Ministry of Environment & Forests

(IA Division)

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SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 35th MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

 

          The 35th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on January 20-22, 2010.  The list of participants is annexed. 

 

After welcoming the Committee Members, discussion on each of the agenda items was taken up seriatim.  

 

Item No. 1:          Confirmation of the minutes of the 34th Meeting.

 

The minutes of the 34th Meeting were confirmed as circulated.

 

                  

Item No. 2:          Consideration of Projects:

 

2.1          Kirauli Soapstone Mine of M/s N.S. Corporation at District Bageshwar, Uttarakhand (Consultant: Wolkem Consultancy Services, Udaipur).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of soapstone to 60,000 TPA.  It is a violation case.  The TOR for undertaking detailed EIA study were prescribed on 9.2.2007.  Public hearing was held on 29.8.2009.  The mine lease area is 87.59 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It was stated that no National Prak / Sanctuary, Biosphere Reserve and Wildlife Corridors exists within 10 km of the mine lease.  A map authenticated by DFO, Bageshwar has been provided in this regard.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized without involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth of will be 15 m bgl.  The groundwater table is 50 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Peak water requirement is 15 m3/day, which will be met from surface water.  It is estimated that 33.05 lakh m3 of waste will be generated during the conceptual period.  Backfilling is proposed.  The entire agriculture land will be brought back in the shape of cultivated field and will be handed over to the land owners.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and clarified by the proponent.  It was stated that social activities in the surrounding area including construction of water tank, medical camps, training and awareness programme, plantation etc. are undertaken and will continue.  It was categorically stated that no court case is pending against the project and there are no directions against the project from any court of law. 

 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following condition:-

(i)                  The waste generated shall be progressively backfilled and there shall be no external OB dump. 

 

2.2          Gotan Limestone (minor mineral) Mine (ML no. 75/90) of M/s J. K. White Cement Works village Dhanappa, Tehsil Merta, District Nagaur, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultant, Jodhpur).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production of limestone (minor mineral) from 1,73,275 TPA to 5,00,000 TPA.  The TOR for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 24th March, 2009.  Public hearing was held on 3rd September, 2009.  The mine lease area is 80.4 ha, which includes 70.4 ha of grazing land.  No forestland is involved.  It was stated by the proponent that as per the order of the Government of the Rajasthan, no interference will be done in the mining activity carried out in valid mining leases involving even grazing land.  A copy of the NOC from Panchayat of village Tunkliya dated 30.6.1998 was also submitted.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized.  Life of the mine is 13 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 15 m bgl (305 m AMSL).  Groundwater table is at 222 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The waste generated will be backfilled and plantation will be raised on the backfilled area.  At the end of the mine life plantation will be raised in an area of 6 ha and an area of 10.5 ha will be converted into water body.  It was mentioned that the area of greenbelt all along the periphery of the mine lease works out to 0.6 ha, which will be completed within one year.  It was noted that the baseline ambient air quality data conforms to the prescribed ambient air quality standards.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and clarified.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case pending against the court case and that no direction have been passed against the project by any court of law.  It has been stated that the project area does not fall in Aravali and is not covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 8.4.2004 in W.P. (C) no. 202/1995.  A copy of the letter dated 7.1.2010 from Assistant Mining Engineer, Gotan has been submitted. 

 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following condition:-

(i)                  Necessary prior permission from the Competent Authority as may be applicable for use of grazing land for mining purpose shall be obtained. 

 

 

2.3          Limestone (minor mineral) Mine (ML No. 28/88) near village Dhanappa, Tehsil Merta, District Nagaur, Rajasthan of Smt. Nafisa Bano (Consultant: R.K. Consulantant, Jodhpur).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production of limestone (minor mineral) from 48,118 TPA to 3,00,000 TPA.  The TOR for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 9th July, 2009.  Public hearing was held on 3rd September, 2009.  The mine lease area is 66.8 ha, which is a grazing land.  No forestland is involved.  It was stated by the proponent that as per the order of the Government of the Rajasthan, no interference will be done in the mining activity carried out in valid mining leases involving even grazing land.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized.  Life of the mine is 20 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 16 m bgl (284 m AMSL).  Groundwater table is at 212 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The waste generated will be backfilled and plantation will be raised on the backfilled area.  At the end of the mine life plantation will be raised in an area of 30 ha and an area of 24.5 ha will be converted into water body.  It was mentioned that the area of greenbelt all along the periphery of the mine lease works out to 3 ha, which will be completed within two years.  It was noted that the baseline ambient air quality data conforms to the prescribed ambient air quality standards.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and clarified.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case pending against the court case and that no direction have been passed against the project by any court of law.  It has been stated that the project area does not fall in Aravali and is not covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 8.4.2004 in W.P. (C) no. 202/1995.  A copy of the letter dated 7.1.2010 from Assistant Mining Engineer, Gotan has been submitted. 

 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following condition:-

(i)                 Necessary prior permission from the Competent Authority as may be applicable for use of grazing land for mining purpose shall be obtained. 

 

2.4          Bhungapat Soapstone Mine near village Bhungapat, Tehsil Dhariyawad, District Pratapgarh, Rajasthan of M/s Associated Soapstone Distributing Co. Pvt. Ltd. (Consultant: Enviro Green Consultant (India) Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of soapstone from 0.135 million TPA to 0.25 million TPA.  The earlier clearance for 0.135 million TPA were prescribed on 16th February, 2005.  TOR for this project for undertaking detailed EIA study was given on 23rd February, 2009.  Public hearing was held on 9th July, 2009.  The mine lease area is 151.43 ha, out of which 1.9 ha is forestland.  Forestry clearance has been obtained for diversion of 1.9 ha of forestland.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 16 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 134 mRL.  The groundwater table varies 211 – 216 mRL.  Mine working has already intersected groundwater table.  A hydro-geological study report has been submitted.  The maximum inflow of groundwater into the mine at conceptual stage has been estimated as 70.52 m3/day.  The total discharge amounts to 36% of the long term groundwater recharge of the lease area.  NOC from Central Ground Water Authority for withdrawal of groundwater has been obtained.  The ambient air quality is reported to be within prescribed limit.  The waste generated will be disposed in the form of external OB dump (3 dumps) in an area of 60.783 ha.  An area of 17.06 ha will be backfilled.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 124.64 ha at the conceptual period.  An area of 20.46 ha will be converted into water body.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was categorically stated that no court case is pending against the project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law.  The status of compliance of the conditions stipulated in the earlier clearance were also discussed.  As per the letter dated 26.12.2008 from Assistant Mining Engineer, Slumbar, the said mine lease was granted prior to 16.12.2002 and hence is not covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 8.4.2005 in the Godavarman Case. 

 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)      The height of the external OB dump shall not exceed 40 meters. 

 

 

2.5          Talabasta Fire Clay Mines of M/s Tata Refractories Ltd. in village Talabasta, Sub Division Banki, District Cuttack, Orissa (Consultant: Kalyani Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of fire clay from 33,300 TPA to 60,000 TPA.  TOR for this project for undertaking detailed EIA study were prescribed on 9th July, 2008.  Public hearing was held on 22.11.2009.  It is a violation case.  The mine lease area is 58.50 ha, which is a forestland.  Forestry clearance for diversion of 58.5 ha forestland has already been obtained.  It was noted that Chandka – Dampara Elephant Sanctuary is within 1 km of mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 12 years.  Water requirement is 12 kld, which will be met from groundwater.  Ultimate working depth will be 101 mRL.  Groundwater table varies between 4 - 6 m bgl (95 mRL).  Mine working will not intersect the groundwater table.  The issues raised during public were also considered and discussed.  It was categorically stated by the proponent there is no court case pending against the project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law.  

