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Living Root Bridges in the Indian state of Meghalaya

Posted on : 03 Jan 2020

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  • Recently a study published in the journal Scientific Reports stated that the living root bridges (found in Meghalaya) can be considered as a reference point for future botanical architecture projects in urban contexts.
  • Living root bridges (also known as Jing Kieng Jri) are the aerial bridges that are built by weaving and manipulating the roots of the Indian rubber tree.
  • These bridges span between 15 and 250 feet and is built over centuries.
  • A root bridge uses traditional tribal knowledge to train the roots of the Indian rubber tree (found in abundance in the area) to grow laterally across a stream bed resulting in a living bridge of roots.
  • They have been serving as connectors for generations in the Indian state of Meghalaya.
  • These bridges are primarily a means to cross streams and rivers and have also become world-famous tourist attractions. The two most popular tourist spots are- Riwai Root Bridge and Umshiang Double Decker Bridge.
  • These bridges are elastic, can be easily combined, and can grow in rough and rocky soils. 

Article Related Questions

  1. With reference to the Living Root Bridges, consider the following statements
    1.These bridges are built by weaving and manipulating the roots of rubber tree.
    2.Riwai Root Bridge and Umshiang Double Decker Bridge are famous Living Root Bridges situated in the Indian state of Manipur.
    Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : 1 only

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