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

 

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 12TH MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

The 12th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on February 23-25, 2011.  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 11th Meeting.

The minutes of the 11th meeting were confirmed as circulated.

 

Item No. 2: Consideration of the Proposals listed in the Agenda:

2.1     Lagla Mahal Sand Mining Project of M/s Tata Steel Ltd., District Bokaro, Jharkhand (Consultant: Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad) 

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 September, 2006 for production of 0.1 million TPA of sand (major mineral) from the bed of river Izri, a tributary of river Damodar.  The sand will be used in their underground coal mine for stowing.  It is a violation case, since the mine has continued to operate even after the date it fell due for renewal without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 25.11.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 16.6.2010.  The mine lease area is 10.92 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It is a Category ‘B’ project, however, in the absence of SEIAA, Jharkhand, the proposal has been considered in MoEF.  Mining will be confined to collection and gathering of sand from the river bed and transporting the sand to the colliery by covered trucks.  No blasting is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  The baseline AAQ data showed that the levels are within prescribed limits.  It was stated by the proponent that there will be no movement of trucks after sunset. 

It was noted that the public hearing has been held for all the three mines namely; (i) Lagla Mahal, (ii) Damodarpur, Palkiri, Chatatand, Bhojudih, Narkera and (iii) Mahal Saharjuri, Bogla on the same day at the same place but at different times as specified in the public hearing notice.  Since, all the mine leases are adjoining and public hearings have been held at different times, the public hearing was in conformity with the procedure / guidelines issued by MoEF vide their circular dated 19.4.2010 the Committee accepted the public hearing reports.    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 discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)           The mineral transportation will be carried out only in covered trucks.

(ii)          Section 3 of the Mines Act will be complied with. 

(iii)        Sand collection should be done at the middle / main stream and not at the bank of the river to avoid any change of river course due to the project.

(iv)        Particulate level (PM2.5) should be monitored regularly and the results placed in the public domain. 

2.2     Damodarpur, Paliri, Chatatand, Bhojudih, Narkera Sand Mining Project of M/s Tata Steel Ltd., District Bokaro, Jharkhand (Consultant: Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad)

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 November, 2007 for production of 0.35 million TPA of sand (major mineral) from the bed of river Izri, a tributary of river Damodar.  The sand will be used in their underground coal mine for stowing.  It is a violation case, since the mine has continued to operate even after the date it fell due for renewal without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 25.11.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 16.6.2010.  The sand will be used in their underground coal mine for stowing.  The mine lease area is 50.17 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mining will be confined to collection and gathering of sand from the river bed and transporting the sand to the colliery by covered trucks.  No blasting is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  The baseline AAQ data showed that the levels are within prescribed limits.  It was stated by the proponent that there will be no movement of trucks after sunset. 

It was noted that the public hearing has been held for all the three mines namely; (i) Lagla Mahal, (ii) Damodarpur, Palkiri, Chatatand, Bhojudih, Narkera and (iii) Mahal Saharjuri, Bogla on the same day at the same place but at different times as specified in the public hearing notice.  Since, all the mine leases are adjoining and public hearings have been held at different times, the public hearing was in conformity with the procedure / guidelines issued by MoEF vide their circular dated 19.4.2010 the Committee accepted the public hearing reports.    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 discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)           The mineral transportation will be carried out only in covered trucks.

(ii)          Section 3 of the Mines Act will be complied with. 

(iii)        Sand collection should be done at the middle / main stream and not at the bank of the river to avoid any change of river course due to the project.

(iv)        Particulate level (PM2.5) should be monitored regularly and the results placed in the public domain. 

2.3     Mahal, Saharjuri, Bhogla Sowing Sand Mining Project of M/s Tata Steel, District Bokaro, Jharkhand (Consultant: Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad)

          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 September, 2006 for production of 0.1 million TPA of sand (major mineral) from the bed of river Izri, a tributary of river Damodar.  The sand will be used in their underground coal mine for stowing.  It is a violation case, since the mine has continued to operate even after the date it fell due for renewal without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 25.11.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 16.6.2010.  The mine lease area is 17.4 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It is a Category ‘B’ project, however, in the absence of SEIAA, Jharkhand, the proposal has been considered in MoEF.  Mining will be confined to collection and gathering of sand from the river bed and transporting the sand to the colliery by covered trucks.  No blasting is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  The baseline AAQ data showed that the levels are within prescribed limits.  It was stated by the proponent that there will be no movement of trucks after sunset. 

It was noted that the public hearing has been held for all the three mines namely; (i) Lagla Mahal, (ii) Damodarpur, Palkiri, Chatatand, Bhojudih, Narkera and (iii) Mahal Saharjuri, Bogla on the same day at the same place but at different times as specified in the public hearing notice.  Since, all the mine leases are adjoining and public hearings have been held at different times, the public hearing was in conformity with the procedure / guidelines issued by MoEF vide their circular dated 19.4.2010 the Committee accepted the public hearing reports.    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 discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)           The mineral transportation will be carried out only in covered trucks.

(ii)          Section 3 of the Mines Act will be complied with. 

(iii)        Sand collection should be done at the middle / main stream and not at the bank of the river to avoid any change of river course due to the project.

(iv)        Particulate level (PM2.5) should be monitored regularly and the results placed in the public domain. 

 

2.4     Jamdih Quartz & Quartzite Mines of M/s Chandi Prasad Sharma, Village Jamdih, District Sraikela & Kharswan, Jharkhand (Consultant: Kalyani Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of quartz and quartzite from 14,000 TPA to 44,320 TPA.  It is a violation case as the proponent has enhanced production after 1994 without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  The mine is reported to be closed since March, 2010.  It is a Category ‘B’ project; however, in the absence of SEIAA for Jharkhand, the proposal has been considered in MoEF.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 4.9.2008. Public hearing has been held on 21.7.2010.  It was observed that the public hearing has been conducted for 35,000 TPA and therefore, the proposal has been considered only for enhancement up to 35,000 TPA.  The mine lease area is 20.716 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Sona river flows in the north side of the mine lease at a distance of 0.5 km.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 198 mRL.  The groundwater table is reported to be at 190 mRL.  The mine working will not intersect the groundwater table.  It is estimated that 4,22,868 m3 of OB will be generated during the conceptual period, out of which 2,41,218 m3 of OB will be backfilled and remaining 1,81,650 m3 will be dumped as external dump.  The ambient air quality data was seen to be within prescribed limit.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 11.9625 ha.  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 discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance for production of 35,000 TPA of quartz and quartzite. 

 

2.5     Orahuri Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Orissa Manganese & Minerals (P) Ltd. located at village Harischandrapur, Kodadihi & Nuagaon, District Sundargarh, Orissa (Consultant: Sun Consultancy & Services, Bhubaneswar)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of manganese ore from 15,600 TPA to 83,100 TPA.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.5.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 27.11.2010.  The mine lease area is 51.476 ha, which include 32.759 ha of forestland.  Forestry clearance is yet to be obtained.  The proponent have, however, submitted a certificate issued by Collector, Sundargarh and Chairman, District level Committee stating that no such facilities managed by Govt. requiring of diversion of forestland under Section 3(2) of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 exists over the forestland proposed for diversion.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  A map authenticated by the DFO cum Wildlife Warden, Bonai Division was submitted in this regard.  Mine working will be opencast, semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 590 m AMSL.  The groundwater table is reported at 565 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  It is estimated that 25,24,260 m3 of waste will be generated during mine life.  Backfilling is proposed from 6th year.  The existing two dumps will merge into one single dump and there will be one external OB dump at the end of the mine life covering an area of 5.3 ha.  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 discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance. 

