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Udupi Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) formerly known as Nagarjuna Power Corporation Limited (NPCL) is a Limited Liability Company registered under the companies Act 1956 of India with its registered office located at Prestige Opal, Unit 202, 2nd Floor, # 146 Infantry Road, Bengaluru - 560 001, Karnataka, India and is setting up the Udupi Power Project (UPP) in Yelluru, Udupi District of Karnataka State in the Coastal Region of India. The project is a Mega Power Project under the Mega Power Policy of the Government of India.

PROJECT NAME : Udupi Power Project
CAPACITY : 2 x 507.5 MW proposed to be augmented to
2 x 600 MW
OWNER : Udupi Power Corporation Limited,
Prestige Opal, Unit 202, 2nd Floor,
# 146 Infantry Road,
Bengaluru – 560 001, Karnataka, India.
OWNER’S ENGINEER TO PROJECT : TCE Consulting Engineers Limited,
Sheriff Centre, 73/1, St. Mark’s Road,
Bengaluru – 560 001, Karnataka, India.
EPC CONTRACTOR : Lanco Infratech Limited (LITL),
Lanco Group. Plot No. 229, Udyog Vihar,
Phase - 1, Gurgaon – 122 016,
Haryana, India.
PROJECT LOCATION : Kolachuru, Yelluru Village, Nandikur Post – 574 138, Udupi District, Karnataka, India.
The site is at a road distance of about 35 kms north of Mangalore in Udupi District of Karnataka State, and is about 30 kms from the New Mangalore Port Trust through Rail.
The Project Location is accessible by Road from the State Highway connecting National Highway NH 17 (Between Mangalore and Mumbai via Goa) and Karkala Town.
Nearest Airport is Mangalore International Airport, which is at a distance of about 35 kms from the Project Location
ELEVATION ABOVE MEAN SEA LEVEL  : 20 Mtrs to 40 Mtrs above Mean Sea Level
ACCESS TO SITE : Road: About 3 km North of Karkala Road
Nearest Town is Padubidri
Rail: Nearest Railway Station – Padubidri
Railway Station

The Udupi Power Corporation Ltd, Karnataka, India an imported coal-based thermal power project, is being set up at a cost of Rs 43,420 million through a mix of debt and equity from a consortium of 14 banks and financial institutions led by the Power Finance Corporation Ltd. This is the first Independent Power Project in the country to operate on imported coal and also awarded a ‘mega project’ status.

The project has obtained all clearances from various departments of both the Central Government and the State Government. While 90 per cent of the power will be supplied to Karnataka, the balance will be supplied to Punjab, for which necessary Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) have been made with the five Escoms/Discoms of Karnataka and Punjab State Electricity Boards respectively. Karnataka Escoms have provided a three-tier payment security consisting of Letter of Credit, Escrow and State Government guarantee.

The project has already achieved financial closure and the construction work is under way. The project is expected to be commissioned by the last quarter of 2009. The tariff of the project is one of the most competitive in the industry as it has addressed issues of finalizing project cost, apart from firm prices of fuel for the initial period of five years from the date of commissioning.


Udupi Power Corporation Ltd
Prestige Opal Unit 202,
2nd Floor, # 146, Infantry Road,
Bangalore - 560 001
Karnataka, India
Tel: +91-80-4025 4025
Fax: +91-80-4025 4000

