Author Topic: Petition: please Sign - Please do not cut the trees on the Girivalam Path  (Read 3464 times)

Nagaraj

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The insanity of bureaucrats and businessmen is mind boggling...I wonder if these people are human...how can someone not love a tree and that too those in the most sacred place of the world which keeps on giving and giving and not demanding anything from any one living....I will never understand the cause to fell

Dear Friends,

Ultimately Arunachala's will prevails. I would like to express couple of my thoughts. Some of the readers may not agree, but these need to be pondered upon!

It is definitely a sad plight. But let us also be fair. While I support my heart all out for this cause, still the other side ought to be fairly seen.

Tiruvannamalai, is a developing city and a thriving city and more people are making it their homes. We cant blindly write-off the need of the city to develop. The need for the path to be made bigger to cater to the needs of the OVER-FLOWING people.

Let us be fair that even devotees visit on the purnima days specially in lakhs.

In the name of devotion people are destroying the nature. It is not all that bureaucrats to blame, are the so called devotees doing any service to the Holy place? They come in huge volumes and DIRTY the place! The common man is more worried about his bread and butter! A country of population of 1.25 billion, what do we expect?

We would not be right in criticizing the bureaucrats. If the place has to cater to lakhs of people then the inevitable will happen.

We cant have only sweetmeats all time! Let us face the fact that we indians lack Cleanliness and external discipline! and we have to pay the price for our indiscipline collectively!

We may use all forces and stop today, but for how long? say another 10 years? afterwards? what is the way?

Do we people in India treat our sacred places like Japan's Kyoto?

No, The matter of fact is it is not there in the nature of we Indians, Change is the only inevitable fact and our ancestors have very well understood this.

We are pained at the trees being cut, but is it possible to curtail the number of visitors coming to Arunachala? Is it possible? Is the Human ready to sacrifice for the tree to stay? While one side it is impossible to curtail the human, the humble ones - Trees become the scape goat.

We all people, collectively are MORE TO BLAME OURSELVES more than the bureaucrats. Part of the bulk blame goes to the so called Astrologers who are responsible for the fame of Girivalam!

It pains, it will pain, but what has to happen will happen!

Homo sapiens!!

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« Last Edit: July 07, 2016, 09:18:44 AM by Nagaraj »
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drsundaram

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correct,shri nagaraj .we have to be with the momentum.
practising cleanliness, hygiene and being fellow citizen's centric >>>> dont know when we will learn!!! 

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Dear Dr Sundaram,

"a friend  from thiruvannamalai writes:
"Rs. 65 crore Girivalam Path expansion: the so-called "drainage ditch" with the bottom lined with mixture of cement concrete and granite gravel. According to reports in the media, a new 7 to 10 metre wide roadway will be situated to the right of the "drainage ditch". This will intrude upon all manner of lands, private and public, temple and forest, with utter disregard of the long-established sanctity of the Holy Hill as historically defined by the 14-km pradakshina road. Please look forward to the new and expanded Girivalam Path, coming soon to your neighbourhood.""


We can easily understand the real motives of this project by asking a few simple questions.

1. Why start the widening project with the already widest section of the 14km route on girivalam road when the narrow and crowded section in the town area has been taken over by illegal structures for the last 25 years?

2. It is so difficult to walk on the stretch from near the bus stand to ramana ashram. There is hardly any foot path left with so many encroachments. What is the plan for providing some walking space and amenities on this stretch?

3. Is the project based on any study that has considered the cost of environmental degradation caused by the project?

On the other hand it is common knowledge that all the illegal structures are existing with the full knowledge of the officials. Hundreds of houses have been constructed on Arunachala itself. A few years back we noticed lights on those houses and it was found that the occupants of those houses have managed to get legal electrical supply from the electricity board!  So much for the sanctity of the hill.





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very much worth relating now...................

எங்கே செல்லும் இந்த கிரிவலப் பாதை??

http://tamil.thehindu.com/general/environment/%E0%AE%8E%E0%AE%99%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%95%E0%AF%87-%E0%AE%9A%E0%AF%86%E0%AE%B2%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%B2%E0%AF%81%E0%AE%AE%E0%AF%8D-%E0%AE%87%E0%AE%A8%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%A4-%E0%AE%95%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%B0%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%B5%E0%AE%B2%E0%AE%AA%E0%AF%8D-%E0%AE%AA%E0%AE%BE%E0%AE%A4%E0%AF%88/article8828340.ece
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ksksat27

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Yes I signed the petition.

every time the so called secular govt. intrudes on Hindu beliefs.....

They don't know they are playing with fire.  yes this is real fire, agni lingam.


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i get an update from thiruvannamalai as under:

 "The below article dated July, 11 is from a National newspaper about the ongoing controversy concerning the deforestation of trees along the Arunachala Girivalam Pathway.

The article reads:

?Despite by the stay order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against felling of trees along the Girivalam for the road widening project, the young trees, sacred grooves saplings and branches of-grown trees have been continuously facing the axe.

On Saturday night, two well-grown trees Forest Flame and Villam adjacent to Chandra Lingam were uprooted using an earthmover by the contractors on the Girivalam path. The uprooted trees were found dumped in Sriharam Lake.

Advocate and petitioner in the case P K Dhananjeyan said that he spotted the contractors uprooting the young trees and clearing the shrubs on the stretch at about 8 pm on Saturday.

He intervened and questioned the contractor for carrying the works despite the NGT order and District Collector's order. In the meantime, the environmental activists also reached the spot. Sensing the situation, the contractor and workers winded up the work.

'Though the workers tried to cover up the illegal felling of the trees, we searched and found the uprooted trees dumped in Sriharam Lake near the Girivalam path today (Sunday) morning," said Dhananjeyan.

