24 November 2016 - LFAU/ Acres for Auroville
Acres for Auroville - 24th November 2016
“The true spirit of Auroville is collaboration and must be more and more so. True collaboration paves the way to divinity.” (The Mother, 22 October 1972)
If we regard collaboration as something growing, an evolving thing, then the above words of the Mother are relevant for us all – for those of us who live and work in Auroville, or are associated from a distance. Collaboration stands, deepens, and evolves on a number of essential pillars. Gratitude is one of them - gratitude for being able to serve a vision that leads to a better and nobler life for all. But when the fire of gratitude gets engulfed and pushed into background, another pillar is needed to sustain the collaboration. And that is patience. Wrote Sri Aurobindo: “I am weary of the childish impatience which cries & blasphemes and denies the ideal because the Golden Mountains cannot be reached in our little day or in a few momentary centuries.” (Sri Aurobindo - The Hour of God, Vol: 17, Page.116-Thoughts and Aphorisms, SABCL)
This aphorism of Sri Aurobindo gives us a perspective of time and teaches a lesson in patience while collaborating with Auroville. The aims of Auroville – human unity, a new creation, a new world – are akin to a golden mountain, something vast, glorious and enchanting. But we should not be disheartened or discouraged if it takes time to reach them. After all, in the panorama of evolution, a few groups of centuries are but momentary.
We can apply this perspective to our situation as well. Auroville is approaching 50 years. Still we have yet to secure a unified physical base. But we should be careful not to harbor feelings of weariness or discouragement for the delay. As a friend and donor to Auroville from New Zealand recently wrote to us, “Auroville has before her an eternity, while the (private) developers would at most have a lifetime or two.” With this understanding in the background, the spirit of collaboration attains a calm maturity and power of resilience while keeping the joyous flame of determination.
24th November is a major milestone on the path that Sri Aurobindo was carving out for the world to reach the Golden Mountain. At “Acres for Auroville” we regard this date as a “Goodwill Activation Point” for a unified City area and a unified Greenbelt.
Please specify “ACRES
FOR AUROVILLE” (all Master Plan area land) or “GreenAcres” (exclusively land in
the Greenbelt) for your donations via Auroville Unity Fund (checks or
Auroville Donation Gateway (credit or debit cards) www.auroville.com/donations/,
Auroville International www.auroville-international.org.
For tax deductibility: www.colaap.org
E-mail: email@example.com website: ww.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