Padubidri, Oct. 28th, 2011:  In a press release dated Oct. 28th, site in-charge of UPCL - J.H. Naidu denied the allegation of pumping out effluent into the sea which is causing the death of fishes.  He said that the power plant is undergoing routine annual maintenance which has started from 8th October for a month, involving cleaning of sea water in-take to clear it from silt, through pumps, by authorised agencies.  He also clarfified that the sea water is being used only for cooling and after cooling the system through NDCT, it is released back into the sea without any effluents.  On the given date, the plant was  under shut down and therefore there was'nt any question of effluents being discharged into the sea.   News and pic. by: Hareesh Kumar Hejamady.
UPCL denies allegation of discharge of effluents into the sea causing death of fishes
Free artificial limbs distribution camp held by Lanco and Lions club Mulki
Mulki, November 4th:  Lanco foundation, Udupi Power Corporation Ltd in association with Mulki LIONS Club, Lioness Club & LEO Club organized artificial limbs and appliances distribution camp camp at LIONS Soudha at Mulki for physically challenged persons of Mulki & surrounding villages on 2nd Nov-2011. Lions District Governor P Kishore Rao has inaugurated the camp. In the inaugural speech, Lions P Kishore Rao told that Mulki Lions Club is very actively involved in the social welfare of the people by conducting many such programs     Read More >>>
Blood donation camp by Lanco foundation
Padubidri, Oct. 20th, 2011:  Lanco foundation and Udupi district blood storage centres jointly organised a blood donation camp at Yellur where the employees of Udupi Power Corporation donated blood. This was the third camp held by Lanco. inaugurated by UPCL power plant in charge J.J. Naidu by lighting the lamp.  UPCL Vice President Ramachandra Bhat was the first one to donate blood.  Medical officer of Udupi district hospital blood storage centre - Dr. Sharat, senior officer of UPCL - Nagaraj, Sudarshan Prasad, Shashidahar, Keshav Patali, Lanco foundation's Muralidhar, Arun Kamat, Sudhir and others were present.  Around 97 persons including Lanco's senior officers and employees donated blood.
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Nandikur Jana Jagriti Samiti and Raitha Sangha issue a deadline of Oct. 11th to UPCL to solve environmental pollution problems
Nandikur, Sept. 29th, 2011:  Nandikur Jana Jagriti Samiti and Raitha Sangha staged a protest today at UPCL site and issued a dead line of October 11th to UPCL to solve environmental pollution issues caused by the power plant at Nandikur. They have warned of locking out the power plant if they fail to do so by that dead line.  More than 150 people comprising of affected people's representatives from Yelluru, Mudarangadi, Santooru, Padebettu, Padubidri, Yermal and Hejamady, along with Jana Jagriti Samiti and Raitha Sangha members, gathered outside the main gate of UPCL plant at Mudarangadi-Bellibattu at 10 a.m.   They blocked the entrance and shouted slogans against politicians.  They refused to move out and insisted on their pleas being heard.
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Mudarangadi, November 18th, 2011: Lanco foundation, Udupi Power Corporation Ltd in association with St Francis Church Mudarangadi & G.P Mudarangadi has organized artificial limbs and appliances distribution camp at St Francis church hall, Mudarangadi for Differently abled persons of Mudarangadi & surrounding villages on 17th Nov-2011. Mr. Wilfred V Gomes- Director, Federation of Differently abled persons has inaugurated the camp.
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LANCO - UPCL Artificial Limbs & Appliances Distribution Camp at Mudarangadi
Expert committee visits UPCL pollution-affected areas
Padubidri, November 20th, 2011:  On hearing pleas from the people affected by the pollution caused by UPCL power plant, at a meeting held at Udupi DC office, the expert committee comprising of Dr. Y.B. Ramakrishna, Dr. T.V. Ramachandra, C.D. Kumar from the environmental department and others visitedmthe affected sites near Padebettu temple and Ulloor areas.  They carried out their inspection on Saturday and continued it on Sunday as well.  They visited the houses of Kariya Shetty and Dayanand Devadige, and inspected their wells and agricultural land for the damage caused.  
Full coverage by Hareesh Kumar Hejmady
Padubidri, November 21st, 2011:  After the planned annual maintenance that had commenced from October 8th, the UPCL started their testing of unit No.1 machinery on Monday.  The black smoke coming out of the chimney could been seen once again.  The production is expected to start from Tuesday, November 22nd.
The expert committee had just finished their inspection on Sunday.  The outcome of its findings is awaited.  The second unit is reported to be ready for production, but awaiting 400 kv line to be furnished by the government..
UPCL power production to resume after annual maintenance
Padubidri, November 22nd 2011:  UPCL's Senior Manager (operations), P. Krishna Gopal, in his press release, gave clarification regarding fly-ash generation and disposal at UPCL power plant, in detail.  The letter says, "UPCL unit was in shut down for annual maintenance for nearly 45 days during which period no fly ash or bottom ash could be generated. However as boiler was under maintenance, cleaning of boiler & hoppers was done and bottom ash swiped from boiler is removed and put in wet form as usual before a week.  It is to inform that no leaking or overflowing have occurred till date as reported in media  since ash dyke is laid with impervious liners ....."    Read full text >>>
UPCL's  clarification regarding fly-ash generation and disposal
Udupi Power Corporation Ltd. Overview as per Lanco Website

