Indian Railways to build country’s first vertical-lift bridge connecting Rameswaram with mainland India by train

Indian Railways to build country’s first vertical-lift bridge connecting Rameswaram with mainland India by train

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Date of Post: 28 Dec, 2018

New Delhi: Railways will build the country’s first vertical-lift bridge connecting Rameswaram in Arabian Sea to mainland India by train. It will allow ships and steamers to pass through without any hinderance, replacing the existing 104-year-old Pamban bridge, a senior official said.

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  • The official said, more than 2 km-long bridge, which is likely to cost around Rs 250 crore, will have a 63-metre stretch which will lift up while remaining parallel to the deck to allow access to the ships.
  • It will be ready in the next 4 years, and along with the new railway link between Rameswaram in Pamban Island and Dhanuskodi.
  • On Monday, the bridge was approved for construction by the railways.
  • The existing bridge having a total length of 2,058 Meter has already served 104 years and needs to be replaced since it is almost non-operational.
  • Another official said,”While this bridge has the ‘Scherzer’ rolling lift technology in which the bridge opens up horizontally, to let ships pass through, in the new one, a 63 metre section will lift vertically upwards remaining parallel to the deck. It will be done using sensors at each end.”
  • The new bridge will have 100 spans of 18.3 Meter and 1 navigational span of 63 Meter.
  • It will be 3 meter higher than the existing bridge with navigational air clearance of 22 meter above the sea level.
  • Because of the vertical lift, full horizontal width of 63 Meter will be available for navigation.
  • The substructure of the bridge will be built for double line and the navigational span will also have provision for double line.
  • The official said that the whole bridge including navigational span will be designed keeping in mind the railways’ plan of electrification.
  • In comparison to manual operation and control systems, the new bridge will have electro mechanical controlled systems which will be interlocked with train control systems.
  • He said, “Many other new technologies like stainless steel reinforcement, composite sleepers and long life painting system to name a few have been considered in planning of the bridge.”

To know more about recent developments of Railways –

27 Dec, 2018: Adani Ports delivers 50 GE locomotives to Indian Railways

24 Dec, 2018: Railways gets 17 awards at ‘National Energy Conservation awards 2018’

20 Dec, 2018: ICF rolls out first ever Self Propelled Inspection Car (SPIC) for Indian Railways


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