Procession by the villages
based on a communication from the Working Committee,
To the residents:
you are aware, a number of villagers from surrounding villages have held
two meetings on successive Sundays at the eucalyptus tope to discuss
grievances mostly related to land purchase and management issues.
Working Committee and concerned working groups have already met the
Tahsildhar, Vanur about this and are preparing replies to the points
raised and necessary explanations. We will be continuing our efforts to
resolve the situation by trying to engage all parties in a constructive
dialogue involving the Panchayats and other local authorities.
Further information regarding the procession and issues raised by villagers
The main points in the list of grievances submitted by the group of villagers who have been organising meetings and the procession on April 11th '02 were:
this point it is important to say that a process of information and
dialogue had already been started in February with the elected Panchayat
representatives from Irumbai and Bommayapalayam Panchayats (which
include Edayanchavadi, Kottakarai and Kuilapalayam) and has continued
with follow-up meetings aimed at forming a Joint Development Council.
The process is to be expanded so as to include representatives from
other surrounding villages also at the next meeting.
Forum for Village & Auroville
meetings have provided a forum where all issues concerning the
development of Auroville and the surrounding villages can be raised and
discussed round the table in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.
The acknowledged aim is to facilitate the development of the Auroville
project along the lines of the Master Plan while actively addressing the
development requirements of the local villages through relevant
Government schemes, joint projects and
common initiatives. It is also to promote a better mutual understanding
on all levels of life, and specifically to sponsor projects and
programmes which will help to improve attitudes and mutual appreciation
on all sides.
advertisement referred to simply advises prospective buyers to be
careful before entering into any transactions with real estate agents
for purchase of land in the Auroville area. It informs them of the
status of the Auroville Foundation which holds land in the area for the
Auroville Universal Township project. It further advises them to consult
Auroville's Land &
Estate Management for further information. It does not tell them not to
purchase land in the Auroville area.
Site Selection for Handicraft Village project
has been holding intensive consultations with the Collector, DRDA and
other officials to find the best suitable
location for the self-help handicraft project. Auroville fully supports
the development of local handicraft activities which provide much-needed
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