Issue No. 349, August 2018
Proposed National Highway threatens Auroville
Map showing the new highway through the Auroville Greenbelt (in blue dots) as originally routed and the four bypasses proposed by Auroville: along National Highway 66, and then reaching the East Coast Road along an existing road (in pink) or through fields (dotted green); or along the proposed new railways (brown / light green). Survey markings in the Greenbelt installed by a consultant working for the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) revealed that plans were afoot to build a four-lane National Highway through the Auroville Green Belt for a length of 3.5 kilometres, crossing the Forecomers, Pitchandikulam and Aurogreen areas. The NHAI has now agreed to move the highway slightly to the east of the Master Plan area. The two-lane congested road from Villupuram to Nagapattinam via Puducherry, Cuddalore, Chidam-baram, Sirkazhi and Karaikal will be widened into a four-lane highway by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). All towns and cities a...