Regd. Office: Revathi Bhavan, Edathala P O, ALUVA-683561. Reg.No.: ER 18/10 of 2010 Telephone No.: 0484-2837414


The Cochin Natural History Society is a non-profit making, non-political charitable institution registered under the Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955. This is a society of amateur naturalists who live in harmony with nature and seek to protect and to preserve the biodiversity and healthy natural environment. The mandate of the society is to undertake studies and documentation of biodiversity around us and to draw attention to the aesthetic, economic, scientific and conservation aspects.The society also intends to provide a platform to those who are concerned to come together and share, enlarge and correct our knowledge about Nature and its magnificence. Any person, who has a love, interest and commitment towards conservation of our biodiversity and natural history may become a member of the society*.

"You can know the names of a bird in all languages of the world,but when you are finished ,
You will know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird.....
So let`s look at the bird and see what it`s doing --that`s what counts.
I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something."

-Nobel Laureate Richard P Feynman(1918-1988)

Thursday, April 11, 2019

An Appeal to the Management of HMT Ltd., Kalamassery Unit for protecting the Wooded areas of HMT Campus

General Technical Manager
HMT Limited,
Machine Tools Division,
HMT Colony P.O.
Kalamassery 683 503,
Ernakulam Dist.

Dear Sir,

Sub:-Film shooting at HMT Estate, Kalamassery- Disturbances to the area caused by the Film Unit.Reg

At the outset, we wish to thank you and the company for maintaining excellent green cover in your Kalamassery estate which comprise of diverse habitats like evergreen forests, shrub forests, grass lands, wetlands etc. Because of such a nature friendly eco system maintained by the company around 200 species of birds have been recorded by researchers and bird watchers from Kalamassery .The area is also rich in other flora and fauna. This green cover coupled with wet lands has also protected the water table of Kalamassery from going down and in fact there are wells in Kalamassery which supply drinking water to Cochin City. This has also helped in maintaining a lower atmospheric  temperature level in Kalamassery.The Kerala Forest Department has also recognized the bird diversity of Kalamasssery by releasing a poster ) mentioning 191 species of birds, including many endangered species.

In this context, we note with concern that some areas of the estate has been let out for film shooting and the people working for putting up sets for the film are doing so with total disregard for environment, cutting down full grown trees, using road rollers to level the terrain, where many tree dwelling and ground feeding birds are active. As per Indian Wild life protection act 1972 most of the birds are listed in under scheduled category and any offence towards listed species, habitat and nest is considered as hunting and punishable even if it occurs in a private land. It is the duty of citizens to bring to the notice of authorities any violation. However when some of our volunteers tried to point out the damage to the workers there, the retort was that they will fire crackers to drive the birds away or light fires and our volunteers cannot question.

Further there has been many wild fires in HMT Estate in recent time necessitating intervention of Fire force and people have to exercise caution while working there. However these film set workers have been smoking recklessly and also using electric cutting tools with sparks flying.

We also understand that these particular film unit has come to your company after they were denied permission by Forest Department in another area.

In view of the above we request your good selves to prevail upon these film people to exercise restraint and to be cautious in working this bio diversity hot point.

We once again thank you for your corporate social responsibility contribution in maintaining such a green and diverse campus, which is great benefit to the public at large.

Warm Regards,

Yours Sincerely,

Vishnupriyan Kartha.K
Cochin Natural History Society
Reg.No.: ER 18/10 of 2010
Regd. Office:
(Klathil) Revathi Bhavan, Edathala P O, ALUVA-683561.
Telephone No.: 9446437410

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