 

It was observed that the EIA report contains baseline AAQ data for the months of January and February, 2008.  To a query regarding complete one season data, the proponent stated that although they had collected data for the period December, 2007 as well; however, it was not included in the report to avoid mixing of seasons.  The Committee desired to submit the December, 2007 data already collected and also asked them to generate additional data for February, 2010 to see the trends.  

 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee sought information on the following:-

 

(i)           NOC for the project from Chief Wildlife Warden, in view of its location within 1 km of the Elephant Sanctuary.  Precise distance of the mine lease w.r.t. the Sanctuary should also be given along with a clear copy of the authenticated location map. 

(ii)         Baseline AAQ data already collected for the month of December, 2007.  Fresh baseline AAQ data for the month February, 2010 should also be generated and submitted. 

(iii)        The range of RSPM values inside the mine lease area as given in the presentation (80 -115 ug/m3) need to be reconciled with the date-wise AAQ data given in the EIA report.  The specific safeguard measures for controlling the RSPM levels within the stipulated standards and their effectiveness should also be given (the latest national ambient air quality standards as notified on 16th November, 2009 may be kept in view). 

(iv)       Details of waste generation and its management as per Question no. 34 of the Questionnaire should be given. 

(v)         Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing along with financial allocation for the same should be given. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 10th March, 2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in March, 2010.  

   

 

2.6          Khojawara Soapstone Mine of M/s Geetanjali Minerals, District Udaipur, Rajasthan (Consultant:Enviro Green Consultants India Pvt. Ltd.).

 

The consideration of the proposal was deferred to the next meeting at the request of the project proponent. 

 

 

2.7          Mewasa Bauxit Mine (Survey No. 330/P) of M/s Saurashtra Calcine Bauxite Mine in village Mewasa, District Jamnagar, Gujarat (Consultant: Envisafe Environment Consultants, Ahmedabad).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due in August, 2003 and enhancement of production of bauxite from 61,288 TPA to 3,32,944 TPA.  In addition, there is an existing washing plant having capacity of 25 TPH, which will continue to operate at the same capacity.  It is a violation case.  The mine lease area is 33.185 ha.  The mine is reported to be located at a distance of about 0.6 km from marine national park.  As a result the proposal qualifies in the Category ‘A’ project.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized.  Life of mine is 15 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 11 m bgl.  The groundwater table is at 14 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. 

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                  Year-wise production details since 1994 onwards and clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 1994.  It may also be categorically informed whether there had been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force w.r.t. the highest production achieved prior to 1994. 

(ii)                All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(iii)               The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc.  should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

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

(v)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vi)              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.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 0.6 km of the Marine National Park should also be obtained and furnished. 

(vii)             Identification of CRZ area.  A CRZ map duly authenticated by one of the authorised agencies demarcating LTL, HTL, CRZ area, location of the mine lease w.r.t. CRZ, coastal features such as mangroves, if any.

(viii)           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. 

(ix)              Impact of change of land use particularly agriculture land and gaucher / grazing land, if any. 

(x)                R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view. 

(xi)              Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report. 

(xii)             Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. 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 modelling 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.

(xiii)           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. 

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

(xv)            Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project.

(xvi)           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.

(xvii)         A detailed hydro-geological study showing the impact of the project on groundwater regime should be provided.  Impact on groundwater due to ingress of seawater, if any, may also be brought out. 

(xviii)        Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

(xix)           Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project to be provided. 

(xx)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

(xxi)           Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generation during the mine life, the quantity to be backfilled and the quantity to be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc.).  

(xxii)         Details of sludge to be generated from the washing plant and its disposal / management.

(xxiii)        The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

(xxiv)       Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. 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.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

(xxv)         Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxvi)       Conceptual post mine land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections).

(xxvii)      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. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

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

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

(xxx)         Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, besides other impacts of the projects. 

(xxxi)       Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxxii)      Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

          Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a) All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers 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 in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

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

e)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)       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. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

 

2.8     Joruri Iron Ore Mines of M/s Kalinga Mining Corporation Ltd., village Joruri, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: Envomin Consultant Pvt, Ltd., Bhubaneshwar).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.57 TPA to 2.118 TPA and setting up of a beneficiation plant of 120 TPH capacity and railway siding.  The mine lease area is 70.3328 ha, which includes 57.178 ha of forestland.  Forestry clearance has been obtained for 47.214 ha of forestland.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized.  Life of mine is 6 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 538 m AMSL.  Groundwater table is at 480 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 375 kld, which will be met from groundwater. 

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                  Status of compliance of the conditions stipulated in the earlier clearance letter.

(ii)                Year-wise production details since 1994 onwards and clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 1994.  It may also be categorically informed whether there had been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force w.r.t. the highest production achieved prior to 1994. 

(iii)               All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(iv)              The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc.  should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

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

(vi)              Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vii)             Details of the land for railway siding, if any, outside the mine lease such as extent of land area, length enroute from mine lease, its land use, R&R issues, if any should be given. 

(viii)           Implementation of status of recognition of forest rights under the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

(ix)              Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigative measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

(x)                The vegetation in the RF / PF area.

(xi)              A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(xii)             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.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. 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.

(xiii)           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. 

(xiv)           Impact of change of land use.

(xv)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view. 

(xvi)           Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

(xvii)         Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. 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 modelling 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.

(xviii)        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. 

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

(xx)            Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project.

(xxi)           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.

(xxii)         Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

(xxiii)        Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

(xxiv)       Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project to be provided. 

(xxv)         Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

(xxvi)       Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generation during the mine life, the quantity to be backfilled and the quantity to be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc.).  

(xxvii)      Details of the technology and process involved in the project. 

(xxviii)    Treatment of run of from the fines/waste dump. 

(xxix)       Estimation of the fines going into the washings and its management.

(xxx)         Details of the equipment, settling pond etc. 

(xxxi)       Detailed material balance to be provided.  

(xxxii)      Source of raw material and its transportation.  Steps proposed to be taken to protect the ore from getting air borne. 

(xxxiii)    Management and disposal of tailings and closure plan of the tailing pond, if any, after the project is over. 

(xxxiv)    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. 

(xxxv)     Route alignment of the proposed railway siding.  It may clearly be indicated as to who all will be the beneficiaries of this railway siding or it will be dedicated to this project only.  It may also be indicated as to who will lay the railway track outside the mine lease i.e. the project proponent or the railway authorities. 

(xxxvi)    An assessment of the change in traffic pattern after the railway siding is put in place and its impact on the environment particularly the air quality. 

(xxxvii)  The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

(xxxviii) Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. 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.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

(xxxix)    Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xl)              Conceptual post mine land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections).

(xli)             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. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

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

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

(xliv)         Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, besides other impacts of the projects. 

(xlv)           Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xlvi)         Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

          Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

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

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

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

i)        Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

j)       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. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

 

2.9     Sirboi Kyanite Mine of M/s Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. in District Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Dhanbad).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with mine plan. 

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due since 1997 and enhancement of production of kyanite to 2920 TPA.  The mine lease area is 68.142 ha, which includes 51.048 ha is forestland.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized.  Overburden and waste generated during mine life will be backfilled.  The water requirement for the project will be met from Patpala Nallah and drinking water requirement will be met from Government Water Supply System. 

