MINUTES OF 41st EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (EAC) (THERMAL & COAL MINING) MEETING HELD ON 23rd-24th JANUARY 2012 IN PARYAVARAN BHAWAN, CGO COMPLEX, LODI ROAD, NEW DELHI.

 

COAL MINING PROJECTS

The 41st meeting of the reconstituted EAC (T &C) was held on 23rd-24th January 2012 in SCOPE Convention Centre, SCOPE Complex, New Delhi to consider the projects of coal mining sector. The list of participants of EAC and the proponents are given at Annexure-1 and 2 respectively.

Confirmation of minutes

The minutes of the 39th meeting of EAC (T&C) held on 3rd-4th January 2012 and was confirmed.

 

The agenda items were taken up as given below:

 

1.       Khappa and Extn. UGP (0.3 MTPA in an ML area of 649.46 ha) of M/s Khappa Coal Company Pvt. Ltd., located in Tehsil Saoner, dist. Nagpur, Maharashtra (EC based on TOR granted on 30.07.2010)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the coalmine has been allotted to JV consisting of two companies – Sunflag Iron & Steel Co. Ltd. and M/s Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd. on a 67%:33% sharing basis. It was informed that the coal would be used in the linked 1.5 MTPA Sponge Iron Plant of M/s Sun flag Iron & Steel Co. Ltd. and in the Cement Plant of M/s Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd. The proposal is for opening a new underground coalmine – Khappa and Extension Underground Coalmine project of 0.3 MTPA production capacity in an ML area of 649.46 ha, of which 590 ha falls in Khappa Block and 59.38 ha fall in Khappa extension block. Life of the mine is 76 years. Depth of the mine is 60m-250m. A railway line passes through the ML. River Kolar passes through the ML which is a major tributary of River Kanhan. A few seasonal streams originate along the northern and eastern sector of the block and flow southerly to meet River Kolar. Surface elevation of the river is 284mRL and that of mine entry is 293mRL. Besides, mine entry is at a distance of 250m from the river and hence mine inundation appears unlikely. The block is highly faulted with 14 geological faults. Grade of coal is B-G. Underground mining would be by Bord and Pillar method involving depillaring. The requirement of stowing would arise from 10th year. It was informed that only 22 MT of coal would be extracted, of which 16MT is from development. No depillaring would be undertaken beneath river, habitation, nalas, etc. It was informed that monitoring of ground movement (subsidence, slope and strains) during depillaring of the proposed panels would be carried out. Stowing operation using suitable and available material would be practiced for conducting depillaring operation to control subsidence. It was stated that after studying the mine working for an initial few years and the mine gets stabilised, the capacity of mine may be increased for which details would be submitted in a separate application for approval of MOEF.

 

It was informed that of the total ML area of 649.46 ha, 12.86 ha area is covered by Zudipi forest land, 147.54 ha is non-forest land, 402 ha is private tenancy land (Agricultural land) and 87.04 ha is Govt. land.  Of the total ML area, Surface Rights for only 24.1 ha is required for surface and infrastructural facilities which includes 1 ha for surface dump, 0.3 for mine entry, 0.3 ha for settling pond, 2.5 ha for facilities (building, magazine, coal stack, CHP, etc.), 1ha for road, 2 ha for greenbelt around facilities and the balance 642.36 ha area is under Mining Rights (undisturbed). The coal would be transported from mine to CHP by conveyor and thereafter by road to Railway Siding. It was informed that the distance of mine to railway siding is about 60km. It was stated that impact of mine discharge on recharge of the aquifers could be studied once the ultimate depth of 350m is reached. An estimated 240 m3/day is required for domestic consumption of the colony/villages and would be drawn from Bore well and 32 m3/day mine water is for mine operations. Water table is in the range of 3.25 to 14.8m bgl. It was informed that a hydrogeological study was conducted which indicated that there would be no effect on shallow aquifers; however, deep seated aquifer below 60-300m would be affected. The peak mine seepage would be 13746m3/day. Public Hearing was held on 08.07.2011.

 

The Committee noted that the river is 50m from the mine and about 150m from mine entry and desired that impacts of sub-soil seepage of the river into the mine workings require to continuously monitored and measures for prevention of mine inundation should be undertaken. The Committee desired that the mine water should be collected in tanks and treated for fluoride and hardness and supplied to the villages for irrigation and other purposes. The Committee also desired that the proponent undertake short-term, medium-term and long-term plan for life of project for recharge of water in the watershed of the study area where the mine would operate. The Committee desired that selective depillaring should be carried out leaving areas beneath river, habitation, etc. The Committee desired that the proponent examine the feasibility of long-term transport of coal to their own captive plant or a railway siding closer to the mine. The Committee also desired that mechanically covered trucks of 20-T or more should be used for coal transportation. The Committee desired that plantation should be developed within the 12 ha of area for which surface rights are being obtained. The Committee desired that CH4 and CO should be monitored and records maintained. The Committee desired that Third Party evaluation should be carried out periodically on compliance of EC conditions. The Committee desired that the capital costs for CSR be increased to Rs 25 lakhs with an annual recurring cost of Rs 5/T of coal and further desired that the proponent provide a dispensary and an ambulance in the study area as desired during Public Hearing.  

 

The Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance with the aforesaid conditions.

 

 

2.       Devangudi Lignite Mine Project (2 MTPA in an area of 1566 ha in a total ML area of 25,900 ha) of M/s Neyveli Lignite Corp. Ltd., located in dist. Cuddalore, T.N. (TOR)

 

3.       Expansion of Mine-1 A (from 3 MTPA to 7 MTPA) of M/s Neyveli Lignite Corp. Ltd., located in dist. Cuddalore, T.N. (TOR)

 

4.       Restructuring of Mine-1 Lignite Mine (reduction from 10.5 MTPA to 8 MTPA and expansion in ML area from 2762 ha to 3219 ha) of M/s Neyveli Lignite Corp. Ltd., located in dist. Cuddalore, T.N. (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation on Item 2. The proposal is for opening a new Devangudi lignite mine of 1566 ha and of 2 MTPA production capacity. It was informed that Devangudi lignite mine project forms a part of a mining lease of 25,900ha allotted to M/s Neyveli Lignite Corp. and is flanked by two mines- Mine 1 and Mine 2. Two rivers – Vellar and Manimuktha flow at a distance of 100m. It was informed that sea is about 50km from the mines and the strata in between comprises of Cuddlaore sandstone and forms an impervious barrier preventing sea-water ingression. It was stated that monitoring of water quality of the water table in the study area (upto depth of confined aquifers) has not shown any salinity in groundwater. It was informed that of the 259 sq.km of ML, mining is restricted to 73 sq.km of which 40 sq.km is quarry area. It was informed that two external OB dumps of 45 ha and 134 ha in an area of 179 ha and a max. height of 60m are proposed to accommodate 60 Mm3 of OB and the balance 342 Mm3 of OB would be backfilled. At the post mining stage, a void would be left as a water body. Life of the mine is 25 years.

 

The Committee noted that the area is fertile agricultural land and with double crops. It was also noted that the area is traversed by a number of rivers and their tributaries and streams and tanks. The Committee after discussions sought the following details:

 

(i)       whether the mines of the total ML area of 259 sq.km form a part of the Cauvery delta, although the Consultants for Items 3 & 4 clarified that the mine does not form a part of the Cauvery delta. In this regard, the Committee sought details of reports available on the Study of Cauvery Basin and location of the mines on a landuse map including detailed drainage map based on satellite imagery (1: 10,000).

(ii)      Study report sought in earlier EC granted for Mine-1 on impact of mining on Neyveli Basin and on seawater ingression.

(iii)     SC Judgement on change of land use of double crop agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes.

 

The Committee was also of the view that an independent view of eminent experts such as Prof. M S Swaminathan or of a recognised agricultural University should be obtained on the matter of large scale acquisition of good fertile agricultural land for mining and its irreversible damage. The Committee was also of the view that the view of expert such as Dr. Arijit Dey, former member EAC be obtained on the matter of groundwater exploitation and impacts thereon. The Committee also desired that waste management of all the mines within the ML area of 256 sq.km be examined on an integrated approach to minimise external OB dumping and to maximise backfilling and minimise destruction of fertile agricultural land.

 

The Committee decided that all the three proposals including Items 3 and 4 should be further considered only after obtaining response on the aforesaid issues.

 

 

5.       Thesgora Underground Coalmine Project of M/s Thesgora Coal Pvt. Ltd. dist. Chindwara, M.P. (Further consideration of TOR)

 

The proposal was earlier considered in the EAC meeting of 22nd -23rd March 2010, wherein it was informed that the proposal is for production of coal of 1.5 MTPA by underground mining to fulfil the demand of coal for existing steel plant of Kamal Sponge Steel & Power Ltd. and Revathi Cement Pvt. Ltd. Underground mining would be by Bord & Pillar method by caving. Life of mine is 28 years. Of the total ML area of 500 ha, Govt. land is 226.38 ha, agriculture land is 42.42 ha, forestland is 77.11 ha and Reserve forestland is 154.090 ha. It was clarified that there are no tribals within the ML. Ultimate working depth is 250m. It was informed that no nalas would be disturbed for mining. No R&R involved except for land oustees who are to be surveyed. Life of the project is 27 years.

 

The Committee desired that coal transportation should be by 30-T trucks. The Committee desired that one season data (3 months) of AAQ &water, noise is required as per new norms. Committee desired that the annual revenue budget @Rs 5/tonne of coal produced and a capital budget of Rs 2.75 crores should be provided for CSR activities the details of which (village-wise) should be furnished. The Committee however decided that TOR could be granted only upon receiving confirmation on whether the aforesaid mine falls in the Pench-Satpura Tiger Corridor.

 

Proponent made a presentation. The proponent informed that the coalmine allotted is Thesgora B Underground coalmine in village Tumri, dist. Chindwara. It was stated that the proposed rated capacity of the mine is planned to be reduced from 1.5 MTPA to 1 MTPA. It was informed that the coalmine is situated about 35km from the Pench-Satpura Tiger Reserve. The revised land use of the ML consists of 246 ha of agricultural land, 2.5 ha of habitation, 8.5 ha is surface water body, 7.5 ha is wasteland and 4.5 ha is roads. Of the total ML area, 30 ha is for Surface Rights (19 ha for Incline and mine entry, 3.5 ha is for office and infrastructure, and 2.5 ha is for approach roads). Coal transportation would be by 30-T trucks form mine to proposed Railway Siding at Parasia.

