Bridge to us means a construction made out of dead materials be it stone, wood or concrete but in Meghalaya, a northern state of india bridges are very much alive, made of living roots, that are grown or made to grow. The original architects of this natural bridge technology are the forefathers of the Khasi tribe, one of the three major tribes in this hill state. Though this ancient technology appears to be theoretically simple practically it is very difficult as it takes a long time to grow a root bridge.
Roots of the rubber tree are the pavements for these natural bridges in the thick forests of Khasi Hills district. Strong secondary roots of this rubber tree are manipulated to grow horizontally through the tunnels of hollowed betel nut trunks across the fast flowing rivers.
These bridges take ten to fifteen years to grow into a firm bridge. These…
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