Fine on Gautam Adani’s company: The National Green Tribunal has imposed a fine of Rs 52 crore on the Udupi Power Plant (UPCL), operated by Adani Group’s company Adani Power, for flouting environmental norms and causing pollution.
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On Tuesday, May 31, the Chennai Bench of the NGT, while delivering the judgment, observed that the penalty was being imposed on the principle of environmental compensation ‘polluter pays’.
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The NGT said in the order that 50 per cent of the compensation would be used “to fix water supply, sewage, STP, solid waste management, health facilities and skill development programme.” According to the interim order, UPCL has deposited Rs 5 crore. At the same time, the NGT has asked UPCL to deposit the remaining fine in the next three months.
NGT slaps Rs 52 crore fine on Gautam Adani’s company
With this, the NGT has constituted a joint committee consisting of the Deputy Commissioner, Director of Agriculture and Horticulture and senior scientists to study the impacts of the activities of the UPCL on the lands in the vicinity of 10 km.
Simultaneously, the tribunal has ordered state and central government pollution control boards (KSPCB and CPCB) to impose additional fines on UPCL for tampering with the Online Continuous Emission System (OCEMS).
Udupi Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) has two 600 MW plants at Yelloor village in Udupi district. The people of the area also staged a 2003-04 protest over the environmental clearance for the plant. The plant was acquired by Adani Group in 2025 and now its capacity is being expanded.
Adani Group is the fastest growing industrial group in the country. Adani Group’s business is spread across airports, ports, drones, gas, mining, power generation, real estate, media and green energy. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Gautam Adani, the head of the Adani Group, has a net worth of $104 billion.