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To enhance connectivity between several districts in the state of Telangana, the construction of the Regional Ring Road Hyderabad (RRR Hyderabad) was planned. It will be one of India’s largest ring road projects and will be developed under phase 1 of the prestigious Bharatmala Pariyojana project, at an approximate cost of Rs 17,000 crores. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will spearhead the development of this four-lane semi-greenfield expressway. As many as 17 national and state highways, including NH 65, NH 44, NH 163, NH 765, around 20 towns and 300 districts will be connected to the expressway.
Regional Ring Road Hyderabad: Route and map
This access-controlled expressway, spanning 340 kms, will be constructed in two parts – northern half and southern half. The Regional Ring Road Hyderabad villages and zones will include the following locations:
|Northern part (158 kms)||Southern part (182 kms)|
As per the Regional Ring Road Hyderabad master plan, it will pass through existing roads on five reserve forest areas and 125 villages, along the alignment. The estimated cost is around Rs 9,500 crores for the northern half and Rs 6,480 crores for the southern half of the new Hyderabad Regional Ring Road.
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Regional Ring Road Hyderabad: Timeline
- In 2017, the Telangana state government proposed the project.
- In May 2018, the Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry sanctioned Rs 5,500 crores, for laying the RRR around Hyderabad.
- The Union Transport Ministry also gave an in-principle approval for the project in December 2018.
- In 2019, the Ministry raised concerns about the financial viability of the project, following which a fresh DPR was demanded.
- Finally, the centre had approved the mega project in February 2021.
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Regional Ring Road Hyderabad: Status and latest updates
The NHAI recently invited tenders from consultants for the preparation of a detailed project report (DPR). The date of the technical bid opening, which was earlier set for May 25, was extended up to June 2, 2021, considering the requests from bidders in the current pandemic situation. There were 20 consultants, including Global Infra Solutions, Infrastructure Development Corporation (Karnataka), Aarvee Associates, MSV International and STUP Consultants, which have submitted the bids for the preparation of the DPR for the northern part of the RRR Hyderabad project. The NHAI had informed that it would take a month, after which a firm would be finalised, to undertake the preparation of the DPR.
The state government will share 50% of the land acquisition cost. It had allotted Rs 750 crores for the project in the budget 2021-22. The deadline for the completion of this project has not yet been announced.
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Regional Ring Road in Hyderabad: Real estate impact
This infrastructure project will be constructed as per world-class standards and equipped with modern amenities. It will be located about 30-50 kms away from the existing Outer Ring Road (ORR) and is expected to increase the real estate demand in the neighbouring districts and localities, while also resulting in the creation of new satellite cities.
The Hyderabad property market has remained immune to the pandemic-induced slowdown and continues to witness increased demand for housing units. Among the new infrastructure developments, this mega road project will be a crucial factor in improving the connectivity between several backward regions, thereby, giving a push to trading and business activities and employment opportunities.
Once completed, the RRR project will invite opportunities for industrial growth. Moreover, the localities that the Regional Ring Road will cover, are likely to attract realty players and a growth in the number of gated community projects is envisaged.
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The Socio-Economic Outlook 2021 presented by the government along with the budget, mentions that the road link will facilitate the setting up of new townships, IT parks, cold chains, agro-processing units, etc., by MSMEs and help farmers in selling their produce. Consequently, the satellite cities will see improved connectivity, thus leading to significant growth in the residential and commercial realty market. Additionally, properties for rent in Hyderabad will also see a positive impact due to the enhanced connectivity with the localities situated on the outskirts.
How many kilometres is Outer Ring Road in Hyderabad?
The Outer Ring Road (ORR) in Hyderabad spans a length of 158 kms.
Who started Hyderabad ORR?
The Andhra Pradesh government had set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) - the Hyderabad Growth Corridor Ltd (HGCL) - for developing and operating the ORR project in the city.