The Government of India is said to have given in-principle approval for the construction of a 340km regional ring road (RRR) in the state of Telangana.

The new RRR is said to have been planned to further develop districts surrounding Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana state.

The RRR will be around located 30km to 40km away from the existing outer ring road (ORR) and will connect nearly 20 developing towns.

The new RRR is estimated to cost Rs170bn ($2.3bn) and will be built in two parts, namely North and South.

The Northern part will cover a distance of 158km, which will connect the towns of Sangareddy, Narasapur, Toopran, Gajwel, Yadadri, Pragnapur, Bhongir and Choutuppal. It will incur an investment of Rs75.61bn ($1.045bn).

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has named the upcoming road in the northern region National Highway 161 AA.

Union Minister of State (Home Affairs) Kishan Reddy explained that a request has been made to the Union Road Transport Minister for the approval of a 182km greenfield ring road, which will cover the southern part of the state.

Reddy added that the new road project is expected to benefit 40% of people in the state. Construction of the RRR is expected to be completed in three years after the completion of the land acquisition process.

Last November, Indian Minister for Road and Transport Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone of 16 highway projects, with a total length of more than 500km, in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

HT Media reported that the highway projects will be built with an investment of approximately Rs75bn ($1bn).

The Minister for Road added that the new road projects will not only create employment opportunities but will also facilitate new investments in the region.