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                  Year-wise production details since 1994 onwards and clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 1994.  It may also be categorically informed whether there had been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force w.r.t. the highest production achieved prior to 1994. 

(ii)                All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(iii)               The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc.  should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

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

(v)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vi)              Status of forestry clearance for the broken up area and virgin forestland involved in the project including deposition of net present value (NPV) and compensatory afforestation (CA).  A copy of the proposal submitted for forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

(vii)             Implementation of status of recognition of forest rights under the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

(viii)           Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigative measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

(ix)              The vegetation in the RF / PF area.

(x)                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.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. 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.

(xi)              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. 

(xii)             Impact of change of land use.

(xiii)           R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view. 

(xiv)           Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 should be given. 

(xv)            Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. 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 modelling 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.

(xvi)           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. 

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

(xviii)        Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project.

(xix)           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.

(xx)            Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

(xxi)           Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

(xxii)         Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project to be provided. 

(xxiii)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

(xxiv)       Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generation during the mine life, the quantity to be backfilled and the quantity to be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc.).  

(xxv)         The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

(xxvi)       Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. 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.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

(xxvii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxviii)    Conceptual post mine land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections).

(xxix)       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. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

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

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

(xxxii)      Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, besides other impacts of the projects. 

(xxxiii)    Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxxiv)    Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

          Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)      All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers 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 in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

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

e)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)        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. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

 

2.10          Integrated mining and Mineral Beneficiation Plant of Iron Ore, Copper and Associated Minerals of M/s Jindal Saw Ltd., District Bhilwara, Rajasthan (Consultant: Enkay Enviro Services, Jaipur).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 7.0 million TPA of iron ore (magnetite) along with a mineral beneficiation plant to produce 2.5 million TPA of magnetite concentrate.  The terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 25.6.2008 and 18.8.2009.  Public hearing was held on 16.10.2009.  The mine lease area is 1556.78 ha, which includes 357.827 ha of grazing land.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  The life of the mine is 30 years.  The water requirement is 16682 kld.  Out of this, 4248 kld will be consumptive use and 12434 kld will be recycled and reused. 

 

As per the project documented submitted including the hard copy of the presentation the source of water has been shown as Kothari dam (dead storage) at a distance of about 60 km from the lease area.  However, during presentation the source of water was stated to be treated sewage.  No details were, however, made available in this regard.  It was also stated by the proponent that the change of water course has been made based on the concerns raised during public hearing regarding the impact of the project on availability of water for the local public. 

 

In view of the above, noting the inconsistency in the written documents and the oral submissions made during presentation, non availability of details regarding the new source of water for the project, the Committee deferred further consideration of the proposal till the requisite details regarding scheme for treatment of sewage for making available requisite quantity of water for the project, the related environmental issues etc are made available.  

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 1st March, 2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in March, 2010.  

 

 

2.11          Kunoli Seonera Soapstone Mines of M/s Parvatia Mines, District Bageshwar, Uttaranchal (Consultant: Enkay Enviro Services, Jaipur).

 

 The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of soapstone from 15,000 TPA to 18,750 TPA.  Tor for undertaking detailed EIA study were prescribed on 20.3.2007.  Public hearing was held on 19.8.2008.  The mine lease area is 52.34 ha.  It is a violation case.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual without involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 44 years.  Water requirement is 8 kld, which will be obtained from public distribution system.  No National Park/Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of mine lease.  There will be no waste dump at the end of the mine life.  The ultimate working depth in the northern pit will be restricted to 1120 m AMSL and in the southern pit, it will be 1270 m AMSL.  The groundwater table is at 1012 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The baseline AAQ data was seen to meet the prescribed standards.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 2 ha will be covered under plantation and an area of 0.528 ha will be converted into water body.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case pending against this project and no direction has been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)           The necessary prior written consent from all the land owners whose land is to be used for mining shall be obtained. 

 

2.12 Limestone Mining Project of M/s Grasim Industries Ltd. at villages Ajeetpura, Bhaislana, Kujota & Meherampur Rajput, Tehsil, Kotputli, District Jaipur, Rajasthan (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 1.5 million TPA of limestone for their captive cement plant of 4 million TPA capacity.  It was also stated that the total limestone production from all the mines linked to the said cement plant put together will be limited to 6.0 million TPA.  Tor for undertaking detailed EIA study were prescribed on 4.9.2008.  Public hearing was held on 4.11.2009.  The mine lease area is 318.78 ha.  No forestland and no grazing land is involved in the project.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 34 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 295 mRL (70 m bgl).  Groundwater table varies from 325 mRL to 328 mRL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  No National Park / Sanctuary is located within 10 km of the mine lease.  Water requirement is 75 kld, which will be met from bore well in cement plant and mine sump water.  At the end of the mine life, plantation will be raised in an area of 80.94 ha and an area of 49.82 ha will be converted into water body.  It was stated that the mine lease does not fall in Aravlli.  A letter dated 5.9.2008 from Assistant Mining Engineer, Kotputli was also submitted in this regard.  The ambient air quality data was also seen to meet the prescribed standards.  Backfilling is proposed, which is reported to start from 8th year. 

 

It was observed that the said project falls within severely polluted area as per the circular dated 13.1.2010 and accordingly the Committee decided that we may request SPCB to attend the next meeting or submit their comments as per the procedure prescribed by MoEF. 

 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee sought information on the following:-

(i)           The aspects relating to backfilling of OB should be reexamined keeping in view that as per the present scheme of things there are going to be three external OB dumps and water body is proposed in an area of 49.82 ha.  Details in this regard should be furnished. 

(ii)         Modelling should be carried out taking into account the combined impact of the cement plant and other adjoining mines in the impact zone and results furnished. 

(iii)       Detailed hydro-geological report clearly bringing out the impact on hydrological regime of the area taking into account all the mines within the impact zone. 

(iv)       A copy of the lease document may be provided. 

(v)         Comments of SPCB to be obtained, keeping in view the circular dated 13.1.2010.  The representative of SPCB may be invited in the next meeting. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 5th February, 2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in February, 2010.  

 

 

2.13 Pipakheri Limestone (Building Stone) Mine (ML no. 108/92) of M/s Haji Atigur Rahaman, District Kota, Rajasthan (Consultant: Udaipur Min-Tech Pvt. Ltd, Udaipur).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone (Building Stone) from 68,541 TPA to 1,00,000 TPA.  The TOR for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 19th May, 2008.  Public hearing was held on 20.7.2009.  The mine lease area is 83.61 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Life of the mine is 50 years.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 298 mRL (36 m bgl).  The groundwater table is at 289 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  It is estimated that 6,89,570 m3 of waste will be generated during the lease period.  There will be one external OB dump with a maximum height of 9 m.  The waste to be generated will be backfilled.  Water requirement will be 10 kld.  At the end of the mine life, plantation will be raised in an area of 16.56 ha and 0.96 ha will be converted into water body.  The mine lease area does not fall in Aravalli.  A letter dated 9.3.2009 from Senior Geologist, Department of Mines and Geology, Kota has been submitted in this regard.  No National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Corridors are located within 10 km of the mine lease.  It was categorically stated that no court case is pending against the project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  The ambient air quality data was essentially found to be within prescribed norms except at two locations namely pipakheri and mine site, the values of RSPM marginally exceeded the limit occasionally.  

