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Ministry of Railways photos of old Pamban bridge offer ‘exhilarating views’

The Ministry of Railways has shared stunning photos of the old Pamban Bridge on Twitter. Taking to social media, the Ministry of Railways on Wednesday released a group of photos of the old Pamban Bridge along with glimpses of the new bridge. The bridge connects Rameswaram Island to the mainland of Tamil Nadu.

While sharing the photos, the ministry wrote, “Gorgeous blue skies complementing the Great Pamban Bridge! Exhilarating views of the Rameswaram-Madurai passenger train crossing the old bridge, the piers of the new Pamban Bridge under construction (Tamil Nadu) are also visible.

Many users commented on the tweet with excitement and surprise. One of the users said that this route was on his wish list, while another showed his desire to see more of the past. Various users praised the scenic beauty and said what a view it was.

For the uninitiated, it has been said that the old Pamban Bridge was built in 1914 and was India’s first sea bridge. It was the longest existing bridge until 2010, after which the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai, Maharashtra got the title. It took three years to complete the construction. The old Pamban Bridge is a conventional bridge with a double-leaf weighbridge that can be raised to allow ships and other vessels to pass.

Now the government is replacing the old bridge with a new 2 km long bridge. The new bridge will rise vertically above to allow small vessels to easily cross the sea.

Earlier, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw shared the images of the new bridge which was expected to become functional by March this year.

The new bridge will be three meters higher than the current one and will have 101 piers. The foundations of the bridge were laid in 2019 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The cost of the new bridge is around Rs. 280 crores.

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