Success, as with most things, starts with attitude. An optimistic attitude and perseverance for the cause of achieving the goal, is the key factor behind success. This is what Rajpath Infracon Private Limited has in them, and there lies the mantra to the extraordinary and remarkable success that they displayed before the World on June 7th, 2022.
Raj Path Infracon Private Limited from Pune, a dynamic infra-company recently constructed a bituminous concrete road of 75+ kilometers single lane, equivalent to 42.200 km double lane. The attempt to create a new World record for continuously paving the longest possible stretch of bituminous concrete was carried out from June 3rd to June 7th, 2022, and was executed on the National highway no. 53, between the cities of Amravati and Akola in the state of Maharashtra.The paving was done continuously, round the clock for a 105 hours and 33 minutes to make the new Guinness World Record. The earlier record of 25.275 kms made in Doha, Qatar by Public Work’s Authority- Ashghal was superseded and a new record was made. Following achievement of this challenging feat, Raj Path Infracon Pvt. Ltd. has become the first ever Indian private company in the infrastructure -road construction segment to register a Guinness World Records title.
“The longest piece of asphalt/bituminous concrete laid continuously was achieved by Raj Path Infracon Pvt. Ltd pune,India and Jagdish Kadam - CMD between Amravati and Akola Districts on (NH6 old) NH53, India from 3 to 7 June 2022," says the certificate by the Guinness World Records.
During the attempt out Team’s tenacity and perseverance were tested to the limits. The field-team had to combat the 47 deg C temperature of the scorching sun and survive a 150 deg C of the freshly paved bitumen concrete for full 5 days. The expert teams from respective Machine suppliers stood vigil to ensure seamless operations of such jobs. Our front and backend team worked tirelessly and went sleepless, night after night, to watch, monitor, supervise and ensure no glitches or hindrances created any obstructions. The statistics of the entire project were incredibly astounding. 36,634 Metric tons of bituminous concrete was paved in 105 hours and 33 minutes with the help of 728 workers. 80 Tippers, 5 Batch Mix plants, just 1 sensor paver with a hopper, 6 Tandem Rollers and 2 Pneumatic Tyre Rollers were employed. Spares were kept on a constant stand-by, and fueling and machine maintenance was all carried out on-line, without any halting, with a team of expert engineers to prevent stoppages, failures, or breakdowns.
The first milestone was accomplished on June 6th, 2022 at 12.27 pm when the 25.275 kms mark was crossed and the existing world record was broken. The next milestone was achieved on 7th June 2022 at 4.50 pm when the 75 kms mark was crossed. The entire team was over the moon celebrating and cheering. The final call was given at 5.00 pm on June 7th, 2022 and the Paver and allied machines halted. A distance of 42.200 kms was covered in a double lane for the NEW Guinness World Record. The Certificate was awarded to Raj Path Infracon amidst much cheer and applause of the audiences and swarming media. The Honorable Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Mr. Nitin Gadkari expressed his immense pleasure and pride on achievement of this impressive and incredible feat, by personally airing a congratulatory message to the nation.
This stupendous success was coupled with many other vital activities that were conducted behind the scenes. The Plantation drive to plant 98000 plants, geo-tag, nurture and sustain them was conducted since April 2022 and promoted on the World Environment day on June 6, 2022. 34 huge Farm Ponds were constructed that helped sustain the local farmers during the harsh summer months and ameliorate the grave situation of the water-starved villages in the region, this summer.
It is worthy to mention that the Raj Path Infracon has decided to dedicate this dauntless effort and achievement to the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrating the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence. On the lines of “Gati-Shakti” project launched by the PM Narendra Modi under the dynamic leadership of Union Roads, Highways and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, the Raj Path Infracon’s project aims to achieve integrated and seamless multi-modal connectivity for the movement of people, goods and services across the country.
Honourable Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari took to Twitter on Tuesday (7th June) to inform the world about this achievement. 75+ Km single lane continuous Bituminous Concrete Road is equivalent to 37.5 Km of 2-Lane Paved shoulder road. The minister added that the team of 800 NHAI employees and 720 workers including the team of independent consultants were involved in the job that started on 3rd June and was completed on 7th June. The work was completed in record time of 105 hours.
