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Pamban bridge snag rectified; Train services to resume after

Press Trust of India  |  Rameswaram (TN) 

The repair work on the railway cantileverbridge was completed Wednesday, a day after it suffered a minor damage, but 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 and the mainland broke Tuesday evening, leading to cancellation of from here.

Ravindra Babu, who oversaw the repair work along with the Madurai Divisional Railway Manager, said the problem had been rectified.

But, between Rameswaram, an important pilgrim centre thronged by people from across the country, and would be resumed after safety officials inspect and give the go ahead, he said.

Trains coming to 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 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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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 18:45 IST