UPCL must fulfill fundamental requirements of the people - District JDS Working president Gulam Mohammad says
Padubidri, December 14th, 2011:  The working president of Udupi district JDS, Gulam Mohammad, has said that the UPCL power company must fulfill the fundamental requirements of the people and also, it is its obligation to do so.  Instead of discussion on if the power plant is required or not, it should be company's first preference to take remedial action for the damages caused to the people from nearby 9 villages.  He urged the company to show its responsibility by finding permanent solution or to compensate for the loss of agricultural output, drinking water contamination, people's living and environmental damages.
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Bundh call given to protest against UPCL
Padubidri, December 4th, 2011:  In a meeting called by Raitha Sangha to discuss the ill-effects on people's lives due to the pollution from UPCL power plant, it was decided to observe a bundh on December 26th in affected villages of Padubidri, Hejmady, Yermal Tenka and Bada, Mudarangadi, Yellur, Palimar, Inna and Belapu, with a protest meet in Padubidri Pete. The meeting was held at Pingara hall of Hotel Pallavi this afternoon and was presided by the district president of  Raitha Sangha, Vijay Hegde.  Representatives from various political parties and organisations took part in the meeting.  Read more >>>
Padubidri, December 24th, 2011:  Raitha Sangha, Hasiru Sene and many other organisations took out a bike rally on Friday in preparation for the proposed bundh call given for December 26th, to protest against Udupi Power Corporation's thermal power plant which was built against the wishes of the people and causing environmental damages and health hazards.  District Raitha Sangha president Vijay Hegde lead the rally consisting of more than 50 motor cycles which started from Padubidri ...  Read more >>>
Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene take out Bike Rally in preparation of proposed bundh call on 26th against UPCL
Bundh aginst UPCL highly successful
Padubidri, December 28th, 2011:  A bundh call given to protest against UPCL by Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene, supported by many other organisations,  was highly successful, as the vehicles went off the road and shops remained closed on Monday, December 26th.  Fishermen community also extended their support for the bundh, alongwith transport and labour unions.  Protest meet was held at Padubidri Pete, attended by a large number of people.  Elaborate security arrangements were made by the police.  More pictures >>>
News related to Lanco's Udupi Power Corporation Ltd. - UPCL Thermal Power Plant near Nandikur
Inna, January 7th, 2012:  Inna residents obstructed UPCL's Nandikur-Hassan transmission line layingwork on Saturday.  No compensation had been paid for the the owners of 2-3 houses and acres of agricultural land through which the said line was passing.  The contractors did not respond to their request and instead blamed the land owners, it was alleged.  While the work was going on in the agricultural land belonging to Laxmi Shedthy and Krishnayya Shedthy, the agitated residents .....
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Inna residents obstruct UPCL's transmission line laying work
Pejavara Mutt Swamiji breaks his fast but continues his protest after a meeting with  District-in-charge minister Dr. V.S. Acharya
Padubidri, January 10th, 2012:  After a closed-door meeting with District-in-charge minister Dr. V.S. Acharya and a request from chief minister, Pejavara Mutt Swamiji broke his fast, but continued his protest planned till Wednesday evening for not meeting his main demand.  The state government has put forward three main agreements - 1. To form a task force to assess the environmental damages and submit its report every week. 2. To appoint two alternative experts nominated by the Swamiji.  Read more >>>
Pejavara Mutt Swamiji goes on a three-day fast to protest against dropping of two committee members to study environmental damages of UPCL
Padubidri, January 9th, 2012:  Pejavara Mutt Swamiji Shri Vishwesha Thirtha Sripada commenced his three-day long fast at the new  auditorium of Nandikur Shri Durga Parameshwari temple, to protest against dropping of two members from the team to study the environmental damages caused by Udupi Power Corporation's thermal power plant in Nandikur.  He demanded reinstatement of both of them and complete the clear report within ten days.               Read more >>>
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Lanco Foundation distributes free school kits  at Hejmady ZP Hr. Primary school
