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India creates new Guinness World record by constructing longest piece of road on NH-53 in Maharashtra

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has created a new Guinness World record by constructing a 75 km continuous bituminous concrete in single lane on the section of NH-53 between Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh to Akola in Maharashtra within five days.

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Minister for Road Transport & Highways 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).”

Taking to Twitter, Congratulating the entire team, Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari tweeted, “Proud Moment for The Entire Nation! Feel very happy to congratulate our exceptional Team NHAI, Consultants & Concessionaire, Rajpath Infracon Pvt Ltd & Jagdish Kadam, on achieving the Guinness World Record of laying 75 Km continuous Bituminous Concrete Road in a single lane on NH-53 section between Amravati and Akola. I would specially thank our Engineers and Workers who toiled day and night to achieve this extraordinary feat.”

The construction of Amravati-Akola highway started at 6 am on June 3 and finished constructing the 75 km stretch on June 7, at 5 pm, finishing it in a record time of 105 hours and 33 minutes.

About 800 employees of NHAI and 720 workers of Rajpath Infracon, including independent consultants were involved in this project. The 75 km single lane road is equivalent to 35 km of two-lane paved shoulder road. Previously, the record was held by the Public Works Authority – ASHGHAL of Qatar on February 27, 2019. That road was part of the Al-Khor Expressway and it had taken 10 days to complete the task.

“Amravati to Akola section is part of the national highway 53, which is an important east-west corridor. It connects major cities like Kolkata, Raipur, Nagpur, Akola, Dhule, and Surat. It passes through a mineral-rich region of our country. I have been informed that nearly 35 per cent of work is completed on this stretch, from Amravati to Akola, and nearly 65 per cent in Akola to Chikli section. Therefore, with this achievement, there will be a great relief to commuters, the movement of traffic will be smooth, and the travel time will be reduced,” Talking about the importance of the newly constructed road, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said.

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