 

2.6     Jilling Langalota Iron and Manganese Mines along with Beneficiation Plant of M/s Essel Mining located at District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: B.S. Envitech Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on December 22-24, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was clarified that out of the total forest area of 369.592 ha involved in the project, the proponent have got permission to work in the broken up DLC forest area admeasuring 157.1 ha.  In addition, 86.508 ha area is non forestland.  Thus, they have a total area of 243.608 ha for working.  Water for the project will be obtained from Dalco nallah.  An area of 42.98 ha will be used for waste dump at the conceptual stage.  It is estimated that 5.64 million tonnes of waste generated up to the year 2014 will be disposed in the waste dump and the waste generated thereafter will be backfilled in the mined out area.  The proponent have submitted a certificate to the effect that no such facilities managed by government requiring diversion of forestland under section 3(2) of the Forest Right Act, 2006 exists over the forestland proposed for diversion.  There will be two tailing ponds with a capacity of 1.5 million tonnes and 7.5 million tonnes, which will be used alternatively such that the tailings from the tailing pond-1 will be recovered in alternate year and used for backfilling in the mined out area of Langalota pit.  About 5 million tonnes of tailing will be recovered for backfilling.  It is proposed that the tailing pond will be lined with 0.5 mm thick HDEP lining.  The information regarding biodiversity was also presented.  The other issues raised by the Committee were also clarified.    

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

 

2.7     Laterite Iron Ore Mine of M/s V.K. Vhatkar, District Kolhapur, Maharashtra (Consultant: J.M. Environet, Gurgaon)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on October 26-27, 2009 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues.  Further, it was also not clear whether any part of the reserve forest contiguous to the mine is part of the Tiger Reserve.  It was also desired that the comments of National Tiger Conservation Authority may be obtained in regard to location of the proposed mine in proximity of the Tiger Reserve and its impact there on. 

Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent as also the comments of the National Tiger Conservation Authority, the proposal was considered further.  The proponent provided the latitude and longitude of the mine, which was found to be at variance with the coordinates given in the EIA/EMP report.  The list of flora and fauna was furnished.  The Wildlife Conservation Plan has been prepared and submitted to the Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Kolhapur.  The mineral transportation will be by 10 tonner trucks and will be covered with tarpaulin.  The other issues raised by the Committee were also clarified.  The Committee also took note of the comments of the National Tiger Conservation Authority which has also taken into account the report of the Wildlife Institute of India.  It has been stated that the proposed area falls in the crucial corridor link between Sahyadri Tiger Reserve and the Radhanagri Sanctuary.  The connectivity is reported to be crucial for tiger movement. 

In view of the associated wildlife issues, it was decided that the proposal may be discussed further in the next meeting for taking a decision on the proposal.  Accordingly, the Committee desired that the proposal may be brought back for its internal consideration by the Committee in its next meeting to be held in March, 2011. 

2.8     Malanjhand Copper Ore Project of M/s Hindustan Copper Ltd., Village Malanjhand, District Baihar, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: SENES) 

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 copper ore from 2.0 million TPA to 5.0 million TPA with increase in lease area from 479.9 ha to 728.4 ha along with change in technology from opencast to underground mining and beneficiation plant with a total capacity of 5.0 million TPA by adding another unit.  The total project area is 2016 ha presently, which will be extended by an additional area of 600 ha for the new tailing management facilities.  The Kanha National Park (core zone) is reported at a distance of 6.8 km from the project area and the buffer zone of the Kanha National Park is at a distance of 2.4 km from the project area.  Banjar river is at a distance of 2.5 km from the mine lease boundary as well as from the project boundary.  The present water requirement is 16,000 kld, which will be doubled and will be sourced from Banjar river. 

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

1)           History of mine giving chronology with regard to starting of mine, its renewal, production capacity should be given. 

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

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

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

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

6)           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.

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

8)           The total area required for the project should be clearly specified along with its usage for different components of the project.  The optimization of land requirement should be carried out.  The adequacy of the land for the purpose of tailing pond for the life the plant should be clearly established. 

9)           Before the project is submitted for environmental clearance, the requisite forestry and wildlife clearances should be in place and copies furnished along with the EC proposal. 

10)        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. 

11)        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.  

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

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 and submitted. 

14)        The vegetation in the RF / PF area should be given in detail.    

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 and details furnished. 

16)        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.

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

18)        Impact of change of land use should be given. 

19)        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. 

20)        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 justified.  There should be at least one 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)        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)        Time series data on groundwater quality especially around the tailing pond areas should be given. 

27)        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.

28)        Details of first order streams, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any, and the impact of mining/ mineral processing on flowing waters and the water table should be brought out. 

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

30)        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. 

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

32)        Size distribution of the copper ore with percentage weight shall also be done.

33)        Measures to manage the under size / over-size waste from the feed ore shall be provided. 

34)        Details of the solid waste to be generated and its management should be provided clearly bringing out adequacy of the tailing pond for the life of the beneficiation plant, with supporting data and documentation. Design and capacity of tailing pond should be such as to guard against overflow from the tailing pond during heavy rainfall. The provision of lining, nature of lining with supporting permeability studies should also be provided. 

35)        Location of the proposed plant w.r.t. the source of raw material and mode of transportations of the ore from mines to the beneficiation plant, and outbound movement of the products should be provided.

36)        Proposed treatment of run off from the fines/waste dump should be provided. 

37)        Estimation of the fines going into the washings and its management should be given.

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

39)        Detailed material balance should be provided.  

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

41)        Management and disposal of tailings and closure plan of the tailing pond, if any, after the project is over, should be provided. 

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

43)        Details of the process and technology for beneficiation plant should be given. 

44)        Chemical composition of the tailings and leachets should be given.

45)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, 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).  

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

47)        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.

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

49)        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.

50)        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. 

51)        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.

52)        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. 

53)        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. 

54)        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. 

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

56)        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, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

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     Lumshnong Limestone Mine of M/s Cement Manufacturing Co. Ltd., village Lumshnong, District Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya (Consultant: Geomin Consultants (P) Ltd, Bhubaneswar) 

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

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 9,00,450 TPA of limestone for their captive use in their cement plant located at a distance of about 3.5 km.  The mine lease area is 70 ha.  No forestland is involved.  A perennial nallah is reported at a distance of 0.7 km from the mine lease.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 6 years.  The ultimate working depth will be 473 m AMSL.  The groundwater table is reported to vary between 420 m AMSL to 425 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 75 kld, which will be met from surface water and 10 m3 of treated water will be supplied from CMCL plant site. 

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

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

2)           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. 

3)           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. 

4)           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.

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

6)           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.

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

8)           Impact of change of land use should be given. 

9)           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. 

10)        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 justified.  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. 

11)        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.

12)        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. 

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

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

15)        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.

16)        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.

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

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

19)        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. 

20)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, 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).  

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

22)        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.

