The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on Tuesday created a world record by constructing 75 Km continuous bituminous concrete in a single lane on NH-53 highway in 105 hours and 33 minutes, connecting Akola and Amaravati in Maharashtra. The earlier record was achieved by the Public Works Authority – ASHGHAL of Qatar on February 27, 2019. It was for constructing a part of the Al-Khor Expressway in 10 days.

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Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari shared the information on his Twitter handle. He also posted a picture of the highway and also the certificate by the Guinness World Record.

Nitin Gadkari, in a tweet, said, “#ConnectingIndia with Prosperity! Celebrating the rich legacy of our nation with #AzadiKaAmrutMahotsav, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi Ji @NHAI_Official successfully completed a Guinness World Record (@GWR).”

“The longest piece of asphalt/bituminous concrete laid continuously was achieved by Raj Path Infracon Pvt. Ltd. and Jagdish Kadam (both India) between Amravati and Akola Districts on NH53, India from 3 to June 7 2022,” says the certificate by the Guinness World Records.

The NHAI lodged its name in the Guinness World Records “by constructing 75 Km continuous Bituminous Concrete in Single Lane on the section of NH-53 between Amravati to Akola,” tweeted Nitin Gadkari.

“This 75 Km single lane continuous Bituminous Concrete Road is equivalent to 37.5 Km of 2-Lane Paved shoulder road and the team of 800 @NHAI_Official employees,” the Union Minister added.

“…and 720 workers including team of Independent Consultants were involved in the job that started on June 3, 2022 at 7:27 AM and was completed on June 7, 2022 at 5:00pm.”

The section was constructed by private contractor Rajput Infracon. The NH-53 highway passes through a mineral-rich region of India. It connects major cities like Kolkata, Raipur, Nagpur, Akola, Dhule and Surat.

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