D. Ravikumar said that Auroville Foundation should not indulge in any unilateral move, and take decisions contrary to the views expressed by members of the Resident Assembly, to clear trees for a road-laying project
VILLUPURAM, DECEMBER 06, 2021
Villupuram Member of Parliament D. Ravikumar has urged the Tamil Nadu Government to immediately intervene and safeguard peace and tranquillity in Auroville in the district.
In a letter addressed to Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, Mr. Ravikumar said that Auroville was conceived as a universal township with people from different countries living and working together. Auroville’s afforestation project has come to ensure the protection of the environment because of the large area of green cover it has brought up, particularly in Villupuram district, which has very low green cover in the State. However, developments over the last few days in the township are causing concern, he said.
Mr. Ravikumar said that Auroville Foundation should not indulge in any unilateral move and take decisions contrary to the views expressed by members of the Resident Assembly to clear trees for the road-laying project. It is learnt that the secretary of the Auroville Foundation Jayanti S. Ravi had decided to go ahead with the project around the Matrimandir and the Union Government had also allocated funds for the same, he said.
“Though the Resident Assembly has protested the move and suggested an alternative road for laying of the road, there has been no breakthrough in talks. In the meanwhile, on the directions from the Secretary of the Auroville Foundation, trees were cleared in the township for laying the road. Members of the Youth Centre who protested the move were also assaulted and intimidated and threats were made to revoke their passports. This is highly unfortunate,” Mr. Ravikumar said.
The MP claimed there have been allegations that Auroville was sought to be grabbed by those championing the cause of the RSS. The Governing Board of Auroville was recently constituted and Ms. Ravi who had previously served in Gujarat has been appointed as the Secretary while the Tamil Nadu Governor R.N. Ravi has been nominated as the Chairman. Though Auroville was located in Tamil Nadu, it does not have a single member from the State on its Board, he contended.
Aurovillians have complained that the Foundation members have been trying to bulldoze their way with the project bypassing the Auroville Act and the genuine concerns of the residents. Any such move would bring a bad name to the State government. The Chief Minister should immediately intervene and ensure peace in Auroville, he added.