Hyderabad: A newly conceptualised plan of the Roads & Buildings (R&B) Department to connect all the 31 districts in the State with four-lane roads would be placed before Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for approval soon.
The plan, aptly dubbed Telangana Rahadarula Abhivruddhi Kaaryakram (TRAK), would enable the State boast of new roads spanning across 5,107 km.
According to R&B officials, the mega project entails four stages which could cost Rs 20,000 crore. “Under TRAK, we are mulling plans to have four major projects. The first would be a Golden Garland. This would cover 1,534 km and connect the districts located along the boundaries of the State,” P Ravinder Rao, engineer-in-chief, State Roads and CRN, Roads & Buildings Department told Telangana Today. He said there would be an overlap of only 211 km with the National Highways, which span 905 km.
In the second phase, the department chalked out plans to construct a road network dubbed Telangana Bangaru Valayam, located behind the regional ring road. It also drew up plans to connect the east-west corridor and north-south corridors of the State. The department also plans to construct radial roads which would connect Hyderabad to the Golden Garland road network.
“All the roads that we intend to build will be of the best quality. These roads would be four-lane roads akin to the ones we see on the National Highways. We have decided against building two-lane roads as it could lead to massive traffic hurdles on these roads. For the kind of traffic our State generates or holds, it is best that we build a four-lane road,” Rao said.
Once completed, as much as 32 per cent of the State’s population would have direct access to it, making way for an easier commute. Apart from making way for an easier commute, these roads would also lead the way to 48 per cent of the tourist spots in the State. “This system would prove beneficial for Tourism Department as well,” said Rao.