A video is in circulation claiming Pamban Bridge will be India's first railway sea bridge which will lift vertically whenever needed.
The video claimed that the two-kilometer Pamban Rail Bridge will connect Rameshwaram with Pamban Island. The video also claimed that Prime Minister has laid the foundation for this rail line in March 2019.
This video has been sent to Newsmeter for checking its authenticity.
The claim that India is going to get its first vertical lift railway sea bridge in Pamban is TRUE. A similar video has been shared by Ministry of Railways on October 5, 2020, stating that the 2.07 km long Vertical span New Pamban Bridge will soon become a reality! The new bridge will be a boon for Pilgrims and devotees who wish to embark on a spiritual tour to Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi
Minister of Railways and Commerce, Piyush Goyal also shared this video on his twitter "Good News for Devotees of Ramanathaswamy Temple: Work on India's First Vertical Lift Railway Sea Bridge is in full swing at Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. Foundation stone of this 2 KM long bridge, connecting Rameswaram on Pamban Island & mainland India was laid by PM @NarendraModiji"
This bridge has been in news recently as the construction of this ambitious bridge has started recently.
According to reports, India will soon have its first vertical lift sea Railway Bridge, which is currently under construction in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu. The new Pamban railway bridge is being constructed under Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways. The work of constructing a pillar in the sea to build a vertical lift railway sea bridge has already started in Rameshwaram.
The work of building this bridge began on November 8, 2019, and will likely be completed within the next two years. A first-of-its-kind project for the Indian Railways, this vertical sea bridge would be 2.05 km long. After its inauguration, the bridge will connect the mainland to Pamban island.
The bridge will have India's first vertical launch rail section, which is quite interesting. The Railway Minister took to Twitter and shared an animation video of the vertical lift sea bridge when it will all be done.
Financial express stated: "According to Piyush Goyal chaired Railway Ministry, the upcoming 2.07 km long New Pamban Bridge will be a boon for pilgrims and devotees who wish to embark on a spiritual tour to Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi, in the state of Tamil Nadu. The old Pamban Bridge has played a great role in joining Pamban Island with mainland India. Soon, the old bridge would be replaced by the New Pamban Bridge, which is being constructed at a cost of Rs 280 crores".
According to the officials, the rail bridges were located in a highly corrosive environment, once the new bridge is constructed, the old bridge would be decommissioned and removed as it would be difficult to maintain the steel structure. The project is scheduled to be completed by August 2021, The Hindu said.
So, the claim that India is going to get its first vertical lift railway sea bridge is TRUE. The construction of this bridge has gained momentum after lockdown restrictions were eased. It is scheduled to be completed by August 2021.