F. No. J-13011/49/2008-IA.II(T)

Government of India

Ministry of Environment & Forests

                                                                     Paryavaran Bhawan

CGO Complex, Lodi Road

New Delhi-110 003


 Dated :  27  Feb, 2009     


M/s  Sophia Power Company Limited

indiabulls House” 448-451,Udyog Vihar

Ph-V,Gurgaon – 122 001


Subject: 1320 MW (2x660MW) Thermal Power Project at Additional   Amravati Indl. Area, Nandgaonpeth, District       Amravati, Maharashtra   by M/s Sophia Power Ltd-Environmental Clearance   regarding.


The undersigned is directed to refer to your communication no.    IBPSL/thermal/Amravati/0809/816 dt. 4.9.2008 regarding the subject mentioned above. Subsequent information furnished vide letters dt.  13.1.2009 have also been considered.

2.     It is noted that the proposal is for grant of environmental clearance for setting up of 1320 MW Stage-I thermal power project based on super critical technology at Nandgaonpeth in Amaravati District, Maharashtra.  The site is located in additional Amravati Industrial Area.  The land requirement for the project will be 1045 acres, which includes 300 acres for ash pond and 260 acres for greenbelt.  No R&R is involved.   The site is reported to conform to the siting guidelines in terms of distance of 500


m from the highway, railway line and HFL of the river. Coal requirement will be 6.5 million tonnes per annum.  Water requirement is estimated at 4890 m3/hr, which will be met from Wardha dam.    It was also stated by the proponent that an amount of Rs 1.0 crore per year will be spent on CSR activities. The project was exempted from public hearing vide letter dated 2nd September, 2008, in view of its location in notified industrial area in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.     No National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is located within 10 Km from project area. Total cost of the project is Rs. 6887.97 crores which includes Rs. 569.87 crores for environmental protection measures.


 3.    The proposal has been considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee for Thermal Power and Coal Mine projects  and Ministry of Environment & Forests hereby accords environmental clearance to    the said project under the provisions of Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 subject to implementation of the following terms and conditions:-         


(i)        The total land requirement for all the activities of the project shall not exceed 1045 acres. 

(ii)       Efforts shall be made to leave the natural channel passing through the site undisturbed.  In case, it is not possible, then it shall be realigned in such a      way   that the natural drainage is not   affected. 


(iii)      Sulphur and ash contents in the coal to be used in the project shall not exceed 0.5% and 40% respectively at any given time. In case of variation of coal quality at the time of issue of LOA, a fresh reference shall be made to MOEF for suitable amendments to environmental clearance conditions wherever necessary.

(iv)     A bi-flue stack of 275 m height shall be provided with continuous    online monitoring equipments for Sox, NOx, Particulate matter and Hg. Exit velocity of flue gases shall not be less than 22 m/sec.

 (v)     High efficiency Electrostatic Precipitator (ESP) shall be installed   to ensure that particulate emission does not exceed 50 mg/Nm3.

(vi)      As part of the post project air quality monitoring, a station shall also be located in the South-East direction at a distance of about 4 km.  The records of the monitoring data so obtained should be maintained and analyzed. 


 (vii)     Space provision shall be kept for retrofitting of FGD, if required at a later date.


(viii)     Adequate dust extraction system such as cyclones/ bag filters and water spray system in dusty areas such as in coal handling and ash handling points, transfer areas and other vulnerable dusty areas shall be   provided.


(ix)       Fly ash shall be collected in dry form and storage facility (silos) shall be provided. 100% fly ash utilization shall be achieved within 5 years    Unutilized fly ash and bottom ash shall be disposed off in the ash pond.  Mercury and other heavy metals ( As,Pb,Cr etc) shall be monitored in  bottom ash and in the effluents emanating from the ash pond.


(x)      Ash pond shall be lined with impervious lining. Adequate safety measures shall also be implemented to protect the ash   dyke from getting breached.


(xi)    Closed cycle cooling system with   cooling towers shall be provided.  COC of at least 5 shall be adopted and the effluents shall be treated as per the prescribed norms.


(xii)     The treated effluents conforming to the prescribed standards shall be re-circulated and reused within the plant.  There shall be no discharge outside the plant boundary except during monsoon. Arrangements shall be made that effluents and storm water do not get mixed.


 (xiii)   A sewage treatment plant shall be provided and the treated sewage shall be used for raising greenbelt/plantation.


(xiv)   Rain water harvesting should be adopted. Central Groundwater Authority/ Board shall be consulted for finalization of appropriate rain water harvesting   technology within a period of three months from the date of clearance and details shall be furnished.


 (xv)    Adequate safety measures shall be provided in the plant area to check/minimize spontaneous fires in coal yard, especially during summer season. Copy of the   these measures with full details along with  location plant layout shall be submitted to the Ministry as well as to the Regional Office of the Ministry at    Bhopal.


 (xvi)   Storage facilities for auxillary liquid fuel such as LDO and/ HFO/ LSHS shall be made in the plant area where risk is minimum to the storage facilities.  Disaster Management Plan shall be prepared to meet any eventuality in case of an accident taking place. Mock drills shall be conducted regularly and based on the same, modifications required, if any shall be incorporated in the DMP. Sulphur content in the liquid fuel will not exceed 0.5%.


 (xvii)   Provision shall be made for the  housing of construction labour within the site  with all necessary infrastructure and facilities such as fuel for cooking, mobile toilets, mobile STP, safe drinking water, medical health care, crèche etc. The housing may be in the form of temporary structure to be removed after the completion of the project.