 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)           Effective safeguard measures shall be taken to ensure that the ambient air quality standards are met with. 

 

2.14 Alanda Limestone & Dolomite Mine of M/s United Minerals, Rourkela, Sundergarh, Orissa.

 

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred as their team could not attend the meeting due to flight disturbance because of bad weather. 

 

 

2.15 Bethali Limestone Mining Project of M/s Bharat Chemicals Industries, District Junagadh, Gujarat (Consultant: Udaipur Min-Tech Pvt. Ltd, Udaipur).

 

          The Committee recommended to return the proposal, in view of its location in critically polluted area in accordance with the office memorandum dated 13.1.2010 issued by MoEF. 

 

 

2.16  Ghusuria Iron, Quartzite and Soapstone Mining Project of M/s Shri D.C Dagara, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Reconsideration Case) (Consultant: Geomin Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar).

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on November 23-24, 2009 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was clarified that as per the approved mine plan, the mine lease area is 54.585 ha.  A letter dated 8.12.2009 from Indian Bureau of Mines in this regard was also submitted.  The total waste generation will be 1.87 million m3, which will be backfilled.  Backfilling will start from 6th year. 

 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance.

 

 

2.17  Sand Stone (minor mineral) Mining (ML no. 27/09) Project of M/s Umashankar Sharma, village Bhiramad, District Dholpur, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultants Pvt. Ltd, Jodhpur).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due from May, 2010 and enhancement of production of sand stone (minor mineral) from 3,300 TPA to 20,000 TPA.  The mine lease area is 329.5 ha, which is a Government waste land.  Mine working will be opencast manual involving blasting.  Life of mine is 207 years.  Water requirement is 4 kld.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. 

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                  Year-wise production prior to EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force and clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 2006.  It may also be categorically informed whether there had been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force w.r.t. the highest production achieved prior to 2006. 

(ii)                All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(iii)               The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc.  should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

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

(v)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases.  

(vi)              A confirmation duly authenticated by the competent authority in the State Government to the effect whether the project falls in Aravalli and whether it is covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 8.4.2005 in the contempt petition (c) 412/2004 in writ petition 202 of 1995 in the matter of Godavarman vs Union of India.

(vii)             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.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. 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.

(viii)           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. 

(ix)              Impact of change of land use particularly agriculture land and gaucher / grazing land, if any. 

(x)                R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view. 

(xi)              Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

(xii)             Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. 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 modelling 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.

(xiii)           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. 

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

(xv)            Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project.

(xvi)           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.

(xvii)         Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

(xviii)        Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

(xix)           Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project to be provided. 

(xx)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

(xxi)           Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generation during the mine life, the quantity to be backfilled and the quantity to be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc.).  

(xxii)         The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

(xxiii)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. 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.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

(xxiv)       Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxv)         Conceptual post mine land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections).

(xxvi)       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. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

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

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

(xxix)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, besides other impacts of the projects. 

(xxx)         Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxxi)       Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

          Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)      All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers 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 in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

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

e)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)        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. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

 

2.18  Sand Stone Mining Project of M/s Ganga Prasad, village Nadanpur, District Dholpur, Rajasthan.

 

         The consideration of the proposal was deferred as the project proponent did not attend the meeting.

 

 

2.19  Iron Ore Washing & Beneficiation Plant of M/s Sarda Mines Pvt. Ltd., Soyabali, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: S.S. Environics (I) Pvt. Ltd.).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for setting up of a iron ore beneficiation plant having a capacity of 15 million TPA.  The proposed plant will be located within the existing mine lease.  The land requirement is estimated as 11.65 ha.  The finished product will be transported to the railway siding at a distance of about 1.8 km through closed pipe conveyor.  The water requirement is estimated as 7244 m3/hour, out of which 600 m3/hour is for consumptive use and 6644 m3/hour will be re-circulated in reuse.  Water will be obtained from Baitarni river. 

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                  Details of the technology and process involved in the project. 

(ii)                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. 

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

(iv)              Measures to manage the ore size waste from the feed ore shall be provided. 

(v)                Details of the solid waste to be generated and its management.  It may clearly be shown whether there will be any tailing pond as part of this project.  If so, adequacy of the tailing pond for the life of the beneficiation plant should be provided with supporting data and documentation.  Design and capacity of tailing pond to protect against overflow from the tailing pond during heavy rainfall.  The provision of lining, nature of lining with supporting permeability studies to be provided.  Management of fines and mitigation measures to control these fines from getting airborne should also be discussed. 

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

(vii)             The land requirement should be optimized and furnished.  The land requirement for the conveyor should also be taken into account.  Details of land to be acquired outside the mine lease, if any, including right of way for the conveyor should be provided. 

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

(ix)              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.

(x)                Treatment of run of from the fines/waste dump. 

(xi)              Estimation of the fines going into the washings and its management.

(xii)             Details of the equipment, settling pond etc. 

(xiii)           Detailed material balance to be provided.  

(xiv)           Source of raw material and its transportation.  Steps proposed to be taken to protect the ore from getting air borne. 

(xv)            Management and disposal of tailings and closure plan of the tailing pond, if any, after the project is over. 

(xvi)           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. 

(xvii)         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.

(xviii)        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. 

(xix)           R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people, if any. 

(xx)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Site specific meteorological data should also be collected.

(xxi)           Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. 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 modelling 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.

(xxii)         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. 

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

(xxiv)       Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project.

(xxv)         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.

(xxvi)       Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project to be provided. 

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

(xxviii)    Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project.  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.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

(xxix)       Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the workers.

(xxx)         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. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

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

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

(xxxiii)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts due to the project. 

(xxxiv)    Risk assessment and disaster management plan, which should inter-alia include breach of tailing pond, if any, pipeline failure and over flow from the tailing pond etc., if any, proposed in the project.

(xxxv)     Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same. 

(xxxvi)    Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

          Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a) All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers 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 in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

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

e) Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f) 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. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

 

2.20  Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s Hi-tech Abrasives Ltd. at District Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.

 

         The consideration of the proposal was deferred to the next meeting to be held in February, 2010 as no authorized officer of the company could attend the meeting. 

 

 

 

 

2.21          Karampada Iron Ore Mine of M/s The General Produce Co. Ltd., District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand

 

         The consideration of the proposal was deferred to the next meeting to be held in February, 2010 for want of comments from State Pollution Control Board in accordance with the procedure prescribed by MoEF as the project is located in severely polluted area as per the Office Memorandum dated 13.1.2010 issued by MoEF. 

 

 

2.22  Lanjiberna Limestone and Dolomite Mining Project of M/s OCL India Ltd, Rajgangpur, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: SS Environics (I) Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due on 1st March, 2010 and enhancement of production of limestone from 1.7 million TPA to 4.2 million TPA to meet the captive requirement of cement plant, which is at a distance of about 9 km from the mine.  The earlier environmental clearance for 1.7 million TPA of limestone and 0.08 million TPA of dolomite was granted on 2nd December, 2005.  The terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for the expansion proposal was prescribed on 31st July, 2007.  The public hearing in this regard could not be conducted even after repeated attempts on January, 2008 and June, 2009.  Thereafter, on the request of the project proponent as well as the State Government, Ministry of Environment & Forests, on 4th December, 2009 granted exemption from public hearing as per para 7(III)(v) of EIA Notification, 2006 subject to their working out a suitable mechanism to redress the general grievances of the tribal population.  The State Government of Orissa vide their letter 19.1.2010 informed the Ministry of Environment & Forests that a Committee had been constituted under the Chairmanship of Sub Collector, Sadar, Sundergarh to redress the grievances.  The said Committee would meet bi-monthly.  Besides, the Collector, Sundergarh hold weekly Grievance Redressel Cell at all the sub-divisional headquarters. 

