In the newspaper reports of 10 August 2012 the Forest Department spokesman talked about building barriers to access points for entry to Arunachala’s Inner Path. This work has started. Below are some photos taken the morning of 11 August of some barriers that have already been put in place.
Here is a map showing the barriers in place this morning:
The first set of barriers is in the open area, after you pass by the Children’s Park and The Forest Way reforestation station.
A bulldozer has dug up the dirt and created a wall.
It looks like there is a path over the dirt.
But when you get to the top of the dirt, there is a ditch, about six feet deep, and another dirt wall on the other side, lined with thorns. No easy way to pass.
There is another path here that leads towards Arunachala. It is blocked, too.
There is a path that leads through these tall planted trees.
It is blocked.
A ditch has also been dug, not so imposing as the last one though. And there are thick piles of brush on the other side of the ditch.
Across from the big Nandi, near Pradakshina Road, there is a path that leads to the mountain.
It is blocked by brush.
Thick brush, and another pile of brush on the other side.
Around the corner of Pradakshina Road, there is a dirt track that leads to the mountain.
Blocked by one layer of brush.
A popular way to the mountain is the dirt road to Kattu Siva Tank.
Blocked by a pile of dirt.
Piles of thorn bushes on the other side, for a second row of deterrent. No ditch (yet), though.
Past this dirt track are toilets used during full moon days and nights. There is a path to the left side of it. Blocked with brush.
This is just how far they have gotten so far. I assume that later today, or perhaps Monday, we will see barriers all the way up to Kannapa Temple (where the last good entry point is to the Inner Path.
I will let you know as I see more.
I still cannot believe what they are doing. Such destruction to the area that most of us see as most holy.