A National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) contractor has created a world record on Monday (01 February) for laying Pavement Quality Concrete (PQC) for a four-lane highway of 2,580 meters length within 24 hours, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways said in a statement.
The record is part of the greenfield Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai 8-lane Expressway project, and was carried out by the world’s largest fully automatic ultra-modern concrete paver machine.
Starting at 8 o'clock in the morning on 1st February 2021, they finished the job of laying approximately 10.32 thousand lane meters by 8 am next day.
With a width of 18.75 meters, as much an area as 48,711 square meters of concrete was laid for the expressway in 24 hours.
The feat by Patel Infrastructure Limited has been recognized by both the India Book of Records, and the Golden Book of World Records.
The feat comes in the backdrop of the Ministry having constructed 8,169 km of National Highways (NHs) from April 2020 to 15 January 2021 in the current financial year 2020-21, i.e. with a speed of about 28.16 km per day.
The Ministry is hopeful that with such pace it should be able to cross the construction target of 11,000 km by 31 March.
The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway at nearly 1,320 km will be India’s longest expressway. It reduces travel time between Delhi and Mumbai from 24 hours to 13 hours.
The new highway is being built at an estimated cost of Rs one lakh crore. The highway will start near Gurugram at Sohna and terminate at Mumbai. The expressway will cut the distance between the national and financial capital of India by 280 km.
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