Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday announced a new Guinness World Record set by the National Highway Association of India (NHAI) by laying 75km of single-lane asphalt concrete on the NH53 in 105 hours and 33 minutes .

In a video message, Gadkari said NHAI had created a world record certified by Guinness World Records. He said the record was set for laying 75 km of single-lane asphalt concrete on NH 53 between Amrawati and Akola districts in 105 hours and 33 minutes.

The total length of 75 km of one-lane continuous asphalt concrete road is equivalent to 37.5 km of two-lane paved shoulder road and the work started on June 3, 2022 at 7:27 a.m. and was completed on June 7, 2022 at 5 p.m. , he added.

The Minister said that the bituminous mixture of 36,634 MT composed 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 the task.

Gadkari previously said that the Guinness World Record for the longest continuously laid bituminous was for the 25.275 km construction which was carried out in Doha, Qatar in February 2019. The task took 10 days.

The minister said the Amrawati to Akola section is part of NH 53, it is an important east-east corridor that connects major cities like Kolkata, Raipur, Nagpur and Surat. He said that once completed, this section will play a major role in smoothing traffic and freight on this route.

Shri Gadkari congratulated all engineers, contractors, consultants, workers of NHAI and Raj Path Infracon Pvt. ltd. for the efficient implementation of the project which contributed to the achievement of this world record.

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