Railway Southern Corridor
1995, UNESCAP conducts a study to identify a basic network
of rail routes best able to serve international trade flows
between Bangladesh, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran,
Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The study recommends certain technical
and operational standards for this network and provides
a limited appraisal of the status of the routes identified
in relation with these standards.
Three years later, in the light of the development of trade
and economic exchanges between the countries belonging to
subregional groupings in South and South-east Asia (e.g.
Economic Cooperation Organisation, Bangladesh-India-Myanmar-Sri
Lanka-Thailand Economic Cooperation), UNESCAP decides to
expand the initial study to cover rail routes in China (Yunnan
province), Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Turkey. The study