• Short Summary

    WORK IS PROGRESSING ON A KEY HIGHWAY IN SOUTHERN LAOS WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY FORM PART OF THE ASIAN HIGHWAY.

  • Description

    WORK IS PROGRESSING ON A KEY HIGHWAY IN SOUTHERN LAOS WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY FORM PART OF THE ASIAN HIGHWAY. THE LAOS SECTION OF THE HIGHWAY IS ABOUT 800 MILES LONG, RUNNING FROM THE CAMBODIAN BORDER IN THE SOUTH TO THE ROYAL CAPITAL, LUANG PRABANG, IN THE NORTH.

    AN AMERICAN COMPANY IS BUILDING THE ROAD WITH FRENCH ENGINEERS CONSTRUCTING THE BRIDGES. THE ROAD WORKERS ARE ALL LAOTIANS, BUT THE MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT IS OPERATED MAINLY BY FILIPINOS AND THAIS.

    THE THREE-BILLION DOLLAR HIGHWAY, FIRST SUGGESTED BY THE ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE FAR EAST, WAS STARTED IN 1963 AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED THIS YEAR.

    THE HIGHWAY IS DESIGNED TO CONNECT ISTANBUL AND SINGAPORE -- THROUGH SUCH COUNTRIES AS IRAQ, IRAN, AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN, INDIA, NEPAL, BURMA, THAILAND, VIETNAM, LAOS, CAMBODIA AND MALAYA. IT COVERS AN AREA OF 2.5 MILLION SQUARE MILES AND WILL PASS THROUGH JUNGLES FILLED WITH WILD ANIMALS, ACROSS RIVERS WHICH VARY FROM A MERE TRICKLE IN THE DRY SEASON TO A ROARING FLOOD IN THE MONSOONS, ACROSS THE ROOF-TOP WORLD OF THE AFGHANISTAN MOUNTAINS, LINKING ONE CONTINENT WITH ANOTHER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD3UK613PDEY6EFYEIVI8C073S
    Media URN:
    VLVAD3UK613PDEY6EFYEIVI8C073S
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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