23)        The use of conveyor for transport of mineral from mine to the cement plant should be examined and details furnished. 

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

25)        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.

26)        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.

27)        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.

28)        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. 

29)        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. 

30)        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. 

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

32)        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, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

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   Crushing and Screening Unit to Beneficiation Plant of M/s Geomin Industries Pvt. Ltd. located at village Sehora, Taluk & District Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: MetamorphosisSM, Bangalore)

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

The proposal is for setting up of a iron ore beneficiation plant having a capacity of 12,00,000 TPA throughput.  It was stated by the project proponent that the filter press technology will be adopted as a result of which the need for tailing pond will be eliminated.  The total area for the project is 6.75 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Water requirement of the project is 400 m3/day, which will be obtained from Hiran river situated at 3 km from the project site.  The request of the proponent to allow them to use the baseline AAQ data already collected was not agreed to by the Committee and it was desired that baseline AAQ data should be collected afresh. 

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

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

2)           Details of the technology and process involved in the project. 

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

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

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

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

7)           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.

8)           The land requirement should be optimized and furnished. 

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

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

11)        Treatment of run of from the fines/waste dump. 

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

13)        Details of the equipment, settling pond etc. 

14)        Detailed material balance to be provided.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

21)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality, water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified keeping in view the pre-dominant down wind direction and location of sensitive receptors.  

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

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

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

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

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

27)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 will also to be followed:-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.11   Mining (ML area 141.2269 ha) of rare minerals in CRZ area of M/s Indian Rare Earths Ltd. located at village Manavalakurichi, Taluk Kalkulam, District Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu.

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 June, 2004 for production of 1.0 million TPA of beach sand mineral along with a mineral separation plant with a throughput capacity of 200 tonnes/ hr to produce 90,000 TPA of finished product (Illemnite, Rutile, Zircon, Monozite and Garnet).  It was also stated that there is no enhancement of capacity either in the mining or in the mineral separation plant.  The mine lease area is 141.2269 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The mineral separation plant located within mine lease area.  The area is located in CRZ.  The representative of State Environment Department, who attended the EAC meeting in January, 2011 had informed during the meeting that the proposal of M/s Indian Rare Earth was considered by the Tamil Nadu State Coastal Zone Management Authority in its meeting on 6.3.2009 and the authority had resolved to recommend the proposal to MoEF. It was also stated that as per the approved CZMP, the mining site is categorized as CRZ-I(ii) and III and some area falls outside CRZ. The authority had sought certain documents from the proponent which have not been furnished by the proponent to SCZMA.  It was also informed that the expansion proposal relating to illemnite and other associated mineral of M/s Indian Rare Earth was considered by the CRZ Committee of MoEF in November, 2008 and was rejected on the ground that expansion of industrial activity is not permissible in CRZ.  Since, the present proposal is only for continuation of the mine and mineral separation plant at the existing capacity, the Committee considered the proposal further.  The Committee also observed that the mineral separation plant being in existence prior to the EIA Notification, 2006 and there is no enhancement of production or any modernization of the processing plant, and the mine lease is getting renewed, the environment clearance will be considered only for the renewal of mine lease. Mining of rare minerals is a permissible activity within CRZ. 

The Committee also took note of the order of the Hon’ble High Court of Madras dated 10.11.2010 in W.P. no. 5678 of 2007 and accordingly the Coastal Environment and Ecological Conservation Committee was permitted to make their submissions, if any, before the Committee and heard during the meeting.  Their written submissions were also taken on record. They contended interalia, that the land is reported to have been agricultural land, ambient air quality survey has not been carried out, the earlier commitments have not been complied with by the proponent, the effluents discharged is higher than the consent granted, the area is prone to Tsunami and location of the activity in CRZ, which according to them, is prohibited and that no State clearance has been obtained etc.  They, however, stated that they do not have any objections against issue of TOR to the Proponent.

The Committee observed that the proposal of IREL is at the stage of prescribing of TOR for undertaking detailed EIA study and therefore the concerns raised by the petitioner should be addressed in the EIA report to be prepared by the proponent, which will further be subjected to public hearing; thereby the issues / concerns of the public can also be raised there and addressed. 

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. Information for the mining component and the mineral separation plant should be given separately in support of the claim that there has not been any increase in production. 

2)           All the issues raised in the petition of the Coastal Environment and Ecological Conservation Committee should be addressed in the EIA report and point wise details and how it has been complied with / addressed should be given. 

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

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

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

6)           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.

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

8)           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.

9)           Identification of CRZ area. A CRZ map duly authenticated by one of the authorised agencies demarcating LTL, HTL, CRZ area, location of the mine lease and other project activities w.r.t. CRZ, coastal features such as mangroves, if any.  Recommendations of State Coastal Zone Management Authority for the project should also be furnished. 

10)        NOC from State Pollution Control Board as required under CRZ Notification, 2011 should also be furnished. 

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

12)        Impact of change of land use should be given. 

13)        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. 

14)        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 justified.  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. 

15)        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.

16)        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. 

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

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

19)        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.

20)        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.

21)        Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of mining/dredging on the flowing waters and the water table should be brought out.  The specific safeguard measures to protect the canal passing through the lease area should also be given.   

22)        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. 

23)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided. The quality, 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).  Specific safeguard measures to deal with the radioactive waste should be addressed and details furnished. 

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

25)        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.

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

27)        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.

28)        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. 

29)        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. The impacts of radiation on the workers and the safeguard measures proposed should be discussed and highlighted in the EIA report. 

30)        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. 

31)        The risk and hazards due to radioactive material and the requisite safeguard measures should be discussed in detail. 

32)        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. 

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. 

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, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.12   Mining (ML area 7.06 ha) of rare minerals in CRZ area of M/s Indian Rare Earths Ltd. located at village Manavalakurichi, Taluk Kalkulam, District Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu. 

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 August, 2010 for production of 70,000 TPA of beach sand minerals (Illemnite, Rutile, Zircon, Monozite, sileminite and Garnet). The mine lease area is 7.06 ha. No forestland is involved.  Although, it is a Category ‘B’ project; however, it was decided to consider it in MoEF because of the adjoining mine leases.  The area is located in CRZ.  The representative of State Environment Department, who attended the EAC meeting in January, 2011 had informed during the meeting that the proposal of M/s Indian Rare Earth was considered by the Tamil Nadu State Coastal Zone Management Authority in its meeting on 6.3.2009 and the authority had resolved to recommend the proposal to MoEF. It was also stated that as per the approved CZMP, the mining site is categorized as CRZ-I(ii) and III and some area falls outside CRZ. The authority had sought certain documents from the proponent which have not been furnished by the proponent to SCZMA.  It was also informed that the expansion proposal relating to illemnite and other associated mineral of M/s Indian Rare Earth was considered by the CRZ Committee of MoEF in November, 2008 and was rejected on the ground that expansion of industrial activity is not permissible in CRZ.  Since, the present proposal is only for renewal of the mine at the existing capacity, the Committee considered the proposal further.  Moreover, mining of rare mineral is a permissible activity within CRZ. 

