15 August 2016 - LFAU/ Acres for Auroville
ACRES FOR AUROVILLE land campaign
Sri Aurobindo’s Birthday - 15 August 2016
“The truth of Sri Aurobindo is a truth of love and light and mercy. He is good and great and compassionate and Divine. And it is He who will have the final victory.”
Auroville is here to pave the way for the final victory of Sri Aurobindo – in other words, the victory of all that is “good and great and compassionate and Divine”. Hence, an integral, consolidated, unified physical base of Auroville means an integral, consolidated and unified field of action, experimentation, and innovation for establishing all that is “good and great and compassionate and Divine”.
This - an integral, consolidated, unified physical base of Auroville - is the aspiration of Acres for Auroville. We launched its first phase on 15th August 2014 with a view to raise funds for missing plots in the Matrimandir area and in the International Zone. Thanks to the enthusiastic cooperation of Aurovilians and friends of Auroville, we reached the targeted amount. Hence, on 15th August 2015, we initiated the second phase of the campaign. While keeping the fundraising target as that of the 1st action, we enlarged the scope to all the 4 zones of the City Area - the urban hub envisaged by The Mother that surrounds and dignifies the Matrimandir. We are now happy to announce another encouraging success - this time for Phase 2 – and again thanks to the contributions of Aurovilians and so many loyal friends of Auroville!
August 15, 2016 will mark the commencement of the 3rd phase of the campaign. Following the request of the Auroville Land Board, we have expanded the scope of our action so that besides the City Area, priority plots in the Greenbelt too can be purchased from the funds raised by Acres for Auroville - Phase 3.
This past year also saw the birth of GreenAcres – a campaign dedicated exclusively for land in Auroville’s Greenbelt. Together, these two campaigns seek to secure and protect the integral physical base of Auroville for the integral manifestation of a unique universal township on earth. All collaboration is sincerely welcome and appreciated!
Aryadeep & Mandakini
Please specify “ACRES FOR AUROVILLE” (all
priority plots) or GreenAcres (exclusively for the Greenbelt) for all donations
via Auroville Unity Fund (checks or bank transfers), Auroville Donation Gateway (credit
or debit cards) www.auroville.com/donations/, or Auroville
For tax deductibility: www.colaap.org
Lands for Auroville Unified (LFAU) - previously Auroville Land Fund - communicates with donors and publishes a newsletter, COLAAP Newsletter (an acronym for Collaboration for Auroville Area Protection). LFAU is a subsidiary of the Land Board. LFAU currently has two ongoing fundraising campaigns for securing Auroville lands: Acres for Auroville and GreenAcres.
The Lands for Auroville Unified (LFAU) aims to:
- Provide information and create public awareness of the importance and urgency of securing the land within the designated Auroville Township area.
- Appeal to all people of the world for support to acquire the land for this evolutionary project.
- Enhance and expand global outreach through united networking with the Auroville International Centers and allied organizations worldwide.
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with foundations, funding agencies, and governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Escalating Land Prices
Land prices within the Auroville Township have increased by almost 500% over the past 10 years. The rates at which land is being traded in the Auroville area are determined by:
- the close proximity of Pondicherry , one of India 's fastest growing cities;
- the quick transition of the surrounding rural area into a semi-urban region due to the tremendous population pressure;
- Auroville's own development from a small community into an emerging town.
The rapid escalation of land prices is not only a reality for land within the designated Auroville Township , but also for other areas in the surrounding region.
Speculators and Real Estate DevelopersReal estate speculation and developments within the township area, inconsistent with Auroville's Master Plan, are on the increase. Real estate developers and outside business people are eager to profit from Auroville's growth and its worldwide attraction of visitors and guests. Restaurants, guesthouses, travel services, massage centres and shops are already booming on the edge of the Auroville township area. Currently, strategic pieces of land within the Green Belt have been bought by outside parties for real estate development. (The Green Belt area has been reserved for environmental conservation and water resource management).
Strip Development along Access Roads
Over the past few years commercial development by outside business owners has mushroomed along the two access roads to Auroville. Further encroachment is very likely to happen where land has not yet been acquired by Auroville. Approximately 150 acres of land along the major access roads needs to be acquired to prevent further detrimental development and to preserve the integrity of the township's master plan and vision.
Auroville's current task is to overcome these challenges in order to acquire the remaining land that is still needed.
For more information, please contact:
Lands for Auroville Unified (LFAU),
Centre for Urban Research,
Auroville - 605 101, Tamil Nadu, India
Phone: +91 (0)413 2622657 Fax: +91 (0)413 2622055