Three of the main highways of the region, NH-7, NH-9, and NH-202, pass through Hyderabad. With the completion of the North South Corridor, a large road project, the city’s road links are expected to increase many times over.
Despite the fact that the city has a well laid internal road system in place, the unprecedented increase in the number of vehicles and auto-rickshaws in the last decade has resulted in unmanageable traffic in the city. To reduce this problem a number of elevated roads were built but a commensurate increase in the number of vehicles negated the corrective measures. An expressway, called the Outer-ring-road, is currently under construction. The outer-ring-road will encircle the entire metropolitan area of Hyderabad and is expected to ease traffic congestion during rush hour.
An inheritance received from the days of the Nizams, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation has now expanded to an extent that it is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest State run bus transport service with fleet of 19000 buses.
The Hyderabad bus stand has 72 platforms has recently lost its rank as the largest in Asia to Shanghai and Chennai.
The corporation plies more than 4000 buses for point-to-point city travel for the convenience of every type of commuters. Ordinary buses, semi-luxury and luxury buses have their stoppages at important locations in the city.
The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad have three main railway stations:
- The ISO 9002 certified Secunderabad railway Station
- Hyderabad Railway Station at Nampally
- Kachiguda Railway Station which has recently been expanded to ease congestion on the other two
Hyderabad has a light rail transport system known as MultiModal Transport, which connects the various parts of the city with Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Lingampally, and Falaknuma. Secunderabad is also the head quarters of the South Indian Railways. A proposal for giving Hyderabad a metro rail system for inner city travel is being considered and it is expected to come for appraisal soon.
Hyderabad’s airport was built in Begumpet in 1930. Due to the massive expansion that has occurred in the last two decades, the airport is now very near the residential and shopping complexes of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. A new airport, to be called the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, is underway in Shamsabad on the outskirts of the city and is expected to have state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities that will second to none in the world.
Hyderabad is well connected by air with all the major cities of Europe, Middle East, South East Asia, and also with the rest of the India. Many established airlines have non-stop flights for destinations including Singapore, Frankfurt and Main, Amsterdam, Riyadh, Doha, Qatar, and Colombo. The number of destinations is expected to increase manifold with the commissioning of the new international airport.