Why in news?
The Uttarakhand government has decided to build a bridge across the Ganga in Rishikesh as an alternative to the iconic Lakshman Jhula which was closed due to safety reasons.
- The bridge was closed on Friday on the recommendation of a team of experts from IIT-Roorkee. They had recommended immediate closure of the bridge to all traffic and pedestrian movement.
Why a new bridge?
- The bridge was in a dilapidated condition and not capable of sustaining the load of traffic and that its closure was the only option left.
- Keeping the bridge open to traffic could have been risky, especially in view of the upcoming Kanwar Mela during which thousands of devotees cross it daily, he said.
About the Lakshman Jhula
- Built-in 1923 over the Ganga in Rishikesh, Lakshman Jhula is located 5 km northeast of the town and connects the two villages of Tapovan in Tehri district on the western bank of the river and Jonk in Pauri district.
- Laxman Jhula is a 450 feet long iron suspension bridge
- It was named after the Hindu mythological character Lakshman as it stands where he is said to have crossed the river with the help of jute.
- Lakshman Jhula is Uttrakhand’s cultural heritage