Work on a new 2.05 km long Pamban Rail Bridge, over the sea, which will connect Rameswaram to the mainland in Tamil Nadu, began on Friday. A ‘bhoomi pooja’ was performed to mark the inauguration of the construction work on the bridge to be built by the Railway Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL).
- The foundation stone for the bridge was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kanyakumari in March 2019.
- Officials said, the new bridge would help the railways operate trains at higher speed, weight and increase the volume of traffic between the mainland Pamban and Rameswaram, thronged by devotees from across the country.
- The work would be completed in 2 years.
- The Southern Railways operates trains from Rameswaram to various parts of the country.
- An official said, arrangements have been made to carry on the construction work even during the rainy season.
- All equipment required for the work have been brought to nearby Pamban.
- The new bridge would have 101 piers with a vertical lift facility to open and close the middle portion to allow passage of ships and steamers.
- Officials said earlier, the Scherzer span in the existing bridge is operated manually to allow ships, while the proposed facility would have electro-mechanical controlled systems which will be interlocked with train control systems.