Minutes

 

The Minutes of the 97th Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Building / Construction Projects / Township and Area Development Projects, Coastal Regulation Zone, Infrastructure Development and Miscellaneous projects held on 14th -15th February, 2011 in Tansen Hall, Scope Complex, New Delhi.

 

1.           Opening Remarks of the Chairman.

         

The Chairman welcomed the members to the 97th meeting of the EAC.  Member Secretary informed that Hill Station project of Lavasa Corporation Limited (LCL) is also to be considered in the meeting.  He further informed that some members of the Expert Committee have also visited the area in the first week of January, 2011 and Ministry has issued the final directions based on the hearing and the site visit report.  Ministry has also invited Senior Officers from State Government of Maharashtra and two members from SEAC to assist the Committee in the appraisal of the project.  The matter is also pending in the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay where LCL has requested to keep the matter in abeyance for 45 days and the matter will be taken up on 10th March, 2011.  He further informed about the action taken on the decisions of the 95th meeting held on 18th – 20th January, 2011 and 96th meeting held on 25th January, 2011 in New Delhi.

 

2.           Confirmation of the Minutes of the 95th meeting held on 18th – 20th January, 2011 and 96th meeting held on 25th January, 2011 at New Delhi.

 

          Minutes of the 95th meeting held on 18th – 20th January, 2011 and 96th meeting held on 25th January, 2011 at New Delhi were confirmed with the following amendment in 95th meeting minutes.

 

          In item No.4.33 of the minutes of the EAC, “Finalization of ToR for proposed Common Hazardous waste Incinerator facility at 342 B, 2nd phase, Harohalli Industrial area, Kanakpura Taluk, Ramanagara District, Karnataka by M/s E. Nano Incintech [F.No.10-88/2010-IA-III, TOR point No.(xvii) may be deleted.

 

3.          Reconsideration of Old Projects

 

3.1           Amendment to the CRZ clearance issued for storage of for edible oil storage tanks at Karwar port, Karnataka by M/s Ruchi Infrastructure Ltd. [F.No. J/16011/55/2001 IA-III]

 

As presented by the proponent, the proposal is for storage of Molasses in Karwar Port. Ministry has issued CRZ clearance to M/s Ruchi Infrastructure Ltd. for edible oil storage tanks at Karwar port vide letter No. J/16011/55/2001 IA-III dated 16.04.2003. The facility has storage tanks of capacity 3533 KL, 4126 KL and two tankers of 5352 KL at site no. 1380 of Aligudda, Baithkol, Karwar. The proponent now proposes to use the facility for storage of molasses also including edible oil and has requested for amendment to the Clearance.

 

            The Karnataka Coastal Zone Management Authority has recommended the project.

 

Earlier the proposal was placed before the 89th Meeting of the EAC held on 21st – 23rd July, 2010 and Committee deferred the project as the Proponent did not attend the meeting.  The project proponent attended the meeting and confirmed that due to the late communication, the documents could not be circulated to the members of the EAC and requested for next meeting.

 

The Committee decided to defer the project for the next meeting since the project proponent did not circulate the documents.

 

3.2           Amendment to the CRZ clearance issued for intake and disposal pipeline for proposed 1050 MW gas based combined cycle power project near village Pipava, District Amereli, Gujarat by M/s GSPC Pipavav Power Company Limited. [F.No.11-34/2008 –IA-III]

                  

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal was for the construction of channel (650 m x 10 m) for intake of sea water for proposed 1050 MW gas based combined cycle power project near village Pipavav, District Amereli. CRZ Clearance for intake and disposal pipeline was issued on 01.04.2009 and an amendment was issued on 20th August, 2009 for change of intake and outfall location. Since the bed rock is present in the region, the laying of intake pipeline was found to be not possible, and the project proponent proposed the open channel. The proposed changes included i) Replacement of 850 m offshore intake pipeline with 650 intake open channel, ii) Replacement of 1850 m offshore outfall pipeline with 1050 km outfall pipeline. The Seawater Intake Point was proposed at Latitude 20053.48’ N and Longitude 71029’04” E, and proposed effluent outfall point is at Latitude 20053’18” N and Longitude 71028’48” E.

 

          The Gujarat Coastal Zone Management Authority has recommended the proposal. The proposal was earlier placed before the 89th Meeting of the EAC held on 21st – 23rd July, 2010 and Committee deferred the project due to open channel concept and asked them to revise the proposal for closed pipeline as per the clearance issued earlier in view of the consequential impacts.

 

          The proponent modified revised the proposal and as per the revised details, there is no change in the intake head and burial of 4 m depth. The diffuser point will be moved towards shore line to 14m contour along same alignment and 2m burial depth from intake head instead of 4 m depth burial and diffuser at 14 m instead of 18 m below CD.

 

          The Gujarat Coastal Zone Management Authority has recommended the proposal vide ENV-10-2007-2090-E dated 09.02.2011.

 

          The committee examined the details submitted by the proponent regarding the optimum depth of burial of the outfall pipeline and noted that the depth of burial is based on several factors which among others include buoyancy effect, geotechnical properties of the subsoil, natural forces such as waves, current, vortex formation, scouring etc, ship movements and laying of anchors, fishing vessel operations etc.  The burial depth is not necessarily a factor associated with the dispersion characteristics of the effluent.  The Committee reviewed the practical difficulties put forth by the proponent vis- a- vis the request for adopting 2m depth from the intake tower to diffuser location at -18m depth as originally approved by the Committee. 

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 The outfall pipeline shall be buried at 4 m depth as far as possible but not less than a length of 500 m from intake Head and for the rest of about 475 m length the burial depth shall not be less than 2 m.  The request for a uniform burial depth of 2m from the intake tower to the diffuser location and advancing it towards shore to -14m depth is rejected.  The responsibility for assessing the burial depth of the outfall pipe vis a vis the design parameters mentioned above shall solely rest with the proponent keeping in view the above minimum requirements.  The proponent shall submit a revised plan showing the coordinates of the location to the Ministry.

 

(ii)              There shall be no change in the outfall location.

 

 The Committee recommends the issue of amendment to the Clearance dated 01.04.2009 with the above conditions.

 

3.3           Amendment to CRZ clearance for renovation of existing pipeline for marine disposal of treated effluent from MPCL Unit-I & Unit-II to Sea by M/s. Manali Petro Chemical Ltd. [F. No. 11-20/2009-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for renovation of existing pipeline for marine disposal of treated effluent from MPCL Unit-I & Unit-II to Sea. M/s Manali Petrochemical Ltd have installed and operating two grass root Plants (Propylene Oxide, Propylene Glycol and Polyol Plants) at two locations at Manali near Chennai since 1990.  The approval of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board in 1989 and has been obtained for the disposal of treated effluent from both the grass root units into the Bay of Bengal since 1990

 

          The proposal was earlier examined by the Committee in its meeting held on 23rd -24th April, 2009 and recommended for the clearance. Accordingly, clearance was issued on 03.07.2009.  It was informed that there is a small typographical error in the quantum disposal, which is 8 MLD instead of 8 KLD.  All other conditions of earlier approval remain unchanged. The Committee recommended the correction, provided that necessary corrected documents and Consent of the Pollution Control Board for 8 MLD are submitted to the Ministry.

 

The Committee recommends the issue of amendment to the Clearance dated 03.07.2009 after submission of the above to the Ministry.

 

3.4           CRZ Clearance for the construction of Elevated Road from Chennai Port to Madhuravoyal, Tamil Nadu by M/s. Chennai Port Trust [F.No. 11-23/2009-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for the construction of port link road from Chennai Port to Koyambedu along the banks of river Cooum and at the centre of the existing road from Koyambedu to Maduravoyal on Chennai bypass.  Project was included under NHDP VII and NHAI will be the implementing agency for the development, maintenance and management of Port connectivity. The total length of the link road is 19 Km. (Elevated Length 17.5 Km and at Grade Length 1.5 Km). The road starts at Chennai Port Gate No. 10 and ends at Km 13+535 of NH4 before Maduravoyal interchange.

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the EAC in its 76th meeting held on 21st – 22nd May, 2009 and as part of the proposed road was falling between HTL and LTL, which was against the recommendations of SCZMA, were asked to revise the project based on the recommendations of Tamil Nadu State Coastal Management Authority. In addition it was further suggested that State PWD may also be associated for incorporating features such as raising the height of the bund and desilting the river Cooum.

 

The proposal was again put up for appraisal in the 83rd meeting of EAC held on 21st – 23rd December, 2009 and the Committee asked the project proponent to clarify the basis for their contention that the project road is simply the link between the port and the National Highway or an Expressway. Furthermore, the project proponent should get the clear recommendations from Tamil Nadu State Coastal Zone Management Authority (TNSCZMA) that the proposed link road will be permissible under CRZ Notification.  Earlier TNSCZMA had directed not to have the alignment of the road between HTL & LTL with the change in the alignment, the recommendation, if any will require to be examined in case any exemption from the CRZ rules would be entailed.

 

The project proponent submitted the details stating that the proposed road is not a National Highway/State Highway or Expressway; it is a link road connecting the Chennai Port with NH – 4.  The project corridor starts at Gate No: 10 of Chennai Port and ends before Maduravoyal Interchange at km 13+216 of NH 4.  Entire alignment is envisaged as an elevated road.  The total length of the corridor is 17.543 km.  The project road is divided into two sections: Section I: Chennai Port to Koyambedu – Ch: 0+000 to Ch: 14+227, along banks of river Cooum.  Total length 14.227 km including the ramps at Koyambedu.  Section II: Koyambedu to Maduravoyal – Widening of NH4 from km 9/460 to 9/900 and elevated road along NH 4 from km 14+227 to km 17+543 (km 9+900 to km 13+216 of NH4) – Total length 3.316 km.

 

     In section I, the alignment is designed on piers with minimum clearance of 5.5m from the bank level.  A total of 11 road bridges and two railway bridges are present across the Cooum River (one every 1.2 km), which carry the city traffic.  These bridges are at a height of 3 to 5m from the river bank.  Clearance of 5.5m for road and 6.525m for railways are provided for enabling the traffic flow on these bridges.  Four entry/exits ramps are proposed at Entry Ramp from Sivananda Salai; Exit Ramp to Kamarajar Salai; Entry Ramp from College Road; Exit Ramp to Spur Tank Road. The horizontal and vertical geometry of the project road complies with 65 - 80 kmph. The Project road pass through mainly on Government land except at ramps, for which land is proposed to be acquired. Total land required for the project is 31.5 ha, out of 30.44 ha is owned by various government departments and balance 1.07 ha is the private land which is to be acquired. The total affected structures are 4336 no. out 3635 are in slum area and balance 701 is in non-slum areas. The total cost for Resettlement and Rehabilitation is approximately Rs. 3309.4 million. The budget for environmental management works during construction phase works out to be Rs. 1.1 million and that for operation phases come out to Rs. 0.47 million. Cost for utility shifting works out to Rs. 3.16 million. The total Cost of construction for the project road is Rs. 9737.764 million.  The tranquility in the river Cooum is only up to 9.0 km.

 

TNSCZMA has recommended the proposal for the issue of CRZ clearance.

 

The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 88th meeting held on 28th -29th June, 2010. The Committee recommended the project. However, several complaints have been received against the project stating that i) Government of Tamil Nadu is implementing the ‘Eco-restoration’ of river Cooum adopting the ‘Singapore Model’ and there is clear contradiction and conflict between the two projects, ii) Classification of the proposed road as per the Indian Road Congress (IRC), iii) 35 Pillars are proposed in the riverbed, which will obstruct the flow, iv) The project contradicts the eco-restoration on river Cooum and v) 15000 families are affected/displaced.

 

The proponent submitted the clarifications that: (i) As per IRC, 1986, the road can be classified as an ‘arterial’ road with reduced land requirement. (ii) Government of Tamil Nadu vide G.O. No.63 dated 07.03.2008 appointed TNSCB as Nodal Agency to carry out R& R of PAFs. Detailed census survey carried out by Slum Clearance Board found that 7400 families have to be rehabilitated at an estimated cost of Rs. 400 Crores. A High level Committee under the Chairmanship Chief Secretary to Government of Tamil Nadu was constituted vide G.o. No. 216 dated 16.09.2008 to review and monitor the progress of LA, R&R of the project. (iii) 35 pillars are scattered and all 35 pillars occupy only 2.05 % Cooum water spread. As per the letter No 30276/K1/2010-4 dated 09.02.2011 of Secretary, PWD, Government of Tamil Nadu, these pillars will not affect the free flow of water. and (iv) The Conceptual Master Plan for the restoration of Cooum River is under preparation for which a MoU has been signed between Chennai River Restoration Trust of GoTN & Singapore Co-operation Enterprises of Singapore Government. The project road has been  taken into consideration  during Phase-II of restoration of Cooum River and the project is an added advantage for the effective implementation of Singapore model Cooum River Restoration.

 

          The details submitted were examined by the Committee.  It was also noted that the proposed road is permissible as per 8, I (g) under the CRZ Notification, 2011.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   An action plan for monitoring the events shall be submitted to the Ministry prior to the commencement of work to ensure compliance of all the clarifications in letter and spirit.

 

ii)                 Current status of families (as of 2010) that need to be rehabilitated and the action programme to achieve the goal shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

iii)              A plan showing the Singapore model of Cooum river improvement and the location of the pillars and its potential to complement the Cooum improvement programme as stated during the committee shall be submitted to the Ministry prior to the commencement of work.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ Clearance with the above conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

3.5           CRZ clearance for the construction of coal conveyor from
Coal Jetty and outfall pipeline of cooling water intake and outfall at Vanagiri Village, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu by M/s PEL Power Ltd., Hyderabad  [F. No. 11-9/2010-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for the development of 1000 MW coal based thermal power plant (TPP) at Marudampallam village in Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu. The original configuration of the plant is 2x500 MW (subsequently changed to 3x350 MW while obtaining the EC) based on conventional pulverized coal combustion (PCC) sub critical technology. Three units will have common stack. Imported coal will be used for power generation.  The sea shore is about 1 Km distance from the eastern boundary of the project site and there are no mangroves in this area.

 

The coal from Indonesia shall be transported by sea route up to the captive coal jetty near the project site. The imported coal from the ships will be unloaded into the hoppers, which would be positioned over the belt conveyers to convey the coal to the proposed site. The coal handling system will have design capacity of 1200 ton/h with two conveyers (one operating and the other stand-by). The water requirement at the project site for heat cycle make-up, chilling plant make-up, sweet water etc. would be met from desalination and demineralization of sea water. 

 

The project was discussed in the EAC in its meeting held on 21st – 23rd July, 2010 and the Committee sought additional information. The details were discussed in the 30th Nov, 1st – 2nd December, 2010 meeting. The Committee deferred the project and suggested to submit a comprehensive EIA taking into account the remaining season (3rd season).  The proponent submitted a comprehensive EIA report covering all three seasons (Fair weather- April, 2009, SW Monsoon-September, 2010 and NE Monsoon- December, 2010). The water quality does not significantly differ with seasons. The outfall location suggested is more ideal for adequate mixing. The details submitted were examined by the Committee.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   There shall be continuous monitoring of shoreline changes.

 

ii)                 Periodic monitoring of coastal water shall be carried out at outfall location.

 

iii)              There shall be no disturbance for the sand dunes if any.

 

iv)                Coal handling shall be through closed conveyor and dust suppressive measures shall be provided at coal handling areas.

 

v)                  The conveyor belt pillars shall be suitably spaced to enable access to fishing vessels, public use(on landward side) etc.

 

vi)                To submit a new map to the MOEF showing HTL/LTL, 100m, 200m line, 500m boundary line with their coordinates marked at discrete intervals (25m/50m as appropriate) for future verification at site.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                    Clearance with the above conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

3.6           CRZ Clearance for proposed intake and outfall for Coal based (2x150 MW) Power plant at Village Bhadreshwar, Taluka Mundra, District Kutch, Gujarat by M/s OPG Power Gujarat Pvt. Ltd. [F. No.11-7/2010-IA.III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves construction of intake point and discharge line to the coal based Power plant village Bhadreshwar, Taluka Mundra, District Kutch, Gujarat. It is proposed to use seawater for cooling and discharge the warm water into the adjoining Gulf of Kuch. The proposed marine facilities will consist of  (i) intake of seawater from the Gulf by a dredged channel, (ii) construction of intake ponds with pump houses and (iii) marine outfall for the discharge of warm water by five numbers of offshore pipelines with diffuser ports.  The total volume of seawater intake will be 4500 m3/hour during Phase I, additional 10000 m3/hour during Phase II and another 10000 m3/hour during Phase III. The channel of required cross section has to be dredged to meet the design flow. The intake ponds with a pump house will be constructed close to High tide line.

 

The volume of return water will be 3500 m3/hour during Phase I, another 8000 m3/hour during Phase II and another 8000 m3/hour during Phase III. The outfall will be located at 1250 m distance for Phase I discharge, 1400 m discharge for Phase II discharge and 1550 m distance for Phase III discharge. The warm water will be carried back into the sea by pipelines of size 1 × 900 mm dia. for Phase I, additional 2 × 900 mm dia. for Phase II and another 2 x 900 mm dia. for Phase III. The pipelines will be buried below the seafloor and it will have multiple port diffuser arrangement of each line consisting  15 nos. x  200 mm dia. for Phase I, 18 nos. x 200 mm dia. ports for  each Phase II and Phase III. The return water temperature will not exceed 3°C higher than the ambient water while salinity will be 1 ppt higher. The chlorine dosage of 3 ppm will be given to the seawater drawn and the return water discharged into the sea will have a concentration around 0.5 ppm.

 

     The project was earlier examined by the EAC in its meeting held on 21st- 23rd July, 2010 and Committee deferred the project as the proposal was for the construction of an open channel for intake within the CRZ area.  Further, there were presence of sand dunes and mangroves in certain areas and the construction is proposed which will destroy the sand dunes which is not permissible. The committee suggested that for intake water, the pipeline should be considered instead of an open channel and fresh recommendations from Gujarat State Coastal Zone Management Authority should be obtained for the revised proposal.

 

     The revised details were examined by the Committee.  Member Secretary also informed that there were some complaints and a site visit was conducted by Director (SV).  The issues are separately examined by the Ministry.

 

As per the details, the proponent has revised the proposal and obtained the recommendations of Gujarat State Coastal Zone Management Authority. The NIO has demarcated the HTL/LTL. The Land Fall Point location is at latitude, 22 52’01”N and Longitude 69 53’39”E. The outfall pipeline is 1 no. of 1100 mm dia located at 1317 m from LTL and the diffuser is located at a depth of -5.1 m. Intake pipeline is 1200 mm dia and  the intake head is at 1810 m from LTL at depth of -7.0m

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   The burial depth of pipeline shall not be less than 2 m or as appropriate in consonance with the site conditions and other factors for determining the depth of burial.

 

ii)                 Periodic monitoring of coastal water shall be carried out at outfall location.

 

iii)             There shall be no disturbance for the sand dunes.

