MINUTES OF 65th EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (EAC) (THERMAL & COAL MINING) MEETING HELD ON 24th –25th FEBRUARY 2010

 

 

COAL MINING PROJECTS

 

The 65th meeting of the EAC (T &C) was held on 24th –25th February 2010 to consider the projects of coal mining sector. The list of participants of EAC and the proponents are given at Annexure-1 and 2 respectively.

 

Confirmation of minutes

The minutes of the 63rd meeting of EAC (T&C) held on 28th -29th January 2010 were confirmed subject to the following:

(i)          page 6: delete title and paras 1 and 2 under item 6.

(ii)        page 9: Item 11: Para 1, Line 4: replace the word “Core” to “buffer”.

(iii)      page 2: Item 3: 2nd para, 4th sentence, after the word ‘should’ introduce the word ‘not’.

(iv)     page 2: Item 4: 1st para: The following sentence is added at the end of the para, “The Committee also observed that as seen from the annual environmental statement submitted by the proponent, the washery is running at about 30% capacity of present consented capacity of 0.6 MTPA. The reason for this low utilization and rationale for expansion sought from 0.6 MTPA to 2 MTPA are required for consideration of TOR.

(v)      page 9-10: Item 12: para In place of Argada OCP, it should be Sirka OCP

(vi)     page 10: Item 12: 2nd para: Line 14: After Sirka UG, introduce the following sentences “The Committee suggested that a Project Report be prepared for expansion of Sirka OCP covering the mineralised areas. In case of Argada UGP with coal reserves of 115 MT, the mine life is about 300 years with the planned production capacity of 0.097 MTPA. This requires review.”

(vii)    page 11, Item 15: 1st Para, 4th sentence: Replace ‘183’’ with ‘290’.

(viii)          Page 12, Item 15: 8th line: Introduce the word ‘not’ after ‘should’.

 

 

 

Consideration of coal mining projects was taken up as per agenda.

 

1.       Lignite Mine Project (2.1 MTPA) of M/s Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd. to be located at Bithnok, District Bikaner, Rajasthan (EC based on TOR granted on 13.04.2007)

 

The proponent made a presentation. The proposed opencast lignite mine project of M/s NLC of 2.1 MTPA production capacity is to be located in district Bithnok, district Bikaner adjacent to the proposed linked pithead TPP. The mine would be at a distance of about 25 km from the Indira Gandhi Canal and about 50km from Barsingsar project. The total extractable reserves are 71 MT. It was informed that water for the pithead TPP would be drawn from the Canal. It was clarified that the forestland is non-mineralised. A road passing through the ML would require diversion. It was informed that the lignite seams are found at depths of about 90m whereas the water table is found at a depth of 72m and hence the mining would intersect water table. There are about 10 seams upto a depth of 205m bgl. Since the operation involves removal of OB upto 90m depth and further, two external OB dumps of a maximum height of 60m are proposed over an area of 626 ha.

 

The Committee noted that details of the toposheet, land use maps based on recent satellite imagery, drainage maps, etc were not presented. The proposed changes in land use with respect to agriculture, grazing, water bodies, settlements and impacts on hydrology were not clear. The Committee desired that details of agricultural land should be furnished base don revenue records. The Committee was of the view that the area proposed for infrastructure is very large. The Committee observed that the impacts on hydrogeology are not clear as pumping tests have not been completed and impacts on the groundwater regime evaluated. The Committee desired that water for the requirements of the captive lignite mine project be also obtained from the IG Canal as the mine pit water would be saline with high levels of TDS making it unsuitable for use in land reclamation and in mine operations and for domestic use. The Committee desired that pit slope stability studies of the internal dump require be undertaken by BHU since the soil is loose sand and measures to prevent dump failures. The Committee desired that details of geological sections along with water table details, etc should also be clearly presented. The Committee noted that a project specific R&R has not been prepared for the 62 PAFs and 626 land oustees. In addition, the issues raised during Public Hearing require to be incorporated in the EIA-EMP Report on how they would be addressed when the project commences.

 

The Committee after discussions decided to return the application. The project would be considered only when all the aforesaid details are addressed and a consolidated response is received of the aforesaid details.

