India’s Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has sanctioned INR55bn ($819m) for construction of a 363km regional ring road around Hyderabad in Telangana state to ease traffic problem in and around the city.
The minister also announced INR17bn ($253m) for Telangana under Central Road Fund (CRF) and asked the state government to submit proposals for sanctioning.
Laying foundation stones for four road projects in Telangana, the minister said he was also sanctioning an additional INR10bn ($149m) for four-laning of 68km stretch of the Mednoor-Bodhan-Nizamabad road.
Gadkari asked the state government to develop four satellite cities to prevent further burden on Hyderabad’s infrastructure.
The minister said that in the last four years, the central government extended the national highways in Telangana from 2,443km to 5,514km.
Gadkari laid the foundation stone for a flyover at Amberpet, an elevated corridor at Uppal on Hyderabad-Warangal highway, six-laning of Aramgarh-Shamsabad section of National Highway 44 between Hyderabad and Bengaluru, and rehabilitation and upgrading of National Highway 765D from Hyderabad outer ring road to Medak.
The four projects are estimated to cost INR15bn ($223.4m).
Telangana’s Minister for Municipal Administration KT Rama Rao sought central assistance for the Strategic Road Development Project (SRDP).
Under the SRDP, the state is developing 54 junctions in Hyderabad by constructing flyovers, skyways and elevated corridors at a cost of INR230bn ($34.2bn).
He said works valued at INR30bn ($446.8m) have already begun, while works worth INR40bn ($595.8m) will be launched soon.
During the programme, Gadkari suggested that the state government take steps such as operating electric buses and underlined the need to switch over to alternative fuel to check pollution and reduce cost of transportation.