The Government of Jammu and Kashmir in India has given approval for a Rs30bn ($561.3m) road construction project in the state.

The proposed ring roads are expected to reduce traffic congestion and provide commuters with alternative routes in the cities of Srinagar and Jammu.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that good ring roads for Srinagar and Jammu are required to cater for the future needs of the cities.

Under phase-one of the project for Srinagar city, which is estimated to cost Rs11.95bn ($223.6m), a 34.72km road will be built, commencing from Galander near Pampore and will meet the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad national highway at Narbal junction.

The road will have four lanes with a provision for future expansion to six, and will include 155 culverts, two road-over bridges, two flyovers, five major junctions, 17 minor junctions and one toll plaza.

Phase two of the project, estimated at Rs4.48bn ($83.9m), will include construction of a 27.2km two-lane road, starting at Narbal and meeting the national highway in Ganderbal. It will have 135 culverts, five major junctions and nine minor junctions.

Srinagar’s ring road project will also include a toll plaza at Narbal Junction.

For Jammu, the government has approved construction of a four-lane ring road at a cost of Rs13.55bn ($255.46m).

The road, which will be 60km in length, will start near Vijaypur and connect with the highway at Akhnoor, and on to Nagrota Bye-Pass.

In the first phase, four major bridges, five minor bridges, 215 culverts and two flyovers will be built, while the second phase will include construction of four major bridges, four minor bridges, 102 culverts, two flyovers and two overhead bridges.

The road length in phase one and two will be 43km and 16.9km, respectively.

The proposed ring road project for Jammu will also include one toll plaza in each of the homogeneous sections.