More than half of Beijing’s 21.5m residents live outside its Fifth Ring Road, a road built around city covering 20 km in diametre. Beijing is now building its Sixth and Seventh ring roads. India must follow this simple ring-road model for its cities. Three large ring roads may be built, with diametres of 20, 25 and 30 km. This translates into road lengths of 60, 75 and 90 km. The inner-most ring will encircle an area of 300 sq. km and can house 4.5m people. Building 250 km of ring road will cost R25-50 bn. If implemented for 10-15 cities, this can kick-start projects worth R250 bn-750 bn, and will open up large areas for residential and commercial development across cities.