The Committee also took note of the order of the Hon’ble High Court of Madras dated 10.11.2010 in W.P. no. 5678 of 2007 and accordingly the Coastal Environment and Ecological Conservation Committee was permitted to make their submissions, if any, before the Committee and heard during the meeting.  Their written submissions were also taken on record. They contended interalia, that the land is reported to have been agricultural land, ambient air quality survey has not been carried out, the earlier commitments have not been complied with by the proponent, the effluents discharged is higher than the consent granted, the area is prone to Tsunami and location of the activity in CRZ, which according to them, is prohibited and that no State clearance has been obtained etc.  They, however, stated that they do not have any objections against issue of TOR to the Proponent.

The Committee observed that the proposal of IREL is at the stage of prescribing of TOR for undertaking detailed EIA study and therefore the concerns raised by the petitioner should be addressed in the EIA report to be prepared by the proponent, which will further be subjected to public hearing; thereby the issues / concerns of the public can also be raised there and addressed. 

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)           All the issues raised in the petition of the Coastal Environment and Ecological Conservation Committee should be addressed in the EIA report and point wise details and how it has been complied with / addressed should be given. 

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

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

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

6)           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.

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

8)           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.

9)           Identification of CRZ area.  A CRZ map duly authenticated by one of the authorised agencies demarcating LTL, HTL, CRZ area, location of the mine lease and other project activities w.r.t. CRZ, coastal features such as mangroves, if any.  Recommendations of State Coastal Zone Management Authority for the project should also be furnished. 

10)        NOC from State Pollution Control Board as required under CRZ Notification, 2011 should also be furnished. 

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

12)        Impact of change of land use should be given. 

13)        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. 

14)        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 justified.  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. 

15)        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.

16)        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. 

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

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

19)        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.

20)        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.

21)        Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of mining/dredging on the flowing waters and the water table should be brought out.  The specific safeguard measures to protect the canal passing through the lease area should also be given.  

22)        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.  

23)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, 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).  Specific safeguard measures to deal with the radioactive waste should be addressed and details furnished. 

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

25)        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.

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

27)        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.

28)        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. 

29)        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.  The impacts of radiation on the workers and the safeguard measures proposed should be discussed and highlighted in the EIA report. 

30)        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. 

31)        The risk and hazards due to radioactive material and the requisite safeguard measures should be discussed in detail. 

32)        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. 

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. 

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, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.13   Mining (ML area 44.6212 ha) of rare minerals in CRZ area of M/s Indian Rare Earths Ltd. located at village Manavalakurichi, Midalam and Keezmidalam, Taluk Kalkulam, District Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu.

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 October, 1999 and addition of another lease area.  The total mine lease area will be 44.6212 ha, spread over two leases of 29.7812 ha (existing lease) and 14.84 ha (fresh lease).  No forestland is involved.  Although, it is a Category ‘B’ project; however, it was decided to consider in MoEF because of adjoining mine leases.  The total production from both the leases put together will be 0.4 million TPA of beach sand mineral (Illemnite, Rutile, Zircon, Monozite and Garnet).  The area is located in CRZ.  The representative of State Environment Department, who attended the EAC meeting in January, 2011 had informed during the meeting that the proposal of M/s Indian Rare Earth was considered by the Tamil Nadu State Coastal Zone Management Authority in its meeting on 6.3.2009 and the authority had resolved to recommend the proposal to MoEF. It was also stated that as per the approved CZMP, the mining site is categorized as CRZ-I(ii) and III and some area falls outside CRZ.  The authority had sought certain documents from the proponent which have not been furnished by the proponent to SCZMA.  It was also informed that the expansion proposal relating to illemnite and other associated mineral of M/s Indian Rare Earth was considered by the CRZ Committee of MoEF in November, 2008 and was rejected on the ground that expansion of industrial activity is not permissible in CRZ.  Since, the present proposal is only for renewal and expansion of mine lease, the Committee considered the proposal further, mining of rare mineral being a permissible activity within CRZ. 

The Committee also took note of the order of the Hon’ble High Court of Madras dated 10.11.2010 in W.P. no. 5678 of 2007 and accordingly the Coastal Environment and Ecological Conservation Committee was permitted to make their submissions, if any, before the Committee and heard during the meeting.  Their written submissions were also taken on record. They contended interalia, that the land is reported to have been agricultural land, ambient air quality survey has not been carried out, the earlier commitments have not been complied with by the proponent, the effluents discharged is higher than the consent granted, the area is prone to Tsunami and location of the activity in CRZ, which according to them, is prohibited and that no State clearance has been obtained etc.  They, however, stated that they do not have any objections against issue of TOR to the Proponent.

The Committee observed that the proposal of IREL is at the stage of prescribing of TOR for undertaking detailed EIA study and therefore the concerns raised by the petitioner should be addressed in the EIA report to be prepared by the proponent, which will further be subjected to public hearing; thereby the issues / concerns of the public can also be raised there and addressed. 

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)           All the issues raised in the petition of the Coastal Environment and Ecological Conservation Committee should be addressed in the EIA report and point wise details and how it has been complied with / addressed should be given. 

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

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

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

6)           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.

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

8)           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.

9)           Identification of CRZ area.  A CRZ map duly authenticated by one of the authorised agencies demarcating LTL, HTL, CRZ area, location of the mine lease and other project activities w.r.t. CRZ, coastal features such as mangroves, if any.  Recommendations of State Coastal Zone Management Authority for the project should also be furnished. 

10)        NOC from State Pollution Control Board as required under CRZ Notification, 2011 should also be furnished. 

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

12)        Impact of change of land use should be given. 

13)        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. 

14)        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 justified.  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. 

15)        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.

16)        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. 

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

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

19)        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.

20)        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.

21)        Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of mining/dredging on the flowing waters and the water table should be brought out.  The specific safeguard measures to protect the canal passing through the lease area should also be given.  

22)        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. 

23)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, 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).  Specific safeguard measures to deal with the radioactive waste should be addressed and details furnished. 

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

25)        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.

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

27)        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.

28)        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. 

29)        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.  The impacts of radiation on the workers and the safeguard measures proposed should be discussed and highlighted in the EIA report. 

30)        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. 

31)        The risk and hazards due to radioactive material and the requisite safeguard measures should be discussed in detail. 

32)        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. 

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. 

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, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

 

2.14   Dhelana Soapstone Mine of M/s Resurgere located at village Dhelan, Tehsil Kherwara, District Udaipur, Rajasthan (EC)

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

 

2.15   Kukurdih Limestone Mine of M/s Grasim Industries Ltd. at village Kukurdi, Taluka Baloda Bazar, District Raipur, Chhattisgarh (Internal Consideration)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on November 24-26, 2010 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.  As the said project was located in the severely polluted area, the Committee had deferred its recommendations for want of comments from the State Pollution Control Board as per the procedure prescribed by MoEF.  The Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board vide their letter dated 29.1.2011 informed that the said mine is located approximately 53 km away from the industrial cluster of Siltara and Borjhara areas of Raipur and therefore it does not seem that the proposed Kukurdih Limestone Mine will have any significant environmental impact on the industrial cluster of Raipur.

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 5.0 million TPA of limestone.  The mine lease area is 251.527 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized using hydraulic rock breaker.  Life of mine is 20 years.  Ultimate working depth of mine will be 240 mRL.  Water requirement for the project is estimated as 215 kld, which will be obtained from bore wells and mine pit. 

