Meghalaya’s Living Root Bridge is moving towards global recognition
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Living root bridge or Jing King Zree The northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya is included UNESCO Provisional List As an initial step towards the status of a prestigious World Heritage Site.
I got it South MeghalayaThe original bridge is made by the original weaving of Indian rubber by the Khasi and Jaintia castes (Ficus elastica) Tree in suspension bridges over rivers. These strong bridges span 15 to 250 feet and can take up to 10 to 15 years to reach full shape. Most of them have a single span but some have more than one, such as the famous Umshiang double-decker route bridge.
Built over many centuries, root bridges come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Various techniques have been used to chisel these strange bridges over rivers and streams. Occasionally, the roots are simply hand-pulled and twisted to merge with each other for the desired structure. They are also carved by making frames out of wood and bamboo, and then training the young roots in this temporary structure. The roots are raised until they are able to bear the weight of the people walking on them.
Meghalaya’s living original bridge is the eighth addition to India’s provisional list of northeastern destinations, which includes eight border states. The next step would be to submit them for consideration by the World Heritage Committee. The government’s proposal to include these sites in the World Heritage Site category could be rejected by UNESCO as Majuli Island in East Assam.
The government should be able to justify that the site is endowed with “excellent universal value” for inclusion in the popular category. A total of 72 villages in South Meghalaya with live root bridges have been forwarded by the government and are now listed. UNESCO.
The government has outlined Five aspects The bridges to establish their “excellent universal value” have been cited by the UN agency.
These bridges embark on a distinctive ethnic-vegetative journey embedded in the deep “culture-nature reciprocity and synthesis” that suggests a masterpiece of human creative genius. They also reveal a critical survival practice developed through experiments that demonstrate ‘significant success’ in nature-based design and engineering. The bridge reflects the integration of many aspects of local culture, such as traditional crafts and agriculture, soil, water and forest conservation, climate response and resilience to climate change, and a distinct social system of Khasi-Jain communities, including legislation of inheritance and succession. And village based governance.
In addition, the government believes that the bridge is in the spirit of a collective tribal identity and co-operation nurtured by ancient Khasi beliefs, code of ethics and rules of etiquette.
Finally, bridges have been found to promote inclusive growth processes across multiple generations with high levels of strength and longevity in extreme conditions. They also have a therapeutic effect on the surrounding land, water and forest.