Tamilnadu: Due to strong winds, Southern Railway stopped the operation of trains on Pamban Bridge, will run again after test run
Pamban Bridge: PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Pamban Bridge in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu in March 2019.
Tamilnadu News: Due to strong winds, Southern Railway has stopped the operation of trains on Pamban Bridge. Keeping in view the safety of the passengers, the Southern Railway Madurai Division has issued a red alert for the movement of trains on the Pamban Bridge. According to a statement from Madurai Division of Southern Railway, Southern Railway has restricted trains on Pamban Bridge due to strong winds.
Trains will run again after test run
In fact, with the increase in wind speed in Rameshwaram Island from Thursday, strong winds started blowing in the Pamban Bridge area. Due to which passenger trains from Madurai and Trichy were stopped at Ramanathapuram and express trains from Chennai were not allowed to depart from Rameswaram. As a trial run to ensure safety, a train without passengers was sent from Rameswaram to Pamban Bridge this morning. The Madurai Division of Southern Railway has announced that the trains will run again after the arrival and test run of railway engineers.
In December 2022, RN Singh, General Manager, Southern Railway, reviewed the ongoing rail infrastructure works in the Rameshwaram-Pamban-Dhaushkodi section and the redevelopment plan for Rameshwaram station. Along with this, he inspected the ongoing work to commission the new Pamban bridge. After scrutiny, the General Manager recommended improvements and urged the officers to make concerted efforts to complete the redevelopment works in time.
Pamban railway bridge
Pamban railway bridge is the first vertical lift sea bridge in India. The Pamban bridge has been built at a cost of Rs 250 crore. Pamban Railway Bridge has been developed by Railway Vikas Nigam Limited. This bridge is 2.07 kilometers long.
The Pamban Railway Bridge was built in 1914 to connect Mandapam to Rameshwaram Island in the Gulf of Mannar. It was the only link connecting the two places until the sea link was replaced by a new road bridge in 1988. The flaps of Pamban bridge used to open for ferry movement. The traditional rail bridge, supported on concrete piers, had flaps in the middle that could be raised to allow ships to pass. However, considering the condition of the 105-year-old bridge, the Railway Minister had decided to build a new bridge.