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    A labour force of 16,000 people is creating the huge Tarbela dam in Pakistan -- which holds the promise of irrigation and power, tapped from the mighty Indus River, called 'the father of all rivers'.

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    A labour force of 16,000 people is creating the huge Tarbela dam in Pakistan -- which holds the promise of irrigation and power, tapped from the mighty Indus River, called 'the father of all rivers'.

    The GBP 400 million(1,000 million dollars) Tarbela project -- 470 feet (136 metres) high and 9,000 feet long(2,700 metres) -- is the final component in the Indus Basin scheme, negotiated in 1960 between India and Pakistan. The Indus Basin Scheme was set up to share the resources of the rivers that irrigated the Punjab and Sind.

    India is to ultimately have the use (presumably to harness for irrigation and power) of the three easterly rivers -- the Sutlej, Beas and Ravi.

    The Tarbela site is about 40 miles(64 kilometres) northwest of the capital, Rawalpindi. the dam is the first ever attempt to harness the Indus.

    Pakistan is an agricultural economy, with potentially rich soils, starved only by lack of sufficient water. The giant reservoir, expected to build up behind the dam by 1976, will store the flood waters that normally swell the river with the monsoons, disappearing out to sea.

    The ultimate power supply of 2,100,00 kilowatts is expected to be a major boost to the industrial development of the country.

    SYNOPSIS: Some sixteen thousand people are labouring to construct the Tarbela dam project in Pakistan -- a scheme to harness the mighty Indus River for the first time, for irrigation and for hydro-electric power.

    The giant dam, scheduled for completion next year, is about forty miles (sixty-four kilometres) northwest of Rawalpindi, where the 1,800 mile Indus empties on the vast, fertile Punjab plain. The dam will create the first reservoir on the Indus -- known as the "father of all rivers".

    When completed, the dam will be nearly five hundred feet high, nine thousand feet long.

    The Tarbela Project will be the final element of the Indus Basin Scheme agreed in 1960 between India and Pakistan, to divide the wealth of the six major rivers feeding the fertile western plains of the sub-continent. Water for irrigation will be available in 1974, while power production is scheduled for 1976.

    A system of barrages and transfer canals will carry the diverted flow to millions of acres of land which suffers from inadequate rainfall. Hydroelectric generating capacity is estimated at over two million kilowatts.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABSUANJUC5EYST950AUJJJT35D
    Media URN:
    VLVABSUANJUC5EYST950AUJJJT35D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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