 

iv)                The pump house shall be located well beyond 200 m line from HTL as shown in the plan submitted by the client.

 

v)                  A revised map showing the coordinates of HTL, 200m line, 500m boundary at discrete intervals 25m/50m etc as appropriate shall be submitted to the Ministry prior to commencement of the work,  in place of mere lines shown in the map prepared by NIO (or any authorized agency) so as to enable verification of installations and compliance thereof on the ground later when the work is in progress.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                    Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.          Consideration of New Projects

 

4.1           Environmental Clearance for the Development of Hill Station Township at Village Mulshi and Velhe Talukas, District Pune, Maharashtra by M/s. Lavasa Corporation Ltd [F.No. 21-9/2011-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the Lavasa Corporation Ltd (LCL) has been permitted by the Govt. Of Maharashtra (GoM) to develop a hill station on the lands from 18 villages from Mulshi and Velhe Taluka of Pune District under the provisions of the Special Regulation for Development of Tourist Resorts/Holiday homes/Town ship in Hill Station Type Areas, 1996. The site is situated on the hill slopes of Sahyadri surrounding the back-waters of Warasgaon dam. The altitude of the site is 639.5 m to about 1050 m from the mean sea level. It is about 60 km from Pune city on its south-west.

 

2.       The area notified as a hill station has 7700 ha of land, of this, LCL has been permitted by the GoM to privately purchase 6671 ha of land. The LCL has so far purchased 3830 ha of land and is in the process of purchasing the balance land. The LCL’s consultants, HOK International Planning Group has prepared a Master Plan for about 5000 ha area. However in the 1st Phase, the development is to be concentrated on 2000 ha comprising mainly three villages - Dasve, Bhoini and Mugaon.

 

3.          Lavasa hill station will have different tourism facilities, such as convention centre, country club, space theme park, amusement park, water sports, camping grounds, nature trails, adventure sports etc. The tourism support facilities such as hotels, lodges, service apartment will also be provided. To achieve diversified economic base, it will have commercial and institutional establishments, corporate training centre, retail shopping and service units. It will also have residential accommodation in the form of villas, apartments, studio-apartments, workforce housing and housing for local villagers. The proposed population of the 1st phase development of 2000 ha is estimated to be 1.12 lakh by 2021. When fully developed over 5000 ha or more, Lavasa hill station will have about 2.2 lakh population.  LCL has also obtained permission from the Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corp. (MKVDC) and the Irrigation Department of Maharashtra to construct 10 small Bandharas (check-dams) to store 1031 mcft (29 MCM) of water. Total water requirement for domestic and related use will be about 25 mld.  LCL has tied up with the Tata Power Co. to obtain about 50 MW of power and also has arrangement with the MSEDCL for supplementary power.

 

4.       The 1st Phase (2000 ha) of the project is scheduled to be completed by 2014-15. Some early development on 632 ha in Dasve village consisting of infrastructure and buildings has already been carried out over a period from March 2004 and 25th Nov 2010. The total estimated cost of infrastructure and common buildings planned in the 1st Phase is estimated to cost about 2824 crores. This cost does not include the cost of residential and non-residential buildings to be financed by the SPVs and customers.

 

5.          Senior Officers from the State Government of Maharashtra along with members of SEAC, Maharashtra also attended the meeting to assist the Committee in the appraisal process. 

 

6.          During the presentation, it was informed that:-

 

(i)       No Objection Certificate was granted to the Lake City Corporation by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board for an area of 6181.3743 ha vide letter No.BO/TB/RO(HQ)/PUNE/ 63/444 dated 30th May, 2002.

 

(ii)      An environmental clearance was issued by Department of Environment, Government of Maharashtra vide letter No.ENV/CLE/ 765/CR.105/TC1 dated 18th March, 2004 for an area of 2000 ha.

 

(iii)     Consent to operate was issued for an area of 6181.3743 ha by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board on 5th January, 2005 which is valid upto 30th April, 2014. 

 

(iv)     First layout plan of the area measuring 585.0 ha in village Dasave, Padalghar and Bhoini of Mulshi Taluka was approved on 31st August, 2006 by Collector, Pune vide order No.PRA/NA/SR/69/2006.

 

(v)     Urban Development Department, Government of Maharashtra made an amendment in the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966 vide dated 7th June, 2007 regarding Special Development Control Regulations for development of Tourist Resort/ Holiday Homes/ Townships.  The amendments were:-

 

(a)      The Development contemplated as far as possible shall not involve the cutting of the mountains, however the construction on slopes having gradient between 1:3 to 1:5 shall be allowed preferably by using the stilts.

 

(b)      Out of the total permissible residential Floor Space Index (FSI) of 0.30, 25% residential Floor Space Index may be allowed to be utilised for ground + two storied structures.  Remaining FSI shall be allowed to be utilised for ground Floor or ground + one storey structure. (Note: In the layout of Residential area maximum 25% plots may be allowed for Ground + two storied structures, provided that area under such plots shall not exceed 25% of total residential area)

 

(vi)     The Collector, Pune has granted building permission on the plot measuring 10,000 sq. m of the above sanctioned layout constituting S.No.8/1 of Padalghar for construction of Lodge & Hotel for built up area of 1725.42 sq. m vide Order No.PRA/NA/SR/300/2006 dated 30th August, 2007. 

 

(vii)     The Collector, Pune granted permission to the revised layout plan for an area of 613.94 ha. vide order No.PRA/NA/SR/ 262/2007 dated 7th June, 2008 and also granted building permission for Residential buildings having built up area 1,16,248.68 sq. m (cottages -42 nos., P3 DN -65 nos., P5 DH – 28 nos., P5 UH -6 nos., Villa 12 UH -24 nos., Villa 13 UH -46 nos., Villa 6 UH -135 nos., Villa 8 DH -35 nos., Villa 9 DN -90 nos., total 471 number of buildings.) The above sanction was only for ground + one storey buildings.

 

(viii)     LCL was declared as Special Planning Authority for the area under their jurisdiction under the Section 40(1)(B) of MR & TP Act, 1966 vide Government Notification dated 12th June, 2008 with certain conditions.  The total area of 3656.28 ha was notified for LCL as Special Planning Authority.

 

7.       The Committee noted that:

 

(i)     The proposal submitted by LCL for Environmental Clearance is for an area of 2000 ha, out of which development and construction activities are concentrated in Dasave village over an area of approx. 700 ha only.

 

(ii)     LCL has submitted a proposal to SEIAA, Maharashtra for Environmental Clearance on 5th August, 2009 for an area of 5000 ha which also includes the above 2000 ha. The proposal is pending at SEAC level, Maharashtra.

 

(iii)     Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation (MKVDC) has leased 141.15 ha area on 30 years of lease on 22.09.2002. The land was given for construction of Bandharas to store the water, navigation rights and infrastructure for water sports around the lake.  Further, the development of Town Centre which includes convention centre, club house, hotels, retail shopping and some of the residential apartments are on 12.36 ha of the area leased by MKVDC.

 

(iv)     First Environment Impact Assessment report was prepared by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur in 2003 and second EIA report is prepared in 2009.

 

8.          During discussions the following points emerged:-

 

(i)                 A number of Bhandharas (Check dams) are being constructed by LCL in the catchment area for storing water for the project. Normally the check dams are constructed for temporary holding of water mainly for conservation and recharging of ground water. The construction of Bhandharas will affect the flow of water in the natural drainage which will reduce the flow in the main reservoir. This may create water scarcity especially during weak monsoon years. 

 

(ii)              Construction of ‘Bhandharas’ may create additional land submergence in which case the associated effects on the natural movement of aquatic flora & fauna.

 

(iii)            All the artificial lakes created by bandharas will receive cumulative organic loading and sediments through runoff over their life time which will be accumulated unlike the main Warasgaon lake. The quality of the soil carried with the runoff in the water bodies and the river bed/sediments have not been studied. Examine and submit the impacts and mitigation plan.

 

(iv)             The scale and intensity of built up area actvities completed and proposed by LCL (for example – G+5/6 instead of G+1 as applicable for hill station development in original) have been changed later as an exception for Lavasa. The reasons for the same are not mentioned. Such developments by LCL seem to be based on market considerations and no assessment of its resultant impact on the environment and surrounding is undertaken. Currently completed/ under construction works clearly establish need to re-examine special permission given to LCL taking into account the ecological fragility and required constraints in development of hill station.

 

(v)                Since there is no alternative water sources for the proposed hill stations other than that from the Warasgaon dam, what would be the (maximum) carrying capacity of the project in case of monsoon failure for three successive years as observed from the historical rainfall record.

 

(vi)             The water utilisation i.e. conserved through Bhandaras by obstructing the flow channel to Warasgaon reservoir must be a minimum and it should be restricted only for drinking and cooking usages. Examine and submit proposals.

 

(vii)           In hilly slopes, the top cover on buried pipe lines vary widely. If the trench filling is not proper at some places, the pipe may experience abnormal external loads. Drops and steep slopes in the lines are also common in hilly areas. Unless metal pipes (preferably DI pipe) are used, the lines may generate leaks and some time cracks which are difficult to detect over a long time. This also has potential danger for the lake water pollution. The details of pipe material used for gravity and pressure lines and safety measures may be provided.

 

(viii)        The presentation documents/ EIA report submitted by LCL only indicate broad water/ wastewater distribution. Considering the constrains regarding the availability of water, it is necessary to understand the water balance of the project during dry/ normal/ rainy seasons. Submit water balance chart along with conservation and efficiency plans including details of recycle/ reuse of water. LCL has also proposed superior norms of water supply to the Lavasa city. Revise the requirement of water based on global best practice including water savings.

 

(ix)            The constructions, both roads and buildings, at higher elevations at certain places are on slopes steeper than those at the city centre and close to 1:3. Cutting of the hill for such constructions has created much steeper slopes at some places. Efforts have been made to improve the slope stability using wire mesh, PCC walls, geo mats as well as hydroseeding and plantation. Considering the substantial depth of the top soil being mostly devoid of large rocks and deep rooted trees, there could always be some danger of land slides under sever rainfall or cloud burst. Any such occurrence may result in total destruction of the buildings itself and will have potentially grave threat to the buildings down slope. Submit details of design norm for the buildings in such hilly slope with loose top soil as well as slope stability analysis.

 

(x)               Submit details of the mitigation measures to be adopted for the urban runoff containing the non-point sources of pollution through pathogenic organisms from untreated sewage, pesticide & herbicide residues, land fill leachate, litter, oil spills etc. to the nearby water body.

 

(xi)            Without putting any constraints the treated effluent should be utilised for the whole city to the secondary purposes with the help of new dual pumping system. Examine and submit detailed plan for recycle and reuse of treatment wastewater including decentralized wastewater treatment and reuse to maximize the utilization of treated wastewater to meet its entire non-potable water requirement in tune with globe best practices.  

 

(xii)          Examine the possibility to adopt ‘Waste to Energy’ concept in Municipal Solid Waste Management, selecting appropriate sewage treatment technology which generates methane.

 

(xiii)       Examine and submit detailed energy conservation plan along with use of renewable energy for the project in tune with global best practices aimed at reducing the overall footprint of the proposed project.

 

(xiv)         The issues related to hazardous material transportation by road in the study area (including transportation of bio-medical wastes) will be taken care of, as per the different provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act(1988) (including CMVR, 1989) have not been examined.

 

(xv)           ICST3 and Caline-4 models have been used for predicting the impacts due to operation of DG sets and vehicular activities. Various input data (along with output results) used in these models and their sources/reference may be provided for . Reason for not using ARAI or CPCB emission factors for different categories of vehicles in CALINE -4 modelling may be explained. It is not clear whether, On-site meteorlogical data was collected and the same was used in the modeling. Re-examine and submit details.

 

(xvi)         Submit reasons for not carrying out ambient air quality and reporting the same in EIA report, as per the Nov. 16th, 2009. Re-examine the details.

 

(xvii)      Planning and costing of EMP seems to be arbitrary. Construction and operational components for all five environmental items need not be at 10:1 ratio. Estimates for various activities in each item may be prepared with the rate analysis for realistic EMP.

 

(xviii)    LCL has prepared two EIA reports and a post project environmental monitoring report.  These reports contains monitoring data of summer 2003 and the publication year shown on its cover is 2004, the report on Post-Project environmental monitoring at Lavasa containing monitoring data of summer 2007 with publication shown as March 2008 circulated during the site visit in January 2011.  The third report containing monitoring data of summer 2009 and the publication date mentioned on its front cover as February 2011 circulated before the EAC meeting.

 

(xix)        There has not been any reference made by the LCL of the above 2011 report at the time of the visit of the Expert Committee to the project site on January 5 to 7, 2011. The conducting of the monitoring in 2009 and the non- presentation of the data at the time of the site visit of the committee in January 2011 is not understandable. Instead the presentation that was made before the committee at the time of its visit to Lavasa was based entirely on the 2008 report. It may be further mentioned here that the report of 2011 does not make any mention of the reports of 2004 and 2008.

 

(xx)          The 2011 report is claimed to have been prepared for the entire project area of 5000 hectares with the present development proposed to be limited to 2000 hectares. The scope of the studies and the monitoring covered in all the three reports is limited to areas within the project site in the 2004 and 2008 reports with a maximum of upto the project boundaries of 5000 hectares in the 2011 report. The assessment, prediction and mitigation of the impacts in the areas surrounding the project boundary specially the catchment areas within the Mose valleys have not been studied at all. This needs to be seen in the context of the requirement of studying an area of 10km radius for individual sites being followed in the appraisal of the developmental projects.

 

(xxi)        The proposed/already executed activities include hill cutting, excavation/stone mining, digging, dumping sites, construction of dams, construction of tunnel etc which are major activities in themselves in the sense of their impacts requiring detailed studies for assessment, identification and mitigation of the impacts.

 

(xxii)     The backwaters of Wasargaon are the main source of water supply for the Pune city. The possible impacts of the activities upstream this waterbody i.e in the Mose valley, are therefore required to be exhaustive to ensure the sustainability of such activities as well as downstream uses of the water.

 

(xxiii)   There are a large number of contradicting results from 2004 report to 2011 report and even within the different monitoring results contained in the 2011 report itself. Some of the major contradictions are as follows:

 

(a) The wind rose diagram of the 2004 report (fig 2.1.2) and that of the 2011 report (fig 3.1.2) do not match. The selection of the locations for the monitoring of the ambient air quality which are required to be based on the wind direction itself, therefore may not be representative. Moreover, there is no location monitored in the proximity outside the project boundaries.

 

(b) The noise levels in the study area (given in table 3.2.1 of 2011 report) are already exceeding the day time and night time standards at most of the locations in the residential areas and silent zones including Dasve where the major development has already been carried out. Some of the locations that were monitored have been taken as commercial areas while presenting these results and the observed values are exceeding the day time standards at all locations even after taking them as located in commercial areas.

 

(c) The selection of the water quality monitoring stations does not include any location upstream and downstream of the water bodies of the project site. There is no location selected in the proximity in the catchment area outside the project boundary. The presence of heavy metals especially lead (Pb) in the surface and ground water is confirmed in 2004 and 2008 reports and at the same time the 2011 report (table 3.3.5) shows lead as not detectable at all locations. It may be specifically mentioned here that the concentration of lead in surface water given in table 2.3.5 of 2008 report is as high as 0.2mg/l which is 4 times the ISI drinking standard of 0.05 mg/l. The concentration of lead at the intake well DVD I given in 2008 report is 0.16 mg/l whereas the concentration of the lead at the same location is shown as not detectable in the 2011 report inspite of the soil characteristic shown as acidic (easy leachability for metals) in table 3.4.4 and the TCLP confirming the lead leachability from the soil in table 3.4.10 of the same report.

 

(d) The values of pH of the surface water given in table 3.3.2 of 2011 report are all above 7 (i.e alkaline side) inspite of the soil extract shown as acidic in table 3.4.4 of this report. The values of the Palmer Pollution Index(PPI) shown in table 3.3.7 in respect of phytoplankton of the 2011 report classifies the water body as Oligotrophic or unpolluted as per the scale given at the bottom of this table where as the values of the Shannon Weaver Diversity Index (SWDI) given in the same table indicate maximum impact of pollution. It may also be mentioned here that the values of SWDI for the Zooplanktons given in table 3.3.9 of the 2011 report are also shown in the range of medium to maximum impact of pollution.

 

(xxiv)    The soil quality in the area requires re-examination. This is also evident from the statements made in the 2004 and 2008 reports.  In the 2004 report (page 3.7) the Soil deposition in the river bed and its carrying over to the reservoir and dissolution of heavy metals from sediments with rise in temperature of the reservoir, whereas in the 2008 report (page 2.3.7) the heavy metal pollution is serious because it can persist for many decades. These metals also create problems in the nutrients utilization in plants and marked reduction in chlorophyll content.

 

(xxv)       The monitoring of soil quality claimed in 2011 report is limited collection of soil samples up to 30 cms depths that too just twelve locations which include three construction sites inspite of very high levels of heavy metals such as Cadmium, Chromium, Lead, Nickel and Cobalt given in the 2004 and 2008 reports. There is a clear evidence of the presence of high levels of heavy metals at all the locations as well as a wide variation of the concentrations of these metals from location to location. In fact the concentrations at some of the locations specially in 2004 report are so high that the corresponding soil in the area is hazardous even as per the existing Hazardous Waste Management Rules. There is no sampling done of the riverbed/sediments and the borehole sediments (in view of the hill cutting/mining/digging for building foundations/dumping sites) involved. Like the air quality and water stations, there is no location selected outside the project area for soil sampling also. The values of the concentration of the heavy metals in soil contained in the 2004 report include Cadmium as high as 93mg/kg, Chromium 743 mg/kg, Lead 1124 mg/kg, Nickel 1019 mg/kg and Cobalt 5006 mg/kg. The concentration of these metals given in the 2011 report are as high as 44mg/kg  cadmium, 147 mg/kg Chromium, 1153 mg/kg Cobalt, 124 mg/kg lead and 998 mg/kg Nickel.

 

(xxvi)    The concentration of iron shown in the results of the 3 reports include as high as 24.7% in the 2004 report and just about 3% in the 2011 report.

 

(xxvii)  The chemical characteristics of the soil given in table 2.4.3 of the 2004 report shows its  pH more than 7 at all locations whereas the same characteristics given in the 2011 report (table 3.4.4 of 2011 report) shows that the soil as acidic(pH less than 5.5 at all location except one which is also 6.6).

 

(xxviii)     The Cation exchange capacities of the soil given table 3.4.5 of 2011 report in terms of Exchangeable Sodium Percentage (ESP) at different locations are nearly 1/10th of the ESP values given in table 2.4.4 of 2004 report.

 

(xxix)   The soil texture data given in table 2.4.2 of the 2004 report and table 3.4.2 of 2011 report do not match even for the same location. The area shown in the 2004 report has loam texture at all the locations whereas there is not a single location shown as exclusive loam texture in the 2011 report.

