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Posts Tagged ‘Waste’

Litter Free Auroville Day 1

Litter Free Auroville is an initiative put forward in order to eliminate waste from Auroville by using creative means. The first day we witnessed performances where plastic and other waste products were used as instruments. The exhibitions also opens up an array of creative ways these wastes can be used innovatively. We also spoke to the organizers of the event who gave us further clarity on the aim behind the initiative.

For more details on the event, do check out the link:

Interview with Ok on Upcycling

Ok talks about how to make Auroville litter free by accumulating waste and using it innovatively. She talks about her workshop that involved making cushions out of plastic. In this interview Ok further talks about the idea behind Upcycling Studio, challenges faced and her aspirations.

Interview Eco Service 25 03 2016

In this program Kali and Palani from Auroville Eco Service remind us the dos and donts of waste segregation to help them reduce our environmental impact.
You will also learn more about their commitment goals and ideas to make Auroville an example of waste treatment in India.
To organize a pick up call Palani at 9443535172
More info at

Waste Water Managemnt for RZ

Today’s meeting at SAIIER’s conference room organized by TDC/L’Avenir d’ Auroville, and presented by Jan was trying to point out that city does need move from ad hoc situation of building (as it was done in past) to an urban region with proper planning, starting with infrastructure. In regards to it also the sewage system has its own place, and for many reasons should be put in place quite soon.
Jan presented one of the possibilities for the common waste water treatment of Residential Zone 1 and 2, which is clearly not in favor of the community.
Since GOI grants were allocated to deal with those problems , and since the population of the Zone is rapidly growing , a solution needs to be found.
After all, water is life, and water contaminated with too many of e.coli can be devastating for the population, apart from many other unwanted ingredients.



TDC announcement

During recent years considerable funds from GOI and other sources have been invested to develop the Sector 1 and 2 of the Residential Zone. As new residences have been built, roads and the technical infrastructure for drinking water supply and electricity network have been expanded.
Similarly we would like to build up a waste water management system which is able to deal with the increasing demand. The system should be ecologically sound and provide recycled waste water for irrigation in parks and gardens. A detailed study was carried out to compare different options and determine the best suitable technique.
The proposed design consists of a sewer system which connects to a single treatment plant. The treated water undergoes further purification and is then pumped back into the communities to be used for gardening. The sludge, separated during the treatment is post- processed at the treatment plant and can be used as compost in parks and gardens.
In the first phase communities along the Vikas Radial are connected to a main sewer that runs along this Radial. A second sewer will be built along the Samasti-Solar Kitchen Radial and the remaining communities are connected in the following phases. The project is expandable to serve the entire planned population of these two sectors of the Residential Zone.

Comments: 0 Date: 27 Jan 2016

Water is gone, problems rise

After the flood, damages and health problems in the villages come to light
The program is in English and Tamil.
Crossing a village like Bommapalayam near the beach, everything seems well. The main street, which has been flooded two weeks ago, is dry, woman are sitting in front of their houses sieving grain.
But when we ask them how they are, lots of them get angry: They have been all flood victims, but none of them got any help. Water stood into their houses and damaged walls, ground water got polluted by entering flood water. In Edayanchavadi, we met families whose members are completely infected by a skin illness, having perforated feet.
It is always the poorest, low caste, the woman and children who are suffering most, like the little son of Venkatesh, who works in Auroville Town Hall. And sometimes, they need only small amounts. In Kuilappalayam,In front of New Creation, the property of one family is still flooded completely. It attracts invasions of mosquitoes, and lately, they had a group of water snakes in front of their door.
Auroville has set up a help fund for affected villagers which coordinates material and financial support. Donations are very welcome.

See also the interview with help relief coordinator Anita

How to donate:

Financial Service Account No. 251220
For transfers from Indian bank.
Auroville Maintenance
Account number – 163101000118
ICICI bank Auroville
Ifscode – ICIC0001631
Description – Flood relief
For transfers from abroad
State bank of India Auroville township.
Purpose: Flood relief
Branch Code – 03160
Swift Code – SBININBB474
Account – Aurovill unity fund
Account Number 10237876508

Asbestos – What to Do with it?

Topic – health hazardous asbestos , and in the studio we have Margarita and Taranti, and Boris joining us from France via Skype.
The issue emerged after starting the fund raising campaigns for Abri corner roof where three of our services are located. Abestos, although a natural mineral used commonly in constructions but also in home appliances is known by its health hazardous properties, and in Europe banned since 80’s. In case of roof in Abri, the question was how to dispose the damaged roof made out of asbestos that it wont cause more damage to the health of the workers. In the recorded Skype conference you can here possible solutions suggested by Margarita and by Boris, and both requires a proper procedure and preparations in advance. There are know three types of asbestos regarding the soil or mine – white, blue and brown, and iron as a structural component plays a crucial role in asbestos toxicity. But asbestos can be remediated either by Fusarium oxysporum or Verticillium sp. whereby the fungi mediation can modify the surface reactivity of asbestos fibers.
The team which is on the case would like to bring Boris to Auroville to deal with that issue properly, and account number for his ticket is FS # 252339.

Comments: 1 Date: 23 May 2015

Our Garbage, 1 Hour

Alex, a volunteer from Canada, and the first volunteer at Eco Service started an interesting campaign – 1 hour involvement, where he plea to all of us to know our garbage better, and to actively participate in the segregation of it.  
As environmental consultant he is passionate about the topic, and willing to try some different approaches (with joy and smile on his face) to involve community in the process of dealing with the garbage.

Comments: 0 Date: 16 Feb 2015

Wellpaper Project

WELL: women, empowerment, local, livelihood.
These are the words that sustain this project of social economy. The Wellpaper project recycles paper waste to transform it into useful and beautiful objects. Training and empowering women from the villages develops and maintains a social business unit of great local importance. The workers of this unit acquire a vast knowledge in managing this type of social business and they become agents of replication. Some of them work as teachers in other communities that want to implement the same kind of successful social economy.
Local is beautiful!

Comments: 0 Date: 17 Nov 2014

Piano Evening and Entry

Tomorrow at 4pm at Unity Pavilion in International Zone is a Next Open Platform Meeting.The next meeting of “Hearing the Newcomers” group which will be an informal coffee/tea time get-together at the Visitors Center restaurant on Wednesday, August 7th at 4pm. On Saturday at 8pm at Ptianga we are invited to a A Piano evening with Hartmut who is a jazz and classical pianist is influenced by Indian, Spanish and classical European music and lately by impressionistic elements . General Meeting on Matrimandir Executives on Monday at 4.30 at UP in IZ.

O my Lord, with your help and grace what is there to fear! You are the supreme protection that defeats all the enemies.
The Mother

Comments: 0 Date: 01 Aug 2013

Entry, Waste, Chorals

Today at 4pm at Unity Pavilion the community will continue with open platform meeting from 31st of May where many expressed a strong wish to simplify the Entry process. At 2pm at Pavilion of Tibetan Culture in International Zone we are invited to join the celebration of Canada’s Day, the 146th birthday of Canada. At Conference Room in Town Hall at 4pm Min and Akshay at earth&us will present Behavior Study on Waste. At 6.30pm at Savitri Bhavan we are invited to A Company of Voices – CONSPIRARE in Concert’

The psychic is a steady flame that burns in you, soaring towards the Divine and carrying with it a sense of strength which breaks down all oppositions. When you are identified with it you have the feeling of the divine truth.The Mother

Comments: 0 Date: 01 Jul 2013
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