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THE 94-year-old Pamban Railway Bridge, is being pulled down for broad gauge conversion. Its being replaced with a similar `Bascule bridge', which can `open up' in the middle, in order to allow ships to pass through. People manually rotate levers that cause the two `leaves' of the `span' to be yanked away, so that the middle section of the bridge opens up. Each of the two `leaves' weighs about 200 tonne.
The 6,776-foot Pamban Bridge was opened for traffic in 1914. It stands over the Palk Straits connecting Mandapam and the island of Rameshwaram at the very tip of India. The spans — the mid portion that opens up — were fabricated in England, brought to India in pieces and assembled here. About 10 ships — cargo carriers, coast guard ships, fishing vessels and oil tankers — pass through the bridge every month.
At the background you can see the longest sea bridge in India. Its length is near 2.3 km (2345 meters)...
People who cross this bridge also stop near the bascule bridge for a photo session. Pamban bridge refers to both the road as well as the rail bridge.

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  • Copyright: Raj Vee (rajvee) (11)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2007-04-06
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposition: f/5.0
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  • Date Submitted: 2007-07-17 10:18
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