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Posted on Jan 14, 02:43PM | IBNS
The Pamban Rail Bridge on the Palk Strait, that connects Rameswaram on Pamban Island of Tamil Nadu to mainland India for almost a century, has been hit by a naval barge that went adrift close to it, here on Sunday.
According to initial reports, the collision did not cause major damage to the rail bridge that is trying to capture the UNESCO's attention for acquiring the heritage status of the same, media reports said.
Railway PRO Mr Venugopal, based in Madurai told NDTV: "The damage seems minor and we are looking into it; hopefully it shouldn't take long to set it right."
Due to the bad weather conditions, the ship, that was towing a naval barge from Kolkata to a port near Mumbai, at first went aground hitting rocks on the Jan 10.
Despite being a still-functioning double-leaf bascule (movable) bridge section, that can be raised to let ships pass under the bridge, it seems that the disaster was inevitable as the vessel remained stuck just 50 metres away from the rail bridge, reports said.