Ministry of Environment & Forests                                                                                        (IA Division)                                                                                                             ******

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 23RD MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

The 23rd meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Appraisal of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on January 23-25, 2012.  The list of participants is annexed. 

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

Item No. 1:

1.1     Confirmation of the minutes of the 22nd Meeting.

The minutes of the 22nd meeting were confirmed as circulated.

2.1     Bolani Iron Ore Mine along with Beneficiation and Pellet Plant of M/s SAIL located at village Bolani, Tehsil Barbil, District Keonjhar, Odisha – (5.1 Sq. mile) (Consultant: Mecon Ltd, Ranchi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 5.65 million TPA to 12.0 million TPA (ROM) along with installation of a new beneficiation plant of 12 million TPA throughput and pellet plant of 4.0 million TPA capacity. TOR for this project were prescribed on 9.2.2008. Public hearing has been held on 24.10.2011. The mine lease area is 1321.45 ha, which includes 1226.78 ha of forestland. Stage-I forestry clearance has been obtained on 12.11.2010 for an area of 1152.58 ha. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease, however, Karo Karampada Elephant Corridor is reported at a distance of 8 km from the mine lease. Water requirement is estimated as 16,600 kld, which will be met from Karo nadi and Jhikaria and Chapua nallah. No groundwater will be drawn for the project. Partly, recycled water will be utilized. It is estimated that 7.5 million m3 of waste is existing. During the expansion phase 13.729 million m3 of waste will be generated. Part of it will be re-handled and a part will be dumped in the existing active dump and as well as two new dumps to be created. It is estimated that 17.73 million m3 of tailings will be generated. Out of this, 2.75 million m3 will be beneficiated and utilized, 9.25 million m3 will be sold off and balance 5.73 million m3 of tailings will be stored in the tailing pond. The old tailing pond in this mine was discontinued while the new tailing pond will be in the adjoining mine lease. At the end of the mine life an area of 1033.56 ha will be covered under plantation and an area of 10 ha will be covered under water body. The baseline AAQ data presented showed that the existing RSPM levels in the area are high. The baseline data on biological environment was also not based on primary survey. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting which inter-alia included drinking water supply, construction of road, provision of electricity, employment, health and hygiene etc.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)      In view of the existing high levels of RSPM in the area, the proponent should work out a plan for control of RSPM, implement the same and thereafter take one month AAQ data to show the effectiveness of the control measures implemented.

(ii)      Noise data may be rechecked and reconfirmed.

(iii)     The data contained in table 3.14 of the EIA report needs to be rechecked and reconfirmed.

(iv)     Water requirement may be rechecked and reconfirmed and water balance may be provided. Measures proposed for water conservation may also be detailed.

(v)      A plan for diversion of the two nallahs due to quarry operations should be prepared and details submitted.

(vi)     Details of the primary data on biological component should be given. The Wildlife Conservation Plan should flow from the primary data so collected. Details in this regard should be provided. Impact of the project on critical wildlife habitats should also be clearly brought out.

(vii)    The occupational health management plan should address the issues inter-alia (i) Major activities of plant, (ii) Occupational Hazards (machine, raw material, process, waste), (iii) Exposure Assessment, (iv) Free silica exposure, if any, (v) Number of workers exposed, (vi) Evaluation of preventive steps etc.

(viii)   The Corporate Environment Responsibility which should inter-alia; provide for (i) Standard operating process / process to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions, (ii) Hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions and (iii) System of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders.  

(ix)     Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing should be provided.

(x)      As the tailing pond is in the adjoining lease which is not co-terminus with this mine lease, the plan to meet the situation for utilizing the tailing pond in the other lease area, in the eventuality that the two leases are not simultaneously renewed should be clearly spelt out.

(xi)     A copy of the approved mine plan in respect of the adjoining mine may be furnished, clearly showing the provision for continued use of the tailing pond in its premises for the activities to be undertaken in the mine under consideration.

          It was decided that the proposal may be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been submitted.

2.2     Bolani Iron Ore Mine of M/s SAIL located at village Bolani, Tehsil Barbil, District Keonjhar, Odisha – (6.9 Sq. mile) (Consultant: Mecon Ltd, Ranchi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for environment clearance for production of 15,000 TPA of manganese ore (ROM). The mine is reported to be closed since 1978. The mine lease area is 1786.74 ha, which includes 706.52 ha of forestland. Stage-I forestry clearance was obtained on 24th February, 1999 for diversion of 706.52 ha of forestland. TOR for this project were prescribed on 5.2.2008. Public hearing has been held on 24.10.2011. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting. No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. However, Karo Karampada Elephant Corridor is reported at a distance of 8 km from the mine lease. The peak water requirement is estimated as 48 kld, which will be obtained from Karo nadi and Jhikaria and Chapua nallahs. No groundwater will be withdrawn. It is estimated that 0.89 million m3 of waste will be generated, which will be stored temporarily for two years and thereafter it will be backfilled. A tailing pond in an area of about 125 ha will be created till the end of the mine for use by the adjoining Bolani 5.1 sq.mile mine. An area of 289.83 will be covered under plantation. The baseline AAQ data presented showed that the existing RSPM levels in the area are high. The baseline data on biological environment was also not based on primary survey. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting which inter-alia included drinking water supply, construction of road, provision of electricity, employment, health and hygiene etc.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)      In view of the existing high levels of RSPM in the area, the proponent should work out a plan for control of RSPM, implement the same and thereafter take one month AAQ data to show the effectiveness of the control measures implemented.

(ii)      Noise data may be rechecked and reconfirmed.

(iii)     The data contained in table 3.15 of the EIA report needs to be rechecked and reconfirmed.

(iv)     Details of the primary data on biological component should be given. The Wildlife Conservation Plan should flow from the primary data so collected. Details in this regard should be provided. Impact of the project on critical wildlife habitats should also be clearly brought out.

(v)      The occupational health management plan should address the issues inter-alia (i) Major activities of plant, (ii) Hazards (machine, raw material, process, waste), (iii) Exposure Assessment, (iv) Free silica exposure, if any, (v) Number of workers exposed, (vi) Evaluation of preventive steps etc.

(vi)     The Corporate Environment Responsibility which should inter-alia; provide for (i) Standard operating process / process to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions, (ii) Hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions and (iii) System of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders.  

(vii)    Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing should be provided.

(viii)   As the tailing pond of the adjoining lease which is not co-terminus with this mine lease is to be located in this lease, the plan to meet the situation for utilizing the tailing pond for the other lease area, in the eventuality that the two leases are not simultaneously renewed should be detailed.

