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PTI rameswaram India
Updated: 05-12-2018 18:41 IST

The repair work on the

Pamban railway cantileverbridge was completed Wednesday, a

day after it suffered a minor damage, but train services to

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

evening, leading to cancellation of train services from here.

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.

But, train services between Rameswaram, an important

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

metallic parts.

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