per cent of work has been completed on India’s first vertical lift railway sea
bridge – the new Pamban Bridge, Railways Ministry said in a twee on December 1.
The 2.07 km
long Pamban Rail Sea Bridge in Tamil Nadu will connect the holy Rameswaram on
Pamban Island to mainland India. It is also expected to be a boon for pilgrims
travelling to Rameswaram and Dhanuskhodi as well as enhance tourism.
Ministry said in its tweet that the
track laying work is in progress, while the fabrication of the vertical lift
span girder is about to be finished. “Assembling platform for vertical lift
span on Rameswaram end of the bridge is getting ready.
the cost of around Rs 540 crore, the new Pamban Bridge will facilitate the
movement of ships across the railway bridge. The new link will replace the
iconic Pamban bridge which was India’s first-ever sea bridge opened in 1914.
by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), the new bridge is being constructed
parallel to the old railway bridge. The Railways had said earlier that the
middle portion rises in the new bridge to allow ships to pass through. The work
on the bridge began in February 2020. The new bridge, which is 12.5 meters
above ocean level, will be 3 meters higher than the old one and will have 100
spans across the sea,.
The bridge will allow two ships to cross
it simultaneously. The 72-metre-long vertical lift span can be elevated to
enable the movement of ships or steamers.
bridge using the Scherzer rolling lift technology that is manually operated and
opens horizontally to let the ships pass through. Ships moving from north to
south Tamil nadu coast and vice versa have to wait for days together for the
lift to be operated by the railways leading to indefinite delays. With the
commissioning the new bridge the passage of small ships will be smooth.
navigational span can be lifted up to a height of 17 meter using an
electro-mechanical system, unlike manual operations in the old one. While the
old bridge is a non-electrified track, the new one will be an electrified
railway track. The trains will be able to run at a faster speed on this
dual-track state-of-the-art bridge. It will also allow trains to carry more
The new bridge will solve the problem of
speed restriction of 15 kilometers per hour with the old bridge.
The bridge 100 years old and has a lot of
corrosion. The new bridge will have a speed limit of 65 kmph”. The double track
in the new bridge’s substructure can accommodate “future doubling”.