Indian Railways began work on building the 2.05-kilometre dual-track Pamban railway bridge in Mandapam to link Rameswaram with mainland Pamban in Tamil Nadu by March 2022. The state-of-the-art bridge is all set to become India’s first vertical lift railway sea bridge.
This is the New Pamban bridge, which will make commuting easier for pilgrims and goods transportation trains to and from the port city of Rameswaram. A small island in the Arabian Sea, Rameswaram has held great spiritual significance owing to its famous Ramanathaswamy temple.
Till now, the city was connected to the mainland by the century-old Pamban Bridge. The bridge became operational in 1914, and was the country’s first sea bridge, as well as its longest, before the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
Working on the Scherzer rolling lift model, it opens upwards at an angle of 90 degrees.
The new model, being constructed parallel to the former, consists of a panel that lifts up vertically to allow cross commuting of trains and sea vessels. In the old model, the Scherzer span is operated manually.
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