On the national highway between Amravati and Akola districts in Maharashtra, the state-owned NHAI set a Guinness World Record for the longest continuously built bituminous lane of 75 kilometers in 105 hours and 33 minutes.
Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, stated on Wednesday that the project was carried out by 720 people, including a team of independent consultants who worked around the clock.
The 75 kilometers of single lane continuous bituminous concrete road is equivalent to 37.5 kilometers of two-lane paved shoulder road, and the work began on June 3 at 7:27 a.m. and ended on June 7 at 5 p.m., according to a video message from the minister.
The previous Guinness World Record for the longest continuously poured bituminous was set in February 2019 in Doha, Qatar, for constructing 25.275 kilometers of road in ten days, according to Gadkari.
The segment between Amravati and Akola is part of NH 53, an important east-west route that connects major towns such as Kolkata, Raipur, Nagpur, and Surat.
This section, according to Gadkari, will play a significant role in alleviating traffic and freight movement on this route once completed.