(ix)     A copy of the approved mine plan in respect of the adjoining mine clearly showing the provision for tailing pond for the activities to be undertaken in the other mine.

          It was decided that the proposal may be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information has mentioned above has been submitted.

2.3    Chanpi Bauxite and Laterite Mining Project of M/s Arbind Kumar Singh, located at village Chanpi, P.O. Bagru, District Lohardaga, Jharkhand (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India Pvt. Ltd., Noida)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due from 9.3.2010 for production of 77,000 TPA of bauxite. The mine is reported to be closed since 8th March, 2010. It is a violation case as the production from the mine was enhanced in the year 2007-08 and 2008-09. The mine lease area is 9.87 ha. No forestland is involved. No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. It has been considered in MoEF as the SEIAA for Jharkhand is not in place. TOR for this project were prescribed on 21.12.2010. Public hearing has been held on 6.7.2011. Life of mine is 7 years. Ultimate working depth will be 6 m bgl. The groundwater table is reported to vary between 13-15 m bgl. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. Mine working will be opencast manual. Water requirement is estimated as 9 kld, which will be obtained from surface water. The transportation of mineral is through forest area. In this regard, the proponent have submitted a letter dated 14.5.1990 from the Forest Zonal Officer permitting them to transport the bauxite through the forest area. The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limit. It was, however, observed that no monitoring station has been taken within the core zone and all the stations are spread within 3.5 km of the mine lease. The date wise monitored data was also not furnished. Further, the information relating to biological component i.e. details of flora and fauna specific to the site were also not given. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)      Date wise baseline AAQ data, based on which the EIA report has been prepared, should be submitted. This data should be supplemented by collecting additional data for one month by adding additional stations in the core zone as well as beyond 3.5 km so as to give a true picture of the study area.

(ii)      The earlier permission of Forest Department granted in 1990 for transportation of mineral through forestland should be got revalidated as the present proposal is being considered for renewal of mine lease. A copy of the latest permission may be given.

(iii)     Site specific data on flora and fauna should be furnished.

(iv)     Impact of the project on the biological components should be clearly brought out.

(v)      An undertaking on non judicial stamp paper should be submitted to the effect that the mine is closed from the date it fell due for renewal.

It was decided that the proposal may be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information, as mentioned above, has been submitted.

2.4     Expansion of Slate (School Slate & Slate Stone) mining project of M/s Ashok Somany located at village Manethi, Majra and Padla, District Rewari, Haryana (Consultant: Min Mec Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in October, 2003 and enhancement of production of slate from 15,000 TPA to 1,15,000 TPA. TOR for this project were prescribed on 10.9.2009. Public hearing has been held on 10.10.2011. The mine is reported to be closed since 2003. The mine lease area is 42.36 ha. It has been considered as category ’A’ because of the inter-state boundary with Rajasthan falling within 10 km of the mine lease. No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. No forestland is reported to be involved in the project. Mine working will be opencast manual. Ultimate working depth will be 40 m bgl (252 mRL). Railway line as well as a State Highway passes through the mine lease and the guidelines of DGMS will be followed by leaving appropriate corridors from the railway line as well as the highway as un-worked zone. The water requirement for the project is estimated as 31 kld, which will be obtained from bore well. The proponent have submitted an NOC dated 12th August, 2011 issued by Central Ground Water Authority permitting them to abstract 31 kld (not exceeding 9,300 m3/year) of groundwater from the existing tube well. Groundwater table is reported to vary between 247.5 mRL – 253 mRL. Mine working will intersect groundwater table during post monsoon. The proponent have carried out a hydro-geological study. As per the said report, the stage of groundwater development is reported as 227.29%. The Committee, however, was concerned about the impact of mining on groundwater table due to pumping of water after the mine intersects groundwater table as the hydro-geological report showed over exploitation of groundwater. It was, therefore, felt that this aspect may be looked into and the proponent should get an NOC from groundwater Authority for pumping of groundwater from mine pit. The baseline AAQ data presented showed that the levels are within permissible limit. It was stated by the proponent that the plantation will be raised all along the periphery of the mine lease covering a width of 7.5 m as also along the roads. The Committee, however, observed that it being a already worked mine, no plantation has been carried out by the proponent. The proponent committed that the greenbelt will be completed within two years. It is estimated that 1,95,85,514 tonnes of waste will be generated during the mine life, which will ultimately be backfilled in the exhausted pit. Backfilling will start from 6th year and there will be no external OB dumps at the end of the mine life.

The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting. It was pointed out that the Dy. Commissioner, Rewari was represented by GMDIC, Rewari, which was seen to be not in conformity with EIA Notification. The proponent submitted a copy of the letter no. DC/RWR 436 dated 19.1.2012 from the Dy. Commissioner, Rewari stating that due to pre-occupation GM cum Joint Director, DIC, Rewari was authorized by him for presiding over the meeting. However, the minutes have been seen and approved by him as Dy. Commissioner and District Collector. The Committee observed that in view of the legality of the matter, MoEF may take a view regarding validity of the public hearing. It was also reported by the proponent that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)      The concentration of silica content in the particulate matter in the air environment should be given.

(ii)      The availability of the water for the project as also the impact of pumping of groundwater should be clearly brought out keeping in view the hydro-geological study which showed the over exploitation of the area from the groundwater point of view. An NOC from the Central Ground Water Authority should be obtained for pumping of groundwater due to mining below groundwater level and a copy furnished.

(iii)     A certificate from the State Forest Department should be obtained to the effect that the said mine lease does not involve any forestland (including land covered under section 4 and 5 of PLPA) and that no plantation has been undertaken on this land under externally aided project. It may also be got confirmed whether the said mine lease is covered by the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter of M.C. Mehta Vs Union of India and in the matter of Godavarman Vs. Union of India or any other such matter relating to Aravali and the judgment passed thereunder.  

(iv)     Details of greenbelt along with year-wise plan keeping in view that the greenbelt is to be completed within two years.

(v)      Geological Sections showing the railway track as well as the State Highway passing through the lease area.

(vi)     Analysis of groundwater quality of the existing bore well from where the water is proposed to be drawn.

(vii)    The baseline AAQ data should be supplemented by collecting additional data for one month by adding additional stations beyond 3.0 km so as to give a true picture of the study area.

(viii)   Based on the primary data collected, roosting sites of Peacock and their conservation plan should be given.

(ix)     Details of R&R / compensation paid / to be paid to the project affected people should be given.

(x)      Year-wise production details should be given.

(xi)     Details on occupational health aspects should be given inter-alia data on silicosis, health status of earlier workers etc.

(xii)    Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing should be furnished.

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 15th February, 2012 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in February, 2012.  

 

2.5     Khal Gypsum Mine of M/s FCI Aravali Gypsum & Minerals India Ltd. Located at village Khal, Tehsil Anoopgarh, District Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan (EC) (Consultant: )

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

2.6     Bambora Red Ochre Mines of M/s Suresh Prakash Sharda located at Village Bambora, Chhoti Sadri, District Pratap Garh, Rajasthan (47.425 ha) (Reconsideration Case) (Consultant: )

         The Committee took note of the letter submitted by the proponent seeking deferment for consideration of the proposal as they are in the process of seeking information from other government departments. It was decided that while consideration of proposal may be deferred, it may be kept in abeyance and delisted till a fresh request is received from the proponent for consideration of the proposal. 

2.7     Limestone Mine of M/s Adhunik Cement Ltd., village Thangaskai, District Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya (Consultant: B.S. Envi–Tech Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad)

                   The above mentioned proposal was earlier prescribed TORs vide letter dated 15.2.2010 for a mine lease of 128.52 ha. As per the information submitted at that time, no forestland was involved in the project. It has now been informed by the proponent that the High Level Committee constituted by Govt. of Meghalaya have considered the mine lease area as deemed forest. Accordingly, the proponent have submitted the proposal for diversion of forestland (128.52 ha ML + 19.33 ha outside mine lease). The proponent have already carried out EIA study and have conducted public hearing on 27th September, 2011 based on the TORs already prescribed. The present application was made by the proponent to take on record the change in the status of land involved in the project from non forest to forest. Accordingly, the proposal was placed before the EAC and considered.

                   The EAC took note of the position explained above and decided to include the following additional TORs to be addressed appropriately in the EIA report already prepared. The Committee also desired that the proponent will clearly bring out and highlight the changes made in the EIA report when it is submitted for environment clearance i.e. comparison of the EIA based on which public hearing was conducted and the EIA based on which EC is to be considered. The Committee also observed that prima-facie there may not be any need to conduct the public hearing afresh; however, it reserved its right to ask for a fresh public hearing if it emerges at the time of appraisal that the two reports are significantly different. The additional TORs prescribed were as under:

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

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

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

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

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

6)           Details of the land for OB dump outside the mine lease, such as extent of land area, distance from mine lease, its land use, R&R issues, if any should be given. 

7)           High Resolution Satellite Imagery of the proposed area clearly showing the land use and other ecological features of the study area (core and buffer zone) should be furnished.

8)           A Certificate from the Competent Authority in the State Forest Department should be provided, confirming the involvement of forest land, if any in the project area, or otherwise, based on land use classification (revenue record) as also in terms of the definition of forest as pronounced in the judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the matter of T.N. Godavarman Vs. Union of India. In the event of any claim by the project proponent regarding the status of forests, the site may be inspected by the State Forest Department along with the Regional Office of the Ministry to ascertain the status of forests, based on which, the Certificate in this regard as mentioned above, be issued. In all such cases, it would be desirable for representative of the State Forest Department to assist the Expert Appraisal Committees.

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

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

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

12)        The vegetation in the RF / PF area with necessary details should be given.    

13)        A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population and details furnished. 

 

2.8     Sulaipat Iron Ore Mine of M/s B.C. Dagara, Village Hatisikly, Ukam & Nangalsila and Bhitarmda Hill, District Mayurbhanj, Orissa (Consultant: Envowmin Consultant Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.6 million TPA to 4.65 million TPA (ROM) and setting up of two 150 TPH crushing and screening units. The mine lease area is 430.99 ha. It was observed that the earlier environment clearance for 0.6 million TPA capacity was granted on 16th September, 2011 over an area of 618 ha, wherein it was stated that they have proposed to surrender 187.01 ha of non mineralized area and the revised lease area thereafter would be 430.99 ha. As per the information submitted at that time, the revised mine lease area of 430.99 ha would have 264.58 ha of forestland. However, as per the information now furnished, the forestland involved in the project is 360.9 ha.

In view of the discrepancy in the extent of forestland involved in the project as pointed out above, the Committee desired that the proponent should in the first instance reconcile the forestland involved in the project, get the earlier EC amended and thereafter submit the proposal for TOR for enhancement of production. Further, the proponent should also submit a copy of the lease document executed with the State Govt. over the revised mine lease area of 430.99 ha. The Committee decided to return the proposal in its present form.

 

2.9     Surla Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s Sesa Resources Ltd., village Surla, Taluka Bicholim, District South Goa, Goa (Consultant: Bhagavathi Anna Labs, Hyderabad)

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

The proposal is for setting up of a iron ore beneficiation plant having a capacity of 1.1 million TPA of throughput. It was stated by the proponent that they already have an operating mine with beneficiation plant operating at the site. Due to change in composition of the ore mineralogy in terms of BHQ and BMQ, a need has arisen to change the technology of beneficiation. Accordingly, the proposed beneficiation plant will be based on new technology suitable for the changed composition of the ore. It was also stated by the proponent that as soon as the new plant is ready, the old one will be dismantled. The proponent also made a request to dispense with the requirement of the public hearing on the ground that the proposed unit will in a way replace the existing unit. The Committed after detailed discussion and considering all the relevant facts was of the view that the proposed unit will be a new unit, the earlier unit was not subjected to public hearing as it was not covered under EIA Notification, 1994, the request to dispense with the public hearing cannot be agreed to.

The land requirement for the project is estimated as 15.4 ha within the existing mine lease. No forestland is involved. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary are reported at a distance of 7.5 km and 5.2 km respectively of the plant. Water requirement is estimated as 81 m3/hour, which will be obtained from mine pit water / harvested rainwater. The plant will be based on filter press technology.  

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

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

2)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area, duly superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/topo sheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13)        In view of the location of the proposed plant within 10 km of the wildlife sanctuary, requisite prior clearance from Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife should be obtained and copy furnished. 

14)        The land requirement should be optimized and furnished. 

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

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

17)        Treatment of runoff water/affluent from the fines/waste dump should be described. 

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

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

20)        Detailed material balance should be provided.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

27)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality, water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna should be carried out and included in the EIA report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected and included in the EIA report.  The location of the monitoring stations should be such as to represent whole of the study area and justified keeping in view the pre-dominant down wind direction and location of sensitive receptors. There should be atleast one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the project area.  The baseline data already collected could be utilized provided it meets the monitoring protocol. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

40)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

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

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

43)        Detailed plan for dismantling of the existing unit should be given which should inter-alia address the environmental issues relating thereto.

