MINUTES OF THE FIFTH MEETING OF THE EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE - 2 (MINING) HELD ON 21st – 22nd January, 2010.

The 5th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee-2 (Mining) for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects was held on 21st – 22nd January, 2010 at Tansen Hall at Scope Convention Centre, Scope Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The list of members present is given below:

1.                  Shri Mukunda Shenoy Nagar                       -           Chairman

2.                  Shri S.B.S. Chauhan                                    -           Member                                 

3.                  Shri K.S. Anandan                                        -           Member

4.                  Shri Mihir Moitra                                            -           Member

5.                  Dr. L. Ajay Kumar                                          -           Member

6.                  Dr. T. K. Joshi                                                -           Member

7.                  Dr. S. Subramaniyan                                    -           Member

8.                  Dr. Rajesh Srivastava                                   -           Member

9.                  Dr. P.L.  Ahujarai (MoEF)                            -           Member Secretary

            In attendance:  Shri Om Prakash, Dy. Director, MoEF. 

Shri J.S. Kamyotra, Dr. S.D. Attri, Dr. Vijay Kulkarni and Dr. B.K. Mishra could not attend the meeting due to their pre-commitment.

5.0       Opening Remarks of the Chairman.

 

At the outset, the Chairman welcomed all the members of the Committee.

Before taking up the agenda items for deliberation, the Member Secretary informed the Committee that Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in association with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi have, recently, carried out an environmental assessment of Industrial clusters across the country based on Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI) with the aim of identifying polluted industrial clusters and prioritizing planning needs for intervention to improve the quality of environment in these industrial clusters and the nation as a whole. The assessment so carried out has been documented in the form of a report entitled ‘Comprehensive Environmental Assessment of Industrial Clusters’ which is available on the website of CPCB www.cpcb.nic.in and website of Ministry www.envfor.nic.in. In all, 88 industrial clusters have been assessed.

                       

The Ministry has also issued a circular no. J-11013/5/2010-IA-II (I) dated 13th January, 2010 regarding consideration of projects for environmental clearance based on CEPI with immediate effect. As per the report, the industrial clusters/ areas having aggregated CEPI scores of 70 and above should be considered as critically polluted; the clusters/ areas having CEPI scores between 60-70 should be considered as severally polluted areas and shall be kept under surveillance and pollution control measures should be efficiently implemented; and the critically polluted industrial clusters / areas need further detailed investigations in terms of the extent of damage and formulation of appropriate remedial action plan.

 

Keeping In view of the circular dated 13th January, 2010, the Expert Appraisal Committee may appraise the proposals.

 

i)                    Thereafter agenda items were taken up for discussion. The deliberations held and the decisions taken are given as under:

 

5.1.        Confirmation of the Minutes of 4th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee-2 (Mining) held on 22nd December, 2009.

 

Minutes of the 4th meeting held on 22nd December, 2009 were confirmed. In the 4th Meeting held on 22nd December, 2009, name of Dr. Vijay Kulkarni in the attendance list was inadvertently missed, even though he attended the meeting. The minutes were confirmed with inclusion of his name in the attendance list.

 

5.1.0   New Proposals

 

1.0.1   Zutting Limestone Mine of M/s Murli Industries located at Village Zutting, Taluka Korpana, District Chandrapur in Maharashtra (ML area 58.52 ha) - Environmental Clearance

 

The proponent informed telephonically that they will not able to attend the meeting. The Committee decided that their proposal may be considered at their request.

 

5.1.2   Quartz mine over an extent of 69.474 ha at Survey no.969/A of Hatti Belagal Village, Alur Mandal in Kurnool District in Andhra Pradesh by M/s P.Abdul Rawoof Khan. Reg- Environment Clearance

 

The proponent did not attend the meeting and there was no information from them in this regard. The Committee decided that the proposal may be considered as and when requested by the proponent.

 

5.1.3   Silica Sand Mine of M/s Vijay Puranjay Associates located at Village and Mandal Orvakal,  District Kurnool State Andhra Pradesh (ML area 123.097 ha and production capacity 0.06 MTPA) Reg. Environment Clearance

 

The project authorities and their consultant gave a detailed presentation on the salient features of the project and the proposed environmental mitigation measures. The Terms of Reference (TOR) were earlier prescribed for undertaking detailed EIA study and the project proponent were advised to submit the EIA report to the State Pollution Control Board for public hearing. The concerns emerged during the public hearing should be incorporated in the EIA report and final report submitted to the Ministry for environmental clearance.

           

The public hearing was held on 18.11.2009. The issues raised during the meeting were regarding provision of employment to the villagers; measures for control of pollution; overall development of the villages etc. The proponent addressed all the above issues that they will provide employment to the nearby villagers and industrial training to the local youths. Regular medical camps will be arranged.

 

M/s. Vijay Puranjay Associates had applied for grant of Mining Lease for Silica Sand over an extent of 123.097 ha in the Sy. No. 488/B1 of Orvakal Village & Mandal, Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh for a period of 20 years. The lease area is government waste land. The Mining Plan for Silica Sand Mine was approved by the Department of Mines & Geology, Cuddapah Zone, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh vide letter No. 2427/MP-KNL/2008 dated 06/08/2008 for a period of 20 years. The company proposes to produce Silica sand @ 60000 tonnes per annum (0.06 MTPA) and the mining activity will be by manual opencast method without drilling & blasting. The mineable reserves are 10.371 MT. The anticipated life of the mine is 172.85 years. The mineral will be dispatched in lump form to the glass industry. The cost of the project is Rs. 50.00 lakhs only.

 

The Physiography of the area is a part of elevated and undulated rugged knobby terrain sloping towards north with low gradient and with less number of bushes and shrubs. The height of the applied area ranges from 2 m to 3 m from one end to other end. The bench height and width will be maintained at 1.5 m. The ultimate pit limit will be 6 m. The ground water depth is 50 m. The mining will not intersect the ground water table. Water requirement of 10 m3/day will be met from the ground water source.

Based on the information and clarifications provided, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to stipulation of the following specific conditions:

i.               Personnel exposure monitoring for respirable mineral dust shall be carried out for the workers and records maintained including health records of the workers. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal protective equipments etc. shall be carried out periodically. The workers shall not be allowed to work without dust masks and shall not be allowed to smoke as the combined impact of silica dust and cigarette smoke is far worse than the sum of their individual harm.

ii.             Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be carried out. The company shall engage a full time qualified doctor who is trained in occupational health.  Review of impact of various health measures undertaken (at interval of five years or less) shall be conducted followed by remedial action wherever required.

iii.            Occupational Health Cell shall be created at the company level under the charge of an officer of adequate seniority who is a qualified person in occupational health.

iv.           Fugitive dust generation shall be controlled. Fugitive dust emission shall be regularly monitored at locations of nearest human habitation (including schools and other public amenities located nearest to sources of dust generation as applicable) and records submitted to the Ministry.

v.             A 50 m wide ‘no mining zone’ shall be demarcated on the side(s) of the nallahs/streams flowing in or adjacent to the leasehold (if any) and such a barrier shall be thickly vegetated with native species of trees and shrubs.

vi.           The company shall ensure that no silt originating due to mining activity is allowed to flow into any of the surface water courses (if any) flowing in the area. Trenches / garland drains shall be constructed at foot of dumps to arrest silt from being carried to water bodies. Adequate number of Check Dams and Gully Plugs shall be constructed across seasonal/perennial nallahs (if any) flowing through the ML area and silts arrested. De- silting at regular intervals shall be carried out.

vii.          Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including common property resources available for conversion into productive land. Action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land / common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months.

viii.        Need based assessment for the nearby villages shall be conducted to study economic measures with action plan which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme. Company shall provide separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes. This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs.

ix.           Rain water harvesting shall be undertaken to recharge the ground water source. 

x.             Monitoring of ground and surface water quality shall be regularly conducted and records maintained and data submitted to the Ministry regularly. Further, monitoring points shall be located between the mine and drainage in the direction of flow of ground water and records maintained. Monitoring for Arsenic in ground water shall be undertaken.

xi.           Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines. Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months.

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

5.1.4   Vagha Ghol Iron and Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Vagha Minerals Pvt. Ltd.  Located at Villages Revona and Maina, in Sanguem & Quepem Taluk, in South Goa District, Goa (ML area 100. 0 ha and production capacity 0.50 MTPA of Iron Ore and 0.001 MTPA of Manganese Ore and Iron Ore beneficiation of 0.4 MTPA) Reg. Reconsideration

 

The proposal was first considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee in its 2nd meeting held in October, 2009. The Committee had sought the following additional information for reconsideration of the project:

 

i.                    Exact latitude and longitude of the mine location along with revised co-ordinates on the land sat imagery superimposing mine site over the imagery.

ii.                  A detailed biological study for the study area including core zone and buffer zone within 10km radius of the periphery of the mine lease. Details of flora /fauna duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone shall be furnished based on field survey indicating the schedule of fauna present. In case of any schedule fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation shall be prepared in consultation with the State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocations of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost.

iii.                Land use pattern of the core zone as approved by the Mandal Revenue Officer (MRO) should be furnished.

iv.                 Detailed land use pattern of the mine lease to assess the anticipated impacts of the proposed mining activity on topography, water drainage pattern, agriculture, forestry and fisheries etc.

v.                   A 60m distance as a safety barrier from the bank of the river shall be left.

vi.                 A ground water dyke around the mine shall be constructed to prevent flow of water from the river into the pit.

vii.               A study of the ‘run off’ of water, likely to carry mud from the mining and O.B. dumps should be undertaken and proposed preventive and mitigative measures brought out.

            The information furnished by the proponent was placed before the Expert Appraisal Committee. The Committee noted that the coordinates given in the mine plan match with the coordinates given in the EIA/EMP report. Regarding land use pattern, the Committee desired that they should provide village and area wise land use. Further, it was also noted that tributary of karka nallah passes adjacent to the mine lease boundary. The Committee suggested that to prevent siltation of karka nallah, the velocity of flowing mine waters should be reduced effectively by constructing filter plugs and arresting the contaminated water flow in a series of tanks. Further, the size of the settling tanks should be such so as to accommodate the cumulative run-off from the waste dump and these shall be de-silted regularly before and after the monsoon.

            Further, it was also noted that the issues raised during the public hearing needs to be addressed appropriately and the proposed actions recorded accordingly. Several suggestions were given on dealing with the individual points raised in the public hearing.

            The Committee decided that the proponent shall provide necessary information/action plans on the above observations. Further, it was also decided that site shall be visited before reconsidering the project.

5.1.5   Bondumolo Iron Ore Mine of M/s. Sociedade Timblo Irmaos Limitada. Located at Village Molem, Sanguem Taluka, South Goa District, Goa State (ML area 99.00 ha and production capacity of Iron Ore 3.71 lakh tonnes/annum) Reg- TOR

The proposal for Bondumolo Iron Ore Mine of M/s. Sociedade Timblo Irmaos Limitada located at Village Molem, Sanguem Taluka, South Goa District, Goa State was placed before the EAC-2 (Mining) to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form -1 along with the pre-feasibility report. A presentation was made on the salient features and other details of the project. 

The proposal is for expansion of Iron Ore production from 10,000 TPA to 3.71 lakh TPA. The lease area is 99.00 ha, of which 44.8433 ha is Government revenue land, 19.8377 ha is forest land and 34.3190 ha is private land. Forest clearance is yet to be obtained. The proponents have submitted an application for forest clearance to the State Government. Out of 99.00 ha of mine lease area, 16.78 ha is for excavation, 5.04 ha for waste dump, 2.75 ha for roads, 8.10 ha for agriculture, 12.96 ha for afforestation, 1.10 ha for habitation, 0.20 ha for infrastructure and 52.07 ha for future use including detailed exploration. The Chimatval Rivulet is adjacent to the mine and Khandepar river flows at a distance of 2.5 km. Bhagvan Mahaveer wild life sanctuary is adjacent to the mine lease boundary. The total mineable reserves are 5.17 MTs. The life of the mine is more than 17 years. Method of mining will be opencast mechanised involving ripping and dozing, loading, hauling and unloading. The ultimate depth of mining will be 66m bgl. The present working depth is 5m bgl. The ground water table depth is 8m bgl. There will be ground water intersection. Water requirement of 112m3/d will be met from the ground water source (2m3/day) and pit water (110 m3/day). About 2.63MT of solid waste would be generated of which 0.7 MT will be dumped in the non-mineralized area by surface dumping and balance will be backfilled in the exhausted mine pit.

The following specific Terms of Reference were prescribed by the Committee for preparation of the EIA/EMP report:

i)                    Detail contact address of the project proponent including telephone numbers, e-mail ID etc shall be provided. Request for consideration for environmental clearance or any other communication regarding the project shall be made by the project proponent/ authorized person and not by its legal representative / consultant.

ii)                   Executive summary of the project indicating relevant details shall be provided and issues raised in public hearing along with action plan to address the same shall be provided in tabular form including requisite allocation of funds.

iii)                A copy of lease deed allocated (lease execution) in the name of the company shall be provided along with mining plan (including progressive mine closure plan).

iv)                Exact coordinates of the mine location shall be furnished.

v)                  Photograph of the mine lease area, where mining activity is proposed to be undertaken shall be provided.

vi)                Layout plan indicating break-up of lease area indicating area for excavation for mining, waste dump, mineral storage, top soil storage, green belt, infrastructure, roads and site for proposed beneficiation plant area if any (including tailing pond site etc.) shall be provided.

vii)              Details of the other mines/ industries within 10 km radius of the proposed mine shall be indicated.

viii)            Satellite imagery of the mine lease area indicating drainage, cropping pattern, water bodies (rivers, nallahs, ponds etc.), location of nearest villages, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, tiger reserves, biosphere reserves, heritage sites, reserve forests etc in the core and buffer zone shall be provided. The coordinates of the site should be marked clearly in the topo-sheet. The corner of the lease hold should be marked in the topo-sheet covering the core zone and buffer zone.

ix)                A Map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden indicating the location of mine and Bhagvan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden.

 

x)                  Mineable reserves to be indicated in UNFCC code along with grade of the ore. 

 

xi)                Primary survey of flora and fauna shall be carried out and report submitted along with EIA/EMP report.

 

xii)              Wildlife conservation plan shall be prepared in consultation with the office of the Chief Wildlife warden. The plan shall comprise of in-built monitoring mechanism with special emphasis to protection of Schedule- I species. The status of implementation shall be submitted to the Ministry. Further an authenticated list of flora/fauna separately for core and buffer zone indicating the schedule of fauna shall be submitted to the Ministry.

xiii)            Possibilities of adopting zero waste mining shall be explored say either by putting up pelletisation/sintering plants or by tying up disposal of entire low grade ores/fines to prospective buyers. Action plans, as found feasible for implementation of these concepts shall be submitted.

 

xiv)             Approved mining plan including progressive mine closure plan shall be provided along with EIA report. Letter of approval from IBM shall also be enclosed.

xv)               Detailed drawings indicating geological formation of Ores with respect to ground water table shall be submitted.

xvi)             Detailed action plan for demarcation and vegetation of 50 m barrier all along the side of the lease (inside the lease) facing nallahs/streams (if any) flowing in the lease or adjacent to it shall be provided.

xvii)           Action Plan for ambient air quality monitoring shall be prepared, which shall constitute adequate number of stations in core and buffer zones. Ambient Air Quality shall be for PM10, SO2 and NOx as per G.S.R. 826 (E) dated 16.11.2009.

xviii)         Action plan for control of fugitive dust generation shall be prepared. The plan shall consist of schedule and methodology of monitoring of fugitive dust emission at locations of nearest human habitation (including schools and other public amenities located nearest to sources of dust generation as applicable).

xix)             A scientific mining scheme for every 5 years for the lease life of the mine shall be prepared.

xx)               Detailed hydro-geological study should be carried out and report furnished.

xxi)             Scheme for Rain water harvesting including road map for implementation shall be prepared.

xxii)           Maintenance of village roads through which transportation of ores is undertaken, shall be carried out by the company on a regularl basis at its own expense and an action plan for this purpose shall be prepared.

xxiii)         It is noted that location of the waste dump is near the Chimatval Rivulet which shall be suitably shifted to avoid siltation of the water body. 

xxiv)         Measures for prevention and control of soil erosion and management of silt shall be prepared. Assessment of total silt load likely to be generated shall be carried out. Proposal for protection of dumps against erosion by geo textile matting or other suitable material and plantations of native trees and shrubs at the dump slopes shall be prepared.

xxv)           Trenches/ garland drains proposed to be constructed at foot of dumps and installation of materials like coco filters at regular intervals to arrest silt from being carried to water bodies shall be prepared. Proposal for adequate number of Check Dams and Gully Plugs proposed to be constructed across seasonal / perennial nallahs (if any) flowing through the ML area shall be prepared. De- silting schedule at regular intervals shall be also provided

xxvi)         Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

xxvii)       Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

xxviii)     Action plan for identification of local employable youth for training in skills relevant to the project for eventual employment in the project itself shall be formulated so that to the extent possible, their interests are protected.

xxix)         Exposure monitoring for workers and analyses of percentage of silica in the dust shall be ascertained.

xxx)           Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

xxxi)         Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

xxxii)       Details of litigation pending or otherwise with respect to subject mine in any courts, tribunal etc. shall be provided.

xxxiii)     The questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall be filled up and submitted complete in all respects.

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

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

f)    The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl)/National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no F. No.J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II(I) dated 2nd December, 2009, posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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. 

The Committee informed that the above specific Terms of Reference (TOR), if not already mentioned in the model TOR, shall be addressed by the proponent. It was further informed that these specific TORs shall be incorporated in the Draft EIA/EMP report along with the issues raised during the public hearing and response of the project proponent in tabular form. The EIA/EMP report shall thereafter be submitted to the Ministry along with requisite documents for appraisal by the EAC-2 (Mining) for consideration of environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.

 

5.1.6   Dolomite Mine of M/s Sri C. Narendra Reddy, at Village Puppala, Yadiki,  District Ananthapuram, State Andhra Pradesh (ML area 227.00 acres 91.495  ha and production capacity 1.0 MTPA) Reg –TOR

 

The proposal for Dolomite Mine at capacity 1.0 MTPA of M/s Sri C. Narendra Reddy at Village Puppala, Yadiki,  District Ananthapuram in Andhra Pradesh was placed before the Expert  Appraisal Committee-2 (Mining) to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA Notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form-1. A presentation was also made by the proponent on the salient feature and other details of the project. 

The proposal is for dolomite mine at capacity 1.0 MTPA. The lease area of the mine is 91.495 ha, which is Government land. Out of 91.495 ha of mine lease area, area under mining will be 27.1 ha, 7.184 ha under overburden, 0.3904 ha under infrastructure, 17.44 ha for roads, 5.896 ha for green belt and 33.4846 ha for future use. The Molakattala reserve forest is located at a distance of 1.0 km from the mine lease. River Penner flows at a distance of 4.5 km. No national park/ wildlife sanctuary/ eco- sensitive area is located within 10km radius of mine lease area. The topography of the mine lease area is undulated with 260 to 414 m above msl. The total mineable reserves is 34.762 million tons. The method of mining will be opencast semi mechanized. Water requirement of 46m3/day will be met from the ground water source. The depth of mine will be 350 m msl at the end of the first 5 years. The water table depth is 210 m msl. The mine will not intersect the ground water table. About 12.3 million tons of rock and 0.27 million tons of mineral waste will be generated. Total cost of the project is Rs. 12 Crores.

Following specific Terms of Reference were prescribed by the Committee for preparation of the EIA/EMP report:

i.                    Executive summary of the project indicating relevant details shall be provided and issues raised in public hearing along with action plan to address the same shall be provided in tabular form including requisite allocation of funds.

ii.                  Detail contact address of the project proponent including telephone numbers, e-mail ID etc shall be provided. Request for consideration for environmental clearance or any other communication regarding the project shall be made by the project proponent/ authorized person and not by its legal representative / consultant.

iii.                A copy of lease deed allocated (lease execution) in the name of the company shall be provided along with mining plan (including progressive mine closure plan).

iv.                 Layout plan indicating break-up of lease area indicating area for excavation for mining, waste dump, mineral storage, top soil storage, green belt, infrastructure, roads shall be provided.

v.                  Details of other mine leases within 10 km radius of the mine.

vi.                Photograph of the mine lease area, where mining activity is proposed to be undertaken shall be provided.

vii.              Satellite imagery of the mine lease area indicating drainage, cropping pattern, water bodies (rivers, nallahs, ponds etc.), location of nearest villages, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, tiger reserves, biosphere reserves, heritage sites, reserve forests etc in the core and buffer zone shall be provided. The coordinates of the site should be marked clearly in the topo-sheet. The corner of the lease hold should be marked in the topo-sheet covering the core zone and buffer zone.

viii.            Detailed action plan for reclamation of mined pit before working subsequent mineral bearing area shall be prepared.

ix.                 Action Plan for preservation of buffer zone to be maintained between two consecutive mineral bearing deposits shall be prepared.

x.                   Approved mining plan including progressive mine closure plan shall be provided along with EIA report. Letter of approval from IBM shall also be enclosed.

xi.                 Detailed drawings indicating geological formation of Ores with respect to ground water table shall be submitted.

xii.               Detailed action plan for demarcation and vegetation of 50 m barrier all along the side of the lease (inside the lease) facing nallahs/rivers (if any) shall be provided.

xiii.             Primary survey of flora and fauna shall be carried out and report submitted along with EIA/EMP report.

xiv.             Action Plan for ambient air quality monitoring for PM10, SO2 and NOx shall be prepared, which shall constitute of adequate stations in core and buffer zones.  Prediction of cumulative impact of mine and cement plant on the ambient air quality shall be submitted. One ambient air quality monitoring station shall be established at the mine site and four ambient air quality along with noise monitoring stations  along the road where minerals to be  transported and data submitted.

xv.               Action plan for control of fugitive dust generation shall be prepared. The plan shall consist of schedule and methodology of monitoring of fugitive dust emission at locations of nearest human habitation (including schools and other public amenities located nearest to sources of dust generation as applicable).

xvi.             Mineralogical composition of the dust along with percentage of silica fractions in the dust particles.

xvii.           A scientific mining scheme for every 5 years for the life of the mine shall be prepared.

xviii.         Scheme for Rain water harvesting including road map for implementation shall be prepared.

xix.             Action plan for maintenance of village roads through which transportation of ores are undertaken to be carried out by the company regularly at its own expenses shall be prepared. 

xx.               Measures for prevention and control of soil erosion and management of silt shall be prepared. Assessment of total silt load likely to be generated shall be carried out. Proposal for protection of dumps against erosion by geo textile matting or other suitable material and plantations of native trees and shrubs at the dump slopes shall be prepared.

xxi.             Trenches/ garland drains proposed to be constructed at foot of dumps and installation of materials like coco filters at regular intervals to arrest silt from being carried to water bodies shall be prepared. Proposal for adequate number of Check Dams and Gully Plugs proposed to be constructed across seasonal / perennial nallahs (if any) flowing through the ML area shall be prepared. De- silting schedule at regular intervals shall be also provided

xxii.           Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

xxiii.         Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

xxiv.          Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

xxv.            Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

xxvi.          The questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall be filled up and submitted in complete.

xxvii.        Details of litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if any, shall be submitted.

