The repair work on the
Pamban railway cantileverbridge was completed Wednesday, a
this holy island would resume after safety officials gave the
clearance, Railway officials said here.
A wheel in the century-old bridge that provides the rail
link between Rameswaram and the mainland broke Tuesday
Southern Railway Chief Bridge Engineer Ravindra Babu,
who oversaw the repair work along with the Madurai Divisional
Railway Manager, said the problem had been rectified.
pilgrim centre thronged by people from across the country, and
Pamban would be resumed after safety officials inspect and
give the go ahead, he said.
Trains coming to Rameswaram are now terminated at
Mandapam from where buses have been arranged by the railways
for passengers coming here, Babu said.
The 100-year old meter gauge bridge had been modified
some years ago to operate broad gauge trains and since then
problems have cropped up, he said.
A proposal for a new bridge was pending, he added.
The bridge suffered a snag last month when an iron rope
snapped, affecting movement of ships through it.
The Scherzer span, named after the German engineer
William Donald Scherzer, is a rolling lift that helps the
bridge open up to allow ships to pass.
Constructed in one of the most corrosive environments
of the world, the bridge needs continuous maintenance of its
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