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This 105 Year Old Bridge Is Soon To Be Replaced By India’s First Vertical Sea Bridge

In March next year, Indian Railways plans to open the Rameswaram-Tamil Nadu bridge for traffic!

Pamban bridge construction has already begun.

The Indian Railways will reopen the Pamban Bridge between Rameswaram and Tamil Nadu

The new bridge will help the national transporter operate trains at a comparatively faster speed, carry more weight, and increase traffic between Pamban and Rameswaram.

In Mandapam, the new 2.05 km Pamban railway bridge is 105 years old. Rameswaram in the Arabian Sea is reportedly India’s first vertical-lift bridge, allowing ships and steamers to pass through without opposition.

The bridge will cost as much Rs. 250 crore and will have a 63 meter stretch lifted up and will remain parallel to the deck. This will allow access to the ships.

In the current bridge, ships can pass through via the ‘Scherzer’ rolling lift technology, which opens the bridge horizontally. A 63 metre section of the new bridge will lift upwards and remain parallel to the deck. Sensors will be installed at both ends of the bridge.

New Pamban Bridge To Be Built For Double Line

In addition, the bridge will have 100 spans of 18.3 m and one navigation span of 63 m. It will also be three metres higher than the existing bridge with a clearance of 22 metres above sea level. Due to the vertical lift, the full horizontal width of 63 m will be available for navigation.

There have been reports that the substructure of the bridge will be built for double lines, as well as the navigation span. The bridge will also be designed with railway electrification in mind.

In addition, India is planning to build the world’s tallest pier bridge in the North East. The Northeast Frontier Railway Construction Organisation is building the tallest pier bridge in the world in the North-Eastern state of Manipur, near Noney. The bridge is part of the 111-kilometer long Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal broad gauge rail line being constructed by the Indian Railways.

In India, in remote areas, people have trouble getting to work and traveling is a major issue. Indian Railways built this bridge as part of its effort to assist them. The rail line project also includes 45 tunnels.

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