Hyderabad to spend billions on infrastructure upgrade

Hyderabad: Infrastructure in Hyderabad is set for a major upgrade after Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for some major works including a flyover and the widening of important roads.

The total cost of Rs17.5 billion (Dh964 million) will be borne by the central government, while the state government will spend Rs3.5 billion to acquire the required land.

Gadkari will lay the foundation stone on Saturday for a flyover on the congested Amberpet-Ramanthapur road. It is estimated to cost Rs2.3 billion.

An eight-kilometre long elevated corridor will also be built at Uppal at a cost of Rs8.5 billion while widening of the road will be taken up on Hyderabad-Narsapur-Medak route at a cost of Rs4 billion.

To further improve the connectivity between the city and the Shamshabad international airport and increase the speed of the traffic, the road between Aramghar and Shamshabad will be widened.

Presently the airport bound traffic flows smoothly over the 11-kilometre long expressway from Mehdipatnam to Aramghar but after that it gets stuck in the slow moving traffic on Hyderabad-Bengaluru highway.

Meanwhile, Hyderabad crossed yet another important milestone with the completion of the 158km long Outer Ring Road around the city.

The last stretch of the project was thrown open to the general public today with the completion of 1.1km long Medchal Interchange on the National Highway 44.

The interchange includes three major structures, 18 minor structures and a 9.8km stretch of road. It was completed at a cost of Rs12.5 billion.

With this the traffic coming from Nagpur direction on National Highway will be able to bypass the city traffic and take the outer ring road to travel towards Vijaywada, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

While the other stretches of the ORR were completed earlier over the past nine years, the Medchal-Patanchervu stretch took a longer time because of a legal dispute over land acquisition.

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