If you knew there was a place on Earth that was solving humanity’s most pressing problems, would you fight to preserve it?
We urgently need to preserve strategically important land
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As few as 50 acres makes a huge difference. It is estimated that Auroville needs $3 million for this purpose. Every purchase helps and this campaign is a step in achieving greater goals.
Auroville has secured 91.6% of the land in the City area and 38.1% of the Greenbelt area. Overall this is only 52.6% of the total lands in the planning area. While honoring the planned vision of the future city, the reality is that village growth, speculative demand, and land prices are growing much faster than funds available for Auroville land purchases. Auroville must now think differently and act strategically seeking the preservation of lands that best protects its culture.
Land prices within the Auroville Township have increased by almost 500% over the past 10 years. The rapid escalation is not only a reality for land within the designated Auroville Township, but also for other areas in the surrounding region as there is a great migration of people moving off the land and into cities. There has been a slight pause to this appreciation due to an India demonetization program that has temporarily deferred speculators and a drought that has impacted farmers. This has created a brief opportunity that makes it all the more important that the most critical parcels be acquired now.
Given limited resources available for land purchases, there are priorities to purchases. Land is required to consolidate land boundaries, (bridge stranded property, and fill-in where needed for effective land management including road, utilities, and access control. Priorities also include watershed and farm lands outside of the Master Plan needed to secure Auroville’s future sustainability.