 

The Committee desired that the proponent should examine the option of establishing the railway siding nearer to the mine. The Committee desired that Subsidence Prediction Study should be carried out in the area. The Committee desired that ventilation fan arrangements of adequate capacity needs to be provided in the mine. The Committee observed that some area of project falls under HFL (High Flood Line). The Committee further observed that an embankment is proposed in the surface area, which could hamper the movement of natural fauna found in the area. Further, the embankment may obstruct the natural drainage and affect the natural ecology of the region. The Committee desired that a study be undertaken on the impact of the proposed embankment and its requirement. The Committee sought a copy of FC which would be required at the time of EC. The Committee sought details of MOC allocation for Thesgora B and a letter of proponent stating that the proposed production is reduced from 1.5 MTPA to 1 MTPA for record of the MOEF. The Committee recommended the proposal for TOR given in Annexure-5 read with Annexure 7, subject to the furnishing of the aforesaid details and the aforesaid specific TOR conditions.

 

 

6.        Kalyan Khani OCP (2 MTPA in an ML area of 945.21 ha) of M/s SCCL, located in dist. Adilabad, A.P. (Revised TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. The proposal for opening a new opencast coalmine project of 2 MTPA rated capacity in an ML area of 850 ha was granted TOR on 20.03.2009, which involved R&R for 1758 PAFs. It was informed that, after undertaking feasibility studies, a revised TOR application has been submitted for a revised ML area of 945.21 ha for 2 MTPA (peak), whereby the R&R has been reduced from 1758 PAFs to 350 PAFs, by relocating the temporary external OB dump in the coal bearing area, which would be rehandled during the relay project. Further, the max. height of the external OB dump has been reduced from 120m to 90m. As a result of relocation of the external OB dump and reduction of the max. height of external OB dump from 120m to 90m, the total land requirement of project has increased from 850ha to 945.21 ha.

 

Of the total ML area of 945.21 ha, 546.21 ha is agricultural land, 46.46 ha is for plantation, 15.16 ha is built-up area, 303.19ha is scrub/non-scrub land, 28.28 ha is surface water body including river and 10.91 ha is road. Of the total ML area of 945.21 ha, 363.23 ha is quarry area, 248.74 ha is for OB dumps, 297.16 ha is for safety barrier, drainage, 10.91 ha is for road diversion, 11.15 ha is for diversion of nala, 14.02 ha is for buildings. Grade of coal is E. Mining would be opencast by shovel-dumper combination. Ultimate depth would be 230m. Life of the mine is 19 years. Capital cost of the project Rs 183.66 crores. R&R involves displacement of 350 PAFs from village Dubbagudem. Coal transportation would be from railway siding. It was informed that the one Zila Parishad (ZP) road connecting Kasipeta and Devapur villages to the State Highway and passing through the proposed quarry area would be diverted along the boundary the ML boundary for a total length of 3.64 km and re-connected to existing road. Further, the road is also proposed to be widened and strengthened for 1.34 km. A rivulet Suddalavagu passing over proposed quarry also needs to be realinged for length of 1.56 kms. Another streamlet Devapurvagu passing over the proposed ext. dump also requires realignment for length of 0.9 km.

 

It was informed that changes have been made to waste management by reducing the max. OB dump height from 120m to 90m and by providing another ext. OB dump and thus, increasing the OB dump area (external + internal) from 358.23 ha to 465.92 ha and the total ML area by 95.21 ha.

 

S.N

Dump

OB (Mm3)

Max. height (m)

Area (ha)

Post-mining stage

1.

External dump -1

 

14.05

90

41.69

Remains as ext. dump

2.

External dump -2

56

90

114.73

Reahandled and backfileld into mine void

3.

External dump -3

 

42

90

92.32

-do-

4.

Internal  dump-1

246.18

90

217.18

An area of  172.80 ah would be raised 90m above g/l

 

Total

358.23

 

465.92

 

 

At the end of mining after 19 years, final void of an area of 190.43 ha would be left of final depth reduced to 35m. It was informed that that the entire quantity of OB in external OB dumps-2 and 3 would be rehandled and backfilled into the decoaled void as part of a relay project as these two ext. dumps are located on coal bearing area. It was informed that at the final stage of mine closure, one ext. OB dump-1 of a total area of 41.69 ha and of a max. height of 90m would remain. An estimated 344.18Mm3 of OB would be backfilled into the mine void and the internal dump would be 172.80 ha raised to 90m height above ground level and the balance quarry area converted into a water body.

 

The Committee desired that the proponent examine at the time of EC (i) sequential mining in the block so as to minimise OB handling and consequent cost reduction, (ii) reduction of internal dump from 90m to 60m or less by filling the mine void (iii) feasibility of a railway siding near the mine.

 

The Committee recommended a revised TOR with the aforesaid specific conditions read with generic TOR at annexure-4 read with general conditions at Annexure-7.

 

 

7.       Kasipet UG Mine Expansion (0.18 MTPA to 0.54 MTPA and ML area from 254 ha to 315.54 ha) of M/s Singareni Collieries Comp. Ltd., located in Mandal Kasipet, Dist. Adilabad, A.P. (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for expansion in ML area from 254 ha to 315.54 ha and for increase in production capacity from 0.18 MTPA to 0.54 MTPA. Of the total ML area of 315 ha, 233.80 ha is agricultural land (single crop), 39.39 ha is built up area, 25.90 ha is existing mine, 16.45 ha is water body. No forestland is involved. Of the total ML area, 273.19 ha is private land, 16.45 ha is Government land and 25.90 ha is SCCL Land. Land proposed under Surface Rights is 29.25 ha (6.32 ha is for infrastructure, 4.43 ha is for fan house and filter bed, 15.15 ha is for sand stowing plant and yard, 3.35 ha is for southern tunnel) and area under Mining Rights is  315 ha. Grade of coal is C. The expansion project involves change in technology from Manual Method to intermediate technology (SDLs) and introduction of Universal Drilling Machines (UDMs) in place of Manual. No R&R is involved. Balance life of mine is 10 years. Cost of the project is Rs 34.21 crores. A stream Devapurvagu passes through the ML. Two villages - Kasipet and Muthyampalli are within the ML. It was stated that depillaring with hydraulic sand stowing is proposed.

 

The Committee observed that the area is backward and most of the population belongs to ST/SC category. The Committee desired that the latest CSR details should be furnished with EC. The Committee recommended a revised TOR with the aforesaid specific conditions read with generic TOR at Annexure-5 read with general conditions at Annexure-7.

 

 

8.       Kasipet-2 Incline UGP (0.47 MTPA in an ML area of 206 ha) of M/s Singareni Collieries Comp. Ltd., located in Mandal Kasipet, Dist. Adilabad, A.P. (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for opening a new Kasipet-2 Underground Coalmine Project of 0.47 MTPA production capacity in an ML area of 206 ha. The proposed project is north extension property of the existing Kasipet-2 UGP. Of the total ML area of 206 ha, mining area is 198.80 ha, which consists of 157.5 ha is agricultural land (single/double crop), 4.26 ha is wasteland, 2.08 ha is built-up area, 32.80 ha is water bodies. Of the total ML area, land proposed under Surface Rights is 29.79 ha (10.09 ha for infrastructure, 0.85 ha is road, 3.16 ha is for sand stowing plant, 15.69 ha is for sand stockyard) and the balance area is undisturbed. A stream Rallavagu passes through the ML. Kondengala tank also exist in the ML. Village Dubbapalli is situated within the ML. Method of mining is Bord & Pillar with Side Discharge Loaders and Universal Drill machines.  Mining involves depillaring with hydraulic sand stowing.  Hence, no R&R or diversion of streams/rivulets passing through the ML is involved. Grade of coal is D-E Coal evacuation is by road. Life of mine is 21 years. Estimated cost of the project is Rs 60.18 crores.

 

The Committee desired that the feasibility of establishing a railway siding nearer to the mine may be examined. The Committee recommended TOR with this specific condition, read with generic TOR at Annexure-5 and General Conditions at Anenxure-7.

 

 

9.       Modification of TOR granted on 27.06.2011 to Cluster No. 8 of M/s Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL), located in Raniganj Coalfields Ltd., W.B.

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that in the earlier presentation made before the EAC (T&C) held on 23rd -24th May 2011, the company had proposed 7 underground mines in Cluster 8 of a combined rated capacity of 1.279 MTPA with a peak prodn. of 2.452 MTPA in a combined ML area of 8281 ha. However, after a review of the situation in Raniganj Coalfields, M/s ECL had re-examined the matter of extraction of coal from coal pillars at shallow depth (which cannot be mined by underground mining) by opencast mining in patches in one Mithapur UG mines of the cluster for a limited period. It was stated that this would help reduce the extent of unstable areas, curb illegal mining and further formation of unstable areas, prevent fires, ensure safety of present UG workings and increase the output of the underground mines of the cluster. The proponent informed that the impact of this change in scenario of mining would be conversion of underground mines to mixed type of mine although there would be no change in the number of mines and combined area in the cluster. There would be small increase in peak production for a limited period. Total land to be affected is less than 5% of cluster area. The Committee was informed that in view of this, out of the total 7 UG mines grouped in Cluster 8, one mine Mithapur West would be changed from UG to mixed type OC+UG mine with normative production of 0.28 MTY and peak production of 0.342 MTY for 2 years from mixed operation and thereafter it would be by 0.042 (peak) from under ground operation. The total leasehold area would remain 8281 ha with a combined production capacity enhanced from 1.279 MTY to 1.53MTY normative and the peak capacity from 2.452 MTY to 2.75 MTY. By this proposed modification, about 0.3% of the total land use of Cluster 8 would change to OC mining. It was further informed that the quarried area of the OC patches would be backfilled completely and covered with top soil, and eco-restoration carried out in the excavated area. 

 

MINES IN CLUSTER NO.  8

 

S.N

Name of Mine

 

Production capacity

(MTPA)

ML (ha)

Life of Mine

(years)

Normative

Peak

 

 

1

Bhanora UG Mine

0.2

0.3

1330

>20

 

2

Girmint/KDI UG Mine

0.04

0.65

1981

>50

 

3

Sirpur UG Mine

0.014

0.024

2338

>20

 

4.

Sirpur Seam Incline UG Mine

0.105

0.136

279

>25

5.

Ningah UG Mine

 

0.040

0.100

1072

>50

6.

Mithapur West  UG & OC Patch

 

0.28

0.342

527

>50

7.

Satgram UG Mine

0.85

1.200

754

>30

 

 

Total

1.53

2.75

8281

-

 

 

 

Changes proposed to Cluster-8

 

Parameter

Previous Appl.

Proposed Appl.

Remarks

 

No of mines and their lease hold area

7 UG Mines

6 UG + 1 mixed (UG+OC )Mines

1 mine changes from UG to  Mixed type as OC patch to be operated

Total area of cluster (ha)

8281 ha

8281 ha

No Change

 

No. of proposed new patches (OC)

-

1

Total quarry area =29.2 ha (0.3%)

Peak Production

2.45 MTPA

(Excluding OC patches

2.75 MTPA

(including OC patches)

Till OC patch gets exhausted.

