As the 158-km Outer Ring Road (ORR) continues to win acclaim for its green development and bright illumination, efforts are now underway to improve the service roads that ring along the access-controlled expressway.
The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has proposed LED street lighting on some ORR service roads. According to HMDA officials, work on equipping the service roads with energy-saving street lighting will begin on two of the service road stretches connecting the city, and be completed at the earliest.
Officials say the LED street lighting for the inner service road from Nanakramguda to Telangana State Police Academy (8.5 km) and on both sides of the service road from Narsingi to Kollur (27 km) is expected to be completed in three months,
“The estimated contract value of the entire works is over Rs 9.45 crore and we want to illuminate the ORR service roads by July,” said an official. The design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of LED street lighting will be taken care of by the agency that will be awarded the contract, he said.
The use of the ORR service roads has increased significantly in recent years, owing to the growth of both residential and office and commercial development on the outskirts. With traffic volumes steadily increasing, authorities are now working to improve service roads to ensure safer driving conditions.
Several people working in Gachibowli, Hitec City, Nanakramguda, Kondapur, and other areas use these service roads on a regular basis to get around the city. To accommodate the increased traffic on these roads, the Hyderabad Growth Corridor Limited (HGCL), a wing of HMDA, has already finished widening the Nanakramguda-Telangana State Police Academy and Narsingi-Kollur stretches. These two-lane service roads have been widened to four lanes with an estimated cost of Rs 300 crore.
Lane carriageways, footpaths, central medians, drains, and greenery were used to widen the road. “While the road widening works were taken up, the trees along the stretches were translocated,” said the official. Along the service roads too, lush greenery has been developed and sculptures have also been installed to further beautify the stretches.
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