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New Pamban Bridge: India’s first vertical lift railway sea bridge is near completion; 84 per cent of work done

The construction work of India’s first vertical lift railway sea bridge-New Pamban Bridge-is near completion, informed the Ministry of Railways, on Thursday. The total length of the bridge is 2.078 Km. 

“84 per cent of the work is completed and track laying work is in progress. Fabrication of Vertical Lift Span girder is nearing completion and assembling a platform for the vertical lift span on the Rameswaram end of the bridge is getting ready,” informed the ministry.

New Pamban Bridge is parallel to the existing iconic Pamban Bridge at a 27.35m distance on the Northern side of the Pamban Channel. In February 2020, work started and is being done round the clock from the Rameshwaram end.

Across the sea, the reconstructed bridge will have 100 spans (99 spans will be 18.3m, and one span will be 72.5m). The new bridge will be 3 m higher than the existing bridge, and the total estimated cost is Rs 279.63 crore, said the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited’s website rvnl.org.

As per rvnl.org, the bridge was expected to be completed in December 2021.

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Specialty of New Pamban Bridge

The 72m long vertical lift span will be the specialty of this iconic bridge. This will allow the lifting of the span by 17m to permit ships to pass from below the lifted bridge. For a double track, the vertical lift span will be constructed. 

It is pertinent to mention here that for many years old Pamban Bridge was the only link between mainland India and Pamban Island, which is also called Rameshwaram Island. In other words, this railway bridge provided connectivity to a remote part of India.

Rameshwaram is a popular tourist and pilgrimage destination, as it has the famous Rameshwaram Temple and one of the 12 Jyotirlingas.

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