Interim report on environmental carrying capacity of Udupi taluk in relation to expansion of 2X600MW Udupi power Plant (UPCL), Udupi district, Karnataka, 02/03/2021

  • 02/03/2021

Interim report on the study of environmental carrying capacity of Udupi taluk in relation to expansion of 2X600MW Udupi power Plant (UPCL).

Selected water quality parameters of ground water and surface water resources within the study area have been considered for assessing the water environment. The samples collected from places like Yelluru village, Nandikur village, UPCL ash pond end point, inside the UPCL plant, UPCL ash pond starting point and UPCL guard pond were analyzed and compared with Drinking Water Standards - IS 10500, 2012 and the results do not conform to the stipulated standards.

A survey was conducted in the 36 villages surrounding the UPCL plant in Udupi district to know the socio-economic, health, environment and ecological aspects of the respondents. It was noted that 84.75% suffered loss of their agricultural land and 9.56% lost their house. Further, 54.26% had multiple health problems due to UPCL, 39.3% had respiratory problems and 13.5% suffered from cough fever and headache.