UPCOMING EVENT: Landing Auroville – coming together for Auroville’s land!
“A harmonious collective aspiration can change the course of circumstances”
Dear community and friends of the Auroville vision,
We invite everyone to join us on February 7th from 4 to 6 PM at the Unity Pavillion for a joyful event dedicated to Auroville’s land. Together, let’s celebrate all the collaboration that has gone into building Auroville’s body – from the first landowning families that responded to the Mother’s call for creating a space of human unity - to the pioneers who gave their all to heal and make barren soil green again - to all who have given heart and soul to create a township upon this land that we hold as sacred.
Together, let’s honor the land and the achievements built upon it!
On the program:
The first Auroville showing of the short film “Landing Auroville”, other new films on Auroville’s land, invocations to honor the land, Auroville music and snacks, connecting and idea-sharing with the Land teams ... plus a special auction of Auroville art donated by the artists to benefit the land. Children are welcome - there’ll be paper and colours inviting their creativity.
Auroville is a sacred trust we hold for the generations to come! Ensuring the land for building the future is in OUR hands, and the time is NOW! Join us!!
The land fundraising teams of Lands for Auroville Unified-LFAU,
Acres for Auroville & GreenAcres, in association with Auroville’s Land Board
Donations via Unity Fund 240001 or Financial Services 100 specifying either:
“Land (General)”, “Acres for Auroville” (City), or “GreenAcres” (Greenbelt)
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