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    Hyderabad's new solar-covered cycle track illuminates the city and people's wallets


    Hyderabad has officially inaugurated a 23-kilometer cycle track along the Outer Ring Road, known as the Healthway Cycling Track. The track is divided into two sections and will be accessible 24/7. It features 16,000 solar panels on its roof, making it India's first solar-covered cycle track. The panels have the potential to generate 16 megawatts of electricity, equivalent to powering 32,000 streetlights or illuminating 800 kilometers of city streets.

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    The solar-powered Healthway Cycling Track along the Outer Ring Road (ORR) in Hyderabad was unveiled by Telangana minister KT Rama Rao on Sunday. The 23-km track features a global design.
    The eagerly awaited 23-kilometer cycle track along the Outer Ring Road (ORR) was officially inaugurated on Sunday, marking a significant milestone for the city.

    Known as the Healthway Cycling Track, this unique facility boasts a global design and is divided into two distinct stretches. The first section covers a distance of 8.5 kilometers, stretching from TSPA to Nanakramguda. The second stretch, spanning 14.5 kilometers, extends from Narsingi to Kollur.

    In a statement from the Hyderabad Cycling Revolution (HCR), a vibrant community of over 10,000 cycling enthusiasts, it was revealed that the track will be accessible around the clock. Moreover, there will be five access points situated strategically along the track, allowing entry from Narsingi, Kollur, TSPA, Vattinagulapalli, and Nanakramguda.

    What truly sets the Hyderabad track apart is the installation of an impressive 16,000 solar panels on its roof, a feat that previously only South Korea could boast. According to KT Rama Rao, the Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development, who officiated the track's inauguration, "This pioneering endeavor represents India's first-of-its-kind solar-covered cycle track."

    The Minister emphasized that these solar roof panels have the potential to generate a substantial 16 megawatts of electricity. This impressive energy output is equivalent to powering 32,000 streetlights or illuminating a remarkable 800 kilometers of city streets.

    Rao further highlighted the financial benefits of this sustainable energy source, stating, "The investment in the solar panels is expected to be fully recouped in just six years, with the entire project becoming financially self-sustaining within 15 years." This innovative approach not only reinforces the city's commitment to reducing carbon emissions but also cements its position as the most environmentally friendly cycling track worldwide.

    Ravi Sambari of HCR also pointed out the array of amenities available at all access points, including docking stations, health emergency facilities, food stalls, and much more.

    The opening of this cutting-edge solar-covered cycle track represents a remarkable achievement for Hyderabad, not only promoting a healthy and eco-friendly mode of transportation but also making significant strides in sustainable energy production.
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