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

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

f)    The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl)/National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II(I) dated 2nd December, 2009 may be posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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. 

The Committee informed that the above specific Terms of Reference (TOR), if not already mentioned in the model TOR, shall be addressed by the proponent. It was further informed that these specific TORs shall be incorporated in the Draft EIA/EMP report along with the issues raised during the public hearing and response of the project proponent in tabular form. The EIA/EMP report shall be thereafter submitted to the Ministry along with requisite documents for appraisal by the EAC-2 (Mining) for consideration of environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.

 

5.1.7   Bhandarbodi Manganese Ore Deposit of M/s The Central India Mining & Marketing Corporation, Village Bhandarbodi, District Nagpur, Maharashtra. ML area (50 ha) reg - TOR

 

The proponent did not attend the meeting and there was no information from them in this regard. The project will be considered when so requested by the proponent.

 

5.1.8   Kasarde Bauxite Mine  of M/s Padmavati Mining Company at Village Kasarde , Taluka Shahuwadi, District Kolhapur, Maharashtra (ML area - 303.5254 ha) reg-  TOR

 

The proponent could not attend the meeting. Though, their consultant was present to attend the meeting and authorization was also given on behalf of the proponent to give presentation before the Committee. However, the Committee decided that the presence of proponent is essential.

 

5.1.9   Kawardha Iron Ore Mine of M/s Prakash Industries Limited at Sahaspur, Lohara, District Kabirdham in Chhattisgarh (ML area 440.75 ha , Production capacity 2.0 MTPA) Reg. TOR

 

The proposal for Kawardha Iron Ore Mine of M/s Prakash Industries Limited at Sahaspur, Lohara, District Kabirdham in Chhattisgarh was placed before the EAC-2 (Mining) to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form -1 along with the pre-feasibility report. A presentation was made on the salient features and other details of the project. 

 

The proposal is for Iron Ore Mine with production capacity of 2 million tons/annum. The lease area is 440.75 ha and entire area is forest land. The proponent informed the Committee that they have been granted prospecting license over an area of 440.75 ha vide letter no. 2-152/06/12 (2) dated 30th September, 2009 of Government of Chhattisgarh after obtaining prior approval of Central Government in respect of above PL vide letter no. 5/58/2007-M.IV dated 12.12.2007 by Ministry of Mines, Government of India. M/s PIL were permitted to drill 8 bore holes by Forest Department over the licenced area of 440.75 ha.  Application for the forest clearance has been submitted to the State Government. Out of 440.75 ha of land area, 5 ha is for Float ore, 41 ha is for mining in situ, 15 ha is for dumping of overburden, 1 ha for storage of sub-grade mineral, 4 ha for construction of building, power station, work-shop, 0.2 ha for infrastructure, 2 ha for road, 0.01 for magazine, 1 ha for afforestation and 370.79 ha for un-degraded area.

The mineable reserves are 13.65 million tons and life of the mine is 11 years. The river Karra flows at a distance of 6 km in the SW direction. The highest and lowest elevation of the mine is 643 m msl and 288 MRL, respectively. The method of mining will be semi mechanized opencast involving drilling and blasting. The height and width of the benches will be 5 m. Cost of the project is Rs. 25.30 Crores.

The following specific Terms of Reference were prescribed by the Committee for preparation of the EIA/EMP report:

i)                    Detail contact address of the project proponent including telephone numbers, e-mail ID etc shall be provided. Request for consideration for environmental clearance or any other communication regarding the project shall be made by the project proponent/ authorized person and not by its legal representative / consultant.

ii)                   Executive summary of the project indicating relevant details shall be provided and issues raised in public hearing along with action plan to address the same shall be provided in tabular form including requisite allocation of funds.

iii)                A copy of lease deed allocated (lease execution) in the name of the company shall be provided along with mining plan (including progressive mine closure plan).

iv)                Exact coordinates of the mine location shall be furnished.

v)                  Photograph of the mine lease area, where mining activity is proposed to be undertaken shall be provided.

vi)                Layout plan indicating break-up of lease area indicating area for excavation for mining, waste dump, mineral storage, top soil storage, green belt, infrastructure, roads and site for proposed beneficiation plant area if any (including tailing pond site etc.) shall be provided.

vii)              Details of the other mines/ industries within 10 km radius of the proposed mine.

viii)            Satellite imagery of the mine lease area indicating drainage, cropping pattern, water bodies (rivers, nallahs, ponds etc.), location of nearest villages, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, tiger reserves, biosphere reserves, heritage sites, reserve forests etc in the core and buffer zone shall be provided. The coordinates of the site should be marked clearly in the topo-sheet. The corner of the lease hold should be marked in the topo-sheet covering the core zone and buffer zone.

 

ix)                Mineable reserves to be indicated in UNFCC code along with grade of the ore.

 

x)                  Primary survey of flora and fauna shall be carried out and report submitted along with EIA/EMP report.

 

xi)                Wildlife conservation plan shall be prepared in consultation with the office of the Chief Wildlife warden. The plan shall comprise of in-built monitoring mechanism with special emphasis to protection of Schedule- I species. The status of implementation shall be submitted to the Ministry. Further an authenticated list of flora/fauna separately for core and buffer zone indicating the schedule of fauna shall be submitted to the Ministry.

xii)              Action plan for implementation of zero waste mining concepts shall be submitted. The plan shall be either by putting up pelletisation/sintering plant or tie up for disposal of 100% low grade ores/fines to prospective buyers.

xiii)            Detailed action plan for reclamation of mined pit before working subsequent mineral bearing area shall be prepared.

xiv)             Action Plan for preservation of buffer zone to be maintained between two consecutive mineral bearing deposits shall be prepared.

xv)               Approved mining plan including progressive mine closure plan shall be provided along with EIA report. Letter of approval from IBM shall also be enclosed.

xvi)             Detailed drawings indicating geological formation of Ores with respect to ground water table shall be submitted.

xvii)           Detailed action plan for demarcation and vegetation of 50 m barrier all along the side of the lease (inside the lease) facing nallahs/streams (if any) flowing in the lease or adjacent shall be provided.

xviii)         Action Plan for ambient air quality monitoring shall be prepared, which shall constitute of adequate stations in core and buffer zones. Ambient Air Quality shall be for PM10, SO2 and NOx  as per G.S.R. 826 (E) dated 16.11.2009.

xix)             Action plan for control of fugitive dust generation shall be prepared. The plan shall consist of schedule and methodology of monitoring of fugitive dust emission at locations of nearest human habitation (including schools and other public amenities located nearest to sources of dust generation as applicable).

xx)               A scientific mining scheme for every 5 years for the lease life of the mine shall be prepared.

xxi)             Detailed hydro-geological study should be carried out and report furnished.

xxii)           Scheme for Rain water harvesting including road map for implementation shall be prepared.

xxiii)         Action plan for maintenance of village roads through which transportation of ores are undertaken to be carried out by the company regularly at its own expenses shall be prepared.

xxiv)         Measures for prevention and control of soil erosion and management of silt shall be prepared. Assessment of total silt load likely to be generated shall be carried out. Proposal for protection of dumps against erosion by geo textile matting or other suitable material and plantations of native trees and shrubs at the dump slopes shall be prepared.

xxv)           Trenches/ garland drains proposed to be constructed at foot of dumps and installation of materials like coco filters at regular intervals to arrest silt from being carried to water bodies shall be prepared. Proposal for adequate number of Check Dams and Gully Plugs proposed to be constructed across seasonal / perennial nallahs (if any) flowing through the ML area shall be prepared. De- silting schedule at regular intervals shall be also provided

xxvi)         Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

xxvii)       Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

xxviii)     Action plan for identification of local employable youth for training in skills relevant to the project for eventual employment in the project itself shall be formulated so that to the extent possible, their interests are protected.

xxix)         Exposure monitoring for workers and analyses of percentage of silica in the dust.

xxx)           Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

xxxi)         Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

xxxii)       Details of litigation pending or otherwise with respect to subject mine in any courts, tribunal etc. shall be provided.

xxxiii)     The questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall be filled up and submitted in complete.

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

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

f)    The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl)/National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no F. No.J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II(I) dated 2nd December, 2009 may be posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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. 

The Committee informed that the above specific Terms of Reference (TOR), if not already mentioned in the model TOR, shall be addressed by the proponent. It was further informed that these specific TORs shall be incorporated in the Draft EIA/EMP report along with the issues raised during the public hearing and response of the project proponent in tabular form. The EIA/EMP report shall thereafter be submitted to the Ministry along with requisite documents for appraisal by the EAC-2 (Mining) for consideration of environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

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REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (EAC)-2(MINING) ON SITE VISIT TO GOA DURING 5TH - 6TH January, 2009. (In pursuance of the Orders of the Hon`ble High Court of Delhi to Review the Environmental Clearance dated 26th July 2007 accorded to Borga Iron Ore Mine of M/s Panduranga Timblo Industries in District South Goa – W.P. (I) No. 9340 of 2009.)

The proposals regarding Borga Iron ore mines of M/s Panduranga Timblo industries in District South Goa were accorded environmental clearance on 26th July, 2007. The company has two mine leases viz. TC no. 29/52 Borga Dongrachem Fall Mine of 71.198 ha and lease no. 34/50 Oitero Borga Do Bairro Queri Mine of 89.50 ha. Both the leases together known as Borga Iron Ore Mines -I and II. The combine mining plan and mining scheme were prepared for both the mines and approved by IBM on 17th October, 2006. The lease area of the ML-I (TC No. 29/52) is 71.198 ha of which 64.4780 ha is forest area. Since 1994 the mine is not in operation due to want of forest clearance. The ML-2 i.e. TC No. 34/50 has total mine lease area of 89.50 ha of which 43.4650 ha is forest land.

2.0       Public hearing for the combined Mine-1 and 2 was held on 31.01.2007. A number of issues were raised during public hearing meeting that the mining will spread debris and silt on agricultural fields, will affect the ground water, will change the course of nallahs, will dry up springs, will reduce the yield of the fruit bearing trees, will lead to overloaded trucks choking the roads, spreading dust and creating noise disturbing public places like schools and residents alike, will displace and reduce the number of wild animals and adversely impact the archeological protected sites and the village people all around.

3.0       The project authorities provided the response indicating that the mining will be above the ground water table, that there is no change in the course of nallah and that the mine is not working since 1994. There is no wildlife sanctuary within 10km of radius of the mine. No blasting is proposed.  Mining Plan including Mine Closure Plan has been approved by IBM on 06.10.06.  

