Issue No. 297, April 2014
Update on housing
Invocation II, an apartment complex for Newcomers, is expected to be ready for occupationby August this year About two years ago, the Housing Service proposed that outlying Auroville lands be sold, and the major part of the proceeds used for land purchase in the city and greenbelt areas and a lesser part to create housing for those without financial means.“Nothing came from that proposal,” says Joseba, one of the executives of the Housing Service. “At the time there were about 180 people without means needing a house or apartment. Today, there are at least a 100 people who are still without appropriate accommodation and who depend on the community to provide it.” He shrugs. “There are people in Auroville who would like to welcome anybody to join Auroville, irrespective of their financial situation. But the reality is that Auroville is in no position to give free accommodation.”New housing projectsFor those who have the means, new housing projects are coming up. The Swayam ...