JERUSALEM (Nov. 15)
Operations on the Huleh drainage project have been stepped up and placed on a ’round-the-clock basis, the Jewish National Fund announced here today. The Huleh drainage project is not connected with the Bnot Yaacov canal-hydroelectric project which is currently before the United Nations Security Council.
With the completion of preparations for the drainage of the 15,000 acre site, the largest dredge ever seen in Israel will be put to work cutting three canals through the marsh and emptying its water into the Jordan River. The swamp water and water from the Upper Jordan will be sent through a new river channel laboriously prepared during the past two years, leaving behind rich farm land which was formerly below water.