Telangana Municipal Administration and Urban Development minister K T Rama Rao today inaugurated two packages of the Hyderabad Outer Ring Road (ORR) between Shamirpet and Ghatkesar being implemented through "official development assistance" from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
According to a statement issued by JICA, out of its total length (approx 160 km) nearly 71 km, the northern arc between Patancheru and Pedda Amberpet, has been constructed through JICA ODA loan amounting to approximately Rs 5,572 crore (83.9 Billion Japanese Yen) 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 Intelligent Transport System (ITS), toll plazas, toll administrative buildings etc, and associated consultancy services where Nippon Koei has been providing Japan's high quality assistance, it said.
Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India said 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 area.
Through its grant based technical assistance, JICA dispatched Japanese experts to develop an ITS ( Intelligent Transport System) master plan for the Hyderabad Metropolitan area.
JICA has assisted several projects for all-round development in Telangana that include the Hussain Sagar Lake and Catchment Area Improvement Project, Transmission System Modernization and Strengthening project in Hyderabad Metropolitan Area, and the Campus Development Project of IIT Hyderabad.