India has entered the Guinness World Records for constructing the longest continuous piece of bituminous concrete, according to Nitin Gadkari, the Minister for Road Transport and Highways. Rajpath Infracon Pvt Ltd and Jagdish Kadam, consultants and concessionaires for the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), have set a new record for constructing 75 kilometres of continuous bituminous concrete in a single lane on National Highway 53. The road was built on a part of NH-53 between the Maharashtra districts of Amravati and Akola.
The team started constructing the road on June 3 at 7:27 a.m. and finished the 75-kilometer stretch on June 7 at 5 p.m., setting a new record of 105 hours and 33 minutes. This project involved approximately 800 NHAI staff and 720 Rajpath Infracon employees, as well as independent consultants. A 75-kilometer single-lane road is similar to 35 kilometres of paved shoulder road.
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister, spoke on the importance of the freshly completed road “The segment from Amravati to Akola is part of National Highway 53, a key east-west route. It runs between Kolkata, Raipur, Nagpur, Akola, Dhule, and Surat, among other key cities. It runs through an area of our country that is mineral-rich. I’ve been told that almost 35% of the work on this length, from Amravati to Akola, has been done, and nearly 65% of the work on the Akola to Chikli segment has been completed. As a result of this success, commuters will be greatly relieved, traffic will flow more smoothly, and travel time will be shortened.”
Previously, the Public Works Authority, Ashghal, Qatar, held the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous stretch of bituminous concrete built, with a 27.25-kilometer road completed on February 27, 2019. The road, which was built as part of the Al Khor Expressway, took ten days to construct.