My Sultan, We Want a Road!
Ermenek - appealing call from Karaman to Istanbul: My Sultan, we want a road!
The historical telegram that the Armenians sent to Istanbul in 1911.
The answer to this mayor's desirable telegram
Telegram of Ermenek Mayor Reşit Bey and summary of the reply received
A telegram numbered 6060 is coming to Istanbul from the Ottoman State Office of the Grand Vizier: The starting point is Ermenek - Konya, Date 27 March 1327/07 April 1911.
Destination: Grand Vizier / Prime Ministry Higher Office.
Ermenek Mayor Reşit Bey who took the telegram
Content of the telegram:
Ermenek - A Begging Call from Karaman to Istanbul: My Sultan, We Want a Road!
“Our accident is not tied anywhere in terms of the road, and the irregular cattle disrupting the road / road harass the people. Our road taxes are collected regularly.
Our previous application about the severe need for a highway to reach Karaman has not been addressed first, and our province continues to be deprived of justice because it is not enough to achieve the goal of leveling the mountain road by ignoring the highway.
Not even a pickaxe has been hit with our money given with loads. Miri is not an Ottoman Land Exempt from Land Taxes.
We beg again and again on behalf of the 30 thousand people living in Ermenek to the supreme authority, which has adopted the slogan of justice to be permitted at around one fifth of twenty kilometers, as far as the General Assembly deems necessary.
Mayor of the Municipality on Behalf of the People of Ermenek: Reşit
Answer to this Arzuhal Telegram:
"Ministry of Trade and Public Works / Ministry of Roads and Passages Department No 48
To the High Office of Sadaret
Regarding that the name of the telegram sent on behalf of the people of Ermenek district was presented upon return and so on.
It is the desire of weak servants that
The people of Ermenek mention that although they pay the road cash prices regularly, they are in trouble due to the lack of construction of the roads required in their accidents.
(Mevaridat and talk) The construction of the road between Karaman and Ermenek for the transportation of road construction materials and equipment was presented to the high office of Sadaret with the signature of the mayor Reşit on behalf of the inhabitants of Ermenek district.
The following predictions are included in the correspondence of the Konya Province Higher Authority on 12 Kanun-i sani 1326/25 January 1911 in response to the statement received upon the general request dated 25 March 1327/07 April 1911, which was ordered to be submitted to the ministry / ministry:
Due to the fact that the road between Ermenek and Karaman, which is 90 km long, consists of impassable rocks, it will not be possible to build it completely under today's conditions.
In this case, it was reported that the construction of at least ten km part of the next year was decided by the Nafia Commission and a scientific committee was sent to Ermenek at a suitable time and it was decided to carry out the necessary discoveries and the said telegraph name was returned and presented.