Hyderabad Outer Ring Road (ORR) Project
Toll Management Solutions (TMS) for the Outer Ring Road (ORR), Hyderabad, India
Hyderabad is the largest city and capital of Telangana, situated around hilly terrains and artificial lakes. Ruled by the Qutub Shahis, the Mughals, and the Nizams, this historic place is most commonly known as the City of Nizams or the City of Pearls. At present, the city is a major centre for the technology industry and home to many upscale restaurants and shops.
The term Outer Ring Road (ORR) was first conceptualized in India by former Chief Minister of Hyderabad, N. Chandrababu Naidu. He believed it could aid decongestion, which is a major traffic problem of the metropolitan regions and could provide easy access to important urban nodes.
The ORR of Hyderabad is a 158-kilometer road, covering about 6,250 acres of land. It is an 8-lane ring road expressway that connects with the Inner Ring Road, 33 Radial Roads, and 20 Interchange Junctions. The Government of Telangana formed a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the development of the Outer Ring Road, called the “Hyderabad Growth Corridor Limited", a wing of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA).The development of the road led to a reduction in the travel time from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport to cities like Nizamabad and Adilabad as it connects to National Highway (NH) 44.
The main objectives of HMDA for ORR include:
- Quick access to important nodes in the city and to connect various urban nodes outside the city by joining the NH and State Highway (SH) network and other important city roads
- Bypass for the through traffic on the national highways and state highways and, in turn, reduce the accidents by avoiding movement of commercial traffic in the city
- Reduce congestion in the metropolitan areas and inner ring road
- Reduce overall pollution in the city and to promote environmental up-gradation
The primary aim of EFKON India’s ORR project was to develop well-planned and well-connected urban settlements around the Hyderabad Metropolitan areas. The main objectives of the project were:
- To de-congest metropolitan areas and inner ring road
- To meet future demand and develop further satellite townships
- To provide orbital linkage to radial arterial roads
- To allow linkage to the proposed Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) and bus system
- To give faster access to the international airport and connect urban nodes
EFKON India installed the Toll Management Systems (TMS) at 19 interchanges of the ORR with a total of 157 Manual and Touch ‘n Go lanes and 23 Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) lanes along with 648 surveillance system cameras, OFC length of 404 kms and Network/WAN/LAN at 676 locations. EFKON’s toll plazas are well-equipped at every interchange on the ORR.
The project led to improved traffic flow and de-congestion on the existing significant arterials between the outer suburbs of Greater Hyderabad.
Benefits to the road-users included:
Generates revenue through toll collection, without leakages
Better traffic management and control
Tampered-proof electronic toll collection
Smooth and cashless transactions
Easy identification of theft
Reduced congestion at interchange junctions
With the help of this project, EFKON India successfully implemented toll management solutions at ORR to maintain mainline traffic flow and smooth toll collection.