 

 

 

2.        Ardhgram Coal Mining Project (OC and UG) (0.4 MTPA in 880 ha) of M/s Sova Ispat Ltd. located in Mejia, Dist. Bankura, W.B. (Further consideration of EC based on TOR granted on 12.06.2008)

 

The proposal was earlier considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 28th –29th October 2009 wherein the Committee had sought the details of land use break up of the ML and a clarification whether agriculture is single or double crop. The Committee had also sought the details of toposheet with land use features, and the maps showing geological sections, progressive mine development and mine closure, etc. In addition, the issues raised during the P.H. and the commitments made were sought in a tabular form

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that of the total ML area of 800ha, OC mining would comprise of 122 ha area and would be completed in 5 years. Thereafter, the void would be completely backfilled and biologically reclaimed with plantation or restored to agricultural land except for an area of 6.8 ha and 1.8 ha. Thereafter UG mining would commence in the entire ML area and would include the deeper seams found under the decoaled OC mining area. It was informed that the original lands use of the ML includes natural water bodies and abandoned mine pits with water. The abandoned pits would be reclaimed and the two water bodies near areas with habitation would be left at the post mining stage. Underground mining would involve hydraulic sand stowing. The 17 PAFs from village Marjhola and 251 land losers would be adequately compensated as per norms. It was informed that a one-time capital investment of Rs 1.65 crores and a revenue expenditure of Rs 30 lakhs be earmarked for CSR.

 

The Committee desired that the status of activities undertaken for the specific villages adopted under CSR along with financial expenditure be uploaded on the company website and regularly updated. The Committee desired that a pre-mining socio-economic survey be carried out on the socio-economic status of the villages being adopted under CSR and requiring R&R and their status monitored over the life of the project and reported on impact of CSR and R&R undertaken. These details may also be regularly uploaded on the company website. The provision of R&R should also include annuities for the socially vulnerable persons in the project area. An Action Plan for activities for indirect employment should also be identified and implemented. This may include promotion of horticulture and access to marketing facilities.

 

The Committee after discussions recommended the project subject to the aforesaid conditions.

 

 

3.        Coal Washery (1 MTPA) of M/s Vandana Global Ltd., located in Siltara Industrial Area, district Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh (EC based on TOR granted on 10.12.2009)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the Siltara Industrial Area is situated at a distance of about 16km from Raipur city. It was informed that raw coal would be initllay obtained by rail from Gevra (0.7 MTPA)/Dipka (0.3 MTPA) coalmines of M/s SECL upto Mandha Railway Station from where it would be transported by trucks to the washery by road for a distance of 5km. The washery is proposed captive for their Nakiya (19.75%) and Madanpur coalmines.

 

The Committee reiterated its earlier decision at the time of grant of TOR to not consider the proposal for the Pelletisation Plant since it is not linked to the Coal Washery project and is a Category ‘B’ project and should therefore be considered by the SEIAA. The Committee observed that proposal for Nakiya OCP has included a captive coal washery. The Committee noted that details of coal characteristics and analysis have not been presented. In addition, the extent of clean coal, coal rejects along with as content, C.V. etc have not been presented. The Committee observed that the SPM and RSPM levels in Siltara Industrial Area were beyond the prescribed limits and hence establishment of the washery would add to the pollution load and to already deteriorating AAQ levels.

 

The Committee after discussions decided to not recommend the project for EC in view of the poor AAQ levels prevailing in the Siltara Industrial Area.

 

 

4.        Bhaskarpara OCP (0.76 MTPA) and UGP (0.24 TPA) in an ML area of 920 ha of M/s Bhaskarpara Coal Company Ltd., located in Tehsil Bhiyathan, district Surguja, Chhattisgrah (TOR) 

 

The proponent made a presentation. The proposal is for opening a new opencast-cum underground coalmine of a total production of 0.76 MTPA by opencast method and 0.24 MTPA by underground mining. It was informed that of the total ML area of 920 ha, 497.43 ha is forestland of which 109.87 ha is protected forest, 24.10 ha is revenue forest and 363.46 ha is revenue forest. The coal found in two quarries of the block is high grade and low grade and would be blended to get ‘D; grade coal for captive use. It was informed that local nala found within the ML would require diversion.

 

The Committee noted that land use maps of the study area and land use maps based on recent satellite imagery were not presented to understand the extent of landuse changes for the various mining operations such as quarry, external OB dumps, infrastructure, etc. In addition, drainage maps of the study area and in particular the project area should be presented to understand the local hydrology.

 

The Committee after discussions decided to further consider the project with details sought as above.

