SIVASAGAR: Veer Lachit Sena, Assam, Sivasagar District Committee on Monday submitted a memorandum to Sivasagar Deputy Commissioner demanding steps to preserve the historic stone bridge over River Namdang known as ‘Namdang Xila Xaaku’ in Sivasagar district.
They said that the historic Xila Xaaku, which was built during the Ahom era in 1703 by Swargadeo Rudra Singha, was facing threat as it was taking the load of tonnes of vehicles every day. They requested the Sivasagar district administration to take immediate steps to preserve the bridge which is part of the National Highway 37 at present. The bridge is also responsible for connecting Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts to the rest of the country.
According to history, Swargadeo Rudra Singha called the architect of the bridge from Cooch Behar. The bridge was constructed using flat or globular stones or cobbles (collected from river beds) and bricks, which were cemented using an organic mix of fish, egg, molasses, pulses, rice and lime, among others ‘ingredients. The top of the bridge is little curved in shape so that the load distributes to the edges of the bridge. The top of the bridge is supposed to have been made from a single piece of stone. The bridge is about 60 metres in length, 6 metres in width and 1.7 metre in height.
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