44)        The mine plan may be got modified and approved to provide for location of the proposed plant within the existing mine lease and the use of mined out area, if any, proposed for disposal of waste / filter cake. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

f)     Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

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

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

2.10   Gaonkar Mines of Lime shells of M/s Sri Prakash P. Gaonkar, village Agnashini, Tehsil Kumta, North Kanara Disrict, Karnataka (Consultant: Bhagavathi Anna Labs, Hyderabad)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due on 8.1.2012 for production of 79,625 tonnes of limeshells from the bed of Agnashini river bed in Kumta Taluk, North Kanara District, Karnataka. As per CRZ Notification, 2011, collection of dead shells by the traditional communities for poultry and animal feed supplements is a permissible activity. The total mine lease area is 632.12 ha. No forestland is involved. No National Park / sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. Mine working will be manual. Life of mine is 111 years. Water requirement is 20 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater. The area is reported to be in CRZ-IV. As per the production figures given during the presentation, it is a violation case as the production from the mine has been enhanced after 2001.

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

1)          Year-wise production details may be furnished, clearly indicating the highest production achieved prior to EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force.

2)          A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

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

4)          All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

5)          Identification of CRZ area with respect to the mine lease should be given. A CRZ map duly authenticated by one of the authorised agencies demarcating LTL, HTL, CRZ area, location of the mine lease w.r.t. CRZ, coastal features such as mangroves, if any, should be furnished. Recommendations of the State Coastal Zone Management Authority on the project should be obtained and a copy furnished. 

6)          Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

12)       A study should also be carried out to decide on the quantum of mineral which can be removed on sustainable basis taking into account the replenishment potential of the area and details furnished.

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

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

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

16)       The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

17)       A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

18)       Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

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

20)       Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

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

22)       Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna, site-specific meteorological data should also be collected. The location of the monitoring stations should be such as to represent whole of the study area and justified keeping in view the pre-dominant downwind direction and location of sensitive receptors. Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report. The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

23)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided. The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation. The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map. The impact of other mines in the impact zone as also the stone crusher and other industries, if any nearby, should also be taken into account. 

24)       The water requirement for the project, its availability and source should be furnished. A detailed water balance should also be drawn up. Fresh water requirement for the project should be indicated. 

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

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

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

28)       Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

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

30)       Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

31)       Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

32)       Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

34)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

35)       Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

36)       Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

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

2.11   Mainpat Bauxite Mine of M/s Bharat Aluminium Co. Ltd., Kudaridih, Kesar & Sanadar Villages, Taluka Mainpat, District Sarguja, Chhattisgarh  (Consultant: Bhagavathi Anna Labs, Hyderabad)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which would fall due for renewal on 8th July, 2012 for production of 0.75 million TPA of bauxite. Earlier EC was granted in October, 2010. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting. The present mine lease area is 639.169 ha. However, it was stated that for the renewal the lease, area would be 353.98 ha, which would include 222.473 ha of forestland. The proponent have applied for diversion of forestland. Life of mine is 7 years. Water requirement is 45 kld, which will be obtained from surface water and or groundwater. Status of the compliance of earlier EC conditions was also presented and discussed during the meeting. 

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

1)           Status of compliance of the earlier EC conditions along with supporting documents and photographs should be submitted. 

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

3)           A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

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

5)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13)        Details of the land for OB dump outside the mine lease such as extent of land area, distance from mine lease, its land use, R&R issues, if any should be given. 

14)        High Resolution Satellite Imagery of the proposed area clearly showing the land use and other ecological features of the study area (core and buffer zone) should be furnished.

15)        A Certificate from the Competent Authority in the State Forest Department should be provided, confirming the involvement of forest land, if any in the project area, or otherwise, based on land use classification (revenue record) as also in terms of the definition of forest as pronounced in the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the matter of T.N. Godavarman Vs. Union of India.  In the event of any claim by the project proponent regarding the status of forests, the site may be inspected by the State Forest Department along with the Regional Office of the Ministry to ascertain the status of forests, based on which the Certificate in this regard as mentioned above be issued. In all such cases, it would be desirable for representative of the State Forest Department to assist the Expert Appraisal Committees.

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

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

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

19)        The vegetation in the RF / PF area with necessary details should be given.    

20)        A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population and details furnished. 

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

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

23)        Impact, if any, of change of land use should be given. 

24)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

25)        One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected The location of the monitoring stations should be such as to represent whole of the study area and justified keeping in view the pre-dominant downwind direction and location of sensitive receptors. There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

26)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

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

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

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

32)        Details of any stream, seasonal or otherwise, passing through lease area and modification / diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

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

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

35)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quantity, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

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

38)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

39)        Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

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

41)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

42)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

43)        Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

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

45)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

46)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

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

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

2.12   Pillidhar Bauxite Mine of M/s Shri Nataraj Ceramic & Chemical Industries Ltd. located at Taluk-Kalyanpur, District Jamnagar (Gujarat) (EC)

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

2.13   Belkundi Iron and Manganese Ore Mine of M/s OMDC Ltd located at District Keonjhar, Odisha (Consultant: Geomin Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fell due on 15th August, 2006 and enhancement of production of iron ore to 1.8 million TPA and manganese ore to 0.3 million TPA. The mine lease area is 1276.79 ha, which include 448.276 ha of forestland. It is a violation case as the production of iron ore from the mine was enhanced during the year 1996-97. TOR for this project were prescribed on 24.3.2009. Public hearing has been held on 25.2.2011. No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. Out of the total mine lease area, 725.604 ha will be utilized for mining and associated activities. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Life of the mine is 16 years for iron ore and 55 years for manganese. It is estimated that 3,06,47,832 m3 of waste will be generated, which will initially be kept in the form of OB dump. Backfilling will start after 6th year. At the end of the mine life an area of 647.614 ha will be covered under plantation. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting. It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)      An undertaking by the project proponent owning the documents and the data / information contained therein should be submitted.

(ii)      A copy of the application submitted for obtaining diversion of forestland should be submitted.

(iii)     It may clearly be stated whether there is any proposal to expand the township as part of this project. If so, details should be provided. It may also be clarified in terms of the applicability of EIA Notification, 2006 for such projects so as to ensure that the same is subjected to EIA before starting work on the project.

(iv)     It may clearly be indicated whether there will be any OB dump at the end of the mine life. In this regard, it may be pointed out that as per the information contained in the presentation document, post operational land use shows an area of 92.058 ha for dumping of OB. While in the Questionnaire for environmental appraisal, it has been stated that there will be no external OB dump at the end of the mine life. In view of the same, the information on waste generation and its management / disposal may be reconciled and details furnished.