 

 

 

5.        Expansion of Coal Washery (2.4 MTPA to 3.6 MTPA) of M/s Hind Energy & Coal Beneficiation (India) Pvt. Ltd., located in village Hindadih, dist. Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh (TOR)

 

The project proponent did not appear before the Committee to make the presentation.

 

 

 

6.        Sharda Opencast Expansion project (0.5 MTPA to 0.85 MTPA and ML area from 242.847 ha to 871.205 ha) of M/s South Eastern Coalfields Ltd., located in Tehsil Sohagpur, Dist. Sarguja, M.P. (EC based on TOR granted on 18.05.2008)

 

The proposal is for expansion in production from 0.50 MTPA to 0.85 MTPA rated capacity and expansion in lease area from 242.847 MTPA to 871.205 ha (i.e. by 628.258 ha). Of the 628.258 ha, 115.673 ha is forestland and 512.685 ha is agricultural land. River Son flows along the ML boundary and a 60m barrier is maintained between the mining area and the river. HFL of the river is 457.12 mRL and that of the surface of the ML is from 458.12 mRL to 462 mRL. Coal is grade B-C. It is proposed to extract the coal from the extension area by use of Highwall mining as it is not feasible to undertake OC operations in a small confined area. R&R involves 2 villages – Bakho and Bakhi, which has been completed. Balance project life is 12 years. It is planned to extend the project for future mining and an area of 415.205 ha is kept undisturbed for this purpose.

 

The proponent made a presentation. The Committee was informed that High Wall Mining has been undertaken on a higher basis. It was informed that dumping is away from River Son. An area of 48.20 ha of forestland above the Highwall Panels would not be broken/ disturbed. In addition, about 8.20 ha of forestland in safety zone will not be disturbed.

 

The Committee desired that the revised land use area and ML area for the project deleting the surface rights for the 48.20 ha and 8.20 ha of forestland be submitted. The details of break-up of land use for the existing and expansion projects should be furnished vis-à-vis the break of mining operations. The Committee desired that the status of post-mining land use which would also change should also be furnished. The Committee desired that the physicochemical analysis of Chlorides and Sulphates in surface and groundwater be rechecked. The Committee desired that a sum of Rs 5/tonne of coal would be earmarked for CSR activities.

 

The Committee after discussions recommended that subject to furnishing the aforesaid details for record of the Ministry, the project is recommend for grant of EC.

 

 

7.        Dhanpuri-Amlai Group of Opencast Coal Mines (4.75 MTPA (peak) and expn. in area from 1309.554 ha to 1500.549 ha) of M/s South Eastern Coalfields Ltd., located in Tehsils Sohagpur and Anuppur and in districts Shahdol- Annupur, MP. (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is to open a new mine – Amlai OC expansion (Sector B) of 1.50 MTPA with a peak capacity of 2.025 MTPA which is flanked by two existing mines – Dhanpuri Opencast mine consisting of 3 sectors- A, D and D (eastern region) of present production capacity of 1.25 MTPA and Amlai Opencast mine of 0.70 MTPA capacity, which is to expand to 1.15 MTPA. EC was granted to Dhanpuri OCP (1.25 MTPA) on 17.10.2006 and to Amlai OCP (0.75 MTPA) on 23.12.1993. TOR was granted on 16.01.2008 for expansion of Amlai OCP from 0.70 MTPA to 1.15 MTPA without any increase in ML area, and a P.H. was also held on 05.02.2010. It was also informed that the reserves of Amlai OCP would be exhausting within 2 years and it is proposed to use the ML of Amlai OCP to dump the OB from the Amlai OC Expansion (Sector B). The total combined area of the cluster is 1500.549 ha and a combined production capacity is 4.75 MTPA (peak). R&R involves 366 PAFs in Dhanpuri OCP and 10 PAFs in Amlai Sector B project. It was informed that since the mines are adjoining one another and the impact one another, a combined EIA-EMP study is proposed.

 

Of the total combined Project area of 1500.549 ha, ML area of Dhanpuri OCP is 1075.78 ha, Amlai OCP is 189.944 ha and Amlai Sector B is 190.995 ha. Colonies outside the ML are 43.83 ha. The total foresdtland involves is 1081.71 ha, of which 748.790 ha is in Dhanpuri OCP, 166 ha is in Amlai OCP and 166.92 ha is in Amlai OCP Sector B. Grade of coal is D in Dhanpuri and Amlai and B-C in Amlai Sector B. Life of Dhanpuri is 11 years, Amali OCP is 2 years and Amlai Sector B is 16 years.

