A couple from Puri district of Odisha entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest journey by scheduled public transport in a single country.
Durga Charan Mishra, a retired official in the Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU) under the Ministry of Transport, and his wife Jyotshna Mishra continuously travelled 29,119 km in 42 days.They broke previous record of Romanian couple who had travelled 9,261 km.
A year ago, the couple had planned to travel the longest distance in bus and train. They began their journey from Puri by train at around 9.25 am on February 18. During 42 days, they travelled to various places in the States including Assam, Tripura, Nagaland, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir and Kerala. They reached Puri at 8.18 pm on March 30.
The couple was visiting the tourist destinations from railway stations or bus stands by walk. They were halting only on railway platforms. A two-member panel was keeping close watch on their movements through GPRS.
Earlier, the Odia couple were placed in the Guinness World Records for the longest journey by car in a single country. They set the record by travelling 18,458 km in car throughout India in 2014.
The Mishra couple said that they will shortly apply the Guinness World Records authorities to approve them as the only couple to set two world records.