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.