4.0       The proposals were considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee in its 10th meeting held on 13th-15th June, 2007. The Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to stipulation of specific conditions.

5.0       Subsequently, Utkarsh Mandal and Others filed an Appeal No.12/2007 before the National Environmental Appellate Authority (NEAA) challenging the environmental clearances accorded by the Ministry vide letters no.J-11015/360/2007-IA.II (M) and 11015/359/2007-IA.II (M) dated 26th July, 2007. The concerns raised in the petition were regarding that the executive summary of the project was received by the Gram Panchayat only nine days prior to the date of public hearing which is in violation of the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006; two seasonal nallahs, one in North and one in South joining outside the mine, flow into Kushawati river. The run-off from the undisturbed areas and from dumps flow along the slopes in all directions; the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee, Goa has given a strong objection to the operation of the mine; reportedly, all the participants in the public hearing opposed the project; contending interalia, that the mining will adversely impact the neighbouring farm land, ground water and drainage to the perennial streams.

6.0       The Ministry also filed the Statement of Objections before the NEAA. After hearing the appeal, vide order dated 14th October, 2008, the NEAA disallowed the appeal for want of merit but with the direction to MoEF and its various Advisory committees that they should indicate in their minutes/proceedings/orders the link between the issues raised and decisions thereon, and wherever the public objections are involved, they should clearly indicate such public concerns have been addressed while arriving at final recommendations/decision.

7.0       The instructions of the NEAA are being followed by addressing the concerns raised in the public hearing and are also being minuted in the proceedings of the meeting.

8.0       Utkarsh Mandal and Others filed Writ Petition (Civil) No.9340/2009 and CM APPL Nos. 7127/09, 12496/2009 in the High Court of Delhi challenging the order dated 14th October, 2008 passed by the NEAA dismissing the Appeal no. 12/2007 filed by the Appellant. The petitioners sought quashing of the order dated 26th July, 2007 issued by the Ministry granting environmental clearance to M/s Panduranga Timblo Industries, Goa for renewal of mining lease in respect of their Borga Iron ore mines.

9.0       The Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in its judgment dated 26.11.2009 set aside the order dated 26th July, 2007 issued by the MoEF with the following directions :

(a)        The matter is remanded to the Expert Appraisal Committee (Mines) which will be constituted  by the MoEF afresh  keeping in view the observations  made in this order.

(b)        The Expert  Appraisal Committee (Mines) will consider each of the objections  raised in the public hearing held on 31st January, 2009 as well as the response made by the  mine owner.

(c)        Before taking a fresh decision, the Expert  Appraisal Committee will undertake a site visit  or visits  either by itself or through a Sub-committee of itself comprising not less than three members.

(d)        The Expert Appraisal Committee will render its fresh reasoned decision within a period of 12 weeks from the date of receipt of this order.

(e)        The final decision will be taken by the MoEF within eight weeks thereafter in accordance with the law. The MoEF will keep in view the observations made in this judgment.

(f)         The fresh decision of the MoEF will be communicated to the proponent as well as the Appellants within a week thereafter.

(g)       If the MoEF reiterates its decision to grant environmental clearance then there will be no need for the proponent to again obtain fresh consequential permissions from other authorities. If not, then the grant of such (consequential) permissions will not by themselves give any right to the proponent to operate the mine in question.

10.0    The Hon’ble High Court in Para 47 of Judgment dated 26.11.09 has also raised a doubt on the impugned Environmental Clearance of 26th July, 2007 being a `conditional` one and about its implications of not making them implementable before commencement of mining operations. This has also been clarified at the end of this report.

     Thus the mandate given to the present EAC-2 (Mining) was to consider each of the objections raised in the public hearing held on 31st January, 2007 as well as the response made by the mine owner and prior to making their fresh recommendations, to undertake a site visit, either by itself or through a Sub-committee comprising not less than three members.

            Accordingly, the EAC in its fourth meeting held on 22nd December, 2009, as a first step, constituted a sub-committee comprising of Shri Mr. M.S. Nagar, Chairman, Prof. Rajesh Srivastava of IIT Kanpur, member and Dr. Ms. P.L Ahujarai, Member Convener to undertake an on the spot study of the ground realities and report back to the EAC-2.

            The sub-committee inspected the mining lease area and its neighbourhood on 5.1.2010 and studied the salient points raised in the Public Hearing as also tried to verify the contentions made by the project proponent. During the site visit, the sub-committee inspected few other mines and villages (both on the upstream and down stream side of the watershed area of River Kushavati, its tributaries and feeder nallahs). The natural drainage system of the area, management of water and silt in the mines, implementation standards of the prescribed environmental protection measures were observed. Mining and Ore handling equipment, screening and sizing Plants, Ore-transportation vehicles, haul roads; the common roadways carrying considerable volume of iron ore to the river-side barge loading points were also observed and discussed with knowledgeable people in the area. Environmental awareness in the neighbourhood and Community development works as well as the Corporate Social Responsibility related works were noted.

            Discussions were also held with dealing officer of the Goa State Pollution Control Board and the Association of Mine Owners about the over all pollution control measures in a collective manner in the mining areas in South and North Goa regions, road and river transport Net Work for Iron Ore in the State of Goa and long term measures being undertaken and or are being contemplated in the near future.

            Records of River water quality and other environment related status reports and publications were collected from the GSPCB to understand the nature of cumulative pollution levels in the drainage system vis-à-vis the reports and complaints received in the instant Public Hearing case under review.

            The environmental performance levels of M/s Panduranga Timblo Industries at their other operating mines were ascertained and relevant photographs collected to take a view on their credibility in the light of wide spread resentment against them at the Borga Mine (relating to their past performance till the closure of the mine in 1994).

            In the present meeting of the EAC-2 (Mining), the sub-Committee gave presentation on their site visit and their detailed report there on. As advised by the EAC-2, M/s Panduranga Timblo Industries also gave a presentation on their closed Borga and other operating Mines viz : Codli, Shigao and Suctolim in Goa. They showed a few photographs regarding waste dump stabilization and water management practices through construction of check dams, retaining walls etc, afforestation in lease areas and the various socio-economic measures being as a part of their CSR activity. The proponent also indicated through photographs the de-silting and related environmental protection measures taken in the affected Borga mine neighbourhood in respect of willing land owners. The proponent reported that compensation payments as decreed in the Court order of Special Civil Suit no. 28/80/A dated 21st June, 1997 (Rs. 8.00 lakhs as compensation plus Rs. 4 lakhs towards de-silting of farms and orchards) have been made and they also expressed their willingness to do like wise in the damaged fields of others as per claims made during the PH or otherwise, subject of course to due verification and co-operation of the effected owners/ occupants. 

            Based on the presentation of the site inspection report and presentation made by the proponent regarding the Borga mines, the full-Committee recommended for upholding the EC granted for two mine leases viz. TC no. 29/52 Borga Dongrachem Fall Mine of 71.198 ha and lease no. 34/50 Oitero Borga Do Bairro Queri Mine of 89.50 ha subject to all special and general conditions, as were mentioned in the EC accorded to the above mines vide Ministry’s earlier letter no. J-11015/359/2007-IA-II (M) and J-11015/ 360/ 2007-IA-II (M) dated 26th July, 2007 and following additional specific conditions:

i.                    Before starting the mining operation, the company shall strictly adhere to the Best Mining Practices (BMP) to prevent flowing down of the loose material into the agriculture field or water body if any. A detailed action plan with completion schedule be prepared in advance for remediation of damage occurred in the past due to mining activity and submitted to the Regional office of the MoEF at Bangalore, State Pollution Control Board/CPCB.

ii.                  A detailed  site map of lease hold and buffer zone on a large scale mentioning the salient features like schools and Balwaris , Archeological sites, temples etc where the public congregates, clearly marking the distances  from the nearest working sites (present or future) shall be submitted. Measures shall be taken to protect these features.

iii.                Wildlife conservation plan shall be prepared in consultation with the office of the Chief Wildlife warden and implemented within six months. The plan shall comprise of in-built monitoring mechanism with special emphasis to protection of Schedule-I species. The status of implementation shall be submitted to the Ministry.

iv.                All the OB dumps, stockpiles of top-soils, salable and sub-grade ores should have adequate drainage for dealing with rain water, particularly episodal heavy downpours. Surface drains and Trenches / garland drains shall also be constructed at the foot of dumps and coco filters installed at regular intervals to arrest silt from being carried to water bodies/ agricultural fields down stream. Adequate number of Check Dams and Gully Plugs shall be constructed across seasonal/perennial nallahs flowing through the ML area to arrest all the silt. De-silting of the settling tanks shall be carried out before and after every monsoon.

v.                  Measures for prevention and control of soil erosion and management of silt shall be undertaken.  Protection of dumps against erosion shall be carried out with geo textile matting or other suitable material, and thick plantations of native trees and shrubs shall be carried out at the dump slopes. Dumps shall be protected by retaining walls.

vi.                The company shall ensure that waste dump location is such that OB should not flow down. The dumps shall not be located on sloping ground.

vii.              The design of the check dam shall be so as to prevent downstream flow of silt and regular desiltation of the check dam shall be carried out to prevent impact on the downstream water bodies and agricultural land.

viii.            Any water shed development project, conservation of bio diversity and wildlife schemes under implementation an area shall be ascertained and the authorities concerned shall be consulting to ensure that there is no impact on these activities due to the proposed project. The proponent shall extend necessary cooperation in implementation of such schemes.

ix.                Maintenance of village roads through which ore transportation takes place, shall be carried out by the company regularly at its own expenses. The roads shall be black topped. Further, the company shall construct separate road for ore transport which shall be away from the villages as committed by them.

x.                  The company shall undertake mitigative measures to control flying debris, noise and dust. Further, monitoring stations shall be set up near the sensitive buildings to monitor ambient air quality, noise and ground water quality.

xi.                Fugitive dust generation shall be controlled. Fugitive dust emission shall be regularly monitored at locations of nearest human habitation (including schools and other public amenities located nearest to sources of dust generation as applicable) and records submitted to the Ministry.

xii.              Transportation of ore shall be done by covering the trucks with tarpaulin or other suitable mechanism so that no spillage of ore / dust takes place. Transportation shall be done only during day time.

xiii.            Permission from the competent authority for extraction of ground water (if any) shall be obtained. Monitoring of ground and surface water quality shall be regularly conducted and records maintained and data submitted to the Ministry regularly. Further, monitoring points shall be located between the mine and drainage in the direction of flow of ground water and records maintained.

xiv.             Need based assessment for the affected immediate downstream villages of the Borga Mines shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme. Company shall provide separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes. This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs.

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

xvi.             Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be carried out. The company shall engage a full time qualified doctor who is trained in occupational health. Periodic monitoring for exposure to respirable mineral dust on the workers shall be conducted and records maintained including health records of the workers.  Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. shall be carried out periodically. Review of impact of various health measures undertaken (at interval of five years of less) shall be conducted followed by follow up action wherever required.

xvii.           Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines. Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22nd January, 2010

 

5.2.0       New Proposals

 

5.2.1       Augmentation of Screening Plant and Associated Activities at Deposit 14/11C,11B of Bailadila Iron Ore Project of M/s NMDC Limited at Kirandul Complex, South Bastar, Dantewada District, Chhattisgarh. Reg – ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE

 

The project authority and their consultant gave a detailed presentation on the salient features of the project and the proposed environmental mitigation measures. The Terms of Reference (TOR) were earlier prescribed for undertaking detailed EIA study and the project proponent were advised to submit the EIA report to the State Pollution Control Board for public hearing. The concerns emerged during the public hearing should be incorporated in the EIA report and final report submitted to the Ministry for environmental clearance.