Based on the presentation made by the proponent during the last meeting of EAC held in November 24-26, 2010 and the clarifications/comments now submitted by the Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:

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

2)           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. 

3)           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. 

4)           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.

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

6)           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.

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

8)           Impact of change of land use should be given. 

9)           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. 

10)        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 justified.  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. 

11)        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.

12)        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. 

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

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

15)        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.

16)        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.

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

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

19)        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. 

20)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, 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).  

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

22)        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.

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

24)        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.

25)        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.

26)        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.

27)        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. 

28)        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. 

29)        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. 

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

31)        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, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

2.16   Chormalda Manganese Ore Mines of M/s R.P. Sao located at village Chormalda, Katasahi & Sidhamath, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: ERS(I) Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for production of 56,700 TPA of manganese ore.  The mine is reported to be closed since 1996; however, as a result of the directions of the Hon’ble High Court of Orissa, the mining operation have been allowed to be continued for the balance period of 10 year, out of 20 years for which renewal was sought by the proponent.  Thus, the present renewal period is up to 2019.  The mine lease area is 141.122 ha, which includes 134.849 ha of forestland.  Forestry clearance is yet to be obtained.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 25.11.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 25.10.2010.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast manual.  Life of the mine is 5 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 540 m AMSL.  Groundwater table is at 402 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 25 m3/day, which will be obtained from groundwater.  Permission from Central Ground Water Authority has been obtained.  It is estimated that 2,57,061 m3 of waste will be generated.  An area of 2.845 ha will be used for waste dump at conceptual stage.  The ambient air quality data showed that the levels are within prescribed limits.  The proponent has also prepared a wildlife conservation plan.  An area of 136.87 ha will be covered under plantation, post mine.  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 discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance.

 

2.17   Bambora Red Ochre Mine of M/s Suresh Prakash Sharda located at village Bambora, Chhoti Sadri, District Pratap Garh, Rajasthan (EC) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee.  It was observed that the public hearing was of 2005 and hence the proposal was incomplete for want of public hearing as per EIA Notification, 2006.  It was, therefore, decided to return the project in its present form. 

 

2.18   Raw Material Processing Plant for float glass of M/s Saint Gobain located at Tehsil & District Alwar, Rajasthan (EC) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee.  It was observed that the proposal is without public hearing and therefore incomplete.  The proponent stated that the said project is to be located in notified industrial area and is covered under exemption clause of the Notification and therefore public hearing has not been conducted.  The Committee observed that the public hearing was prescribed as part of the TORs and exemption, if any, has to be first obtained with the approval of the Competent Authority in MoEF.  In view of the same, the proponent was asked to take further necessary action in the matter.  Till such time, the proposal may be returned being an incomplete proposal for want of public hearing. 

 

2.19   Durgaiburu Iron Ore Mine of M/s SAIL located at village Gua, West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: MECON, Ranchi) 

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 February, 2009 and enhancement of production of iron ore to 10.0 million TPA (ROM) and installation of a new beneficiation plant of 12.5 million TPA and installation of a new pellet plant of 4.0 million TPA capacity.  Besides, 10.0 million TPA of ROM to be produced from the mine, 2.5 million TPA of fines from existing fines dumps will be utilized for the beneficiation plant.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 5.2.2009.  Public hearing has been held on 16.9.2010.  Mine lease area is 1443.756 ha, which is a forestland.  Forestry clearance has been applied for 635.986 ha.  However, Ministry of Environment & Forests has granted working permission for one year i.e. up to 15.6.2011 for mining in the already broken up area.  The beneficiation and pellet plant will be outside the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Water requirement is 11,500 kld, which will be obtained from Karo river.  The ultimate working depth of mine will be 550 m AMSL. The groundwater table varies between 394 – 400 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. 

The Committee also took on record the comments received from the State Pollution Control Board wherein it has been stated that the RSPM levels in the area are high.  The slopes of lease area are towards Karo river and hence during rainy season the storm water containing dust particles goes to Karo river.  The TSS value was found to be higher than the prescribed limit.  It has further been stated that due to the proposed expansion the air pollution and water pollution load will increase.  The Committee observed that since there are other operating mines in the area, a concerted effort with all the mine owners in the area would need to be made to bring down the pollution load in the area.  The project proponent agreed to take action in this regard and prepare an action plan and implement the same to control the pollution load in the area jointly with other players.  The mining site is situated within the core zone of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve.  In support of this, a letter dated 4.12.2010 from the Chief Wildlife Warden has been provided. 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 discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)           Coordinated efforts will be made along with other operating mines in the area and action plan drawn for control of pollution load in the area.  The action plan so prepared will be effectively implemented.  The air and water quality will be monitored by involving the State Pollution Control Board and results submitted within 6 months.

(ii)          The Forest Right Act shall be implemented. 

(iii)        The greenbelt will be developed all around the mine lease within the initial 3 years from the issue of clearance. 

 

 

 

2.20   Talaricheruvu Limestone Mine (lease 2) of M/s Penna Cement Industries Ltd. located at village Talaricheruvu, Mandal Tadipatri, District Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: B.S. Envi Tech 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 opening of a new mine for production of 0.15 million TPA of limestone to be used in their cement plant located at a distance of about 3 km.  The mine lease area is 106.86 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  The mineral transportation will be by road.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate depth will be 30 m bgl.  Water requirement is estimated as 10 kld.

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

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

2)           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. 

3)           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. 

4)           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.

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

6)           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.

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

8)           Impact of change of land use should be given. 

9)           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. 

10)        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 justified.  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. 

11)        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.

12)        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. 

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

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

15)        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.

16)        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.

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

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

19)        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. 

20)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, 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).  

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

22)        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.

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

24)        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.

25)        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.

26)        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.

27)        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. 

28)        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. 

29)        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. 

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

31)        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, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

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   Sulaipat Iron Ore Mine of M/s B.C. Dagara located at Rairangpur, District Mayurbhanj, Orissa (Consultant: Sun Consultancy and Services, Bhubaneswar) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due in 2005 and enhancement of production of iron ore to 0.6 million TPA.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 8.1.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 10.11.2010.  Mine lease area is 618 ha, which includes 376.9 ha of forestland.  It was stated by the proponent that they have proposed to surrender of an area of 187.01 ha, which is non mineralized and have submitted their proposal to the State Government in this regard.  However, all the documents were noted to be for the lease area of 618 ha including public hearing and approved mine plan.  Accordingly, the proposal was considered for 618 ha of lease area.  After the lease surrender has been accepted by the State Govt. and duly incorporated in the mine plan, the environmental clearance may also be got modified thereafter.  After reduction in lease area as proposed the revised lease area will have 264.58 ha of forestland and therefore the proponent have applied for diversion of forestland of 259.76 ha of mining and 4.81 ha as safety zone.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  In this regard, a letter from DFO cum Wildlife Warden, Rairangpur Division dated 10.6.2010 has been submitted in this regard.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 25 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 298 m AMSL.  Water table is reported to be at 274 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement will be 50 kld, which will be obtained from Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department.  Base line AAQ data was observed to be within permissible limit.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting. 

