Issue No. 302, September 2014
Mini test ponds for the Matrimandir Lake
With the building of six test ponds, the manifestation of the Matrimandir Lake has taken a further step. The lake around the Matrimandir was foreseen by The Mother. Already in 1965, years before Auroville was founded, She had given Nata the task of studying the lake and how the water could be sourced. Nata’s research assumes a 100,000 square metres lake area and mentions desalinated water, not only for filling the lake, but also for drinking water purposes. As he wrote to Mother on 31st October 1965, “There exists also the possibility, envisaged by you, Mother, to have drinking water through the process of desalination of sea water.” Desalination, in those days, was just in its beginning phase. Since then, the Lake has been a topic of study and dispute. [See AVToday # 259, January 2011.] Last year, a self-appointed Lake Team took matters in hand. It executed a number of drillings in the area of the future lake, to ascertain the underground structure. [See AVToday # 290, Se...