A farmer recently took forward the State’s traditional practice of building root bridges and connects two areas across Umkar river in Cherrapunjee.

 

About Meghalaya’s Living Root Bridge

  • Meghalaya is known for its living root bridges, locally known as jingkieng jri.
  • They are on the tentative list of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
  • Many bridges across the State are over a century old.
  • A living root bridge is like a suspension bridge formed by guiding the pliable roots of the rubber fig tree (Ficus elastica) across a stream or river and allowing the roots to grow and strengthen over time.
  • They are common in the southern part of the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya.