Ministry of Environment & Forests

(IA Division)

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SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 36th MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

 

          The 36th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on February 17-18, 2010.  The list of participants is annexed. 

 

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

 

Item No. 1:          Confirmation of the minutes of the 35th Meeting.

 

The minutes of the 35th Meeting were confirmed as circulated subject to the following modifications:

 

(i)    In item no. 2.8 relating to Joruri Iron Ore Mines of M/s Kalinga Mining Corporation Ltd., village Joruri, District Keonjhar, Orissa, the capacity indicated as ‘0.57 TPA to 2.118 TPA’ may be read as ‘0.57 million TPA to 2.118 million TPA’. 

 

                  

Item No. 2:          Consideration of Projects:

 

2.1       Ballar-II Gypsum Mining Project of Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Ltd., Village Ballar, District Bikaner, Rajasthan (Consultant: M/s WAPCOS Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of gypsum from 0.5 million TPA to 1.0 million TPA.  The mine lease area is 196.875 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The terms of reference for undertaking for detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 23.9.2008.  Public hearing was held on 12.11.2009.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized without involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 5 years.  The earlier environmental clearance was granted on 28th June, 1996.  The ultimate working depth will be 4.5 m bgl.  It is estimated that 0.491 million m3 of OB will be generated during the 5 years, which will be concurrently backfilled.  The excavated land after backfilling and leveling will be returned to the farmers.  There will be no external OB dump.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no litigation/ court case against this project and no directions have been passed by any court of law.  It was also stated thatthe project site does not fall in Aravalli and a letter dated 29.12.2009 from Mining Engineer, Govt. of Rajasthan, Bikaner has been submitted in this regard. 

 

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

(i)                Daily meteorological data for one full season. 

(ii)              Air quality prediction modeling results to be rechecked and resubmitted.  It should take into account all sources of pollution in the impact zone including transportation. 

(iii)            Details of the plantation already carried out, if any, with supporting photographs and action plan for plantation to be undertaken. 

(iv)            Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing along with financial allocation. 

(v)              Air samples may be analyzed for free silica and results furnished. 

(vi)            Action plan to control RSPM levels (PM10) and their effectiveness. 

(vii)          The approved scheme of mining submitted with the application provides production details up to 2009 – 2010 (Table 3), whereas validity of the mining scheme is stated to be up to 22.1.2013.  This aspect needs to be clarified. 

(viii)        The application form (Form-I), as revised on 1.12.2009 may be filled up and submitted. 

(ix)            Compliance of the prescribed TORs should be given. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30.4.2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in May, 2010.  

 

 

2.2       Bhurasar Gypsum Mining Project of M/s Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Ltd., near village Bhurasar, Bikaner, Rajasthan (Consultant: M/s WAPCOS Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.3 million TPA of gypsum.  The mine lease area is 280.5 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The terms of reference for undertaking for detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 5.2.2009.  Public hearing was held on 11.11.2009.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized without involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 5 years.  The ultimate working depth will be 3 m bgl.  It is estimated that 0.133 million m3 of OB and 0.145 million m3 of inter burden will be generated during the 5 years, which will be concurrently backfilled.  The excavated land after backfilling and leveling will be returned to the farmers.  There will be no external OB dump.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no litigation/ court case against this project and no directions have been passed by any court of law.  It was also stated that the project site does not fall in Aravalli and a letter dated 29.12.2009 from Mining Engineer, Govt. of Rajasthan, Bikaner has been submitted in this regard. 

 

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

(i)                Daily meteorological data for one full season. 

(ii)              Air quality prediction modeling results to be rechecked and resubmitted.  It should take into account all sources of pollution in the impact zone including transportation. 

(iii)            Details of the plantation already carried out, if any, with supporting photographs and action plan for plantation to be undertaken. 

(iv)            Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing along with financial allocation. 

(v)              Air samples may be analyzed for free silica and results furnished. 

(vi)            Action plan to control RSPM levels (PM10) and their effectiveness. 

(vii)          The application form (Form-I), as revised on 1.12.2009 may be filled up and submitted. 

(viii)        Compliance of the prescribed TORs should be given. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30.4.2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in May, 2010.  

 

 

2.3       Larawala Gypsum Mining Project of Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Ltd., Village Larawala, District Bikaner, Rajasthan (Consultant: M/s WAPCOS Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.83 million TPA of gypsum.  The mine lease area is 498.5 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The terms of reference for undertaking for detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 23.9.2008.  Public hearing was held on 11.11.2009.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized without involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 3 years.  The ultimate working depth will be 3.5 m bgl.  It is estimated that 0.931 million m3 of OB and 0.419 million m3 of inter burden will be generated during the 3 years, which will be concurrently backfilled.  The excavated land after backfilling and leveling will be returned to the farmers.  There will be no external OB dump.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no litigation/ court case against this project and no directions have been passed by any court of law.  It was also stated that the project site does not fall in Aravalli and a letter dated 29.12.2009 from Mining Engineer, Govt. of Rajasthan, Bikaner has been submitted in this regard. 

 

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

(i)                Daily meteorological data for one full season. 

(ii)              Air quality prediction modeling results to be rechecked and resubmitted.  It should take into account all sources of pollution in the impact zone including transportation. 

(iii)            Details of the plantation already carried out, if any, with supporting photographs and action plan for plantation to be undertaken. 

(iv)            Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing along with financial allocation. 

(v)              Air samples may be analyzed for free silica and results furnished. 

(vi)            Action plan to control RSPM levels (PM10) and their effectiveness. 

(vii)          The application form (Form-I), as revised on 1.12.2009 may be filled up and submitted. 

(viii)        Compliance of the prescribed TORs should be given. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30.4.2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in May, 2010.  

 

 

2.4       Expansion of Rock Phosphate Ore Mines of M/s Hindustan Zinc Ltd at Maton Rock Phosphate Mine, District Udaipur, Rajasthan (Consultant: Vimta Labs, Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fall due on 16th March, 2010 and enhancement of production of rock phosphate from 60,000 TPA to 1,80,000 TPA.  The terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study were prescribed on 17.8.2009.  Public hearing was held on 15.12.2009.  The mine lease area is 143.13 ha.  In addition, 80.18 ha of land has been acquired outside the mine lease for the purpose of OB dump.  No forestland is involved.  The mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  The ultimate working depth will be 520 mRL (478 m AMSL).  The groundwater table is at 527 mRL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  The water requirement is estimated as 200 m3/day, which will be obtained from groundwater.  Life of mine is 20 years.  It is estimated that 71.0 million tonnes of waste will be generated during remaining life of the mine.  Already, there is 7.86 million tonnes of waste in the waste dump.  The total waste will be disposed in the form of three external OB dumps covering an area of 80.25 ha.  The projected height of the dump is 50 m.  It is estimated that an area of 121.80 ha will be covered under plantation.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no litigation /court case against the project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law.  It was stated that the said mine lease  does not get covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in contempt petition no. 412 in I.A. 833 in I.A. 828.  A letter dated 22.6.2009 from Mining Engineer, Govt. of Rajasthan, Udaipur has also been submitted in this regard. 

 

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

(i)                Dump stability study shall be carried out in next six months before attaining the ultimate dump height of 50 m.  The study shall be carried out by one of the reputed organizations like CMFRI and report submitted to MoEF. 

(ii)              The mine working will be restricted to above water table.  For working below water table, a detailed hydro-geological study shall be carried out taking into account the mine water discharge, management of discharged water and prior approval of CGWA shall be obtained.  The hydro-geological study report along with approval of CGWA will be submitted to MoEF for reviewing the conditions of environment clearance and stipulation of additional conditions, if any, as may be required. 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on January 20-22, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  A location map duly authenticated by DFO cum Wildlife Warden, Sundergarh was submitted.  It was shown that no National Park, Sanctuary, Biosphere Reserve or Willdlife Corridors fall within 10 km of the mine lease.  It was stated that additional safeguard measures will be taken to control RSPM levels inter-alia water spraying frequency to be increased from 4 to 6 per shift, installation of high pressure water sprinkling system on main haulage road, dry fog system on crusher hopper, coverage of stacker reclaimer, plantation along haulage road, stabilization of external dumps etc.  The plantation will be raised in an area of 185.83 ha.  An area of 125.12 ha will be converted into water body post mine.  The dolomite generated along with limestone will be separately stored and sold after obtaining specific approval from the State Government.  It was categorically stated that the dolomite generation is much below the 80,000 TPA of production for which environment clearance was granted by MoEF in the year 2005.  The other issues raised by the Committee were also clarified. 

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

 

2.7       Bangur Mines of M/s Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd., District Bhubaneswar, Orissa (Reconsideration Case)

 

The consideration of proposal was deferred to March, 2010 at the request of the project proponent. 

 

2.8       Dubna-Sakradihi Iron & Manganese Ore Mining Project        of M/s Orissa Mining Corporation, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Reconsideration Case)

 

The consideration of proposal was deferred to May, 2010 at the request of the project proponent. 

 

 

2.9       Expansion of Bahar Quartz Mining Project of Shri Ram Narayan Yadav near village Bahar, Tehsil Niwai, District Tonk, Rajasthan (Reconsideration Case) (Consultant: Naruka Consultant, Jaipur)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on November 23-24, 2009 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was stated that the waste will be dumped in an area of 6 ha.  The height of the dump will be 5 m.  The excavation of rocks will be by manual means.  At the end of the mine life, plantation will be raised in an area of 80 ha, water body will be created in an area of 9 ha and undisturbed area will be 125.13 ha.  One season AAQ data was also provided.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized.  Ultimate working depth will be 260 mRL.  The groundwater table varies between 220 mRL – 225 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  It is estimated that 42,000 m3 of waste will be generated during lease period.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case or any direction passed by any court of law against the project.  The issues raised during public hearing were also clarified and considered.  It was also stated that mine lease does not fall in Aravalli.  A letter dated 3.10.2008 from Assistant Mining Engineer, Govt. of Rajasthan, Tonk was also submitted in this regard. 

 

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

 

 

2.10       Jamirdihi Pyroxenite, Dunite, Quartz & Quartzite Mines of M/s Indian Marble Company in Sundergarh District, Orissa (Consultant: Cleenviron Pvt. Ltd., Orissa)

 

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

 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of pyroxenite to 0.36 million TPA and Quartz and Quartzite to 25,000 TPA.  It is a violation case.  The mine lease area is 50.646 ha.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized.  Life of mine is 6 years for pyroxenite and 23 years for quartz and quartzite.  Crushing and sizing plant of 60 TPD capacity is part of the project; however, no washing is involved.  Ultimate working depth will be 165 m AMSL for pyroxenite and 204.5 m AMSL for quartz and quartzite.  Water requirement is 77 kld, which will be met from Kuradhi nallah and groundwater. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.11       Vikram Cement Limestone Mine-III of M/s Vikram Cement at villages Damodarpura, Kesharpura, Khor, Kanka and Nayagaon, Tehsil Jawad, District Nemuch, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 2 million TPA of limestone for the captive use in their cement plant.  The mine lease area is 564.106 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It was stated that there are other limestone mines also linked to this cement plant.  The total limestone production from all the linked mines including the proposed mine put together will be restricted to 5.5 million TPA.  A crushing plant is also part of the project.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  The water requirement is 143 kld.  Life of the mine is 30 years.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized.  The ultimate working depth will vary between 417.5 – 469.5 mRL in different blocks. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.12       Sidhamath Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s Dharamchand Jain, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: Creative Engineers & Constants, Chennai)