(v)      The information on lean season flow in Karo river as given in the project documents needs to be rechecked and reconfirmed along with water availability from the Karo river for the project. 

(vi)     Source of water for the project should be clearly indicated.

(vii)    Scheme of rainwater harvesting should be detailed and furnished.

(viii)   Ambient air quality data as given in the EIA report shows inter mixing of seasons. Baseline AAQ data clearly for one season should be given. Further, it is observed that there is no monitoring station beyond 5.5 km. Data should be collected by extending the network beyond 5 km so as to give a representative picture of the air quality in the study area.

(ix)     The impact assessment of air quality as given in the EIA report shows that SPM levels may increase by 96.3 microgram within one km of the project site. This aspect needs to be rechecked and reconfirmed.

(x)      The coordinates of the site as given in the mine plan and in the EIA report are different and need to be reconciled and information furnished accordingly.

(xi)     Noise levels need to be rechecked and reconfirmed.

(xii)    It may be confirmed whether the mine lease forms part of the Keonjhar Elephant Reserve. A confirmation from the Competent Authority should be obtained and a copy furnished in this regard.

(xiii)   Details of the data on biological environment should be furnished and based on the same important wildlife habitats such as den sites of Jakal, Peacock etc should be identified. The Wildlife Conservation Plan should flow from the baseline data so collected.

(xiv)   Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing along with time frame and financial allocation. 

 

It was decided that the proposal may be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been submitted.

 

2.14   Limestone & Dolomite Mines of M/s The Bisra Stone Lime Company Ltd. in Sundargarh District, Orissa.

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same without the consultant.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in March, 2000 and enhancement of production of limestone to 2.83 million TPA and 2.43 MTPA of dolomite. It is a violation case as the mine has been operating without prior EC, after the lease became due for renewal in the year 2000. Mine is reported to be closed since 11.11.2011. TOR for this project were prescribed on 19.8.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 21.9.2011. The mine lease area is 793.966 ha. No forestland is involved. No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. The earlier environment clearance for 0.96 million TPA capacity of limestone was granted in August, 1994. Mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting. Water requirement is estimated as 160 kld, which will be partly (60 kld) met from mine water and partly (100 kld) from groundwater. The proponent have obtained permission from CGWA vide letter dated 12.10.2011 for drawl of 100 kld of groundwater. As per the post mine land use, plantation will be raised in an area of 38.82 ha. The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limit, however, it was observed that the entire study area has not been covered for AAQ monitoring. The modeling of the impact on air quality was also observed to be unsatisfactory. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)      Compliance of the earlier EC conditions should be provided along with supporting documents.

(ii)      An undertaking by the project proponent owning the documents and the data / information contained therein should be submitted.

(iii)     It was observed that there was no monitoring station beyond 3.8 km. Data should be collected by extending the network beyond 3.8 km so as to give a representative picture of the air quality in the study area.

(iv)     It may be clearly indicated whether the data collection and analysis has been carried out by one of the accredited labs.

(v)      The modeling carried out for assessment of impacts on air environment needs to be rechecked and results furnished.

(vi)     Noise levels needs to be rechecked and reconfirmed.

(vii)    Specific safeguard measures proposed during blasting should be detailed. Based on peak particulate velocity measurements, it may be shown weather the vibrations are within limit or otherwise.

(viii)   Details of the data on biological environment should be furnished and based on the same important wildlife habitats should be identified. The Wildlife Conservation Plan should flow from the baseline data so collected.    

(ix)     Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing along with time frame and financial allocation. 

 

It was decided that the proposal may be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been submitted.

2.15  Sandstone Mining Project of M/s Roop Narain Pandey, near village Atewa, Kalyani & Talbhari, Tehsil & District Karauli, Rajasthan.

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on March 23-25, 2011 wherein the Committee had deferred its recommendations for want of NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden due to location of Kela Devi Wildlife Sanctuary at a distance of 4 km from the mine lease. The proponent have now stated that the lease area comprises of 3 Blocks namely; Plot No. 1, Plot No. 3 and Plot No. 4. The plot no. 1 is at a distance of 4 km from the Kela Devi National Park and the other two plots are at a distance of 12 and 13 km respectively from the National Park. The proponent have now proposed to surrender the plot 1 (18.64 ha). Thus, after leaving this area the balance mine lease area will be 515.70 ha, which will be beyond 10 km of the National Park. The proponent have also submitted a letter dated 21.10.2011 from Mining Engineer, Karauli. The mine plan for the reduced area of 515.70 ha has also been approved by the Mining Engineer, Karauli vide letter dated 19.1.2011. In view of the above, the Committed recommended the project for environmental clearance for the reduced mine lease area of 515.70 ha subject to the following condition:

(i)      A conservation plan shall be prepared for the fauna reported in the study area and shall be implemented effectively with the help of the State Forest and Wildlife Department.       

2.16  Collection of river bed sand from the river Yamuna of M/s Surender Kumar Chikkara & Others, Village Gauripur, District Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh (TOR)

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

2.17  GKW Limestone Mine of M/s Lafarge India Pvt Ltd, Tehsil Nimbahera, District Chittorgarh, Rajasthan (TOR)

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

 

2.18  Rakha Mining Project of M/s Hindustan Copper Ltd, District East Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: Consulting Engineers Group, Jaipur)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due on August, 2011 and enhancement of production of copper ore to 3.0 million TPA (ROM). The mine lease area is 785.091 ha, which include 283.734 ha of forestland. Application for forest diversion has been submitted. Earlier, EC was granted in November, 1992. Mine working will be underground. Subarnrekha River is reported at a distance of 5 km from the mine lease. It was stated by the proponent that the mine working will be going away from the river. Water requirement is estimated as 1500 kld, which will be met from recycled mine water.

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

1)           Status of compliance of the earlier EC conditions along with supporting documents and photographs should be submitted. 

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

3)           A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

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

5)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13)        Issues relating to mine safety based on subsidence study should be detailed.  The proposed safeguard measure in this regard should also be provided.  

14)        It being an underground working and Subarnrekha River is at 5 km, mine safety issues especially mine inundation should be discussed in detail in the EIA report.

15)        High Resolution Satellite Imagery of the proposed area clearly showing the land use and other ecological features of the study area (core and buffer zone) should be furnished.

