Nagpur: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has started the process to complete the remaining 61-km stretch of Outer Ring Road. It will be a 119-km ring once completed. The cost for this stretch is estimated to be a whopping Rs1,200 crore, making it the biggest project in city, so far.
After approval, the total projects to be executed by the NHAI, Nagpur centre, will increase to nine at a cost of Rs2,332 crore. TOI has reported that NHAI has got permission to execute eight projects in and around the city at the cost of Rs1,132 crore.
NHAI project director Shri Ram Mishra told TOI that the proposal has been prepared and submitted with the NHAI head office. "Project is proposed to be executed on engineering, procurement and construction ( EPC) basis since it is not feasible under BOT. The head office will take a final decision," he said.
Mishra added, "The NHAI has constructed 58-km stretch from Gwasi Manapur on Wardha Road to Kamptee-Jabalpur road. State public works department has constructed the two-lane stretch from Gwasi Manapur to Gondkhairi on Amravati Road. The NHAI will four-lane the 21km stretch under the proposed project. Then, the new stretch from Gondkhairi to Katol-Chhindwara road and Kamptee-Jabalpur road spanning 40km will be constructed. The 61km stretch will be made of cement concrete."
According to the project's details, the remaining portion from Gondkhairi to Kamptee-Jabalpur road will be constructed to connect Fetri on Kalmeshwar-Katol road, Bharatwada, Panjara on Koradi-Chhindwara road and touch Kamptee-Jabalpur road at Bhilgaon-Sirpur. It will be at least 4-5km from the city's existing boundary.
Under the project, the NHAI will construct five railway over bridges, 20 minor bridges, 15 under passes etc. The NHAI will also need to acquire more 100 hectare land on both sides of the road for grade separators and other works. The road will be constructed on a 60-metre wide stretch acquired by the state PWD from Gondkhairi to Bhilgaon-Sirpur before 2004.
In fact, the state PWD had first proposed to construct the Outer Ring Road with a length of 84.38km in 2004. But, it could only complete the two-lane stretch from Gondkhairi to Gwasi Manapur.
Once the Outer Ring Road is completed, the number of heavy vehicles on the Ring Road - from Wadi via Dhaba, Mankapur, Nari to Automotive Square on Kamptee Road - will reduce considerably. Heavy vehicles coming from three national highways and three state highways will bypass the city. The Outer Ring Road will also boost the proposed metro region.
National highways such as Surat to Raipur (NH6), Hyderabad-Jabalpur (NH7) and Nagpur-Chhindawara (NH69), criss-cross the city beside three state highways Katol Road (SH248), Hingni-Nagpur (SH255), and Nagpur-Umrer (SH9).
Anjaya Anparthi | Feb 10, 2015, 03.16AM IST