The Indian Railways has started constructing the first pillar in the sea for the country’s first vertical lift railway sea bridge – the Pamban rail bridge. The development work on the advanced bridge is underway at Pamban in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu.
The vertical lift railway sea bridge is expected to be constructed within the next two years. The new Pamban bridge is a first-of-its-kind project for the Indian Railways, having a 2.05 km long stretch, connecting Mandapam in Tamil Nadu to Rameswaram at the Pamban island. It is set to be India’s first vertical lift rail bridge over the sea.
The sea bridge is being developed by Railway Vikas Nigam (RVNL) at the cost of Rs 250 crores. The foundation stone for the project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2019 at Kanyakumari. The bridge will allow the Indian Railways to operate trains at a higher speed with heavier luggage. It will also increase traffic between the mainland of Pamban and Rameswaram