16)        A Certificate from the Competent Authority in the State Forest Department should be provided, confirming the involvement of forest land, if any in the project area, or otherwise, based on land use classification (revenue record) as also in terms of the definition of forest as pronounced in the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the matter of T.N. Godavarman Vs. Union of India.  In the event of any claim by the project proponent regarding the status of forests, the site may be inspected by the State Forest Department along with the Regional Office of the Ministry to ascertain the status of forests, based on which the Certificate in this regard as mentioned above be issued. In all such cases, it would be desirable for representative of the State Forest Department to assist the Expert Appraisal Committees.

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

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

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

20)        The vegetation in the RF / PF area with necessary details should be given.    

21)        A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population and details furnished. 

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

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

24)        Impact, if any, of change of land use should be given. 

25)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

26)        One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be such as to represent whole of the study area and justified keeping in view the pre-dominant downwind direction and location of sensitive receptors. There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. Trace elements analysis should also be given.  

27)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

30)        Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

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

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

33)        Details of any stream, seasonal or otherwise, passing through lease area and modification / diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

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

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

36)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quantity, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

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

39)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

40)        Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

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

42)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

43)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

44)        Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

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

46)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

47)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

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

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

2.19  Kendadih Mining Project of M/s Hindustan Copper Ltd, District East Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: Senes Consultants India Pvt. Ltd., Noida)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which would fall due in June, 2012 and enhancement of production of copper ore to 0.45 million TPA (ROM). The mine lease area is 1139.6 ha, which include 638.784 ha of forestland. Stage-I forestry clearance has been obtained. Mine working will be underground. It was stated that waste rock will be utilized in underground backfilling.

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

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

2)           A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

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

4)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12)        Issues relating to mine safety based on subsidence study should be detailed.  The proposed safeguard measure in this regard should also be provided.  

13)        High Resolution Satellite Imagery of the proposed area clearly showing the land use and other ecological features of the study area (core and buffer zone) should be furnished.

14)        A Certificate from the Competent Authority in the State Forest Department should be provided, confirming the involvement of forest land, if any in the project area, or otherwise, based on land use classification (revenue record) as also in terms of the definition of forest as pronounced in the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the matter of T.N. Godavarman Vs. Union of India.  In the event of any claim by the project proponent regarding the status of forests, the site may be inspected by the State Forest Department along with the Regional Office of the Ministry to ascertain the status of forests, based on which the Certificate in this regard as mentioned above be issued. In all such cases, it would be desirable for representative of the State Forest Department to assist the Expert Appraisal Committees.

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

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

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

18)        The vegetation in the RF / PF area with necessary details should be given.    

19)        A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population and details furnished. 

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

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

22)        Impact, if any, of change of land use should be given. 

23)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

24)        One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be such as to represent whole of the study area and justified keeping in view the pre-dominant downwind direction and location of sensitive receptors. There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. Trace elements analysis should also be given.  

25)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

28)        Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

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

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

31)        Details of any stream, seasonal or otherwise, passing through lease area and modification / diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

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

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

34)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quantity, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

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

37)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

38)        Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

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

40)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

41)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

42)        Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

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

44)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

45)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

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

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

2.20  Jhillingburu-I Iron & Manganese Mining Project of Gua Ore Mines of M/s Steel Authority of India Ltd, District Singhbhum West, Jharkhand  (Consultant: MECON Ltd., Ranchi)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in May, 2010 for production of 61,362 TPA of manganese ore (ROM). Mine lease area is 210.526 ha, which is a forestland. Application for diversion of forestland has been submitted. The mine is reported to be closed presently. As the mine is located in West Singhbhum District, an identified severely polluted area, comments of Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board were obtained as per the prescribed procedure. From the AAQ data furnished by SPCB, it was observed that the RSPM levels in the area are high, even exceeding the prescribed standards. In view of the same, the Committee deferred prescribing of TORs to this project till appropriate control measures are implemented in the area and their effectiveness shown based on the air quality monitoring results. Till such time, the proposal may be kept in abeyance.

2.21  Jhillingburu-II Iron & Manganese Mining Project of Gua Ore Mines of M/s Steel Authority of India Ltd, District Singhbhum West, Jharkhand  (Consultant: MECON Ltd., Ranchi )

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

         The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in May, 2010 and enhancement of production to 20,820 TPA of manganese ore (ROM). Mine lease area is 30.430 ha, which is a forestland. Application for diversion of forestland has been submitted. The mine is reported to be closed presently. It has been considered in MoEF as SEIAA for Jharkhand is not in place. As the mine is located in West Singhbhum District, an identified severely polluted area, comments of Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board were obtained as per the prescribed procedure. From the AAQ data furnished by SPCB, it was observed that the RSPM levels in the area are high, even exceeding the prescribed standards. In view of the same, the Committee deferred prescribing of TORs to this project till appropriate control measures are implemented in the area and their effectiveness shown based on the air quality monitoring results. Till such time, the proposal may be kept in abeyance.

2.22  Topailore Iron Ore Mining Project of Gua Ore Mines of M/s Steel Authority of India Ltd, District Singhbhum West, Jharkhand (Consultant: MECON Ltd., Ranchi)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in March, 2010 for production of 0.6 million TPA of iron ore (ROM). Mine lease area is 14.16 ha, which is a forestland. Application for diversion of forestland has been submitted. The mine is reported to be closed presently. It has been considered in MoEF as SEIAA for Jharkhand is not in place. As the mine is located in West Singhbhum District, an identified severely polluted area, comments of Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board were obtained as per the prescribed procedure. From the AAQ data furnished by SPCB, it was observed that the RSPM levels in the area are high, even exceeding the prescribed standards. In view of the same, the Committee deferred prescribing of TORs to this project till appropriate control measures are implemented in the area and their effectiveness shown based on the air quality monitoring results. Till such time, the proposal may be kept in abeyance.

2.23  Proposed Limestone Mine of M/s Reliance Cement Co. Pvt. Ltd., Village Sanghavi, Tehsil Sedam, District Gulbarga, Karnataka (TOR) (Consultant: Vimta Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

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

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.4 million TPA of limestone for their captive use in cement plant at a distance of about 3 km. Mine lease area is 271.145 ha. No forestland is involved. Water requirement is 150 kld. A river flows between two mines. Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.

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

1)           Examine the use of surface miners and details furnished.

2)           Combined impacts should be presented. The prediction of impacts should take into consideration the cement plant as well as any other activity within the study area.

3)           A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

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

5)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15)        Impact, if any, of change of land use should be given. 

16)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

17)        One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be such as to represent whole of the study area and justified keeping in view the pre-dominant downwind direction and location of sensitive receptors. There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

18)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map. The combined impact should be worked out.

