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Lakshman Jhula Closes Down

Lakshman Jhula Closes Down
Laxman Jhula , Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Located in the outskirts of Rishikesh, this suspension bridge across the river Ganges has been shut for tourists

OT Staff
July 20 , 2019
01 Min Read

The iconic Lakshman Jhula has officially been closed much to the dismay of tourists. Located in the outskirts of Rishikesh, this suspension bridge across the river Ganges was built in 1923.  It connected the two villages of Tapovan in Tehri Garhwal district, on the west bank of the river, to Jonk in Pauri Garhwal district, on the east bank. The 284-feet-long bridge used to swing slightly due to which it was named ‘Jhula’ (swing).

Lack of maintenance has led to many parts of the bridge to be in a "fail" and "collapse" condition. Hence a team of experts recommended that it be closed for public. The bridge can no longer sustain heavy load. There has been a rise in traffic and pedestrian movement along the bridge in recent times and the towers appear to be leaning towards one side. The decision was taken by the government keeping the risk and safety of the visitors in mind. 

The PWD department has sealed the entrances of the bridge from both sides with iron sheet and girders despite vigorous opposition by the locals. The police force has been deployed on site to control the situation. Owing to the closure people will now have to add 2 kilometres to their travel in order to cross the river via Ram Jhula.

The Lakshman Jhula is an important part of Uttarakhand’s cultural heritage and the Chief Minister has promised to take steps for its preservation. Plans are also in place for an alternate bridge to be built for the convenience of the citizens. 

According to popular mythology Lakshmana, the brother of Lord Rama, crossed the Ganges on jute ropes at the place where the bridge is currently built.

 

 


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