World’s largest irrigation project -- Polavaram creates double World Record

Polavaram, 07th January, 2019: Navayuga Engineering Company Limited (NECL) a dominant player in the engineering and core infrastructure, today entered the Guinness Book of World Record for concrete pouring.

The flagship entity of the INR 250 billion Navayuga Group which is currently building the world’s largest flood discharge capacity dam at Polavaram in Andhra Pradesh, successfully set two GUINNESS WORLD RECORD® achievements at the site – ‘most concrete poured in 24 hours’ and ‘largest continuous concrete pour’.

The company created the world record by pouring 32,315 cubic metres of concrete in 24 hours. The concrete work to make the spillway began at 8 am on Sunday, 06th January 2019 and was concluded at 8 am today, 07th January 2019. It was the unparalleled planning and engineering skills of NEC that made realize a task of such mammoth proportions.

Accredited the status of a national project, Polavaram witnessed 20 agitator trucks delivering concrete from 10 batching plants and 90 transit mixers that were engaged in this incredible engineering feat. The attempt was monitored by an official adjudicator from GUINNESS WORLD RECORD® in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Sri N. Chandrababu Naidu.

On his 30th visit to the Polavaram Irrigation Project site Hon. Chief Minister Shri. N. Chandrababu Naidu said, “We congratulate the team at Navayuga and everyone who has been part of the project for achieving the feat and developing such a mammoth project in such a short period of time. For those who say Indians can't perform Polavaram Irrigation Project is an answer to them. India has not seen a project of this size and scale. We have not just accomplished a colossal infrastructure milestone but have brought India on a global map by breaking the earlier records. Every Monday has been a ‘Polavaram Day’ as we have been reviewing the status of this project every Monday consistently. In the process we have countered and resolved multiple challenges and have been able to accomplish the work in a very short period of time. We aim to complete this project by May this year which will solve the water problems of millions of people.

Commenting on this attempt Mr. Sridhar Chinta, Managing Director, Navayuga Engineering Company Limited said “It is an extremely proud moment for Navayuga to be a part of such an iconic and landmark project in terms of its scale, expanse and impact on livelihood. Taking up the challenge of building this mega project is a perfect showcase of NEC’s superior and world-class engineering capabilities. Working tirelessly round the clock to achieve an epoch-making feat in just 24hrs is a true testament to the hard work, dedication and sincerity of every member of the Navayuga family. This is a significant step towards achieving the real victory, delivering a half-century old dream of the people of Andhra Pradesh, the Polavaram Project, before the start of the next monsoon season. This is indeed a very proud moment not just for NEC, but also for the state of Andhra Pradesh and the nation.”

As India’s leading Infrastructure Company, NEC (Navayuga Engineering Company) has many achievements to its credit with iconic projects accelerating India’s transformation. These engineering marvels include India’s longest river bridge Dhola-Sadiya, Dibang-Lohit River Management System, the longest highway tunnel project, Quazigund to Banihal, largest port on the east coast of India – Krishnapatnam Port and many more.

Showcasing NEC’s superior and world-class engineering capabilities; the project once completed will irrigate a total of 42 lakh acres ayacut in two phases and influence the supply of water to all 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh. The project envisages meeting the water supply needs of an aggregate population of 20 mn.  

The Polavaram Project is a mega infrastructure landmark with a total of 48 gates, each of height 20 m and a width of 16 m and spanning a total of 1,119 m. It required pouring of 36.7 lakh cubic meters of concrete, 50,000 tonnes of steel and 9,30,000 tonnes of cement, all in record time to complete the project. The project has been on the cards for 75 years and is a dream project for 5 crore people of Andhra Pradesh.

Designed to withstand massive floods that could occur once in 1000 years, the Polavaram Spillway is set to have one of the highest discharge capacities in the world. At 50 lakh cusecs, it is all set to surpass even the 3 Gorges Dam of China, one of the largest dams in the world, which has a discharge capacity of 47 lakh cusecs. The total storage capacity of the water reservoir is 119 TMC.

NEC has been entrusted the Polavaram Project by the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh as the previous contractor could not meet the herculean challenges associated with completion of this massive project. The project has been on the cards for 75 years and is a dream project for 5 crore people of Andhra Pradesh. Completing this challenging project will showcase NEC’s superior and world-class engineering capabilities and also which make the state drought free forever.

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