 

The Committee after discussions decided that the impacts be assessed in an integrated manner and desired that a fresh Public Hearing be held for the group of mines and two Public Hearing would be required for the areas falling in the two districts – Annupur and Shahdol. In regard to amalgamation of the mines/ realignment of boundaries, prior permission of the DGMS should be obtained. The Committee desired that the details of expansion – and extent being sourced (manpower, equipment, etc) and their combined impacts should be clearly brought out in the EIA-EMP. The Committee desired that provision for CSR should be at least Rs 5/tonne of coal for the adjoining villages and a capital budget of Rs 1 crore should be also provided. Status of compliance of earlier ECs and PHs should also be incorporated in the EMP.

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)                 An integrated EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for the combined production capacity of 4.75 MTPA (peak) rated capacity in a combined ML/project area of 1500.549 ha for the group of mines based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ii)               An Integrated EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 4.75 MTPA rated capacity cover the combined and project specific impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for 4.75 MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan for 4.75 MTPA. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(iii)              A map specifying locations of the State, District and Project location.

(iii)     A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (1: 50,000 scale) clearly delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, surface drainage of rivers/streams/nalas/canals, locations of human habitations, major constructions including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources. In case of ecologically sensitive areas such as Biosphere Reserves/National Parks/WL Sanctuaries/ Elephant Reserves, forests (Reserved/Protected), migratory corridors of fauna, and areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance found in the 15 km area of the buffer zone should be given.

(iv)             Land use map (1: 50,000 scale) based on a recent satellite imagery of the study area may also be provided with explanatory note of the land use. Satellite imagery per se is not required.

(v)              Map showing the core zone delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records), along with other physical features such as water bodies, etc should be furnished.

(vi)             A contour map showing the area drainage of the core zone and 2-5 km of the buffer zone (where the water courses of the core zone ultimately join the major rivers/streams outside the lease/project area) should also be clearly indicated as a separate map.

 

(vii)           A detailed Site plan of the mine showing the various proposed break-up of the land for mining operations such as the quarry area, OB dumps, green belt, safety zone, buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within and adjacent to the ML), undisturbed area and if any, in topography such as existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with any natural drainage adjoining the lease /project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., approach roads, major haul roads, etc.

In case of any proposed diversion of nallah/canal/river, the proposed route of diversion/modification of drainage and their realignment, construction of embankment etc. should also be shown on the map.

 

Similarly if the project involves diversion of any road/railway line passing through the ML/project area, the proposed route of diversion and its realignment should be shown.

(viii)          Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition.

(ix)     Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations.

(x)      Impact of changes in the land use due to the start of the projects if much of the land being acquired is agricultural land/forestlnad/grazing land.

(xii)     Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality - air (SPM, RSPM, SOx , NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil.

(xiii)    Map of the study area (1: 50, 000 scale)  (core and buffer zone clearly delineating the location of various stations superimposed with location of habitats, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations in both core zone and buffer zone should be selected on the basis of size of lease/project area, the proposed impacts in the downwind (air)/downstream (surface water)/groundwater regime (based on flow). One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact/non-polluting area as a control station. The monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and parameters for water testing for both ground water and surface water as per ISI  standards and CPCB classification wherever applicable.

(xiv)    Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area (10km) carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. If the study area has endangered flora and fauna, or if the project falls within 15 km of an ecologically sensitive area, then a comprehensive Conservation Plan should be prepared and furnished along with comments from the CWLW of the State Govt.

(xv)    Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study are and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps and sections should be included. The progressive mine development and final mine closure plan should also be shown in figures.

(xvi)         Details of mining methods, technology, equipment to be used, etc., rationale for selection of that technology and equipment proposed to be used vis-à-vis the potential impacts.

 (xvii)  Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(xviii)  Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement for the various mine operations should be given separately.

(xix)    Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users.

(xx)    Impact of mining and water abstraction use in mine on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10 km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected in case there us a declining trend of groundwater availability and/or if the area falls within dark/grey zone.

(xxi)    Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.            

(xxii)   Impacts of mining on the AAQ, predictive modelling using the ISCST-3 (Revised) or latest model.

(xxiii)       Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project along with flow-chart indicating the specific areas generating fugitive emissions. Impacts of transportation, handling, transfer of mineral and waste on air quality, generation of effluents from workshop, management plan for maintenance of HEMM, machinery, equipment. Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.

