Hyderabad Unveils India’s First Solar-Powered Cycling Track, Healthway

Hyderabad Unveils India's First Solar-Powered Cycling Track, Healthway
Hyderabad Unveils India's First Solar-Powered Cycling Track, Healthway

In a remarkable leap towards advancing eco-friendly and active transportation, Hyderabad, India, has proudly introduced its inaugural solar roof cycling track, Healthway. This groundbreaking initiative, a first of its kind in the country, was inaugurated by K Tarakarama Rao, the Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development for the state. Healthway’s primary objective is to promote cycling as a sustainable mode of transportation while integrating cutting-edge technology.

Notably, Healthway is only the second of its kind globally, highlighting Hyderabad’s dedication to embracing innovative and sustainable solutions for urban mobility. Situated along the bustling Outer Ring Road (ORR), between the main carriageway and the service road, this track is designed to be accessible around the clock. Its inauguration signifies a significant stride towards transforming Hyderabad into the active mobility capital of India.

The extensive 23-kilometer-long Healthway cycling track consists of two distinctive segments: a pink line spanning 8.5 kilometers from Nanakramguda to the Telangana State Police Academy and a blue line extending 14.5 kilometers from Kollur to Narsingi. It boasts five different access points, ensuring convenience for cyclists across the city.

Healthway’s design thoughtfully includes a three-lane pathway, offering a generous width of 4.5 meters. With one meter of lush green space flanking each side, cyclists can enjoy a refreshing and picturesque route. For user convenience and safety, the track is equipped with a range of amenities, including ample parking space, surveillance cameras for enhanced security, food courts for refreshments, drinking water stations, first aid facilities, and convenient restrooms.

Recognizing the need for comprehensive support, Healthway also plans to include bicycle repair shops. Moreover, cycle docking and rental stations will be established to encourage both regular cyclists and those looking to explore this sustainable mode of transportation.

One of Healthway’s most impressive features is its integration of sustainable energy sources. A total of 16,000 strategically installed solar panels harness the sun’s power, generating an impressive 16 megawatts (MW) of electricity. This solar energy serves multiple purposes, from illuminating the track at night to providing protection from the elements, including the sun, rain, and various weather conditions.

The inauguration of Healthway marks just the beginning of Hyderabad’s journey towards promoting active transportation. Minister K Tarakarama Rao has unveiled plans to replicate this initiative’s success in other areas, such as around the serene Gandipet Lake and within the bustling Financial District. These expansions will further solidify Hyderabad’s commitment to sustainable urban development.