           

The public hearing was held on 05.10.2009. The issues raised during the meeting were regarding provision of drinking water and education facilities to the villagers; measures for control of air, noise and water pollution; compensation against the land acquisition, health care facilities to the surrounding villages and social economic welfare activities etc. The proponent have addressed all the above issues.

 

The proponent informed the Committee that the proposal is for a new screening plant-III with a capacity of 12.0 MTPA. The projected cumulative ROM production from Kirandul Complex will be 19 MTPA. The existing capacity of the screening plants is 12 MTPA. Thus, there is a need of screening capacity augmentation. The SP-I will be phased out. During the monsoon season, it is proposed to have wet circuit system. The land requirement for the SP-III is 65.93 ha. The entire area is forest land. The M/s NMDC have already submitted the application for obtaining forest clearance to the State Government.

 

The water requirement will increase from 9150 m3/day to 13750 m3/day. Additional water requirement will be met from the Bacheli, Kirandul and Malangir nallah. The power requirement of 9.0 MVA will be met from the existing 132/33 KV CSEB sub-station at Kirandul. It is also proposed to install two DG sets of 1010 KVA capacity as emergency power backup. The Cost of the project is Rs. 946.04 Crores.

 

The ore will be transported through covered conveyor gallery system from screening plant to loading plant. The primary, secondary screening operations will be housed in separate buildings with individual surge provision like high structure bins. This will avoid open stock pile before screening plant to mitigate fugitive dust generation.

 

It was also noted that ore is washed at screening plants during monsoon season for a period of 80-90 days. M/s Essar beneficiation plant is taking the online slimes through closed slurry pipeline. The reclaimed water from the beneficiation plant is returned to the Kirandul Complex for recycling into the process. During emergency, the slimes are routed through check dams and impounded in already built Kadampal Tailing Dam having capacity of 4.0 million m3 capacity. Five numbers of check dams have been constructed at the down stream of tailing dam to ensure flow of clear water into the Koyar Nadi. De-siltation of check dams is carried regularly.

 

After detailed deliberation, the Committee recommend the project for environment clearance subject to stipulation of following specific conditions:

 

(i)           Forest clearance for diversion of forest land shall be obtained before starting the proposed activity.

 

(ii)         Ground water quality around the tailing dam shall be regularly monitored and data submitted to the Ministry/ CPCB/SPCB.

 

(iii)       Wildlife conservation plan shall be prepared in consultation with the office of the Chief Wildlife warden. The plan shall comprise of in-built monitoring mechanism with special emphasis to protection of Schedule- I species. The status of implementation shall be submitted to the Ministry. Further an authenticated list of flora/fauna separately for core and buffer zone indicating the schedule of fauna shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

(iv)        Measures shall be taken to control the dust emissions at loading and unloading points of the ore.

 

(v)          Green belt shall be raised around the Kirandul Complex and selection of plants species shall be as per the CPCB guidelines to control the fugitive dust emissions.

 

5.2.2       Sand mining project of M/s The Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) at Village Chennur in Chennur Mandal, District Adilabad in Andhra Pradesh (ML area 216.0 ha) Reg -ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE

 

The project authorities and their consultant gave a detailed presentation on the salient features of the project and the proposed environmental mitigation measures. The Terms of Reference (TOR) were earlier prescribed for undertaking detailed EIA study and the project proponent were advised to submit the EIA report to the State Pollution Control Board for public hearing. The concerns emerged during the public hearing were to be incorporated in the EIA report and final report submitted to the Ministry for environmental clearance.

           

The public hearing was held on 24.11.2009. The issues raised during the meeting were regarding depletion of ground water level and consequent impact upon availability of water for drinking and irrigation, impact of air and noise on the health of the people, impact on soil fertility due to transportation and bathing ghat of Chennur etc. The proponents have addressed all the above issues. M/s SCCL have carried out hydro-geological studies. The proposed sand mining area is under safe category with only 22.67% development of ground water. The sand will be extracted up to 1 m depth only. There will be no destruction of existing ponds in the River Godavari. The mining will be stopped during the monsoon. It will not have any adverse impact on the bathing ghat.

 

The proposal of M/s The Singareni Collieries Company Limited is for sand mining from the Godavari River bed at capacity of 3.00 L.m3/annum. The lease area is 216.0 ha. The sand will be used for stowing due to voids created by extraction of coal from the under ground mines. The mining will be carried by Back hoe & Tippers. The mineable reserves are 97.2 lakh Cu.m. The life of the mine is 30 years. The relief of the project site is 109 m to 103 m above MSL. The flow level of river during lean season is 99 m to 98 m above MSL. The river width is 1100 m to 1500 m. The sand bed thickness is 2.2 m -12.5m. The lease area will be divided into seven blocks and mining operation will be restricted to one block in a year.

 

The sand mining will be carried in meander part of the river bed. A small part about less than 1.5 km2 of the Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary overlaps with the buffer zone of the mine at its south eastern periphery.  

 

            Based on the information and clarifications provided, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to stipulation of the following specific conditions:

i.               Personnel exposure monitoring for respirable mineral dust shall be carried out for the workers and records maintained including health records of the workers. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal protective equipments etc. shall be carried out periodically. The workers shall not be allowed to work without dust masks and to smoke.

ii.             Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be carried out. The company shall engage a full time qualified doctor who is trained in occupational health.  Review of impact of various health measures undertaken (at interval of five years of less) shall be conducted followed by follow up action wherever required.

iii.            Occupational Health Cell shall be created at the company level under the charge of an officer of adequate seniority who is a qualified person in occupational health.

iv.           Fugitive dust generation shall be controlled. Fugitive dust emission shall be regularly monitored at locations of nearest human habitation (including schools and other public amenities located nearest to sources of dust generation as applicable) and records maintained.

v.              Measures shall be undertaken for dust suppression during loading of sand and by water sprinkling on the internal roads. The trucks carrying material shall be covered with tarpaulin.

vi.           Two monitoring stations i.e. one in the up stream and one in the down stream in the mining lease area shall be set up for monitoring the surface water quality.

vii.          Operations of the mine shall be confined in such a way that distance of the wildlife sanctuary is beyond 10km of the mine lease area.

viii.        Measures for prevention and control of soil erosion and management of silt shall be undertaken. 

ix.           Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including common property resources available for conversion into productive land. Action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land / common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months.

x.             Need based assessment for the nearby villages shall be conducted to study economic measures with action plan which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme. Company shall provide separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes. This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs.

xi.           Rain water harvesting shall be undertaken to recharge the ground water source.  Status of implementation shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months. 

xii.          Monitoring of ground and surface water quality shall be regularly conducted and records maintained and data submitted to the Ministry regularly. Further, monitoring points shall be located between the mine and drainage in the direction of flow of ground water and records maintained. Monitoring for Arsenic in ground water shall be undertaken.

xiii.        Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines. Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months.

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

 

5.2.3       Iron ore and manganese ore mining lease of M/s Prema Channappa at Villages Hombalagatta, Hossahalli, Gollahalli & Yerekatte, Taluka CN Halli in District Tumkur in Karnataka (ML area 60 ha, Production capacity 0.86 MTPA of Iron Ore & 0.12 MTPA of Manganese Ore ) Reg - ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE

 

The project authorities and their consultant gave a detailed presentation on the salient features of the project and the proposed environmental mitigation measures. The Terms of Reference (TOR) were earlier prescribed for undertaking detailed EIA study and the project proponent were advised to submit the EIA report to the State Pollution Control Board for public hearing. The concerns emerged during the public hearing should be incorporated in the EIA report and final report submitted to the Ministry for environmental clearance.

            The mine is located at Villages Hombalagatta, Hossahalli, Gollahalli & Yerekatte, Taluka CN Halli in District Tumkur in Karnataka. The proposal is for iron ore mine with production capacity of 0.86 MTPA of Iron ore & 0.12 MTPA of manganese ore.  The mine lease area is 60 ha of which 7.71 ha is revenue land and 52.29 ha is for forest land. Application for forest clearance has been submitted to the State Government. Out of 60 ha of lease area, excavation will be carried out in 26 ha. An area of 2.0 ha for roads, 2.6 ha for infrastructure, 2.74 ha for over burden dump, 1.0 ha for mineral storage, 1.0 ha for top soil storage, 2.40 ha for green belt / afforestation and 22.26 ha of area will be for future use. Water requirement of 96m3/d will be met from the ground water source. The general elevation of the lease ranges from 850 m MSL to 1040 m MSL. The ultimate pit limit is 740m MSL. The ground water table is 550 m MSL. The mineable reserve is 11.85 Million tonnes. Life of mine at proposed rate of production will be 16 years. Method of mining will be opencast mechanised involving drilling and blasting whenever, hard formations are encountered. No relocation and rehabilitation of population will be involved. About 2.79 MT of waste will be handled which will be dumped over non-mineralized area.  Mining plan has been approved on 12.09.2008. Public hearing of the project was held on 07.10.2009.

            The Committee took note of the issue raised in the Public Hearing and the Environmental Management Plan submitted by the proponent. The issue raised during the public hearing were regarding measures to prevent impact on the human health, adoption of nearby village, provision of jobs to the local villagers and medical facilities, compensatory afforestation, drinking water supply and education etc. All the above issues were addressed by the proponent.

Based on the information and clarifications provided, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to stipulation of the following specific conditions:

i.                    Wildlife conservation plan shall be prepared in consultation with the office of the Chief Wildlife warden and implemented within six months. The plan shall comprise of in-built monitoring mechanism with special emphasis to protection of Schedule- I species. The status of implementation shall be submitted to the Ministry. Further an authenticated list of flora/fauna separately for core and buffer zone indicating the schedule of fauna shall be submitted to the Ministry.

ii.                  The company shall ensure that no silt originating due to mining activity is transported in the surface water course (if any) flowing in the area.  Proper drainage of the waste dumps shall be provided to prevent siltation of downstream water bodies. The dumps per se shall be drained and surface of the dump should be properly vegetated.

iii.                Measures for prevention and control of soil erosion and management of silt shall be undertaken.  Protection of dumps against erosion shall be carried out with geo textile matting or other suitable material, and thick plantations of native trees and shrubs shall be carried out at the dump slopes. Dumps shall be protected by retaining walls.

iv.                Personnel exposure monitoring for dust shall be carried out for the workers.

v.                  Chemical composition of the dust samples, besides particle size analysis, shall be carried out. Free silica concentration in the dust shall be monitored.

vi.                Fugitive dust generation shall be controlled. Fugitive dust emission shall be regularly monitored at locations of nearest human habitation (including schools and other public amenities located nearest to sources of dust generation as applicable) and records submitted to the Ministry.

vii.              Rain water harvesting shall be undertaken to recharge the ground water source.  Status of implementation shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months.

viii.            Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including common property resources available for conversion into productive land. Action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land / common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months.

ix.                Need based assessment for the nearby villages shall be conducted to study economic measures with action plan which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme. Company shall provide separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs.

x.                  The company shall identify the fallow land which could be converted into grass land for provision of fodder to the animals.

xi.                Monitoring of ground and surface water quality shall be regularly conducted and records maintained and data submitted to the Ministry regularly. Further, monitoring points shall be located between the mine and drainage in the direction of flow of ground water and records maintained.

xii.              Trenches / garland drains shall be constructed at foot of dumps and coco filters installed at regular intervals to arrest silt from being carried to water bodies. Adequate number of Check Dams and Gully Plugs shall be constructed across seasonal/perennial nallahs (if any) flowing through the ML area and silts arrested. De- silting at regular intervals shall be carried out.

