The Pamban Bridge
()a type of cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait
on Pamban Island
to mainland India
. It refers to both the road bridge and the cantilever
railway bridge, though primarily it means the latter. It was India's first sea bridge. It is the second longest sea bridge
in India (after Bandra-Worli Sea Link
) at a length of about 2.3 km.
The railway bridge is and was opened for traffic in 1914. The railroad bridge is a still-functioning double-leaf bascule bridge
section that can be raised to let ships pass under the bridge.
The railway bridge historically carried metre-gauge trains on it, but Indian Railways
upgraded the bridge to carry broad-gauge trains in a project that finished Aug. 12, 2007. Until recently, the two leaves of the bridge were opened manually using levers by workers. About 10 ships — cargo carriers, coast guard ships, fishing vessels and oil tankers — pass through the bridge every month. From the elevated two-lane road bridge, adjoining islands and the parallel rail bridge below can be viewed.
As per chronicles of Kutch Gurjar Kshatriya
community, mentioned in their book - Nanji Bapa Ni Nondh Pothi. The erection and construction of Pamban Bridge was done by Mistri
Manji Daya Wegad with Lakhu Devji Vegad both of Anjar
, Varjang Hirji of Nagalpar
and Gangji Narayan of Khedoi
. Together built the Railway lines and Pamban Bridge over creek of Rameshwaram to Pamban... Read More