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

 

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 24TH MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

The 24th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Appraisal of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on February 21-23, 2012.  The list of participants is annexed. 

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

Item No. 1:

1.1     Confirmation of the minutes of the 23rd Meeting.

The minutes of the 23rd meeting were confirmed as circulated.

 

2.1    Gonua Iron & Manganese Ore Mines of M/s M.G. Mohanty, Village Gonua, District Sundergarh, Orissa (EC)

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent. The Committee, however, observed that the said project was earlier listed twice in the meeting held in June, 2011 as well as in December, 2011 and the consideration was to be deferred on each occasion. Since, the proposal has now been listed thrice, the Committee recommended that the file may be closed and project delisted till a specific request in writing is received from the proponent regarding their readiness for presenting their case before the EAC.

2.2    Thakurani Iron Ore Mine of M/s Padam Kumar Jain, located at District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: Ecomen Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Lucknow)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fell due from 1.1.2012 and enhancement of production of iron ore from 1.3 million TPA to 3.0 million TPA. The mine is reported to be closed since 1st January, 2012. The earlier environment clearance was granted on 24.9.2008. TOR for this project were prescribed on 20th October, 2009. Public hearing has been held on 15.9.2010. Mine lease area is 84.68 ha, which includes 65.68 ha of forestland. The proponent has applied for diversion of 23.33 ha of virgin forestland. It was also stated that 32.94 ha is broken forestland and the proponent has applied for permission for continuation of use of broken forestland for the project. Kanda nallah is reported at a distance of 0.25 km from the mine lease in the north west part and Betlata nallah at a distance of 0.5 km in the east of the mine lease. Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting. Life of mine is 11 years. It is a violation case as the production from the mine was enhanced after the EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force without obtaining requisite prior environment clearance. As the project is located in identified severely polluted area, comments of the State Pollution Control Board were also obtained. The comments received vide no. PC/NOC/JSR/320/10-531 dated 18.2.2012 were also considered. It was observed that the ambient air quality within 3-4 km of mine lease shows high level of RSPM. The baseline AAQ data presented by the proponent also showed high levels of RSPM within the mine lease area, Camp Office, Badajamda. It is estimated that 35,76,780 m3 of waste will be handled during the mine life, which will partly be backfilled and partly will be dumped in two external OB dumps. An area of 18.43 ha will be backfilled. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

 

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

(i)      Blasting is reported to be outsourced.  A note in this regard should be given.

(ii)      The mineable reserves and geological reserves need to be rechecked and a note in this regard should be given.

(iii)     Sections and Plans need to be duly signed and submitted.

(iv)     While the proposal is for 3.0 million TPA, the EIA/EMP report shows capacity in excess of three million TPA. This may be corrected.

(v)      The production figures from 2002 onwards as given in the EIA report and in the presentation are at variance, this may be reconciled.

(vi)     The information as given in Question no. 4 of the Questionnaire needs to be rechecked and reconciled.

(vii)    Details of greenbelt already planted should be given.

(viii)   Status of lease ownership should be furnished.

(ix)     Biological data collection needs to be redone and resubmitted.

(x)     In view of the reported high levels of RSPM, steps taken / proposed to be taken should be detailed. It would be desirable that the proponent should implement the RSPM control measures and thereafter show their effectiveness with actual data collection.

(xi)     It was observed that there was no monitoring station in the east direction. The baseline AAQ data should be collected afresh and submitted. The location of the monitoring stations should be such as to represent whole of the study area and justified keeping in view the pre-dominant downwind direction and location of sensitive receptors. There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

(xii)    Copy of the advertisement made for conduct of public hearing should be submitted.

(xiii)   It was observed that the issue of dust was also raised in the public hearing, the action plan to address the same as also the other issues raised during public hearing with definite time frames should be given.

(xiv)   The dust sample should be analyzed for percentage of free silica and details furnished.

(xv)    Status of compliance of earlier EC conditions with supporting documents and photographs should be furnished.

 

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

 

2.3    Danda-Bagmandla-Saigaon Bauxite Mine of M/s Alatge Stone Crushing Industries located at village Danda-Bagmanddla-Saigaon, Taluka Shrivardhan, District Raigad, Maharashtra (Consultant: M/s Sankalpana)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of bauxite from 56,000 TPA to 1,35,000 TPA. The earlier EC was granted in April, 2007. Public hearing was held on 21.11.2010. TOR for this project was granted on 12.2.2007. The mine lease area is 148.468 ha. No forestland is involved. Mine working will be opencast mechanised. Ultimate working depth will be 210 m AMSL. The groundwater table is reported to vary between 170 – 175 m AMSL. Life of mine is 56 years. Water requirement is estimated as 23 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater. It is estimated that 0.37 million m3 of waste will be generated. Backfilling is proposed, which will start from 5th year. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

 

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

(i)      A CRZ map duly authenticated by one of the authorized agencies showing the location of the mine w.r.t. CRZ should be given. It may clearly be shown whether any portion of the mine lease falls in CRZ. It should include the distance w.r.t. CRZ of all tidal influenced water bodies in the area.

(ii)      The information regarding the distance from Savitri River as given in the Questionnaire and in the presentation is at variance. This may be rechecked and reconfirmed.

(iii)     An undertaking to the effect that all the TORs have been addressed in the EIA should be given. A status note on the compliance of TOR with corresponding relevant sections and page numbers of EIA should be indicated.

(iv)     Water table information should be rechecked and details furnished.

(v)      Details of the transportation route w.r.t. the village should be given. The nature and type of road through which the transportation will take place should be given.

(vi)     The traffic issue has been raised in the public hearing. A note and action plan should be given as to how it is being addressed.

(vii)    Necessary permission from the Competent Authority for drawl of ground water should be given.

(viii)   The information given in the Questionnaire and presentation are not mutually consistent and needs to be rechecked and revised Questionnaire to be furnished. For example the ultimate working depth given in the Questionnaire is 5 m bgl while in the presentation it is 10 m bgl.

(ix)     Drainage map of the mine site and study area stated to have been given in figure 2.2 has not been actually given. This may be furnished.

(x)      Sections are not clear and need to be redone.

(xi)     Noise data needs to be rechecked.

(xii)    Explore possibility of reducing noise levels in the drilling. Details in this regard should be furnished.

(xiii)   The AAQ data as given in EIA is for summer of 2009 while in the mine plan it is for the monsoon of 2007. Even the monsoon data shows more values which may be rechecked.

(xiv)   The baseline AAQ data should be collected afresh and submitted. The location of the monitoring stations should be such as to represent whole of the study area and justified keeping in view the pre-dominant downwind direction and location of sensitive receptors. There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. The AAQ data at various locations should be collected simultaneously.

(xv)    Groundwater data needs to be rechecked.

(xvi)   The backfilling is reported from 6th year, however, the area of dump is shown to increase to 16 ha at conceptual stage. It is contradictory to each other. This may be reconciled and clarifications furnished.

(xvii)  Top soil and OB area has been shown as nil. This needs to be explained and material balance given. Top soil management details should also be given.

(xviii)  Year-wise production details should be furnished.

(xix)   Information regarding OB has to be consistent with mine plan. Copy of the mine plan and mining scheme to be furnished.

(xx)    Compliance status of earlier EC conditions with supporting data should be given.

(xxi)   As grazing land is involved in the project, the steps/ action taken during the last five years to address the issues of grazing land should be given.

(xxii)  The biological study needs to be redone, as the earlier data is not in conformity with ecological habitat of the terrain.

(xxiii)  Copy of the advertisement made for the public hearing should be given.

(xxiv)  Issues raised during public hearing and the action plans to address the same should be given especially the transportation issue, accidental fall of animals in the exhausted pit etc.

(xxv)  Water balance keeping in view the water collected from the pit should be given.

(xxvi)  Status of lease and the lessee should be given. It may be clearly stated as to who is the lessee of the said mine and the documents should accordingly be signed by the lessee or his/her authorized signatory.

(xxvii) Questionnaire needs to be refilled with correct and complete information and resubmitted.

 

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

 

2.4     Mahadevia Gandhvi, Bauxite Mine of Smt. Nirmala Ben S. Mehta District Jamnagar Gujarat.

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on July 16-17, 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 has been reported that the marine national park is at a distance of 6.3 km from the mine lease and the marine sanctuary is at a distance of 9.0 km. In view of the location of the sanctuary / national park within 10 km of the mine lease, the Committee desired information on the following:

(i)      The view / recommendations of the State Govt. (Chief Wildlife Warden) on the project due to its location within 10 km of the mine lease.

(ii)      Clearance from the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife.

(iii)     Steps proposed for control of tailings and waste including heavy metals and residue from flowing into the marine sanctuary.

(iv)     Steps proposed to arrest the material from run of mine should be supplemented and detailed.

