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The Mangalavanam bird sanctuary urgently needs a buffer zone if it is to survive in the midst of a fast developing Kochi city, reiterated the Mangalavanam Samrakshana Samithi calling on the authorities to take heed. A nesting ground for a variety of migratory birds, home to many types of mangroves and one of the few remaining stretches of greenery in the city, Mangalavanam is being choked from all sides year after year with hardly any care for the consequences. Hibi Eden, local MLA and also the chairman of the Samithi, said that he would push for getting the buffer zone declared though there was no progress on the 2012 proposal by the State Department of Forests. The proposal was to get government lands surrounding the bird sanctuary declared as the buffer zone.The Railways, th...

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