Padubidri: Padubidri is a small and busy town in Udupi District of Karnataka state and it is also known as Padubidre or Paddedra in local Tulu language. It is ideally situated between two important cities - Mangalore and Udupi of coastal Karnataka. National Highway No.66 (former NH-17) passes through Padubidri town connecting the states of Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala. State highway for Kudremukh also originates from here connecting Padubidri to Kottigehara via Karkala, Bajagoli, Malleshwara, Kalasa and Magunidi. This has made it a convenient tourist junction. It has famous temples, fine restaurants, picturesque places and a clean beach. It is well known for peace and communal harmony. Nadsalu, Avaraalu, Bengre and Padebettu subdivisions form Padubidri. Annual car festival at Mahalingeshwara Maha Ganapathi temple and the bi-annual Dakke Bali at Brahmasthana attract thousands of people.
National Highway No.66 (former NH-17) passing through Padubidri is expected to be upgraded to a four lane high way. The final decision is yet to be taken regarding the route to be taken. There are plans to either widen the existing highway, by demolishing existing shops and other business establishments on both side of the existing road, or to take a new route from the eastern side, but at the expense of many residential areas. After many years of uncertainity, now NHAI has decided to widen the highway at the existing stretch passing through Padubidri town area. Paper notication has been issued to 210 survey numbers followed by compensation notice. The entire picture of Padubidri town is going to change in the coming months.
Padubidri is also at the forefront in the field of sports and various other cultural activities. It has successfully hosted State Level Day & Night cricket matches under the floodlight. Padubidri cricketers hosted the first floodlit cricket match and Mr. Erapalli Prasanna and the Hindi film actor Karan Shah were the famous personalities to attend the closing ceremony. Padubidri Friends Cricketers hosted the other match in 2006 to mark their 25th anniversary and the star attraction for the closing ceremony was former test cricketer Javagal Srinath. Karavali friends hosted the first floodlit Volley ball tournament in Padubidri. The local bodies of International service organizations such as JCI, Lions club and Rotary club are regularly conducting various cultural events and unique sporting events. Overall, the town of Padubidri is always in the limelight some way or the other, and more recently due to the controversy over projects like Nagarjuna and Suzlon. Padubidri is now a busy town with new business activities
How to reach Padubidri?: Padubidri is well connected by road, rail and by air. Many luxury buses operate from Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and from many other cities. Padubidri, Nandikurand Mulki railway stations are at close proximity. Konkan Railway connects Padubidri to many major destinations in India. Closest Airport is Mangalore Airport serving both domestic & Internationnal destinations in the Gulf countries. JetAirways, AirIndia (Indian Airlines), SpiceJet, Air Pegasus and AirIndia Express operate flights to Bombay and Bangalore. AirIndia Express, SpiceJet and JetAirways operate International flights to the Gulf countries.. The airport is located 23 Kms from Mangalore (Hampankatta) and 32 Kms from Padubidri.
Synefra Engineering & Construction, formerly known as Suzlon Infrastructure Ltd., has set up a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Padubidri, for Hi-tech engineering products and services in Mangalore with all legal and statutory compliances in place.
It covers an area of 641.30 Acres. Its existing units are:
SE Composites Limited - European aerodynamics technology based wind turbine component Manufacturer
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UPCL power plant: Udupi Power Company (former Nagarjuna / Lanco) - Thermal Power Plant constructed near Padubidri. 2 units of 600 MW each, using a 374 meters tall single chimney common for both units with two exhaust pipes inside, and each unit consits of a cooling tower (145 meters tall - on the left side of the chimney as shown on this picture), Electro-static precipitator, boiler and turbine generator. Production from one of the units has started on June 3rd, 2010. It is currently owned by Adani group. More photos.....
Mangalore SEZ in Padubidri
Udupi Power Corporation. Ltd. (Nagarjuna / Lanco Infratech Ltd.) has built a coal based thermal power plant of 1200 MW at an approximate cost of Rs.4900 crores at the surrounding villages of Padubidri. The first unit of 600 MW has been commissioned on June 3rd, 2010. Also Suzlon Energy has started windmill manufacturing project at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,000 crore. The production of 42 meter long windmill fans has already started and one can see huge trucks carrying these fans (two at a time) to New Mangalore Port for export. These two projects have attracted people from all over India. The Adani group has bought the power plant from Lanco.
