India's 2nd largest ring road to be built in Indore; will connect 5 national highways
With an aim to augment the transport framework of Indore city and to provide streamlined access to nearby national highways, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has now proposed the development of a new Western ring road.
For this, the project director of NHAI presented the initial proposal for the Western ring road project in front of public representatives, the divisional commissioner and the collector at Residency Kothi. NHAI has put forward 3 different proposals for the road's length, namely 140 km, 145 km and 161 km. In addition, the ring road will connect 5 national highways to the city of Indore.
The proposed ring road will consist of 6 lanes, with 2 additional service lanes
Indore's Western ring road project had already received conceptual approval from the Union Transport Minister two years ago.
During the recent meeting at Residency Kothi, NHAI obtained approval from public representatives. It is reported that NHAI will now present the detailed plan to the Madhya Pradesh state government and the Ministry of Transportation.
As per NHAI, the proposed ring road will consist of 6 lanes, with two additional lanes dedicated to service roads on both sides, resulting in a total of ten lanes.
The design of the road will incorporate cloverleaf junctions at all intersections. Furthermore, special emphasis will be given to minimize any adverse impact on forest areas, water bodies and existing structures, during the construction of the project.
Why is the development of the ring road project essential for Indore?
Indore is strategically located at the convergence of three significant national highways: Indore-Ahmedabad Highway, Indore-Ichhapur-Akola Highway, and Agra-Mumbai Highway. The terminal points of these highways frequently experience traffic congestion.
With the construction of the outer ring road, dedicated junctions will be developed to effectively manage the flow of traffic from these routes, aiming to alleviate congestion and improve overall traffic conditions.
The ring road will establish connectivity between Indore and neighboring regions such as Devas, Mhow and Pithampur. This connectivity will broaden the horizons of the city, enabling enhanced development and progress.