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Railways To Complete India’s First Vertical Lift Sea Bridge in Tamil Nadu

Current Affairs

  • Indian Railways began the construction work on the new 2.05 km Pamban railway bridge in Mandapam. 
  • This will connect Rameswaram to the mainland in Pamban in Tamil Nadu and will be operational from March next year.  
  • This dual-track state-of-the-art bridge is all set to become India’s first Vertical Lift Railway Sea Bridge.
  • The cost of the bridge will be around ₹250 crores. The bridge will have a 63 metre stretch which will lift up while remaining parallel to the deck to allow access to the ships.
  • The bridge is located 12.5 metre above sea level and is 6,776 ft (2,065 m) long. This bridge is planned to be constructed in automotive mode, allowing two ships to pass this bridge at the same time.
  • In comparison to existing manual operation and control, the new bridge will have manual operation and control systems which will be interlocked with the train control system.
  • Other than this, the new bridge will have many other new technologies like stainless steel reinforcement, composite sleeper and a long-life painting system.

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