TEL AVIV (Dec. 4)
A new 20-million pound road through the Negev desert was opened today between Beersheba and Demona, cutting eight miles off the road between Beersheba and Sdom, site of the Israel Potash Company’s plants at the southern end of the Dead Sea. Present at the inaugural ceremony were Lincoln Hale, chief of the United States Operations Missions in Israel, Labor Minister Golda Myerson and Development Minister Mordecai Bentov.
The road will open the entire area around Demona, which will eventually become the center of the agricultural development of the Araba Valley and for industrial developments in the area. A million pounds has been set aside for further development in and around Demona, where some 200 families currently live in new type sand-block homes.