Feel very happy to congratulate our exceptional Team @NHAI_Official, Consultants & Concessionaire, Rajpath Infracon Pvt Ltd & Jagdish Kadam, on achieving the Guinness World Record (@GWR) of laying 75 Km continuous Bituminous Concrete Road... pic.twitter.com/hP9SsgrQ57
The Amravati to Akola section is the part of National Highway-53(NH6 old) and an important East-West corridor, he added. Passing through the mineral-rich region of the country, the section connects major cities like Kolkata, Raipur, Nagpur, Akola, Dhule, and Surat. He congratulated the NHAI team, consultants, and concessionaire Raj Path Infracon Private Limited and Jagdish Kadam on achieving the Guinness World Record.
#अकोला#अमरावती राष्ट्रीय महामार्गाच्या बिटूमिनस काँक्रिटीकरण पूर्णत्वास आला असून, दोन्ही लेन मिळून 80 किलोमीटरचा टप्पा पूर्ण केला आहे. हा जागतिक विक्रम असून, त्याची गिनीज बुक ऑफ वर्ल्ड रेकॉर्डमध्ये नोंद होत आहे. ही महाराष्ट्रासाठी गौरवाची बाब आहे. pic.twitter.com/oR93fVIYjx
Raj Path Infracon had created a world record before the GWR attempt as well. Previously, Raj Path Infracon had pegged a world record by constructing a road between Pusegaon and Mhasurne (in the Satara district of Maharashtra) in 24 hours. NHAI evaluated the credentials of Raj Path Infracon and then it awarded this prestigious assignment to Raj Path Infracon for the stretch of National Highway 6 ( old National Highway 53).
This stupendous success was coupled with many other vital activities that were conducted behind the scenes. The Plantation drive to plant 98000 plants, geo-tag, nurture and sustain them was conducted since April 2022 and promoted on the World Environment day on June 6, 2022. 34 huge Farm Ponds were constructed that helped sustain the local farmers during the harsh summer months and ameliorate the grave situation of the water-starved villages in the region, this summer
Such a target has never been dreamt of, set or achieved in the domain of infrastructure- especially road construction and paving, and that too in India. Raj Path Infracon and our CMD Mr. Jagdish Kadam was cordially invited and felicitated at the hands of the Chief Guest Shri Om Birla, Hon’able Speaker Lok Sabha in the presence of illustrious personalities Shri Nitin Gadkari Hon’ble Minister of RTH and Gen. (Dr.) V.K. Singh (Retd.), Hon’ble Minister of State, (RT&H) and Civil Aviation, with a special Excellence Award under the National Highways Excellence Awards (NHEA) for our contribution to Innovation in design, practices & technology in the highway sector, by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) in a grandceremony and national eventon the theme “Innovation and Excellence in Road Construction”on June 28,2022 under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, at the prestigious Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
The successful completion of this project and achievement of this record have contributed as a catalyst and helped to promote and uphold the national cause and initiative of “Gati-Shakti”. Raj Path Infracon looks at this as an invaluable opportunity to leave its indelible impression in the domain of nation-building and development commensurate with its motto “Building the Nation Beaming with Pride”.
Raj Path Infracon constructs 39.69 km road in just 24 hours
In the midst of the pandemic, it is indeed one of the most challenging yet successful projects the company has completed so far. By surpassing the required distance of 30 km (to make the new record), and achieving 39.69 km, the company set its benchmark on a much higher note.
Many factors have contributed to Raj Path Infracon’s accomplishment. Since this challenge was taken up when the pandemic of COVID-19 was at its peak, the company ensured hygiene and safety of its staff. It prepared the teams to deal with any uncertainties that could have arisen because of unpredictable weather conditions, or in logistics and plant-to-site transportation. The target and plan of action were set according to the COVID-19 guidelines laid by the central and state governments.
For Raj Path Infracon, the idea of setting a world record came out of the existing challenges of the pandemic. With the hope of creating new opportunities amid the testing times, the company had set its bar high. When the world was fighting the pandemic, Raj Path Infracon used the possibility of sending a positive message in the road construction industry by reinstalling the virtues of dedication. The constant aid from various ministries, secretaries, government officials, etc., made the project achievable.