Telangana’s municipal administration and urban development minister KT Rama Rao recently inaugurated two packages of the Hyderabad Outer Ring Road (ORR) between Shamirpet and Ghatkesar, being implemented through an ‘official development assistance’ from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The opening of the main carriageway of the ORR, will assist in diverting the non-destined traffic in Hyderabad, thereby, promoting regional economic development and improving the urban environment through mitigation of traffic jams and decrease of pollution caused by increasing vehicles in urban areas, said Takema Sakamoto, chief representative, JICA India.
According to a statement issued by JICA, out of its total length (approximately 160 km) nearly 71 km, the northern arc between Patancheru and Pedda Amberpet, has been constructed through a JICA loan, amounting to approximately Rs 5,572 crore in two phases.
The loans also cover construction of 10 radial roads that provide efficient connectivity between the ORR and inner ring road, installation of an intelligent transport system (ITS), toll plazas, toll administrative buildings, etc., and associated consultancy services, it said.
Through its grant-based technical assistance, JICA dispatched Japanese experts to develop an ITS master plan for the Hyderabad metropolitan area.
JICA has assisted several projects for all-round development in Telangana, including the Hussain Sagar Lake and Catchment Area Improvement Project, Transmission System Modernisation and Strengthening Project in Hyderabad Metropolitan Area, and the Campus Development Project of IIT Hyderabad.