Ministry of Environment & Forests
Shri Shekar Berde,
Sr. Manager - Projects,
M/s Abhijeet Infrastructure Ltd.,
Bhilai – 490 026,
Sub: Brinda-Sisai Coal Mine Project (0.68 MTPA) of M/s Abhijeet Infrastructure Ltd. located in Jamadoba Colliery in villages Pokla alias Kasidih, Ghagra, Katahi Misraul, Kishnupur, Madhwapur, Brinda, Sisai, Serangdag, Kabra, Bijua, Gopda, Nawadih, Navakhap, & Chhatti Bariytu, Tehsil Simaria, Tandwa,, Tandwa, Kherada, CD Blocks, in Districts Hazaribagh and Chatra, Jharkand - Environmental Clearance – reg.
has reference to your letter No. AIL/B-S/EC/MoEF/06/94 dated 06.10.2006 enclosing
your application on the above-mentioned subject. The Ministry of Environment
& Forests has considered your application.
It has been noted that the project is for opening a new Brinda Sisai Coal Mine Project for production of coal at a rated
capacity of 0.68 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) for captive consumption of the
0.70 MTPA linked Sponge Iron Plant at Hazaribagh. Mining will be both
opencast and underground by semi-mechanised method. The total lease area of Brinda Sisai Coalmine project is 1377.62 ha
of which 695.17 ha is agricultural land, 632.67 ha is forestland, 49.78 ha is surface
water bodies. Forestry clearance has
been obtained. There are no National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuary, Biosphere
Reserves found in the 10 km buffer zone. The Banalat and
2. The Ministry of Environment & Forests hereby accords environmental clearance for the above-mentioned Brinda-Siasai Coal Mine Project of M/s Abhijeet Infrastructure Ltd. for production of coal of 0.68 MTPA rated capacity over a lease area of 1377.62 ha under Section 12 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and subsequent amendments thereto and under Para 2.1.1 of MOEF Circular dated 13.10.2006 subject to the compliance of the terms and conditions mentioned below:
A. Specific Conditions
(i) No mining operations shall be undertaken in the forestland until forestry clearance has been obtained under the provisions of FC Act, 1980.
(ii) Mining shall be carried out as per statuette at a safe distance from the Barki Nadi flowing adjacent to and rivulets flowing within the lease boundary.
(iii) The bund/embankment to be constructed alongside Barki Nadi shall be designed taking into account the highest flood level, based on past data, so as to guard against mine inundation. The slope of the embankment shall at least 2:1 towards the ML. The height of the embankment shall be at least 3 m higher than the HFL.
(iv) Topsoil should be stacked properly with proper slope at earmarked site(s) and should not be kept active and shall be used for reclamation and development of green belt.
(vi) Catch drains and siltation ponds of appropriate size should be
constructed to arrest silt and sediment flows from soil,
(vii) Dimension of the retaining wall at the toe of the dumps and
(viii) The UG mining in Brinda
Block shall be started only after the voids created by the opencast operations
have been completely filled up with
(ix) While extracting panels in the lower seam by UG method, all water bodies in the subsidence area shall be drained. Dewatering of the old goaves of the upper seam shall be continued as long as the lower seam is worked to prevent accumulation of large water bodies over working area.
(x) At the time of depillaring, protective bunds and garland drains shall be provided so that no water from the surface enters the subsidence area and the shaft.
(xi) Sufficient coal pillars shall be left unextracted around the air shaft (within the subsidence influence area) to protect from any damage from subsidence, if any.
(xii) Solid barriers shall be left below the roads falling within the blocks to avoid any damage to the roads.
(xiii) No depillaring operation shall be carried out below the roads and village area found within the lease until they are relocated.
(xiv) Regular monitoring of subsidence movement on the surface over and around the working area and impact on natural drainage pattern, water bodies, vegetation, structure, roads, and surroundings should be continued till movement ceases completely. In case of observation of any high rate of subsidence movement, appropriate effective corrective measures should be taken to avoid loss of life and material. Cracks should be effectively plugged with ballast and clayey soil/suitable material.
(xv) No mineral beneficiation/ coal washery shall be permitted without prior clearance form this Ministry.
(xvi) High efficiency bag filters/water sprinkling system should be provided to check fugitive emissions from conveyor system, haulage roads, transfer points, etc.
(xvii) Drills should be wet operated.
(xviii) Controlled blasting for OC operations should be practiced only during daytime with use of delay detonators. The mitigative measures for control of ground vibrations and to arrest the fly rocks and boulders should be implemented.
brought under afforestation shall not be less than 245 ha and shall include
(xx) A Progressive Closure Plan shall be implemented by reclamation of quarry area of Sisai Block which shall be backfilled, stabilised and afforested by planting native plant species in consultation with the local DFO/Agriculture Department. The density of the trees should be around 2500 plants per ha.
(xxi) Conservation Plan for endangered species, if
any, found in and around the project area shall be formulated, if required, in
consultation with the
(xxii) The company shall obtain prior approval of CGWA/CGWB Regional Office for use of groundwater if required, for mining operations.
