With the Outer Ring Road (ORR) starting to finally fall in place, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) is now looking forward to laying the Regional Ring Road (RRR). Proposed in the Master Plan, which has been submitted to the government for approval, the ambitious RRR plan has a 290-km long road network circling the city beyond the ORR. After the HMDA jurisdiction was expanded with inclusion of parts of surrounding districts of Medak, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar and Ranga Reddy, the HMDA proposed the RRR to connect key locations in these districts and also link it with the national highways. Initially, the new road network was proposed as 60-metre wide but the Chief Minister, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, suggested widening it and asked the officials to study similar peripheral road networks in cities such as Bangalore.
Following the instructions and a study, the HMDA has decided on a 90-metre wide RRR which earned the Chief Minister’s approval. According to officials, the RRR proposal, after suggestions and objections in the draft Master Plan, has been fixed at 290-km long and 90-metre wide. “Once the government’s approval for the Master Plan is received, work on alignments for the road and other related works will be taken up,” said an official. The RRR would be given a shape by strengthening the existing roads and adding new stretches wherever linkages were found missing.