(xxiv)      Details of waste generation – OB, topsoil – as per the approved calendar programme, and their management shown in figures as well explanatory chapter with tables giving progressive development and mine closure plan, green belt development, backfilling programme and conceptual post mining land use. OB dump heights and terracing should based on slope stability studies with a max of 28o angle as the ultimate slope. Sections of dumps (ultimate) (both longitudinal and cross section) with relation to the adjacent area should be shown.

(xxv)       Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation.

(xxv)   Flow chart of water balance. Treatment of effluents from workshop, township, domestic wastewater, mine water discharge, etc. Details of STP in colony and ETP in mine. Recycling of water to the max. possible extent.

(xxvi)  Occupational health issues. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine.

 (xxviii)  Disaster Management Plan.

(xxix)  Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources - water, land, energy, etc.

(xxx) Progressive Green belt and afforestation plan (both in text, figures as well as in tables prepared by MOEF).  and selection of species (local) for the afforestation/plantation programme based on original survey/landuse.

(xxvi)      Conservation Plan for the endangered/endemic flora and fauna found in the study area and for safety of animals visiting/residing in the study area and also those using the study area as a migratory corridor.

(xxxi) Final Mine closure issues, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre- mining. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions.

(xxxii) Including cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for progressive and final mine closure plan.

(xxxiii) Details of R&R.  Detailed project specific R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population (including tribals, SC/ST, BPL families)  found in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

(xxxiv) Public Hearing should cover the details of notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments made by the proponent should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxxv) In built mechanism of self-monitoring of compliance of environmental regulations.

(xxxvi)  Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xxxvi)  Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

 

Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc. wherever applicable.

 

The following general points should be noted:

(i)       All documents should be properly indexed, page numbered.

(ii)      Period/date of data collection should be clearly indicated.

(iii)     Authenticated English translation of all material provided in Regional languages.

(iv)     After the preparation of the draft EIA-EMP Report as per the aforesaid TOR, the proponent shall get the Public Hearing conducted as prescribed in the EIA Notification 2006 and take necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance under the provisions of the EIA Notification 2006.

(v)              The letter/application for EC should quote the MOEF file No. and also attach a copy of the letter prescribing the TOR.

(vi)             The copy of the letter received from the Ministry on the TOR prescribed for the project should be attached as an annexure to the final EIA-EMP Report.

(vii)    The final EIA-EMP report submitted to the Ministry must incorporate the issues in TOR and that raised in Public Hearing. The index of the final EIA-EMP report, must indicate the specific chapter and page no. of the EIA-EMP Report where the specific TOR prescribed by Ministry and the issue raised in the P.H. have been incorporated. Mining Questionnaire (posted on MOEF website) with all sections duly filled in shall also be submitted at the time of applying for EC.

 

After the preparation of the draft EIA-EMP Report as per the aforesaid TOR, and the public Hearing conducted as prescribed in the EIA Notification 2006 and the proponent will take necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance under provisions of the EIA Notification 2006.

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

(i)                 Grant of TOR does not necessarily mean grant of EC.

(ii)               Grant of TOR/EC to the present project does not necessarily mean grant of TOR/EC to the captive/linked project.

(iii)              Grant of TOR/EC to the present project does not necessarily mean grant of approvals in other regulations such as the Forest (Conservation) Act 1980 or the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

 

 

 

8.        Baiga OCP (0.30 MTPA and expansion from 76.04 ha to 92.716 ha) of M/s South Eastern Coalfields Ltd., located in dist. Shahdol, M.P. (EC based on TOR granted on 20.05.2007)

 

The proponent made a presentation. The proposal was granted EC on 24.05.2005 for the Baiga OCP for 0.3 MTPA and the present proposal is for increasing the number of working hours to 16 hours without increase in rated capacity of 0.3 MTPA and increase in lease area by 16.676 ha. The balance life of mine is 2 years. No external OB dump has been created the entire OB is being backfilled in the decoaled area. No R&R involved. There are 69 land losers, all of whom have been provided compensation.

 

The proposal was further considered on the status of compliance to the earlier EC issued on 24.05.2005. The compliance status of the issues raised in the Public Hearing held on 29.08.2003 was also considered. Balance life of the mine is 2 years.