(xviii)   Regular monitoring of ground water in and around the ash pond area   including heavy metals (Hg,Cr,As,Pb)  shall be carried out, records   maintained and six monthly reports shall be furnished to the Regional Office of this Ministry.    The data so obtained should be compared with the baseline data so as to ensure that the groundwater quality is not adversely affected due to the project.     

 (xix)    A   green belt of adequate width and density shall be developed around the plant periphery covering 1/3 of total area   preferably with local species.

 (xx)   First aid and sanitation arrangements shall be made for the drivers and other contract workers during construction phase.

(xxi)    Noise levels emanating from turbines shall be so controlled such that the noise in the work zone shall be limited to 75 dBA.   For people working in the high noise area, requisite personal protective equipment like earplugs/ear muffs etc. shall be provided. Workers engaged in noisy areas such as   turbine area, air compressors etc shall be periodically examined    to maintain audiometric record and for treatment for any hearing loss including shifting to non noisy/less noisy areas.

 (xxii)     Regular monitoring of ground level concentration of SO2, NOx, Hg,SPM and RSPM shall be carried out in the impact zone and records maintained.  If at any stage these levels are found to exceed the prescribed limits, necessary        control measures shall be provided immediately.  The location of the monitoring


           stations and frequency of monitoring shall be decided in consultation with SPCB. Periodic reports shall be submitted to the Regional Office of this Ministry. The data so monitored shall also be put on the website of the company.

 (xxiii) The project proponent shall advertise in at least two local newspapers widely  circulated in the region around the project, one of which shall be in the vernacular language of the locality, / office of Municipal  Corporation/Gram Panchayat  concerned and on the company’s web site  within seven days from the date of this clearance letter, informing that the project has been accorded environmental clearance and copies of clearance letter are available with the State Pollution Control Board/Committee and may also be seen at Website of the Ministry of Environment and Forests at http://envfor.nic.in.

(xxiv)   A separate environment management cell with qualified staff shall be set up   for implementation of the stipulated environmental safeguards.

(xxv)  Half yearly report on the status of implementation of the stipulated conditions and environmental safeguards shall be submitted to this Ministry/ Regional Office/CPCB/SPCB.

(xxvi)   Regional Office of the Ministry of Environment & Forests located at Bhopal will monitor the implementation of the stipulated conditions. A complete set of documents including Environmental Impact Assessment Report and Environment Management Plan along with the additional information submitted from time to time shall be forwarded to the Regional Office for their use during monitoring. Project proponent will up-load the compliance status in their website and up-date the same from time to time at least six monthly basis. Criteria pollutants levels (Stack & ambient levels of NOx) will be displayed at the main gate of the   power plant.

(xxvii)   Separate funds shall be allocated for implementation of environmental protection measures along with item-wise break-up. These cost shall be included as part of the project cost. The funds earmarked for the environment protection measures shall not be diverted for other purposes and year-wise expenditure should be reported to the Ministry.

 (xxviii)  The project authorities shall inform the Regional Office as well as the Ministry regarding the date of financial closure and final approval of the project by the concerned authorities and the dates of start of land development work and commissioning of plant.

(xxix)   Full cooperation shall be extended to the Scientists/Officers from the Ministry / Regional Office of the Ministry at Bhopal /the CPCB/the SPCB who would be monitoring the compliance of environmental status.


 4.    The Ministry of Environment and Forests reserves the right to revoke the clearance if conditions stipulated are not implemented to the satisfaction of the Ministry. MOEF may impose additional environmental conditions or modify the existing ones, if necessary.


 5.    The environmental clearance accorded shall be valid for a period of    5 years to   start of production operations by the power plant.


6.     In case of any deviation or alteration in the project proposed from those submitted to this Ministry for clearance, a fresh reference should be made to the Ministry to assess the adequacy of the condition(s) imposed and to add additional environmental protection measures required, if any.


7.     The above stipulations would be enforced among others under the   Water(Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act,1974, the  Air(Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act,1981, the Environment (Protection) Act,1986 and rules there under, Hazardous Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules,1989 and its amendments, the Public Liability Insurance Act,1991 and its amendments .


 8.    Any appeal against this environmental clearance shall lie with the National Environment Appellate Authority, if preferred, within 30 days as prescribed under Section 11 of the National Environment Appellate Act, 1997.



Copy to:-

1.          The Secretary, Ministry of Power, Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg, New Delhi-110001.

2.          The Secretary, Department of Energy and Environment, Govt. of Maharashtra, Mantralaya, Mumbai-400032, Maharashtra.

3.   The Chairman, Central Electricity Authority, Sewa Bhawan, R.K.Puram, New Delhi-110066.

4.   The Chairman, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, Kalptaru point 3rd & 4th Floor Sion Matunga Scheme Road No. 8,opp. Cine Planet Cinema, near Sion Circle, Sion(East), Mumbai-400022 - with request to display a      copy of the clearance letter at the Regional Office, District Industries Centre and Collector’s office for 30 days.

5.   The Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board, Parivesh Bhawan, CBD-cum-Office Complex, East Arjun Nagar, Delhi-110032.

6.   The Chief Conservator of Forests, Western Regional Office, Ministry of Environment & Forests, E-3/240, Arera Colony, Bhopal-462016.

7.           Director (EI), MOEF

8.   Guard file.

9.   Monitoring file.









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