 

(xxx)      The purpose of the TCLP test (the results of which are given in table 3.4.10 of 2011 report) is not understandable. The soil sample taken and its metal concentration are not given. In fact the results show leachability of lead in water extract inspite of the lead concentration of surface water shown as not detectable at all locations in table 3.3.5 of the same report. It may be mentioned that the USEPA’s TCLP leachate standards mentioned in the table 3.4.10 of this report actually refer to the level where the corresponding constituent is to be taken as hazardous in the waste. These standards have nothing to do with the suitability of soil for land applications. Moreover, there is a difference between the use of an area having metal contaminated soil and the use of the soil excavated from such areas for different applications including for their land disposal. It may be mentioned that the TCLP test is applied to hazardous waste to find out whether the waste requires any treatment or can be disposed directly into a secured landfill, and not for any further use or disposal on any land.

 

(xxxi)   The soil fertility status given in table 3.4.8 of 2011 report classifies it as poor soil with respect to its percent organic carbon content at all locations whereas it is shown as medium to poor fertile soil in table 2.4.7 of the 2004 report.

 

(xxxii) There is no analysis of other important heavy metals namely, Hexa Valent Chromium, Mercury, Arsenic and Antimony carried out in the study.

 

(xxxiii)    There is no scope for storing the large quantity of treated wastewater in the rainy season or raw sewage in case of STP’s failure. The quantity of such wastewater is estimated (para 4.3.1 of 2011 report) as about 20 MLD from the proposed development of 2000 hectares. This was also evident from the observations made during the inspection of the site which confirmed absence of any facility for storage of the treated wastewater or even the raw sewage (in case of STP failure). The non operation of the STPs without any provision of storing the raw sewage means an inevitable discharge into surface water which will be a serious threat to the water body.

 

(xxxiv)      The justification and background of Lavasa hill station development is mainly for catering to tourists (that is supported by data on tourism potential) that existing hill stations are not able to cope with. The developments such as large scale hospital and education institutions are based on purely market considerations and not based on environmental/ constraints. The proposed hospital and education establishments for inhabitants (permanent residents) and additional emergency medical assistance for tourists is understood. The large scale medical facilities targeting market of global medical tourism and higher education can be scale down. Examine and submit justification for scale of medical and education facilities over and above the local needs.    

 

(xxxv)  Other observations about EIA report:

 

a)                 LCL had obtained Consent To Establish and Consent To Operate from MPCB for the project area of 6181.37 ha. But, LCL applied for EC for project area of 2000 ha./5000 ha. Give reasons.

b)                 EIA report page no. 2.21 – It is reported that “the hill station regulations do not permit construction on slopes steeper than 1:3, thus this acts as a regulatory check”. But, the mechanism for the compliance was not discussed in the EIA report. No maps have been submitted showing the areas which are not suitable i.e. slopes steeper than 1:3.

c)                  EIA Report Page No 1.7 – It is reported that “ the ecological surveys of LCL have helped to identify and reserve areas as conservation areas, streams and their buffer zone” – The areas in hectare fall under this category with a suitable map prepared and vetted by the EIA consultant shall be submitted.

d)                 EIA report page no 2.19 – It is reported that “ it is expected that about 20 MLD sewage and waste water will be generated for area under 2000 ha and 16 MLD sewage and waste water will be generated for area under 3000 ha”. But, LCL had obtained Consent to discharge 9048 KLD. Give reasons.

e)                 EIA report page no. 2.23 – It is reported that “the quarry is opened and developed considering the relevant features of the MMR 1966 and guidelines”. But, the details have not been discussed and not even the guidelines which LCL has complied. The statement should  be supported with relevant details.

f)                   Submit details of the Medicinal Plants in the project area and plan of action for their conservation, as for as possible.

g)                 Table 4.2.2 – Please clarify what is meant by “existing” and “during expansion”

h)                 EIA report page no. 4.21 – Justification for consideration of 9 years period only for assessing the over – spillage of water from Warasgaon dam. Give reasons.

i)                   Table 4.3.2 – Disposal of treated sewage of 14.53 MLD, planned for disposal for landscaping. Submit details.

j)                   EIA report page no. 4.48 – The details of MPCB authorized vendors for disposing recyclable waste after washing/cleaning. Give details.

k)                 EIA report page no. 4.49 – Whether any incinerator and autoclave are planned for disposing MSW waste? If so, the capacities may be furnished.

l)                   EIA report page no. 4.58 – Details of the top soil management of the expected quantity of about 10.36 MCM has not been submitted. Re-examine and submit details.

m)              Annexure XVI – Page No 6 – Identified natural disasters are “ Forest Fire/Flood/Landslide/Earthquake” – But, the details are not covered in the ERP. Submit details.

n)                It is recommended in the EIA report 2003 that following is required in the EMP, but the details have not been discussed in the latest EIA report.

1.     Slope classification and preparation of slope map.

2.     Soil erosion intensity mapping.

3.     Catchment Area Treatment Plan.

4.     The waste water generated at higher MSL should be coupled to the waste water generated at low MSW. It is suggested that all the tertiary treated waste is combined and pumped out of study area during the rainy season(page 5.5) – details to be furnished.

5.     Evaluate existing facility vis-à-vis required facility for human health care (page 5.14) and Design and assess the feasibility for implementation of mobile clinic (page 5.15). The status may be furnished.

Overall Conclusions:

 

(i)          The monitoring data contained in the EIA report cannot be taken as representative of the air, water, soil quality and other aspect of the area. On the contrary it confirms the presence of toxic metals in soil at levels where exhaustive studies are required before deciding developmental activities.

 

(ii)        The project involves activities relating to different areas of environmental concern. The EIA is therefore required to be carried out by a team comprising of experts from different disciplines including environmental sciences/engineering, geochemistry, geophysics, soil chemistry, civil engineering, mining/excavation and specific fields related to the water bodies and its sediments and flora and fauna.

 

(iii)            The EIA study is also required to be carried out in all 4 seasons for 2 consecutive years in view of the importance of the findings in regard to deciding of the developmental activities in the area. It may be specially noted here that the project activities include construction of tunnel, aerial ropeways, common municipal solid waste management facilities, stone mining, building and construction as well as township and area development.

 

          In view of the foregoing observations, the proposal is deferred and shall be considered after the above observations are addressed and submitted for reconsideration.  

 

4.2           Finalization of TOR for proposed jetty on Kori Creek near Koteshwar, District Kutchch, Gujarat by M/s Goodearth Maritime Ltd. [F. No. 11-37/2010-IA-III]

 

As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves, development of Captive Jetty near Koteshwar on Kori Creek, Kachchh District, Gujarat for handling of 5 MTPA of industrial salt and additional cargo viz. Coal-0.6 MTPA, Cement- 0.6 MTPA, Clinker-0.6 MTPA, Bentonite-0.6 MTPA SOP- 0.2 MTPA and Bromine – 0.01 MTPA. The Litharge facility will consist of an anchorage where the mother vessels will be loaded with the cargo brought by the barges using 2 floating cranes. The other facility will include Berth, storage and stack yards and other infrastructure facilities including loaders and conveyors. 

 

          During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional TOR for further study:        

 

(i)                 Submit the details of the erosion at the site as per the IOM map.

 

(ii)              Examine and submit details of Mudflats - whether biologically active or not.

 

(iii)            Examine the site suitability along with other possible alternatives from technical, operational and above all environmental considerations.

 

(iv)             Cargo specific impacts and proposed mitigation. Examine details.

 

(v)                Spillage of cargo and removal during handling offshore at mother vessel location.

 

(vi)             Superimpose the layout showing the proposed facilities on the HTL/LTL map of 1: 4000 scale prepared by an authorised agency.

 

(vii)           Submit the recommendation of the Gujarat CZMA on the  proposal. 

 

(viii)        Examine details of land use around 10 km radius of the site. 

 

(ix)            Source of water vis-à-vis waste water to be generated along with treatment facilities to be proposed. Submit details.

 

(x)               Submit details of the dredging, disposal and reclamation.

 

(xi)            Submit details of back up stack yard and other associated infrastructure requirements and dust supression measures.

 

(xii)          Submit details of green belt development.

 

(xiii)       Submit details of leachate collection and treatment.

 

(xiv)         Submit details of solid waste and management.

 

(xv)           Submit details on traffic study/road connectivity and impact.

 

(xvi)         Submit details of R&R and social issues.

 

(xvii)      Submit details of mangroves areas and afforestation measures.

 

(xviii)    Submit details on Risk Assessment and Emergency Management due to the activity including cyclones.

 

(xix)        Submit details of the fishing activities in the area and impact of the fishing activities.

 

(xx)          Submit details of oil spill contingency plan.

 

(xxi)        Submit details of the sand dune area and ecologically sensitive areas (Koteshwar temple being within the close proximity of the proposed development).

 

(xxii)     The location of the Koteshwar temple is very close to the proposed location of the Jetty and the wind direction is also expected to be mostly from the project site to the temple. It is therefore suggested that alternate sites are identified as the handling of the cargo at the proposed Jetty includes materials like coal, cement, clinker, bentonite in bulk quantities.

 

(xxiii)   The Koteshwar temple is an important temple and it is also expected to have mass gatherings on festivals. This also does not support the proposed location of the project.

 

(xxiv)    Submit the details of the port limit with coordinates

 

(xxv)       Submit details of Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan with parameters and costs.

 

(xxvi)    Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/”.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addressed in the Environmental Management Plan.

         

          A detailed draft EIA/EMP report should be prepared as per the above additional TOR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the Notification. 

 

4.3           Finalization of TOR for Assam State road project, Phse-I (stage-I) Assam by M/s PWD Guwahati, Assam. [F. No. 10-93/2010 –IA-III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for the improvement and widening of eight roads spread across 9 districts in the State of Assam. The total length of the project roads is 252.59 km. The road sections includes - SH-2 Bongaigaon- Barpeta (64.42 Kms), SH-3 Morigaon-Nagoan (36.50 Kms), SH-22 Gogamukh- Ghilamar          (22.12 kms), SH-31 Jorhat- Marioni (17.45 kms), SH-32 Barhola -Goronga (12.60 Kms), SH-42 Ghilamara- Dhakukhana(16.00 Kms), SH-45 Soibari – Borgang (42.00 Kms ) and SH-46 Dudhnoi Kharmuja (41.50 Kms). The project roads are located in Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Morigaon, Nagaon, Jorhat, Golpara, Sonitpur, Lakimpur and Demaji districts. The project involves geometrical improvement and widening from the existing single/intermediate lane roads to double lane with earthen shoulders / interlocking concrete block paved shoulders in urban areas. Geometric improvement and widening are proposed to be carried out within available Right of Way (RoW) of the roads to the extent possible. However, in some stretches land acquisition would be required and taken up where existing RoW is not adequate.  Important settlements present along the project road Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Morigaon, Nagoan, Gogamukh, Ghilamara, Jorhat, Marioni, Barhola, Goronga, Ghilamara, Dhakukhana, Soibari, Borgang, Dudhnoi and Goalpara.

          An important archeological site Surya Pahar is located at a distance of about 150 M at 15th Km on SH-46. About 17955 roadside trees are observed on either side of the project road which might be affected. Species mainly include Coconut, Arecanut/Betel nut with some Teak and Sal. There are 19 bridges to be constructed on the project roads. 16 of them are minor bridges i.e. less than 60 m in length and the rest 3 are major with only one bridge over 100 metres. There are 300 culverts along the roads, of which some are proposed to be reconstructed and some would be widened as per the requirement. About 600 new culverts are proposed to facilitate flow of water during flood. About 90% of the total required for the project is already available with the Department. Land acquisition requirement is estimated to be 72 hectares. About 83% land use along the project road is agricultural land; settlement areas are about 17%. Preliminary estimates carried out on the project roads shows that about 2698 structures would be affected, out of which 61% are fencing or compound wall. 912 structures belong to residential/commercial category. Most of the structures affected are compound wall or fencing or temporary huts. The preliminary environmental and social cost is estimated at Rs. 10 crore and Rs. 45 crore respectively. The preliminary estimate for cost of construction towards improvement and widening of project roads is Rs. 580 crore.

 

          The Committee noted that only stretches of SH -2 Bongaigaon - Barpeta attracts the EIA, Notification, 2006 and amendment dated 11th October, 2007. Accordingly finalised the following additional ToR for further study for above four stretches

 

(i)          NOC shall be obtained from the ASI for the stretch of road.

 

(ii)       Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

(iii)                 Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

 

(iv)      Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

(v)         Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

(vi)      Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vii)           If the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment/control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

(viii)        If the proposed route involves tunnelling, the details of the tunnel and locations of tunnelling with geological structural fraction should be provided. In case the road passes through a flood plain of the river, the details of micro drainage, flood passages and information on flood periodicity at least of last 50 years in the area should be examined.

 

(ix)                 The projects is located within 10 km. of the Wildlife Sanctuary, a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC.

 

(x)        Study regarding the Animal bypasses/underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out. Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.  NOC from Wildlife Department shall be obtained.

 

(xi)                 The proposal indicates 17000 trees are proposed to be cut. The information should be provided for number of trees to be cut, their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.  NOC from Forest Department shall be obtained.

 

(xii)          The proposed route is passing through a city/ town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance etc.

 

(xiii)       Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

(xiv)         Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

(xv)           Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xvi)         Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xvii)      The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xviii)    Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any. Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modeling at different representative locations.

 

(xix)        Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

(xx)          Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

(xxi)        If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/dump site along with necessary permission.

 

(xxii)     If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

(xxiii)   Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water.

 

(xxiv)    Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges. Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

(xxv)       If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

(xxvi)    Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

(xxvii)  If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

(xxviii)     Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

(xxix)   IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(xxx)      Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

(xxxi)   Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. Road safety audit shall be carried out and report shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

(xxxii) Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends– incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

(xxxiii)    If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

(xxxiv)      Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

(xxxv)        Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

(xxxvi)      Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

(xxxvii)   Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

(xxxviii) Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways”.

 

4.4           Finalization of TOR for proposed new project of common effluent treatment plant GIDC industrial estate, Ankleshwer, district Bharuch, Gujarat by M/s Ankleshwer Cleaner Process Technology Center Ltd. [F. No. 10-96/2010 –IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for establishing a common effluent treatment plant at GIDC industrial estate, Ankleshwer, district Bharuch, Gujarat for industries of Ankleshwar and Panoli area generating ammonical nitrogen containing effluent.  Ankleshwar and Panoli estates are having Final Effluent Treatment Plant ( FETP ). The treated effluent of FETP is discharged into deep sea. The ammonical nitrogen limit of inlet standard is 50 mg/lit. It has been proposed that industries having difficulty to achieve the above norm will send their effluent by tankers to this proposed facility. Here ammonical nitrogen recovery facilities will be created. The recovery will be in the form of ammonium sulfate and other salts. After recovering ammonical nitrogen, the remaining effluent will be treated for meet CETP out let norms.

 

The project is of 3 MLD capacity. The industries will segregate their effluent and typically only this effluent will be sent here. The industries will apply for amendment in their consent and total discharge quantity will remain same. The hydraulic load to FETP will remain unchanged.

 

The technologies applied will be ammonia stripping in alkaline media, anti solvent cryastalisation, cracking of ammonium carbonate, bio chemical conversion, hypo chloride oxidation etc. The facility will have full fledged conventional treatment plant having primary, secondary and tertiary treatment facilities.  The utilities include boilers, cooling tower, DG sets, chilling plant etc. The land is allotted by GIDC specifically to develop CETP. The land area is 63004 sq. meter.

 

          During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional TOR for further study:        

 

(i)                Submit details of legal responsibilities of CETP, Member Industries and Final Effluent Treatment Plant.

 

(ii)              Submit details of applicable norms under EP Act 1986 and measures to conform the standards.

 

(iii)           Details of the industries for which CETP facility is proposed including raw materials used and production capacities.

 

(iv)             Submit member industry details - waste water quantity, characteristics - stream wise, storage facilities at member unit level, pre-treatment details and mode of transportation.

 

(v)               Submit details of treatability studies undertaken to establish the recovery of chemicals and their quantity and purity.

 

(vi)             Submit details of identified users for the recovered chemicals.

 

(vii)          Examine sending the HW for co-incineration as per the CPCB guidelines.

 

(viii)        Annexure – V of the application; spent carbon proposed to give to recyclers or incineration.  Submit the list of recyclers identified. Explore for co-incineration instead of incineration.

 

(ix)            Annexure – V; Empty bags – Proposed to sent back to raw material supplier after de-contamination – submit the details of de-contamination and identified list of suppliers.

 

(x)              Design details of the unit operation of ETP units with performance levels.

 

(xi)            Monitoring protocol and facilities required to monitor the inlet and out let of CETP. Specific parameters for which online monitoring proposed shall be discussed.

 

(xii)         Special precautions for handling/storage of HW  during the rainy days.

 

(xiii)       Submit details of capital cost & operation cost and mode of finance.

 

(xiv)        Submit the details of possibility of recovery of copper as salts.

 

(xv)           Submit a map showing the location of member industries identified and CETP and final disposal point of CETP.

 

(xvi)        MOU between CETP and FETP with specific legal and monitoring responsibilities.

 

(xvii)      Submit the details of 1000 KLD recovery of water and identified users.

 

(xviii)   The PP shall submit a copy of draft EIA report to SPCB in. At the stage of appraisal, MoEF shall invite SPCB representative to attend the EAC meeting or to submit written comments on the proposal in accordance with MoEF office circular dated 25th August 2009.

 

(xix)       Details of FETP, capacity, consent status etc.

 

(xx)          Submit details of transportation of effluent and its disposal.

 

(xxi)       Examine and submit details of inlet characteristics.

 

(xxii)     Submit a copy of MoU made between the Member units.

 

(xxiii)  Submit details of member units, its production capacity, waste generation, characteristic and details of primary treatment provided by the member units.

 

(xxiv)    Submit details of storage facility available at the CETP.

 

(xxv)      Examine and submit details of sludge generation and method of disposal.

 

(xxvi)    Submit details of solid waste generated and its disposal.

 

(xxvii) Submit the details of water requirement and water balance chart and how to reduce the quantity of water required.

 

The Committee exempted the conduct of Public hearing since the site is located within the Industrial Estate.

         

          A detailed draft EIA/EMP report should be prepared as per the above additional TOR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the Notification. 

 

4.5           Finalization of TOR for Expansion of runway and hangers at Belagondapalli Village, Denkanikottai Taluk, Krishnagiri District, Tamil Nadu by M/s Taneja Aerospace and Aviation Ltd. [F. No. 10-97/2010 –IA-III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for Expansion project Taneja Aerospace and Aviation Ltd. at Belagandapalli Village, Denkanikottari Taluk, Krishnagiri District, Tamil Nadu.  The project site is located at Belagondapalli Village, about 8.7 km from Hosur, a capital town of Krishnagiri, the northern state of Tamil Nadu. TAAL is engaged in Civil Aircraft Manufacturing, Structural and Components manufacturing for Civil & Military Aircrafts/Helicopters and Aerospace Launch Vehicles. Service provided in the fields of Air Charters, Aircraft Maintenance. It has an infrastructural facility like ATC, Hangars and DGCA Licensed Airfield.

