India’s national highway sets new Guinness World Record

India has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for constructing the longest stretch of road where asphalt concrete is laid continuously.

A 75-kilometer stretch of National Highway 53 broke the record in less than five days, tweeted the country’s Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari.

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The 75 km single-lane road is estimated to be equivalent to 35 km of two-lane paved shoulder road and lies between the districts of Amravati and Akola in Maharashtra.

“The Amravati to Akola section is part of 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,” Gadkari tweeted.

“I have been informed that almost 35% of the works are complete on this section from Amravati to Akola and almost 65% in the Akola to Chikli section. Therefore, with this achievement, there will be great relief for commuters, the traffic will be smooth and travel time will be reduced.”

It was constructed by consultants from the National Highways Authority of India in conjunction with Rajpath Infracon Pvt Ltd and Jagdish Kadam.

The previous record was set by the Qatar Public Works Authority in Ashghal in 2019 for a 27.25 kilometer road part of the Al Khor highway, which was completed in 10 days.

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