The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari said that they made three world records in March. The ministry constructed 13,394 km of highways at a pace of 37 km per day in the fiscal year 2020-21 and this pace is a record in itself.
What were the three records made by the road transport and highways ministry?
The minister said that building a 2.5 km 4-lane concrete road within 24 hours was a Guinness World Records. Also, the ministry completed a 1-lane 25-km bitumen Solapur-Bijapur road within the same time.
Patel Infrastructure Ltd. made a world record for laying the highest quantity of concrete on a four-lane highway in 24 hours. The NHAI contractor laid Pavement Quality Concrete (PQC) for a four-lane highway of 2,580 meters within 24 hours. It also laid the highest quantity of concrete (14,613 cubic meters) on the greenfield Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai 8-lane Expressway in 24 hours.
Hyderabad-based construction company IJM India completed a single lane of the four-lane stretch of 25.54 km in a record time of 18 hours. The stretch was being developed between Solapur-Vijapur (NH 52). Nitin Gadkari said that about 500 contractual workers worked hard for that project.
What did the minister for road transport and highways say about this achievement?
The minister said that the achievements made were unprecedented as they were achieved despite restrictions imposed due to the pandemic. He also said that the cumulative cost of the projects had increased by 54% at the end of the fiscal year 2020-21.