 

          This Aerospace is running by a private management. The expansion project will compile the expansion of runway and construction of aircraft hangers in the project site.

 

The existing runway is 1200 m x 45 m and proposed is 1280 m x 45m. There will be hangers proposed 1 no. of 50 m x 50 m, 2 No. of 80 x 80m, 1 no. of 65m x 65 m and 1 No. 40m x 80m. The expansion of the project will consume 450 KVA of power from the substation and generator backup of suitable rating is also provided for the additional power supply. The total requirement of raw water will be met from private water supply and it will be about 14,100 Lit/day for the expansion project. The total waste water generation will be estimated around 12,690 Lit/day of Sewage. Sewage Treatment plant with the Capacity of 30 M3/day will be used to treat the waste water generated from the unit and the outlet will be used for green belt. From this project 39 kg/day of solid wastes will be produced. These solid wastes will be separated as biodegradable and non biodegradable and suitable disposal methods will be adopted for them. These will be sent to local municipality or authorized vendors or used as manure as required. No passenger and Cargo are proposed.  Total Project Cost for the expansion will be Rs.3638 Lakhs.

 

          During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional TOR for further study:        

 

i)            Examine baseline environmental quality along with projected incremental load due to the proposed project/activities. 

 

ii)          Submit details of environmentally sensitive places, land acquisition status, rehabilitation of communities/ villages and present status of such activities.

 

iii)           Environmental data to be considered in relation to the airport development would be (a) land, (b) groundwater, (c) surface water, (d) air, (e) bio-diversity, (f) noise and vibration, (g) socio economic and health.

 

iv)         The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

v)           Submit details of a comprehensive Risk Assessment and Disaster Management Plan including emergency evacuation during natural and man-made disaster integrating with existing airport.

 

vi)         Examine separately the details for construction and operation phases both for Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan with cost and parameters.

 

vii)      Examine the details of afforestation measures indicating land and financial outlay. Landscape plan, green belts and open spaces may be described. A thick green belt should be planned all around the nearest settlement to mitigate noise and vibrations. The identification of species/ plants should be made based on the botanical studies.

 

viii)           Examine and submit the details of Noise modeling studies and mitigative measures.

 

ix)        Examine the details of water requirement, use of treated waste water and prepare a water balance chart. Source of water vis-à-vis waste water to be generated along with treatment facilities to be proposed.

 

x)          Rain water harvesting proposals should be made with due safeguards for ground water quality. Maximize recycling of water and utilization of rain water.

 

xi)        Examine details of Solid waste generation treatment and its disposal.

 

xii)                Identify, predict and assess the environmental and sociological impacts on account of the project/activities.

 

xiii)          Submit details of corporate social responsibilities (CSR).

 

Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addressed in the Environmental Management Plan.

 

          A detailed draft EIA/EMP report should be prepared as per the above additional TOR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the Notification. 

 

4.6           Finalization of ToR for ropeway project at Mount Abu by M/s Mars Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. [F.No. 10-4/2011-IA-III]

 

As presented by the proponent, the proposal if for construction of ropeway at Mount Abu connecting Ragunath Temple to Rock . The length of the ropeway is 261 m. The lower station is at 360 sqm land and upper station  is 360 sqm. There is no forests land, tree cutting involved for the project. Total water requirement is 5.0 KLD and wastewater generation is 4.5 KLD. The sewage will be treated and used for plantation. The solid waste of about 50 kd/day will be collected and sent to Municipal Solid waste disposal site. Near Tod Rock. The Mount Abu is Eco-Sensitive Zone. A small Nakki lake is adjacent to the upper station.

 

          During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional TOR for further study:        

 

(i)                       The Committee noted that the feasibility report shall be submitted.

 

(ii)                    The proponent has not properly firmed up the proposal, not considered the

 

(iii)                  Details applicability of Rajasthan Ropeway Act,

 

(iv)                   Detail of the applicability of the Eco Sensitive Zone Notification.

 

(v)                      Submit the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden as per the EIA amended on 01.12.2009. 

 

(vi)                   Submit the details of facilities viz. administration building, restaurant, toilets, waste collection and disposal etc at Lower terminal and upper terminal including parking area.

 

(vii)                 Submit the details of safety signages at the nearby roads.

 

(viii)              Examine and submit a brief description of the project-name, project site, geology, topography, nature, size, location of the project, project coverage, master plan, length of the proposed aerial rope way, details of ROW, height from MSL and its importance to the region/ State.

 

(ix)                  Any litigation pending against the proposed project and/or any direction/order passes by any court of law against the project, if so, details thereof should be provided.

 

(x)                     Submit map of the project area and 10 km area from boundary of the proposed / existing project area, delineating project areas notified under the wild life (Protection) Act, 1972/critically polluted areas as identified by the CPCB from time to time/notified eco-sensitive areas/inter state boundaries and international boundaries. 

 

(xi)                  Submit Land use map of the study area to 1:25,000 scale based on recent satellite imagery of the project area and 10 km from the proposed project boundary delineating the cropping pattern, wastelands, forest area and built up areas, water bodies, human habitation and other specific features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, major industries etc. and submit detailed ground surveyed map in 1:5000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological and religious, monuments wild life corridors etc.

 

(xii)                Submit baseline data to be given on description of existing situation of the land at the proposed project area including description of terrain, hill slopes, inland topography, slope and elevation, rock types, regional tectonic setting (reported fractures/faulting/ folding, warping), and history of any volcanic activity, seismicity and associated hazards.

 

(xiii)             Provide Soil data including type, classification, characteristics, soil properties etc., are important from engineering considerations for design of structures, porosity and permeability, sub soil permeability, etc.

 

(xiv)               Submit Area drainage contour map of the project area and 500 meters from the proposed project area should be clearly indicated. In case of any proposed diversion of nallah/canal/ river, should also be shown in the map.

 

(xv)                 Examine and submit baseline data on noise pollution due to demolition/ construction activities at the project area in relation to human environment and wildlife including avi-fauna and the neighborhood up to 500 meters and environmentally sensitive receptors should be monitored as per the CPCB norms.

 

(xvi)               Examine and submit Climate and meteorology (max and min temperatures, relative humidity, rainfall, wind direction/ velocity, barometric pressure, and history of cyclones and snowfall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data (10 Years) have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xvii)            Water quality from all sources such as groundwater, municipal water, surface water need to meet the water quality norms prescribed for drinking water. Baseline data of ground water including data of pH, dissolved solids, suspended solids, BOD should be collected for one season. Usage purpose of ground water, if any, is to be indicated with necessary permissions/ clearance.

 

(xviii)          Submit details on water conservation measures should be addressed.

 

(xix)              Submit details of power requirement and source. Energy efficiency measures in the activity should be drawn up.  Also submit details of D.G. Sets along with noise control measures.

 

(xx)                Submit the details of facilities viz. administration building, toilets, restaurants etc. at base stations.

 

(xxi)              Submit details on anticipated impact during construction stage and operation stage on the landslides, surface drainage etc., should be predicted. The existing surrounding features up to 1 km and impact on them should be addressed separately.

 

(xxii)           Submit details on impact of vibrations on the surrounding environment including damage to materials/ structures and due to present and future transportation activities by road.

 

(xxiii)         Details of public and private land in the proposed and immediate surroundings, socioeconomic status of the affected owners of the private lands should be properly compiled.

 

(xxiv)          Submit details on R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for the resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and Housing amenities being offered, etc. and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific R&R Plan. Details of provisions (capital & recurring) for the projects pacific R&R Plan.

 

(xxv)             Examine and submit activities associated with aerial ropeway construction and operations also give rise to associated hazards and accidents. It is therefore desirable that based on the categories of hazards prevailing at the project site, risk assessment may be carried out by specialists in the field and recommendations may be implemented. Risk assessment should be carried out for seismicity, slope stability, soil erodibility, and flood hazard.

 

(xxvi)             Submit Certificate from the competent authorities for safety of ropeway and its monitoring.

 

(xxvii)        Submit details of safety signages at the nearby roads.

 

(xxviii)     Provide Summary matrix of environmental monitoring, during construction and operation stage and provide Distaste.

 

(xxix)         Management Plan must include emergency planning, emergency procedures, and details on safety measures adopted for the ropeway.

 

Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addressed in the Environmental Management Plan.

 

          A detailed draft EIA/EMP report should be prepared as per the above additional TOR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the Notification. 

 

4.7           Finalization of TOR for widening and improvement of existing carriageway to 4/6 laning of Rampur to Kathgodam Section of NH – 87 from Km 0.000 to Km 88.000 in the States of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand by NHAI [F.No 10-77/2010-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for widening and improvement of existing 2-lane to 4 laning of Rampur-Kathgodam section of NH-87 from Km 0.000 to Km 88.000 in the state of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. NH 87 starts from Km 184.000 of NH 24 at Rampur turns left and traverses northwards to Nainital. The Stretch of the Project Road Section of NH 87 from start to Km 43.300 falls in district Rampur of Uttar Pradesh state, from Km 43.300 to Km 65.000 in District Udham Singh Nagar and from Km 65.000 to Km 88.800 in district Nainital of Uttarakhand state, about 36.000 Km before Nainital.  The Proposed road has two arms at the start upto Km 8.388. One arm starts from Km 0.000 and follows the existing alignment of NH – 87 upto Km 8.388, the other arm is a new alignment of length 8.6000 Km starts from Km 190.000 of NH 24 at Rampur and meets existing NH 87 at Km 8.388. After Km 8.388 the project road follows NH 87 except Realignments and Bypasses.  At the end the project road follows 13.000 Km long SH 12 to bypass congested Haldwani and Kathgodam Towns meets once again NH 87 at Km 88.000 near Kathgodam. Thus design length of the project road has come about 93.000 Km.     

 

The major settlements on the project road are Rampur, Bhotbazar, Bilaspur, Rudrapur, Pantnagar, Lalkuan, Haldwani, and Kathgodam. Apart from these, the road also passes through number of smaller settlements. Existing road length is 88 km with ROW varies from 33-60 m and proposed road length is 93 Km with proposed ROW 45m to 60 m. The topography of the region is plain. The land use pattern is predominantly agricultural followed by settlement and built up section. The project road traverses through seismic zone III.

 

The project road passes through reserved forest in the stretches from Km 62.000 to Km 72.000, from Km 81.000 to Km 86.000 and from Km 90.000 to Km 93.000. There is no wildlife sanctuary or national park along the project road.

 

The proposed development work involves 4 lane standard with 4.5 m median, provision of longitudinal drains, rehabilitation/ reconstruction of existing culverts and bridges, service road, VUP, ROB etc. Two bypasses have been proposed at congested settlements/location of Rampur (km 0.000 to 8.6000), Bilaspur (km 26.300 to 32.825). The existing road has 102 culverts, 4 major bridges, 15 minor bridges. It is proposed to have 115 culverts, 5 major bridges, 15 minor bridges considering abandoned structures due to bypasses and including existing and new culverts and bridges. 5 VUPs, 4 PUPs, 4 ROBs, 1 RUB, 2 flyovers. 39 bus bays, 3 truck Laybyes, 1 wayside amenities, 2 toll plaza and service load (10.75 km) are also proposed.

 

The roadside plantation has been declared as protected forest. Proposal for diversion of 110 ha forest comprising 74 ha protected and 36 ha reserve forest is under process with State Government. About 28,000 trees are present within proposed ROW however 18,000 Nos. of trees proposed to be felled.

 

 About 320.00 ha. of Land proposed to be acquired which includes 164 ha Agricultural Land, 28.60 ha built up and other land, 17.40 ha Govt. Land and 110.00 ha Forest Land. About 649 houses hold Structures likely to be affected due to the widening activity.

 

An environmental budget for Rs. 7.424 Crores has been drawn up including compensatory plantation, enhancement of sites, and cost of monitoring. The cost of construction of the project road is Rs.802.61 Crores. The estimated cost for Resettlement & Rehabilitation is approximately Rs.28 Crores.

 

During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional ToR for further study:        

 

(i)                 Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

(ii)              The proposal indicates the acquisition of forest land 110.00 ha (74 ha protected and 36 ha reserve forest). Necessary prior permission shall be obtained from the Forest Department.

 

(iii)            Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

 

(iv)             Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

(v)                Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

(vi)             Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vii)           Study regarding the Animal bypasses/underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out. Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

 

(viii)        It is indicated that 28,000 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

(ix)            The proposed route is passing through a city/ town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance etc.

 

(x)               Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

(xi)            Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

(xii)          Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

 

(xiii)       Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xiv)         Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xv)           The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xvi)         Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any. Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modeling at different representative locations.

 

(xvii)      Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

(xviii)    Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

(xix)        If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/dump site along with necessary permission.

 

(xx)          1.5 km of the road will be along the Gola river.  Necessary flood control measures shall be undertaken.

 

(xxi)        If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

(xxii)     Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water.

 

(xxiii)   Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges. Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

(xxiv)    If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

(xxv)       Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

(xxvi)    If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

(xxvii)  Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

(xxviii)     IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(xxix)   Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

(xxx)      Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. Road safety audit shall be carried out and report shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

(xxxi)   Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends– incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

(xxxii) If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

(xxxiii)    Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

(xxxiv)      Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

(xxxv)        Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

(xxxvi)      Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

(xxxvii)   Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted in both the Districts separately for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways”.

 

4.8           Finalization of TOR for widening and improvement of existing carriageway to 2/4 laning of Bahargora to Sambalpur section of NH-6 in the state of Jharkhand and Orissa by M/s NHAI. [F. No. 10-94/2010 –IA-III]

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for widening and improvement of existing carriageway to 2/4 laning of Bahargora to Sambalpur section of NH-6 in the state of Jharkhand and Orissa. The proposed road starts from Km 200/000 of NH-6 at Bahargora and ends at Sambalpur (Km 566/000) covering about 366 kilometres. The project road falls in East Singhbhum of Jharkhand and Mayurbhanj, Kendujhargarh, Angul, Deogarh and Sambalpur of Orissa. The road section passes through built up areas of Bahargora, Bisoi, Jashipur, Keonjhar, Deogarh, Purnagarh, Jamankira, Bamra and Sambalpur. Land use pattern within 10 km on either side of project area is forest, agriculture, Barren/Waste Land   and built-up. Similarly, land use along the project road (within 60 meter corridor) is predominantly forest (26%), Barren/Waste Land   (23%), agriculture (20%) followed by built-up and urban area. Existing RoW of the project road varies between 9- 82 meters. The proposed right of way (RoW) is 60m for widening existing road and existing ROW shall be utilized in Badrama Wildlife sanctuary for widening. Approximately 881.50 ha. land is proposed to be acquired for the improvement of project road, out of which agriculture land is about 178ha; Forest Land 237.5 ha; Barren/Waste Land 200 ha and built-up land is 50 ha;

Approximately 1,44,495 trees proposed to be felled for the improvement of project road, against which about 4,33,485 trees shall be planted as avenue plantation apart from statutory requirement. Proposal for diversion of forest nursery/protected forest along the road shall be submitted to State Govt.

 Simlipal Bio reserve is about 5km away from the project road. Also Project road passes through Badrama Wildlife sanctuary and no widening and land acquisition shall be involved  in the sanctuary section.

There are existing 16 major bridges,72 minor bridges, 865 pipe/slab/arch culvert. There are 30 major bridges, 120 minor bridges and 891 culverts have been proposed including existing bridges and culverts. There are 19 major junctions and 119 minor intersections on the project road, which have been proposed for improved under proposed design;

Footpaths cum drain have been provided 14 km width of 1.5 m. Service roads have been provided for 14.00 km. Bypasses have been proposed to avoid congestion for built-up town portion. These bypasses are at Jashipur, Keonjha, Deogarh and Jamankira Total length of bypass is 24.700 km. Bus bays have been provided at 92 locations on both sides. 5 Underpasses / Overpasses have been proposed. Truck lay byes have been provided at 12 locations on both sides of the road.  W-beam crash barrier / stone masonry guard wall be proposed.

There would be about 3359 project affected families due to the improvement of project road. The entitled persons shall be compensated according to the provisions of the National Highways Act, 1956.

Peak demand of water would be approximate 10250 KLD during construction. Fly ash will be used for construction of road from Hirakud Power station at Sambalpur and Talcher Thermal Power Station at Talcher, Angul. The approximate budget for environmental management works worked out to Rs. 78.33  Crores. Cost for resettlement and compensation worked out to Rs. 522.54 Crores. The total civil cost of the project is approximately Rs. 2728.12Crores.

During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional ToR for further study:

         

(i)                 Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

(ii)              The proposal indicates the acquisition of forest land 237.5  ha, Necessary prior permission shall be obtained from the Forest Department.

 

(iii)            Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

 

(iv)             Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

(v)                Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

(vi)             Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vii)           The projects is located within 10 km. of the national parks, sanctuaries, biosphere reserves, migratory corridors of wild animals, then a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC.

 

(viii)        Study regarding the Animal bypasses/underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out. Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

 

(ix)            It is indicated that 1,44,495 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance. A letter seeking clearance from Forest and Wildlife Department shall be submitted.

 

(x)               If the proposed route is passing through a city or town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance etc.

 

(xi)            Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

(xii)          Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

(xiii)       Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

 

(xiv)         Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xv)           Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xvi)         The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xvii)      Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any. Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modeling at different representative locations.

 

(xviii)    Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

(xix)        Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

(xx)          If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/dump site along with necessary permission.

 

(xxi)        If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

(xxii)     Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water.

 

(xxiii)   Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges. Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

(xxiv)    If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

(xxv)       Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

(xxvi)    If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

(xxvii)  Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

(xxviii)     IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(xxix)   Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

(xxx)      Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. Road safety audit shall be carried out and report shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

(xxxi)   Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends– incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

(xxxii) If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

(xxxiii)    Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

(xxxiv)      Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/ employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

(xxxv)        Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

(xxxvi)      Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

(xxxvii)   Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted in all the Districts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways”.

 

4.9           Finalization of TOR for widening and improvement of existing carriageway to 2 lane with pave shoulders configuration of Raipur – Dhamtari section of NH-43 state of Chhattisgarh by NHAI, New Delhi. [F. No. 10-95/2010 –IA-III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for widening and improvement of existing carriageway to 2 lane with pave shoulders configuration of Raipur – Dhamtari section of NH-43 state of Chhattisgarh. The proposed road starts from Km 3/400 of NH-43 at Raipur and ends at Dhamtari (Km 81/100) covering about 79.25 kilometers. The project road falls in Raipur and Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh. The road section passes through built up areas of Deopuri, Dumartarai, Sadani Darwar, Mana, Nimora, Abhanpur in the district of Raipur and Darba, Bhatagaon ,Chhati, Sambhalpur in  Dhamtari. Land use pattern within 10 km on either side of project area is agriculture, and built-up. Similarly, land use along the project road (within 60 meter corridor) is predominantly agriculture (56%) followed by built-up and urban area. Existing RoW of the project road is 24.39 meters. The proposed right of way (RoW) is 45m for widening existing road and 60 m is kept for bypasses and realignments. Approximately 221 ha. land is proposed to be acquired for the improvement of project road, out of which agriculture land is about 123 ha and built-up/barren/urban land is 97 ha.

