Gadkari announces Rs 5,500 cr for Hyderabad regional ring road

Hyderabad, May 6: Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday announced sanctioning of Rs 5,500 crore for laying regional ring road around Hyderabad. The 363 km proposed ring road is expected to ease the traffic problem in and around the city.
The minister also announced Rs 1,700 crore for Telangana under Central Road Fund (CRF) and asked the state government to submit the proposals for sanctioning. He made the announcements while laying foundation for four road projects here. The Minister said he was also sanctioning another Rs.1,000 crore for four laning of 68 km stretch Mednoor-Bodhan-Nizamabad. Gadkari advised the Telangana government to develop four satellite cities to ensure that Hyderabad’s infrastructure is not further burdened. He suggested that the state take steps like operating electric buses. He also underlined the need to switch over to alternate fuel to check pollution and reduce cost of transportation. He noted that in the last four years, the central government increased the length of national highways in Telangana from 2,443 km to 5,514 km.
Telangana’s Municipal Administration Minister K. T. Rama Rao sought Centre’s help for Strategic Road Development Project (SRDP). Under this project, the state is developing 54 junctions in Hyderabad by building flyovers, skyways and elevated corridors at a cost of Rs 23,000 crore.  (IANS)