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Asian highway project

The Asian Highway (AH) project, also known as the Great Asian Highway, is a cooperative project among countries in Asia and Europe and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), to improve the highway systems in Asia.

Agreements have been signed by 32 countries to allow the highway to cross the continent and also reach to Europe. Some of the countries taking part in the highway project are Sri Lanka, Pakistan, China, Japan, South Korea and Bangladesh. A significant part of the funding comes from the larger, more advanced nations as well as international agencies such as the Asian Development Bank.

The project aims to make maximum use of the continent's existing highways to avoid the construction of newer ones, except in cases where missing routes necessitate their construction.

The advanced highway network would provide for greater trade and social interactions between Asian countries, including personal contacts, project capitalizations, connections of major container terminals with transportation points, and promotion of tourism via the new roadways.

The Asian Highways AH-1 and AH-2 passes through the North-Eastern States of India following the National Highway stretches from the Indo-Myanmar border at Moreh in the State of Manipur via Imphal – Kohima (Nagaland) upto Indo-Bangaldesh border in the State of Meghalaya having a length of about 740 km. The implementation of these projects was initially affected due to delay in land acquisition, utility shifting, law and order problems, delay in obtaining forest / wild life clearances, etc.



Practice question:

1.Which of the following projects launched by government of India with respect to Road Transport is/are correctly matched?

1.INAM-PRO is an online integrated Management Information System for ensuring their effective and real time tracking.
2.INFRACON is the National Portal for Infrastructure Consultancy Firms and Key Personnel.

Codes:

a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both
d) None

Ans: b
Exp: ePACE (Projects Appraisal & Continuing Enhancements) is an online integrated Management Information System that brings projects from all wings of the Ministry under a common platform, ensuring their effective and real time tracking.
INFRACON is the National Portal for Infrastructure Consultancy Firms and Key Personnel. This portal acts as a kind of bridge between consultancy firms working in the road engineering and construction sector and domain experts and key personnel who are deployed both for project preparation and supervision.
INAM PRO has been developed as a web-based application for Infrastructure and Material Providers. It is a kind of a web based market place that brings together the material providers and the prospective buyers on a common platform.

 

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