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No. J-11015/134/2011-IA.II(M)

Government of India          

Ministry of Environment & Forests

Paryavaran Bhavan,

C.G.O. Complex, Lodi Road,

New Delhi-110003.

Telefax. 2436 2434


Dated the 21st September, 2011



M/s NSL Mining Resources India Pvt. Ltd.

Flat No. 501, 5th Floor,

Babukhan Millinennium Centre,

D. No. 6-3-1099/1100, Raj Bhawan Road,

Somajiguda, Hyderabad – 500 082.



Sub:  Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s NSL Mining Resources India Pvt. Ltd., Village Muddavaram, Tehsil Bettamcharla, District Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh – Prescribing of TOR - Regarding.


Reference is invited to your letter no. NSLI/EC/BF-1/05/01 dated 27.5.2011 along with the application in the prescribed format (Form-I) and a copy of the project report to prescribe the TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance under the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006 in respect of the above mentioned project. 

2.       The proposal is for setting up of a iron ore beneficiation plant having a capacity of 0.75 million TPA throughput.  The filter press technology will be adopted.  The total area for the project is 4.92 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Make up water requirement of the project is estimated as 16.4 m3/hr, which will be obtained from groundwater.  Although the project proponent has already collected the baseline AAQ data, the Committee desired that the baseline data during the ensuing post monsoon season should be collected.  The filter cake will be used for backfilling of mines and the filtrate water will be recycled and reused in the process. 

3.       Based on the information contained in the documents submitted and the presentation made before the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for mining projects during its Meeting held on August 24-26, 2011, the following TORs are prescribed:-

1)           The alternate sites considered, the relative merits and demerits and the reasons for selecting the proposed site may be furnished. 

2)           Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

3)           Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

4)           What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

5)           Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

6)           Details of the technology and process involved in the project may be given. 

7)           The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the project area and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the project. 

8)           Size distribution of the iron ore with percentage weight (Particulate size analysis) shall also be done to assess the source of fugitive dust emission of the ore feed to the plant. 

9)           Measures to manage the over size waste from the feed ore shall be provided.  

10)        Details of the solid waste to be generated and its management should be described. The State of the art technology in this regard and supporting documents and literature in support thereof, to show that such a technology is being adopted successfully in other parts of the World or in the country anywhere, should be given.  The related environmental issues associated such technology including the incremental requirement of power in adopting such technology vis-a-vis other technologies should also be discussed in the EIA report.  Management of fines and mitigation measures to control these fines from getting airborne should also be discussed. 

11)        Land use of the study area should be indicated delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

12)        Land use plan of the project area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

13)        Location of the proposed plant w.r.t. the source of raw material and mode of transportations of the ore from mines to the beneficiation plant should be brought out.

14)        Treatment of run off water/effluents from the fines/waste dump/filter cake storage area should be described. 

15)        Estimation of the fines going into the washings and its management should be made.

16)        Details of the equipment, settling pond etc. should be provided. 

17)        Detailed material balance should be provided.  

18)        Source of raw material and its transportation should be indicated. Steps proposed to be taken to protect the ore from getting air borne should be furnished. 

19)        Management and disposal of tailings/filter press cake and closure plan of the tailing pond, if any, after the project is over should be given. 

20)        Biological as well as health impact of fines and other dust generated in the plant should be studied with reference to National and International Standards (WHO and ILO standards including CPCB norms).  The proposed mitigation measures with EMP should also be provided. 

21)        Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife corridors, Tiger/Elephant reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated. Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

22)        A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

23)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people, if any, should be given.  

24)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality, water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna should be carried out and included in the EIA report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected and included in the EIA report.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified keeping in view the pre-dominant down wind direction and location of sensitive receptors.  The baseline data already collected could be utilized provided it meets the monitoring protocol. 

25)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area and results furnished in the EIA report. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The modelling should also take into account the impact due to operation of generator sets to meet the emergency power requirement for the project. 

26)        Details of maximum inventory of fuel for the generator sets to be stored at site, if any, and its associated risk analysis in the worst case scenario should be given.  The risk contours should be plotted on the location map.   

27)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

28)        Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

29)        Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be furnished.

30)        Impact of the project on the water quality both surface and groundwater should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required, should be provided.

31)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

32)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

33)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be studied and results provided.  Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be given.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

34)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the workers should be detailed.

35)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be detailed. The details of plantation already done should also be given. 

36)        Occupational health impact of the project should be furnished.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

37)        Measures of socio economic influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be given.  As far as possible, quantitative dimension to be given. 

38)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts due to the project should be furnished. 

39)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same should be given in the EIA. 

40)        Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof should be given in the EIA report. 

41)        The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

4.       Besides the above, the below mentioned general points are also to be followed:-

a)  All documents to be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

b)   Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

c)    Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

d)   The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of industrial projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted. 

e)    While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry, should also be followed. 

5.       The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

6.       The prescribed TORs would be valid for a period of two years for submission of the EIA/EMP reports, as per the O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 22.3.2010.

7.       After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 



(Dr. S.K. Aggarwal)


Copy to:-


1.            The Secretary, Department of Environment, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Secretariat, Hyderabad-500 022.

2.            The Chairman, Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board, Paryavaran Bhawan, A-3, Industrial Estate, Sanath Nagar, Hyderabad-500 018.

3.            The Chief Conservator of Forests, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India, Regional Office, Kendriya Sadan, 4th Floor, E&F Wings, 7th Main Road, II Block, Koramangala, Bangalore – 560034.

4.            Guard File.



(Dr. S.K. Aggarwal)



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