Centenary celebrations of bridge likely on February 24, 2014

The Southern Railway has awarded a consultancy project to the Indian Institute of Technology–Madras to assess the strength of Pamban rail bridge, India’s first cantilever bridge, completing 100 years on February 24, 2014, and suggest the need for a new bridge, G.Narayanan, Additional General Manager, Southern Railway has said.

Talking to reporters here on Friday, Mr.Narayanan who was here to discuss the arrangements for the centenary celebrations of the world famous bridge said besides assessing the strength of the bridge, the IIT–Madras experts would suggest whether to build a new bride adjacent to the existing bridge with a split span (Scherzarspan) for navigation.