New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari announced a New Guinness World Record created by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) in laying 75 km of bituminous concrete in a single lane on NH53 in 105 hours and 33 minutes.
In a video message, Gadkari said commemorating 75 years of India’s independence and under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, NHAI has created a world record that was certified by the Guinness World Records.
"Proud Moment For The Entire Nation! Feel very happy to congratulate our exceptional Team NHAI Official, Consultants & Concessionaire, Rajpath Infracon Pvt Ltd & Jagdish Kadam, on achieving the Guinness World Record of laying 75 Km continuous Bituminous Concrete Road," Gadkari twitted with the video message on June 8, 2022.
He said the record has been made for laying 75 km of bituminous concrete in a single lane on NH 53 between Amrawati to Akola Districts in 105 hours and 33 minutes. The total length of the 75 km of single-lane continuous bituminous concrete road is equivalent to 37.5 km of two-lane paved shoulder road and the work started on 3rd June 2022 at 7:27 am and was completed on 7th June 2022 at 5 pm, he added.
The Minister said the bituminous mix of 36,634 MT consisting of 2,070 MT of bitumen was used. He said the project was implemented by 720 workers including a team of independent consultants who worked day and night to complete this task.
Gadkari said before this, the Guinness World Record for the longest continuously laid bituminous was for building 25.275 km which was achieved in Doha, Qatar in Feb 2019. The task took 10 days to complete.
The Minister said the Amrawati to Akola section is part of NH 53, this is an important east-east corridor that connects major cities like Kolkata, Raipur, Nagpur, and Surat. He said that once completed, this stretch will play a major role in easing the movement of traffic and freight on this route.
Gadkari 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.