 

It is proposed to have OC mining in patches in 1 mine - Mithapur West OC Patch, of the cluster for a limited period details are given below. As a result, the maximum Production from the cluster would increase from 2.45 MTPA to 2.75 MTPA till the patch gets exhausted. The details are given below.

 

Present Proposal to operate OC Patch/mine within lease hold area of UG mines

Cluster-8

Name of mine

Area of Patch (in ha)

Mineable reserves

OB  to be  generated

(Mm3)

Normative Production capacity (MTPA)

Peak Production capacity

(MTPA)

Life in years

Mithapur West OC Patch

29.2

0.47

5.9

0.25

0.3

2

 

The Committee desired that the matter pertaining to R&R from unstable sites and reclamation of old abandoned mines for future mining should be dovetailed with Raniganj Action Plan and details furnished during EC presentation.

 

The Committee recommended modification of the TOR granted as given above.

 

 

10.     Modification of TOR granted on 27.06.2011 to Cluster No. 6 of M/s ECL, located in Raniganj Coalfields Ltd., W.B.

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that in the earlier presentation made before the EAC (T&C) held on 21st December 2010, It was informed that in the Cluster 6, the company had proposed 9 underground mines of a combined rated capacity of 1.013MTPA with a peak production of 1.750 MTPA in a combined ML area of 4775 ha and TOR was granted on 27.06.2011. However, after a review of the situation in Raniganj Coalfields, M/s ECL had re-examined the matter of extraction of coal from coal pillars at shallow depth (which cannot be mined by underground mining) by opencast mining in patches in 4  UG mines of the cluster for a limited period. It was stated that this would help reduce the extent of unstable areas, curb illegal mining and further formation of unstable areas, prevent fires, ensure safety of present UG workings and increase the output of the underground mines of the cluster. The proponent informed that the impact of this change in scenario of mining would be conversion of underground mines to mixed type of mine although there would be no change in the number of mines and combined area in the cluster. There would be small increase in peak production for a limited period. Total land to be affected is less than 5% of cluster area. The Committee was informed that in view of this, of the total 9 UG mines grouped in Cluster 6 are now proposed to be mined in, 4  OC patches on  Under ground mines namely Sodepur OC Patch (10 Ha), Patmohana OC Patch(7.5 ha), Chinakuri III OC (7.2 ha), Methani  OC Patch(10.5 ha). The total leasehold area would remain 4775 ha with a combined production capacity enhanced from 1.013 MTY to 1.453 MTPA normative and the peak capacity from 1.750 MTY to 2.25 MTPA. By this proposed modification, about <1.0% of the total land use of Cluster 6 would change to OC mining. It was further informed that the quarried area of the OC patches would be backfilled completely and covered with top soil, and eco-restoration carried out in the excavated area. 

 

 

REVISED PROPOSALOF  MINES IN CLUSTER -6

 

Name of Mine

Production capacity (MTPA)

ML

(ha)

Life of Mine (yrs)

 

 

Normative

Peak

 

 

1

Dhemomain UG

0.155

0.210

1623

>50

2

Sodepur UG  & OC Patch

0.120

0.150

808

>10

3

Narsamuda UG

 

0.148

0.190

265

>10

4.

Patmohana UG & OC Patch

0.120

0.120

544

>40

5

Chinakuri I UG

 

0.060

0.080

414

>50

 

6.

Chinakuri III UG & OC Patch

0.150

0.200

216

>25

7.

Bejdih UG

0.040

0.100

242

>20

8.

Methani UG & OC Patch

 

0.100

0.200

348

>20

9.

Sheetalpur UG

 

0.120

0.500

315

>30

 

TOTAL

 

1.453

2.25

4775

 

 

Changes proposed to Cluster-6

 

Parameter

Previous Appl.

Proposed Appl.

Remarks

No of mines and their lease hold area

9 UG Mines

5 UG + 4 Mixed (UG+OC )Mines

4 Mine changes from UG to  Mixed type as OC patch to be operated

Total area of cluster (ha)

4775  ha

4775  ha

No Change

No. of proposed new patches (OC)

-

4

Total quarry area =35.2 ha (<1 %)

Peak Production

1.75 MTY

(Excluding OC patches

2.25 MTY

(including OC patches)

Till OC patch gets exhausted.

 

 

Present Proposal to operate OC Patch/mine within lease hold area of UG mines OF Cluster-6

 

Name of mine

Area of Patch

(in ha)

Mineable reserves (MT)

OB  to be  generated

(Mm3)

Normative Production capacity (MTPA)

Peak Production capacity

(MTPA)

Life in years

Sodepur OC Patch

10

0.24

2.2

0.12

0.15

2

Patmohana OC Patch

7.5

0.1

1.2

0.10

0.10

1

Chinakuri III  OC Patch

7.2

0.1

0.7

0.1

0.1

1

Methani  OC Patch

10.5

0.16

3.6

0.12

0.15

1 1/2

 

The Committee desired that the matter of R&R from unstable sites and reclamation of old abandoned mines for future mining should be dovetailed with Raniganj Action Plan and details furnished during EC presentation.

 

The Committee recommended modification in the TOR granted as given above.

 

 

11.     Modification of TOR granted on 27.06.2011 to Cluster No.7 of M/s ECL, located in Raniganj Coalfields Ltd., W.B.

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that in the earlier presentation made before the EAC (T&C) held on 21st December 2010, It was informed that Cluster 7 consists of 4 underground mines of a combined rated capacity of 0.18 MTPA with a peak production of 0.240 MTPA in a combined ML area of 2331 ha and TOR granted on 27.06.2011. However, after a review of the situation in Raniganj Coalfields, M/s ECL had re-examined the matter of extraction of coal from coal pillars at shallow depth (which cannot be mined by underground mining) by opencast mining in patches in one  UG mines of the cluster for a limited period. It was stated that this would help reduce the extent of unstable areas, curb illegal mining and further formation of unstable areas, prevent fires, ensure safety of present UG workings and increase the output of the underground mines of the cluster. The proponent informed that the impact of this change in scenario of mining would be conversion of underground mines to mixed type of mine although there would be no change in the number of mines and combined area in the cluster. There would be small increase in peak production for a limited period. Total land to be affected is less than 5% of cluster area. The Committee was informed that in view of this, of the total 4 UG mines grouped in Cluster 7 are now proposed to be mined in, one OC patches on Under ground mines namely Bhanora West OC Patch (50 ha) and Bhanora West mine would be changed from UG to mixed type OC+UG mine with normative production of 0.4MTY and peak production of 0.5MTPA for 3 and half years from mixed operation and thereafter it would be by 0.13 MTPA (peak) from under ground operation. The total leasehold area would remain 2313 ha with a combined production capacity enhanced from 0.180 MTPA to 0.58 MTPA normative and the peak capacity from 0.240MTPA to 0.74 MTPA. By this proposed modification, about <2.0% of the total land use of Cluster 7 would change to OC mining. It was further informed that the quarried area of the OC patches would be backfilled completely and covered with top soil, and eco-restoration carried out in the excavated area. 

 

 

S.No

MINES IN CLUSTER -7

 

Name of Mine

Production capacity (MTY)

Leasehold Area

(ha)

Life of Mine

(years)

NORMATIVE

PEAK

 

1

Barmondia UG

0.020

0.030

665

>10

2

Chakballavpur (UG)

0.030

0.040

233

>10

3

Manoharbahal UG

0.030

0.040

735

 

>10

4.

Bhanora West

UG  & OC Patch

0.50

0.63

680

>20

 

 

 

0.58

0.74

2313

 

 

Changes proposed to Cluster-7

 

Parameter

Previous Appl.

Proposed Appl.

Remarks

No of mines and their lease hold area

4 UG Mines

3 UG + 1  Mixed (UG+OC )Mines

1  Mine changes from UG to  Mixed type as OC patch to be operated

 

Total area of cluster (ha)

2313  ha

2313  ha

No Change

No. of proposed new patches (OC)

-

1

Total quarry area = 50  ha (<2 %)

Peak Production

0.24 MTY

(Excluding OC patches)

0.74  MTY

(including OC patches)

Till OC patch gets exhausted.

 

Present Proposal to operate OC Patch/mine within lease hold area of UG mines OF Cluster-7

 

Name of mine

Area of Patch

(in ha)

Mineable reserves (MT)

OB  to be  generated

(Mm3)

Normative Production capacity (MTPA)

Peak Production capacity

(MTPA)

Life in years

Bhanora West

 OC Patch

50

1.25

11.2

0.4

0.5

3 1/2

 

The Committee desired that the matter of R&R from unstable sites and reclamation of old abandoned mines for future mining should be dovetailed with Raniganj Action Plan and details furnished during EC presentation.

 

The Committee recommended modification in the TOR granted as given above.

 

 

12.     Modification of TOR granted to Cluster 5 (2 UG mines of a prod. capacity of 0.285 MTPA normative and MTPA (peak) in a combined ML area of 2970 ha) of M/s ECL, located in Raniganj Coalfields, dist. Burdwan, West Bengal (TOR granted on 3.12.2010) - Additional Agenda Item

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that in the earlier presentation made before the EAC (T&C) held on 26th-27th October 2010, It was informed that in the Cluster 5 company had proposed 2 underground mines of a combined rated capacity of 0.18 MTPA with a peak production of 0.240 MTPA peak in a combined ML area of 2970 ha and TOR granted on 3.12.2010. However, after a review of the situation in Raniganj Coalfields, M/s ECL had re-examined the matter of extraction of coal from coal pillars at shallow depth (which cannot be mined by underground mining) by opencast mining in patches in one  UG mines of the cluster for a limited period. It was stated that this would help reduce the extent of unstable areas, curb illegal mining and further formation of unstable areas, prevent fires, ensure safety of present UG workings and increase the output of the underground mines of the cluster. The proponent informed that the impact of this change in scenario of mining would be conversion of underground mines to mixed type of mine although there would be no change in the number of mines and combined area in the cluster. There would be small increase in peak production for a limited period The Committee was informed that in view of this, of the total 2 UG mines grouped in Cluster 5 are now proposed to be mined in, two OC patches on Under ground mines namely Parbelia OC Patch (10ha) and Dubeswari OC patch (10.2 ha).Total area to be quarried in the cluster by OC mining is about 20 ha. This is about 0.6% of the total area of cluster. The total leasehold area would remain 2970 ha with a combined production capacity enhanced from 0.285 MTPA to 0.485 MTPA normative and the peak capacity from 0.37 MTPA to 0.63 MTPA. However, the enhanced capacity would prevail for 2 years only, until exhaustion of these patches. There would be no external OB dump. It was further informed that the quarried area of the OC patches would be backfilled completely and covered with top soil, and eco-restoration carried out in the excavated area. 

