BY SPEED POST
F. No. J-13011/49/2008-IA.II(T)
Ministry of Environment & Forests
New Delhi-110 003
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
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,
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
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.
(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.
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(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
(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.
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.
(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
(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.
cooperation shall be extended to the Scientists/Officers from the Ministry /
Regional Office of the Ministry at
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.
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1. The Secretary, Ministry of Power, Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg, New Delhi-110001.
The Secretary, Department
of Energy and Environment, Govt. of
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.
Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board, Parivesh Bhawan,
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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