible to destroy a region, build new houses there and sell at expensive prices and use this money for building new houses. But I do not think that it is possible for Zonguldak. The best method for here is the cooperation of TOKİ and the municipality," he said. To realize the project the support of politicians in Ankara and Zonguldak’s people is needed, he said. Ata also said the geographical structure of the city is not large enough for new buildings. "We cannot find available area for a new school or a hospital," he said.