Come as good news in the amidst of the ongoing unrest socio-political tensions in Manipur. The first 26.5 km stretch of the trilateral Asian Highway 1 (AH1), a 3,200 km long road connecting India, Myanmar and Thailand was inaugurated in Thailand on 30 August.
According to New Indian Express, the road construction which began in 2012, is going be operational in November this year. It will eventually link Moreh in Manipur in India to Mae Sot in western Thailand via Myanmar’s Tamu, Mandalay and Myawaddy.
Asian Highway 1 (AH1) route (20,557 km)
Indian cities: Moreh, Imphal, Kohima, Dimapur, Nagaon, Jorabat (Guwahati), Shillong, Dawki, Sylhet, Dhaka, Kolkata, Kanpur and New Delhi.
Countries: Japan, North Korea, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran to the border between Turkey and Bulgaria west of Istanbul where it entails with European route E80.
Asian Highway 2 (AH2) route (13,177 km)
Indian cities: Moreh, Imphal, Kohima, Dimapur, Nagaon, Jorabat (Guwahati), Shillong, Dawki, Sylhet, Siliguri, Kakarbhitta, Mahendranagar and New Delhi.
Countries: Indonesia, Singapore (connected by ferry), Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Iran.
Colliding with Modi government’s ‘Act East’ policy campaign, the AH1 road will be further link with Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam by March 2016, says Indian Road, Transport and Highway (MoRTH) Minister Pon Radhakrishnan.
India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) highway, a stretch of AH1 project, is the first of its kind in South East Asia pursued by United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia & Pacific (UNESCAP) for improving land transport connectivity in Asia and Pacific regions.