` 36,290 Cr. Ring Roads Developments Programme

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The Centre is planning to develop ring roads in 28 major cities, including Lucknow, Bengaluru, Ranchi, Patna, Srinagar and Udaipur, at an estimated cost of Rs 36,290 crore. The projects are part of the ambitious initiative announced by the Union Cabinet, under which the Government envisages development of 84,000 km of national highways at an investment of Rs 6.92 lakh crore by 2022. The DPRs are under “award” stage for another Rs 4,700 crore projects. Other cities where ring roads have been planned are Pune, Sambalpur, Madurai, Indore, Dhule, Raipur, Shivpuri, Bhubaneswar, Gurugram, Surat, Vijayawada, Chitradurga, Amravati (AP), Sagar, Solapur, Jaipur, Belgaum, Nagpur, Agra, Kota, and Dhanbad. As per the report, 185 “choke” points have been identified to decongest corridors that include bypasses of Agra, Varanasi, Sasaram on Kolkata-Delhi corridor, Aurangabad bypass area on Mumbai-Kolkata corridor, Amritsar bypass on Amritsar-Jamnagar corridor, Gwalior bypass on Agra-Mumbai corridor, Nanded bypass on Hyderabad-Aurangabad corridor, Firozabad bypass on Kolkata-Delhi corridor, Bellary bypass on Bellary-Solapur corridor.