Hyderabad's Outer Ring Road (ORR) will soon get dedicated tracks laid for cyclists with roof covered solar panels.
The Outer Ring Road is a 158 kilometre, eight-lane ring road expressway encircling Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana. The expressway is designed for speeds up to 100 kmph. The ORR was opened to traffic in different phases between 2008 and 2016.
The 4.5-metre wide cycle track is planned alongside the ORR for 21 kilometres in two stretches in the western parts of Hyderabad, i.e. 8 km from Nanakramguda to Telangana State Police Academy (TSPA) and 13 km from Narsingi to Kollur.
Thus, the cycle track would cover the areas adjoining the city's IT hub and emerging residential areas.
Hyderabad Growth Corridor Limited (HGCL), a wing of Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), will implement the plan inspired by such facilities in South Korea.
The planned cycle track with solar roofing can accommodate three cycle lanes and one-metre wide green space on either side of the way. In addition, the cycle track can generate 9 MW of power through its solar roof, which would be used for ORR lighting, drip irrigation and other power requirements of the expressway.
According to Telangana Today, the cycle track includes parking spaces, surveillance cameras, bicycle docking and rental stations, food courts, drinking water, restrooms, lighting at night and basic bicycle repair shops.
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