Kaliveli Wetlands Endangered By Film Shoot

Waders in Kaliveli
Gopinath S
Kaliveli is one of the largest wetlands in India

Kaliveli wetlands near the Puducherry (Pondicherry)-Tamil Nadu border, which sees the arrival of over a lakh migratory birds every winter, is facing threats from a film shoot that is using bombs. Four days of shooting of the Tamil movie “Vadhamalar” has been going on, and the crew is using water bombs as part of the sequences, creating a lot of sound and smoke. Cranes and rollers are also used along with the blasts. Students associated with the Indian Bird Conservation Network (IBCN), who protested to the crew, were asked to leave. The DFO of the area could not be contacted and it is not clear if the film shoot had permission to shoot and to use explosives. In surveys, the region was found to have flocks of ducks like pintails, spot-billed ducks, common teals, gargeney, shovellers and larger birds like egrets, painted storks, flamingos, pelicans, ibises, plovers, lapwings, sandpipers and snipes.

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