J-13012/64/2009 - IA. II (T)

Government of India

Ministry of Environment & Forests


Paryavaran Bhavan, C.G.O. Complex,

Lodi Road, New Delhi -110003.

Dated: 5th Nov, 2009.




M/s Hassan Thermal Power (P) Ltd.

S-327, Greater Kailash Part II

New Delhi – 110 048


Sub:     2x500 MW Coal based Thermal Power Plant at Village Kenchana Halli, in Hassan District, in Karnataka             – TOR regarding.




The undersigned is directed to refer to your letter dated 31.07.2009 on the above mentioned subject.


2.         It is to inform that the proposal was considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its 54th Meeting held during September 10-12, 2009, for determination of the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.


3.         Based on the information provided by you with regard to the above mentioned project proposal the Committee has prescribed the following Terms of Reference (TORs) for preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report and Environment Management Plan (EMP), in respect of your above mentioned project.


  1. Conformity of the site with the prescribed guidelines in terms of distance of 500 m from HFL of the river, highways, railway line and with CRZ regulations shall be shown. 
  2. The revised coordinates of the proposed site including location of ash pond shall be submitted along with topo sheet. 
  3. Primary survey of flora and fauna shall be carried out (if the site is within 10 km of wildlife sanctuary/national parks/biosphere reserves or any other eco-sensitive area) and report submitted along with EIA/EMP report.
  4. Detailed hydro-geological study shall be conducted from an institute/ organisation of repute to assess impact of on ground and surface water regime due to fly ash disposal. Specific mitigation measures shall be spelt out and action plan for implementation of the same shall be provided.
  5. Action plan for identification of local employable youth for training in skills relevant to the project for eventual employment in the project itself shall be formulated so that to the extent possible outside people are not employed.
  6. Layout plan indicating break-up of plant, green belt, infrastructure, roads etc. shall be provided.
  7. Satellite imagery or authenticated map indicating drainage, cropping pattern, water bodies (rivers, nallhs, ponds etc.), location of nearest villages, creeks, rivers, reservoirs, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, tiger reserves, biosphere reserves, heritage sites etc in the study area shall be provided. Location of any National Park, Sanctuary, Elephant/Tiger Reserve (existing as well as proposed), migratory routes, if any, within 10 km of the project site shall be specified and marked on the map duly authenticated by the Chief Wildlife Warden. 
  8. Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for





abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to proposed project shall be prepared.

  1. Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.
  2. Detailed study on the impact on marine ecology due to the proposed discharge of treated wastewater into the creek shall be carried out and submitted along with the EIA Report.  
  3. Land requirement for the project to be optimized. Item wise break up of land requirement and its availability to be furnished. It should also include land to be acquired, if any, for coal transportation system as well as for lying of pipeline including ROW.  It may clearly be confirmed that the land including ROW is free of all encumbrances. The issues relating to land acquisition and R&R should be clearly discussed in the EIA report. 
  4. Identification of CRZ area. A CRZ map duly authenticated by one of the authorized agencies demarcating LTL, HTL, CRZ area, location of the project and associate facilities w.r.t. CRZ, coastal features such as mangroves, if any. The route of the pipeline, conveyor system etc. passing through CRZ, if any, should also be demarcated. The recommendations of the State Coastal Management Authority for the activities to be taken up in the CRZ should also be provided.
  5. Impact of the activities to be taken up in the CRZ area including jetty etc., if any, should be integrated into the EIA report, however, action should be taken to obtain separate clearance from the competent authority as may be applicable to such activities. 
  6. Location of intake and outfall points (with coordinates) should be given.  These locations should be selected based on modeling studies.  Details of modeling and the results obtained there from should be furnished.  It may be kept in view that the intake and outfall points are away from the mangroves. A marine ecology study should also be done to assess impact on marine ecology. Marine impact of such activities should be clearly brought out in the EIA report.
  7. Details of desalination plant and disposal of sludge shall be provided.
  8. Topography of the area should be given clearly indicating whether the site requires any filling.  If so, details of filling, quantity of fill material required, its source, transportation etc. should be given. 
  9. One season site-specific meteorological data shall be provided.
  10. One complete season AAQ data (except monsoon) to be given along with the dates of monitoring. The parameters to be covered shall include SPM, RSPM, SO2, NOx, Hg and Ozone (ground level). The location of the monitoring stations should be so decided so as to take into consideration the pre-dominant downwind direction, population zone and sensitive receptors including reserved forests. There should be at least one monitoring station in the upwind direction. There should be at least one monitoring station in the pre dominant downwind direction at a location where maximum ground level concentration is likely to occur.
  11. Impact of the project on the AAQ of the area. Details of the model used and the input data used for modelling should also be provided. The air quality contours may be plotted on a location map showing the location of project site, habitation nearby, sensitive receptors, if any. The wind roses should also be shown on this map.
  12. Fuel analysis to be provided (sulphur, ash content and heavy metals including Pb, Cr, As and Hg). Details of auxillary fuel, if any including its quantity, quality, storage etc should also be given.
  13. Quantity of fuel required, its source and transportation. A confirmed fuel linkage should be provided.
  14. Source of water and its availability. Commitment regarding availability of requisite quantity of water from the competent authority shall be provided.
  15. Details of rainwater harvesting and proposed utilisation in the plant shall be provided.
  16. Feasibility of zero discharge shall be examined and detailed justification shall be submitted if in case the same is nt possible. Proposed discharge (if any), its quantity, quality and point of discharge, users downstream etc. shall be provided.



