Conserving and preserving the rich heritage of our composite culture are the fundamental duties of a citizen. The absence of a legal framework in the city had led to rampant violations and demolitions of the heritage structures in the heritage zone of Fort Cochin. With an increase in such breach, the Kochi Municipal Corporation planned to approach the Government of Kerala to curb the atrocities. In this regard a heritage bylaw was prepared for managing and saving the cities most valued heritage buildings. Cochin is one of the first cities to make a concrete move for conserving and protecting its rich heritage lineage.
The c-hed for Kochi Municipal Corporation had validated a Heritage Draft Bylaw and brought in necessary amendments for the preservation of natural and cultural heritage. This draft bylaw passed by the Corporation Council, touches upon the tangible and intangible heritage as well as natural heritage of the city. The bylaw was validated by including the guidelines of the Archaeological Survey of India and the existing building rules.
The c-hed in association with the District Education Office, Ernakulam launched the school heritage forum at the SN Higher Secondary School, Thrikkanarvattom on August 18th, 2004. The heritage forum is intended to familiarize school children with the rich culture and heritage of the land and introduce them to the concepts of preservation, conservation and management of heritage structures. Prof.M.K.Sanu was the chief guest on the occasion.
A project paper ‘Know your Heritage’ was presented by Prof Harimohan Pillai, head of the department, MES School of Architecture, Kuttipuram.
c-hed played an important role in program designing, coordinating, executing and arranging seminars, workshops, and raising funds. Presently the forum has started working in 20 schools in Cochin and 50 more schools have been identified for implementation.
The city of Cochin is a beautiful cosmopolitan city. A city with colorful and rich history, it used to serve as an important trading center in ancient times. It has been a real enticing destination for travelers, traders and seafarers. Rightly called as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, this land has attracted many voyagers and traders over the centuries.
This city evolved through the centuries, assimilating the cultures of of the many communities from all over the globe that made it their home. With a rich cultural heritage, be it in art forms, literature or music, Cochin is truly today’s symbol of Kerala’s progress and promise of prosperity.
The c-hed had brought a book in this regard, describing the rich history of Cochin city.
COCHIN-THE CITY OF HERITAGE