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In Uttarakhand, a 90 ft ecobridge built for reptiles to cross over

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Dehradun, Nov 30: In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the Uttarakhand Forest Department has built a 90-foot-long ecobridge across a busy road in Ramnagar forest division of Nainital district to help reptiles cross the busy jungle road without getting crushed by vehicles.

In Uttarakhand, a 90 ft ecobridge built for reptiles to cross over

The bridge was made up of bamboo, jute, and grasses was built over a period of 10 days at a cost of Rs 2 lakh across the two-lane Kaladhungi-Nainital highway, Indian Express reported.

The 5-foot wide, 40-feet high structure can take the weight of three adult humans.

It was built to provide a safe passage for the reptiles from the vehicles coming from both sides.

The bridge will have four camera traps for monitoring purposes and it will be studied as a model by the Forest Department, Ramnagar Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Chandra Sekhar Joshi told the Indian Express.

In Uttarakhand, a 90 ft ecobridge built for reptiles to cross over
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    The jungle, which is the home to many reptiles including pythons and monitor lizards is next to the highway to Nainital is a very busy one and a large number of vehicles ply on it during the tourist season.

    Besides it being used by reptiles, the forest department hopes even leopards will use it to cross the area.

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