The Collector, after conducting an inspection along the path on last Monday, said that the work along the Girivalam path should be stopped. Contradictory to the Collector's statement, the work has been still going on.

Calling the act of the contractors as a total disregard for the NGT order, activist Kumar Ambayeram of Tiruvannamalai said that the State Highways have been destroying the ancient and native forest in the name of the development project. "Several hundreds of the trees, sacred grove and shrubs were destroyed under the disguise of clearing the bushes by the officials. They are continuing the work and causing irreparable damage to the ancient forest,' he said.

The drainage laying work is still in progress. The contractors have been digging up the pit to a depth of five to six feet and pouring the concrete mixture. In the process, they have knocked down several young trees and caused severe damage to the roots of the trees.?


our chief minister Ms JJ is  pious and will reverse the order in favour of not felling the trees once she is given the right information and  losses thereon. Is there any who can ensure direct appointment with CM?. there are  activists whom i met there who are ready to go and  meet CM with a  memorandum requesting her intervention at this juncture .Any influential  in this forum who can secure a direct appointment with CM???

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The below article appears in today?s "The Hindu", regarding a strike in Tiruvannamalai scheduled to take place on July 20, 2016 in response to the serious deforestation of Arunachala Girivalam forests.
Token strike on July 20 over girivalam project
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/token-strike-on-july-20-over-girivalam-project/article8864390.ece

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hear from tiruvannamalai as under:
 "Friends,
GOOD NEWS FOR NOW!!
ARUNACHALA has worked its GRACE on everyone.
Our stay order is standing. The Judge said NO TREES WILL BE CUT. The govt has to come up with another plan.
The Collector for TIRUVANNAMALAI was transferred last night. We now also need to wait for new Collector.
Next Court date is 17th August!
Keep praying for the beautiful life giving trees and a green, shaded walkable for all Girivalam Heritage Path.
Did you know that this path was laid over 600 years ago?! Yes, there's proof! Awesome!!"

Thanks to all who have worked for this result. The trees will remember you long after we, mere bodies are gone. But WE, of course, will always be there ever
Thanks to all  honorary foreigners who serve Ramana with love.

om namo bhagavathe Sri ramanaya

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today's update from tiruvannamalai

The below is an abridged version of a article that appears today in a National Newspaper about the decision which has now been taken regarding the widening of the Arunachala Girivalam Path. To read the unabridged version, go to http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Rtd-IFS-officer-to-probe-Girivalam-tree-felling/2016/07/29/article3552145.ece

"The widening of the Girivalam at Arunachala, which has been mired in controversy over the felling of trees, is is to be reviewed by an expert panel, headed by a retired IFS officer.

Though locals and activists pressed for cancelling the work that would entail cutting 125 full-grown trees, the southern bench of National Green Tribunal declined, while assuring them to protect the green cover in the hills.

After considering the concerns expressed by local villagers during the hearing of a petition filed by S Krishna Kumar, the bench comprising judicial member P Jyothimani and expert member PS Rao observed that the government was correct on widening the Girivalam path.

?Yes, so far no untoward incident was reported. But, we can?t wait for a stampede to happen, which we see often in shrines in North India. Considering the massive crowds witnessed especially during every full moon night and during ?Karthigai Deepam Mahotsavam?, there is a need to widen the pathway. The project can?t be stalled,? justice Jyothimani said categorically.

However, the expert committee, yet to be appointed, would conduct a case by case study of these 125 trees so as to ensure that not a single tree is cut unnecessarily. ?No tree will be allowed to be felled in the Sonagiri forest area, which is an ecologically sensitive belt in the entire 14-km stretch,? the bench assured.

According to the report submitted by Tiruvanamalai District Collector earlier, lakhs of pilgrims undertake circumambulation around the 14-km path of the famed Arunachaleswarar temple. The existing path was inadequate to accommodate the sea of devotees, making the widening of the path necessary. This would also facilitate movement of emergency vehicles.

The tribunal on Thursday (July 28, 2016) said Girivalam should have a dedicated lane for emergency vehicles like ambulances especially during peak season. The expert panel will be appointed during the next hearing on August 17.

Meanwhile, the Highways Department, executing the project, sought modification in the interim stay passed by the National Green Tribunal. The Highways Department have been assured that no tree would be felled in the Sonagiri forest area, which forms 5.2 km out of total 14 km. Further they have requested that:

?Let the tribunal decide related to works in Sonagiri forest area, but we request the activists and the Court not to stall the work in the remaining 9 km. The stay order has hampered work in the entire 14 km, which is leading to unnecessary cost escalations,? he said.

The proposed expansion is divided into five works. Pondy-Krishnagiri Road, Sonagiri forest area, Hill round road, Kanji road and Anna arch road. The majority of widening has been already carried out except in the Sonagiri forest area.

Local activists have promised that a separate census with the help of locals will occur on the number of trees felled and submit it before the Tribunal at the next hearing. They remarked:

?Every tree is part of a 600-year-old heritage attached to the sacred hill. Many are several hundred years old. To our estimate, 50 trees are already cut. The footpath that the contractors are laying is unscientific covering the root area, harming growth of the trees. If you cut a 300-year-old banyan tree that can shelter 50 pilgrims and compensate with 10 saplings, what purpose will it serve? he asked"

the attached photo shows   Girivalam roadway Outside Rajarajeshwari Temple 2009

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Denying nature to the divine
Girivalam, a spiritual walk around the sacred Arunachala Hill in Tiruvannamalai is at risk. Local administration is bent on expanding the road which will lead to loss of hundreds of trees and the last old growth forest at the base of the hill, not to mention all the rest of the non-human beings that will be affected by this..
Tiruvannamalai protests against cutting trees to broaden Girivalam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywT2ZyuuoTA