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

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

21)        Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

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

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

24)        Details of any stream, seasonal or otherwise, passing through lease area and modification / diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

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

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

27)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quantity, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

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

30)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

31)        Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

32)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted

33)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

34)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

35)        Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

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

37)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

38)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

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

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

2.24   Expansion of production of dolomite mine of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd located at village Kadapatti, Taluk Bagalkot, District Bagalkot, Karnataka (EC)

                   The consideration of the proposal was deferred to the next meeting as the project proponent could not circulate the documents to the EAC Members well in time.

2.25   Expansion of production of Karya Magnesite mine of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd located at village Jullahalli, Taluk Nanjangud, District Mysore, Karnataka (EC)

                   The consideration of the proposal was deferred to the next meeting as the project proponent could not circulate the documents to the EAC Members well in time.

2.26  Expansion of production of Muddapura Limestone Mine of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd located at village Muddapura, Taluk Mudhol, District Bagalkot, Karnataka (EC)

                   The consideration of the proposal was deferred to the next meeting as the project proponent could not circulate the documents to the EAC Members well in time.

2.27  Expansion of production of Chromite mine of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd located at village Thagadur, Taluk Channrayapatna, District Hassan, Karnataka (EC)

         The consideration of the proposal was deferred to the next meeting as the project proponent could not circulate the documents to the EAC Members well in time.

2.28  Expansion of production of Limestone Mine of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd located at village Lokapura, Taluk Mudhol, District Bagalkot, Karnataka (EC)

         The consideration of the proposal was deferred to the next meeting as the project proponent could not circulate the documents to the EAC Members well in time.

2.29  Minor Mineral (Sand, Gravel, Boulders) from Yamuna River Block of M/s Doiwala Sahkari Sharam Samvida Samiti Ltd., District Dehradun Uttarakhand (11.5 ha) (Reconsideration Case)

          The proponent informed during the meeting that they were awaiting confirmation from the State Forest Department regarding the location of the project site within the proposed Conservation Reserve. In view of the same, the proponent requested for deferment of their case till the requisite confirmation is received from the Forest Department. Accordingly, the Committee deferred consideration of the project and decided to keep the project in abeyance and close the file till a request for its consideration is received afresh from the proponent.

2.30  Minor Mineral (Sand, Gravel, Boulders) from Tons River Block of M/s Doiwala Sahkari Sharam Samvida Samiti Ltd., District Dehradun Uttarakhand (10.11 ha) (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India Pvt. Ltd., Noida)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on September 21-23, 2011 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further. It was stated by the proponent that the correct coordinates of the mine lease are as under:

Latitude:       300 30’ 41.406” N to 300 31’ 01.09” N

Longitude:    770 49’ 13.248” E to 770 49’ 25.123” E

It was further stated that no National Park / Sanctuary is located within 10 km of the mine lease. Mine working will be opencast, manual and the minor mineral will be collected from the middle of the river bed leaving 25% of bed along banks undisturbed. The depth of mining will be restricted up to 0.75 meter. Ministry of Environment & Forests has granted stage-I forestry clearance vide letter dated 16th May, 2011. Baseline AAQ data for the post monsoon season of 2011 presented during the meeting showed that the levels are within permissible limit. The other issues raised by the Committee were also clarified. The Committee also took note of the report of Central Soil and Water Conservation and Research Training Institute regarding estimation of the annual rate of sedimentation for permissible limit of minor mineral extraction in Yamuna river. As per this report, the area available for extraction is about 4.75 ha. The extraction to be taken up every year will be based on the deposition assessed after every monsoon each year.         

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

(i)      A Wildlife Management Plan shall be prepared and implemented in consultation with the State Wildlife Department.

(ii)      The material transportation shall be only through covered trucks.

(iii)     The recommendations made in the report of the Central Soil and Water Conservation Research & Training Institute shall be implemented in terms of the area and volume of mining. The quantity of mineral to be extracted in any year will be based on the quantity of sedimentation assessment as recommended in the report.

2.31  Panchpatmali Bauxite Mining Project of M/s NALCO, District Koraput, Orissa

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which falls due in November, 2012 for production of 6.825 million TPA of bauxite. The earlier environment clearance for 6.3 million TPA was granted in July, 2004 and for 6.825 million TPA in February, 2009. The mine lease area is 1315.363 ha, which include 1294.283 ha of forestland. Application for forestry clearance has been made. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Status of compliance of earlier EC conditions was also presented. Water requirement is estimated as 0.5 MGD, which will be obtained from Jhoolaguda Reservoir.

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

1)           Status of compliance of the earlier EC conditions along with supporting documents and photographs should be submitted. 

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

3)           Use of surface miners may be examined and details furnished.

4)           A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

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

6)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14)        High Resolution Satellite Imagery of the proposed area clearly showing the land use and other ecological features of the study area (core and buffer zone) should be furnished.

15)        A Certificate from the Competent Authority in the State Forest Department should be provided, confirming the involvement of forest land, if any in the project area, or otherwise, based on land use classification (revenue record) as also in terms of the definition of forest as pronounced in the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the matter of T.N. Godavarman Vs. Union of India.  In the event of any claim by the project proponent regarding the status of forests, the site may be inspected by the State Forest Department along with the Regional Office of the Ministry to ascertain the status of forests, based on which the Certificate in this regard as mentioned above be issued. In all such cases, it would be desirable for representative of the State Forest Department to assist the Expert Appraisal Committees.

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

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

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

19)        The vegetation in the RF / PF area with necessary details should be given.    

20)        A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population and details furnished. 

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

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

23)        Impact, if any, of change of land use should be given. 

24)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

25)        One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be such as to represent whole of the study area and justified keeping in view the pre-dominant downwind direction and location of sensitive receptors. There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  

26)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

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

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

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

32)        Details of any stream, seasonal or otherwise, passing through lease area and modification / diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

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

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

35)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quantity, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

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

38)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

39)        Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

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

41)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

42)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

43)        Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

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

45)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

46)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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

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

2.32  China Clay, Ball Clay & Silica Sand Mine of M/s Dariyav Kanwar, Village Litaria, Tehsil Jaitaran, District Pali, Rajasthan (86.90 ha) 

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of Ball Clay, China Clay and Silica Sand from 95,000 TPA to 2,50,000 TPA. The earlier EC was granted in November, 2004 and June, 2009. It was stated that the location of the said mine with respect to the identified critically polluted area of Pali is more than 80 km. The mine lease area is 86.9 ha. No forestland is involved. Compliance of the earlier EC conditions was also presented. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised. Peak water requirement will be 6 kld, which will be met from groundwater and surface water. Ultimate depth will be 266 mRL. Groundwater table is reported to vary between 260 – 250 mRL. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.

