Q. Consider the following statements regarding Living root bridges:
1. Secondary root systems of the trees are weaved together to form these bridges.
2. They are built by Khasi and Jaintia comunities.
Which of the above statements is/are incorrect?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: D

Both statements are correct 

  • Meghalaya region has some of the highest rainfall in the world. When the monsoon comes, the rivers rushing by take out all the bridges, except for the living root bridges grown by the Khasi and Jaintia people. 
  • These are built out of rubber fig trees planted near rivers by the community. They train the trees to grow across rivers and then, using bamboo scaffolding, they weave their secondary root systems together — after some years, you get a living root bridge. There are about 30 such bridges today and these were the most structurally efficient system possible