 

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

 

The proposal is for setting up of a iron ore beneficiation plant having a capacity of 0.66 million TPA within their existing mine lease having an area of 29.421 ha for which TORs have been prescribed by the SEIAA on 11.9.2009.  The process involves washing and removal of impurities.  The plant will be based on zero discharge outside the plant.  The waste water will be recovered and re-circulated.  No tailing pond is proposed as part of the project.  The rejects after filter press will be refilled in the mined out area.  The total area earmarked for the beneficiation plant is 1.75 ha, which will be within the mine lease area.  No land outside the mine lease will be acquired.  The makeup water requirement is estimated as 375 m3/day, which will be met from groundwater.  The power requirement is estimated as 1,000 KVA, which will be met from the Grid.  However, for emergency purpose two generator sets of 500 KVA capacity will be installed. 

 

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

 

(i)                The alternate sites considered, the relative merits and demerits and the reasons for selecting the proposed site. 

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

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

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

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

(vi)            Details of the solid waste to be generated and its management.  The project proponent have since proposed that there shall be no tailing pond and the tailings to be generated will be disposed in the mined out area, the feasibility of waste disposal and its management should be given in detail.  The State of the art technology in this regard and supporting documents and literature in support thereof to show that such a technology is being adopted successfully in other parts of the World or in the country anywhere should be given.  The related environmental issues associated such technology including the requirement of power in adopting such technology vis-a-vis other technologies should also be discussed in the EIA report.  Management of fines and mitigation measures to control these fines from getting airborne should also be discussed. 

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

(viii)        The land requirement should be optimized and furnished. 

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

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

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

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

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

(xiv)        Detailed material balance to be provided.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.13 Mohanpura-Jodhpura Limestone Mine of M/s Grasim Industries Ltd. at villages Mohanpura, Jodhpura, Tehsil Kotputli, District Jaipur, Rajasthan (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 4 million TPA to 6 million TPA to meet the additional limestone requirement of their cement plant.  Earlier, clearance for 4 million TPA was obtained on 17.8.2006.  The terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for their expansion project was prescribed on 24.3.2009.  Public hearing has been held on 4.11.2009.  The mine lease area is 548.78 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  The water requirement after expansion will be 115 kld will be met from bore well in the cement plant and mine sump water.  Life of the mine will be 32 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 285 mRL.  The groundwater table is at 330 mRL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  It was noted that NOC from CGWA for withdrawal of water for mining project and cement plant has been obtained.  The waste generated will be disposed in the form of external OB dump in an area of 48.39 ha.  There will be three external OB dumps with a maximum projected height of 30 m.  No backfilling is proposed.  Afforestation will be carried out in an area of 117.61 ha.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case presently pending against the project and no directions have been passed any court of law against the project.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was also noted that the said mine lease does not fall in Aravalli.  A letter dated 16.4.2009 from Assistant Mining Engineer, Kotputli, Govt. of Rajasthan was also submitted in this regard.  The Committee also considered the project in terms of the Office Memorandum dated 13.1.2010 issued by MoEF relating to projects located in critically / severely polluted areas.  As per the said O.M., the mine lease is located in severely polluted area and accordingly comments of Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board dated 16.2.2010 were considered. 

 

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

 

 

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

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on January 20-22, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was stated that there will be one OB dump in an area of 3.24 ha with a maximum height of 20 m with two terraces of 10 m each.  There will be one waste dump.  An area of 24.16 ha will be backfilled.  Water reservoir will be created in an area of 49.46 ha.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 79.84 ha.  Based on the modeling results, it was shown that maximum GLCs (cumulative for mine and cement plant) will occur at a distance of 1.2 km in downwind direction from the cement plant.  The maximum predicted incremental value due to this mine will be 6 ug/m3.  The Committee also considered the project in terms of the Office Memorandum dated 13.1.2010 issued by MoEF relating to projects located in critically / severely polluted areas.  As per the said O.M., the mine lease is located in severely polluted area and accordingly comments of Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board dated 16.2.2010 were considered. 

 

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

 

(i)                There shall be only two dumps; one OB dump and the other waste dump.  The maximum height of the OB dump will be restricted to 20 m.  The project proponent will incorporate the necessary changes in this regard at the time of obtaining approval of the mining scheme for the next plan period, so that environmental clearance and approved mine plan / mine scheme are mutually consistent. 

 

2.15       Mevasa-1 Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Limited, Village Mevasa, District Jamnagar, Gujarat (Reconsideration Case)

 

The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent as the approved mine plan is yet to be received. 

 

2.16       Khojawara Soapstone Mine of M/s Geetanjali Minerals, District Udaipur, Rajasthan (EC)

 

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

 

 

2.17       Asurabandha Chromite Mine of M/s Real India        Consultancy Ltd in District Dhenkanal, Orissa (Reconsideration Case)

 

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

 

 

2.18       Sorya Sand Stone (Minor Mineral) Mine, near village Sorya, District Karauli, Rajasthan of M/s Janardan Singh Gahlot (Reconsideration Case) (Consultant: R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on October 29-30, 2009 wherein the consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of mutually consistent documents.  Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of sand stone to 45,000 TPA.  The mine lease area is 183.144 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast involving blasting.  Life of the mine is 146 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 294 m AMSL.  Groundwater table varies between 275 – 265 m AMSL.  Water requirement is 3 kld, which will be obtained from nearby villages and mine sump water.  At the end of the mine lease 3,18,000 m3 of waste will be generated, which will be concurrently backfilled.  At the end of the lease period 11.1 ha will be reclaimed by backfilling.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 3.1 ha.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case presently pending against the project and no directions have been passed any court of law against the project.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was also noted that the said mine lease does not fall in Aravalli.  A letter dated 16.2.2010 from Mining Engineer, Karauli, Govt. of Rajasthan was also submitted in this regard. 

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

 

2.19       Karampada Iron Ore Mine of M/s The General Produce Co. Ltd., District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: Bhagavathi Ana Labs Ltd, Hyderabad)

 

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

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fall due from 12.10.2006 for production of 0.67 million TPA of iron ore.  The mine lease area is 70.68 ha.  As the location of the said mine is in District West Singhbhum, the proposal was considered in terms of the Office Memorandum dated 13.1.2010 issued by Ministry of Environment & Forests relating to projects to be located in critically / severely polluted areas.  As per the O.M. it falls in severely polluted area and accordingly comments of Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board were obtained.  The comments dated 17.2.2010 from SPCB were considered.  In view of the reported poor quality of environmental parameters in the area as stated by SPCB, the Committee declined to prescribe TORs for this project and rejected the proposal. 

 

 

2.20       Sosopi Iron Ore Mine of M/s Khushal Arjun Rathore, Village Sosopi Hamlet, Singhbhum West, Jharkhand (Consultant: Eco Care, Asansol)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with mining plan.  The proposal was earlier granted TORs vide letter dated 23.9.2008.  In the meantime, the project profile undergone changes in terms of broken up area and mining area.  The life of the mine has also been reduced from 27 years to 21 years.  The mine is reported to be suspended since 1994.  The waste disposal area, which was partly within the mine lease and partly outside the mine lease has now been completely shifted to outside the mine lease.  In view of the changed parameters the proponent submitted the proposal for obtaining TORs afresh.  Accordingly, the proposal was considered. 

 

As the location of the said mine is in District West Singhbhum, the proposal was considered in terms of the Office Memorandum dated 13.1.2010 issued by Ministry of Environment & Forests relating to projects to be located in critically / severely polluted areas.  As per the O.M. it falls in severely polluted area and accordingly comments of Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board were obtained.  The comments dated 17.2.2010 from SPCB were considered.  In view of the reported poor quality of environmental parameters in the area as stated by SPCB, the Committee declined to prescribe TORs for this project and rejected the proposal. 

 

 

2.21       Ghatkuri Iron Ore Mines of M/s Nirmal Kumar Pradeep Kumar, village Tatiba, Chaibasa, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand  (Consultant: Eco Care, Asansol)

 

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

 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.044 million TPA to 0.403 million TPA.  The mine lease area is 149.7343 ha, which is a forestland.  As the location of the said mine is in District West Singhbhum, the proposal was considered in terms of the Office Memorandum dated 13.1.2010 issued by Ministry of Environment & Forests relating to projects to be located in critically / severely polluted areas.  As per the O.M. it falls in severely polluted area and accordingly comments of Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board were obtained.  The comments dated 17.2.2010 from SPCB were considered.  In view of the reported poor quality of environmental parameters in the area as stated by SPCB, the Committee declined to prescribe TORs for this project and rejected the proposal. 

 

 

2.22       Jharibahal Iron Ore Mine of M/s Patnaik Minerals Pvt. Ltd., village Jaribahal, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: Kalyani Laboratories, Bhubaneswar)

 

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

 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.998 million TPA to 3.4 million TPA along with crushing, screening and jigging plant (Beneficiation).  It is estimated that 0.6 million TPA will be from dump recovery, 2.3 million TPA from ROM and 0.5 million TPA from beneficiation.  The mine lease area is 106.53 ha, out of which 7.434 ha is non forestland.  Earlier, environmental clearance was granted on 25.7.2008.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  There will be concrete sloped slime ponds having capacity to contain slimes of 15 days, the rejects slime will be transported back to the exhausted mine quarries for back filling. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              Detailed material balance to be provided.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxv)      Impact of change of land use.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xlv)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.23       Alanda Limestone and Dolomite Mine of M/s United Minerals, village Alanda, District Sundergarh, Orissa (TOR) (Consultant: Sun Consultancy and Services, Bhubaneswar)

 

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

 

The proposal is for production of 44,000 TPA of limestone and dolomite (32,000 TPA of limestone and 12,000 TPA of dolomite).  The mine lease area is 65.252 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The mine is reported to be closed since 2005.  Mine working will be opencast by semi-mechanized method.  Life of the mine is 23 years for limestone and 80 years for dolomite.  Ultimate working depth will be 181 m AMSL.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Next Meeting:

 

          It was decided that the next meeting will be held on March 17-19, 2010. 

 

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

 

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Annexure

List of Participants

 

1.     Dr. Velu Annamalai                      -     Chairman

 

2.     Prof. G.S. Roonwal

 

3.     Prof. C.K. Varshney

 

4.     Dr. S. K. Dave

 

5.     Dr. S.D. Attri

 

6.     Dr. V.B. Mathur

 

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

 

8.     Dr. Satish C. Garkoti, Additional Director, MoEF

List of Representatives:

 

9.     Representatives of M/s Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Ltd.

 

10.             Representatives of M/s Hindustan Zinc Ltd

 

11.             Representatives of M/s OCL India Ltd

 

12.             Representatives of Shri Ram Narayan Yadav

 

13.             Representatives of M/s Indian Marble Company

 

14.             Representatives of M/s Vikram Cement

 

15.             Representatives of M/s Dharamchand Jain

 

16.             Representatives of M/s Janardan Singh Gahlot

 

17.             Representatives of M/s The General Produce Co. Ltd.

 

18.             Representatives of M/s Khushal Arjun Rathore

 

19.             Representatives of M/s Nirmal Kumar Pradeep Kumar

 

20.             Representatives of M/s Patnaik Minerals Pvt. Ltd.

 

21.             Representatives of M/s United Minerals

 

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