During the sunny and celebrative Sunday of
April 14th, '02, quite a few Aurovilians and other interested parties
from Auroville's bioregion responded to the invitation from the
project holders of Sangamam to visit the site of the project and
take part in the project's official opening..
Community centre and infrastructure
They were invited to have a look at the community
centre and the first six houses that were recently finished. The
visitors also toured the extensive infrastructure for the project:
a new bridge over the canyon for proper access to the village-to-be,
the electricity supply, a bore well, an innovative water tank with
three chambers (the first one for drinkable water, the second for
recycled water coming from the wastewater treatment unit and the
third for harvested rainwater), and the wastewater treatment unit.
A model for the entire envisaged project was
shown and a small power point presentation was given of the same.
Five families and a guest house
Out of the six completed houses, five have been
already allocated to 5 long-time Auroville workers. The sixth one
will function as a guest house to offer guest facilities to students,
researchers, visitors to Auroville who want to experience life in
Sangamam. The income of the guest house will contribute towards
the maintenance of the village.
A very important feature in the realisation
of this project has been the team spirit and dedication of the participants
to get this first phase of the work done. Special appreciation and
gratitude were expressed from the project holders towards the project's
architect Anupama, its contractor Dhanapal,
and supervisor Ravi.
It was a very happy occasion for all involved
to complete this phase and hand over the keys to five very dedicated
long-time workers of Auroville and their families who will be the
first ones to live here..