Coming soon: India’s first vertical lift sea rail bridge in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu


Coming soon: India’s first vertical lift sea rail bridge in Rameshwaram

India will soon have its first vertical lift sea railway bridge, which is currently under construction in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu. The new Pamban railway bridge is being constructed under Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways. The work of constructing a pillar in the sea to build a vertical lift railway sea bridge has already started in Rameshwaram.

The work of building this bridge began onNovember 8, 2019, and will likely be completed within the next two years. A first-of-its-kind project for the Indian Railways, this vertical sea bridge would be 2.05 km long. After its inauguration, the bridge will connect the mainland to Pamban island.

The bridge will have India’s first vertical launch rail section, which is quite interesting. The Railway Minister took to Twitter and shared an animation video of the vertical lift sea bridg,e when it will all be done.

In his tweet, the minister wrote, “Good News For Devotees of Ramanathaswamy Temple: Work on India’s First Vertical Lift Railway Sea Bridge is in full swing at Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. Foundation stone of this 2 KM long bridge, connecting Rameswaram on Pamban island & mainland India, was laid by PM @NarendraModi ji”

Apparently, the foundation stone of this bridge was laid in March 2019 by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kanyakumari. The bridge will help the Indian Railways’ trains to run at a higher speed, with more weight on the route. In addition, it will also maximise the traffic volume between the mainland of Pamban and Rameswaram island, which has a huge religious significance.

The Pamban sea bridge project is worth INR 250 crore.

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