The Committee also took note of the representation forwarded through Central Pollution Control Board against the project.  The Committee observed that the proposed EMP and the mitigation measures suggested in the EIA report and presented during the meeting would be able to address the concerns raised.  The Committee also took note of the letter received from M/s Taurian Iron and Steel Company Pvt. Ltd dated 18.2.2011 regarding suppression of the information relating to the court case.  The proponent clarified that the litigation referred to is a contractual dispute and not a dispute relating to the lease per se.  As such, the reported litigation has no bearing to the working of the mine and related regulatory clearances. 

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

(i)           The charge to be used for blasting shall be determined taking into account the peak particle velocity keeping in view the existence of buildings and habitation in the area so that there is no damage to the buildings. 

(ii)          The waste dump will be appropriately stabilized and it shall be ensured that no dust gets airborne or flows down into the water body.  Appropriate retention wall and garland drain shall be constructed in this regard. 

(iii)        The appropriate arrangement of oil and grease trap shall be made so that the washings of vehicles do not pollute the water body. 

(iv)        Safety norms as provided under Mines Act shall be followed. 

 

2.22   Mining Lease for Sandstone and Bajri of M/s Bharat Stone Crusher & Screening Unit, District Una, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: Eco Laboratories and Consultant, Mohali, Punjab) 

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 project report. 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 37,800 TPA of sand, stone and bajri from the bed of Son nadi, a seasonal rivulet.  The mine lease area is 7.2463 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of inter-state boundary with Punjab at a distance of 8.5 km.  Ultimate working depth will be 3 feet.  Mining will be manual without any drilling and blasting. 

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

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

2)           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 (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

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

4)           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. 

5)           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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16)        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. 

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

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

19)        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.

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

21)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

27)        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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.23   Jutting Limestone Mine of M/s Murli Industries Ltd., District Chandrapur, Maharashtra (Consultant: Enviro Techno Consult, Nagpur)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on December 22-24, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought comparison of two EIA reports prepared by the proponent for this project.  It was observed that the EIA report prepared by the proponent does not contain data / information for the lease period of the mine.  It contains information only based on 5 year working of the mine and as such did not reflect the impact of the project for the lease period / the conceptual period.  In view of the same, the EIA report was found to be incomplete.  The Committee rejected the proposal in its present form and desired that the EIA report should be prepared taking into account the data for the life of the mine or the lease period whichever is earlier. 

 

2.24   Bailadila Iron Ore Project, Deposit No. 13 of M/s NMDC Ltd., village Kirandul, District South Bastar Dantewada, Chhattisgarh (Consultant: M/s Richardson and Cruddas Ltd., Chennai)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on November 24-26, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was clarified that the activities to be undertaken outside the mine lease inter-alia include crushing plant, stockpiles, down hill conveyor, screening plant, loading plant, administrative office, township over an area of 248 ha.  There are 38 pattadars in the 58.41 ha of private land involved in the project outside the mine lease.  The PAPs will be compensated as per the R&R policy of the State Government and National R&R Policy.  About 22.86 million tonnes of waste will be generated. The waste material will be dumped in valleys in 8 different locations as per the approved mine plan.  The waste rock dumps will be properly dressed, benched, sloped at low angle with terracing to maintain 280 and buttress wall / retaining wall will be constructed at the toe of the dump.  The crushing and the screening plant will be a dry operation and no effluent will be generated. Wet screening operation will be carried out during monsoon. The underflow from thickener will be transported through closed slurry pipeline and impounded in a tailing pond.  The information relating to biodiversity was also provided. The other issues raised by the Committee was also considered and discussed including the issues raised during the public hearing. The total water requirement is 35,023 kld, which includes 14,233 kld of fresh water.  The AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limit.  It was also stated that no national park / sanctuary within 10 km of the mine lease.  Forestry clearance is yet to be obtained. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to their obtaining prior forestry clearance, it being a Greenfield project.

2.25   Rambas Dhanota Feldspr Mines of Shri Kuldeep Yadav S/o Shri Kanwar Singh Yadav, village Rambas & Dhanota, Tehsil Narnaul, District Mohindergarh, Haryana (TOR) 

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

 

2.26   Yerrayanahalli Manganese Mine of M/s Gadigi Mineral Company located at village Yerrayanahalli, Taluka Sandur, District Bellary, Karnataka (Consultant: Bhagavatthi Ana Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fell due in 2009 for production of 0.15 million TPA of manganese ore.  Mine is reported to be closed since 1989.  Mine lease area is 50.73 ha, which is a forestland.  Forestry clearance is yet to be obtained.  Mine working will be opencast manual with drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 18 years.  It is estimated that about 56.2 lakh tonnes will be generated during the mine life.  Ultimate mine depth will be 780 m AMSL.  The groundwater table is reported at 620 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  A famous temple (Kumaraswami Gudi) is reported at a distance of about 3 km. 

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

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

2)           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. 

3)           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. 

4)           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.

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

6)           The impact of the project on the temple, if any, should be discussed in the report in detail. 

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

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

9)           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. 

10)        The vegetation in the RF / PF area should be given.  Details in this regard should be given.    

11)        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. 

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

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 quality, 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 including manganese poisoning should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

33)        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. 

34)        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 including that due to manganese poisoning besides other impacts of the projects. 

35)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

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

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

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points 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, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

 

2.27   Sadanandapuram Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Rai Bahadur Seth Shreeram Durgaprasad & Fatechand Narasingdas located at village Sadanandapuram, Mandal Gurla, District Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: B.S. Envitech 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 enhancement of production of manganese ore from 22,000 TPA to 1,00,000 TPA.  Mine lease area is 56.838 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised.  No blasting is involved.  Water requirement is estimated as 25 kld, which is obtained from dug well. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

6)           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.

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

8)           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.

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

10)        Impact of change of land use should be given. 

11)        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. 

12)        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 justified.  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. 

13)        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.

14)        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. 

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

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

17)        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.

18)        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.

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

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

21)        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. 

22)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, 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).  

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

24)        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.

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

26)        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.

27)        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. 

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

29)        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. 

30)        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 including that due to manganese poisoning besides other impacts of the projects. 

31)        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. 

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

33)        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, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

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   Bandhamandi Graphite Beneficiation Plant from 72000 TPA to 2,40,000 TPA of M/s Pradhan Industries, Village Bandhamandi, District Rayagada, Orissa (Consultant: S.S. Environics (India) Pvt. Ltd, Bhubaneswar)

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of graphite to 2,40,000 TPA and expansion of the Bandhamandi Graphite Beneficiation Plant from 72,000 TPA to 2,40,000 TPA throughput.  Earlier, TORs were prescribed only for the mining component in November, 2008.  Now the proponent have also proposed to enhanced the capacity of the beneficiation of the plant.  Hence, the proposal has been considered as an integrated proposal.  The mine lease area is 73.427 ha, which includes 3.278 ha of forestland.  In addition, 1.62 ha of land outside the mine lease will also be required.  Tailing pond will be in an area of 3.038 ha within the mine lease.  Water requirement is 734 kld.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised.  Wet beneficiation process will be adopted.  The mine is due for renewal from 26.9.2011.  Ultimate working depth will be 390 m AMSL.  Life of mine is 7 years.  It was stated by the proponent that based on the TORs prescribed earlier for the mining project which is now the component of this integrated proposal, the proponent has collected baseline data and sought permission of the Committee to utilize the same for preparing the EIA report for integrated proposal.  The request of the proponent was agreed to by the Committee to use the baseline AAQ data generated for the period from December, 2009 to February, 2010. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

6)           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.

