Travelling To Rishikesh? Laxman Jhula Is Closed Now For Renovation

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
 Travelling To Rishikesh? Laxman Jhula Is Closed Now For Renovation

Laxman Jhula is one of the oldest and most visited ones in Rishikesh. It is one of the most popular attractions in Rishikesh. It is 450 feet long and is built over the holy river Ganga. If you are visiting Rishikesh anytime now, then we regret to inform you that you will not be able to visit the famous Laxman Jhula. The reason is that the Jhula is closed for renovation. 

Immediate Closure Of The Bridge

It has been more than 90 years since the Laxman Jhula was first built and it is an iconic landmark in the Yoga Capital.  Construction of the bridge began in 1927 and it is also considered to be the first Jeepable Bridge in Uttar Pradesh. Recently all the vehicular movements on the bridge have ceased for the time being. A Public Works Department (PWD) report noted the “distressed condition” of the bridge, prompting the state government to ban all vehicular movements. Since this is the most popular site in town, tourists are disappointed as it will be closed for an indefinite amount of time.

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Need Of The Hour

The bridge will be open to pedestrians but in a limited number. Laxman Jhula‘s closure will, in addition to its attractiveness to tourists, result in an additional two-kilometre commute between Tehri and Pauri Garhwal. In light of the upcoming Kanwar Mela, where pilgrims will flock in droves to the site and, therefore, increase the risk of an accident, halting vehicular movement seemed like the right move. As an alternative to the iconic site, Trivendra Singh Rawat states that a new bridge will be built shortly to shoulder the traffic more adequately.

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