India’s 1st Vertical Sea Bridge Is Now Almost Ready To Replace This 105-Year Old Bridge
Indian Railways is now planning to open the bridge between Rameswaram and Tamil Nadu for operations from March next year!
The construction of the Pamban bridge is already underway.
Indian Railways To Restart Pamban Bridge Between Rameswaram And Tamil Nadu
The new bridge will be able to help the national transporter operate trains at a comparatively higher speed, carry more weight and also increase the volume of traffic between Pamban and Rameswaram.
The new 2.05 km Pamban railway bridge in Mandapam is 105 years old. It also is reportedly India’s first vertical-lift bridge connecting Rameswaram in Arabian Sea to mainland India to allow ships and steamers to pass through without any objection.
The bridge will cost as much Rs. 250 crore and will have a 63 meter stretch which will be lifted up and will still remain parallel to the deck. This will allow access to the ships.
The current bridge was based on the ‘Scherzer’ rolling lift technology, wherein the bridge opens up horizontally and lets ships pass through. Whereas, in the new bridge, a 63 metre section will lift upwards and yet remain parallel to the deck. For this, sensors will be set up on each end.
New Pamban Bridge To Be Built For Double Line
The bridge will also have 100 spans of 18.3 m and one navigational span of 63m. It will also be higher than the existing bridge by three metres with navigational air clearance of 22 metre above sea level. Additionally, because of the vertical lift, the full horizontal width of 63 m will be available for navigation.
As per reports, the substructure of the bridge will be built for double line, and the navigational span will be too. The bridge will also be designed keeping in mind the railways’ plan of electrification.
We also reported that the tallest pier bridge has been planned to be built in the North East of India. The Northeast Frontier Railway Construction Organisation will be constructing the tallest pier bridge in the world in the North-Eastern state of Manipur, near Noney. This bridge is a part of a Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal new broad gauge rail line project of the Indian Railways and this rail line is 111 kilometers long.
This bridge is a part of the Indian Railways’ efforts to make sure the transportation of people living in remote areas, and traveling from one place to another is a huge issue. Also, there are about 45 tunnels in this rail line project.