Padubidri Plant of Suzlon Energy: 42 meter long Windmill fan units ready for transportation to New Mangalore port for export.
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Padubidri, Oct. 20th, 2017: Fearless journalist Jayanth Padubidri (55) passed away on Friday after a brief period of illness. His powerful and fearless writings had attracted a lot of readers. Being a bold environmentalist, he was in the forefront in the struggle against Cogentrix power company and a another environmentally harmful .... Read more
Padubidri, Nov.8th, 2017: Foundation stone laying ceremony was held at Avaral Mattu for the bridge connecting to Ayere Mattu, costing 6 crores 8 lakhs rupees. The bridge with a length of 150 m and a breadth of 7.5 m is expected to be completed by March 2018. Presiding over the function MLA Vinay .. Read more
Padubidri, Nov.14th, 2017: Suzlon Energy Ltd.'s Padubidri plant has stopped production and has declared lockout with effect from Nov. 29th citing labour problems. The unit has been manufacturing wind energy turbines and blades for the last 9 years .. Read more
Palimar Arun M. Kamath passes away
Padubidri, Nov.23, 2017: Palimar Saravajanika Ganeshotsava Samiti secretary, active member of HJV and GSB Sabha, and Grama Samiti Secretary Palimar Arun M. Kamath (47) passed away in a private hospital in Udupi after a brief period of illness. Hailing from Padubidri Kelagina Pete, he was running a cyber centre in Palimar after working in Lanco's social charity department. Being unmarried, he is survided by mother, two brothers and a sister.
Padubidri, Nov.28, 2017: Meeting held on Tuesday to resolve the lockout issue of Suzlon Engery's rotor blade manufacturing unit in Padubidei, ended without any results and has been postponed for Wednesday. The unit had suspended its operations and had announced lockout on Novemebr 14th. Read more
Padubidri, Nov. 29th, 2017: After the third round of talks on Wednesday, Padubidri unit of Suzlon Energy Ltd. has agreed for a compromise. In the meeting held on Tuesday the INTUC leaders and labour leaders had rejected the 20 points formula proposed by the company. Kaup MLA Vinay Kumar Sorake ..... Read more
Padubidri, Dec. 07, 2017: Suzlon Energy Ltd., a manufacturer of rotor blades in Padubdri, has officially cancelled the lockout decision. Company's vice-president Vijay Asnani has initiated the resumption of its operations by handing over an agreement to INTUC state president Rakesh Malli in the presence of ... Read more
Mithuna Kodattur elected as the president of Mulki Zone Journalists group
Padubidri, Dec.17th, 2017: Young journalist and columnist Mithuna Kodattur has been elected as the president of Mulki Zone Journalists group. With Mulki as its headquarters, the group covers areas of Suratkal, Kateel, Kinnigoli, Padubidri, Belman and Kaup.
Dr. Shekhar M. Salian Yermal passes away
Padubidri, Dec. 19th, 2017: Renowned doctor Shekhar M. Salian (78) from Yermal passed away in a private hospital in Mangalore on Tuesday morning (Dec. 19th). He had started his medical career in Padubidri after graduating from Mysore medical college . He has been working in Muscat for the last 40 years and had founded Muscat Tulu Koota and Muscat Mogaveers Organisation. He was felicitated a number of times for his services to NRI Kannadigas and Tuluvas. He is survived by his wife, son, 5 brothers and a sister.
Padubidri, Dec. 23rd, 2017: Lions club Padubidri organised a free eye screening camp in association with Kota CNS Memorial Lions eye hospital, Lions Trust for Services & Charities, Kota, and Primary Health Centre Padubidri on December 23rd, ... Read more
Padubidri, Dec.29th, 2017: Vaishnavi Salian, a 7th standard student from Lions English Medium School Padubidri, won the Grand Champion award in World Karate Championship competitions. The 16-nation compeition was held at Hyderabad ... Read more
Padubidri, Jan.4th, 2018: Rural talent Nehal Daniel D'Souza, son of Anand D'Souza - former cricketer of Padubidri Friends Cricketers, has been selected as the capatain of Mangalore Univerisity cricket team. Motivated and trained by his father ...... Read more