• Short Summary

    THE FIRST STAGE OF THE EAST GHOR IRRIGATION CANAL PROJECT WAS INAUGURATED OCT 16 BY KING HUSSEIN OF JORDAN WHEN HE CUT A RIBBON AND TURNED A WHEEL, LETTING WATER FLOW FROM THE IRRIGATION TUNNEL INTO THE CANAL.

  • Description

    THE FIRST STAGE OF THE EAST GHOR IRRIGATION CANAL PROJECT WAS INAUGURATED OCT 16 BY KING HUSSEIN OF JORDAN WHEN HE CUT A RIBBON AND TURNED A WHEEL, LETTING WATER FLOW FROM THE IRRIGATION TUNNEL INTO THE CANAL.

    FOLLOWING THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY, KING HUSSEIN DISTRIBUTED LAND DEEDS TO FARMERS WHO WILL HUSBAND THE AREAS FLANKING THE 22.8 KILOMETRES LONG FIRST STAGE. ITALIAN ENGINEERS BEGAN WORK LAST SEPTEMBER ON THE SECOND STAGE.

    PART OF A FIVE-YEAR ECONOMIC PROGRAMME ESTIMATED TO COST GBP56 MILLION, THE EAST GHOR CANAL PROJECT IS PART OF THE OVERALL YARMOUK JORDAN VALLEY PROJECT AGREED TO BY THE JORDANIAN AND SYRIAN GOVERNMENTS IN 1953. RUNNING FROM NEAR THE SYRIAN BORDER, TAND PARALLEL WITH THE ISRAELI BORDER, THE PROJECT WILL PROVIDE WATER FOR THE GOVERNMENT'S RESETTLEMENT SCHEME IN THE JORDAN VALLEY.

    THIS PROJECT CALLS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO DAMS, ONE LIN MAQARIN, THE OTHER ON WADI KHALID. THROUGH THESE TWO DAMS, ADEQUATE QUANTITIES OF WATER COULD BE STORED TO ENSURE IRRIGATION WATERS FOR LARGE TRACTS OF LAND ON BOTH BANKS OF THE JORDAN RIVER. IN ADDITION, THE DAMS COULD ALSO PROVIDE A HYDRO-ELECTRIC POWER OF 200 MILLION KWH. ANNUALLY, THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS PROJECT IS PLANNED IN FIVE STAGES OVER A PERIOD RANGING FROM 8 TO 20 YEARS. IT IS HOPED THAT IS WILL INCREASE JORDAN'S INCOME BY GBP20 MILLION A YEAR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4JC5H88SZ9DEGXTPWBCDV5NKU
    Media URN:
    VLVA4JC5H88SZ9DEGXTPWBCDV5NKU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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