Rameswaram-Dhanushkodi railway line destroyed in 1964, to be restored


After successful completion of several important projects one after another, the new master plan of Southern Railway to connect Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu with rail link is ready.

According to the new proposal sent by the zonal office to the Ministry of Railways, Rameshwaram and Dhanushkodi are to be connected again by the railway line, so tourists coming to Rameswaram will have an easier option to reach Dhanushkodi.

Giving detailed information about it to ANI, Hridayesh Kumar, Divisional Engineer, Madurai Division, said that this line was destroyed due to the tsunami in 1964. Now the government has offered to rebuild it. I stand at Dhanushkodi station. Under the new proposal, there will be 13 kilometers of elevated track from the ground within the 18 kilometer line. This station has both touristic and religious importance and therefore attracts tourism here.”

Talking about the new rail link plan, Deputy Executive Engineer of Madurai Division, Anand said the railways are planning to revamp this station and connect it to the new broad gauge and power line. It will be an 18 km line starting from Rameswaram and will have 3 stopping stations and a terminal station. We hope that the number of tourists will increase here too. We are in the process of redeveloping the Rameswaram station.”

Geographically, Dhanushkodi sits at the tip of Pamban Island, separated from the mainland by the Palk Strait.

Notably, until December 1964, Dhanushkodi was a popular station, which was directly connected to Mandapam station in Tamil Nadu. At that time, Dhanushkodi station was an important contact point between Ceylon in Sri Lanka and Mandapam in India, when a train was also called Boat Mail. But this entire rail link was destroyed in the Tsumani which struck on December 22-23, 1964. During this time hundreds of passengers as well as train staff were killed. Since then, no attention has been paid to reconnecting Dhanushkodi to the rail link. However, as per the proposal, the government is now set to restore this rail link which will prove to be a milestone in the history of Southern Railways and will cost over Rs 700 crores.

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