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

1)           Status of compliance of the earlier EC conditions along with supporting documents and photographs should be submitted. 

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

3)           A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

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

5)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16)        Impact, if any, of change of land use should be given. 

17)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

18)        One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be such as to represent whole of the study area and justified keeping in view the pre-dominant downwind direction and location of sensitive receptors.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

19)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

22)        Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

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

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

25)        Details of any stream, seasonal or otherwise, passing through lease area and modification / diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

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

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

28)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided. The quantity, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated. Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given. It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

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

31)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

32)        Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

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

34)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

35)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

36)        Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

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

38)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

39)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

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

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

2.33  Collection of river bed sand from Kanhan river for underground coal mine of M/s Western Coalfields Ltd, District Nagpur, Maharashtra (TOR)

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

2.34  Collection of river bed sand from river Ganga of M/s Parvez Ahamed, village Katri Peparkheda, District Unnao, Uttar Pradesh (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India Pvt. Ltd., Noida)

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

         The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 4,02,633 TPA of Sand from the bed of river Ganga. The mine lease area is 162.35 ha. No forestland is involved. Mine working will be opencast. Maximum depth of mining will be 1.5 meter. Water requirement is 4 kld.

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

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

2)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12)        Detailed description of the vegetation in the RF / PF area should be given.   

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

14)        Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

15)        A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna / amphibians especially fresh water turtles and other nesting sites, if any, in the riverine system shall be carried out.  Avian fauna should also be covered.  The biological value on either bank of the river should also be studied and given. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on primary field survey, clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation and close monitoring should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

16)        Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any, should be brought out. 

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

18)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be such as to represent whole of the study area and justified keeping in view the pre-dominant downwind direction and location of sensitive receptors. Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

19)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

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

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

24)        Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

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

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

27)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be drawn and presented, clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.

28)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

29)        Occupational health impact of the project should be anticipated and preventive measures built in.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

31)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts should be prepared and furnished. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

32)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

33)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

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

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

2.35  Sand/Moram Mining from river Sone of M/s Ved Parkash Yadav, village  Agorikhas, Thesil Rabertesganj, District Sonbhadra, U.P. (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India Pvt. Ltd., Noida)

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

         The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which will fall due on 9th March, 2012 for production of 90,000 TPA of Sand from the bed of river Sone. The mine lease area is 74.99 ha. No forestland is involved. Mine working will be opencast manual. Maximum depth of mining will be 3.0 meter or depth of water table whichever is less. Water requirement is 5 kld. The mine has been operating after its renewal in March, 2009 without requisite prior environment clearance. The mine is reported to be closed presently since 30.6.2011. Although, it is a violation case for operating the mine without prior EC; however, it needs to be looked into in terms of the order of the Hon’ble High Court of Allahabad.

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

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

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

3)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13)        Detailed description of the vegetation in the RF / PF area should be given.   

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

15)        Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

16)        A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna / amphibians especially fresh water turtles and other nesting sites, if any, in the riverine system shall be carried out.  Avian fauna should also be covered.  The biological value on either bank of the river should also be studied and given. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on primary field survey, clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation and close monitoring should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

17)        Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any, should be brought out. 

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

19)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be such as to represent whole of the study area and justified keeping in view the pre-dominant downwind direction and location of sensitive receptors. Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report. The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

20)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

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

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

25)        Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

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

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

28)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be drawn and presented, clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.

29)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

30)        Occupational health impact of the project should be anticipated and preventive measures built in.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

32)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts should be prepared and furnished. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

33)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

34)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

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

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

3.0    Any Other Item with the permission of the Chair:

3.1    Srikurmam Beach Sand Mineral along with Pre-Concentration Plant and Mineral Separation Plant of M/s Trimex Sands Pvt. Ltd., village Vatsavalasa, Mandal Gara, District Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh

The above mentioned proposal was earlier considered by the EAC during its meeting held in September 21-23, 2011, wherein the Committee decided that before considering the proposal for prescribing TORs for the expansion project, a sub-Committee of EAC may undertake a site visit. As the site visit could not be made, the proponent made a request to allow them to start collecting environmental data for the purpose of preparing the EIA /EMP report pending visit of the Sub-Committee.

         The matter was placed before the EAC for their consideration. After deliberating the matter, the Committee agreed that the proponent may be allowed to collect baseline data for preparation of EIA / EMP report for the forthcoming pre-monsoon season at their own risk and cost. This permission for collecting baseline data would not necessarily mean that TORs will be prescribed for the said expansion project. In the eventuality of TORs not been prescribed on merit of the proposal, neither the EAC nor the MoEF will be responsible for any financial loss to the company. In the meantime, the site visit will be expedited.

Next Meeting:

It was decided that the next meeting will be held on February 21-23, 2012. 

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

 

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Annexure

List of Participants

1.            Shri M.S. Nagar                                             -         Chairman

2.            Dr. S. Subramaniyam                                    -         Vice Chairman

3.       Prof. C.K. Varshney                                       -         Member

4.       Shri K.S. Anandan                                         -         Member

5.       Shri T.K. Joshi                                               -         Member

6.       Shri Mihir Moitra                                           -         Member       

7.       Dr. L. Ajay Kumar                                          -         Member

8.       Dr. S.K. Peshin                                              -         Member

9.       Shri Vinay Mahajan                                        -         Member

10.     Dr. B.K. Mishra                                              -         Member

11.     Shri Rajesh Srivastava                                    -         Member

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

13.     Representative of M/s SAIL

14.     Representative of M/s Arbind Kumar Singh

15.     Representative of M/s Ashok Somany

16.     Representative of M/s Adhunik Cement Ltd.

17.     Representative of M/s B.C. Dagara

18.     Representative of M/s Sesa Rsources Ltd.

19.     Representative of M/s Shri Prakash P. Gaonkar

20.     Representative of M/s Bharat Aluminium Co. Ltd.

21.     Representative of M/s Orissa Mineral Development Co. Ltd.

22.     Representative of M/s The Bisra Stone Lime Company Ltd.

 

23.     Representative of M/s Roop Narian Pandey

24.     Representative of M/s Hindustan Copper Ltd.

25.     Representative of M/s Reliance Cement Co. Pvt. Ltd.

26.     Representative of M/s Doiwala Sahkari Sharam Samvida Samiti Ltd.

27.     Representative of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd.

28.     Representative of M/s NALCO

29.     Representative of M/s Dariyav Kanwar

30.     Representative of M/s Shri Parvez Ahmad

31.     Representative of M/s Ved Prakash Yadav

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