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Sunday, 18 April 2021 11.39 PM IST

NHAI constructs 25 km road in 18-hour time! Record to soon enter Limca Book of Records

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NEW DELHI: National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has created a new record! The authority recently completed asphalting work on a 25.54 km single-lane stretch under the 4-laning work on the Solapur-Vijapur highway in a record time of 18 hours.

A part of the Bengaluru-Vijaypura-Aurangabad-Gwalior corridor, this Solapur-Vijapur highway will significantly reduce the travel time for commuters and also enhance road safety. Sharing the feat on social media platforms, Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said that the achievement will be recorded in the 'Limca Book of Records.’

Congratulating the construction workers, Gadkari tweeted, “About 500 contractual workers worked hard for the project. Along with these employees, I congratulate the National Highways Authority project manager, officers, all the representatives of the contractor company, and the project officers.”

“At present, work on 110km of Solapur-Vijayapur Highway is underway. The project will be completed by October 2021,” the Union Minister added.

An official from the NHAI was quoted in an ET report saying that, "In total 25.54 km of road asphalting work has been carried out in 18 hours. It is not done end-to-end but they have done it in five different places at the same time." The official added that initially, it was planned to take-up only blacktop work for a 20 km stretch of single lane in 12 hours but it was later extended for another 5.5 km on the same lane, which took another six hours to complete.

Lauding the work of the NHAI, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol said, "This rare feat will definitely set a benchmark in the ongoing and upcoming projects. I congratulate the entire team on completing the 25.54-km lane asphalting in 18 hours. The work was launched when Ramesh Jigajinagi was the union minister of state."

Note that the road is a part of the traffic corridor between Bengaluru-Chitradurga-Vijayapura-Solapur-Aurangabad-Dhule-Indore-Gwalior. The Solapur-Vijyapur highway was formerly known as the National Highway connecting Maharashtra and Karnataka. The bypass four lane road will be constructed between Solapur and Vijaypur. The route will also have six flyovers.

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