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AUROVILLE INTERNAL AUDIT REQUIRED

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AUROVILLE INTERNAL AUDIT REQUIRED

 

AUROVILLE INTERNAL AUDIT REQUIRED

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NOTE ON THE ROLE OF MR. TOBY NEUMAN IN TDC,WATER HARVEST, WATER SERVICE AND VARUNA

WATER HARVEST

1. Toby has been in charge of Water Harvest for several years. This has been a vitally important service, and has contributed to the sustainable utilisation of water.

2. During his tenure the unit has been systematically asset-stripped and destroyed. Among things that have gone missing and/or sold include 2 excavators, hard disk drives containing vital data on water, jeeps, GPS units, and cash. At least ten Lakhs has been transferred to Water Service, where he is a unit holder, constituting a clear conflict of interest. The fact that Water Harvest is on the verge of being shut down implies that it was deliberately destroyed.

3. Without WH, there is no check on the groundwater extraction, and this is already resulting in salinity. The biggest ‘beneficiary’ of ground water salinisation will be Varuna, who will then have justification for its desalination unit. The implications of having one individual/ unit controlling Auroville’s water and electricity have not been thought out carefully enough and need to be the subject of a much wider debate.

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L’AVENIR

4. A RTI application asking for the work orders for various projects that have been approved by L’Avenir has not been answered. It is believed that in many cases work orders were issued by Toby before any community feedback was obtained.

5. Most recently TDC has approved work on the test ponds. Feedback was asked on this a few years ago, and several people had given very negative feedback. This work was then put on hold, but seems to have started surreptitiously without any clear communication as to why it was taken up in spite of the negative feedback. Please also see # 8 below: even if site permission for the test ponds was given then, it lapsed after 2 years!

6. Apart from the allegations of wrong-doing against Toby in his role of WH executive, there is a constant conflict of interest between his roles at TDC, Water Service and Varuna, and this is an issue the WC needs to address urgently.

7. At the beginning of every request made for feedback by L’Avenir, a statement says that “The final approval is given when L’Avenir / TDC issues an NOC (No Objection Certificate). This happens only once the feedback period is over, the feedback has been evaluated, final decision by TDC has been reached and the necessary financial formalities have been completed. It is only after issuing a final building permission that fencing, building or any other activity on the site can start. It has to be noted that site permission is given to reserve the site for a maximum period of two years in order to prepare a project proposal. It does not give any right to fence and clear the site unless, for practical reasons, there is a special permission of TDC. “

Work on a new well on the Vikas radial started two days after feedback was requested!

8. Toby has also allegedly been in touch with officials of the Highways Authority regarding digging of a trench across the ECR to accommodate the pipeline from the desalination plant. Whether he has done this as a TDC representative or as a Varuna director is not clear. TDC cannot support the desalination plant without a community consensus on this.

MORE DETAILS- RING ROAD

9. Work on Ring road was started without waiting for community feedback.
10. Toby -in his role for L’avenir- allowed work to start on the Ring road in Kottakarai without work-order.
11. Drawings for the Ring road did not show non-Auroville lands, thus misleading decision makers
12. The proposed endpoint of the Ring road in Kottakarai was at the border of a private land, potentially increasing it’s value.
13. Work on the Ring road in Kottakarai was started without L’avenir having seen the situation on the spot
14. Publication in N&N was 2 days before work started
15. The proposed route for the Ring road in Kottakarai included in a dangerous bend around and underneath a tree. Impossible for trucks. L’avenir and community members agreed on a better path. This agreement was not followed by Road service, When Toby was asked to correct this, although he was not in India and could not have seen the situation, he stated that Road service was doing exactly as agreed.
AUROVILLE WATER MAINTENANCE SERVICE
16. Although Water Service was constituted with the remark that no plumbing work was to be undertaken, Toby allows Water Service to do plumbing work.
17. Toby took up temporary management of Auroville Water Maintenance Service when conflicts surface between Aurovilians in that unit.

18. Toby advised to close #Auroville Water Maintenance Service.

19. With Toby in FAMC the FAMC agrees to close down Auroville Water Maintenance Service.

20. Community got involvement, ultimately resulting in an RA-voting. Auroville Water Maintenance Service lives on as a successful service.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
21. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has Toby registered as executive of Basic Water Needs (India) Pvt Ltd and of Varuna Pvt Ltd .
22. In the registers of Ministry of Corporate Affairs Toby uses his Auroville address as executive of Basic Water Needs Pvt Ltd, thus creating a risk for foreign #Aurovilians who have Visa ‘to volunteer in Auroville’. See https://www.zaubacorp.com/company-directors/BASIC-WATER-NEEDS-INDIA-PRIVATE-LIMITED/U29198TN2008PTC066090

23. Conflict of interest while being executive of several water-related Auroville units and services including the non Auroville Basic Water Needs Pvt Ltd.

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Auroville Cricket Match 2014

Auroville Cricket Match.

Almost after 15 years…..

younger and older cricket teams of Auroville

younger and older cricket teams of Auroville

 

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The Older Auroville Cricket Team played a serious cricket match with the present Auroville Cricket team. Match organized by the present team. It was a fun time all the way. Hoisting the Indian flag, sharing lots of old memories, Drinking Green coconuts and eating chicken Biryanis.

