You are here: Home » Budget » Railway Budget » Top Stories
Business Standard

Railway dept to spend Rs 25 cr for 101-year old Pamban bridge

Old famed Pamban viaduct's full scherzer lift span and the girders to replaced

BS Reporter  |  Chennai 

Pamban Road and Rail Bridge

The Railways has decided to replace the 101-year-old Pamban bridge’s key structural elements with an outlay of around Rs 25 crore.

Work on the bridge’s span section meant for improving safety, would be taken up at an estimated Rs 19.50 crore. An amount of Rs 1 crore has been earmarked for this in 2015-16. The existing 16 girders on the bridge would also be replaced at an estimated Rs 5.23 crore, and Rs 1 crore has been allocated for this for the next one year..

Read our full coverage on Union Budget

The 2.065-km cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait, connecting Rameswaram on Pamban Island to mainland India, started operations in 1914. It was considered to be the country’s first sea bridge and was the longest sea bridge till 2010.

“All members (parts) are now severely corroded and need replacement. During the lifting and lowering of the bridge, hardship is being experienced because of excessive wear and tear of gear in the span section. It is therefore essential to replace the 16 most-corroded girders,” said the summary of Railways Works, Machinery Rolling Stock Programme for 2015-16.

Strengthening and modification of the girders for broad gauge standard was done during 2007. Structurally, the bridge rests on concrete piers and has a double leaf bascule section midway, which can be raised to let ships and barges pass through.

AIADMK chief welcomes for no fare hike

AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa today welcomed Railway for not raising the passenger segment fares even as she was disappointed the state did not get new trains.

In a statement, she said, “I am happy the Railway Minister has spared the common people and not levied any increase in the passenger rail fares this year”.

She welcomed the minister's proposal to achieve a substantial improvement in the operating ratio in the coming fiscal year through a slew of efficiency measures.

However, Jaya said, “It is disappointing to note the Railway Minister has not made the customarily much-awaited announcements regarding the introduction of new trains.

The travelling public eagerly looks forward to such announcements and would no doubt feel short-changed”.

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Thu, February 26 2015. 20:31 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU