The City the Earth Needs
In accordance with The Mother’s plan, the City Area is composed of four zones surrounding the Matrimandir Peace Area & the City Centre. They are the Residential, Cultural, International, and Industrial zones.
The Auroville Development Plan envisages massive investment spread over the different zones to enable Auroville to reach its full potential progressively and rapidly. This will also help Auroville extend the benefits of its development to the surrounding villages and bioregion.
Soul FriendlyA city for soul's evolution
Eco FriendlyA city in harmony with Nature
People FriendlyCity as a community
- Acre International Zone
- Acre Industrial Zone
- Acre Cultural Zone
- Acre Residential Zone
- City Area Diameter
- Square Km City Area
The Four Zones
"We have four big sections: the cultural section, to the north, that is to say, towards Madras; to the east, the industrial section; to the south, the international section; and to the west, that is to say towards the lake, the residential section..."
Mother on 23 June 1965, speaking about Auroville for the first time
Matrimandir and the Peace AreaMatrimandir and the Peace AreaThe Matrimandir will be the soul of Auroville. A place... for trying to find one’s consciousnessAt the centre of the city is the oval Peace Area where the Matrimandir, the soul of Auroville, is located. Matrimandir is surrounded by 12 petals and 12 gardens. Right next to it is a giant banyan tree which is the geographical centre of Auroville. Nearby is the amphitheatre with the Urn of Human Unity that contains the soil of 121 nations and 23 Indian states. All of these are surrounded by a lake in the making, creating an atmosphere of calm and serenity and serving water to the city in the future.To visit the Matrimandir viewing point and the inner chamber please go to this page.
The GreenbeltA multi-purpose asset for Auroville and the surrounding villagesThe Green Belt Zone has broadly three main categories of uses, viz. agriculture and farming, forest and land regeneration and recreation. Their development is designed to promote biodiversity enhancement, environmental management, land regeneration and water management, with technology transfer of the above activities for wider application. This will make the Green Belt not only an asset for Auroville and the surrounding villages, but also a National Resource Centre (NRC) for sustainable development.