Approximately 13248 trees proposed to be felled for the improvement of project road, against which about 40000 trees shall be planted as avenue plantation apart from statutory requirement. Proposal for cutting of trees standing on PRoW shall be submitted to state Govt.

The project road does not pass through any eco-sensitive areas. There is no protected forest, reserve forest, wildlife sanctuary or national park within 10 km of road.

There are existing 4 major bridges, 9 minor bridges, 56 pipe/slab culvert. There are 4 major bridges, 9 minor bridges and 69 culverts have been proposed including existing bridges and culverts. There are 4 major junctions and 90 minor intersections on the project road, which have been proposed for improved under proposed design. In addition to that 4 major junctions are proposed. No Service roads have been provided. Bypass of 11.15 km length and a realignment of 2.3km length have been proposed to avoid congestion for built-up town portion of Dhamtari and Abhanpur respectively. Bus stands have been provided at 28 locations on both sides. 6 Vehicular Underpasses have been proposed. Truck lay byes have been provided at 2 locations on both sides of the road. W-beam crash barrier / stone masonry guard wall be proposed. There would be about 420 project affected families due to the improvement of project road. The entitled persons shall be compensated according to the provisions of the National Highways Act, 1956. Peak demand of water would be approximate 3100 KLD during construction.

Fly ash will be used for construction of road from Bhilai Steel Plant and NTPC-Sail Power Plant. The approximate budget for environmental management works worked out to Rs. 6.58 Crores. Cost for resettlement and compensation worked out to Rs. 114.10 Crores. The total civil cost of the project is approximately Rs. 411.53 Crores.

During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional ToR for further study:

 

(i)                 Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

(ii)              Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

 

(iii)            Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

(iv)             Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

(v)                Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vi)             Study regarding the Animal bypasses/underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out. Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

 

(vii)           The proposed route requires cutting of 13,248 trees, examine their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

(viii)        If the proposed route is passing through a city or town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance etc.

 

(ix)            Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

(x)               Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

(xi)            Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

 

(xii)          Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xiii)       Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xiv)         The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xv)           Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any. Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modeling at different representative locations.

 

(xvi)         Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

(xvii)      Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

(xviii)    If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/dump site along with necessary permission.

 

(xix)        If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

(xx)          Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water.

 

(xxi)        Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges. Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

(xxii)     If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

(xxiii)   Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

(xxiv)    If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

(xxv)       Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

(xxvi)    IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(xxvii)  Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

(xxviii)     Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. Road safety audit shall be carried out and report shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

(xxix)   Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends– incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

(xxx)      If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

(xxxi)   Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

(xxxii) Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/ employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

(xxxiii)    Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

(xxxiv)      Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

(xxxv)  Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted in all the Districts for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways”.

 

4.10      Finalization of TOR for widening and improvement from 2-lane to 4/6-laning of Gwalior-Shivpuri Section of NH-3 (km.15.60 of NH-75 ) to km.236.00 section of NH-3 in the State of MP by NHAI [F.No.10-1/2011-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for widening and improvement from 2-lane to 4/6-laning of Gwalior-Shivpuri Section of NH-3 (km.15.60 of NH-75) to km.236.00 section of NH-3 in the State of MP.  The project road (NH-3, Package-I) starts from km 15+060 and ends at km 236+000. Total length of the project road is 125.300 kms. Most of the section of Project Highway passes through plain terrain. The land use pattern of the project area is Agriculture and built-up. Project Road passes through 17 villages. The Project Road passes through Madhav National Park (from 216.00 to km 221.460). The existing right of way varies from 25-60 m. The proposed right of way is mostly 60 m. Approximately 460 ha of land is proposed to be acquired for the improvement of the project, out of which agriculture land is about 361.00 ha, forest land is 59 ha,  built up is 18 ha. There are existing 4 major bridges, 39 Minor bridges, 133 nos. of culverts, 1 Railway over Bridge. 4 major bridges, 49 Minor bridges, 146 culverts, 3 Railway Over Bridge, 1 vehicular underpass, 9 pedestrian cattle underpass, 26 Bus bays, 4 Truck Lay Byes, 3 bypasses, 2 Rest area and 2 Toll Plaza has been proposed. (Including existing structures). Service road of 6.400 km has been proposed along the project road on both sides at 3 nos. of locations. Fly ash will be used for construction of embankment from Km 15/060 to Km 236/000 as per MoEF notification. 585 KL Water (mostly surface water) for 500 days shall be required for construction and other purpose including   plantation and dust suppression. 17700 trees may be affected due to proposed road, against which about 53100 saplings are proposed to be planted. There would be about 635 project affected families due to the improvement of project road. The entitled person shall be compensated according to the provision of NH Act 1956. The budget for environmental management works and operation phases is Rs. 11.57 crore. The total construction cost of the project is Rs. 897.73crore. The total cost for Resettlement and Rehabilitation is approx. Rs. 18.49 crore.

 

During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional ToR for further study:        

 

(i)                 Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

(ii)              Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

 

(iii)            Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

(iv)             Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

(v)                Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vi)             The projects is located within 10 km. of Madhav National park (at 5.5 km) and a Bird Sanctuary (at 7.8 km), a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC.

 

(vii)           Study regarding the Animal bypasses/underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out. Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

 

(viii)        The proposed route requires cutting of 17,700 trees, submit their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

(ix)            If the proposed route is passing through a city or town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance etc.

 

(x)               The proposal also requires 59 ha of forest area.  Necessary permission for diversion of forest area shall be obtained.

 

(xi)            Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

(xii)          Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

(xiii)       Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, since the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

 

(xiv)         Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xv)           Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xvi)         The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xvii)      Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any. Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modelling at different representative locations.

 

(xviii)    Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

(xix)        Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

(xx)          If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/dump site along with necessary permission.

 

(xxi)        If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

(xxii)     Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water.

 

(xxiii)   Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges. Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

(xxiv)    If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

(xxv)       Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

(xxvi)    If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

(xxvii)  Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

(xxviii)           IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(xxix)   Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

(xxx)      Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. Road safety audit shall be carried out and report shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

(xxxi)   Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends– incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

(xxxii) If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

(xxxiii)    Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

(xxxiv)      Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/ employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

(xxxv)        Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

(xxxvi)      Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

(xxxvii)   Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted in all the Districts for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways”.

 

4.11      Finalization of TOR for widening and improvement from 2-lane to 4/6-laning of Jabalpur-Rewa section of NH-7 in the State of MP from km.242.300 to km.438.222 by NHAI. [F.No.10-2/2011-IA-III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for widening and improvement from 2-lane to 4/6-laning of Jabalpur-Rewa section of NH-7 in the State of MP.  The project road (NH-7) starts from Rewa km 242+300 and end at Jabalpur at km 438+222 in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Total length of the road is 199.79 kms. Most of the section of Project Highway passes through plain terrain. The land use pattern of the project area is mostly Agriculture and built-up. Project Road passes through 147 villages, out of which 4 are in Rewa District, 92 in Satna District, 29 in Katni District and 22 are in Jabalpur District. The Project Road does not pass through any  National Park and Sanctuary. The existing Right of Way varies from 18 m to 60 m. The proposed Right of way is 60 m. Approximately 760 ha of land is proposed to be acquired for the improvement of the project, out of which agriculture land is about 725 ha and forest land is 35 ha. There are existing 3 major bridges, 53 minor bridges, 261 culverts, 4 vehicular underpass, 1 pedestrian/cattle pass, 1 ROB and 1 Toll Plaza. 3 major bridges, 55 Minor bridges, 519 culverts, 2 ROB, 5 flyover, 11 Vehicular Underpasses 30 Pedestrian and cattle Underpasses, 3 Toll Plaza have been proposed (Including existing structure). There are existing 12 major junctions. There are 40 major and 157 minor junctions have been proposed. Including existing structure. 76 bus bays and 6 truck lay bay have been provided on both sides. Service Road of 66.702 km has been proposed along the project road on both sides at 32 nos. locations. About 8500 trees will come in proposed RoW and instead of these 20,000 trees shall be planted at available land. Fifteen bypasses have been proposed respectively at following locations Bela, Amarpatan, Maihar, Ghunwara, Amdara, Pakaria, Patharhata & Sabhaganj, Jukehi, Teori, Chhapra, Sleemnabad, Dhangawan, Sihora, Jhujhari & Gosalpur, Gandhigram in the stretch. 800 KLD Water  for 500 days shall be required for construction and other purpose including   plantation and dust suppression.

 

          Fly ash will be used for construction of embankment from Km 242/300 to Km 438/222 as per MoEF notification. There would be about 1202 project affected families due to the improvement of project road. The entitled person shall be compensated according to the provision of NH Act 1956. The budget for environmental management work and operation phases is Rs. 7.71 crore. The total construction cost of the project is Rs. 1,887.66 crore. The total cost for Resettlement and Rehabilitation is approximately Rs. 16.42 crore.

 

During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional ToR for further study:        

 

(i)                 Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

(ii)              The proposal indicates the acquisition of forest land 35 ha. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained from the Forest Department.

 

(iii)            Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

 

(iv)             Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

(v)                Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

(vi)             Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vii)           Study regarding the Animal bypasses/underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out. Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

 

(viii)        The proposed route requires cutting of 8,500 trees, submit their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

(ix)            The proposal also required a diversion of 35 ha of forest area in Katni district.  Necessary permission shall be obtained.

 

(x)               If the proposed route is passing through a city or town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance etc.

 

(xi)            Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

(xii)          Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

(xiii)       Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

 

(xiv)         Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xv)           Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xvi)         The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xvii)      Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any. Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modeling at different representative locations.

 

(xviii)    Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

(xix)        Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

(xx)          If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/dump site along with necessary permission.

 

(xxi)        If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

(xxii)     Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water.

 

(xxiii)   Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges. Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

(xxiv)    If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

(xxv)       Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

(xxvi)    If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

(xxvii)  Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

(xxviii)           IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(xxix)   Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

(xxx)      Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. Road safety audit shall be carried out and report shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

(xxxi)   Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends– incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

(xxxii) If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

(xxxiii)    Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

(xxxiv)      Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

(xxxv)        Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

(xxxvi)      Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

(xxxvii)   Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted in all the Districts for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways”.

 

4.12      Finalization of TOR for widening and improvement from 2-lane to 4/6-laning of Shivpuri-Dewas Section of NH-3 Package-II from km.236.00 (Chainage 0.00) to km.566.450 (Chainage 332.600) section of NH-3 in the State of MP by NHAI [F.No.10-3/2011-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for widening and improvement from 2-lane to 4/6-laning of Shivpuri-Dewas Section of NH-3 Package-II from km.236.00 (Chainage 0.00) to km.566.450 (Chainage 332.600) section of NH-3 in the State of MP. The project road (NH-3, Package II) starts from Shivpuri at km 236+000 and ends at Dewas km 566+450 in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Total length of road is 332.600 kms including Guna bypass. Project Road passes through 65 villages. Most of the section of Project Highway passes through plain terrain. The land use pattern of the project area is mostly Agriculture and built-up. The existing right of way varies from 25-60 m. The proposed right of way is mostly 60 m. Approximately 900 ha of land is proposed to be acquired for the improvement of the project, out of which agriculture land is about 706.0 ha, barren land is 137.0 ha, forest land is 20 ha and built up is 37.0 ha. The Project Road passes through Bilonia Reserve Forest and Gadher Reverse Forest. There are existing 11  major bridges, 95 minor bridges, 171  culverts, 1 Railway Over Bridge, 4 Vehicular Underpass, 6 Pedestrian/ Cattle Underpass. 11  major bridges, 95 minor bridges, 284  culverts, 3 flyover,  2 Railway Over Bridge, 2 Vehicular Underpass, 41 Pedestrian/ Cattle Underpass ,114 Bus bays, 8 Truck Lay Byes, 4 Rest area and 5 Toll Plaza has been proposed. (Including existing structures). There are eight bypass have been proposed at Kolaras, Lukawasa, Badarwas, Ruthai, Binagunj, Saranpur, Shahjapur, and Maksi villages. Service road of 62.900 km has been proposed on both sides at 16 nos. of locations. 1640 KL Water for 500 days shall be required for construction and other purpose including   plantation and dust suppression. 68588 trees may be affected due to proposed road, against which about 205764 saplings are proposed to be planted.  Fly ash has been used for construction of embankment from Km 236/000 to Km 566/450 as per MoEF notification;

 

There would be about 1602 project affected families due to the improvement of project road. The entitled person shall be compensated according to the provision of NH Act 1956. The budget for environmental management works and operation phases comes out to be Rs. 40.42 crore. The total construction cost of the project is Rs. 2,381crore. The total cost for Resettlement and Rehabilitation is approx. Rs. 54.40 crore.

 

During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional ToR for further study:        

 

(i)                 Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

(ii)              The proposal indicates the acquisition of forest land 20 ha. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained from the Forest Department.

 

(iii)            Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

 

(iv)             Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

(v)                Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

(vi)             Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vii)           If the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment/control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

(viii)        If the proposed route involves tunneling, the details of the tunnel and locations of tunneling with geological structural fraction should be provided. In case the road passes through a flood plain of the river, the details of micro drainage, flood passages and information on flood periodicity at least of last 50 years in the area should be examined.

 

(ix)            If the projects is located within 10 km. of the national parks, sanctuaries, biosphere reserves, migratory corridors of wild animals, then a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC.

 

(x)               Study regarding the Animal bypasses/underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out. Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

 

(xi)            The proposed route requires cutting of 68,588 trees, submit their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

(xii)          The proposal also passes through Bilonia Reserve forest and Gadher Reserve forest.  Necessary permission shall be obtained.

 

(xiii)       If the proposed route is passing through a city or town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance etc.

 

(xiv)         Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

(xv)           Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

(xvi)         Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

 

(xvii)      Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xviii)    Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xix)        The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xx)          Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any. Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modelling at different representative locations.

 

(xxi)        Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

(xxii)     Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

(xxiii)   If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/dump site along with necessary permission.

 

(xxiv)    If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

(xxv)       Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water.

 

(xxvi)    Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges. Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

(xxvii)  If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

(xxviii)     Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

(xxix)   If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

(xxx)      Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

(xxxi)   IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(xxxii) Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

(xxxiii)    Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. Road safety audit shall be carried out and report shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

(xxxiv)      Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends– incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

(xxxv)        If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

(xxxvi)      Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

(xxxvii)   Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/ employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

(xxxviii) Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

(xxxix)     Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

(xl)                  Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted in all the Districts for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways”.

 

4.13      Finalization of TOR for rehabilitation and up gradation of existing single/ intermediate lane to 2-lane to lane with paved shoulder from Jind to Jalandhar and up to Himanchal Border (NH-70 and NH-71) in the State of Haryana and Punjab by NHAI [F. No. 10-4/2011-IA.III].

 

          As presented by the project proponent the proposal is for rehabilitation and up gradation of existing single/ intermediate lane to 2-lane to lane with paved shoulder from Jind to Jalandhar and up to Himanchal Border (NH-70 and NH-71) in the State of Haryana and Punjab. The proposed road starts from Km 0/000 of NH-71  at Jalandhar and ends at Jind (Km 307/00) and NH 70 starts from Km 0/000 at Jalandhar and ends at Punjab/ Himachal  Border (Km59/000) covering about 350 kilometers. The project road falls in Hosiarpur, Jalandhar, Firozpur, Moga, Sangrur & Patiala of Punjab and Jind of Haryana. The road section passes through buitup areas of Jalandhar, Gahiran, Nakodar, Malsian, Shahkot, Jalalbad, Fategarh, Dalah, Buttar, Badhini, Lohran, Bilaspur, Barnala, Sangrur,Patran, Khanuri, Jind in NH 71 and Adampur, Kathar and Hosiarpur in NH70. Land use pattern within 10 km on either side of project area is agriculture, and built-up. Similarly, land use along the project road (within 60 meter corridor) is predominantly agriculture(54%) followed by built-up and urban area.

 

          Existing RoW of the project road varien between 20-30 meters. The proposed right of way (RoW) is 45m for widening existing road and  60 m is kept for bypasses and realignments. Approximately 1085 ha. land is proposed to be acquired for the improvement of project road, out of which agriculture land is about 1050 ha and built-up land is 35 ha. Tree cutting within existing RoW will be required for the construction of 2/4 lane road; Proposal for diversion of forest nursery/protected forest along the road is submitted with state Govt.  The project road does not pass through any eco-sensitive areas. However, Bir Aishwan wild life sanctuaries is about 3 km away from the project road. Approximately 15000 trees proposed to be felled for the improvement of project road, against which about 45000 trees shall be planted as avenue plantation apart from statutory requirement. There are existing 8 major bridges,38 minor bridges, 305 pipe/slab/arch culvert. There are 8 major bridges, 38 minor bridges and 330 culverts have been proposed including existing bridges and culverts. There are 22 major junctions and 292 minor intersections on the project road, which have been proposed for improved under proposed design. Footpaths cum drain have been provided 35  km width of 1.5 m. Service roads have been provided for 25 km. Bypasses have been proposed to avoid congestion for built-up town portion. These bypasses are at Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Gahiran, Nakodar, Malsian, Sahnkot, Badhini, Lohran,Bilaspur,Khanuri and Jind. Total length of bypass is 74 km. Bus bays have been provided at 120 locations on both sides. 25 Underpasses / Overpasses have been proposed. Truck lay byes have been provided at 5 locations on both sides of the road. W-beam crash barrier / stone masonry guard wall be proposed . There would be about 1500 project affected families due to the improvement of project road. The entitled persons shall be compensated according to the provisions of the National Highways Act, 1956. Peak demand of water would be approximate 1200 KLD during construction. Fly ash will be used for construction of road from Panipath and Bhatinda power plant. The approximate budget for environmental management works worked out to Rs. 28 Crores . Cost for resettlement and compensation worked out to Rs. 500 Crores. The total civil cost of the project is approximately Rs. 2455 Crores.

 

          During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional ToR for further study:        

 

(i)                 Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

(ii)              Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

 

(iii)            Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

(iv)             Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

(v)                Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vi)             If the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment/control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

(vii)           If the proposed route involves tunneling, the details of the tunnel and locations of tunneling with geological structural fraction should be provided. In case the road passes through a flood plain of the river, the details of micro drainage, flood passages and information on flood periodicity at least of last 50 years in the area should be examined.

 

(viii)        The projects is located within 10 km. of Bir Aishwan Wildlife sanctuary, a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC.

 

(ix)            Study regarding the Animal bypasses/underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out. Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

 

(x)               The proposed route requires cutting of 15,000 trees, submit their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

(xi)            If the proposed route is passing through a city or town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance etc.

 

(xii)          Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

(xiii)       Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

(xiv)         Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

 

(xv)           Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xvi)         Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xvii)      The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xviii)    Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any. Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modelling at different representative locations.

 

(xix)        Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

(xx)          Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

(xxi)        If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/dump site along with necessary permission.

 

(xxii)     If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

(xxiii)   Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water.

 

(xxiv)    Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges. Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

(xxv)       If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

(xxvi)    Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

(xxvii)  If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

(xxviii)           Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

(xxix)   IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(xxx)      Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

(xxxi)   Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. Road safety audit shall be carried out and report shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

(xxxii) Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends– incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

(xxxiii)          If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

(xxxiv)      Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

(xxxv)        Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

(xxxvi)      Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

(xxxvii)   Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

(xxxviii) Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted in all the Districts for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways”.

 

2nd Day:  15th February, 2011:

 

3.          Reconsideration of Old Projects contd.

 

3.7           Environmental Clearance for the expansion of Games Village at Dag No. 4, 5, 6, 7,15, 38, 31,32,18,14,12,30,33, Mouza-Beltola, Village Basistha, Guwahati, Assam by M/s. Assam Metropolitan Development Authority [F.No.21-25/2010-IA.III]

 

          As presented by project proponent, the project involves development of Residential, Commercial Building and Shopping Complex on a plot area of 93,645 sq.m.  Out of which 36,957.86 will be developed as extension in Phase –II.  The total built-up area is 1,55,383 sq.m. The total water requirement is 1217 KLD (fresh water 907 KLD).  The capacity of STP proposed is 688 KLD.  Treated waste water to be used for horticulture-170 KLD & HVAC cooling -112 KLD and car washing-28 KLD.  Total solid waste generation will be 3 T/day.  The power requirement is 6,116 KW.  The total parking spaces proposed are for 790 cars.

 

          During discussion, the Committee observed that the total built up area of the project is more than 1,50,000 sq.mtrs. and as per EIA Notification, 2006 the proposal should be appraised as Category ‘B1’. The Committee finalised the following ToR:-

 

(i)                A site plan showing the project site and its surroundings with physical features and topographical details, such as land use, contours and drainage pattern, along with photographs of the site from all four sides, should be included in the background information.

 

(ii)              Examine the quantity required for filling/ excavation of site and identify the area from where the earth will be borrowed/ disposed and whether any permission will be needed.

 

(iii)           Examine in detail the proposed site with reference to impact on infrastructure covering water supply, storm water drainage, sewerage, power, etc., and the disposal of treated/raw wastes from the complex on land/water body and into sewerage system.

 

(iv)             Carry out hydro-geological investigations and seek permission from Central Ground Water Authority for withdrawal of ground water.

 

(v)               Examine water quality also with reference to Persistent Organic Pollutants.

 

(vi)             Consider soil characteristics and permeability for   rainwater harvesting proposals, which should be made with due safeguards for ground water quality. Maximise recycling of water and utilisation of rainwater.

 

(vii)          Make provision for guard pond and other provisions for safety against failure in the operation of wastewater treatment facilities.  Identify acceptable outfall for treated effluent.

 

(viii)        Noise mitigation plan should be described.  Also make provision of green belt as a measure for mitigation of dust and noise and buffer between habitation and I.T. Park.

 

(ix)            Examine existing education and health facilities, police and other services and include adequate provisions in the proposal.

 

(x)              Study the existing flora and fauna of the area and the impact of the project on them.

 

(xi)            Landscape plan, green belts and open spaces may be described.

 

(xii)         Assess soil erosion in view of the soil characteristics, topography and rainfall pattern.

 

(xiii)       Application of renewable energy/alternate energy, such as solar and wind energy may be described including solar water heating in the guidelines for entrepreneurs.

 

(xiv)        Consider solid wastes, including e-waste in addition to other solid wastes and their disposal.

 

(xv)           Identification of recyclable wastes and waste utilisation arrangements may be made.

 

(xvi)        Explore possibility of generating biogas from biodegradable wastes.

 

(xvii)       Arrangements for hazardous waste management may be described as also the common facilities for waste collection, treatment, recycling and disposal of all effluent, emission and refuse including MSW, biomedical and hazardous wastes.  Special attention should be made with respect to bird menace.

 

(xviii)    Provisions made for safety in storage of materials, products and wastes may be described.

 

(xix)        Disaster management plan should be prepared.

 

(xx)           Traffic management plan including parking and loading / unloading areas may be described.  Traffic survey should be carried out both on weekdays and weekend.

 

(xxi)        Provide service road for entry and exit to project site.

 

(xxii)      Use of local building materials should be described.

 

(xxiii)   Consider DG Flue Gas emissions to be treated in a scrubber.

 

(xxiv)     Provide for conservation of resources, energy efficiency and use of renewable sources of energy in the light of ECBC code.

 

(xxv)       Application of resettlement and rehabilitation policy may be described. Project affected persons should be identified and rehabilitation and resettlement plan should be prepared.

 

(xxvi)     Examine separately the details for construction and operation phases both for Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan.

 

          A detailed draft EIA/EMP report should be prepared as per the above additional TOR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the Notification. 

 

4.          Consideration of New projects contd.

 

4.14      Environmental Clearance for expansion of Bangalore International Airport [ J-16011/11/97]

 

            As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves expansion of Bangalore International Airport and enhance the passenger handling capacity from 11.4 MPPA to 17.2 MPPA. The proposal includes, expansion of terminal building on east and West sides, construction of additional apron, VVIP building, energy centre, new chiller plant, improvements on airside, landside and roads, forecourt. Land requirement for the proposed facilities will be approximately 20 ha. which is available within the Airport area. No additional land acquisition is proposed. The existing water requirement is 3.53 MLD. The requirement for the expansion will be 1 MLD and it will be met from existing supply of BWSSB. The existing STP of 2 MLD capacity and is Airport concessionaires like Taj SATS and LSG together operates 0.65 MLD STPs which are sufficient to treat the sewage expected from expansion. The project cost is Rs. 978 crores

 

          There is no wildlife Sanctuary/ National Parks/ Environmental Sensitive areas exist within 10 km of the project site. Major access point to BAIl is NH-7. A 2 x 3 lane road, a 2-lane fly over (trumpet-flyover) from either direction is leading into the airport. The terminal area further to the east is connected via a 4- lane main access road. The cargo area is connected via a 2 – lane undivided secondary access road. There is no developments/ habitation along the take off and landing tunnel.

 

          The public hearing for the project was conducted on 03.03.2001 under EIA Notification, 2006 and EC was issued on 27.08.2002. Another EC was issued for modernization/ expansion on 06.05.2008.

 

          The proposal examined by the EAC in its meeting held on 20th -22nd October, 2010 and finalized the additional TOR for further study.        

 

Forests clearance was granted for 1394.2 acres vide letter No. 8-66/96-EC dated 19.08.2002. The land has been transferred by KSIIDC, Government of Karnataka to BAIL.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   The noise level report is not depicting the noise level along tunnel during take off and landing, though there are no habitational area along the tunnel area, the details shall be monitored and data shall be superimposed on the layout and submitted to the Ministry prior to the Commencement of Expansion work.

 

ii)                 The biomedical waste generated is not to be stored beyond 48 hrs as per the Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules.

 

iii)              Proponent shall earmark at least 2 % of the profit for CSR activities.

 

            The Committee recommends the proposal for Environment                    Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.15      CRZ clearance for Shore protection measures at Southern Foreshore of Chennai Port by M/s Chennai Port Trust [F. No. 10-104/2007-IA.III]

 

As presented by the Project proponent the project involves construction of 6 numbers of shore connected rubble mound groynes of different lengths and spacing between the existing sand screen and river Cooum mouth. Construction of rubble  mound groynes  will accumulate a land  area of  about 14 ha in 25 years through accretion process. The model study has been carried out by IIT Chennai. For the project 6 shore connected groynes will be constructed. The length of the groynes is approximately taken as half of  the distance between groynes. The  groyne  G1 is placed near sand screen and is  of length of about 100 m extending  up to  a water depth of 2 m. G 2  is placed at a distance  of 300 m from G1 and is  of  about 150m  length extending up   to a  water depth of 3m.G3 of length 200 m is extended up to water depth of 4 m  placed at a distance  of 300 m from G2.G4  and G5 are  of length about 200m placed at a distance of 500 m extending up to a water depth of 5m and 5.5m respectively. The groyne G6 is of length of about 150m placed at a distance of about 300m. The groynes have been designed for wave crest elevation of +4.2 m. and crest width of 4.0m.For the construction 2,40,000MT of quarry stones will be required. The proposed project falls in the Coastal Regulation Zone -I(ii) area. The project does not attract EIA Notification, 2006.

 

          The project was discussed in detail in the 57th EAC meeting held on 28th and 29th September, 2007 and the Committee had raised certain issues.  The issues raised and the clarification offered by the Proponent at the meeting held on 15th February 2011 were mainly about impact of groynes on Cooum river mouth, Consequential beach nourishment, Modeling study on the basis of mobile bed concept and Use of developed land due to construction of groynes. The Committee examined the details submitted by the project proponent.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   The Committee noted that the proposal is a shore protection measure and not an activity connected with port operation and since this is confined within the port limits, the requirement of recommendation of Tamil Nadu Coastal Zone Management Authority may be dispensed with. However, details shall be submitted to the SCZMA for their record/ information.

 

ii)                 There shall be periodical monitoring of shore line changes to ascertain the findings of IIT-M as also the behavior of groynes against natural causes.

 

iii)               Proper construction sequence shall be adopted to match with the reversal of directions of littoral transport and the net flow of south to north.

 

iv)                The additional land shall be used only for public cause and not for port development activity as per directions issued earlier.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                    Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.16      Environmental Clearance for establishment of incinerator with the capacity of 4.2 tons for waste cloth at SEZ, Atchuthapuram, Visakhapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh by M/s. Brandix India’s Apprel City Pvt. Ltd. [F.No.10-81/2009-IA.III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves establishment of incinerator with the capacity of 4.2 tons for waste cloth from the integrated textile and apparel park is being developed in the APSEZ covering an area of about 9200 acres in Visakhapatnam. The project has been divided in to Phase I (3628 Acres) and Phase II (5651 Acres) and land has been acquired. Government of India vide their letter no. F2 (2)/10/2000-EPZ dated 26.09.2000 of Ministry of Commerce & Industry (EPZ Section) has awarded in-principal approval for setting up this APSEZ. Brandix Lanka Ltd. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Government of Andhra Pradesh on 2nd July, 2005 to establish this Textile Park.

 

          The park is planned with all common and support infrastructure facilities like roads, storm water drains and greenbelt and CETP. The park will have an uninterrupted power supply through a dedicated substation from APTRANSCO. The park will have a well-planned water supply system. Effluent collection system to convey the individual units industrial effluents and the domestic sewage from each industry and treated at the Common Effluent Treatment Plan. A temporary hazardous waste collection system for temporary storage and disposal of hazardous waste at legitimate disposal site at CWMF. The treated effluents will be disposed in to the sea after treatment complying to Marine Outfall Standards.  The Environmental Clearance to the Park was issued by the Ministry vide letter No. 21-540/2006-IA.III, dated 14.03.2007.

 

          Now, the proponent has proposed to install four incinerators with a total capacity of 16.8 TPD (4 x 4.2 TPD). Cost of phase-I is Rs. 0.64 crores with a capacity of 300 kg/hr. The type of waste will be waste cloth generated from Brandix.

 

          The proposal was examined by the EAC in its meeting held on   21st 23rd December, 2010 and finalized additional ToR for further Study.

 

The committee noted that the wastes proposed to be incinerated is only cotton wastes from the textile industry, but it may have certain printing inks, dyes etc.

 

          During the discussions, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Guidelines of CPCB for Common Hazardous Wastes Incinerators shall be followed.

 

(ii)              Only brand stickers/ tags should be incinerated to avoid misuse of the same. Other waste cloth shall be explored to dispose to the recyclers after cutting the same into pieces. Incinerated ash shall be disposed at TSDF approved by APPCB.

 

(iii)            Transportation and handling of Hazardous Wastes shall be as per the Hazardous Wastes (Management, Handling and Trans-boundary Movement)) Rules, 2008

 

(iv)             An on Site Emergency Management Plan shall be prepared and implemented.

 

(v)                Periodical air quality monitoring in and around the site shall be carried out. 

 

(vi)             Use only low sulphur diesel.  No other oil shall be used.

 

(vii)           No waste other than textile waste shall be incinerated. Prior clearance shall be obtained for the incineration of other wastes.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environment                    Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.17      CRZ clearance for setting up of a Resort Hotel Complex  at S.F. No. 92/3 B1, 92/1B1 pt and 93/3A of Thiruvidanthai Village, Chengalpattu Taluk, Kancheepuram District by M/s Nest Hotels & Resorts (Kodaikanal) Pvt. Ltd. [F. No. 11-19/2010-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves setting up of a Resort at S.F. No. 92/1B1 pt and 93/3A of Thiruvidanthai Village, Chengalpattu Taluk, Kancheepuram District. Total plot area is 0.45 acres. The construction will involve 6 rooms and a restaurant with  built up area will be 868.75 sqm. The Height of the building is 7.7.m. The water requirement is 2 KLD and proposed to be met from land at No. 5 Mambakkam road Vengaivasal, Chennai. Which is located outside the CRZ. The wastewater will be treated in STP consisting of biological treatment system. The treated wastewater will be used for gardening. The solid waste generation is 12 Kg/day and will be collected and handed over to the Municipal Authority. The total cost of the project is Rs. 1.60 crores.

 

The site falls within CR-III area and the boundary of the plot from HTL is 190 m and construction is planned at 256 m from HTL. The Tamil Nadu Coastal Zone Management Authority has recommended the project.

 

The proposal was put up for appraisal in the 87th Meeting of the EAC held on 19th - 20th April, 2010 and the Committee deferred the proposal since the proponent did not attend the meeting

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   There shall be no fencing/ construction within 200 m from HTL, not even the temporary boundary wall.

 

ii)                 There shall be no ground water drawal within CRZ area. The details of the location of the water source shall be submitted.

 

iii)               A revised map showing the coordinates of HTL, 200m line, 500m boundary at discrete intervals 25m/50m etc as appropriate shall be submitted in place of mere lines shown in the map prepared by NIO (or any authorized agency) so as to enable verification of installations and compliance thereof on the ground later when the work is in progress.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                    Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.18      CRZ clearance for establishment of conveying system of cement storage facility at New Mangalore Port by M/s Ultra Tech Cement Ltd. [F. No. 11-78/2010-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves establishment of conveying system of cement storage facility at New Mangalore Port. M/s Ultratech Cement Ltd. has an existing bulk terminal commissioned in 1998 in the Port. There is conveyor belt of 600 m length and 150 m falls within CRZ area and the rest falls in CRZ-II.

 

The Committee noted that the conveyor is established prior to the clearance, hence it amounts to violation of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. The Committee suggested that the Ministry should take action/ proceed as per the Ministry’s OM dated 16.11.2010. 

 

4.19      CRZ clearance for construction New Modern Hygienic Fish Market at Karaikal, Puducherry by M/s Project Implementing Agency, Govt. of Puducherry.  [F. No. 11-151/2010 –IA-III]

 

The Committee deferred the proposal since, as per the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011, this project requires clearance from State Authority.

 

4.20     Environmental Clearance for Commercial Project at Desom Olavana village, kozhikode taluk, Kozhikode, Kerala by M/s. Hi-Lite  Realtors Pvt. Ltd [F.No.21-56/2010-IA.III]

 

The project involves construction of Commercial Complex on a plot area of 1.728 Ha. The total built-up area is 70,125 Sq.m. The proposed complex will have Basement 1 & 2 Lower Ground Floor+ Upper Ground + 9 Floors. The complex will have Retail Shops, Hotel (115 Rooms), Restaurant (2 nos.), Multiplex & Assembly Hall. The total water requirement is 107.86 KLD (fresh water -49.558 KLD).  The capacity of STP proposed is 117 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets -58.302 KLD; horticulture -5 KLD & HVAC cooling -24.064 KLD. Total solid waste generation will be 935.30 Kg/day. The power requirement is 3.7 MVA. The total parking spaces proposed are for 662 cars + 166 two wheelers + 2 buses + 2 mini buses. Total cost of the project is Rs. 136 Crores.

 

          During the discussions, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   The entry and exit to the project should be revised (Left in and left out).

 

ii)                 Provisions shall be made for taxi parking within the complex.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environment                    Clearance with the above two conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.21      Environmental Clearance for construction of Residential project at village Kakkanad, Panchayat Phrikkakara, taluk Kanayannur, District Ernakulam, Kerala by M/s. Jain Housing and construction Ltd.[F.No.21-59/2010-IA.III]

 

The project involves construction of Group Housing project on a plot area of 35,084.62 sq.m. The total built-up area is 1,39,885.78 sq.m. It is proposed to construct 1,216 dwelling units (1 BR-456 + 1BR +Study-456 + 2 BR = 304 Nos.) with Club area. Which will have 8 Towers (LP floor + UPfloor + 19 floors). The total water requirement is 538.30 KLD (fresh water -399.25 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 582 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets-139.05 KL, horticulture-21KLD and nearby plantation-275.973 KLD. Total solid waste generation will be 2,420 Kg/day. The power requirement is 8,000 KVA. The total parking spaces proposed are for 1,337 cars + 334 two wheelers. Total cost of the project is Rs. 112.122 Crores.

 

          During the discussion, the following point emerged:

 

i)                   The road along the park is not required and can be converted into pedestrial. The outer road should be widen to minimum 9.0 m. Revise the layout plan accordingly. 

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environment                    Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.22     Environmental Clearance for the proposed Group Housing at Sreekariya Grama Panchayat, Trivendrum Corporation (New), Kerala by M/s Desai Homes [F.No. 21-60/2010-IA.III]

 

The project involves construction of group housing project on a plot area of 16, 270 sq.m. The total built-up area is 73,774.10 sq.m. It is proposed to construct 512 dwelling units (1 BR-92; 1 BR+Study-320; 2BR-100) with club facility in 3 Towers (Ground + 18 Floors). The total water requirement is 232.16 KLD (fresh water 170.40 KLD).The capacity of STP proposed is 250 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets 61.76 KLD & balance 126.24 KLD is to be disposed in the external drain. Total solid waste generation will be 1,024 Kg/day. The power requirement is 3,200 KWH. The total parking spaces proposed are for 564 cars + 135 two wheelers. Total cost of the project is Rs. 95.257 Crores.

 

          During the discussion, the following point emerged:

 

i)                   The drainage system of the site shall be re-examined to avoid any water logging. Provision shall be made for garland drain.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environment                    Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.23     Environmental Clearance for the Proposed Hotel cum Office project at Guwahati, Assam by M/s Maxim Infrastructure and Real Estate Pvt. Ltd.[F.No. 21-1/2011-IA-III]

 

The project involves construction of a Five Star hotel-cum-Office project on a plot area of 8,292 sq.m. The total built-up area is 20,609 sq.m. & 2 level basements with 9,792.43 sq.m. It is proposed to construct luxury hotel with 181 room (G+8Floors) + office complex (G+7Floors). The total water requirement is 356 KLD (fresh water 215 KLD + recycled water-141 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 210 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets 36 KLD & horticulture-12 KLD & HVAC cooling -139 KLD. Total solid waste generation will be 533 Kg/day. The power requirement is 1,700 KVA. The total parking spaces proposed are for 180 cars.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   Submitted and circulated documents were different then the presentation documents. Submit revised documents including the Form 1, Form 1A and the Conceptual plan.

