For the first time, the Pamban Railway Bridge, which was carrying the train in the sea surface over the centuries now on a long retirement. In the year 2013, the train service was cancelled for 7 days due to a boat hit the bridge. But now the train service has been halted indefinitely.
The Pamban Bridge is a bridge that connects the Rameswaram island to the Ramanathapuram district with an impressive view of about 3km long with 144 pillars in the middle of the ocean. During British rule on the day 24th of February, 1914, the first train service was started in this bridge.
First, travel from Chennai to Danushkodi by train and from there travelled by a small ship Talaimannar and then again travel by train back to Colombo. The British called it a boat mail service.
In 1964, this Pamban bridge was damaged by a storm that hits Dhanushkodi. The bridge was reopened after 45 days maintenance. In 2007, the railway service was suspended and resumed when the Madurai-Rameshwaram broad gauge was set up. On January 13, 2013, the bridge was collapsed on the Indian Navy's cruise ship. The train was stopped for 7 days to repair the damage.
In this situation, on December 4, the lift bridge gets cracked when it was opened for boats to cross the bridge. Following this, all the trains from and to Rameswaram cancelled until further notice. So far all the trains departed from Rameswaram will now start from Mandapam railway station announced southern railway. The special bus service has been arranged for the passengers to travel from Mandapam to Rameswaram.
When asked to Madurai Division Manager Ninu about How many more days after the Island and the mainland bridge rail service to begin. He said the maintenance work of the bridge will complete on this month end, but the train service is not sure when it starts.