• Short Summary

    Mexico's President Luis Echeverria and visiting Head-of-State, Rumania's President Nicolae Ceausescu, jointly officiated at the opening of the world's longest tunnel in Mexico City on Tuesday (10) June).

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    GV Mexican and Rumanian Pres's arriving for inauguration ceremony cheered by crowds
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    2.
    GV Monument at tunnel entrance PAN TO crowds watching
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    3.
    GV Mexican Pres. pressing button to start tunnel flowing PAN TO water
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    CU Water rushing through tunnel
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    GV Presidents congratulate each other
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    CU Model tunnel
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    GV Presidents & wives walk into banquet hall applauded by guests (2 shots)
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    CU Guests taking seats
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    GV & CU Mexican dancers performing (4 shots)
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    GV Presidents applaud
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    Background: Mexico's President Luis Echeverria and visiting Head-of-State, Rumania's President Nicolae Ceausescu, jointly officiated at the opening of the world's longest tunnel in Mexico City on Tuesday (10) June).

    The 68-kilometre long tunnel will solve the drainage and flooding problems that have plagued Mexico City since its founding and have become gradually worse as the population spiralled.

    It took eight years to build and cost 432-million U.S. dollars.

    A succession of excavations aimed at providing adequate drainage for the city date back to 1449 but until now none has been a complete success.

    After the day's official ceremony President Echeverria entertained President Ceausescu at a State banquet. After the two leaders and their wives exchanged gifts they watched a performance of Mexican folk dancing.

    SYNOPSIS: Mexico's President Luis Echeverria and visiting Head-of-State President Nicolae Ceausescu, jointly officiated at the opening of the World's longest tunnel in Mexico city on tuesday. An enthusiastic crowd greeted them.

    The sixty-eight-kilometre long tunnel will solve the drainage and flooding problems that have plagued Mexico City since its founding and have grown gradually worse as the population increased.

    The Mexican leaders inaugurated the project begun eight years ago and completed at a cost of four hundred and thirty-two million dollars. The tunnel has a peak capacity of two hundred thousand litres a second.

    The new tunnel supersedes the old Grand Canal completed in nineteen hundred--the most recent of a succession of unsuccessful excavations dating back to the fifteenth century. With every heavy rainstorm there was widespread flooding but the water will now be dumped via the tunnel in the Requena Dam.

    After the day's ceremony, the event and the four-day State visit of President Ceausescu were celebrated with a glittering State banquet at the Presidential Palace. Before the two leaders and their wives entered the ballroom there was an official exchange of gifts and awards. President Echeverria and his wife gave their visitors presents and the Communist leader pinned Rumanian starts to the chests of his Hosts. All four were given a rousing reception by the three thousand banquet guests.

    A company of Mexican folk dancers performed for the official party. The banquet and tunnel opening came near the end of President Ceausescu's four-day State visit to Mexico. He and President Echeverria had discussions the conclusion of an agreement for scientific, technological, economic and tourism co-operation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA22VLXB4L4YMLJJ7AHLFA1H1Q4
    Media URN:
    VLVA22VLXB4L4YMLJJ7AHLFA1H1Q4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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