Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, announced that India has entered the Guinness Book of Records for constructing the longest piece of bituminous concrete laid continuously. Consultants and concessionaires of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Rajpath Infracon Pvt Ltd and Jagdish Kadam have achieved this record by building 75 kilometers of continuous single-lane bituminous concrete on National Highway 53. The highway is located on a portion of NH -53 between Amravati and Akola districts of Maharashtra.
Congratulating the entire team, Gadkari tweeted: “Proud moment for the entire nation! Be so happy to congratulate the extraordinary NHAI team, consultants and dealers, Rajpath Infracon Pvt Ltd and Jagdish Kadam, on achieving the Guinness World Record for setting 75 kilometers continuous bituminous Concrete Road.” A one-lane concrete road on the NH-53 segment between Amravati and Akola. I would specially thank our engineers and workers who toiled day and night to achieve this extraordinary feat.”
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 (@GWR) of laying 75 Km continuous Bituminous Concrete Road... pic.twitter.com/hP9SsgrQ57 — Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) June 8, 2022
The team began building the road on June 3 at 7:27 am and finished building the 75 km on June 7 at 5 pm, completing it in a record time of 105 hours 33 minutes. About 800 NHAI employees and 720 employees of Rajpath Infracon, including independent consultants, were involved in this project. The 75 km single lane road is equivalent to 35 km of the two-lane paved shoulder road.
Talking about the importance of the newly constructed expressway, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said: “The section from Amravati to Akola is part of National Highway 53, which is a major east-west corridor. It connects major cities like Kolkata, Raipur, and Nagpur. And Akola, Dhule and Surat. It passes through a mineral-rich region of our country. I have learned that approximately 35 percent of the work has been completed on this stretch, from Amravati to Akola, and nearly 65 percent is in the section from Akola to Shale. And so on. With this achievement, there will be great comfort for passengers, traffic will be smooth, and travel time will be reduced.”
Earlier, the Guinness World Record for the longest stretch of bituminous concrete laid continuously was for a 27.25 km road, which was completed by the Public Works Authority, Ashghal, Qatar, on February 27, 2019. The road was part of the Al Khor Expressway and took 10 days to be completed.