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

2.5    Expansion of Slate (School Slate & Slate Stone) mining project of M/s Ashok Somany located at village Manethi, Majra and Padla, District Rewari, Haryana (Reconsideration Case)

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

 

2.6    Kujam-II Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd., village Kujam & Chirodih, Thana Bishunpur, District Gumla, Jharkhand (Consultant: M/s Vimta Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of bauxite from 0.15 million TPA to 0.3 million TPA. The mine lease area is 157.38 ha. No forestland is involved. The earlier EC was granted in the name of M/s INDAL in August, 2006. The lease has since been transferred in the name of M/s Hindalco, and the earlier EC would also need to be got transferred from INDAL to Hindalco before the proponent submits its application for environment clearance. The mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting. Ultimate working depth will be 15 m bgl. It is estimated that 53,90,449 m3 of waste will be generated. Simultaneous backfilling is proposed. Water requirement is estimated as 23 kld. The status of compliance of earlier EC conditions was also presented and discussed. The Committee observed that the compliance needs to be further improved and that when the proposal is submitted for EC, the PP should give detailed presentation with supporting documents about the compliance.

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

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

2)           The earlier EC which is reported to be in the name of M/s INDAL should be got transferred in the name of M/s Hindalco before the expansion proposal for environment clearance is submitted to MoEF.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.7     Amtipani Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd., village Amtipani, Gurdari & Chirodih, Thana Bishunpur, District Gumla, Jharkhand (Consultant: M/s Vimita Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of bauxite from 0.15 million TPA to 0.3 million TPA. The mine lease area is 190.95 ha. No forestland is involved. The earlier EC was granted in the name of M/s INDAL in August, 2006. The lease has since now been transferred in the name of M/s Hindalco, the earlier EC would also need to be got transferred from INDAL to Hindalco before the proponent submits its application for environment clearance. The mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting. Ultimate working depth will be 1040 m AMSL. It is estimated that 32,62,757 m3 of waste will be generated. Simultaneous backfilling is proposed. Water requirement is estimated as 23 kld. The status of compliance of earlier EC conditions was also presented and discussed. The Committee observed that the compliance needs to be further improved and that when the proposal is submitted for EC, the PP should give detailed presentation with supporting documents about the compliance.

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

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

2)           The earlier EC which is reported to be in the name of M/s INDAL should be got transferred in the name of M/s Hindalco before the expansion proposal for environment clearance is submitted to MoEF.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.8     Langratand Bauxite Mine of M/s Sharda Mica Mining Company, Village Langratand, Taluka Bishunpur, District Gumla, Jharkhand (Consultant: Grassroots Research & Creation India Pvt. Ltd., Noida)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in April, 2009 for production of 60,000 TPA of bauxite. It is a violation case as the production from the mine was enhanced after EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force without obtaining requisite prior environment clearance. Mine is reported to be closed since June, 2010. Mine lease area is 16.754 ha, which includes 9.78 ha of forestland. It was stated by the PP that the forestland is being surrendered and the remaining area of 6.974 ha will be non forestland, which will be renewed. Therefore, the proposal is being considered only for 6.974 ha of non forestland. Proposal has been considered in MoEF as SEIAA for Jharkhand is not in place. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Life of mine is 17 years. Water requirement is 9 kld, which will be obtained from surface water.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21)        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.

22)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.9     Mohanpura Limestone Mine of M/s Ultra Tech Cement Ltd., village Mohanpura, Soyla, Attarsuma, Karondiya, Badiya, District Dhar, 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 0.8 million TPA of limestone for their captive cement plant at a distance of about 3 km. Mine lease area is 1026 ha. No forestland is involved. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Transportation of mineral will be by covered conveyor. Life of mine is 17 years. Ultimate working depth will be 13 m bgl. Water requirement will be 100 kld.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12)        The land requirement / right of way for conveyor system should be worked out and details furnished along with its land use, ownership of land, R&R issues related thereto etc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.10   Proposed Mining Project of M/s Ultra Tech Cement Ltd., village Dagla, Nimbera-khurd, Asarlai, Moharai & Tunkara and Meshia, Tehsil Jaitaran, District Pali, Rajasthan (TOR)

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

2.11   Expansion of production of dolomite mine of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd located at village Kadapatti, Taluk Bagalkot, District Bagalkot, Karnataka (Consultant: Netel India Ltd., Thane)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in 1996. Mine is reported to be closed since 1996. The TOR for this project were prescribed in March, 2008. Public hearing has been held on 18.6.2010. The mine lease area is 72.50 ha; however, it was reported that it has now been reduced to 63.6 ha. After going through the documents it was observed that the EIA report is of very poor quality. The baseline AAQ data is of 2007 i.e. prior to prescribing of TOR. The AAQ network has not been properly selected. The AAQ stations are not spread across the entire study area.  The flora fauna study is practically non-existent.

Based on the discussions held the Committee recommended that the proponent should redo the EIA by collecting data afresh, redo the public hearing and submit the proposals afresh. As and when the fresh proposal is received it will be taken up for consideration. In the meantime, the proposal may be delisted and file closed.

2.12   Expansion of production of Karya Magnesite mine of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd located at village Jullahalli, Taluk Nanjangud, District Mysore, Karnataka (Consultant: Netel India Ltd., Thane)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in 2005. It is a violation case as the mine has operated after it fell due for renewal without requisite prior EC. The mine lease area is 86.25 ha. The TOR for this project were prescribed in December, 2009. Public hearing has been held on 8.12.2010. After going through the documents it was observed that the EIA report is of very poor quality. The baseline AAQ data is of 2008-09 i.e. prior to prescribing of TOR. The AAQ network has not been properly selected. The AAQ stations are not spread across the entire study area. The flora fauna study (biological study) is also of very poor quality.

Based on the discussions held the Committee recommended that the proponent should redo the EIA by collecting data afresh, redo the public hearing and submit the proposals afresh. As and when the fresh proposal is received it will be taken up for consideration. In the meantime, the proposal may be delisted and file closed.

2.13   Expansion of production of Muddapura Limestone Mine of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd located at village Muddapura, Taluk Mudhol, District Bagalkot, Karnataka (Consultant: Netel India Ltd., Thane)

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 0.036 million TPA to 0.15 million TPA. The mine lease area is 581.58 ha. No forestland is involved. The TOR for this project were prescribed on 9th January, 2008.  Public hearing has been held on 10.6.2009. After going through the documents it was observed that the EIA report is of very poor quality. The baseline AAQ data is of pre monsoon season of 2007 i.e. prior to prescribing of TOR. The AAQ network has not been properly selected. The AAQ stations are not spread across the entire study area. The public hearing has been chaired by Assistant Commissioner. The flora and fauna study is practically non-existent. The coordinates of the mine lease as given in the mine plan and the presentation were at variance.

Based on the discussions held the Committee recommended that the proponent should redo the EIA by collecting data afresh, redo the public hearing and submit the proposals afresh. As and when the fresh proposal is received it will be taken up for consideration. In the meantime, the proposal may be delisted and file closed.

2.14   Expansion of production of Chromite mine of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd located at village Thagadur, Taluk Channrayapatna, District Hassan, Karnataka (Consultant: Netel India Ltd., Thane)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for enhancement of production from 0.026 million TPA to 0.1062 million TPA of chromite, titanic ferrous magnetite, quartz and dunite put together. It is a violation case as the mine was opened in 2005 without requisite prior environment clearance.  The mine lease area is 614.99 ha. No forestland is involved. The TOR for this project were prescribed in December, 2009. Public hearing has been held on 30.10.2010. After going through the documents it was observed that the EIA report is of very poor quality. The baseline AAQ data is of 2008-09 i.e. prior to prescribing of TOR. The AAQ network has not been properly selected. The AAQ stations are not spread across the entire study area. The flora fauna study (biological study) is also of very poor quality.

Based on the discussions held the Committee recommended that the proponent should redo the EIA by collecting data afresh, redo the public hearing and submit the proposals afresh. As and when the fresh proposal is received it will be taken up for consideration. In the meantime, the proposal may be delisted and file closed.

2.15   Expansion of production of Limestone Mine of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd located at village Lokapura, Taluk Mudhol, District Bagalkot, Karnataka (Consultant: Netel India Ltd., Thane)                  

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in year 2000 and enhancement of production of limestone from 0.03 million TPA to 0.15 million TPA. It is a violation case as the mine has operated after it fell due for renewal without requisite prior environment clearance. Mine is reported to be closed since, 2009. The mine lease area is 228.63 ha. No forestland is involved. The TOR for this project were prescribed on 9th January, 2008.  Public hearing has been held on 10.6.2009. After going through the documents it was observed that the EIA report is of very poor quality. The baseline AAQ data is of pre monsoon season of 2007 i.e. prior to prescribing of TOR. The AAQ network has not been properly selected. The AAQ stations are not spread across the entire study area. The public hearing has been chaired by Assistant Commissioner. The flora and fauna study is practically non-existent.

Based on the discussions held the Committee recommended that the proponent should redo the EIA by collecting data afresh, redo the public hearing and submit the proposals afresh. As and when the fresh proposal is received it will be taken up for consideration. In the meantime, the proposal may be delisted and file closed.

2.16   Vithaldeo Dolomite & Marble Mine of M/s Supreme Marble & Granite Ltd., located in village Malwasa, Tehsil Banswara, District Banswara, Rajasthan – inclusion of mineral marble in the earlier EC (Consultant: Enkay Enviro Services, Jaipur)

The proposal was earlier granted environmental clearance in September, 2007 for mining of 1,12,500 TPA of dolomite only. It was specifically stipulated that for mining of marble, the proponent shall obtain specific clearance as per the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006. The proponent have now made a request for including mining of marble also in the environment clearance granted earlier as the minor mineral has now been covered under the EIA Notification, 2006 requiring prior environment clearance under the provisions thereof. The request was considered by the Committee. 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee desired that the proponent should submit their application for environment clearance for mining of marble as per the procedure prescribed under EIA Notification, 2006. The proposal in its present form was not accepted by the Committee.

 

 

2.17   Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s Essar Steel Orissa Ltd., Joda, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Change in Scope of EC)

          The above mentioned project was earlier granted environment clearance in May, 2009 subject to the condition that ore transportation shall be carried out through the conveyor / rail. The proponent have now made a request to allow them to transport the ore by road rather than by rail for the reasons stated in their proposal. Accordingly, the proposal was placed before EAC and considered. The proponent made a presentation before the EAC. Based on the presentation made and discussion held the Committee sought information on the following:

(i)      To carry out a feasibility study of using various modes of transportation for the ore i.e. rail or road or combination of the two or any other mode and their relative merits.

(ii)      Issues of re-handling of ore during shifting from one mode to the other en-route.

(iii)     Issues relating to environment and public health impact due to various modes of transportation.

(iv)     Technical analysis of combination of transportation modes.

(v)      Feasibility of multi mode alternatives clearly bringing out as to how much load could be shared and distributed among various possible modes of transportation which could be adopted in the project.

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

2.18   Sand / Muram Mining of M/s Sudhakar Pandy, village Sushnai, District Sonbhadra, U.P. (Consultant: Grassroot Research and Creation India Pvt. Ltd., Noida)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which would fall due in April, 2013 for production of 2,00,000 TPA of Sand / Muram put together from the bed of river Sone. It is a violation case as the mine has been operating after its grant in April, 2010 without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance. However, MoEF may take a view on the violation taking into account the order of the Hon’ble High Court of Allahabad which permitted mining of minor minerals up to 30.6.2011. Mine is reported to be closed since 30.6.2011. The mine lease area is 24.329 ha. No forestland is involved. The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of its location within 10 km of the Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary.  Ultimate working depth will be 3 mtr. It was stated that no mining will be carried out during monsoon and during night time. Water requirement is 2.5 kld. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.19   Karwahi Dolomite Mine of Shri Pradyuman Kumar J. Trivedi, Village Karwahi, Nagpur, Maharashtra (8.84 ha)

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

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 12,000 TPA of dolomite. It is a violation case as the mine has been operating after its grant in 1996. The mine is reported to be closed since 2006. The mine lease area is 8.84 ha. No forestland is involved. It has been considered as category ‘A’ because of its location within 10 km of the inter-state boundary of M.P. and Maharashtra. Mine working will be opencast manual. Ultimate working depth will be 12 m bgl. Water table is reported at 15 m bgl. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21)        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.

22)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.20   Limestone Mine of M/s Reliance Cement Co. Pvt. Ltd., Tilkur and Hebal, Tehsil Sedam, District Gulbarga, Karnataka (Consultant: Vimta Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

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

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 5.0 million TPA of limestone to be used in their cement plant at distance of about 3.0 km. Another mine is also located adjoining to this mine which will also feed to the same cement plant. Mine lease area is 929.12 ha. No forestland is involved. Mineral transportation will be by closed conveyor. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Water requirement is estimated as 100 kld. Life of mine is 16 years. Ultimate working depth will be 21.5 m bgl. The water table is reported to vary between 12 – 15 m bgl. Mine working will intersect groundwater table.

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

1)           Integrated impacts taking into account the other projects in the study area should be projected.

2)           Dump yard should be located away from the river.

3)           The road passing through the lease area should not be disturbed as stated during the meeting. In case there is any proposal for its diversion, details in this regard should be provided along with details of the alternate arrangement proposed / proposed to be made.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24)        A detailed hydro-geological study showing the impact of the project on groundwater regime should be provided. Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.21   Harup Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Sri Chandrakant Tulsidas Popat, Village P.S. Bishunpur, Taluk Harup, District Gumla, Jharkhand (Grassroots Research & Creation India Pvt. Ltd., Noida)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in 2010. The total mine lease area originally was 45.65 ha, including 20.52 ha of forestland, which is reported to have been surrendered. The remaining non forestland is 25.13 ha. It was noted that the original lease was in the name of Chandrakant Tulsidas Popat. However, after the demise of the original lessee, the succession of the lease was not clear. The Committee, therefore, desired that the proposal may be resubmitted by the rightful lessee with supporting documents. It was decided that the proposal will be considered only after the revised proposal has been submitted.  The proposal in its present form may be closed.

2.22   Pakhar Bauxite & Laterite Mine of M/s Sri Gandharva Oraon, Village Pakhar, Taluk Kisko, District Lohardaga, Jharkhand (Grassroots Research & Creation India Pvt. Ltd., Noida)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in 2010. The total mine lease area is 50.6464 ha. Out of which, 50.6342 ha is non forest area. It was noted that the original lease was in the name of Sri Gandharva Oraon. However, after the demise of the original lessee in May, 2008, the succession of the lease was not clear. The Committee, therefore, desired that the proposal may be resubmitted by the rightful lessee with supporting documents. It was decided that the proposal will be considered only after the revised proposal has been submitted.  The proposal in its present form may be closed.

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

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 25,000 TPA to 50,000 TPA. Earlier EC for 25,000 TPA was obtained in December, 2005. TOR for this project were prescribed in March, 2011. Public hearing has been held on 10.10.2011. The mine lease area is 86.12 ha. No forestland is involved. Mine working will be opencast. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised. No blasting is involved. Ultimate working depth will be one meter bgl. Water requirement is 5 kld, which will be obtained from PHED. Simultaneous backfilling will be done. It has been stated that the project area does not fall in Aravali and a letter dated 7.12.2011 from Assistant Mining Engineer, Sri Ganganagar has been submitted. The baseline AAQ data presented shows the levels within permissible limits. Compliance of earlier EC conditions was also presented and discussed during the meeting. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting, which inter-alia included leveling of land after mining. The social responsibilities being undertaken inter-alia included medical services, construction of community hall and plantation. It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)      Post mining land must be restored to agriculture use to the extent possible and also the grazing land should be restored.

(ii)      Greenbelt should be developed within five years.

(iii)     As part of the post project monitoring of AAQ, free silica should also be monitored and there should be one monitoring station in the south east direction.

2.24   Aravali Gypsum & Minerals of M/s FCI Aravali Gypsum and Minerals India Ltd. located at village Padampura, Tehsil Suratgarh, District Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan (EC)

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

2.25   Aravali Gypsum & Minerals of M/s FCI Aravali Gypsum and Minerals India Ltd. located at village Thethar, Tehsil Suratgarh, District Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur)

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 35,000 TPA to 90,000 TPA. Earlier EC for 35,000 TPA was obtained in December, 2005. TOR for this project were prescribed in March, 2011. Public hearing has been held on 18.10.2011. The mine lease area is 100.81 ha. No forestland is involved. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised. No blasting is involved. Ultimate working depth will be 1.1 m bgl. Water requirement is 10 kld, which will be obtained from PHED. Simultaneous backfilling will be done. It has been stated that the project area does not fall in Aravali and a letter dated 7.12.2011 from Assistant Mining Engineer, Sri Ganganagar has been submitted. The baseline AAQ data presented shows the levels within permissible limits. Compliance of earlier EC conditions was also presented and discussed during the meeting. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting, which essentially related to social issues like construction of school, community hall, more employment, construction of boundary wall of the community centre, repair of nallah etc. The proponent committed to undertake the social activities including repair of nallah. It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)      Post mining land must be restored to agriculture use to the extent possible and also the grazing land should be restored.

(ii)      Greenbelt should be developed within five years.

(iii)     As part of the post project monitoring of AAQ, free silica should also be monitored and there should be one monitoring station in the north west direction and south east direction beyond Thethar village.

2.26   China Clay and Soapstone Mine of M/s Godha & Company located at village Khakhunda, District Bhilwara, Rajasthan (Consultant: Ramji Mine Envirotech, Jaipur)

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 will fall due in January, 2013 and enhancement of production of china clay and soapstone from 2361 TPA to 23,000 TPA put together (soap stone 5,000 TPA, China clay 18,000 TPA). Mine lease area is 78.116 ha. No forestland is involved. Mine is reported to be closed since 2000. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised. Life of mine is 21 years. TOR for this project were prescribed in July, 2010. Public hearing has been held on 14.9.2011. The written letters forwarded along with public hearing were also considered. The CD relating to public hearing proceedings were also seen by the Committee. The Committee also took note of the letter of Tehsildar Mandalgarh dated 21.9.2011 stating that the said land is a khatedari land and not a pond. The baseline AAQ data presented showed that the levels are within permissible limit. Peak water requirement is estimated as 9 kld, which will be obtained from nearby villages. It is estimated that 96,180 m3 of waste will be generated during the mine life. There will be two external OB dumps in an area of 1.135 ha. It was stated that the area does not fall in Aravali. A letter dated 22.11.2011 from Mining Engineer, Bhilwara was submitted in this regard. It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

2.27   Amtipani Bauxite Mine of M/s Rajhans Refractories (P) Ltd., village Amtipani, Taluka Bishunpur, District Gumla, Jharkhand (Consultant: Grassroots Research & Creation India Pvt. Ltd., Noida )

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in March, 2005 and enhancement of production of bauxite to 1,22,534 TPA. It is a violation case as the mine has operated after it fell due for renewal and enhanced production after 1994 without obtaining requisite prior environment clearance. Mine is reported to be closed since July, 2011. Mine lease area is 64.617 ha, which includes 41.85 ha of forestland. Application for diversion of forestland has been made. Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting. Life of mine is 29 years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.28   Badhreta Limestone Mine of M/s Abhijeet Cement Ltd., village Badhreta, District Morena, Madhya Pradesh

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

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.45 million TPA of limestone for captive use in their cement plant at a distance of about 3.0 km. Mine lease area is 190.326 ha. No forestland is involved. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Ultimate working depth will be 190 m AMSL. Mine working is not likely to intersect groundwater table. Backfilling is proposed. Mineral transportation will be by conveyor.

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

1)           Integrated impacts of the other projects within the study area should be projected in the EIA report.

2)           Temple would need to be protected and accordingly the safeguard measures proposed in this regard should be clearly brought out.

3)           As the irrigation cannal (Chambal) is within 500 m of the mine lease, necessary safeguard measures proposed including inundation of the mine, if any, should be spelt out in the EIA report.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14)        Details of the land required / ROW for the conveyor should also be clearly brought out and the related issues including R&R should be addressed in the EIA report.

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

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

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

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

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

20)        The soil should also be analysed for mercury content.

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

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

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

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

25)        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.

26)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.29   Mahawa-Saipura-Bhilampur-Badhreta Limestone Mine of M/s Abhijeet Cement Ltd., village Mahewa-Saipura-Bhilampur-Badhreta, District Morena, Madhya Pradesh

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 1.0 million TPA of limestone for captive use in their cement plant at a distance of about 3.0 km. Mine lease area is 268.520 ha. No forestland is involved. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Ultimate working depth will be 200 m AMSL. Mine working is not likely to intersect groundwater table. Backfilling is proposed. Mineral transportation will be by conveyor.

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

1)           Integrated impacts of the other projects within the study area should be projected in the EIA report.

2)           Temple would need to be protected and accordingly the safeguard measures proposed in this regard should be clearly brought out.

3)           As the irrigation cannal (Chambal) is at a distance of about 120 m from the  mine lease, necessary safeguard measures proposed including inundation of the mine, if any, should be spelt out in the EIA report.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14)        Details of the land required / ROW for the conveyor should also be clearly brought out and the related issues including R&R should be addressed in the EIA report.

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

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

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

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

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

20)        The soil should also be analysed for mercury content.

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

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

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

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

25)        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.

26)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.30   Sehadpur-Itoura Limestone Mine of M/s Abhijeet Cement Ltd., village Sehadpur & Itoura, District Morena, Madhya Pradesh

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 1.8 million TPA of limestone for captive use in their cement plant at a distance of about 3.0 km. Mine lease area is 186.79 ha. No forestland is involved. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Ultimate working depth will be 200 m AMSL. Mine working is not likely to intersect groundwater table. Backfilling is proposed. Mineral transportation will be by conveyor.

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

1)           Integrated impacts of the other projects within the study area should be projected in the EIA report.

2)           Temple would need to be protected and accordingly the safeguard measures proposed in this regard should be clearly brought out.

3)           As the irrigation cannal (Chambal) is close by, necessary safeguard measures proposed including inundation of the mine, if any, should be spelt out in the EIA report.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14)        Details of the land required / ROW for the conveyor should also be clearly brought out and the related issues including R&R should be addressed in the EIA report.

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

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

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

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

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

20)        The soil should also be analysed for mercury content.

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

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

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

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

25)        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.

26)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.31   Limestone Mining Project of M/s South India Cements Ltd., village Malkhed, Sedam Taluk, Gulbarga District, Karnataka (Consultant: Pioneer Enviro Laboratories & Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in 2000 and enhancement of production of limestone from 0.12 million TPA to 1.45 million TPA for use in their cement plant within the mine lease. It is a violation case as the mine has been operating after it fell due for renewal without requisite prior environmental clearance. Mine is reported to be closed since 2005. It was stated that TOR for the cement plant have separately been obtained in May, 2011. A stream passes through the lease area at the southern boundary. Kagna river is at a distance of 6.8 km. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Water requirement is estimated as 65 kld, which will be obtained from mine pit / groundwater.

