International Asian Highway
The Asian Highway, a project initiated in 1958 by the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE), aims at modernizing and linking up existing roads into a 34,000 miles network of highways that would span Asia from Turkey and Iraq to the Republic of Viet-Nam, Singapore and Indonesia. The Highway network will service an area of some 2,500,000 square miles with a population of over six hundred million. Priority Route A-I (about 6,500 miles) runs from Saigon through eight countries: The Republic of Viet-Nam, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, India, East and West Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, to the Turkish border, where connections can be made to the highway systems of the Middle East and Europe. Priority Route A-2 (about 7,600 miles) runs from the Iraq border to Singapore, through Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand and Malaysia, continuing into Indonesia where, after a ferry crossing from Singapore to Djakarta, it will run the whole length of the island to Java. Member governments have already invested large sums in an effort to improve the standards of the roads within their borders, and some have undertaken to eliminate the missing links between them and their neighbours.
A-1 route of the Asian Highway some 15 miles from Kabul. Construction of this road began about 20 years ago, virtually without any mechanical help. The road, which is almost completed, leads to the Khyber Pass. [No exact date]
01 April 1964
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