• Short Summary

    ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST ENGINEERING FEATS HAS JUST BEEN COMPLETED IN ARGENTINA, BEGUN FIVE YEARS AGO, IT COST MORE THAN TWENTY-FIVE MILLION POUNDS (STERLING), (60 MILLION DOLLARS)
    OFFICIALLY OPENED BY PRESIDENT JUAN CARLOS ONGANIA, THE 7,000 FOOT (2,130) LONG TUNNEL UNDER THE PARANA RIVER NEAR SANTA FE, PROVIDE THE FIRST ROAD LINK BETWEEN THREE NORTHERN PROVINCES WITH THE REST OF ARGENTINA.

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    ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST ENGINEERING FEATS HAS JUST BEEN COMPLETED IN ARGENTINA, BEGUN FIVE YEARS AGO, IT COST MORE THAN TWENTY-FIVE MILLION POUNDS (STERLING), (60 MILLION DOLLARS)
    OFFICIALLY OPENED BY PRESIDENT JUAN CARLOS ONGANIA, THE 7,000 FOOT (2,130) LONG TUNNEL UNDER THE PARANA RIVER NEAR SANTA FE, PROVIDE THE FIRST ROAD LINK BETWEEN THREE NORTHERN PROVINCES WITH THE REST OF ARGENTINA.

    DOZENS OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND HUNDREDS OF ONLOOKERS ATTENDED THE OPENINGS CEREMONY ON SATURDAY (13 DEC)- ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN LOCAL TRANSPORT HISTORY. SANTA FE- ABOUT 250 MILES (400 KMS) NORTH-WEST OF THE CAPITAL BUENOS AIRES - IS THE MAIN ROAD JUNCTION TO THE COUNTRY'S NORTH, AND THE TUNNEL'S INTRODUCTION WILL CUT HOURS OFF THE JOURNEY TO THREE MAIN NORTHERN PROVINCES.

    AFTER THE OPENING, THE PRESIDENT AND HIS WIFE JOINED A MOTORCADE FOR A TOUR OF INSPECTION OF THE MAMMOTH CONSTRUCTION, WHICH IS AMONG THE WORLD'S LONGEST.

    SYNOPSIS: IN ARGENTINA AT THE WEEKEND SATURDAY (13 DEC), THE ARRIVAL OF PRESIDENT JUAN CARLOS ONGANIA IN THE NORTHERN PROVINCIAL CENTRE OF SANTA FE. THE OCCASION WAS THE LONG AWAITED OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TWENTY-FIVE-MILLION POUND (STERLING) PARANA RIVER TUNNEL. IT WAS THE PRESIDENT'S WIFE HOWEVER, WHO STARTED PROCEEDINGS WITH THE UNVEILING OF A BUST OF THE NATIONAL HERO HERNANDARIAS.

    THE PARANA TUNNEL IS ONLY ONE PHASE OF A HUGE MODERNISATION PROGRAMME SET UP BY THE GOVERNMENT - WHICH IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS HAS SEEN THE COMPLETION OF TWELVE - THOUSAND MILES OF NEW ALL-WEATHER ROADS. PROJECTS SUCH AS THIS HAVE BEEN FINANCED MAINLY THROUGH A SPECIAL TAX ON PETROL. LAUNCHED WELL BEFORE GENERAL ONGANIA TOOK OFFICE IN NINETEEN-SIXTY-SIX, THE PROGRAMME HAS LIFTED THE COUNTRY'S TRANSPORT SYSTEM TO A LEVEL EQUAL WITH THE BEST IN THE WORLD.

    AS THE MOTORCADE MOVED SLOWLY ALONG THE TUNNEL'S SEVEN-THOUSAND-FEET, THE OFFICIAL PARTY WAS TREATED TO CHEERS BY HUGE CROWDS, WHICH LINED THE ROUTE - AS WELL AS MUSIC SUPPLIED BY BANDS FROM THE ARMED FORCES. THE TUNNEL IS ALSO EQUIPPED WITH CLOSE-CIRCUIT TELEVISION TO REDUCE THE RISK OF SERIOUS DELAYS WHICH COULD OCCUR IN PEAK HOUR TRAFFIC AND DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, WHEN CITY COMMUTERS HEAD FOR THE NORTHERN PROVINCES.

    A FINAL TOUCH TO THE OPENING CAME WHEN THE PRESIDENT UNVEILED A SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED PAINTING OF THE VIRGIN MARY. AN ENTHUSIASTIC GROUP OF ONLOOKERS CHEERED THEIR LEADER AS CIVILIAN TRAFFIC BEGAN USING THE PARANA RIVER TUNNEL FOR THE FIRST TIME.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4N8OYDB87ICU5U792JP6CAV9N
    Media URN:
    VLVA4N8OYDB87ICU5U792JP6CAV9N
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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