 

The mine lease area is 893.55 ha, out of which surface rights have been acquired for 333.43 ha.  The forestland involved in the project is 62.39 ha.  No National Park / Sanctuary are reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 27 years.  Water requirement for the project is 295 kld, which will be obtained from sump water and dug well.  Ultimate working depth will be 166 mRL (99 m bgl).  The groundwater table varies between 0.92 – 8.2 m bgl during post monsoon.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  Hydro-geological study has been carried out.  As per their report the stage of groundwater development is 12.8% and the area is designated as safe zone.  The baseline ambient air quality data showed higher values of RSPM (PM10) particularly the quarry and crusher area.  The Committee, therefore, desired that appropriate control measures need to be put in place to control the RSPM levels.  It was also stated that there is no court case pending against the project and no directions have been passed against this project. 

 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee sought information on the following:-

(i)           A map showing the location of the mine w.r.t. the sanctuary / national park/ wildlife corridors, if any, within 10 km of the mine lease, duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. 

(ii)          Specific safeguard measures proposed along with their effectiveness for control of air pollution in the area particularly RSPM levels in the mine lease area. 

(iii)         Break-up of the land use of the mine lease area. 

(iv)       A statement showing the compliance of TORs prescribed by MoEF. 

(v)          Revised Form-I (as amended on 1.12.2009) duly filled in to be submitted. 

(vi)        Status of compliance of the conditions stipulated in the earlier clearance letter along with supporting documents and photographs. 

(vii) Management of dolomite which will be generated along with limestone since no enhancement of production of dolomite is proposed as part of this project. 

(viii)           Post mine land use, reclamation plan and progressive greenbelt development plan as per TOR no. (iii). 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 5th February, 2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in February, 2010.  

 

 

2.23          Barsua-Taldih-Kalta Iron Ore Mine of M/s Steel Authority of India Ltd. at District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: Mecon Ltd.).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due since 1990 and enhancement of production of iron ore from 2.54 million TPA to 8.05 million TPA along with expansion of beneficiation plant from 2.5 million TPA to 4.25 million TPA and pelletisation plant of 2.0 million capacity.  The total mine lease area is 2486.391 ha comprising of three mining blocks namely; Barsua, Kalta and Taldih.  The forest land involved in the project is 2347.641 ha.  TOR for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 15.1.2007.  Public hearing has been held on 28.8.2009.  The mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  The life of the mine in these three blocks varies 23 years to 44 years.  The ultimate working depth will vary between 650 – 640 m AMSL in Barsua Block, 648 -744 m AMSL in Kalta Block and 750 - 620 m AMSL in Taldih Block.  The groundwater table varies between 404 – 408 m AMSL in Barsua block, 580 - 586 m AMSL in Kalta block and 587 – 593 m AMSL in Taldih block.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  No National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Corridors are reported within the 10 km of the mine lease.  A letter dated 30.11.2009 from DFO cum Wildlife Warden, Bonai Division has been submitted along with map in this regard.  The water requirement for the project is estimated to be 15100 kld, which will be obtained from surface water.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 138.347 ha at the end of mine life.  The solid waste generated will be disposed in the form of 12 external OB dumps (8 existing and 4 proposed).  The baseline AAQ data particularly for RSPM (PM10) showed higher values.  The Committee observed that safeguard measures need to be put in place for control of air pollution.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case against the project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee sought information on the following:-

(i)           Details of the beneficiation plant and pelletisation plant to be provided along with their location.  It may clearly be indicated whether these will be within the mine lease or outside.  The land requirement for each of these facilities should be separately given. 

(ii)         Details of the tailing dam along with its location to be furnished.  The land requirement for the tailing pond.  It may clearly be shown whether it will be within the lease or outside.  The adequacy of the tailing dam for the entire life of the project should be justified with supporting data.  The requirement of lining of tailing dam based on soil permeability data should be given.  The details of lining, if any, should also be provided.  In case, these facilities are outside the mine lease, the issues relating to the land should be discussed. 

(iii)        The waste management including sub-grade, if any, in the form of external OB dump should be reexamined vis-à-vis backfilling and details furnished.  Dump stability study should be carried out in view of the proposed height of 60 m of the OB dumps. 

(iv)       Availability of requisite quantity of water for the project should be given from the competent authority.  The extent of recycling and reuse need to be examined afresh to minimize the use of water.  Other water conservation measures, if any, in the project should also be given. 

(v)         Specific safeguard measures and their effectiveness for control of air pollution particularly RSPM levels to be given. 

(vi)       Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing along with financial allocation should be given. 

(vii) Details of the occupational health data monitored in respect of the mine workers so far should be given along with the health monitoring programme in place. 

(viii)           A plan for conservation of wildlife in the area with financial allocation should be given. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 20th February, 2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in March, 2010.  

 

 

 

2.24          Badampahar Iron Ore Mines in District Mayurbhanj, Orissa by M/s Lal Trades and Agencies Pvt. Ltd. (Consultant: Central Institute of Mining & Fuel Research, Dhanbad).

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on December 22, 2009 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was stated by the proponent that the court case in this matter has been disposed of by the Hon’ble High Court of Orissa.  The baseline AAQ data submitted by the proponent showed that it conforms to the prescribed standards.  The total waste generation is expected to be around 1.96 million tonnes, which will be disposed of in external OB dump in an area of 13.038 ha.  There will be four dumps with a maximum height of 15 m.  It was clarified that the height has been limited to 15 m in view of the hilly terrain conditions and high rain fall area.  No National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Corridor are reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  A map authenticated by DFO cum Wildlife Warden, Rairangpur has been submitted in this regard.  A wildlife management plan has been prepared in consultation with Chief Wildlife Warden.  The budget estimate for the same is Rs 68.40 lakhs.  The ultimate working depth will be 680 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The stage of groundwater development in this area is about 24% and is categorized as safe.  The issues raised during public hearing were also clarified and discussed. 

 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance.

 

 

2.25          Talangi ‘A’ Chromite Mining Project of M/s Industrial Development Corporation of Orissa Ltd (IDCOL) in District Khurda, Orissa (Consultant: Mecon Ltd.).

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on November 23-24, 2009 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was stated that there were five external OB dumps out of which three have merged into single dump and thus, there are three OB dumps.  Out of these, one has already been stabilized and the remaining two are being stabilized.  From 2009-10 backfilling will start and there will be no external dumping thereafter.  Based on the hydro-geological study it has been shown that stage of groundwater development for all the mines in water shed is 31% and as such the area is in safe zone.  The baseline AAQ data showed a higher values of RSPM (PM10) for which additional safeguard measures would need to be taken for their control.  It was stated that the tailing slurry is discharge into two settling tanks and the supernatant water is re-circulated in the COB plant.  The tailings are stacked on a cemented platform surrounded by garland drain leading to ETP.  The tailings will be disposed into a private tailing disposal facility which has been accorded environmental clearance vide letter no. 10-10/2007-IA.III dated 2nd June, 2009.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was noted from the letter of the DFO, Cuttack Forest Division that the elephant movement area is about 6.1 km away from the project area and there is no likely hood of mining activities coming on the way of elephant movement. 

