Beautiful Photos Of India's First Vertical Lift Sea Bridge, The New Pamban Bridge

The new Pamban bridge, which will connect the Arabian Sea island of Rameswaram to the mainland, will replace the present 104-year-old structure.

Beautiful Photos Of India's First Vertical Lift Sea Bridge, The New Pamban Bridge
Beautiful Photos Of India's First Vertical Lift Sea Bridge, The New Pamban Bridge

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw posted photos of the new Pamban bridge in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, on Twitter today. This is India's first vertical lift railway sea bridge, and it should be operational by March of next year. The new 2-kilometre-long bridge will replace the present 104-year-old structure that connects the Arabian Sea island of Rameswaram to the mainland. The bridge will have a 63-metre stretch, which will lift vertically to allow passage to small ships. In the images shared by Mr Vaishnaw, we can see workers and machinery deployed at the site under a clear, blue sky.

The Ministry of Railways has already released some photos of the new Pamban bridge on Twitter. "This dual-track state-of-the-art bridge will be the country's first vertical lift railway sea bridge and is slated to be finished by March 2022," the ministry said, describing it as an engineering wonder. 

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi lay the foundation stone in March of that year, the building began on November 9, 2019. Railways hope that the new bridge, which is expected to cost over 250 crores, will allow them to run trains at higher speeds, carry more weight, and improve traffic volume.

The bridge will have 101 piers and will be three metres taller than the current one, allowing ships to pass with better navigational air clearance. 

The existing Pamban bridge, which opened in 1914, was India's first sea bridge. It took three years to build and had the distinction of being India's longest sea bridge until the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai, Maharashtra, opened in 2010.