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

xiv.             Occupational Health Cell shall be created at the company level under the charge of an officer of adequate seniority who is a qualified person in occupational health.

xv.               Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be carried out. The company shall engage a full time qualified doctor who is trained in occupational health. Periodic monitoring for exposure to respirable mineral dust on the workers shall be conducted and records maintained including health records of the workers.  Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. shall be carried out periodically. Review of impact of various health measures undertaken (at interval of five years of less) shall be conducted followed by follow up action wherever required.

xvi.             Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months.

 

5.2.4       Pudupalayam Limestone Mine of M/s Tamilnadu Cements Corporation Ltd. Located at Village Pudupalayam, Taluk & District Ariyalur,  Tamilnadu (ML area 95.26 ha and Production capacity of 0.189 MTPA) Reg- TOR

 

The proposal for limestone mining at capacity 0.189 MTPA of M/s Tamilnadu Cements Corporation Ltd. Located at Village Pudupalayam, Taluk & District Ariyalur, Tamilnadu was placed before the EAC to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form -1. A presentation was also made by the proponent on the salient feature and other details of the project. 

The proposal is for limestone mining at capacity 0.189 MTPA. The limestone ore is for captive consumption of the cement plant in District Ariyalur. The lease area of the mine is 95.26 ha, which is Patta land and Government Paramboke land. No displacement of people will be involved.  The Ulliyakkudi Reserve Forest is located at a distance of 5 km. and Marudaiyar river flows at a distance of 2 km from the mine. The method of mining will be opencast mechanised. The life of the mine is 30 years. The total mineable reserves is 5.13 million tonnes. The ultimate depth of mining will be 30 m.  The topography of the mine lease area is plain undulating. The elevation of ML area is 50 m a MSL. The ground water table depth is less than 20m below the general ground level. The ultimate working depth will be 18 m bgl. Hence the proposed mining will not intersect the ground water table as working will be carried 1-2 m above the water table. About 22m3/day of water requirement will be met from the ground water source.  About 1.87 MT including 1.006 MT of top soil will be generated. The top soil will be stacked separately and other waste will be simultaneously back filled. The cost of the project is Rs. 5.6 Crores.

A copy of the Revised Model Terms of Reference (TOR) prepared by the EAC-2 (Mining) was provided to the proponent for preparation of the EIA/EMP report as applicable in the instant case. The Committee also informed that any deviation of the structure of EIA/EMP report as prescribed in the revised Model TOR shall not be acceptable and shall constitute a ground for rejection.

Following specific Terms of Reference were prescribed by the Committee for preparation of the EIA/EMP report:

ii)                  Executive summary of the project indicating relevant details shall be provided and issues raised in public hearing along with action plan to address the same shall be provided in tabular form including requisite allocation of funds.

iii)                A copy of lease deed allocated (lease execution) in the name of the company shall be provided along with mining plan (including progressive mine closure plan).

iv)                Layout plan indicating break-up of lease area indicating area for excavation for mining, waste dump, mineral storage, top soil storage, green belt, infrastructure, roads and site for proposed beneficiation plant area (including tailing pond site etc.) shall be provided

v)                  Photograph of the mine lease area, where mining activity is proposed to be undertaken shall be provided.

vi)                The details of other mines/ industries within 10 km radius of the mine lease

vii)              Satellite imagery of the mine lease area indicating drainage, cropping pattern, water bodies (rivers, nallahs, ponds etc.), location of nearest villages, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, tiger reserves, biosphere reserves, heritage sites, reserve forests etc in the core and buffer zone shall be provided. The coordinates of the site should be marked clearly in the topo-sheet. The corner of the lease hold should be marked in the topo-sheet covering the core zone and buffer zone.

viii)            Number of land outstees and mode of compensation.

ix)                Detailed action plan for reclamation of mined pit before working subsequent mineral bearing area shall be prepared.

x)                  Approved mining plan including progressive mine closure plan shall be provided along with EIA report. Letter of approval from IBM shall also be enclosed.

xi)                Detailed drawings indicating geological formation of Ores with respect to ground water table shall be submitted.

xii)              Detailed action plan for demarcation and vegetation of 50 m barrier all along the side of the lease (inside the lease) facing nallahs/rivers (if any) shall be provided.

xiii)            Primary survey of flora and fauna shall be carried out and report submitted along with EIA/EMP report.

xiv)             Action Plan for ambient air quality monitoring shall be prepared, which shall constitute of adequate stations in core and buffer zones.  Prediction of cumulative impact of mine and cement plant on the ambient air quality shall be submitted. One ambient air quality monitoring station shall be established at the mine site. Ambient Air Quality (PM10, So2, NOx) shall be as per G.S.R. 826 (E) dated 16.11.2009.

xv)               Action plan for control of fugitive dust generation shall be prepared. The plan shall consist of schedule and methodology of monitoring of fugitive dust emission at locations of nearest human habitation (including schools and other public amenities located nearest to sources of dust generation as applicable).

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 and cumulative impacts due to other operating mines. 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)           Monitoring of the mercury in the soil shall be carried out.

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)       Measures for prevention and control of soil erosion and management of silt shall be prepared. Assessment of total silt load likely to be generated shall be carried out. Proposal for protection of dumps against erosion by geo textile matting or other suitable material and plantations of native trees and shrubs at the dump slopes shall be prepared.  

xxviii)     Scheme for Rain water harvesting including road map for implementation shall be prepared.

xxix)         Detailed plan for raising Shelter belt i.e. Wind Break of 30 m width and consisting of at least 5 tiers around lease facing the human habitation / agricultural fields (if any in the vicinity) etc. shall be submitted.

xxx)           A scientific mining scheme for every 5 years for the life of the mine shall be prepared.

xxxi)         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.

xxxii)       Action plan for maintenance of village roads through which transportation of ores are undertaken to be carried out by the company regularly at its own expenses shall be prepared. 

xxxiii)     Trenches/ garland drains proposed to be constructed at foot of dumps and installation of materials like coco filters at regular intervals to arrest silt from being carried to water bodies shall be prepared. Proposal for adequate number of Check Dams and Gully Plugs proposed to be constructed across seasonal / perennial nallahs (if any) flowing through the ML area shall be prepared. De- silting schedule at regular intervals shall be also provided

xxxiv)      Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

xxxv)        Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

xxxvi)      Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

xxxvii)    Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

xxxviii)  The questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall be filled up and submitted in complete.

xxxix)      Details of litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if any, shall be submitted.

 

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

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

f)      The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl)/National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no F. No.J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II(I) dated 2nd December, 2009 may be posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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. 

The Committee informed that the above specific Terms of Reference (TOR), if not already mentioned in the model TOR, shall be addressed by the proponent. It was further informed that these specific TORs shall be incorporated in the Draft EIA/EMP report along with the issues raised during the public hearing and response of the project proponent in tabular form. The EIA/EMP report shall be thereafter submitted to the Ministry along with requisite documents for appraisal by the EAC-2 (Mining) for consideration of environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.

 

5.2.5       Kattupiringium Limestone Mine of M/s Madras Cement Ltd. Located at Villages Periyanagalur and Valajanagaram, Taluk & District Ariyalur,  Tamilnadu (ML area 78.835 ha and utilization of 0.40 MTPA MARL (Interburden) in addition to existing 0.90 MTPA limestone production in the same ML area) Reg- TOR

 

The proposal for utilization of 0.40 MTPA of Marl (Interburden) in addition to existing 0.90 MTPA of limestone production in the same ML area of M/s Madras Cement Ltd. located at Villages Periyanagalur and Valajanagaram, Taluk & District Ariyalur, Tamilnadu was placed before the EAC to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form -1. A presentation was also made by the proponent on the salient feature and other details of the project. 

The proposed utilization of MARL will not result in increase in the total ROM quantity. To use MARL which otherwise is a waste material, the production of 0.9 MTPA of limestone will be continued. There will be utilization of 34.255 ha of land for dumping. Therefore, M/s MCL have approached for fresh clearance. Environmental Clearance for 0.90 MTPA was accorded vide letter no.J-11015/557/2007-IA-II (M) dated 10.10.2007. The mine lease area is 44.58 ha and 34.255 ha of dump area which is in posession of M/s MCL. The total mine lease area is 78.835 ha. Out of 78.835 ha of mine lease area, at the conceptual stage, 31.25 ha will be for mining, 2 ha for top soil dump, 1.2 ha for roads and infrastructure, 10.13 ha for green belt and 34.255 ha for external dump. The limestone ore and MARL is for captive consumption of the cement plant. No displacement of people will be involved. Marudaiyar River flows at a distance of 3 km from the mine. The method of mining will be opencast mechanised. The life of the mine is 10 years. The total mineable reserves for limestone is 9.50 MT and for MARL is 2.119 million tonnes. The present working depth is 10 m. and ultimate working depth is 45 m. About 96m3/day of water requirement will be met from the ground water source and mine sump water.  About 1.87 MT including 1.006 MT of top soil will be generated. The top soil will be stacked separately and other waste will be simultaneously back filled. Cost of the project is Rs. 5.6 Crores.

A copy of the Revised Model Terms of Reference (TOR) prepared by the EAC-2 (Mining) was provided to the proponent for preparation of the EIA/EMP report as applicable in the instant case. The Committee also informed that any deviation of the structure of EIA/EMP report as prescribed in the revised Model TOR shall not be acceptable and shall constitute a ground for rejection.

Following specific Terms of Reference were prescribed by the Committee for preparation of the EIA/EMP report:

i)                    Executive summary of the project indicating relevant details shall be provided and issues raised in public hearing along with action plan to address the same shall be provided in tabular form including requisite allocation of funds.

ii)                  Compliance to the specific conditions stipulated in environmental clearance granted for the existing capacity.

iii)                A copy of lease deed allocated (lease execution) in the name of the company shall be provided along with mining plan (including progressive mine closure plan).

iv)                Layout plan indicating break-up of lease area indicating area for excavation for mining, waste dump, mineral storage, top soil storage, green belt, infrastructure, roads and site for proposed beneficiation plant area (including tailing pond site etc.) shall be provided

v)                  Photograph of the mine lease area, where mining activity is proposed to be undertaken shall be provided.

vi)                The details of other mines/ industries within 10 km radius of the mine lease

vii)              Satellite imagery of the mine lease area indicating drainage, cropping pattern, water bodies (rivers, nallahs, ponds etc.), location of nearest villages, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, tiger reserves, biosphere reserves, heritage sites, reserve forests etc in the core and buffer zone shall be provided. The coordinates of the site should be marked clearly in the topo-sheet. The corner of the lease hold should be marked in the topo-sheet covering the core zone and buffer zone.

viii)            Number of land outstees and mode of compensation.

ix)                Approved mining plan including progressive mine closure plan shall be provided along with EIA report. Letter of approval from IBM shall also be enclosed.

x)                  Detailed drawings indicating geological formation of Ores with respect to ground water table shall be submitted.

xi)                Detailed action plan for demarcation and vegetation of 50 m barrier all along the side of the lease (inside the lease) facing nallahs/rivers (if any) shall be provided.

xii)              Primary survey of flora and fauna shall be carried out and report submitted along with EIA/EMP report.

xiii)            Action Plan for ambient air quality monitoring shall be prepared, which shall constitute of adequate stations in core and buffer zones.  Prediction of cumulative impact of mine and cement plant on the ambient air quality shall be submitted. One ambient air quality monitoring station shall be established at the mine site. Ambient Air Quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx) shall be as per G.S.R. 826 (E) dated 16.11.2009.

xiv)             Action plan for control of fugitive dust generation shall be prepared. The plan shall consist of schedule and methodology of monitoring of fugitive dust emission at locations of nearest human habitation (including schools and other public amenities located nearest to sources of dust generation as applicable).

