June 10, 2022
State-owned NHAI has created a Guinness World Record for the longest continuously laid bituminous lane of 75 kilometers in 105 hours and 33 minutes on the national highway between Amravati and Akola districts in Maharashtra.
Mentioning the record, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said the project was implemented by 720 workers including a team of independent consultants who worked day and night.
The total length of the 75 kilometers of single-lane continuous bituminous concrete road is equivalent to 37.5 kilometers of two-lane paved shoulder road and the work started on June 3, at 7:27 am and was completed on June 7, at 5 pm, the minister said in a video message.
Link to Nitin Gadkari’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/nitin_gadkari/status/1534331274432757760?s=20&t=Kuygz5jBdMbRSwpWqj8oiQ
The previous Guinness World Record for the longest continuously laid bituminous was for building 25.275 kilometers of the road which was achieved in Doha, Qatar in February 2019, and that task was completed in 10 days, Mr. Gadkari said.
Part of NH 53
The Amravati to Akola section is part of NH 53, an important east-east corridor connecting major cities like Kolkata, Raipur, Nagpur, and Surat.
According to Mr. Gadkari, once completed, this stretch will play a major role in easing the movement of traffic and freight on this route.
He also congratulated all the engineers, contractors, consultants, and workers from NHAI and Raj Path Infracon Pvt Ltd for the efficient implementation of the project that has helped in the successful completion of this world record.
With The Hindu inputs
By- Priya Bharti
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