Meghalaya’s Root bridges nominated for national award
Meghalaya’s unique living root bridges have been nominated for the National Innovation Foundation (NIF)’s Award for grassroots innovation and outstanding traditional knowledge.
This was revealed at a press conference to announce the holding of the Regional Innovators Conclave organized as part of the National Science Day (NSD) to be held here from February 28 to March 3.
Organized by the State Council of Science, Technology & Environment (SCSTE) in collaboration with the Shillong Science Centre and Meghalaya Basin Development Authority, the science festival will be held at State Central Library.
Around 40 indigenous innovations will also be showcased during the event, which will be inaugurated by deputy chief minister RC Laloo, and NIF officials will make a selection of these for certification.
“The living root bridges as a community innovation have been nominated for the prestigious award by the NIF,” MBDA Knowledge Service Division senior manager Wankit Kupar Swer told reporters.
He said that the process of identifying at least eight villages that still actively practice conserving these living root bridges has been done and these include Nongwet, Nongriat, Nongblai, Padu among others.
According to him, the award will further promote the importance of preserving and conserving the bridges.
Two individuals from Meghalaya had earlier received this award for their unique innovations – the late C Shullai from Jaintia Hills, who was the inventor of the first ‘Eco-Friendly Crematorium’. and KD Kharkongor for his ‘Pest Trap’.