 

ii)                 Revise the parking as per the MoEF Guidelines and provisions shall be made for bus, taxi parking and also vehicles of physically challenged persons.

 

iii)              Water segregation shall be carried out at source and organic shall be composted. Adequate space shall be provided within the complex.

 

iv)                EMP did not cover the construction phase, revise and submit the details.

 

v)                  DG set shall meet the CPCB norms.

 

vi)                Submit the details of the disposal of excess treated waste water during the rainy seasons.

 

vii)             The landscape plan is very sketchy, Revise and submit the landscape plan.

 

viii)           Revise and submit the site plan taking into consideration of the carriage way.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environment                    Clearance after submission of the information at to the ministry and with the above conditions at (iii) & (iv) in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.24     Environmental Clearance for the Proposed Hotel cum office project at shillong, Assam by M/s Maxim Infrastructure and Real Estate Pvt. Ltd.[F.No. 21-7/2011-IA-III]

 

The project involves construction of a Five Star hotel-cum-Office project on a plot area of 6,658sq.m. The total built-up area is 17,360.63 sq.m. & 2 level basements with 6,712.32 sq.m. It is proposed to construct luxury hotel with 158 room (G+5Floors) + office complex (G+5Floors). The total water requirement is 288 KLD (fresh water 147 KLD + recycled water-135 KLD).The capacity of STP proposed is 170 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets 28 KLD & horticulture-6.7 KLD & HVAC cooling -100 KLD. Total solid waste generation will be 386 Kg/day. The power requirement is 1,500 KVA. The total parking spaces proposed are for 88 cars.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   Submitted and circulated documents were different then the presentation documents. Submit revised documents including the Form 1, Form 1A and the Conceptual plan.

 

ii)                 Revise the parking as per the MoEF Guidelines and provisions shall be made for bus, taxi parking and also vehicles of physically challenged persons.

 

iii)              Water segregation shall be carried out at source and organic shall be composted. Adequate space shall be provided within the complex.

 

iv)                EMP did not cover the construction phase, revise and submit the details.

 

v)                  DG set shall meet the CPCB norms.

 

vi)                Submit the details of the disposal of excess treated waste water during the rainy seasons.

 

vii)             The landscape plan is very sketchy, Revise and submit the landscape plan.

 

viii)           Revise and submit the site plan taking into consideration of the carriage way.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environment                    Clearance after submission of the information at to the ministry and with the above conditions at (iii) & (iv) in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.25     Environmental Clearance for construction of residential complex at TS.No. 2-9-408, Ward No.2, Kacheri Kozhikode, Kerala by M/s. P. K. Sons [F.No.21-50/2010-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the project involves the construction of group housing complex on a plot area of 26667.75 sq.mtrs. The total built up area will be 107171.25 sq.mtrs. (existing 10443.66 sq.mtrs and proposed is 96,727.59 sq.mtrs). The total water requirement will be 423 KLD (existing 43 KLD and proposed 380KLD. Fresh water requirement will be 288 KLD. The capacity of STP will be 425 KLD. The treated waste water is to be used for flushing of toilets 123 KLD, horticulture 9 KLD, DG cooling 3 KLD, balance 147 KLD will be disposed in the external drainage. The total solid waste generation will be 1546 Kg/per day (existing 161 Kg/day and proposed 163 kg/day. The total cost of the project is 112.12 crores.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   Explore the less power consuming treatment systems viz. baffle reactor etc. for the treatment of sewage.

 

ii)                 ROW in side the complex shall be minimum of 9 meters. The vehicular circulation shall be revised accordingly.

 

iii)              The landscape plan is very sketchy, Revise and submit the landscape plan.

 

iv)                Parking shall be revised as per the norms of MoEF

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environment                    Clearance with the above conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.26     Finalization of ToR for Edible Oil Park at village Buchenelli, District Medak, Andhra Pradesh by M/s. Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation [F.No. 21-24/2010-IA.III]

 

The project involves construction of development of a Edible Oil Park on a plot area of 314.40 acres (127.12 ha.). Area under industrial plots 214.67 acres, under roads 52.26 acres, under open space 21.44 acres, CFC area 7.82 acres and commercial area 8.21 acres. The total water requirement is 12012 KLD. Fresh water requirement will be 7560 KLD. The capacity of STP proposed is 166 KLD. Total solid waste generation will be 1280 Ton/day out of which organic waste will be 1075 TPD. The Domestic waste will be 1.125 TPD. The power requirement is 2 MW. Total cost of the project is Rs. 20.21 Crores.

 

          It was informed that since there are no takers of for plots for edible oil industry, it is proposed that the plots for pharma industry may also be allotted.

 

          During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional TOR for further study:        

         

(i)                Alternative sites should also be evaluated on relevant parameters in which impact on the nearby villages should be included and also examine the agricultural productivity of land; is it a correct choice.

 

(ii)              Submit the details of river adjacent to the site and impacts due to the project.

 

(iii)           Examine in detail the proposed site with reference to impact on infrastructure covering water supply, storm water drainage, sewerage, power, etc., and the disposal of treated/raw wastes from the park on land/water body and into sewerage system.

 

(iv)             Study the socio-economic situation of the project area and its surroundings and their impact on the project design and operation.

 

(v)               Study the existing flora and fauna of the area and the impact of the project on them.

 

(vi)             Study the hydrological and geo-hydrological conditions of the project area. Include a contour plan indicating slopes and showing drainage pattern and outfall.

 

(vii)          Examine and submit details about the resettlement and rehabilitation of project-affected persons in the nearby villages, in accordance with the national resettlement and rehabilitation policy.

 

(viii)        The project is basically for the edible oil industries and the proposal of locating bulk drug industries in the area is not compactable in any of the environmental aspects right from ambient air quality to the treatment and disposal of wastes.

 

(ix)            The bulk drug or any of the red category industries should not be permitted in an edible oil park. The addition of industries other than edible oil if at all unavoidable should be limited to the food processing industries except slaughter house.

 

(x)              Consider the application of industrial ecology concept for planning.

 

(xi)            Submit development strategy. Industries should be grouped on the basis of their nature e.g. water polluting near STP, air polluting according to metrological consideration with respect and large size industries.

 

(xii)         Storm water drainage and outfall may be described.

 

(xiii)       Rain water harvesting proposals should be made with due safeguards for ground water quality. Maximise recycling of water and utilisation of rain water.

 

(xiv)        Examine soil characteristics, topography, rainfall pattern and soil erosion.

 

(xv)           STP and water treatment plant should not be near each other.

 

(xvi)        Application of renewable energy/alternate energy, such as solar energy, wind energy may be described.

 

(xvii)      Management of wastes discharged by the industrial units and the service facilities, especially the CETP may be described.

 

(xviii)   Identification of recyclable wastes and waste utilisation arrangements may be made.

 

(xix)       Explore possibility of generating biogas from decomposable wastes.

 

(xx)          Arrangements for hazardous waste management may be described.

 

(xxi)       Common facilities for waste collection, treatment, recycling and disposal (all effluent, emission and refuse including MSW, biomedical and hazardous wastes).

 

(xxii)     Provisions made for safety in storage of materials, products and wastes may be described.

 

(xxiii)  Risk assessment and disaster management plan should also include flood fighting.

 

(xxiv)    Traffic management plan including parking and loading/unloading areas may be described. Traffic survey should be carried out on week days and week end.

 

(xxv)      Odour mitigation plan may be described. Also make provision of green belt as a measure for mitigation of dust and noise and buffer between habitation and industry.

 

(xxvi)    Examine water quality with reference to Persistent Organic Pollutants.

 

(xxvii) Make provision for guard pond and similar provisions for safety against failure in the operation of wastewater treatment facilities. Identify acceptable outfall for treated effluent.

 

(xxviii)     EMP should include technical and institutional aspects for pre-treatment by constituent units.

 

(xxix)   Use of local building materials should be described. The provisions of fly ash notification should be kept in view.

 

(xxx)     Landscape plan, green belts and open spaces may be described.

 

(xxxi)   Environmental Management Plan should be accompanied with Environmental Monitoring Plan and environmental cost and benefit assessment.

 

(xxxii)Examine separately the details for construction and operation phases both for Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan.

 

(xxxiii)    Provide for conservation of resources, energy efficiency and use of renewable sources of energy in the light of ECBC code.

 

(xxxiv)     The facilities to be provided in the park should be detailed out.

 

(xxxv)        Make assessment of any regulatory measure in view of the environmental and social impacts of the project (such as unauthorised development around the park).

 

(xxxvi)     Other details as indicated in Appendix III of EIA Notification 2006 should also be attended.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addressed in the Environmental Management Plan.

 

A detailed draft EIA/EMP report should be prepared as per the above additional TOR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the Notification. 

 

4.27     Finalisation of ToR for development of Visakhapatnam –Kakinada Corridor for the establishment of Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (VK-PCPIR), Andhra Pradesh by M/s VK- PCPIC Special Development Authority [F.No. 21-8/2011-IA-III].

 

The project involves of establishment of Petroleum, Chemicals & Petrochemicals investment region over 603.58 sq. km (60358 ha.) which will cover both processing and non-processing zones within the coastal stretch of the State of Andhra Pradesh between Visakhapatnam and East Godavari Districts. The processing zone will have industrial areas for petroleum, chemical and petro-chemical units, logistics and free trade warehousing, common utilities and services including R&R centers, training centers, institutes, laboratories and administrative complex. The non-processing zone will include housing and allied infrastructure areas, green areas and recreation zone. The processing and non-processing areas will be in the ratio of 44.64%: 55.36%. 84.09 sq.mtr area is already covered under existing project and 113.46 sq.mtr area is already acquired for proposed project. Balance 71.89 sq.mtr area is under acquisition. Some of the industrial unites and SEZ proposals have already obtained Environmental Clearance under EIA Notification. The major water source will be Yeleru Left Main Canal, Indira Sagar (Polavaram) Left Main Canal, Samalkota Canal and River Godavari. The total water demand proposed is 1170 MLD. The PCPIR corridor will have three CETPs (Visakhapatnam cluster 4.40 MLD, Nakkapalle cluster 2.20 MLD and Kakinada cluster 3.25 MLD). There will be four STPs (3.2 MLD, 2.20 MLD, 2.5 MLD and 1.1 MLD). Total solid waste generation will be 350 MT/day. The power requirement is 4500 MW. Total estimated cost of waste water treatment facility will be Rs. 380 crores and total estimated cost for marine outfall will be Rs. 85 crores. The total cost of the project is Rs. 1937 Crores.

 

The Committee deferred the project for further examination for various components and shall be considered afresh for finalisation of ToR.

 

Extra item

 

4.28  CRZ permission for additional 5th floor for Library/ Health Care Center on the land of Shri Shddhivinayak Ganapati Temple Trust bearing TPS – IV, FP No. 901, 903 B, Mahim Dicision, Prabhadevi by M/s Shri Shddhivinayak Ganapati Temple Trust, Mumbai [F.No. 11-112/2010-IA-III]

             

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for construction of 5th floor to the existing Institutional & Health Care Center on the land of Shri Shddhivinayak Ganapati Temple Trust bearing TPS – IV, FP No. 901, 903 B, Mahim Division, Prabhadevi. The existing building is 400 m from HTL and falls within CRZ –II on land ward side of the authorized road. The total plot area is 1132.95 sqm. The built up area is 1403.83 sqm and proposed is 450.78 sqm. The water requirement is 3.6 KLD for the existing and 0.9 KLD for the proposed expansion. The sewage generation will be 0.72 KLD in addition to the 2.88 KLD. The sewage will be let into the existing sewer system.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   The Committee noted that the construction is already completed and recommended that further action should be taken as per the Ministry OM dated 16.11.2010.

 

ii)                 All the constructions shall be as per the CRZ Notification, 1991 /2011.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                    Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.29 CRZ clearance for the erection of Transmission Line Towers a) Trombay back bay & b) Trombay – Salsette in Sewri area Mumbai, Maharashtra by M/s Tata Power, Mumbai [F. No. 11-107/2010-IA.III]

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee in its 94th EAC meeting held on 30th November, 2010 to 1st – 2nd December, 2010. The Committee constituted a 4 (four) member sub-committee having Dr. Apurba Gupta, Dr. R.S.Mahawar, Member Secretary, MCZMA and a representative from Bombay Natural History Society to visit the site and examine the alternate routes for the transmission line to minimise the damage to the mangroves. The sub-committee has submitted his report which is annexed with the minutes.

 

          The Committee recommended that the proposal may be taken up in the next EAC meeting scheduled to be held in the first week of March, 2011 and recommendations of the sub-committee and the proposed alignment shall be examined by the Committee.

 

5.          Recommended projects

 

5.1          Environmental Clearance for proposed SEZ project ‘Nest Hi-Tek Park’ at Sy.No.321, Kalamassery, District Ernakulam, Kerala by M/s. Nest High Tek Park Pvt. Ltd [F.No.21-34/2009-IA.III]

 

The project involves setting-up of SEZ ‘Hi-Tek Park’ on a plot area of 1,20,109.66 sq. m. The Latitude of the project site is 140 38’ 32” and Longitude is 790 58’ 55.3”. The total built-up area is 4,24,050.34 sq.m. The total water requirement is 702 KLD (Potable water - 333 KLD). STP proposed is 520 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing-142 KLD; horticulture-91 KLD and HVAC+DG cooling-136 KLD. Total municipal waste generated will be 3020.6 kg/day. Power requirement is 20,000 KVA. Total parking proposed is about 3706 ECS. The total cost of the project is Rs.354 Crores.

 

The proposal was considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meetings held on 18-20th January, 2011. The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details submitted by the project proponents were examined by the project proponent.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental                     Clearance.

 

5.2          Environmental Clearance for Group Housing project ‘Amritsar One’ at Amritsar, Punjab by M/s. ATM Estates Pvt. Ltd [F.No.21-42/2010-IA.III]

 

The project involves construction of group housing project on a plot area of 3.27 ha. The total built-up area is 51,383.45 Sq.m. It is proposed to construct 484 dwelling units (1 BR--49 + 1 BR + Study--327+ 2 BR +Study-- 96+ 3 BR+Study--12) with recreational area in 5 Towers ( Stilt + 9 Floors ). The total water requirement is 217.12 KLD (fresh water requirement is 160.30 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 235 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets --56.82 KLD & horticulture--25 KLD. Total solid waste generation will be 968 Kg/day. The power requirement is 2750 KW. The total parking spaces proposed are for 548 cars + 110 two wheelers. The total cost of the project is Rs. 95.795 Crores.

 

The proposal was considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meetings held on 18-20th January, 2011. The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details submitted by the project proponents were examined by the project proponent.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental                     Clearance.

 

5.3          Environmental Clearance for Green Housing project ‘Palm Royal Estates’ at Green Model Town, Wadala Road, Jalandhar, Punjab by M/s. AHR Promoters & Developers Pvt. Ltd. [F.No:21-43/2010-IA.III]

 

The project involves construction of a Residential Group Housing ‘Palm Royal Estates’ on a plot area of 1.21 ha. The total built-up area of the project is 24,236 Sq.m. It is proposed to construct 185 dwelling units in Stilt + 6 floor (2 BR-60 & 1 BR +Study -100 & EWS-25) with recreational area. The total water requirement is 85.55 KLD (freshwater 62.13 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 93 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing--23.42 KLD, horticulture--20.16 KLD. Total Municipal waste generated is 370 Kg/day. The power requirement is about 1900 KW. The total parking proposed are for 180 cars + 94 two wheelers. The total cost of the project is Rs. 20.99 Crores.

 

The proposal was considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meetings held on 18-20th January, 2011. The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details submitted by the project proponents were examined by the project proponent.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental                     Clearance.

 

5.4          Environmental Clearance for Gen-X Homes at M.C. Zirakpur, Punjab by M/s.  Gen-X Abode Pvt. Ltd [F.No.21-44/2010-IA.III]

 

The project involves construction of a Residential Group Housing ‘Gen-X Homes’ on a plot area of 1.35 ha. The total built-up area of the project is 21,090 Sq.m. It is proposed to construct 186 dwelling units in Stilt + 9 floors (1 BR- 50 & 1 BR+ Study—93 and 2 BR-43) with recreational area. The total water requirement is 85.95 KLD (freshwater 62.45 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 93 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing -23.53 KLD; horticulture--12 KLD. Total Municipal waste generated is 372 Kg/day. The power requirement is about 1125 KW. The total parking proposed are for 206 cars + 48 two wheelers. The total cost of the project is Rs. 29 Crores.

 

The proposal was considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meetings held on 18-20th January, 2011. The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details submitted by the project proponents were examined by the project proponent.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental                     Clearance.

 

5.5          Environmental Clearance for Group Housing project ‘SBP South City’ at Derabassi, District Mohali, Punjab by M/s. South City Promoters & Developers (P) Ltd. [F.No.21-45/2010-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the project involves construction of group housing project on a plot area of 3.03 ha. The total built-up area is 59,952.04 Sq.m. It is proposed to construct 487 dwelling units (2 BR+Study--144 & 1 BR + Study--298 and EWS--45) with recreational area. The total water requirement is 221.41 KLD (fresh water requirement is 162.27 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 220 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets -59.14 KLD & horticulture -24 KLD. Total solid waste generation will be 974 Kg/day. The power requirement is 2825 KW. The total parking spaces proposed are for 487 cars + 208 two wheelers. The total cost of the project is Rs. 52.0 crores.

 

The proposal was considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meetings held on 18-20th January, 2011. The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details submitted by the project proponents were examined by the project proponent.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental                     Clearance.

 

5.6          Environmental and CRZ Clearance for development of four berths in Western Dock Arm in Mangalore Port Trust, Mangalore by M/s. New Mangalore Port Trust [F.No.11-2/2010-IA.III]

 

          The proposal for development of four berths in Western Dock Arm in Mangalore Port Trust, Mangalore. The New Mangalore Port Trust has proposed to develop the Western Dock Arm consisting of 4 berths.  Accordingly the Port has applied for clearance on 31.05.2007.  The Expert Appraisal Committee in its meeting held on 22.8.2007 has suggested additional TOR for the preparation of EIA after exempting public hearing for the project and it was conveyed vide letter No.10-55/2007-IA-3 dated 5.09.2007. NMPT proposes to develop a dock arm having a length of 700 meters on one side and 625 meters on the other side and distance between the two quays at the mouth of the basin will be 250 meters tapering down to 225 meters.  The approximate length of each berth in the basin would be 300 – 350 meters.  An area of 110 acres of the Port land will be utilized for the project and the entire area is within the Port estate and has been declared as Port limits.  Out of 110 acres of land to be developed for this project an area of 50 acres will be required for creating basin as a water body. The existing land will be dredged to 15.4 meters deep for the proposed basin.  The dredged material will be disposed off in the existing dumping grounds which are located at 13 kms on south western side of the shore. It is expected that 3 million cubic meters of dredged material will be dumped in the existing dumping ground in a phased manner since the development of 4 berths is expected in phases. 