 

Changes proposed to Cluster-5

 

S.N

Name of mine

status

 

Lease area(ha)

Normative production

(MTY)

Peak production Capacity

1.

Parbelia UG+OC patch

working mine

2730

0.25

0.32

2.

Dubeswari UG+OC patch

working mine

240

0.235

0.31

 

Total

2970.00

0.485

0.63

 

 

Changes proposed to Cluster-5

 

Parameter

Previous Appl.

Proposed Appl.

Remarks

No of mines and their lease hold area

2 UG Mines

2 Mixed (UG+OC)Mines

 Mine changes from UG to  Mixed type as OC patch to be operated

Total area of cluster (ha)

2970  ha

2970 ha

No Change

 

No. of proposed new patches (OC)

-

2

Total quarry area = 20.2  ha

Peak Production

0.37 MTY

(excluding OC patches)

0.63 MTY

(including OC patches)

Till OC patch gets exhausted.

         

Present Proposal to operate OC Patch/mine within lease hold area of UG mines of Cluster-5

 

Name of mine

Area of Patch

(in ha)

Mineable reserves (MT)

OB  to be  generated

(Mm3)

Peak Production capacity

(MTPA)

Life in years

Parbelia OC patch

 

10

013

3.7

0.13

1 1/2

Dubeswari OC patch

10.2

0.22

2.2

0.13

2

 

The Committee desired that the matter of R&R from unstable sites and reclamation of old abandoned mines for future mining should be dovetailed with Raniganj Action Plan and details furnished during EC presentation.

 

The Committee recommended modification in the TOR granted to Cluster No. 5 as given above.

 

13.     Pyrite Removal Plant using Dry Process in Surkha North Lignite Mine of M/s Gujarat Mineral Development Corp. Ltd., located in Tehsil Ghogha, dist. Bhavnagar, Gujarat (Further consideration)

 

The proposal was last considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 17th -18th October 2011. The clarifications sought were presented before the Committee. It was informed that after examination of various technologies available for separation of pyrite form lignite, the Aardee Technology was found to be the most suitable with environmental advantages such as no slurry generation and as a result the dry lignite produced from the separation is more suitable for use in the TPP/boilers. The technology is also less capital intensive. The Committee was informed that the AERB has approved the technology on 14.12.2011 after due assessment of safety concerns. It was informed that as desired by the Committee, the views of Dr R.N. Patra, CMD, Indian Rare Earths Ltd., Mumbai and Dr. N.P.H. Padmanabhan, Ore Dressing Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, AMD Complex, Begumpet, Hyderabad were obtained. It was informed that the levels of X-ray radiation used for the separation process are well within the maximum permissible limit of 20m R/hour (200, uSvs/hr) and 0.25 m R/hour (0.25, uSvs/hr) as specified by AERB. The entire process of sorting would be done by using X-rays in an automatic manner without any radiological harm to the operator who remotely monitors the process. Further, Dr. A.K. Suri, Scientist and Director, Material Group of BARC has also opined that DE-XRT sorting is expected to be a good dry beneficiation technique for removal of pyrite content of lignite. It was informed that Dr. Padmanabhan, Ore Dressing Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, AMD Complex, Begumpet, Hyderabad, has also recommended the X-ray technique for beneficiation of Bhavnagar Lignite project. It was stated that the proponent had visited the R&D plant at Bhavnagar as suggested by Dr Padmanabhan before opting for the X –ray technique of M/s Ardee Hi-Tech Private Limited. GMDC ahs used a systematic approach for vendor identification and selected Run–of Mine Ore Sorting was most appropriate.

 

The Committee after discussions agreed to the choice of use of X-ray technology presented by the proponent for removal of pyrite from lignite with the following conditions:

 

(i)       No manual separation of the pyrite should be permitted when X-ray technology is in use.

(ii)      No wastes from the separation process or wastes generated from the mine should be disposed/enter the marshy areas and creeks or other surface water bodies.

(iii)     The radiation levels should be monitored for the level of radioactive exposure by competent authorised/Certified persons who are well trained.

(iv)     The proponent may also find the applicability of the technology adopted in any other project elsewhere in the world and report to MOEF.

(v)      Manual handling should be avoided at all circumstances.

(vi)     The pyrite waste should be stored in concreted structures and dispatched by mechanically covered trucks to end users.

(vii)    Periodic audit and inspections by BARC experts so that there are no health hazards.

The Committee recommended modification of the EC subject to the aforesaid conditions.

 

14.     Expansion of Surkha North Lignite Mine (3 MTPA to 5 MTPA in existing ML area of 3672 ha) of M/s Gujarat Mineral Development Corp. Ltd., located in Tehsil Ghogha, dist. Bhavnagar, Gujarat  (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for expansion from Surkha Lignite Mine from 3 MTPA to 5 MTPA within the existing ML area of 3672 ha, of which 2941.6784 ha is private land, 730.3216 ha is Govt land. No forestland is involved. The project had obtained EC on 07.05.2007 for 3 MTPA lignite production in an ML area of 3672 ha. It was informed that HTL is about 1.3km from ML boundary and about 2.5km from mine working area. It was stated that the entire geological strata between mine and sea consists of Deccan Trap which is impervious to sweater intrusion. It was stated that soil salinity is high and the levels of TDS in mine water is about 1600 mg/l. It was informed that stripping ratio is 1:9, however, external OB dumping is not proposed and the entire OB from the expansion project would be backfilled and an void of 171 ha area would be left at the post mining stage.  It was stated that an external OB dump of 321 ha area and a height of 30m has been created in the existing project. Ultimate working depth is 156m. It was informed that 1 MTPA (3000 TPD) of lignite would be transported to a TPP at Bhavnagar at a distance of 12km and the balance dispatched to miscellaneous consumers. The entire 16,000 TPD of lignite would be transported using 10-T trucks (1600 trips/day). Balance life of the mine is reduced from 25 years to 16 years. The proponent presented the compliance of earlier EC and also furnished details of CSR activities being undertaken.

 

The Committee after discussions decided that Public Hearing would require to be conducted for the expansion project. The Committee desired that the number of trips should be reduced and the transportation should be in trucks of higher capacity. The Committee sought a one-season data based on the new NAAQM Notification 2008 and an EIA-EMP on the incremental impacts of expansion in production and also of transportation of lignite by road and rail modes. The Committee desired that Third Party evaluation of the impact of CSR through a survey. The Committee recommended the project for TOR with the aforesaid specific conditions read with generic TOR and general conditions specified in Annexure-7.

 

 

 

15.     Expansion in Churcha RO UG (1 MTPA to 2.10 MTPA and ML area from 2240.95 ha to 3590.147 ha) of M/s SECL located in Tehsil Baikunthpur, dist. Korea, Chhattisgrah (Further consideration of EC based on TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation on the clarifications sought by the EAC in its meeting held on 21st December 2010. It was informed that the Third Party evaluation of groundwater monitoring was undertaken by Central Groundwater Board, Central Region. It was stated that the mine water of Churcha UGP was acidic and lime dozing is being done and continuous monitoring of water quality in terms of pH, TDS would be undertaken at all outlet discharge points. Mining would be undertaken to a depth of 400m. Two continuous miners have been received and would be used and hence, drilling and blasting would be avoided.  Subsidence Prediction Modelling has been carried out and no surface subsidence has been observed. Subsidence Monitoring would be regularly carried out and appropriate safety corrective measures taken. A number of measures to reduce SPM/RSPM levels have been implemented which includes: mist spraying in CHP, transport of wet coal, 3-tier plantation and transport of coal to CHP and to railway siding by belt conveyor and thereafter by rail (100%) to Cement units.

 

The Committee after discussion recommended the project for environmental clearance with a condition for loading of railway wagons through CHP and no pay loader loading.

 

 

16.     Jarangdih Group of Mines (1.08 MTPA normative and 1.16 MTPA (peak) in an ML area of 493.51 ha) of M/s Central Coalfields Ltd. (Further consideration of EC based on TOR)

 

The proposal was last considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held in August 2011. The proponent made a presentation on the issues raised in the Public Hearing held on 29.09.2011.

 

The Committee desired that the action taken on the issues raised in the Public Hearing be furnished for record. The Committee after discussions recommended the project for environmental clearance.

 

 

17.     Ara-Sarubera Group of Mines (1.44 MTPA normative and 1.66 MTPA peak          in a combined ML area of 1194.85 ha of M/s Central Coalfields Ltd.,     located in dist.Ramgarh, Jharkhand (EC based on TOR granted on   01.07.2009)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the Ara-Sarubera Group consists of 3 mines – Ara OCP, Chainpur OCP and Sarubera UGP, of which Ara OCP and Sarubera UGP are pre-nationalisation mines and have been mined in patches. The three mines have contiguous boundaries. All infrastructure including colony are shared by the three mines and fall in Kuju Area.

 

S.N.

Name of Mine

ML area

(ha)

Nominal Capacity (MTPA)

Peak Capacity

(MTPA)

1.

Ara OCP

508.21

0.76

0.87

2.

Sarubera UGP

449.39

0.18

0.21

3.

Chainpur/Sarubera OCP

237.25

0.50

0.58

 

TOTAL

1194.85

1.44

1.66

 

It was informed that the company is proposed to shift to mechanised CHP railway wagon loading in about 3 years time through implementation of a Master Plan for Kuju Area. It was stated that it is proposed to undertake sequential backfilling of the two quarries which would be raised to 20m above ground level. The cluster has a total of 5 voids and 6 dumps and a Plan has been formulated for their reclamation.

 

 

 

S.N.

Particulars

Ara OCP

Chainpur/Sarubera OCP

Sarubera UGP

1.

Year of inception

Pre- 1973

1987

Pre-1973

2.

Max. working depth (m)

156

105

100

3.

Quarry area

99.8

93

-

4.

Life of project (years)

30

15

20

5.

Mode of coal transport

By rail from Chainpur Siding

 

 It was informed that three water bodies of 100m, 85m and 75m would be left at the post mining stage. It was clarified that the mine water in the area does not have TDS problems. It was informed that an amount of Rs 43.61 lakhs has been earmarked for Kuju area. It was informed that R&R for the project involved 333 households and 1500 PAPs from Ara OCP involving 3 villages – Dumerbera, Ara and Baghlata. An R&R site has been identified at Mourpa and R&R plan is to be implemented over a time-frame of 5 years. The Committee desired that the proposed R&R Plan should be furnished.

 

The Committee desired that the proponent examine options for reworking the OB management to maximise backfilling and reducing external dumping. The Committee desired that in addition to the Fund for Final Mine Closure created at the MOC, pre-nationalisation mines with a number of abandoned mines and without proper reclamation at the time of nationalisation may require to be given special focus by creating a Special Corpus Fund either at the level of the company or in CIL/MOC.  The Committee desired that only covered trucks of higher capacity should be used to minimise dust generation and expedite CHP/Silo loading into railway wagons and stop pay loader loading at the siding even before three years proposed by the proponent. Measures for dust suppression such as fixed and mobile sprinklers, 3-tier plantation near habitations and near dust generating areas should be developed. The Committee desired details of forestry clearance.

 

The Committee after discussions decided to further consider the proposal after receipt of the aforesaid details.

 

 

18.     Piparwar OCP (10 MTPA with a peak capacity of 11.5 MTPA) – clarification of M/s CCL vide e-mail dated 12.01.2012 on Consideration in EAC meeting held on 28th-29th Nov. 2011.

 

Director, MOEF informed that the proposal was considered for introduction of a peak capacity in the existing Piparwar OCP of 10 MTPA in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 28th -29th November 2011. The proposal obtained EC for 10 MTPA on 11.06.2007.

 

The Committee noted that introduction of a peak capacity of 11.5 MTPA involves expansion in production from 10 MTPA to 11.5 MTPA. The Committee after discussions recommended the introduction of a peak capacity of 11.5 MTPA in the EC granted to Piparwar OCP of 10 MTPA vide provisions of the EIA Notification 2006.

 

 

19.     Macherkunda Underground Coalmine Project (0.30 MTPA in an ML area of 395 ha) of M/s Bihar Sponge Iron Ltd., located in Hutar Coalfields, in dsit. Latehar, Jharkhand (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for opening a new Macherkunda Underground Coalmine Project of 0.30 MTPA capacity in an ML area of 395 ha in Hutar Coalfields, Jharkhand, to meet the partial coal requirement of its sponge iron plant located in district Saraikela-Kharsawan, Jharkhand. Palamau Tiger Reserve is at a distance of 6km from the ML, i.e. the Tiger Reserve falls within the buffer zone of the mine. Putuagarh RF and Barichatan RF are inside core area and 3 more reserve forests and 3 protected forests are within 2-8 km area.  The entire ML area of 346.37 ha is forestland including 48.63 ha of PF. Application for Stage-I FC has been made on 20.01.2012. An area of 14.26 ha is required under Surface Rights which includes 4.28ha for mine entries, surface facilities at pit head and explosive agazine,1.46 ha (1.26 ha outside block) is for approach road, and 8.52 ha is for colony (outside block). Underground mining would be by Bord & Pillar method. Coal is to be transported by road. Life of the mine is 25 years.

 

The Committee observed that the Palamau National Tiger Reserve is at a distance of 6 km away from proposed site and the approval of the Standing Committee on Wildlife and comments/approval of the National Tiger Conservation Authority would be a pre-requisite for further consideration of the proposal. The Committee also desired that a map certified by PCCF (WL), Govt. of Jharkhand along with covering letter indicating the shortest distance of the mine from the Palamu Tiger Reserve be furnished.

 

The Committee decided to further consider the project after receipt of the aforesaid details.

 

 

20.     Hirakhand Bundia UGP (expn. from 0.54 MTPA to 0.95 MTPA) of M/s MCL located in Ib Valley Coalfields, located in Ib Valley Coalfields, dist. Jharsuguda, Orissa (Further consideration of EC based on TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation on the clarifications sought by the EAC during its last consideration of the proposal in the meeting held on 22.02.2011. The proponent informed that it could not respond to issues earlier as there were other projects of priority. It was informed that the upper seams of the mine of an area of 119.036 ha of a total ML area of 422.35 ha are being operated as Samleshwari OCP and the lower seams are being operated as Hirakhand Bundia UGP. It was stated that the inter-seam parting between the OCP and the UGP is about 90m. It was informed that forestry clearance for 88.435 ha of forestland has been applied for and is pending with State Govt. on the matter of geo-referencing mapping. It was informed that CSR would be undertaken with a provision of Rs 5/T of coal. Balance life of the mine is 26 years.

 

The Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to MOEF Circular dated 09.09.2011.

 

 

21.     Orient-4 UGP (expn. from 0.15 MTPA to 0.50 MTPA in ML area of 519.474 ha) of M/s MCL located in Ib Valley Coalfields, located in Ib Valley Coalfields, dist. Jharsuguda, Orissa (Further consideration of EC based on TOR)

The proponent made a presentation on the clarifications sought by the EAC during its last consideration of the proposal in the meeting held on 24.01.2011. It was informed that moratorium based on CEPI Circular was lifted for Ib Valley on 05.07.2011. It was stated that of the total ML area of 519.474 ha, 391.43 ha is for Mining Rights and 8 ha is for Surface Rights. The mine has 2 Incline air intake ways and with a PV of a capacity of 3500 m3/min has been provided for mine ventilation. It was informed forestry clearance for 397.439 ha of forestland was pending with State Govt. It was informed that there is no workshop as trucks used for transportation are outsourced. It was stated that an ETP would be provided within 12 months.

 

The Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to MOEF Circular dated 09.09.2011.

 

 

22.     Lingraj OCP Expansion (13 to 20 MTPA) of M/s MCL located in Talcher    Coalfields, dist. Angul, Orissa (Further consideration of TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation on the clarifications sought by the EAC during its last consideration of the proposal in the meeting held on 29.03.2011. The proponent informed that it could not respond to issues earlier as there were other projects of priority. It was informed that a 42.5km 4-lane dedicated concrete road corridor from Hingula OCP to Lingraj OCP for a total cost of Rs 290 crores is scheduled to be completed by 2015. It was stated that another coal transport corridor of 6km from Lingraj OCP to NH-23 is also proposed. In addition, an IDCO Rail Corridor is also being planned by the State Govt. in consultation with CMPDIL. The company also proposes to introduce mechanised rapid Silo Loading in 3 years and transport coal to NTPC by MGR. It was informed that the mine water is not acidic and a series of settling ponds of adequate capacity for retention and settling have been provided before discharge of mine water. It was stated that 70% of coal produced in existing project is without blasting, which would be increased to 90% in the expansion project. It was stated that the stripping ratio of Lingraj OCP is more than 2 and mine voids would not be available for flyash dumping except at final stage of mine closure after 24 years. It is proposed to rehandle the OB generated during the initial 2 years and backfill. It was informed that no external OB dump is proposed in the expansion project. It was informed that drinking water is being provided to 19 villages through Water Supply Scheme.

 

The Committee desired that a calendar plan of production and OB generation including rehandling should be furnished with various options of backfilling the mine void at the final mine closure stage including option of dumping/receiving OB from neighbouring mines to avoid external OB dumping. The Committee recommended TOR with the aforesaid condition read with generic TOR given in Annexure-4 read with general conditions given in Annexure-7.

 

 

23.     Durgapur Extn. (Deep) and expansion in ML area from 1354.84 ha to 1645.82 ha) of M/s WCL, dist. Chandrapur, Mahrarahstra (Further consideration of EC based on TOR granted on 12.06.2008)

 

The proponent made a presentation on clarifications sought by EAC (T&C) in meeting held on 23rd -24th May 2011. It was informed that the mine does not fall in the Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve (TATR) extended buffer zone. However, some portion of the buffer zone of the project intercepts the buffer zone of TATR. According to letter dated 20.12.2011 of NTCA, the project is located at a distance of 9.8k, from the buffer zone of TATR.

 

S.N.

Particulars

Existing Project

Expansion Project

(Phase-I and II)

 

1.

Name

Durgapur Expn. OC

Durgapur Extn. (Deep) OC

2.

Capacity (MTPA)

2.30

3.00

3.

Present Prodn.

1.97

-

4.

Total ML area (ha)

1354.64

1475.92

5.

Land use Details

Agr. land = 872.14 ha

Govt. land = 157.93 ha

Forestland =324.57ha, of which 257.77 ha has been acquired.

Addl. Land = 289.38 ha

Agr. land = 260.09 ha

Govt. land = 29.29 ha

Balance forestland to be acquired – Nil in Ph.I and 66.80 ha in Ph.II

 

6.

Forestry clearance

Obtained for 257.77 ha in which the mine would operate

Phase-I obtained for 257.77 ha of forestland.

Phase-II FC for balance 66.80 ha is under process at State Govt.

7.

OB generation (Mm3)

157 (already generated)

205.08 (balance life)

 

8.

Ultimate working Depth (m)

110

190

9.

R&R

Nil

3 villages – Sinhala, Navegaon, Masala Tukum

 

10.

Coal evacuation (TPD)

6970 (Aerial ropeway)

9090  (Aerial ropeway)

11.

Water Req. (m3/d)

4350 (includes fire-fighting)

2995 (deleting fire-fighting)

12.

Location (shortest dist.) from TATR (ecologically sensitive area) (km)

 

12.25

 

 

9.8

13.

Approval of Standing Committee on Wildlife

Not required

Required for both Phase-I and Phase-II

 

The extension project of a total ML area of 1475.92 ha consists of 1045.20 ah of agricultural land, 172.95 ha of Govt. land and 257.77 ha of forestland in Phase-I. The additional ML area of 289.38ha in Ph-I consists of 260.09 ha of agricultural land and 29.29 ha of Govt. land.  Of the total forestland of 324.57 ha in ML area of the existing project, 257.77 ha has been acquired. It is not proposed to acquire the balance forestland of 66.80 ha under Ph.I and FC for the balance area of 66.80 ha is proposed to be subsequently taken up in Ph.II of the expansion project.

 

It was stated that the OB management has been reworked according to which, an estimated 103.91 Mm3 of OB would be stored in external OB dump of a max. height of 60m and the balance 101.17 Mm3 of OB of the total 205.08 Mm3 of OB generated in the life of the mine would be backfilled; which would lead to a saving of 90 ha of area. At the post mining stage a final void of 226.45 ha of 176m depth would be left; however if forestry clearance is obtained, an estimated 155 m3m of OB from the extension area falling in forestland would be backfilled. The mine would continue for End of Life (EOL) + 5 years for reclaiming the ext. OB dump with plantation. The proponent informed that the mine for the purpose of operation has been categorised into 2 phases- Phase-I and Phase-II; Phase-I of the project consists of a total ML area of 1475.92 ha with 257.77 ha of forestland, for which FC has been obtained. Phase-I does not involve additional forestland and could commence mining operations immediately. However, Phase-II would commence only after FC is obtained for the balance 66.80 ha. Thus, the present proposal is for a total ML area of 1475.92 ha with deletion of forestland of 66.80 ha, FC for which would be taken up subsequently (Ph.II).  

 

The Committee noted that the proposed expansion project (phase-I and Phase-II) is at a distance of 9.8km from the TATR and may require prior approval of the Standing Committee on Wildlife. The Committee recommended EC for Phase-I which does not require FC, subject to prior approval of the Standing committee on Wildlife. In case of Phase-II, the Committee also recommended the proposal for EC subject to MOEF Circular dated 09.09.2011 and subject to prior approval of the Standing Committee on Wildlife. The Committee noted that Public Hearing has been conducted for both Ph-I and Ph-II of the expansion project.

 

The EAC accepted the proponent’s request for EC for expansion of production from 2.30 MTPA to 3 MTPA within the existing ML area of 1354.64 ha, which falls at a distance 12.25 km from the TATR and does not require approval of the Standing Committee on Wildlife. The Committee recommended EC for expansion in production capacity from 2.3 MTPA to 3 MTPA within the ML area of 1354.64 ha and sought a letter to this effect from the proponent for record of the Ministry.

 

 

 

24.     EC condition in EC granted on 14.07.2006 to Hindustan Lalpeth OCP expn. (from 0.59 MTPA to 1 MTPA) of M/s Western Coalfields Ltd., located in dist. Chandrapur, Maharashtra.

 

25.     EC condition in EC granted in May 2005 for Ukni Opencast Coalmine Project (1.1 MTPA to 2.2 MTPA over the ML area of 940 ha) of M/s WCL and TOR granted on 28.10.2011 for further expansion in prodn. from 2.20 MTPA to 3.50 MTPA and expn. in ML area from 940 ha to 1285.12 ha) of M/s Western Coalfields Ltd., located in dist. Yavatmal, Maharashtra.

 

The proponent informed that the EC letters for both the aforesaid projects had stipulated a condition for provision of a retaining wall all along the external OB dumps. The proponent submitted that this was infructuous as the retaining wall did not provide the necessary safety against OB dump collapse/siltation for which provision of a garland drain all along the dumps is adequate.

 

It was informed that peizometers have been installed for monitoring groundwater in the buffer zone since Nov. 2010. One more peizometer has been installed near ML boundary where monitoring ahs begun since Nov. 2011.

 

The Committee after deliberations decided that the matter of construction of a retaining wall be referred to DGMS for their comments for taking a decision on the matter.

 

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

 

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                        Annexure-1

 

 

PARTICIPANTS IN 41st EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (THERMAL & COAL MINING) IN THE MEETING HELD ON 23rd-24th JANUARY 2012 ON COAL SECTOR PROJECTS

 

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1.     Shri V.P. Raja                                                        Chairman

 

2.     Prof. C.R. Babu                                             Vice-Chairman

 

3.     Shri T.K. Dhar                                ……                    Member

 

4.     Shri J.L. Mehta                                            Member

 

5.     Prof. G.S. Roonwal                                        Member

 

6.     Dr. Shiv Attri (2nd day)…                                  Member

 

7.     Dr. T. Chandini                                            Scientist F MOEF

 

8.     Dr. Rubab Jaffer                                          Scientist B, MOEF

 

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Special Invitees:

 

1.     Shri R.K.Garg, Advisor, Coal India Ltd. attended the meeting on both days.

 

 


Annexure-2

 

PARTICIPANTS IN 41st EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (THERMAL & COAL MINING) IN THE MEETING HELD ON 23rd-24th JANUARY 2012 ON COAL SECTOR PROJECTS

 

1.         M/s Khappa Coal Company Pvt. Ltd

            1.         Dr. K C Narang, Tech. Adv., Dalmia Cements

            2.         Shri P N Thakur, Head Project, KPCPL

            3.         Dr. V N Choudhary, GM (Geology), Sunflag

            4.         Shri R P Agarwal, MINMEC

            5.         Shri  B D Sharma, MINMEC

            6.         Dr.Marisha Sharma, MINMEC

 

2.         M/s Neyveli Lignite Corp. Ltd

            1.         Shri M Ragunathan, DGM, NLC

            2.         Shri R Solainathan, EE /Plnaning

            3.         Shri C Shyam Sunder, VIMTA Labs

 

3 & 4 M/s NLC

            1.         Shri R Solainathan, EE /Plnaning

            2.         Shri M Ragunathan, DGM, NLC

            3.         Shri  B D Sharma, MINMEC

            4.         Dr. Marisha Sharma, MINMEC

            5.         Ms. Rashmi Gupta, MINMEC

 

5.         M/s Thesgora Coal Pvt. Ltd.

            1.         Shri Arvind Pyani, VP, Thesogora

            2.         Shri V K Singh, Adv.

            3.         Shri C Palekar, Thesogora Coal

            4.         Shri D K Swain, Thesogora

 

6.         M/s Singareni Collieries Comp. Ltd.

            1.         Shri B Ramesh Kumar, Dir (P&D)

            2.         Shri N Srinivasa Rao, DyGM (hydbd)

            3.         Shri P Sharth Kuamr, Addl. Mgr. (Env.)

            4.         Shri G V K Prasad, Geoprasad

            5.         Shri K Raghukumar, SE (Env.)

            6.         Dr.Durga Vara Prasad, SGP, SCCL

 

7.         M/s Eastern Coalfields Ltd.

            1.         Shri Raakesh Pandit, GM (Env.), ECL

            2.         Shri G Prasad, RD, CMPDI

            3.         Shri J M Biswal, GM (Env.)

            4.         Shri A Shekhar, Mgr. (Env.), CMPDI

 

8.         M/s Gujarat Mineral Development Corp. Ltd.

            1.         Shri B P Pati, CGM

            2.         Shri D U Vyas, GM

            3.         Shri Vijay Jain, Dy GM (mining)

            4.         Dr. Dinesh A Punchori, Mining (Env.), GMDC

            5.         Shri Amrish Kuamr, AM (Env.), GMDC

            6.         Dr.Marisha Sharma, Director, MINMEC

 

9.         M/s South Eastern Coalfields Ltd.

            1.         Shri M. Bhattacharya, GM (Env.)

            2.         Shri R N Biswas, RD, CMPDI, Bilaspur

            3.         Shri S C Shankar, SE (Env.)

 

10.       M/s Central Coalfields Ltd.

            1.         Shri P K Sinha, GM (Env.), CCL

            2.         Shri B K Sharma, Chief Manger (Env.), CCL

            3.         Shri P Prasad, Chief Manger (Hydrogeology), CMPDI

            4.         Shri J Chakrovorty, Sr. Manager, CMPDI

            5.         Shri Pushkar, Sr. Manager (env.), CMPD

 

11.       M/s Bihar Sponge Iron Ltd.

            1.         Shri B D Garg, Director, BSIL

            2.         Shri B K Luthra, Ex. Director, BSIL  

            3.         Shri A.K.Rana, GM (Mining), CMPDI

            4.         Shri K K Pandey, Manager, CMPDI

            5.         Shri Sunil Gor yd, BSIL         

 

12.       M/s Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd

            1.         Shri A K Singh, Dir (P&P)

            2.         Shri S Roy Choudhary, GM Orient, MCL

            3.         Shri C Joydev, Sr. Mgr. (Env.), MCL

            4.         Shri B C Tripathi, GM (Env.), MCL

            5.         Shri R K Srivsatava, Lingraj OCP Area

            6.         Shri A K Samantray, Chief Manger (Env.), CMPDI

            7.         Shri A Singh, RD, CMPDI

            8.         Shri K S Ganapathy, Chief Manager, CMPDI

            9.         Shri S N Dash, Sr. Mgr., Mining, MCL

 

13.       M/s Western Coalfields Ltd.

            1.         Shri A C Ray, GM (Env.)

            2.         Shri K Chakrovorty, GM (Mining), WCL

            3.         Shri K P Singh, Chief Manager, CMPDI

            4.         Dr.Debabrata Das, Sr. Off. (Hydrogeology)

            5.         Shri S K Jagnaniya, CMPDI

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ANNEXURE-3

GENERIC TOR FOR COAL WASHERY

 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)         A brief description of the plant, the technology used, the source of coal, the mode of transport of incoming unwashed coal and the outgoing washed coal. Specific pollution control and mitigative measures for the entire process.

(ii)        The EIA-EMP report should cover the impacts and management plan for the project of the capacity for EC is sought and the impacts of specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts for the rated capacity. If the washery is captive to a coal mine/TPP/Plant the cumulative impacts on the environment and usage of water should be brought out along with the EMP.

(iii)         A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer showing major industries/mines and other polluting sources, which shall also indicate the migratory corridors of fauna, if any and the areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance are found in the area. If there are any ecologically sensitive areas found within the 15km buffer zone, the shortest distance from the National Park/WL Sanctuary Tiger Reserve, etc should be shown and the comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden of the State Government should be furnished.

 (iv)        Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary base-line data on environmental quality – air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx and NOx), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil. 

(iv)                  Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement as per different activities in the mining operations vis-à-vis washery should be given separately. Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt.. and examine if the unit can be zero discharge including recycling and reuse of the wastewater for other uses such as green belt, etc.

(vi)       Impact of choice of the selected use of technology and impact on air quality and waste generation (emissions and effluents). 

(vii)      Impacts of mineral transportation - the entire sequence of mineral production, transportation, handling, transfer and storage of mineral and waste, if any, and their impacts on air quality should be shown in a flow chart with the specific points where fugitive emissions can arise and the specific pollution control/mitigative measures proposed to be put in place.

(viii)     Details of various facilities to be provided for the personnel involved in mineral transportation in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.  Examine whether existing roads are adequate to take care of the additional load of mineral [and rejects] transportation, their impacts. Details of workshop, if any, and treatment of workshop effluents.

(ix)       Impacts of CHP, if any on air and water quality. A flow chart of water use and whether the unit can be made a zero-discharge unit.

(x)        Details of green belt development.

(xi)       Including cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost.

(xiv)      Public Hearing details of the coal washery to include details of notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments made in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xv)                 Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xvi)                Submission of sample test analysis of:

I     Characteristics of coal to be washed- this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

II    Characteristics and quantum of washed coal.

III   Characteristics and quantum of coal waste rejects.

(xvii)     Management/disposal/Use of coal waste rejects

(xviii)    Copies of MOU/Agreement with linkages (for stand alone washery) for the capacity for which EC has been sought.

(xxxvi)   Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal to be washed- this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S

(xxxviii) Corporate Environment Responsibility:

a)     The Company must have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by the Board of Directors.

b)     The Environment Policy must prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringements/deviation/violation of the environmental or forest norms/conditions.

c)     The hierarchical system or Administrative Order of the company to deal with environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the environmental clearance conditions must be furnished.

d)  To have proper checks and balances, the company should have a well laid down system of reporting of non-compliances/violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and/or shareholders or stakeholders at large.

 

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ANNEXURE -4

GENERIC TOR FOR AN OPENCAST COALMINE PROJECT

(i)            An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for …….. MTPA rated capacity in an ML/project area of …… ha based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ii)           An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for ……. MTPA rated capacity cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for ………. MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan for ………MTPA. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(iii)          A map specifying locations of the State, District and Project location.

(iv)          A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (1: 50,000 scale) clearly delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, surface drainage of rivers/streams/nalas/canals, locations of human habitations, major constructions including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources. In case of ecologically sensitive areas such as Biosphere Reserves/National Parks/WL Sanctuaries/ Elephant Reserves, forests (Reserved/Protected), migratory corridors of fauna, and areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance found in the 15 km area of the buffer zone should be given.

(v)           Land use map (1: 50,000 scale) based on a recent satellite imagery of the study area may also be provided with explanatory note of the land use. Satellite imagery per se is not required.

(vi)              Map showing the core zone delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records), along with other physical features such as water bodies, etc should be furnished.

(vii)             A contour map showing the area drainage of the core zone and 2-5 km of the buffer zone (where the water courses of the core zone ultimately join the major rivers/streams outside the lease/project area) should also be clearly indicated as a separate map.

(viii)           A detailed Site plan of the mine showing the various proposed break-up of the land for mining operations such as the quarry area, OB dumps, green belt, safety zone, buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within and adjacent to the ML), undisturbed area and if any, in topography such as existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with any natural drainage adjoining the lease /project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., approach roads, major haul roads, etc.

(ix)              In case of any proposed diversion of nallah/canal/river, the proposed route of diversion/modification of drainage and their realignment, construction of embankment etc. should also be shown on the map.

(x)               Similarly if the project involves diversion of any road/railway line passing through the ML/project area, the proposed route of diversion and its realignment should be shown.

(xi)              Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition.

 

LANDUSE DETAILS FOR OPENCAST PROJECT

S.N.

LANDUSE

Within ML Area (ha)

Outside ML Area (ha)

TOTAL

1.

Agricultural land

 

 

 

2.

Forest land

 

 

 

3.

Wasteland

 

 

 

4.

Grazing land

 

 

 

5.

Surface water bodies

 

 

 

6.

Settlements

 

 

 

7.

Others (specify)

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

(xii)             Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations.

(xiii)           Impact of changes in the land use due to the start of the projects if much of the land being acquired is agricultural land/forestland/grazing land.

(xiv)        Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality - air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx, NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil along with one-season met data coinciding with the same season for AAQ collection period.

(xv)         Map of the study area (1: 50, 000 scale) (core and buffer zone clearly delineating the location of various stations superimposed with location of habitats, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations in both core zone and buffer zone should be selected on the basis of size of lease/project area, the proposed impacts in the downwind (air)/downstream (surface water)/groundwater regime (based on flow). One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact/non-polluting area as a control station. The monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and parameters for water testing for both ground water and surface water as per ISI standards and CPCB classification wherever applicable. Values should be provided based on desirable limits.

(xvi)        Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area (10km) carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. If the study area has endangered flora and fauna, or if the area is occasionally visited or used as a habitat by Schedule-I fauna, or if the project falls within 15 km of an ecologically sensitive area, or used as a migratory corridor then a comprehensive Conservation Plan should be prepared and submitted with EIA-EMP Report and comments from the CWLW of the State Govt. also obtained and furnished.

(xvii)      Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study are and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps and sections should be included. The progressive mine development and Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan should also be shown in figures.

(xviii)     Details of mining methods, technology, equipment to be used, etc., rationale for selection of that technology and equipment proposed to be used vis-à-vis the potential impacts.

(xix)        Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(xx)         Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement for the various mine operations should be given separately.

(xxi)        Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users.

(xxii)      Impact of mining and water abstraction use in mine on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10 km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected in case there us a declining trend of groundwater availability and/or if the area falls within dark/grey zone.

(xxiii)     Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                  

(xxiv)     Impacts of mining on the AAQ, predictive modelling using the ISCST-3 (Revised) or latest model.

(xxv)       Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project along with flow-chart indicating the specific areas generating fugitive emissions. Impacts of transportation, handling, transfer of mineral and waste on air quality, generation of effluents from workshop, management plan for maintenance of HEMM, machinery, equipment. Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.

(xxvi)     Details of waste generation – OB, topsoil – as per the approved calendar programme, and their management shown in figures as well explanatory chapter with tables giving progressive development and mine closure plan, green belt development, backfilling programme and conceptual post mining land use. OB dump heights and terracing should based on slope stability studies with a max of 28o angle as the ultimate slope. Sections of dumps (ultimate) (both longitudinal and cross section) with relation to the adjacent area should be shown.

(xxvii)    Progressive Green belt and afforestation plan (both in text, figures as well as in tables prepared by MOEF) and selection of species (local) for the afforestation/plantation programme based on original survey/landuse.

 

Table 1: Stage-wise Landuse and Reclamation Area (ha)

S.N.

Land use Category

Present

(1st Year)

5th Year

10th Year

20th year

24th Year (end of Mine life)*

1.

Backfilled Area (Reclaimed with plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

2.

Excavated Area (not reclaimed)/void

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

External OB dump

Reclaimed with plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Reclaimed Top soil dump

 

 

 

 

 

5.

Green Built Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

Undisturbed area (brought under plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

7.

Roads (avenue plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

8.

Area around buildings and Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

110*

110*

110*

110*

110*

* As a representative example

 

 

Table 2: Stage-wise Cumulative Plantation

S.N.

YEAR*

Green Belt

External Dump

Backfilled Area

Others

(Undisturbed

Area/etc)

TOTAL

 

 

Area

(ha)

No. of trees

Area

(ha)

No. of Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of

 Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of

 Trees

1.

1st year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

3rd year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

5th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

10th yesr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

15th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

20th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.

25th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.

30th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.

34th year (end of mine life)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.

34-37th Year (Post-mining)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

85

 

* As a representative example

 

 

(xxviii)   Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre- mining. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions. Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling (wherever applicable) and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation.

 

Table 3: Post-Mining Landuse Pattern of ML/Project Area (ha)

S.N.

Land use during Mining

Land Use (ha)

1.

External OB Dump

Plantation

Water Body

Public Use

Undisturbed

TOTAL

2.

Top soil Dump

 

 

 

 

 

3.

Excavation

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Roads

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Built up area

 

 

 

 

 

5.

Green Belt

 

 

 

 

 

6.

Undisturbed Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

85

 

 

 

110

 

(xxix)     Flow chart of water balance. Treatment of effluents from workshop, township, domestic wastewater, mine water discharge, etc. Details of STP in colony and ETP in mine. Recycling of water to the max. possible extent.

(xxx)       Occupational health issues. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine.

(xxxi)     Risk Assessment and Disaster Preparedness and Management Plan.

(xxxii)    Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources - water, land, energy, etc.

(xxxiii)   Including cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for progressive and final mine closure plan.

(xxxiv)   Details of R&R.  Detailed project specific R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population (including tribals, SC/ST, BPL families) found in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

(xxxv)    CSR Plan along with details of villages and specific budgetary provisions (capital and recurring) for specific activities over the life of the project.

(xxxvi)   Public Hearing should cover the details of notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments made by the proponent should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxxvii)  In built mechanism of self-monitoring of compliance of environmental regulations.

(xxxx)  Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xxxxi) Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

(xxxxii) Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval,

            NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc. wherever applicable.

 

(A) FORESTRY CLEARANCE

 

TOTAL ML/PROJECT 

AREA (ha)

TOTAL FORESTLAND (ha)

Date of FC

Extent of forestland

Balance area for which FC is yet to be obtained

Status of appl. for diversion of

forestland

 

 

If more than one, provide details of each FC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(B)        MINING PLAN/PROJECT APPROVAL


Date of Approval of Mining Plan/Project Approval:

            Copy of Letter of Approval of Mining Plan/Project Approval

(xxxviii) Corporate Environment Responsibility:

a)     The Company must have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by the Board of Directors.

b)     The Environment Policy must prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringements/deviation/violation of the environmental or forest norms/conditions.

c)     The hierarchical system or Administrative Order of the company to deal with environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the environmental clearance conditions must be furnished.

d)  To have proper checks and balances, the company should have a well laid down system of reporting of non-compliances/violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and/or shareholders or stakeholders at large.

 

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ANNEXURE -5

GENERIC TOR FOR AN UNDERGROUND COALMINE PROJECT

(i)            An EIA-EMP Report should be prepared for a peak capacity of  ………….. MTPA over an area of  ………….. ha  addressing the impacts of the underground coalmine project including the aspects of mineral transportation and issues of impacts on hydrogeology, plan for conservation of flora/fauna and afforestation/plantation programme based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(ii)           The EIA-EMP report should also cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of baseline data and information, generation of baseline data on impacts for ……. MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan.

(iii)          A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (15 km of the buffer zone in case of ecologically sensitive areas) delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, drainage, locations of habitats, major construction including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources, which shall also indicate the migratory corridors of fauna, if any and the areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance are found in the area.

(iv)          Map showing the core zone along with 3-5 km of the buffer zone) delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records) and grazing land and wasteland and water bodies.

(v)           Contour map at 3m interval along with Site plan of the mine (lease/project area with about 3-5 km of the buffer zone) showing the various surface structures such as buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within/adjacent to the ML), green belt and undisturbed area and if any existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with details of natural drainage adjoining the lease/project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., highways, passing through the lease/project area.

(vi)          Original land use (agricultural land/forestland/grazing land/wasteland/water bodies) of the area. Impacts of project, if any on the landuse, in particular, agricultural land/forestland/grazing land/water bodies falling within the lease/project and acquired for mining operations. Extent of area under surface rights and under mining rights.

 

S.N.

 ML/Project

Land use

Area under Surface Rights (ha)

Area Under Mining Rights (ha)

Area under Both (ha)

1.

Agricultural land

 

 

 

2.

Forest Land

 

 

 

3.

Grazing Land

 

 

 

4.

Settlements

 

 

 

5.

Others (specify)

 

 

 

 

            Area Under Surface Rights

S.N.

Details

Area (ha)

1.

Buildings

 

2.

Infrastructure

 

3.

Roads

 

4.

Others (specify)

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

(vii)         Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. The flora and fauna details should be furnished separately for the core zone and buffer zone. The report and the list should be authenticated by the concerned institution carrying out the study and the names of the species scientific and common names) along with the classification under the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972 should be furnished.

(viii)       Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study area and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working plan/scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps should also be included.

(ix)          Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(x)           Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality – air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx, NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, AS, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil along with one-season met data.