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 and cumulative impacts due to other operating mines. 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 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)           Measures for prevention and control of soil erosion and management of silt shall be prepared. Assessment of total silt load likely to be generated shall be carried out. Proposal for protection of dumps against erosion by geo textile matting or other suitable material and plantations of native trees and shrubs at the dump slopes shall be prepared.  

xxvi)         Scheme for Rain water harvesting including road map for implementation shall be prepared.

xxvii)       Detailed plan for raising Shelter belt i.e. Wind Break of 30 m width and consisting of at least 5 tiers around lease facing the human habitation / agricultural fields (if any in the vicinity) etc. shall be submitted.

xxviii)     A scientific mining scheme for every 5 years for the life of the mine shall be prepared.

xxix)         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.

xxx)           Action plan for maintenance of village roads through which transportation of ores are undertaken to be carried out by the company regularly at its own expenses shall be prepared. 

xxxi)         Trenches/ garland drains proposed to be constructed at foot of dumps and installation of materials like coco filters at regular intervals to arrest silt from being carried to water bodies shall be prepared. Proposal for adequate number of Check Dams and Gully Plugs proposed to be constructed across seasonal / perennial nallahs (if any) flowing through the ML area shall be prepared. De- silting schedule at regular intervals shall be also provided

xxxii)       Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

xxxiii)     Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

xxxiv)      Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

xxxv)        Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

xxxvi)      The questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall be filled up and submitted in complete.

xxxvii)    Details of litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if any, shall be submitted.

 

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

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

f)      The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl)/National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no F. No.J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II(I) dated 2nd December, 2009 may be posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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. 

The Committee informed that the above specific Terms of Reference (TOR), if not already mentioned in the model TOR, shall be addressed by the proponent. It was further informed that these specific TORs shall be incorporated in the Draft EIA/EMP report along with the issues raised during the public hearing and response of the project proponent in tabular form. The EIA/EMP report shall be thereafter submitted to the Ministry along with requisite documents for appraisal by the EAC-2 (Mining) for consideration of environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.

 

5.2.6       Amalgamation of Pandalgudi Limestone Mine of M/s Madras Cement Ltd. Located at Villages Pandalgudi, Velayuthapuram and Chettipatti, Taluk Aruppukottai, District Virudhunagar, Tamilnadu (ML area 203.655 ha, producing 0.477 MTPA of limestone from 3 leases) Reg- TOR

 

M/s Madras Cements Limited are producing 0.477 MTPA of limestone from 3 leases for which environmental clearance has already been obtained. No additional production or land is involved. It is proposed for amalgamation of 3 mining leases as a single entity as per the specific condition stipulated by the Ministry while according environmental clearance. The lease area of these mines is 189.45 ha, 4.745 ha and 9.46 ha. All the 3 lease areas totaling to 203.655 ha are in Juxtaposition. Out of 203.655 ha of mine lease area during the conceptual stage, 50 ha will be for mining, 51.580 ha for the waste dumps, 1.905 ha for top soil, 8.10 ha for roads, 1.0 ha for infrastructure, 54 ha for green belt, 15 ha for back filling and 22.070 ha will be undisturbed area. The mining plan was prepared individually for each of the mine lease area. The EIA/EMP report was also prepared for all the 3 mining leases and public hearing was held in 29th August, 2008.  Method of mining will be open cast mechanized. The life of the mine is 15 years. Present working depth is 65 m and ultimate working depth will be 85 m (-20 m R.L). Water requirement of 70 m 3/day will be met from the ground water source and sump water. Cost of the project is Rs. 1710 lakhs.

The proposal was placed before the EAC to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form -1. A presentation was also made by the proponent on the salient features and other details of the project. 

Following specific Terms of Reference were prescribed by the Committee for preparation of the EIA/EMP report:

i)                    Executive summary of the project indicating relevant details shall be provided and issues raised in public hearing along with action plan to address the same shall be provided in tabular form including requisite allocation of funds.

ii)                  Compliance to the specific conditions stipulated in environmental clearance granted for the existing mines.

iii)                A copy of lease deed allocated (lease execution) in the name of the company shall be provided along with mining plan (including progressive mine closure plan).

iv)                Layout plan indicating break-up of lease area indicating area for excavation for mining, waste dump, mineral storage, top soil storage, green belt, infrastructure, roads and site for proposed beneficiation plant area (including tailing pond site etc.) shall be provided

v)                  Photograph of the mine lease area, where mining activity is proposed to be undertaken shall be provided.

vi)                The details of other mines/ industries within 10 km radius of the mine lease

vii)              Satellite imagery of the mine lease area indicating drainage, cropping pattern, water bodies (rivers, nallahs, ponds etc.), location of nearest villages, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, tiger reserves, biosphere reserves, heritage sites, reserve forests etc in the core and buffer zone shall be provided. The coordinates of the site should be marked clearly in the topo-sheet. The corner of the lease hold should be marked in the topo-sheet covering the core zone and buffer zone.

viii)            Number of land outstees and mode of compensation.

ix)                Approved mining plan including progressive mine closure plan shall be provided along with EIA report. Letter of approval from IBM shall also be enclosed.

x)                  Detailed drawings indicating geological formation of Ores with respect to ground water table shall be submitted.

xi)                Detailed action plan for demarcation and vegetation of 50 m barrier all along the side of the lease (inside the lease) facing nallahs/rivers (if any) shall be provided.

xii)              Primary survey of flora and fauna shall be carried out and report submitted along with EIA/EMP report.

xiii)            Action Plan for ambient air quality monitoring shall be prepared, which shall constitute of adequate stations in core and buffer zones.  Prediction of cumulative impact of mine and cement plant on the ambient air quality shall be submitted. One ambient air quality monitoring station shall be established at the mine site. Ambient Air Quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx) shall be as per G.S.R. 826 (E) dated 16.11.2009.

xiv)             Action plan for control of fugitive dust generation shall be prepared. The plan shall consist of schedule and methodology of monitoring of fugitive dust emission at locations of nearest human habitation (including schools and other public amenities located nearest to sources of dust generation as applicable).

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 and cumulative impacts due to other operating mines. 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)           Measures for prevention and control of soil erosion and management of silt shall be prepared. Assessment of total silt load likely to be generated shall be carried out. Proposal for protection of dumps against erosion by geo textile matting or other suitable material and plantations of native trees and shrubs at the dump slopes shall be prepared.  

xxvi)         Scheme for Rain water harvesting including road map for implementation shall be prepared.

xxvii)       Detailed plan for raising Shelter belt i.e. Wind Break of 30 m width and consisting of at least 5 tiers around lease facing the human habitation / agricultural fields (if any in the vicinity) etc. shall be submitted.

xxviii)     A scientific mining scheme for every 5 years for the life of the mine shall be prepared.

xxix)         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.

xxx)           Action plan for maintenance of village roads through which transportation of ores are undertaken to be carried out by the company regularly at its own expenses shall be prepared. 

xxxi)         Trenches/ garland drains proposed to be constructed at foot of dumps and installation of materials like coco filters at regular intervals to arrest silt from being carried to water bodies shall be prepared. Proposal for adequate number of Check Dams and Gully Plugs proposed to be constructed across seasonal / perennial nallahs (if any) flowing through the ML area shall be prepared. De- silting schedule at regular intervals shall be also provided

xxxii)       Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

xxxiii)     Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

xxxiv)      Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

xxxv)        Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

xxxvi)      The questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall be filled up and submitted in complete.

xxxvii)    Details of litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if any, shall be submitted.

 

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

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

f)    The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl)/National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no F. No.J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II(I) dated 2nd December, 2009 may be posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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. 

The Committee exempted the project for public hearing as the project is only for amalgamation of 3 leases and there will not be any enhancement of the production capacity. Public hearing for the project was held on 29.08.2008. Environmental clearance for the existing 3 mine leases has already been obtained. They have approached the Ministry as per the specific conditions stipulated in the environmental clearance for amalgamation of 3 mine leases as a single entity.

 

5.2.7       Goiband Mattem Iron Ore Mine of M/s Shantilal Khushaldas & Bros. Pvt. Ltd., at Village Velguem, Taluka Bicholim, District North Goa in Goa (Tc no. 81 of 1953, ML area 32.1300 ha & 0.303 MTPA of Iron Ore) Reg- TOR

The proposal for Goiband Mattem Iron Ore Mine of M/s Shantilal Khushaldas & Bros. Pvt. Ltd. located at Village Velguem, Taluka Bicholim, District North Goa in Goa was placed before the EAC-2 (Mining) to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form -1 along with the pre-feasibility report. A presentation was made on the salient features and other details of the project. 

The proposal is for Iron Ore mine with production capacity of 0.303 MTPA of iron ore. The mine lease is for renewal. The lease area is 32.1300 ha, of which 26.25 ha is Government land and 5.88 ha is private land. No forest land is involved. Out of 32.1300 ha of mine lease area, 12.30 ha is for excavation, 8.8 ha for waste dump, 1.2 ha for roads, 4.3 ha for afforestation, 0.375 for nallah and 5.155 ha for future use. The Candepar river flows at a distance of 2.3 km. Bondla  wild life sanctuary is at a distance of 5.4 km from the mine lease boundary. The total mineable reserve is 2.325 MT. The life of the mine is years. Method of mining will be opencast mechanised. The ultimate depth of mining will be 12m msl. The ground water table depth is 10.15m msl. There will be ground water intersection at the conceptual stage. Water requirement of 31.5 m3/d will be met from the ground water source and accumulated rain water. About 7.690 MT of solid waste would be generated of which will be dumped during first four years on the baren land. Cost of the project is Rs. 6.12 Crores.

