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Asian Highway – the past and future maps

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My latest article on Asian Highway.

The Asian Highway project is a joint effort between Asian countries and UNESCAP to improve trans-Asian goods transport. The South-Asian segment of the road network is shown in the following map :

The road segment of AH-1 will connect North-East India with Kolkata, via a shorter route. The black-circled area is under scrutiny by Bangladesh Govt., as they argue that it will virtually become a transit route for Indian goods between rest of India and North-East India.

The Bangladesh Govt. proposed a change in route-map to avoid the disputed transit facility to India. They approached the neighboring countries with the request. The proposed change was somewhat like this :

The Black route was what they objected, and the dotted red one was the newly proposed AH-1. However, their proposal was not accepted by any of the countries they approached.

As Bangladesh decided not to join Asian Highway Road map, the new map will probably look like this :

The maroon color road signifies the new AH-1 route. The Black is the part that will be romoved from the map and the green one is the new route. However, the proposed AH-1 and AH-2 might be swapped, roads connecting Kolkata and Delhi might become a part of AH-2.


Written by Diganta

December 15, 2005 at 7:14 am

Posted in Bangladesh, India

17 Responses

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  1. my comment will be bangladesh to stick to the old map iam bangladeshi i want my countrie to be a part of a aisan high way,


    April 9, 2008 at 12:06 pm

  2. But that requires acceptance of both India and Myanmer. However, now the issue is resolved and everybody is going ahead with plan 3.


    April 9, 2008 at 4:27 pm

  3. i think 3 map is suitable our


    May 27, 2009 at 11:09 am

  4. see agin china rote . there corner rote.


    May 27, 2009 at 11:11 am

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  6. It is very much needed for globaligation but security must be ensure and a railway line should be incloud.

    rashedul islam

    September 15, 2009 at 4:27 am

  7. Asian highway isn’t need for is a political plan made by america and india.india wants to control her state which standby other site of bangladesh and she want to use chittagong is risk for bangladesh because a lot of indian mafiya don can be use it for arms drugs.

    Sahed ullah ansary

    October 3, 2009 at 4:22 am

  8. 90% people of Bangladesh wants route AH41 that is Benapole-Dhaka- Yangoon via Teknaf. Because people of Bangladesh never accept routes AH1 & AH2 actually all these routes will be part of Indian Highway for transit from
    main land to North-Eastern states(Seven Sisters).

    Shanta Monika

    October 5, 2009 at 9:05 am

  9. AH41 is the best& only acceptable option 4 every bangladeshi.we cant use our land 4 giving transit 2 india.we have no faith over india.they unduely exploited us in many aspect.AH1& AH2 IS not economically fruitful 4 us.if india desire 2execute AH excluding bangladesh,they can go 4 it.

    dr. alamgir hossain khan

    October 25, 2009 at 10:51 am

    • On the other hand, what interest is served for India, China and Myanmar from AH41? It’s purely of interest of Bangladesh alone and it’s difficult to convince some country like Myanmar who are already preparing their warfront against Bangladesh.


      October 25, 2009 at 6:36 pm

  10. I think both of the highways are good for all of these countries and instead of finding a zero sum solution, the countries should get to a gain-gain solution.


    October 25, 2009 at 10:57 pm

  11. Think ,most of industrial production take place in Dhaka and Chittagong.If BD wants to send its produces to ASIAN countries it have it has to take along route. the proposed AH-1 and AH-2 will not bring any benefit instead of loss.well,if the proposed AH-1 and AH-2 implemented without considering BD it will be same as before for India also..The long awaited Indian dream of mobilizing its seven sister’s resources to Bengal will not work. A loss loss situation. If india agrees with BD plan and though a bilateral agreement we can give a transit to India A win win.


    July 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    • Well the issue is that Bangladesh doesn’t make the decision which way the road goes from Bangladesh to South-East Asia. The decision is made by Myanmar.


      July 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      • BanglaDesh and Pakistan are not in Favour of DEVELOPMENTs The ruler wants there Public POORER and POORER.


        July 9, 2015 at 9:48 am

  12. now a day one of plan may be connect with Myanmar,India and Thailand.may be or not?

    Sitt naing

    September 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm

  13. Hello mates, good article and nice urging commented att this place,I am really enjoying by these.


    Dipankar Mitra

    January 18, 2018 at 11:05 am

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