(xi)          Map of the study area (core and buffer zone) clearly delineating the location of various monitoring stations (air/water/soil and noise – each shown separately) superimposed with location of habitats, wind roses, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations should be selected on the basis of the proposed impacts in the downwind/downstream/groundwater regime. One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact non-polluting area as a control station. Wind roses to determine air pollutant dispersion and impacts thereof shall be determined. Monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and standards for air, water, noise notified under Environment Protection Rules. Parameters for water testing for both ground and surface water should be as per ISI standards and CPCB classification of surface water wherever applicable.

(xii)         Impact of mining and water abstraction and mine water discharge in mine on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on the impact of mining on the groundwater regime. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected wherever the areas are declared dark/grey from groundwater development.

(xiii)       Study on subsidence, measures for mitigation/prevention of subsidence, modelling subsidence prediction and its use during mine operation, safety issues.

(xiv)        Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement as per different activities in the mining operations, including use of water for sand stowing should be given separately. Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users should be provided.

(xv)         Impact of choice of mining method, technology, selected use of machinery - and impact on air quality, mineral transportation, coal handling & storage/stockyard, etc, Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.

(xvi)        Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project. The entire sequence of mineral production, transportation, handling, transfer and storage of mineral and waste, and their impacts on air quality should be shown in a flow chart with the specific points where fugitive emissions can arise and the specific pollution control/mitigative measures proposed to be put in place. Examine the adequacy of roads existing in the area and if new roads are proposed, the impact of their construction and use particularly if forestland is used.

(xvii)      Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.  Examine whether existing roads are adequate to take care of the additional load of mineral and their impacts.

(xviii)     Examine the number and efficiency of mobile/static water sprinkling system along the main mineral transportation road within the mine, approach roads to the mine/stockyard/siding, and also the frequency of their use in impacting air quality.

(xix)        Impacts of CHP, if any on air and water quality. A flow chart of water use and whether the unit can be made a zero-discharge unit.

(xx)         Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan along with the fund requirement for the detailed activities proposed there under.  Impacts of change in land use for mining operations and whether the land can be restored for agricultural use post mining.

 

            Table 1 Stage-wise Cumulative Plantation

S.N.

YEAR*

Green Belt

External Dump

Backfilled Area

Others

(Undisturbed

Area/etc)

TOTAL

 

 

Area

(ha)

No. of trees

Area

(ha)

No. of Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of

 Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of

 Trees

1.

1st year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

3rd year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

5th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

10th yesr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

15th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

20th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.

25th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.

30th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.

34th year (end of mine life)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.

34-37th Year (Post-mining)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

85*

2,12,500

            *As a representative example

 

(xxi)        Occupational health issues. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine should be furnished.

(xxii)      Details of cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for final mine closure plan. The specific costs (capital and recurring) of each pollution control/mitigative measures proposed in the project until end of mine life and a statement that this is included in the project cost.

(xxiii)     Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources – water, land, energy, raw materials/mineral, etc.

(xxiv)     R&R: Detailed project specific R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status (including tribals, SC/ST) of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

(xxv)       CSR Plan along with details of villages and specific budgetary provisions (capital and recurring) for specific activities over the life of the project.

(xxvi)     Public Hearing should cover the details as specified in the EIA Notification 2006, and include notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments by the proponent made should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxvii)    Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending in any Court/Tribunal on the project should be furnished.

(xxxvii)  Submission of sample test analysis of:

(xxxvii) Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S

            and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

(xxxviii) Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc.

            (A) FORESTRY CLEARANCE

 

TOTAL ML/PROJECT 

AREA (ha)

TOTAL FORESTLAND (ha)

Date of FC

Extent of forestland

Balance area for which FC is yet to be obtained

Status of appl. for diversion of

forestland

 

 

If more than one, provide details of each FC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(B)        MINING PLAN /PROJECT APPROVAL


Date of Approval of Mining Plan/Project Approval:

            Copy of Letter of Approval of Mining Plan/Project Approval

(xxxviii) Corporate Environment Responsibility:

a)     The Company must have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by the Board of Directors.

b)     The Environment Policy must prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringements/deviation/violation of the environmental or forest norms/conditions.

c)     The hierarchical system or Administrative Order of the company to deal with environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the environmental clearance conditions must be furnished.

d)  To have proper checks and balances, the company should have a well laid down system of reporting of non-compliances/violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and/or shareholders or stakeholders at large.

 

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ANNEXURE-6

GENERIC TOR FOR AN OPENCAST-CUM-UNDERGROUND COALMINE PROJECT

(i)               An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for a combined rated capacity of…….. MTPA  for OC-cum-UG project which consists of ……. MTPA for OC and ………. MTPA for UG in an ML/project area of …… ha based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ii)              An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for ……. MTPA rated capacity cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for ………. MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan for …….. MTPA. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(iii)            A map specifying locations of the State, District and Project location.

(iv)             A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (1: 50,000 scale) clearly delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, surface drainage of rivers/streams/nalas/canals, locations of human habitations, major constructions including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources. In case of ecologically sensitive areas such as Biosphere Reserves/National Parks/WL Sanctuaries/ Elephant Reserves, forests (Reserved/Protected), migratory corridors of fauna, and areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance found in the 15 km area of the buffer zone should be given.

(v)              Land use map (1: 50,000 scale) based on a recent satellite imagery of the study area may also be provided with explanatory note of the land use. Satellite imagery per se is not required.

(vi)             Map showing the core zone delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records), along with other physical features such as water bodies, etc should be furnished.

(vii)           A contour map showing the area drainage of the core zone and 2-5 km of the buffer zone (where the water courses of the core zone ultimately join the major rivers/streams outside the lease/project area) should also be clearly indicated as a separate map.

(viii)          A detailed Site plan of the mine showing the various proposed break-up of the land for mining operations such as the quarry area, OB dumps, green belt, safety zone, buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within and adjacent to the ML), undisturbed area and if any, in topography such as existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with any natural drainage adjoining the lease /project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., approach roads, major haul roads, etc.

(ix)             In case of any proposed diversion of nallah/canal/river, the proposed route of diversion/modification of drainage and their realignment, construction of embankment etc. should also be shown on the map.

(x)              Similarly if the project involves diversion of any road/railway line passing through the ML/project area, the proposed route of diversion and its realignment should be shown.

(xi)             Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition.

 

            LANDUSE DETAILS FOR OPENCAST PROJECT

S.N.

LANDUSE

Within ML Area (ha)

Outside ML Area (ha)

TOTAL (ha)

1.

Agricultural land

 

 

 

2.

Forest land

 

 

 

3.

Wasteland

 

 

 

4.

Grazing land

 

 

 

5.

Surface water bodies

 

 

 

6.

Settlements

 

 

 

7.

Others (specify)

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

            LANDUSE DETAILS FOR UNDERGROUND PROJECT

S.N.

 ML/Project

Land use

Area under Surface Rights (ha)

Area Under Mining Rights (ha)

Area under Both (ha)

1.

Agricultural land

 

 

 

2.

Forest Land

 

 

 

3.

Grazing Land

 

 

 

4.

Wasteland

 

 

 

5.

Water Bodies

 

 

 

6.

Settlements

 

 

 

7.

Others (specify)

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

            Area Under Surface Rights

S.N.

Details

Area (ha)

1.

Buildings

 

2.

Infrastructure

 

3.

Roads

 

4.

Others (specify)

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

(xii)         Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations.

(xiii)       Impact of changes in the land use due to the start of the projects if much of the land being acquired is agricultural land/forestland/grazing land.

(xiv)        Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality - air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx , NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil along with one-season met data.

(xv)         Map of the study area (1: 50, 000 scale) (core and buffer zone clearly delineating the location of various stations superimposed with location of habitats, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations in both core zone and buffer zone should be selected on the basis of size of lease/project area, the proposed impacts in the downwind (air)/downstream (surface water)/groundwater regime (based on flow). One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact/non-polluting area as a control station. The monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and parameters for water testing for both ground water and surface water as per ISI standards and CPCB classification wherever applicable. Values should be presented in comparison to desirable limits.

(xvi)        Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area (10km) carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. If the study area has endangered flora and fauna, or if the project falls within 15 km of an ecologically sensitive area, then a comprehensive Conservation Plan should be prepared and furnished along with comments from the CWLW of the State Govt.

(xvii)      Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study are and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps and sections should be included. The progressive mine development and final mine closure plan should also be shown in figures.

(xviii)     Details of mining methods, technology, equipment to be used, etc., rationale for selection of that technology and equipment proposed to be used vis-à-vis the potential impacts.

(xix)        Study on subsidence, measures for mitigation/prevention of subsidence, modelling subsidence prediction and its use during mine operation, safety issues.

(xx)         Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(xxi)        Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement for the various mine operations should be given separately.

(xxii)      Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users.

(xxiii)     Impact of mining and water abstraction use in mine on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10 km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected in case there us a declining trend of groundwater availability and/or if the area falls within dark/grey zone.

(xxiv)     Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                  

(xxv)       Impacts of mining on the AAQ, predictive modelling using the ISCST-3 (Revised) or latest model.

(xxvi)     Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project along with flow-chart indicating the specific areas generating fugitive emissions. Impacts of transportation, handling, transfer of mineral and waste on air quality, generation of effluents from workshop, management plan for maintenance of HEMM, machinery, equipment. Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.

(xxvii)    Details of waste generation – OB, topsoil – as per the approved calendar programme, and their management shown in figures as well explanatory chapter with tables giving progressive development and mine closure plan, green belt development, backfilling programme and conceptual post mining land use. OB dump heights and terracing should based on slope stability studies with a max of 28o angle as the ultimate slope. Sections of dumps (ultimate) (both longitudinal and cross section) with relation to the adjacent area should be shown.

(xxviii)   Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation.

(xxix)     Flow chart of water balance. Treatment of effluents from workshop, township, domestic wastewater, mine water discharge, etc. Details of STP in colony and ETP in mine. Recycling of water to the max. possible extent.

(xxx)       Occupational health issues. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine.

(xxxi)     Risk Assessment and Disaster Preparedness and Management Plan.

(xxxii)    Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources - water, land, energy, etc.

(xxxiii)   Progressive Green belt and afforestation plan (both in text, figures as well as in tables prepared by MOEF given below) and selection of species (local) for the afforestation/plantation programme based on original survey/landuse.

 

            Table 1: Stage-wise Landuse and Reclamation Area (ha)

S.N.

Land use Category

Present

(1st Year)

5th Year

10th Year

20th year

24th Year (end of Mine life)*

1.

Backfilled Area (Reclaimed with plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

2.

Excavated Area (not reclaimed)/void

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

External OB dump

Reclaimed with plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Reclaimed Top soil dump