Palli in Jammu becomes India’s first carbon-neutral panchayat

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Palli village in Jammu's Samba district has become the first panchayat in the country to become carbon neutral, which is completely solar powered.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated this 500 kW solar plant to the nation on 24 April, which has been installed in a record time of about three weeks.

  • The plant has been set up by Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a Government of India Enterprise under the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology.

  • All 1,500 solar panels, installed over a total area of 6,408 square metres, will provide clean electricity to 340 houses of the model panchayat under the Centre's 'Gram Urja Swaraj' programme.

  • This village has been recorded as the first carbon-neutral solar village in the history of India.

  • The village is located 17 km away from Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The project has been completed at a cost of Rs 2.75 crore.

  • This is a major step towards achieving the Glasgow goal.

  • What is carbon neutrality?

  • Carbon neutrality refers to the idea that the more carbon dioxide released, the more carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere.

  • To achieve this goal, every major economic sector must be environmentally friendly.

  • All countries should boost their economy by replacing coal and gas with renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power plants.

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