India Signs Agreement On Asian Highway Network

Beijing, April 27 | Updated: Apr 28 2004, 05:30am hrs
India on Tuesday signed a historic international agreement for completing a 140,000 km-long Asian highway network which will significantly promote regional integration and co-operation.

Apart from India, countries like Pakistan, China, Iran, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Turkey and Vietnam signed the inter-governmental agreement at the ministerial segment of the 60th session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), which is currently meeting in Shanghai.

The highway will connect capitals, major ports, commercial centres and tourist sites of Asian nations.

After its completion by 2010, vehicles from Tokyo can travel directly to Istanbul. Even island countries like Japan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, will be linked through ferries to mainland countries.