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    PRESIDENT GAMAL ABDEL NASSER, OF THE UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC, WHO HAS BEEN TOURING THE ASWAN DAM PROJECT IN SOUTHERN EGYPT, PERFORMED THE CEREMONY INAUGURATING THE WORK ON THE MAIN BODY OF THE PROJECT ON WEDNESDAY.

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    PRESIDENT GAMAL ABDEL NASSER, OF THE UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC, WHO HAS BEEN TOURING THE ASWAN DAM PROJECT IN SOUTHERN EGYPT, PERFORMED THE CEREMONY INAUGURATING THE WORK ON THE MAIN BODY OF THE PROJECT ON WEDNESDAY.

    WORK ON THE HIGH DAM STARTED THREE YEARS WITH FINANCE AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE SOVIET UNION.THE ENTIRE PROJECT, INCLUDING THE HYDRO-ELECTRIC SCHEME, WILL BE COMPLETED BY 1970.

    PRESIDENT NASSER WATCHED THE WORK ON THE PROJECT FROM ABOARD A RIVER BOAT.AT A PRE-ARRANGED MOMENT, PRESIDENT NASSER DROPPED A SMALL ROCK INTO THE NILE AND AT THE SAME TIME, A THOUSAND TONS OF GRANITE WERE DUMPED INTO THE RIVER TO MARK THE BEGINNING OF THE BUILDING OF THE WALLS OF THE NEW ASWAN DAM.

    SIX YEARS FROM NOW, ACCORDING TO THE PRESENT SCHEDULE, THE ROCK DROPPED BY PRESIDENT NASSER WILL BE BURIED UNDER 43 MILLION CUBIC METERS OF CONCRETE IN ONE OF THE LARGEST DAMS IN THE WORLD.

    BIG CROWDS ALSO MASSED IN THE STREETS OF ASWAN CITY TO WELCOME PRESIDENT NASSER AS HE WENT TO LAY THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THE ELECTRIC POWER STATION.THE RUSSIAN MINISTER OF ELECTRICAL POWER, MR.P.NIPORGINY, ACCOMPANIED PRESIDENT NASSER AND WAS ONE OF THE SPEAKERS AT THE MAIN CEREMONY.

    PRESIDENT NASSER ALSO SPOKE THANKING MR.KHRUSHCHEV FOR HIS "UNMATCHED GENEROSITY" IN LENDING EGYPT THE MONEY TO BUILD THE DAM.

    THE POWER AND IRRIGATION PROJECT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT IN PRESIDENT NASSER'S PROGRAMME TO RAISE THE STANDARD OF LIVING FOR THE EGYPTIAN PEOPLE.WHEN IT IS FINISHED, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE ASWAN DAM WILL IRRIGATE ONE MILLION ACRES OF LAND AND PRODUCE 10,000,000 KILOWATTS OF LOW COST ELECTRICITY ANNUALLY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA90MUJQZOP6ZX9K8E7IFP5XA33
    Media URN:
    VLVA90MUJQZOP6ZX9K8E7IFP5XA33
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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