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Despite claims, Palli village in Samba still not carbon-neutral

Last Updated on April 27, 2022 at 3:56 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jammu and Kashmir’s Palli village on April 24 addressed India’s gram sabhas on the occasion of National Panchayti Raj Diwas. Also, in a major event PM inaugurated a 500 kW solar plant.

Despite the tall claims of Palli village’s carbon-neutral, Sarpanch Randhir Sharma told The Tribune that the panchayat was not yet fully carbon-neutral and for achieving this target it will take time nearly one-and-a-half year.

Sharma further said, “Every house has been given solar cooker. A solar plant has also come up in the village. Still Palli is not yet fully carbon-neutral. We are moving towards achieving the goal.”

For a panchayat to be carbon-neutral, he said there were many parameters. “At present, water pumps in agricultural fields are running on electricity and only around 10-20 are running on solar energy. We are trying hard to convince all farmers to shift their pumps to solar energy.”

The sarpanch told The Tribune that some families use wood as kitchen fuel and they are trying to provide them solar stoves.

Further Sarpanch added though a large quantity of vermicompost has been used this season that there are farmers who still use neem-coated fertilizers. “This is why I am saying Palli is still not carbon-neutral,” the sarpanch added.