 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following condition:-

(i)      Prior clearance from the Competent Authority shall be obtained for working within 10 km of the elephant corridor. 

 

 

2.26          Expansion of Limestone Mine of M/s Siddhi Vinayak Cement Ltd., at village Digrana, Tehsil Jaitaran, District Pali, Rajasthan

 

The Committee recommended to return the proposal, in view of its location in critically polluted area in accordance with the office memorandum dated 13.1.2010 issued by MoEF. 

 

 

2.27          Inganijharana Iron & Manganese Mines of M/s Bhanja Minerals Pvt. Ltd., Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: Envomin Consultant Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.24 million TPA to 1.159 million TPA, manganese ore from 0.024 million TPA to 0.199 million TPA and setting up of a crushing and screening plant of 150 TPH capacity.  No washing is proposed as part of this project.  The earlier environmental clearance was granted on 3rd September, 2008.  The mine lease area is 246.313 ha, out of which 189.854 ha is forestland.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 11 years for iron ore.  Ultimate working depth will be 434 m AMSL.  Groundwater table is at 425 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 89 kld, which will be obtained from Kundra nallah and dug well. 

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                  Status of compliance of the earlier EC conditions along with supporting documents and photographs. 

(ii)                Year-wise production details since 1994 onwards and clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 1994.  It may also be categorically informed whether there had been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force w.r.t. the highest production achieved prior to 1994. 

(iii)               All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(iv)              The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc.  should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

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

(vi)              Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vii)             Status of forestry clearance for the broken up area and virgin forestland involved in the project including deposition of net present value (NPV) and compensatory afforestation (CA).  A copy of the proposal submitted for forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

(viii)           Implementation of status of recognition of forest rights under the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

(ix)              Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigative measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

(x)                The vegetation in the RF / PF area.

(xi)              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.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. 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.

(xii)             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. 

(xiii)           Impact of change of land use.  

(xiv)           R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view. 

(xv)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 should be given. 

(xvi)           Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. 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 modelling 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.

(xvii)         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. 

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

(xix)           Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project.

(xx)            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.

(xxi)           Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

(xxii)         Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

(xxiii)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project to be provided. 

(xxiv)       Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

(xxv)         Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generation during the mine life, the quantity to be backfilled and the quantity to be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc.).  

(xxvi)       The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

(xxvii)      Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. 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.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

(xxviii)    Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxix)       Conceptual post mine land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections).

(xxx)         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. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

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

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

(xxxiii)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, besides other impacts of the projects. 

(xxxiv)    Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxxv)     Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)      All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers 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 in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

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

e)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)        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. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

 

2.28          Mining of Chrome Ore and Beneficiation Plant of M/s JSL Ltd., village Kaliapani, District, Jajpur, Orissa (Consultant: Geomin Consultants (P) Ltd., Bhubaneswar).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of chrome ore from 0.1 million TPA to 0.215 million TPA and expansion of chrome ore beneficiation plant from 36,000 TPA to 60,000 TPA by installing another COB unit of 24,000 TPA capacity.  The mine lease area is 89.0 ha, which includes 24.24 ha of forestland.  The earlier clearance for 0.1 million TPA of chrome ore was given on 13.2.2001 in the name of M/s Jindal Strips Ltd, which has now been transferred to M/s JSL Ltd on 16.11.2009.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  The proposed COB plant will use sub-grade and tailings as input feed.  It will be based on Floatation Cell Technology.  Life of the mine is 5 years.  Water requirement is 600 kld, which will be met from mine pit water.  The mine working has already intersected groundwater table. 

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                  Status of compliance of the earlier EC conditions along with supporting documents and photographs. 

(ii)                Year-wise production details since 1994 onwards and clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 1994.  It may also be categorically informed whether there had been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force w.r.t. the highest production achieved prior to 1994. 

(iii)               All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(iv)              The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc.  should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

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

(vi)              Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vii)             Chrome ore analysis shall be done in an accredited National Laboratory and the report furnished. 

(viii)           Size distribution of the chrome ore with percentage weight shall also be done to assess the source of fugitive dust emission of the ore feed to the plant. 

(ix)              Measures to manage the ore size waste from the feed ore shall be provided. 

(x)                Adequacy of the tailing pond for the life of the beneficiation plant should be provided with supporting data and documentation. 

(xi)              Design and capacity of tailing pond to protect against overflow from the tailing pond during heavy rainfall.  The provision of lining, nature of lining with supporting permeability studies to be provided. 

(xii)             The land requirement for the COB plant should be optimized and furnished. 

(xiii)           Location of the proposed COB plant w.r.t. the source of raw material and mode of transportations of the ore from mines to the beneficiation plant. 

(xiv)           Details of the slime treatment and their management.  The safeguard measures confinement of tailings and slimes should also be given. 

(xv)            Treatment of run of from the slimes. 

(xvi)           Estimation of the chrome going into the washings and its management.

(xvii)         Details of the equipment, settling pond etc.  ]

(xviii)        Details of the COB plant and process clearly indicating the size and capacity of machine. 

(xix)           Detailed material balance to be provided.  

(xx)            Source of raw material, if any other than this mine and its transportation.  Steps proposed to be taken to protect the ore from getting air borne. 

(xxi)           Management and disposal of tailings and closure plan of the tailing pond after the project is over. 

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

(xxiii)        Status of forestry clearance for the broken up area and virgin forestland involved in the project including deposition of net present value (NPV) and compensatory afforestation (CA).  A copy of the proposal submitted for forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

(xxiv)       Implementation of status of recognition of forest rights under the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

(xxv)         Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigative measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

(xxvi)       The vegetation in the RF / PF area.

(xxvii)      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.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. 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.

(xxviii)    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. 

(xxix)       Impact of change of land use.  

(xxx)         R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view. 

(xxxi)       Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 should be given. 

(xxxii)      Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. 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 modelling 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.

(xxxiii)    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. 

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

(xxxv)     Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project.

(xxxvi)    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.

(xxxvii)  A detailed hydro-geological study showing the impact of the project on groundwater regime should be provided.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

(xxxviii) Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

(xxxix)    Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project to be provided. 

(xl)              Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

(xli)             Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generation during the mine life, the quantity to be backfilled and the quantity to be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc.).  

(xlii)           The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

(xliii)          Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. 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.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

(xliv)         Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xlv)           Conceptual post mine land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections).

(xlvi)         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. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

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

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

(xlix)         Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, besides other impacts of the projects. 

(l)                  Risk assessment and disaster management plan, which should inter-alia include breach of tailing pond, pipeline failure and over flow from the tailing pond.

(li)                Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(lii)               Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

          Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)      All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers 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 in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

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

e)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)        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. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

 

2.29          Limestone Mine of M/s Adhunik Cement Ltd., village Thangskai, District Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya (TOR) (Consultant: B.S. Envi-Tech (P) Ltd., Hyderabad).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 2.0 million TPA of limestone for the captive use in their cement plant adjacent to the mine lease.  The mine lease area is 128.52 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It was reported that the environment clearance for the cement plant has already been obtained.  The mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 31 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 30 m bgl.  Water requirement is 30 kld. 

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                  Consent of the Village Darbar for working in this area shall be obtained and submitted. 

(ii)                All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(iii)               The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc.  should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

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

(v)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vi)              Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigative measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

(vii)             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.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. 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.

(viii)           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. 

(ix)              Impact of change of land use.  

(x)                R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view. 

