The 38-km Outer Ring Road (ORR) stretch between Patancheru and Shamirpet will be opened for traffic from Monday. With the completion of the stretch, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has completed 124 kms of the 158-km ORR. Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy would inaugurate the Patancheru-Shamirpet ORR stretch on Monday at around 9:45am. After allowing general traffic for a couple of months, the HMDA would start collecting toll from the motorists.
HMDA metropolitan commissioner Neerabh Kumar Prasad said the 38-km stretch would be opened with a minor diversion at Kandlakoya junction since some land owners of Kandlakoya went to the court against land acquisition for the project. The metropolitan commissioner said work on the Patancheru-Shamirpet stretch via Sultanpur, Dundigal and Medchal began in June 2009 in three packages worth Rs 1,224 crore. The ORR connectivity is being provided on the stretch through a diversion at Kandlakoya junction. A double trumpet interchange at this junction could not be taken up due to a stay order from the Supreme Court. Now, the diversion at Kandlakoya would have connectivity to National Highway 7 to Medchal and connectivity from National Highway towards Shamirpet by forming a two-lane diversion road to join the ORR near Muneerabad sub-station.
“Once the ORR is opened, it will provide connectivity to surrounding areas between Patancheru and Shamirpet to Hi-Tec City, Gachibowli and the airport. It also provides connectivity to National Highway towards Nagpur, Bangalore, Mumbai and Vijayawada and Karimnagar, Medak, Vikarabad, Nagarjunasagar state highways,” Neerabh Kumar Prasad said.
The HMDA has taken up the eight-lane access-controlled expressway works in 2007 in three phases. The phase-I ORR, covering a length of 24 km from Gachibowli to Shamshabad, was completed and opened for traffic in 2008. Phase II-A from Pedda Amberpet to Shamshabad and Narsingi to Patancheru covering a distance of 62 kms was taken up under build operate and transfer (BOT) annuity basis and this was opened in early 2011. The toll tax is being collected from the road users since last two months. Another phase-II B, Patancheru to Pedda Amberpet via Kandlakoya is being taken up by the authority with financial assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at a cost of Rs 3,558 crore, covering about 71 km distance.