Prime Minister Modi dedicates Palli village as India’s first ‘carbon neutral panchayat’

The indefinable village of Palli in Jammu and Kashmir’s border district of Samba entered India’s ‘modern history’ on Sunday as the country’s first “carbon neutral panchayat” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation’s 500 KV photovoltaic system, installed in a record time of almost three weeks.

Modi inaugurated the solar power plant to cheers and applause from the people.

The prime minister said Palli has shown the way to the country to achieve a CO2-neutral state. “People from Palli have helped with the project. They have also provided food for people who are involved in the project,” he said.

A total of 1,500 solar panels set up on the total area of ​​6,408 square meters will provide clean electricity to 340 houses in the panchayat model under the central government’s Gram Urja Swaraj ‘program, officials said.

Residents of Palli in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba border district are optimistic about the Prime Minister’s visit to their village.

They describe this day as the “red letter day” in India’s modern history of development and transformation.

“It’s red letter day for us. With Modi ji’s blessing, the village has entered India’s history as the first carbon neutral sun village. We thank the Prime Minister for choosing this village across the country,” said Palli villager Gurdeep Singh.

From the macadamized roads to the newly launched electric bus service, the village, located just 17 km from the winter capital Jammu, is witnessing a major transformation with an upgraded Panchayat Ghar, renovated government college building, a new pond and improved playgrounds.

The project was completed at a cost of Rs 2.75 crore in record time, officials said. The electricity produced will be distributed to the village, which has a daily need of 2,000 units, through the local electricity network.

The village, which has 450 houses, has got solar Chulhas’ (furnaces) and all the houses will be covered by the next phase after the Prime Minister’s visit, officials said.

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