(xi)              Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

(xii)             Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral.  Cumulative impact taking into account the cement plant should be given.  The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling 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.

(xiii)           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. 

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

(xv)            Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project.

(xvi)           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.

(xvii)         Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

(xviii)        Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

(xix)           Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project to be provided. 

(xx)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

(xxi)           Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generation during the mine life, the quantity to be backfilled and the quantity to be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc.).  

(xxii)         The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

(xxiii)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. 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.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

(xxiv)       Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxv)         Conceptual post mine land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections).

(xxvi)       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.

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

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

(xxix)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, besides other impacts of the projects. 

(xxx)         Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxxi)       Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

          Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)      All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers 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 in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

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

e)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)       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. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

 

2.30 Collection of Minor Minerals (Reta, Bajri, Boulder) from river Nihal of M/s Uttaranchal Forests Development Corporation, District Nainital, Uttarakhand (Consultant: In house by the proponent)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for collection of sand, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from Nihal river in Ramnagar Forest Division, District Nainital, Uttarakhand.  The length of the river stretch is 3 km covering an area of 100 ha.  It was stated that collection of mineral will be done in 50% of allotted area leaving 25% on each bank of the river.  Thus, the effective area of working will be 50 ha.  The mineral collection will be done manually with the help of hand tools.  Approximately 4.3 lakh m3 (7.74 lakh tonnes) of mineral will be collected annually.  It was noted that Government of Uttarakhand vide their letter dated 8th December, 2009 have granted letter of intent to Uttarakhand Van Vikas Nigam for obtaining environmental clearance for this mining area.  In principle forestry clearance is reported to have been obtained.   

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                  All documents including approved eco-friendly mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(ii)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining permit / contract should be built into the mine plan as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

(iii)               The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the lease/ contract period. 

(iv)              Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features. The ‘no go areas’ in terms of the contract should also be shown.

(v)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vi)              Status of forestry clearance.  A copy of the proposal submitted for forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

(vii)             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.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. 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.

(viii)           A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system 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. 

(ix)              Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(x)                Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

(xi)              Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

(xii)             Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. 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 modelling 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.

(xiii)           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. 

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

(xv)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

(xvi)           Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

(xvii)         Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

(xviii)        The cycle of mining and restoration of ground, the time lag between the two and details of the methodology for restoration of ground should also be provided. 

(xix)           Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. 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.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

(xx)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxi)           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.

(xxii)         Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxiv)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxv)         Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxvi)       Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

          Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)      All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers 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 in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

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

e)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)        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. 

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

 

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. 

 

 

2.31          Collection of Minor Minerals (Reta, Bajri, Boulder) from river Dabka of M/s Uttaranchal Forests Development Corporation, District Nainital, Uttarakhand (Consultant: In house by the proponent)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for collection of sand, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from Dabka river in Tarai West Forest Division, Ramnagar, District Nainital, Uttarakhand.  The length of the river stretch is 14 km covering an area of 223 ha.  It was stated that collection of mineral will be done in 50% of allotted area leaving 25% on each bank of the river.  Thus, the effective area of working will be 111.5 ha.  The mineral collection will be done manually with the help of hand tools.  Approximately 8.49 lakh m3 (15.29 lakh tonne) of mineral will be collected annually.  It was noted that Government of Uttarakhand vide their letter dated 8th December, 2009 have granted letter of intent to Uttarakhand Van Vikas Nigam for obtaining environmental clearance for this mining area.  The forestry clearance is yet to be obtained.

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                  All documents including approved eco-friendly mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(ii)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining permit / contract should be built into the mine plan as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

(iii)               The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the lease/ contract period. 

(iv)              Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features. The ‘no go areas’ in terms of the contract should also be shown.

(v)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vi)              Status of forestry clearance.  A copy of the proposal submitted for forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

(vii)             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.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. 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.

(viii)           A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system 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. 

(ix)              Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(x)                Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

(xi)              Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

(xii)             Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. 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 modelling 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.

(xiii)           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. 

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

(xv)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

(xvi)           Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

(xvii)         Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

(xviii)        The cycle of mining and restoration of ground, the time lag between the two and details of the methodology for restoration of ground should also be provided. 

(xix)           Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. 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.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

(xx)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxi)           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.

(xxii)         Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxiv)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxv)         Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxvi)       Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

          Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)      All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers 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 in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

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

e)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)        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. 

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

 

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. 

 

 

2.32          Collection of Minor Minerals (Reta, Bajri, Boulder) from river Kosi of M/s Uttaranchal Forests Development Corporation, District Nainital, Uttarakhand (Consultant: In house by the proponent)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for collection of sand, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from Kosi river in Tarai West Forest Division, Ramnagar, District Nainital, Uttarakhand.  The length of the river stretch is 16 km covering an area of 254 ha.  It was stated that collection of mineral will be done in 50% of allotted area leaving 25% on each bank of the river.  Thus, the effective area of working will be 127 ha.  The mineral collection will be done manually with the help of hand tools.  Approximately 20.3 lakh m3 (36.5 lakh tonnes) of mineral will be collected annually.  It was noted that Government of Uttarakhand vide their letter dated 8th December, 2009 have granted letter of intent to Uttarakhand Van Vikas Nigam for obtaining environmental clearance for this mining area.  The forestry clearance is yet to be obtained.

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                  All documents including approved eco-friendly mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(ii)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining permit / contract should be built into the mine plan as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

(iii)               The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the lease/ contract period. 

(iv)              Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features. The ‘no go areas’ in terms of the contract should also be shown.

(v)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vi)              Status of forestry clearance.  A copy of the proposal submitted for forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

(vii)             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.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. 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.

(viii)           A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system 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. 

(ix)              Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(x)                Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

(xi)              Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

(xii)             Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. 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 modelling 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.

(xiii)           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. 

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

(xv)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

(xvi)           Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

(xvii)         Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

(xviii)        The cycle of mining and restoration of ground, the time lag between the two and details of the methodology for restoration of ground should also be provided. 

(xix)           Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. 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.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

(xx)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxi)           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.

(xxii)         Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxiv)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxv)         Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxvi)       Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

          Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)      All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers 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 in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

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

e)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)        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. 

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

 

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. 

 

 

2.33          Collection of Minor Minerals (Reta, Bajri, Boulder) from Kirora Nallah of M/s Uttaranchal Forests Development Corporation, District Nainital, Uttarakhand (Consultant: In house by the proponent)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for collection of sand, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from Kirora Nallah in Haldwani Forest Division, Champawat, District Champawat, Uttarakhand.  The length of the river stretch is 3.5 km covering an area of 72 ha.  It was stated that collection of mineral will be done in 50% of allotted area leaving 25% on each bank of the river.  Thus, the effective area of working will be 36 ha.  The mineral collection will be done manually with the help of hand tool.  Approximately 4.8 lakh m3 (8.64 lakh tonnes) of mineral will be collected annually.  It was noted that Government of Uttarakhand vide their letter dated 8th December, 2009 have granted letter of intent to Uttarakhand Van Vikas Nigam for obtaining environmental clearance for this mining area.  The forestry clearance is yet to be obtained.

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                  All documents including approved eco-friendly mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(ii)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining permit / contract should be built into the mine plan as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

(iii)               The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the lease/ contract period. 

(iv)              Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features. The ‘no go areas’ in terms of the contract should also be shown.

(v)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vi)              Status of forestry clearance.  A copy of the proposal submitted for forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

(vii)             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.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. 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.

(viii)           A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system 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. 