  1. Optimization of COC for water conservation. Other water conservation measures proposed in the project should also be given. Quantity of water requirement for the project should be optimized. 
  2. Details of water balance taking into account reuse and re-circulation of effluents.
  3. Details of greenbelt i.e. land with not less than 2500 trees per ha giving details of species, width of plantation, planning schedule etc.
  4. Detailed plan of ash utilization / management shall be provided.
  5. Details of evacuation of ash shall be provided.
  6. Details action plan for arresting leachate in ash pond and details of lining proposed for making impermeable the bottom and sides of ash pond including soil analysis report and shall be submitted.
  7. Detailed R&R plan (if any) and compensation package in consonance with the National / State R&R Policy for the project affected people including that due to fuel transportation system/pipeline and their ROW, if any, shall be prepared taking into account the socio economic status of the area, homestead oustees, land oustees, landless labourers.
  8. Details of flora and fauna duly authenticated by the Competent Authority shall be provided. In case of any scheduled fauna is present in the area conservation plan shall be prepared in consultation with the Office of the Chief Wildlife Warden and submitted.
  9. Details regarding infrastructure facilities such as sanitation, fuel, restroom, medical facilities, safety during construction phase etc. to be provided to the labour force during construction as well as to the casual workers including truck drivers during operation phase.
  10. Details of activities with financial allocation to be taken up under CSR should be provided.
  11. Impact of the project on local infrastructure of the area such as road network and whether any additional infrastructure would need to be constructed and the agency responsible for the same with time frame.
  12. EMP to mitigate the adverse impacts due to the project along with item wise cost of its implementation.
  13. Risk assessment including fire and explosion issues due to storage and use of fuel should be carried out.  It should take into account the maximum inventory of storage at site at any point in time. The risk contours should be plotted on the plant layout map clearly showing which of the proposed activities would be affected in case of an accident taking place. Based on the same, proposed safeguard measures should be provided.  Measures to guard against fire hazards should also be provided.
  14. Details of litigation pending or otherwise with respect to project in any courts, tribunal etc. shall be provided.


4.            Besides the above, the following general points will be followed:


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

b)                Where data is presented in the report especially in table, the period in which the data was collected and the source should invariably 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 thermal power projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.


In addition to the above, information on the following may also be incorporated in the EIA report.


1.         Is the project intended to have CDM-intent?


(i)   If not, then why?

(ii)   If yes, then


(a)               Has PIN (Project Idea Note) {or PCN (Project Concept Note)} submitted to the ?NCA? (National CDM Authority) in the MoEF?



(b)               If not, then by when is that expected?

(c)               Has PDD (Project Design Document) been prepared?

(d)               What is the Carbon intensity? from your electricity generation projected (i.e. CO2 Tons/MWH or Kg/KWH)

(e)               Amount of CO2 in Tons/year expected to be reduced from the baseline data available on the CEA?s web-site (www.cea.nic.in)


2.         Notwithstanding 1(i) above, data on (d) & (e) above shall be worked out and reported. 


5.         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 same shall be submitted to the SPCB for conducting the public hearing as per procedure of EIA notification 2006. The issues emerged during public hearing shall be further incorporated in the Draft EIA/EMP report. The final EIA/EMP report along with public hearing report and the requisite documents (including written objections, if any) shall be submitted to the Ministry for appraisal by the Expert Appraisal Committee for consideration of awarding environmental clearance under the provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment notification dated September 14, 2006.


Yours faithfully,





(Lalit Kapur)


Copy to:


1.             The Secretary, Department of Environment, Govt. of Karnataka, Bangalore.

2.             The Chairman, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, Parisara Bhawan, 4th & 5th Floor, 49, Church Street, Bangalore – 560 001.

3.             The Chief Conservator of Forests, Regional Office (SZ), Kendriya Sadan, 4th Floor E&F Wings 17th Main Road, 1 Block , Koranmangala, Bangalore-560 034.

4.             Guard File.




(Lalit Kapur)




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