Coming back to the match, It was very very tough. The Auroville Seniors scored 117 runs in 20 overs with Partha and Subramanian Kathiravan being the top scorers. And I scored 10 runs with a nicely Hit boundary. Chasing 118 to win, the Auroville Juniors had to face some not so hostile and fierce fast bowling from Senthil. In his second over Senthil removed one of the top order batsmen with a well timed bouncer. Then started the panic for juniors. In my first over and in the first and second ball took wickets and almost had a hat trick almost missing it by a whisker. From there onwards it was all the way the Auroville Juniors with Shani from Aurodam who had 7 lives hit some mighty sixes. It was actually the bat which did the Talking. It looks like that Shanti carried a very expensive (around Rs.20000) bat. Auroville Juniors comfortably won the match by 6 wickets and 3 overs to spare.

Auroville Seniors will officially lodge a complaint with the Auroville Council and Working committee and would push for an investigation to check if there were special spring inserted inside Shanti’s bat. We will wait for the result of the inquiry in 3 years until then,  Shanti would be banned from playing all forms of cricket. 🙂

Auroville Senior Cricket Team would like to thank all the Juniors for all their hard work in organizing such a memorable event…… thank you guys.

written and submitted by Auroprem
#aurovillecricket #Auroville2014

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Aurovelo - cycles and more

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Auroville 2013

Photo-Missing

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Found the following writeup bellow on the web. changed it a bit.
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Auroville: At the heart is the dramatic tension between good noble intention, the desire of everyone involved to “get it right,” and the politics, hubris, ego and ideology that is the bedrock of the city.

Auroville the people have spoken!

Auroville the people have spoken!

THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!

THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!

Date of image capture of the poll April / 14 / 2013 

If there is a huge spike in favor for, after this posting – one can assume where it comes from. it reminds us of..

who is Auroville’s representative to UNESCO??

Click on this link 

Nuff said. 🙂

Image capture courtesy auronet

Rolling Editor Project

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Aurovillenews rolling editor project

Rolling Editor Project enabled for http://www.Aurovillenews.wordpress.com

   That’s right!

As of April 15th 2013 This site will enable the rolling Editor project.

A new Editor a month, every Month. yes every month!!

This means that for example R is the editor and after he or she has completed one month.

He/she will appoint another editor. of his or her own choice.

All past Articles and the layout Logo/the about Page will stay as is.

New articles interests and images and media will be the creation and in the flavor of the Rolling Editor at the present.

This will enable an ever evolving news site.

what do you think about this Idea ?
If you are interested in the Rolling Editor Project, and would like to be a part of  this experiment then please write to Aurovillenews@gmail.com don’t be surprised if suddenly you get the log in details for http://www.aurovillenews.wordpress.com if you feel like participating that would be great.

If not – then pass it on. 🙂

Aspiring Rolling Editors should be at least 18 years or older.

http://www.Aurovillenews.wordpress.com doesn’t belong to anybody, lets keep it that way.

Happy Birthday Auroville

Auroville at 45

Happy Birthday Auroville February 28 2013

Aurovillenews wishes Auroville

A happy Birthday.

Aurovillenews would like to thank all those who have been and are at the present involved with Auroville.

45 Years Ago Auroville was just an area on a sun backed red earth Plateau, even in old historic maps found the area was referred to as the “RED HILLS” Things have surely changed in 45 year.

Now 45 years later Auroville stands as a beacon of what can be done in Reforestation and water and soil Management. But the work is still in Progress. To some Progress is efficient roads and well managed traffic and to others progress is to let Nature do as it pleases. Over 45 years people have come to this desolate spot on the planet to work towards a dream, a Dream of true human unity and without a shadow of a doubt Auroville has always emerged victories to work and mold to over come obstacles in ways that allot of other intentional communities around the Planet would either buckle at the knees or close shop.

Auroville has its fare share of problems and obstacles that are on the path of the project. The work that Auroville and its inhabitants, is to find a way that will bring all sides together. That’s the work that is in front of the the Project called Auroville.

There is an older generation of Aurovilian who would like to see the city built according to plans that were made 4.5 decades ago, and there are others who see a more inclusive progressive approach. Let this year bring everything on the table so that collectively Auroville can develop in a beautiful harmonious way.

Happy Birthday Auroville.

Auroville ONE BILLION RISING

AUROVILLE ONE BILLION RISING TODAY

At the Eucalyptus Grove Between Certitude and Solar Kitchen.
Auroville Community is Joining this Global event Today.

Thursday 14th February. Time: 4 -5 pm Please come and Participate if you are in the Area. See the Image too.

LETS COME TOGETHER!

Auroville One Billion Rising -  Feb 14th 2013

Auroville One Billion Rising – Feb 14th 2013

Aurovillenews (unofficial) 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Auroville Marathon 2013

Aurovillenews would like to congratulate all the runners of the 6th Annual Auroville Marathon
There were 3000 runners who ran the Marathon on Sunday the 10th of February 2013. Aurovillenews would like to thank the Auroville Community and the organizers of the Marathon. This is a short note. more news will follow. Quiz time: Who won the 6th Auroville Marathon ? send in your answers to aurovillenews@gmail.com

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