(ix)              Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(x)                Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

(xi)              Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

(xii)             Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. 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 modelling 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.

(xiii)           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. 

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

(xv)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

(xvi)           Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

(xvii)         Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

(xviii)        The cycle of mining and restoration of ground, the time lag between the two and details of the methodology for restoration of ground should also be provided. 

(xix)           Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. 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.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

(xx)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxi)           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.

(xxii)         Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxiv)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxv)         Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxvi)       Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

          Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)      All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers 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 in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

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

e)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)        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. 

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

 

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. 

 

 

2.34          Collection of Minor Minerals (Reta, Bajri, Boulder) from river Sharda of M/s Uttaranchal Forests Development Corporation, District Nainital, Uttarakhand (Consultant: In house by the proponent)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for collection of sand, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from Sharda river in Haldwani Forest Division, Champawat, District Champawat, Uttarakhand.  As per the application submitted by the proponent, the length of the river stretch is 12 km covering an area of 384.69 ha, however, as per the letter of the Principal Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand dated 8.12.2009, the area is stated to be 364.69 ha.  The proponent stated that this could be a typographic error. The Committee desired that the extent of area of mining lease may be reconciled and EIA done accordingly. It was stated that collection of mineral will be done in 50% of allotted area leaving 25% on each bank of the river.  Thus, the effective area of working will be 192.35 ha.  The mineral collection will be done manually with the help of hand tools.  Approximately 12 lakh m3 (21.6 lakh tonnes) of mineral will be collected annually.  It was noted that Government of Uttarakhand vide their letter dated 8th December, 2009 have granted letter of intent to Uttarakhand Van Vikas Nigam for obtaining environmental clearance for this mining area.  The forestry clearance is yet to be obtained.

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                  The extent of mining lease area should be reconciled. 

(ii)                Impact of the project on the Barrage of Banbasa Hydroelectric Power Project should also be clearly brought out. 

(iii)               All documents including approved eco-friendly mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(iv)              The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining permit / contract should be built into the mine plan as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

(v)                The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the lease/ contract period. 

(vi)              Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features. The ‘no go areas’ in terms of the contract should also be shown.

(vii)             Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(viii)           Status of forestry clearance.  A copy of the proposal submitted for forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

(ix)              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.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. 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.

(x)                A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system 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. 

(xi)              Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xii)             Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

(xiii)           Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

(xiv)           Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. 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 modelling 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.

(xv)            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. 

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

(xvii)         Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

(xviii)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

(xix)           Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

(xx)            The cycle of mining and restoration of ground, the time lag between the two and details of the methodology for restoration of ground should also be provided. 

(xxi)           Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. 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.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

(xxii)         Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxiii)        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.

(xxiv)       Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)      Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)    Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

          Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)      All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers 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 in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

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

e)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)        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. 

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

2.35          Collection of Minor Minerals (Reta, Bajri, Boulder) from river Gaula of M/s Uttaranchal Forests Development Corporation, District Nainital, Uttarakhand (Consultant: In house by the proponent)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for collection of sand, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from Gaula river in Tarai East and Haldwani Forest Division, District Nainital, Uttarakhand.  The length of the river stretch is 29 km covering an area of 1497 ha.  It was stated that collection of mineral will be done in 50% of allotted area leaving 25% on each bank of the river.  Thus, the effective area of working will be 748.5 ha.  The mineral collection will be done manually with the help of hand tools.  Approximately 65 lakh m3 (117 lakh tonnes) of mineral will be collected annually.  It was noted that Government of Uttarakhand vide their letter dated 8th December, 2009 have granted letter of intent to Uttarakhand Van Vikas Nigam for obtaining environmental clearance for this mining area.  The forestry clearance is yet to be obtained.

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                  All documents including approved eco-friendly mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(ii)                The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining permit / contract should be built into the mine plan as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

(iii)               The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the lease/ contract period. 

(iv)              Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features. The ‘no go areas’ in terms of the contract should also be shown.

(v)                Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vi)              Status of forestry clearance.  A copy of the proposal submitted for forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

(vii)             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.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. 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.

(viii)           A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system 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. 

(ix)              Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(x)                Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

(xi)              Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

(xii)             Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. 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 modelling 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.

(xiii)           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. 

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

(xv)            Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

(xvi)           Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

(xvii)         Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

(xviii)        The cycle of mining and restoration of ground, the time lag between the two and details of the methodology for restoration of ground should also be provided. 

(xix)           Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. 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.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

(xx)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxi)           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.

(xxii)         Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxiv)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxv)         Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxvi)       Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

          Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)      All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers 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 in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

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

e)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)        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. 

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

 

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. 

 

 

3.0     Any other item:

 

3.1     The Circular no. J-11013/5/2010-IA.II(I) dated 13.1.2010 relating to consideration of projects for environmental clearance based on Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI) was circulated to all the members of EAC and was briefly discussed. 

 

3.2     The Circular relating to accreditation of consultants with QCI / NABET was brought to the notice of all the members of EAC as well as the consultants who appeared before the Committee during this Meeting.  All the consultants were also given a letter requesting them to get themselves accredited with QCI before 30th June, 2010, in view of the said circular.

 

 

Next Meeting:

 

          It was decided that the next meeting will be held on February 17-18, 2010. 

 

          The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

 

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Annexure

List of Participants

 

1.                 Dr. Velu Annamalai                                 -          Chairman

 

2.                 Prof. G.S. Roonwal

 

3.                 Prof. C.K. Varshney

 

4.                 Dr. S. K. Dave

 

5.                 Shri S.D. Attri

 

6.                 Dr. S.K. Aggarwal, Director                      - Member Secretary

 

7.                 Shri Satish C. Garkoti, Additional Director, MoEF

 

List of Representatives:

 

8.                 Representatives of M/s N.S. Corporation

 

9.                 Representatives of M/s J. K. White Cement Works

 

10.             Representatives of Smt. Nafisa Bano

 

11.             Representatives of M/s Associated Soapstone Distributing Co. Pvt. Ltd.

 

12.             Representatives of M/s Tata Refractories Ltd.

 

13.             Representatives of M/s Geetanjali Minerals

 

14.             Representatives of M/s Saurashtra Calcine Bauxite Mine

 

15.             Representatives of M/s Kalinga Mining Corporation Ltd

 

16.             Representatives of M/s Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation Ltd.

 

17.             Representatives of M/s Jindal Saw Ltd.

 

18.             Representatives of M/s Parvatia Mines

 

19.             Representatives of M/s Grasim Industries Ltd. 

 

20.             Representatives of M/s Haji Atigur Rahaman

 

21.             Representatives of M/s Bharat Chemicals Industries

 

22.             Representatives of Shri D.C Dagara

 

23.             Representatives of M/s Umashankar Sharma

 

24.             Representatives of M/s Sarda Mines Pvt. Ltd.

 

25.             Representatives of M/s Hi-tech Abrasives Ltd.

 

26.             Representatives of M/s OCL India Ltd

 

27.             Representatives of M/s Steel Authority of India Ltd.

 

28.             Representatives of M/s Lal Trades and Agencies Pvt. Ltd.

 

29.             Representatives of M/s Industrial Development Corporation of Orissa Ltd

          (IDCOL)

 

30.             Representatives of M/s Bhanja Minerals Pvt. Ltd.

 

31.             Representatives of M/s JSL Ltd.

 

32.             Representatives of M/s Adhunik Cement Ltd.

 

33.             Representatives of M/s Uttaranchal Forests Development Corporation

 

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