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

8)           The total area required for the project should be clearly specified along with its usage for different components of the project.  The optimization of land requirement should be carried out.  The adequacy of the land for the purpose of tailing pond for the life the plant should be clearly established. 

9)           Details of the land for 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. 

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

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

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 and submitted. 

13)        The vegetation in the RF / PF area should be given.  Details in this regard should be given.    

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

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

24)        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.

25)        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.

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

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

28)        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. 

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

30)        Measures to manage the under size / over-size waste from the feed ore shall be provided. 

31)        Details of the solid waste to be generated and its management.  Adequacy of the tailing pond for the life of the beneficiation plant should be provided with supporting data and documentation.  Design and capacity of tailing pond should be such as to guard against overflow from the tailing pond during heavy rainfall. The provision of lining, nature of lining with supporting permeability studies should also be provided. 

32)        Location of the proposed plant w.r.t. the source of raw material and mode of transportations of the ore from mines to the beneficiation plant, and outbound movement of the products should be provided.

33)        Proposed treatment of run off from the fines/waste dump should be provided. 

34)        Estimation of the fines going into the washings and its management should be given.

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

36)        Detailed material balance to be provided.  

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

38)        Management and disposal of tailings and closure plan of the tailing pond, if any, after the project is over, should be provided. 

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

40)        Details of the process and technology for beneficiation plant should be given. 

41)        Chemical composition of the tailings and leachets should be given. 

42)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, 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).  

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

44)        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.

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

46)        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.

47)        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. 

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

49)        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. 

50)        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 including that due to lead poisoning besides other impacts of the projects. 

51)        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. 

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

53)        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, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

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   Hisri (Old) Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd. located at Lohardaga, Jharkhand (Consultant: Vimta Labs, Hyderabad)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in August, 2006 and enhancement of production to 0.1 million TPA of bauxite.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 15.2.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 10.10.2009.  The mine lease area is 13.38 ha, out of which 10.29 ha is forestland.  FC clearance is yet to be obtained.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving blasting.  Life of mine is 4 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 21 m bgl.  OB will be simultaneously backfilled and there will be no external OB dump.  The baseline AAQ data showed that levels are within permissible limits.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  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 discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)           Monitoring of the springs shall be carried out for the quality and quantity of water regularly so as to ensure that there is no adverse impact on the same due to the project.  Records in this regards shall be maintained. 

(ii)          It shall be ensured that there is no change in the hydrology of the area due to the project. 

 

2.30   Hisri (New) Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd. located at Lohardaga, Jharkhand (Consultant: Vimta Labs, Hyderabad)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease although for all practical purposes it is a new mine as it has never been worked in the past.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 15.2.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 10.10.2009.  The mine lease area is 14.55 ha, out of which 4.47 ha is forestland.  Stage-I forestry clearance has been obtained.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving blasting.  Life of mine is 10 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 22 m bgl.  OB will be simultaneously backfilled and there will be no external OB dump.  The baseline AAQ data showed that levels are within permissible limits.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  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 discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)           Monitoring of the springs shall be carried out for the quality and quantity of water regularly so as to ensure that there is no adverse impact on the same due to the project.  Records in this regards shall be maintained. 

(ii)          It shall be ensured that there is no change in the hydrology of the area due to the project. 

2.31   Ranavav Limestone Mine of M/s Saurashtra Chemicals Ltd., located at village Rajavav, Taluka Ranavav, District Porbandar, Gujarat (Consultant: Mantec Consultants Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

          The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in 2001 for production of 10,000 TPA of chemical grade limestone.  Mine lease area is 31.28 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of Barda Wildlife Sanctuary at a distance of 4.3 km.  NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden is yet to be obtained.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 3.4.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 21.10.2008. Jambuvanti Cave is at a distance of 5 km. NOC from Archeological Department and District Collector vide letters dated 12.5.2009 and 29.6.2009 respectively has been obtained. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 158 years.  Water requirement is 4 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater.  Groundwater table is reported at 22-25 m bgl.  Ultimate working depth will be 7 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  It is estimated that 2,000 tonnes/annum of under sized limestone will be generated, which will be waste and will be stacked in the mined out pit.  There will be no external OB dump.  The ambient air quality data was seen to be within prescribed limits.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 5.98 ha will be covered under plantation and an area of 18.98 ha will be covered under water body.  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 deferred its recommendations on the project for want of NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden in view of the location of the mine at a distance of 4.3 km from the sanctuary.  

2.32   Bankodi Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Saurashtra Traders located at village Bankodi, Taluka Kalyanpur, District Jamnagar, Gujarat (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in 1996 and enhancement of production of bauxite to 5,23,200 TPA.  It is a violation case as the proponent have increased production after EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force.  Mine is reported to be closed since September, 2009.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 23.2.2009.   Public hearing has been held on 10.8.2010.  Mine lease area is 50.79 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Water requirement is 12 kld, which will be obtained from mine sump water and from nearby villages.  Ultimate working depth will be 5.5 m bgl.  The groundwater table varies between 8-12 m bgl (22 -18 m AMSL).  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Life of the mine is 8 years.  It is estimated that 0.153 million m3 of OB will be generated which will be backfilled.  Backfilling will start from 2nd year onwards and there will be no external OB dump. At the end of the mine life plantation will be raised in an area of 5.2 ha and 25.9 ha will be covered under water body.  The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within the prescribed limits.  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 discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following condition:-

(i)   Green belt will be completed in first two years. 

 

2.33   Kotah Limestone Mine of M/s Deejay Mining & Exports Pvt. Ltd., village Chechat, District Kota, Rajasthan (Consultant: Ramjee Mine Envirotech, Jaipur) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of kota stone from 0.04 Lakh TPA to 3.01 Lakh TPA.  Although, the proposal was also renewal of mine lease, but it was noted that the renewal will be due from 2013 and therefore it was felt that it is too early to consider the case for renewal and this analogy has been drawn from the MMDR Act under which the lessee is required to submit their application one year prior to the due date of renewal.  Mine lease area is 25 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the location of the Dara Sanctuary at a distance of 6 km from the mine lease. Accordingly, the SEIAA had transferred this application to MoEF.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 15.2.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 5.7.2010.  Life of mine is 14 years.  The mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving blasting.  It is estimated that 6.01 million m3 of waste will be generated during the mine life.  Peak water requirement is 21 kld, which will be obtained from mine sump water.  However, fresh water requirement will be met from groundwater.  Backfilling is proposed.  The baseline AAQ date showed that the levels are within permissible limit.  It was reported that the area does not fall in Aravali.  A letter dated 16.7.2010 from Senior Geologist, Department of Mines & Geology, Kota submitted in this regard. 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 discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance.