 

          In the past, the MoEF has cleared the construction of one berth out of 4 berths i.e. Berth No.15 vide Letter No.J-13011/23/96-1A-2(t) part dated 04.07.2007. The development and construction of balance three berths is proposed to be taken up within next three years.  The development of Berth No.18 is being developed as Container Terminal with a quay length of 300 meters and a back up area of 10.6 hectares and the proposal is in final stages of award.  The balance berths i.e. Berth No.16 & 17 will be developed as bulk and break bulk terminals after the completion of construction of Berth No.15 & 18. 

 

          TOR was finalized for 2 nos. of berths whereas the proposal is submitted for the construction of 4 berths. The EIA has been prepared for 4 berths and project proponent requested clearance for 4 berths.

 

          The Karnataka State Coastal Zone Management Authority (KSCZMA) in its meeting held on 27.11.2009 has considered the subject proposal for issuance of NOC for CRZ clearance.  The approval is awaited.

 

The proposal was considered in the 84th EAC meeting held in 27th – 29th January, 2010 and additional points were raised. The proponent has submitted the above. The details submitted by the project proponents were examined by the project proponent.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                    Clearance.

 

5.7    CRZ & Environmental Clearance for the construction of a port at Tirukuvalai, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu by M/s. Tridem Port and Power Company Private Limited [F.No.10-68/2008-IA.III].

 

          The proposed port site is located at Thirukuvalai in Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu. The proposed port location is about 21.05KM South of Nagapattinam town and 350 km from Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The corresponding latitude and longitude of the proposed port is latitude 10o33? N & longitude 79o51?24? E. The port is proposed on a plot area of 241.78 ha. (Govt. waste land ? 121.78 ha. and reclaimed area ? 120.0 ha.) to be developed as a deepwater port including breakwaters, dredging, six deepwater berths and two barge unloading berths. The proposed ship sizes for handling coal shall range from panamax to cape size vessels. Container berth is designed for vessels of 3000 TEU capacity. Road and rail connectivity to the port will be critical to it attaining the throughputs described above. For rail, a new line is proposed to be taken into the port area from Nagapattinam station. The road connectivity to the port relies on the proposed new road that shall be built as part of the port development. The total cost of the project is Rs.1608.46 crores.

 

          The minimum draft requirement is based on the fully laden draught and hence, estimated as 15.5m with an under keel clearance of 3m. The 16m contour lies at a distance of 20.55 km from the shoreline and the port limit ends at 16m contour. The breakwater is constructed from coastline for a length of 2464m for northern breakwater and 2437m for southern breakwater. The bulk berths are each of 900m length and 23m wide. The maximum size of the vessels that can be handled by the berth is 80,000 DWT which is panamax vessel with the draft of -15.5m. The bulk berths are each of 900m length and 33m wide. The maximum size of the vessels that can be handled by the berth will have the capacity of 2400 TEUS to 3000 TEUS (3rd generation container berth). Lighterage operations is envisaged to be undertaken in the year 2009. For this purpose a barge unloading jetty shall be constructed. The berth shall be 100m by 16m to handle around 4000 DWT barges. The dredging is done from the 16m contour in the sea. The approach channel which has the length and width of 20450m and 250m respectively will have the dredged depth of -16m. The turning circle and the harbour basin area have the dredged depth of -15.5m. The berth which is located at the either side of the harbour basin also has the same dredge depth of -15.5m. A major portion of dredged material will be used for raising the ground level of backup area on the rear side of the berths and other low-lying areas ion the land portion.

 

          A part of dredged materials will be used for beach nourishment and remaining dredged materials will be dumped in the designated area in the deep sea based on numerical model studies to be carried out. The total quantity of dredging to be done works out to 29170000 cu m. the proposed coal berth and container berth and container berth will have back up area of 64.44 ha by filling with dredged materials. 

 

          The EAC in its 66th meeting held on 2nd ? 3rd July 2008 has suggested the additional TOR, which was issued on 21.07.2008. Public hearing was conducted on 30.06.2009 for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006. The proponent submitted an EIA and EMP which were discussed in detail.

 

The proposal was considered in the 83rd EAC meeting held in 21st - 23rd December, 2009 and additional points were raised. The proponent has submitted the above. The details submitted by the project proponents were examined by the project proponent.

 

(i)                  The cooling water shall be mixed with the RO rejects before    discharge.

 

(ii)              Regular monitoring on temperature & salinity at the disposal point shall be carried out every month.

 

(iii)            Shoreline changes shall be monitored regularly and it shall be ensured that the mouth of the two canal shall be maintained.

 

(iv)             Fish landing center shall be provided as agreed.

 

(v)                The regular studies on the shore line changes shall be conducted and mitigation taken if required. The details shall be submitted along with the Six-Monthly monitoring report.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                    Clearance with the above conditions including the conditions prescribed in the earlier meeting in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

5.8           CRZ clearance for Carnoustie Beach Resort at Sy. No. 11,12, 13 ,14 ,15 ,16 ,17 ,18 ,19 and 26, Mararikkulam North, Taluk Cherthala Alappuzha, by M/s Carnoustie Resort Pvt. Ltd [F.No. 11-114/2010-IA-III]

 

          The proposed project is a beach resort in Chennaveli, Chethi P.O, Pin – 688553, Mararikulam North, Alappuzha District, Kerala State. The total area of the plot is 7.0309 ha. The land is a coastal plane with sandy soil at an average elevation of +1.2m MSL. Total built-up area of buildings is 4,647.06 m2 located between 200 and 500m from HT; number of cottages 40, ECU provided 43, restaurant/bar seats 100. Total water requirement 26.9 KLD (fresh water requirement - 17.5 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 26 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing - 7.20 KLD, horticulture – 12.361 KLD. The land is in mixed use with residential units and coconut plantation. Length of the coastline is 240.1m. The site is accessible from Alappuzha – Arthunkal Coastal Road with a present width of 7.7m, which is being widened as a State Highway. Power requirement is 400 kVA which will be taken from State Electricity Board. Solid waste generated during operational phase 63.6 kg/d. Biodegradable waste will be converted to biogas in a biodigester. The project proposes to harvest rain water in tanks and pools of 270 m3 holding capacity and to recharge overflow to sandy soil to form Ghyben-Herzberg fresh water lens. The project incorporates a Disaster Management Plan, Environment Management Plan, Environmental Monitoring Plan, greenbelt and landscape with indigenous plans. Part of energy requirements will be met with solar energy. The total cost of the project is Rs. 26.92 Crores.

 

          The proposal was considered in the 94th EAC meeting held in 30th November, 1st & 2nd December, 2010 and additional points were raised. The proponent has submitted the above. The details submitted by the project proponents were examined by the project proponent.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                    Clearance.

 

5.9           Request for exemption of Public Hearing with respect Environmental Clearance for the construction of Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) at Village Jamalpur Awana, Panchayat Jamalpur Awana, Taluk Ludhiana East, Ludhiana District, Punjab by M/s. Punjab Dyers Association [F.No.10-92/2010-IA.III]

ToR was finalised by the EAC in its meeting held on 18th-20th January, 2011 including conduct of Public Hearing. Proponent has submitted a copy of the letter of Chief Town Planner, Punjab which states that the proposed site is located within the Industrial Zone/area of Ludhiana Master Plan and requested for exemption of Public Hearing.

The Committee deferred the project and sought the information on the notification declaring the site as industrial Estate/ areas and recommended that the ministry can decide the waiving on receipt of the above information from Proponent.

5.10  CRZ clearance for proposed development of building on plot bearing CTS No. 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 26, 27 and 134 of village Charkop at Kandivali (West), Mumbai by M/s Dhaval Developers, Mumbai [F.No. 11-101/2010 – IA-III]

 

          The proposed construction of residential building is on plot area of 13,073m2, after deduction of reservations plot area available for development is 9802.5 m2. As per the approved CZMP the said plot is in CRZ II area and it is on the landward side of the existing road. The total built up area proposed is 9364.88 m2. It is proposed to have 6 wings (A, B, C, D, E & F). The A wing proposed is 1 to 3 floors for podium parking + Stilt parking and 1 to 6 floors for residential use. Rest of the B, C, D, E & F wings are proposed as 1 to 3 floors for podium parking + stilt parking and 1 to 7 floors for residential use. It is proposed to have 176 unites. Total water requirement for this population will be around 112 KLD including Fresh water of 75 KLD. The Sewage generated will be treated using Membrane Bio Reactors (MBR and treated waste water to be used for flushing (37 KLD), gardening (14 KLD). Excess (48 KLD) will be discharged into drain. Total solid waste generated from building will be 415 kg/day and biodegradable component will be composted using Vermi Composting Pit. Dry garbage will be recycled. Power requirement will be 0.8 MW. A total of 275 car parking provisions are made (Stilt- 45, 1st podium - 90, 2nd podium - 70 and 3rd podium - 70). The project cost is Rs. 45.45 Crore.

 

As per the MCZMA, the site falls in CRZ-II has considered the project in its meeting and recommended to the Ministry.    

 

          The proposal was considered in the 94th EAC meeting held in 30th November, 1st & 2nd December, 2010 and additional points were raised. The proponent has submitted the above. The details submitted by the project proponents were examined by the project proponent.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                    Clearance.

 

5.11      Environmental and CRZ clearance for development of ship building yard Phase-I at Silambimangalam, Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu by M/s. Good Earth Ship Building. [F.No.10-142/2007-IA.III]

 

The proposal involves development of Ship building yard at Vellingarayanpettai Village, Chidambaram taluk, Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu. Ship building yard will be developed in phases and the clearance is requested for developing the Phase I of the Ship yard.

 

It is proposed to develop the Phase I on an area of 60.77 hectares (625 X 1100m) to build ships such as Handymax, Aframax, Panamax, etc. Initially the ship yard would process 50,000 Tons of steel and deliver two ships per annum. The capacity expansion proposed is up to 500,000 tons of processed steel in subsequent years with setting up of additional fabrication facilities within the proposed yard as per the master plan.

 

During Phase I, the breakwater will be developed to a length of 1130m on the southern side and 300 m on the northern side, so that the total length of the breakwater in Phase I will be 1430 m. The phase I will have 2 jetties of size (250m X 20m) and (300 m X 20 m).  It will also comprise of one supply quay of size (250 m X 20 m). The Onshore structures facilities includes Stock Area, Pre– preparation shops, Assembly shop, Painting and Outfitting shops, Pre – erection shop, Administration and supporting facilities. The total cost of the Phase I proposed is Rs. 300.00 crores

 

Tamil Nadu Government vide G.O. No. 183 dated 23.07.2007 has declared the project area as Minor Port. The phase I proposal has been recommended by the Tamil Nadu Coastal Management Authority in its 54th meeting held on 29th November 2009. 

 

The project was considered by the EAC in its 66th meeting held on 2nd and 3rd July 2008 and finalized the ToR. The project EIA was considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 25th to 26th March 2010 and raised certain quarries. The project proponent submitted the details which were discussed by the committee.

 

The Committee recommended that the Public Hearing shall be conducted as per the provisions of EIA, Notification, 2006 as amended in 2009 since the Some components viz, breakwaters, jetty of the project attracts EIA, 2006.

 


97th Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Infrastructure Development, Coastal Regulation Zone and Miscellaneous projects held on 14th – 15th February, 2011 at Fazal Hall, Scope Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

 

List of Participants/ Expert Committee

  

1.     Shri Naresh Dayal, IAS(Rtd)                Chairman

2.     Dr. M.L.Sharma, IFS(Retd)                                Vice Chairman

3.     Shri Kathirvel Dharmalingam                    Member

4.     Dr. Apurba Gupta                                      Member

5.     Dr. Niraj Sharma                                   Member

6.     Dr. S.P.Bansal                                                   Member

7.     Dr. H.S.Ramesh                                              Member

8.     Dr. Y.Basavaraju                                               Member                          

9.     Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla                            Member

10.            Dr. R.S.Mahawar (Rep. of CPCB)           Member

11.            Shri G Bala Subramanyam               Member

12.            Shri Bharat Bhushan                               Member Secretary

 

Supporting Staff           

 

13. Shri E. Thirunavukkarasu                  Dy. Director, MoEF

14. Dr. P.V. Subba Rao                               Research Officer

 

Special invitees:

 

15.     Mr. Chandrkant Dalavi, Collector, Pune

16.     Mr. Landage Shrirang, Director, Town Planning

17.     Mr. Bongate Prakash, Asst. Director, Town Planning

18.     Mr. Patil Bhikaji, Asst. Town Planning,

19.     Mr. Avinash, Surve, Superintending Engineer, MKVDC, Pune      Irrigation Circle

20.     Mr. P.K. Mirashe, Regional Officer, Maharashtra Pollution Control      Board, Pune

21.     Dr. S.B. Chaphekar and Shri D.J. Bharti from SEAC, Maharashtra      also 

         attended the meeting. 

 

Project Authorities:

 

Representatives from M/s. M/s Ruchi Infrastructure Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. M/s GSPC Pipavav Power Company Limited.

Representatives from M/s. Manali Petro Chemical Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Chennai Port Trust

Representatives from M/s PEL Power Ltd., Hyderabad

Representatives from M/s OPG Power Gujarat Pvt. Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Lavasa Corporation Ltd

Representatives from M/s Goodearth Maritime Ltd.

Representatives from M/s PWD Guwahati, Assam

Representatives from M/s Ankleshwer Cleaner Process Technology Center Ltd.

Representatives from M/s Taneja Aerospace and Aviation Ltd.

Representatives from M/s Mars Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

Representatives from M/s NHAI

Representatives from M/s. Assam Metropolitan Development Authority

Representatives from Bangalore International Airport

Representatives from M/s Chennai Port Trust

Representatives from M/s. Brandix India’s Apprel City Pvt. Ltd.

Representatives from M/s Nest Hotels & Resorts (Kodaikanal) Pvt. Ltd.

Representatives from M/s Ultra Tech Cement Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Hi-Lite  Realtors Pvt. Ltd

Representatives from M/s. Jain Housing and construction Ltd.

Representatives from M/s Desai Homes

Representatives from M/s Maxim Infrastructure and Real Estate Pvt. Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. P. K. Sons

Representatives from M/s. Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation

Representatives from M/s VK- PCPIC Special Development Authority

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Annexure

 

Report of the Site Visit of the Sub Committee on February 4, 2011

 

CRZ clearance for the erection of Transmission Line Towers a) Trombay back bay & b) Trombay – Salsette in Sewri area Mumbai, Maharashtra by M/s Tata Power, Mumbai [F. No. 11-107/2010-IA.III]

 

       In accordance with the recommendation made in the 94th EAC meeting held on 30th November, 2010 to 1st – 2nd December, 2010, following members of the 4 (four) member sub-committee Committee constituting Dr. Apurba Gupta, Dr. R.S.Mahawar, Member Secretary, MCZMA and a representative from Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) visited the site on February 4, 2011.

1  Dr. Apurba Gupta

2. Dr. R.S.Mahawar and

3. Dr. Swapna D. Prabhu, Representative from Bombay Natural History Society.

 

       The Member Secretary, MCZMA could not participate in the visit due to ill health.

 

       The committee members reviewed the locations and their approach roads of all the 15 towers in the Proposal - I and 8 towers in the Proposal – II falling in the CRZ area. The report entitled “Environmental Impact Assessment of Proposed Transmission Lines by Tata Power at Mahul Creek, Trombay” prepared by BNHS was also referred. The members visited important approach roads inside the mangrove area and the area designated for new mangrove plantation.

 

       Following recommendations emerged from the visit and subsequent discussion

 

                   i.                        Tata Power reiterated that 25000 saplings of A. marina mangrove is  to be planted in the designated area as compensatory plantation against destruction of 1607 mangroves as suggested in the BHNS report . The number of 22500 mentioned in the presentation slide is a typographical error.

 

                 ii.                        It was informed by Tata Power that environmental clearance issued by MoEF, vide letter no. 11-7/2008-IA-III, dated February 13, 2008 for erection of 8 nos. of towers was based on the recommendation of MCZMA to MoEF. The recommendation was in turn based on the letter of Tata Power to the Secretary, Urban Development, Govt. of Maharashtra. The present proposal of 16 towers is based on the fresh detailed survey of the area.

 

              iii.                        Most of  the approach roads fall  in the inter-tidal zone and their construction involves use of  construction debris. These roads are used for carrying the machineries and materials for construction of deep piles and towers. As a result, there is no possibility of selecting leftover materials for the growth of mangroves.

 

                iv.                        The tower I-7, was confirmed by Tata Power to be closer to the existing approach road J1 to I-8 (app. 170 m) compared to that from J4 (300 m). Tata Power will therefore construct the approach road to I-7 from the existing approach road for I-8 and drop the proposed construction of approach road from J4 to I-7 which involves cutting of 503 mangroves. The number of mangroves to be cut will therefore be much less (about 50 %).

 

                  v.                        The approach road from I-14 to the motorable tar road shown as “to be constructed” in the Map No. 6 of BNHS report is an error and this is an already existing narrow road which will be marginally widened without involving any tree cutting. 

 

         Similarly, the approach road to the tower II-8 from the highway shown in the Map No. 9 of the BNHS report is an error and this is already existing partly upto the customs office and there is a 4m walkway existing thereafter upto the end i.e.  the tower II-8.  Moreover, making a new approach road from the tar road connecting II-7 will involve additional mangrove cutting. This justifies the proposed connectivity.

 

                vi.                        The errors in the report were explained to the BNHS member and requested to be corrected before the final submission. The colour coding for the new and existing approach roads in addition to motorable roads were asked to be differentiated.

 

             vii.                        Tata Power also explained the technical difficulties in carrying heavy machineries for tower construction in the mudflats on the south of the mangrove area as well as the proximity of the proposed Mumbai-Nava Seva Sea Link.

 

           viii.                        To lay 4 circuits of 220 KV line underground, technically the conduit width has to be 6 m in dia excluding the service corridor. The bore hole data below the mangrove area shows the existence of basalt rock approximately below 6 to 17 m below MSL. The tunnel depth therefore should be at least 15-20m below MSL (mangrove roots may go upto 5 m depth). Accordingly tunneling would involve about 3.8 km of rock cutting at such level after obtaining the approval of Mumbai Port Authority. The cost of such activity would involve high cost (estimated as 700 crore) and very long time.

 

               ix.                        Certain areas along the power cable corridor as well as the vicinity were found devoid of mangrove coverage. Tata Power may be entrusted to analyze the reason through soil and mangrove surveys and subsequently take the responsibility for developing appropriate mangrove species in such areas with necessary channeling for irrigation. The survey and design for such development may be entrusted by Tata Power to BNHS who has already carried out primary survey of the area. Tata Power may also be asked to obtain technical advices from Mumbai University who have carried out similar mangrove survey and development plan for proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport.

 

                 x.                        Tata Power may allocate appropriate fund (initial and recurring) to be decided in the EAC meeting for development and protection of mangrove coverage in the Sewri-Mahul area of Mumbai.

 

       The EAC may consider the above findings for further discussion on the subject.

 

 

 

 

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