HYDERABAD: With the Narsingi-Patancheru stretch of the Outer Ring Road open to public, it makes travel easier to NH-9 (Vijayawada), NH-7 (Bengaluru), state highways leading to Vikarabad, Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar. The works for the 23.7 km-stretch was taken up at a cost of Rs 704 crore.
With the Narsinghi-Patancheru stretch now open, 85.5 km out of the 158-km of the total ORR is open to traffic. Heavy transport vehicles bound for Mumbai, Bengaluru and Vijayawada can now travel on the ring road in the day as well. Apart from this, journey time for vehicles going to Peddamberpet from Patancheru will come down to 50 minutes from the earlier 2 hour 30 minutes. Those travelling to Shamshabad from Patancheru can reach in 25 minutes as opposed to 2 hours earlier. The expressway will be a driver’s pleasure as the roads are designed for speeds of 120 kmph.
The eight-lane expressway has fencing on either side to avoid stray animals on the road. There are two-lane service roads on either side. The stretches of the outer ring road project yet to be completed are Patancheru-Shamirpet (38 km) to be completed by November this year and the Shamirpet-Peddamberpet stretch (33.3 km) by November 2012.
Chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy who inspected the works on Thursday said the ORR once completed will ease traffic pressure on state and national highways.