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    WORK IS NOW WELL UNDER WAY IN THE NETHERLANDS ON ONE OF THE BIGGEST ENGINEERING PROJECTS EVER UNDERTAKEN BY MAN.

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    Background: WORK IS NOW WELL UNDER WAY IN THE NETHERLANDS ON ONE OF THE BIGGEST ENGINEERING PROJECTS EVER UNDERTAKEN BY MAN. IT'S CALLED THE DELTA PLAN AND IT INVOLVES THE BUILDING OF SEVEN HUGE DAMS -- A TOTAL OF TWENTY FIVE MILES IN LENGTH, ALONG THE DUTCH NORTH SEA COAST.

    THE WHOLE PROJECT IS TAKING TWENTY-FIVE YEARS TO COMPLETE AND ITS EXPECTED TO COST BETWEEN TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY AND THREE HUNDRED MILLION POUNDS STERLING.

    THE INCENTIVE FOR THE PROJECT CAME FROM THE DISASTROUS FLOODS OF 1953 IN WHICH EIGHTEEN HUNDRED NETHERLANDERS LOST THEIR LIVES. THE PLAN INVOLVES THE ENCLOSURE OF THE VAST RHINE-MEUSE-SCHELOT ESTUARY AND ITS RIVERS AND INTERLACING STREAMS AND ISLANDS. TWO WATERWAYS WILL BE LEFT OPEN PROVIDING VITAL LINKS TO THE NORTH SEA FROM ANTWERP AND ROTTERDAM. THE PURPOSES OF THE DELTA PLAN ARE SUMMARISED AS FIRST, TO SHORTEN AND STRENGTHEN CONSIDERABLY THE COASTLINE AND DYKES WASHED BY THE NORTH SEA, SECOND, TO COMBAT THE SALIVATION OF THE DUTCH REACHES OF RIVERS AND ADJOINING CHANNELS AND SO INCREASE AND IMPROVE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION. IT IS EMPHASISED THAT LAND RECLAMATION IS NOT THE PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT. SECONDARY EFFECTS OF THE SCHEME ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE THE NUMEROUS ISLANDS OUT OF THEIR ISOLATION BY BUILDING ROADS ON THE DYKES, AND SECONDLY TO DEVELOP NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR RECREATION AND NEW OPENINGS FOR THE TOURIST INDUSTRY.

    THE PROJECT HAS ITS DISADVANTAGES TOO -- PROMINENT AMONG THEM WILL BE THE COMPLETE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE SEA FISHERIES AND OYSTER AND MUSSEL BEDS IN ZEELAND.

    A VISNEWS CAMERAMAN RECENTLY VISITED THE SITE OF THE MAIN WORK GOING ON IN THE DELTA PLAN.

    THE HARINGVLIET PROJECT IS INVOLVING THE BUILDING OF SEVENTEEN SLUICE GATES IN THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER. THIS PHASE OF THE PLAN IS OF THE GREATEST IMPORTANCE FOR WHEN THE DELTA PROJECT IS COMPLETE IT IS THROUGH HERE THAT BETWEEN SIXTY AND SEVENTY PER CENT OF THE TOTAL QUANTITY OF THE RHINE AND MAAS WATERS WILL BE DISCHARGED TO THE SEA. THE SITE OF THE SLUICES IS AT A SHALLOW POINT IN THE ESTUARY A LITTLE TO THE WEST OF THE TOWN OF HELLEVOETSLUIS. THE SURROUNDING DYKES HERE, WHEN COMPLETED, WILL BE ABOUT SIX-AND-A-HALF MILES (14 KM) LONG AND BUILT FOR A STORM TIDE LEVEL OF ABOUT TEN AND A HALF FEET (3.5 M) -- A LEVEL WHICH IS REACHED ON AVERAGE ONLY ONCE EVERY FIFTY YEARS.

    TEN YEARS -- ENDING IN 1967 -- HAVE BEEN ALLOWED FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE WILLEMSTAD PROGRAMME. HERE THE MAIN WORK IS THE BUILDING OF THE SCHELDE-RHINE CANAL -- VITAL ECONOMICALLY AS IT PROVIDES THE WATER LINK BETWEEN ANTWERP AND THE HEAVY INDUSTRIAL AREA OF THE RUHR. HERE TOO, A COMPREHENSIVE SERIES OF SLUICE GATES AND DYKES HAVE TO BE BUILT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1UGR1B81Q5Y1X9SR1QO2R0QV7
    Media URN:
    VLVA1UGR1B81Q5Y1X9SR1QO2R0QV7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:51:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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