 

2.34   Thakurani Iron Ore Mine of M/s Kaypee Enterprises, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Reconsideration Case)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on June 18-19,2009 and August 25-26, 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. A map showing location of National Park/Sanctuary duly authenticated by DFO cum Wildlife Warden, Keonjhar Division was submitted.  It was stated that the nearest wildlife corridor is at 17 km.  Further, the PCCF, Wildlife in his letter dated 9.8.2010 has granted NOC to the said project subject to depositing of funds and implementation of the conservation plan by the user agency. The site specific conservation plan has been approved by PCCF, Wildlife with a total cost of Rs 200 lakhs vide letter dated 15.2.2010.  The AAQ data was also presented which showed the levels within permissible limits.  The water requirement is estimated as 362 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater for which approval from CGWA has been obtained.  It is estimated that 4.865 million m3 of waste will be generated.  There are presently four dumps.  The maximum projected height of the dump is 45 m.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered.  Stage-I forestry clearance has been obtained for diversion of 146.726 ha vide letter dated 21st July, 2005.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 21.53 ha will be in the form of waste dump.  Afforestation will be carried out in an area of 149.518 ha.  The other issues raised were also discussed and clarified.

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

 

2.35   Jharbeda Limestone & Dolomite Mine of M/s G.S. Sharma & Others, village Jharbeda & Hedposi, District Sundargarh, Orissa (Consultant: Envowmin Consultant Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar) 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in 1999 and enhancement of production of limestone (0.0036 million TPA to 0.15 million TPA) and dolomite (0.024 million TPA to 0.25 million TPA) along with a crushing and screening unit.  The mine lease area is 54.062 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The mine is reportedly to be closed since August, 2009.  It is a violation case since the production from the mine has increased without obtaining requisite environmental clearance.  The life of the mine is 15 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 204 m AMSL.  Groundwater table is at 192 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 25 kld, which will be obtained from bore well.  Mandira Reservoir is reported to be located within a distance of 1 km. 

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)           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. 

5)           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.

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

7)           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.

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

9)           Impact of change of land use should be given. 

10)        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. 

11)        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 justified.  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. 

12)        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.

13)        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. 

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

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

16)        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.

17)        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.

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

19)        In view of the location of the Mandira Reservoir within 1 km, details of the drainage pattern and how it will be modified due to the project should be discussed in detail.  Specific safeguard measures to avoid any siltation of the reservoir due to the project should also be given. 

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

21)        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. 

22)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, 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).  

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

24)        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.

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

26)        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.

27)        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. 

28)        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.

29)        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. 

30)        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.  Specific safeguard measures to be provided for control of air and noise pollution due to the crushing and screening plant should be discussed in detail. 

31)        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. 

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

33)        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, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

 

2.36   Kusumdih Manganese Ore Mines of M/s Kavita Agarwala, Village Kusumdih, P.O. Koira, Tehsil Bonai, District Sundargarh, Orissa (Consultant: S.S. Environics (India) Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar) 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in March, 2004 and enhancement of production from 14,152.24 TPA to 37,584 TPA of manganese ore.  The mine is reported to be closed since 1997.  The mine lease area is 47.486 ha, which is a forestland. Forest diversion proposal has been submitted for 42.136 ha and the remaining area will be safety zone.  Karo karmpada Elephant Corridor is reported at a distance of 7.8 km. It has been considered as Category ‘A’ project because of the interstate boundary with Jharkhand at a distance of 6.9 km.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting. Ultimate working depth will be 621 mRL. Water requirement is 20 kld.  Life of mine is 10 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)           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. 

5)           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.

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

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

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

9)           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. 

10)        The vegetation in the RF / PF area should be given.  Details in this regard should be given.    

11)        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. 

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

24)        Specific safeguard measures to prevent siltation of the various water bodies flowing close to the mine lease should also be given in detail. 

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 quality, 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. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

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

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 including that due to manganese poisoning 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. 

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, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

 

 

2.37   Pindarangi / Marrivalasa Quartz Mine of M/s Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: Sri Sai Mansa Nature Tech 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 opening of a new mine for production of 1,00,000 TPA of quartz.  The mine lease is reported to be at a distance of 35 km from the identified critically polluted area.  Mine lease area is 61.11 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting.  Water requirement is 25 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater.

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

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

2)           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. 

3)           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. 

4)           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.

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

6)           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.

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

8)           Impact of change of land use should be given. 

9)           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. 

10)        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 justified.  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. 

11)        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.

12)        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. 

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

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

15)        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.

16)        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.

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

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

19)        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. 

20)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, 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).  

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

22)        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.

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

24)        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.

25)        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.

26)        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.

27)        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. 

28)        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. 

29)        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. 

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

31)        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, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

 

2.38   Mining of Sand Stone & Bajri of M/s Dev Raj Stone Crusher, village Newada, Tehsil Paonta Sahib, District Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: Shivalik Solid Waste Management Ltd., Solan, H.P.) 

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 project report. 

The proposal is for production of 77,500 TPA of sand, stone and bajri put together from the bed of river Giri.  The mine lease area is 9.668 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of inter-state boundary with Uttarakhand at a distance of 5 km.  Ultimate working depth will be 1 meter from river bed level.  Mining will be manual without any drilling and blasting. 

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

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

2)           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 (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

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

4)           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. 

5)           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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16)        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. 

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

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

19)        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.

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

21)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

27)        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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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 gypsum from 25,000 TPA to 50,000 TPA.  The mine lease area is 86.12 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Earlier environmental clearance was granted in 2005.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised without involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 10 years.  It is estimated that 1,83,992 m3 of waste will be generated at the end of the mine life, which will be simultaneously back filled.  Water table will not be intersected.  Water requirement is 5 kld, which will be obtained from PHED supply.  Depth of mining will be 1 meter. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

6)           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.

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

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

9)           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.

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

11)        Impact of change of land use should be given. 

12)        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. 

13)        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 justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

14)        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.

15)        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. 

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

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

18)        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.

19)        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.

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

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

22)        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. 

23)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, 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).  

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

25)        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.

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

27)        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.

28)        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. 

29)        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.

30)        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. 

31)        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. 

32)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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 gypsum from 35,000 TPA to 90,000 TPA.  The mine lease area is 100.81 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Earlier environmental clearance was granted in 2005.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised without involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 13 years.  It is estimated that 2,24,400 m3 of waste will be generated at the end of the mine life, which will be simultaneously back filled.  Water table will not be intersected.  Water requirement is 10 kld, which will be obtained from PHED supply.  Depth of mining will be 1.1 meter.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

6)           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.

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

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

9)           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.

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

11)        Impact of change of land use should be given. 

12)        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. 

13)        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 justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

14)        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.

15)        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. 

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

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

18)        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.

19)        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.

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

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

22)        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. 

23)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, 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).  

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

25)        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.

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

27)        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.

28)        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. 

29)        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.

30)        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. 

31)        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. 

32)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

2.41   Padampur Gypsum Mine of M/s FCI Aravali Gypsum and Minerals India Ltd., village Padampura, Tehsil Suratgarh, District Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur) 

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 gypsum from 15,000 TPA to 50,000 TPA.The mine lease area is 120 ha.No forestland is involved. Earlier environmental clearance was granted in 2005.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised without involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 14 years.  It is estimated that 1,12,260 m3 of waste will be generated at the end of the mine life, which will be simultaneously back filled.  Water table will not be intersected.  Water requirement is 5 kld, which will be obtained from PHED supply.  Depth of mining will be 1.1 meter. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

6)           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.

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

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

9)           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.

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

11)        Impact of change of land use should be given.