(xxiii) Regular monitoring of groundwater level and quality should be carried out by establishing a network of exiting wells and construction of new peizometers. The monitoring for quantity should be done four times a year in pre-monsoon (May), monsoon (August), post-monsoon (November) and winter (January) seasons and for quality in May. Data thus collected should be submitted to the Ministry of Environment & Forests and to the Central Pollution Control Board quarterly within one month of monitoring.
(xxiv) The Company shall put up artificial groundwater recharge measures for augmentation of groundwater resource. The project authorities should meet water requirement of nearby village(s) in case the village wells go dry due to dewatering of mine.
(xxv) ETP should also be provided for treating workshop effluents and excess mine water to meet prescribed standards before discharge.
(xxvi) R&R shall not be less than the norms laid down by the State Government and shall be completed within a specified time-frame.
(xxvii) A Final Mine Closure Plan along with details of Corpus Fund should be submitted to the Ministry of Environment & Forests for approval 5 years in advance of final mine closure for approval.
(xxviii) Consent to Operate shall be obtained before starting mining operations.
B. General Conditions
(i) No change in mining technology and scope of working should be made without prior approval of the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
(ii) No change in the calendar plan including excavation, quantum of mineral coal and waste should be made.
(iii) Four ambient air quality monitoring stations should be established in the core zone as well as in the buffer zone for SPM, RPM, SO2 and NOx monitoring. Location of the stations should be decided based on the meteorological data, topographical features and environmentally and ecologically sensitive targets in consultation with the State Pollution Control Board.
(iv) Fugitive dust emissions (SPM and RPM) from all the sources should be controlled regularly monitored and data recorded properly. Water spraying arrangement on haul roads, wagon loading, dump trucks (loading and unloading) points should be provided and properly maintained.
(v) Data on ambient air quality (SPM, RPM, SO2 and NOx) should be regularly submitted to the Ministry including its Regional Office at Bhubaneshwar and to the State Pollution Control Board and to the Central Pollution Control Board once in six months.
(vi) Adequate measures should be taken for control of noise levels below 85 dBA in the work environment. Workers engaged in blasting and drilling operations, operation of HEMM, etc should be provided with ear plugs/muffs.
wastewater (workshop and wastewater from the mine) should be properly
collected, treated so as to conform to the standards prescribed under GSR 422
(viii) Vehicular emissions should be kept under control and regularly monitored. Vehicles used for transporting the mineral should be covered with tarpaulins and optimally loaded.
(ix) Environmental laboratory should be established with adequate number and type of pollution monitoring and analysis equipment in consultation with the State Pollution Control Board.
(x) Personnel working in dusty areas should wear protective respiratory devices and they should also be provided with adequate training and information on safety and health aspects.
Occupational health surveillance programme of the workers should be undertaken periodically to observe any contractions due to exposure to dust and to take corrective measures, if needed.
(xi) A separate environmental management cell with suitable qualified personnel should be set up under the control of a Senior Executive, who will report directly to the Head of the company.
(xii) The funds earmarked for environmental protection measures should e kept in separate account and should not be diverted for other purpose. Year-wise expenditure should be reported to this Ministry and its Regional Office at Bhubaneshwar.
(xiii) The Regional Office of this Ministry located at Bhubaneshwar shall monitor compliance of the stipulated conditions. The Project authorities shall extend full cooperation to the office(s) of the Regional Office by furnishing the requisite data/ information/monitoring reports.
(xiv) A copy of the will be marked to concerned Panchayat/ local NGO, if any, from whom any suggestion/representation has been received while processing the proposal.
(xv) State Pollution Control Board should display a copy of the clearance letter at the Regional Office, District Industry Centre and Collector’s Office/Tehsildar’s Office for 30 days.
(xvi) The Project authorities should advertise at least in two local newspapers widely circulated around the project, one of which shall be in the vernacular language of the locality concerned within seven days of the clearance letter informing that the project has been accorded environmental clearance and a copy of the clearance letter is available with the State Pollution control Board and may also be seen at the website of the ministry of Environment & Forests at http://envfor.nic.in.
3. The Ministry or any other competent authority may stipulate any further condition for environmental protection.
4. Failure to comply with any of the conditions mentioned above may result in withdrawal of this clearance and attract the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
5. The above conditions will be enforced inter-alia, under the provisions of the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, the Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the Public Liability Insurance Act, 1991 along with their amendments and Rules.
1. Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Shastri
2. Secretary, Department of
Environment & Forests, Government of Jharkand, Secretariat,
3. Chief Conservator of Forests, Regional office (EZ), Ministry of Environment & Forests, A/3 Chandrashekarpur, Bhubaneshwar – 751023.
5. Chairman, Central Pollution
Control Board, CBD-cum-Office Complex,
6. Member-Secretary, Central Ground Water Authority, Ministry of Water Resources, Curzon Road Barracks, A-2, W-3 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi.
7. District Collector, Chatra, Government of Jharkand.
8. District Collector, Hazaribagh, Government of Jharkand.
9. Monitoring File 9. Guard File 10. Record File