Amaravati: The Outer and the Inner Ring Roads (ORR and IRR), proposed to be laid in the Andhra Pradesh (AP) capital region, are going to link up Amaravati to all parts of the country. Especially, the ORR will provide direct access to Amaravati, Vijayawada, Guntur and Tenali which are the major activity centres.
The Gannavaram airport is an important node in the ORR. According to official sources, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and STUP Consultants have submitted the alignment options for the IRR and ORR which measure 97.5 km and 186 km respectively, in the Cabinet meeting held on December 15, 2016 and they have been finalised except for some amendments made on the basis of suggestions by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
The ORR is being taken up under the National Highway Development Programme (NHDP) Phase-VII. It is going to be an eight-lane road with service roads on both sides and it is estimated to cost around ₹20,000 crore including the cost of land acquisition.
Coming to the quality of material, a Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) official told The Hindu: “Strict guidelines were laid stipulating that the testing should be in accordance with the standards of the Indian Road Congress, Bureau of Indian Standards, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, American Society for Testing and Materials or the British Standards Institution on priority basis. Necessary steps are being taken for following those guidelines.”
Other areas of the road construction are covered by the technical specifications released by the CRDA.
The ORR has Right of Way (ROW) of 60 metres and ORR 150 metres.
The CRDA has got national and international case studies done to ensure that both shape up in the best manner thereby setting global benchmarks. These and other arterial roads will form a part of the capital city’s smart infrastructure being planned by some reputed Indian and Japanese companies.