Asian Highway 1


  • The highway in the Northeast that is most written about is perhaps NH39 – now NH2 – that meanders through Nagaland and Manipur and ends at Moreh on the Myanmar border.
  • But in the nearly 28 years of my reporting career, it is NH37 that has yielded a lot of stories, and not only because it takes one to the Kaziranga National Park.


  • Much of NH37 that ran from Goalpara in western Assam to Roing in Arunachal Pradesh is now part of NH27, India’s second longest highway from Porbandar in Gujarat to Silchar in southern Assam.
  • NH37 is the lifeline for much of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur.
  • In three decades, it has changed from a potholed single lane to a fairly good two-lane road to a concrete four-lane highway that is part of the East-West Corridor, enabling vehicles to zoom at more than 100 kmph.


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