Padubidri, July 10th, 2012:  At a free school kit distribution camp held at Hejmady ZP Higher Primary school, UPCL's Vice President Ramachandra V. Bhat said that apart from providing basic necessity of power production, the Lanco Foundaton have long term plans of providing health care, education and drinking water distribution.  After symbolically distributing the kits to a few students he advised the students to to grab ample global opportunities in coming days through proper education.    Read more
Pollution Control Board personnel take water samples from the well near UPCL project area
Padubidri, June 9th, 2012:  On receiving complaints from the people residing near UPCL power plant area about the pollution of well water, the authorities from Pollution Control Board visited the area for inspection.  Udupi District Pollution Control Officer Rajshekhar Puranik visited the area on instructions from Udupi District Commissioner on receiving a complaint from Jayant Kumar, a local resident.  Mr. Puranik collected water samples from the wells belonging to Kariya Shetty from Ulloor, Jayant Kumar from Saje, Vimala Muggerthi and other houses from Ullorgutthu. Read more
Kemmundel residents complain against migrant workers residing in UPCL colony
Padubidri, June 2nd, 2012:  Kemmundel residents have complained against continuous harassment and threat from migrant workers residing in the UPCL colony.  The women and female students have complained that the workers are taking shower in the open near the borewell and teasing the women passing by.  They also alleged that the workers behave in an obscene manner while removing their clothes in the open and click photographs of the women through their mobile phones.  If questioned, they retaliate with obscene abuses and threats in Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and other languages.  Read more
UPCL press release says  "Expert panel report biased"
Padubidri, May 18th 2012:  In a press release Udupi Power Corporation Ltd. (UPCL) has rejected the findings of the independent report prepared by two experts, Executive Chairman of Karnataka State Bio-fuel Development Board Y.B. Ramakrishna and T.V. Ramachandra of Energy & Wetlands Research Group, Indian Institute of Science.  The UPCL claims that the report is baseless, biased and done with wrong intentions.
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Villagers from Yellur and other nearby villages stop UPCL-Hassan electricity line work
Padubidri, May 14th, 2012:  When KPTCL restarted their UPCL-Hassan electricity line cable laying work with the eleborate police force presence, villagers from Yellur and other nearby villages led by Yellur Grama Panchayat president Sumana, member Jayant Kumar, Nagesh Bhat, ZP member Arun Shetty, VHP district vice president Prakash Shetty Padebettu, Naveen N. Shetty and others opposed to the work and demanded stopping this illegal work.  In response to this, KPTCL Supt. Engineer Govind Rao and Executive Engineer PDB Rao said that .....  Read more
Lanco's Udupi Power Unit awarded 'Gold Shield' national award
Padubidri, March 24th, 2012: Ministry of Power, Governement of India, awarded 'Gold Shield' national award for meritorious performance in power sector in recognition of outstanding performance during the year 2010-11 to Unit 1 of Udupi Power Corporation Ltd. for early completion of power project.  The Award was presented by the Hon’ble Minister of Power, Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde, at a special award ceremony held on March 22nd at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.  Commenting on receiving the accolade, Mr. L. Madhusudhan Rao, Executive Chairman, said, “It has been a challenging task for the entire team to commission the project in the least possible time frame.....             Read more >>>
Lanco Foundation distributes free appliances to physically disabled people at Yermal Bada
Yermal Bada, March 6th, 2012:  Lanco Foundation, in association with UPCL and Seastar Club Yermal Bada distributed free appliances to physcially disabled people and also distributed furniture to the library of Yermal Bada Anganawadi Kendra and the village accountant's office, at a function held at Yermal Bada (Uchila) grama panchayat office hall on 4th March.  Taluk panchayat member Smt. Kesari Yuvraj inaugurated the camp and lauded the humanitarian services of Lanco Foundation and UPCL.  Bada grama panchayat president Chandrashekhar Kotian presided over the function.
Lanco Foundation donates Rs. 25,000 to disabled Suresh Poojary from Yermal Bada
Yermal Bada, Feb. 25th, 2012:  Responding to a plea from 35 years old Suresh Poojary, S/O Bhoja Poojary, residing near Yermal Bada Garadi Thota, with disabled legs since birth, Lanco Foundation and UPCL donated Rs. 25,000.  Hailing from a poor family and suffering disability, he had appealed through Yermal Bada grama panchayat.  UPCL's Senior Project Manager Sudarshan Prasad, Lanco Foundation's Arun Kamath and Sudhir A.K. handed over the cheque in the presence of Yermal Bada grama panchayat President Chandrashekhar Kotian, local leaders Shivkumar Mendon and Shashikanth and Mahesh Poojary.       H.K. Hejmady