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

1)           Integrated impact taking into account of the projects in the study area should be projected in the EIA report.

2)           The proposal for diversion of road passing through the lease area should be given in detail.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.32   China Clay Mine with crushing plant of M/s J.K. White Cements Works, village Kantharia, Tehsil & District Chitorgarh, Rajasthan (Consultant: Ramji Mine Envirotech, Jaipur)

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of china clay from 15,000 TPA to 1,50,000 TPA and installation of crusher of 65 TPH capacity. The earlier environment clearance for 15,000 TPA capacity was granted in April, 2003. It was stated that the proponent had earlier obtained TORs in March, 2009 without any crusher. Now since crusher has also been incorporated and the TORs are almost 3 years old, the proponent have sought prescribing of TORs afresh. The Committee, therefore, decided to consider the present application in supersession of the TORs prescribed earlier.

As the proponent was not ready with the compliance status of the earlier EC conditions, the Committee deferred consideration of the proposal to the next meeting to be held in March, 2012.

2.33   Sand / Muram Mining of M/s Wasif Zama Khan, Village Ram Nagar Kauhan, Tehsil & District Fatehpur, U.P. (Consultant: Grassroots Research & Creation India Pvt. Ltd., Noida)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in November, 2009 for production of 1,50,000 TPA of sand / muram from the bed of river Yamuna. It is a violation case as the mine has operated after grant of mine lease in November, 2006 without obtaining requisite prior environment clearance. Mine is reported to be closed since November, 2009. The Committee did not prescribe TORs to this project as the proponent does not have LOI in respect of this mine.  It was decided that the file may be closed till the proponent submits LOI in their favour.

 

 

2.34   Sand / Muram Mining of M/s Ramakbal Nishad, Village Chanuki, District Deoria, U.P. (Consultant: Grassroots Research & Creation India Pvt. Ltd., Noida)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in November, 2011 for production of 90,000 TPA of Sand / Muram from the bed of river Chhoti Gandak. It is a violation case as the mine has been operating after its grant in November, 2008 without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance. However, MoEF may take a view on the violation taking into account the order of the Hon’ble High Court of Allahabad which permitted mining of minor minerals up to 30.6.2011.  Mine is reported to be closed since June, 2011. The mine lease area is 10.12 ha. No forestland is involved. The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of its location within 10 km of inter-state boundary with Bihar. Mine working will be opencast manual. Ultimate working depth will be 3 mtr. It was stated that no mining will be carried out during monsoon and during night time. Water requirement is 1.76 kld. 

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

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

2)           An undertaking on non judicial stamp paper conforming that there has not been any mining after 30.6.2011.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13)        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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next Meeting:

It was decided that the next meeting will be held on March 19-21, 2012. 

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

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Annexure

List of Participants

1.            Shri M.S. Nagar                                             -         Chairman

2.            Dr. S. Subramaniyam                                    -         Vice Chairman

3.       Prof. C.K. Varshney                                       -         Member

4.       Shri K.S. Anandan                                         -         Member

5.       Shri T.K. Joshi                                              -         Member

6.       Shri Mihir Moitra                                            -         Member       

7.       Dr. L. Ajay Kumar                                         -         Member

8.       Dr. S.K. Peshin                                              -         Member

9.       Shri Vinay Mahajan                                        -         Member

10.     Shri Rajesh Srivastava                                    -         Member

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

12.     Representative of M/s Padam Kumar Jain

13.     Representative of M/s Alatge Stone Crushing Industries

14.     Representative of M/s Smt. Nirmala Ben S. Mehta

15.     Representative of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd.

16.     Representative of M/s Sharda Mica Mining Company

17.     Representative of M/s Ultra Tech Cement Ltd.

18.     Representative of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd

19.     Representative of M/s Supreme Marble & Granite Ltd.

20.     Representative of M/s Sudhakar Pandy

21.     Representative of Shri Pradyuman Kumar J. Trivedi

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

23.     Representative of M/s Sri Chandrakant Tulsidas Popat

24.     Representative of M/s Sri Gandharva Oraon

25.     Representative of M/s FCI Aravali Gypsum & Minerals India Ltd.

26.     Representative of M/s Godha & Company

27.     Representative of M/s Abhijeet Cement Ltd.

28.     Representative of M/s Rajhans Refractories (P) Ltd.

29.     Representative of M/s South India Cements Ltd.

30.     Representative of M/s J.K. White Cements Works

31.     Representative of M/s Wasif Zama Khan

32.     Representative of M/s Ramakbal Nishad

 

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