The following specific Terms of Reference were prescribed by the Committee for preparation of the EIA/EMP report:

i)                    Detail contact address of the project proponent including telephone numbers, e-mail ID etc shall be provided. Request for consideration for environmental clearance or any other communication regarding the project shall be made by the project proponent/ authorized person and not by its legal representative / consultant.

ii)                   Executive summary of the project indicating relevant details shall be provided and issues raised in public hearing along with action plan to address the same shall be provided in tabular form including requisite allocation of funds.

iii)                A copy of lease deed allocated (lease execution) in the name of the company shall be provided along with mining plan (including progressive mine closure plan).

iv)                Exact coordinates of the mine location shall be furnished.

v)                  Photograph of the mine lease area, where mining activity is proposed to be undertaken shall be provided.

vi)                Layout plan indicating break-up of lease area indicating area for excavation for mining, waste dump, mineral storage, top soil storage, green belt, infrastructure, roads and site for proposed beneficiation plant area if any (including tailing pond site etc.) shall be provided.

vii)              Details of the other mines/ industries within 10 km radius of the proposed mine.

viii)            Satellite imagery of the mine lease area indicating drainage, cropping pattern, water bodies (rivers, nallahs, ponds etc.), location of nearest villages, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, tiger reserves, biosphere reserves, heritage sites, reserve forests etc in the core and buffer zone shall be provided. The coordinates of the site should be marked clearly in the topo-sheet. The corner of the lease hold should be marked in the topo-sheet covering the core zone and buffer zone.

ix)                A Map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden indicating the location of mine and Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden.

x)                  mineable reserves to be indicated in UNFCC code along with grade of the ore. 

xi)                Primary survey of flora and fauna shall be carried out and report submitted along with EIA/EMP report.

xii)              Wildlife conservation plan shall be prepared in consultation with the office of the Chief Wildlife warden. The plan shall comprise of in-built monitoring mechanism with special emphasis to protection of Schedule- I species. The status of implementation shall be submitted to the Ministry. Further an authenticated list of flora/fauna separately for core and buffer zone indicating the schedule of fauna shall be submitted to the Ministry.

xiii)            Action plan for implementation of zero waste mining concepts shall be submitted. The plan shall be either by putting up pelletisation/sintering plant or tie up for disposal of 100% low grade ores/fines to prospective buyers.

xiv)             Detailed action plan for reclamation of mined pit before working subsequent mineral bearing area shall be prepared.

xv)               Action Plan for preservation of buffer zone to be maintained between two consecutive mineral bearing deposits shall be prepared.

xvi)             Approved mining plan including progressive mine closure plan shall be provided along with EIA report. Letter of approval from IBM shall also be enclosed.

xvii)           Detailed drawings indicating geological formation of Ores with respect to ground water table shall be submitted.

xviii)         Detailed action plan for demarcation and vegetation of 50 m barrier all along the side of the lease (inside the lease) facing nallahs/streams (if any) flowing in the lease or adjacent shall be provided.

xix)             Action Plan for ambient air quality monitoring shall be prepared, which shall constitute of adequate stations in core and buffer zones. Ambient Air Quality shall be for PM10, SO2 and NOx as per G.S.R. 826 (E) dated 16.11.2009.

xx)               Action plan for control of fugitive dust generation shall be prepared. The plan shall consist of schedule and methodology of monitoring of fugitive dust emission at locations of nearest human habitation (including schools and other public amenities located nearest to sources of dust generation as applicable).

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 and cumulative impacts due to other operating mines. 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)         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.

xxvii)       A scientific mining scheme for every 5 years for the lease life of the mine shall be prepared.

xxviii)     Detailed hydro-geological study should be carried out and report furnished.

xxix)         Scheme for Rain water harvesting including road map for implementation shall be prepared.

xxx)           Action plan for maintenance of village roads through which transportation of ores are undertaken to be carried out by the company regularly at its own expenses shall be prepared.

xxxi)         Measures for prevention and control of soil erosion and management of silt shall be prepared. Assessment of total silt load likely to be generated shall be carried out. Proposal for protection of dumps against erosion by geo textile matting or other suitable material and plantations of native trees and shrubs at the dump slopes shall be prepared.

xxxii)       Trenches/ garland drains proposed to be constructed at foot of dumps and installation of materials like coco filters at regular intervals to arrest silt from being carried to water bodies shall be prepared. Proposal for adequate number of Check Dams and Gully Plugs proposed to be constructed across seasonal / perennial nallahs (if any) flowing through the ML area shall be prepared. De- silting schedule at regular intervals shall be also provided

xxxiii)     Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

xxxiv)      Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

xxxv)        Action plan for identification of local employable youth for training in skills relevant to the project for eventual employment in the project itself shall be formulated so that to the extent possible, their interests are protected.

xxxvi)      Exposure monitoring for workers and analyses of percentage of silica in the dust.

xxxvii)    Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

xxxviii)  Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

xxxix)      Details of litigation pending or otherwise with respect to subject mine in any courts, tribunal etc. shall be provided.

xl)                 The questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall be filled up and submitted in complete.

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

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

f)    The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl)/National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no F. No.J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II(I) dated 2nd December, 2009 may be posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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. 

The Committee informed that the above specific Terms of Reference (TOR), if not already mentioned in the model TOR, shall be addressed by the proponent. It was further informed that these specific TORs shall be incorporated in the Draft EIA/EMP report along with the issues raised during the public hearing and response of the project proponent in tabular form. The EIA/EMP report shall thereafter be submitted to the Ministry along with requisite documents for appraisal by the EAC-2 (Mining) for consideration of environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.

 

5.3.0       Any Other Item

 

5.3.1       Gotukwadecho Tembo iron ore mining project of M/s Smt Shakuntalabai M Rege, located at Village Collem, Tehsil Sanguem in District South Goa in Goa (ML area 33.25 ha)- hydrogeological study Reg

The Ministry had earlier accorded environmental clearance on 25.8.2006 for a period of two years to M/s Smt Shakuntalabai M Rege for Gotukwadecho tembo iron ore mining project in District South Goa in Goa subject to the condition that the project proponent would carry out hydrogeological study of the area and submit the report to the Ministry for further action.

 

            On submission of hydro geological report, the proposal was placed before the Expert Appraisal Committee in its 31st meeting held during March 3-4, 2009. The Committee discussed the said report in detail. The major conclusions as highlighted in the report include the following:

 

i.                    The results of the chemical quality data of both surface water and groundwater as well as mine pit water indicate no contamination due to mining activities.  The values of chemical parameters are noted to be well within the standard norms.

 

ii.         The radius of influence zone due to mine pit dewater would extend upto about 75 m around the centre of the mine pit.

 

iii.        Groundwater balance computation was carried out using the Central Ground water Board Norms (CGWB, 1997). The study has indicated the stage of groundwater development is to the tune of 32 % which is within the safe limits as per CGWB norms but likely to cross the limit prescribed.

 

iv.        The stage of groundwater development as per Central Ground Water Board (CGWB, 1999) is only 4.53 % for the Sanguem taluka in which the present study area lies.

           

v.         There is no possibility of seawater intrusion even if the mine pit extends below the sea level as the sources of such water bodies do not exist in the nearby vicinity.

 

vi.        There are no reports of drying up of springs, ponds, riverbeds and wells in and around the lease area.

 

vii.               The Central Ground Water Board has carried detailed study of groundwater in Goa (CGWB 1997 & 1999) and published reports.  As per the estimates, development of groundwater in 9 talukas of Goa is less than 10% that means there is an under utilization of groundwater in Goa.  In the mining talukas of Bicholim, Sattari, Sanguem the stage of groundwater development is reported to be 9.49%, 6.48% and 4.53% respectively which are far below the maximum upper limits of use.

 

            The then Committee felt that the hydro-geological report submitted was systematic and scientific and is acceptable.  The Committee therefore recommended the project for environmental clearance beyond conditional clearance of 2 year granted earlier subject to the following conditions:

 

i)        The company shall submit status of compliance to the conditions prescribed in the environmental clearance issued by the Ministry vide its letter no. J-11015/170/2005-IA.II(M), dated 25.08.2006. The Ministry shall on receipt of the same process for environmental clearance beyond two years.

ii)      Adequate measures for erosion control and arresting silt shall be undertaken. Implementation details on the same shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months.

iii)    Scientific dump management practices with adequate vegetative barriers over and above engineering structures shall be adopted to arrest soil/silt erosion and control turbidity from surface runoff during rainy season.

iv)    Harvesting of mine pit discharge and rain water to recharge the acquifers shall be undertaken by the proponent. Implementation details on the same shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months. The result of such harvesting scheme shall be periodically submitted to the Ministry.

v)      Monitoring of ground water regime modelling using real time data shall be carried out and submitted to the Ministry within one year.

 

            The project proponent submitted a copy of the compliance to environmental conditions which were examined in the Ministry.  It was noted that the project proponents were yet to comply with some of the specific conditions. The proponents were requested to furnish a report on the complete compliance to all the specific conditions of the environmental clearance issued by the Ministry on 25.8.2006.

 

The proponent has now submitted the desired compliance report.

           

Information furnished by the proponent was placed before the present Committee. The proponent also gave presentation before the Committee. The Committee noted that the proponent have prepared Wildlife Conservation Plan for conservation of endangered flora and fauna and submitted to the Chief Wildlife Warden, Goa.  As regards, the forest clearance for diversion of 10.0951 ha of forest land, the proposal is under process.  The application for forest clearance has been submitted to the DCF, Goa.

 

The hydro-geological report of the area was prepared covering the four seasons. The critical areas of dump slope will be covered with geo-textile blankets.  Regarding garland drain, a sump of 6m depth at the bottom of the mine pit having an area of 2000m2 would be provided, which will act initially as settling pond for pit discharge water. The water from the pit will be pumped out and passed through a settling tank with baffle walls. Further, the water would be drained into a second pit for storing the water for dust suppression and afforestation. The toe wall will be constructed all along the waste dump. No drilling and blasting operations are undertaken and the hard strata are excavated with ripper dozer. The proponent is carrying the mining activity in the private land. Further, the proponent in consultation with Central Ground Water Board, is carrying out conservation measures to recharge the ground water resources and regularly monitoring the ground water levels.  Regarding permission for ground water drawal, the proponent have submitted that mining activity is being carried out in the upper benches of the pit above ground water table. No pumping of ground water is required.  Hence, they will apply for permission for ground water drawl in future.

 

            Based on the above, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance beyond conditional clearance of 2 year granted earlier, subject to compliance of all the specific conditions of the environmental clearance issued by the Ministry on 25.8.2006.

 

5.3.2       Petnikota Limestone Mine  of M/s Grasim Industries Limited, at Village Petnikota, in Kolimigundla Talu, in Kurnool District, in Andhra Pradesh (ML area 951848 ha and production Capacity 4.0 MTPA) Reg-

Environmental Clearance to M/s Grasim Industries Limited for Petnikota Limestone mine was accorded on 14th May, 2009. In the second para of the environmental clearance (2nd and 3rd line), it was mentioned that the Limestone ore is for captive consumption of its cement plant located within 5 km from the lease area.

 

Vide letter no. GIL/ENV/DEL/2009/133 dated 18.11.2009, M/s Grasim Industries Limited requested amendment in clearance letter by stating the following:

 

“The proposed Limestone production from Petnikota Limestone Mine would be supplied to the proposed Cement plant at Village Petnikota, Taluka / Mandal-Kolimigundla in District Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh. But till the time, the plant is commissioned, M/s GIL will produce 2.0 MTPA limestone which would be supplied to its sister concern Ultratech Cement Limited”.

 

The above was presented before the Committee in its meeting held on 08.07.2008.

 

The request of M/s GIL was placed before the present Expert Appraisal Committee. M/s GIL also presented their case. The Committee recommended  the amendment in the environmental clearance accorded to the above project vide letter no. J-11015/243/2008-IA-II (M) dated 14th May, 2009.

 

There being no other agenda item, the meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

 

It was decided that the next meeting will be held on 25th -26th February, 2010.

 

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