Kanpur to get outer ring road to bypass traffic blues

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is all set to develop a four-lane outer ring road along the periphery of Kanpur with an aim to prevent traffic congestion in the industrial city caused by long-distance heavy vehicles.

The new road, which will help the heavy vehicles to bypass the city, will be developed on Built, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis under the phase-VII of National Highways Development Programme (NHDP).

The NHAI had appointed Ahmedabad-based SAI consulting agency to conduct the feasibility study and prepare Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the road. "As per the alignment of the road prepared by the consulting firm, the outer ring road would be 105-km long and pass through Mandhana, Bithoor, near Ganga barrage,Unnao, Shuklaganj, Ruma on NH 2 and Sachendi," said AC Srivastava, Regional Officer, NHAI, UP.

The ring road would be developed around 20-km away from the centre of city. "Being an industrial city, movement of heavy vehicles is high in Kanpur. Trucks going to Kabrai to take construction materials also pass through the city area. The outer ring road would prevent congestion in the city by giving an alternate route to these heavy vehicles," said Navin Mishra, NHAI Project Director in Kanpur.

The ring would be an alternate route also for the other vehicles coming from Aligarh, Agra, Delhi, Allahabad, Etawah and Lucknow.

Sources said that the state government is considering a proposal to extend the industrial area of Kanpur, and according to NHAI officals, the outer ring road would be greatly benefit it. The NHAI has already received approval from Kanpur and Unnao-Shuklaganj development authorities on the proposed alignment of ring road.

In the alignment, the consultant has proposed three major bridges, 13 minor bridges, seven flyovers and nine Railway Over Bridges (ROB) on the outer ring road. Two major bridges would be on Ganga.

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