 

The Committee desired that a one-time capital expenditure of Rs 1 crore and Rs 5 /tonne of coal  should be earmarked for CSR for the activities undertaken for the neighbouring villages for the life of the project and details furnished to the Ministry for record, subject to which the Committee recommended the project for EC.

 

 

9.        Inder UG to OC Mine (0.60 to 1.50 MTPA in 402.07 ha ML area) of M/s Western Coalfields Ltd., district Nagpur, Maharashatra (EC u/s 7.2)

 

EC was obtained on 09.06.2006 for a production capacity of 0.60 MTPA in 402.07 ha of ML area. The present proposal is for EC u/s 7.2 for expansion in production to 1.50 MTPA whereby the life of the project is reduced from 16 years to 10 years. The expansion would be undertaken by outsourcing of manpower and equipment. Maximum working depth would be 200m bgl. Of the total ML area of 402.07 ha, 63.95 ha is of Inder UG and 46.27 ha is of the adjacent Gondegaon OCP and the balance area consisting of 391.27 ha of agricultural land, 6.35 ha of Govt. land and 4.45 ha of Tekadi village is to be acquired.. R&R involves 650 PAFs.

 

The Committee noted that the prevailing AAQ levels are rather high in the area and hence recommended that the peak production be reduced to 1.2 MTPA. The Committee desired that the details of extent of operation of the mine by outsourcing and by the company should be brought out for each of the variable in a tabular form. Committee noted that the Public hearing was conducted pre-2006 (almost 5 years ago). The Committee desired that the commitments made in the Public Hearing conducted on 06.09.2005 and implemented should be furnished in a tabular form along with the original proceedings of the Public Hearing. The status of R&R of Tekadi village to be completed in 4 years should be furnished. The Committee also desired that the status of realignment of boundaries of Inder OCP, Inder UG and Gondegaon OCP and any modifications required to EC granted to the projects should be provided.

 

The Committee after discussions decided to further consider the project based on receipt of the aforesaid details.

 

 

10.      Modification of EC condition on EC granted dated 18.05.2009 to Coal Washery being established in Kotre Basantpur Pachmo Opencast Coal Project (5 MTPA) and Coal Beneficiation Plant (5 MTPA) of M/s Tata Steel Ltd., located in villages Kotre Basantpur and Pachmo, Tehsils Ramgarh and Bokaro, and Districts Ramgarh and Bokaro, Jharkand.

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the aforesaid coalmine-cum-coal washery proposal was granted EC on 18.05.2009. The proposed coalmine is to have a coal washery within the ML of the Kotre Basantpur Pachmo Opencast Coalmine. The proposal involves shifting of two villages- Pachmo and Hurda from their present location to another location and in that area, the coal washery was planned to be established, as per the discussions held during the Public Hearing for the coalmine-cum-washery proposal and as reflected in the EIA-EMP Report, which was considered by the EAC in 2009. The details of the present and proposed location of the villages and of the washery had been presented before the Committee which recommended the proposal for EC and EC was granted on 18.05.2009. The proponents informed that however, when the matter of shifting of the villagers from Pachmo and Hunda villages began, the villagers decided to not leave to their present location to move to at Danea, which is 6km from the ML, as they felt that the new location may not be conveniently located as their present one. It was informed that in view of the reluctance of the villagers to shift to their new location, the proposed location of the washery would require a review and modification of the EC. The Committee was informed that the project authorities have considered two options for a new location for the washery, which were presented before the EAC. Option-I involves an area of 60 ha adjoining the ML on the southern side of the ML, of which 35 ha is GMK land (revenue forestland). Raw coal from the quarry would be transported by conveyors to the washery and a railway siding would be established adjacent to the washery and a railway loop flanking the Washery from all sides, would be built and used to transport the clean coal. Option-II is a location at a distance 2km from the ML and raw coal from the mine would be transported form the mine by conveyors and clean coal despatched from the washery by rail. This location also involves 25 ha of forestland (GMK). It was informed that since there are other mine leases surrounding the Kotre Basantpur-Pachmo Block, these areas have been identified as the most feasible options.

 

The Committee noted that in respect of Option-I, the distance of the villages from the quarry edge is about 100m. Option-I involves forestland diversion for the washery. In case of Option-II, Chutwa nala flows adjacent to the proposed washery location and a railway track also exists near the location and there may be adverse impacts on both due to the washery operations. Option-II also has forestland (GMK).

 

The Committee after considering both the options decided that Option-I could be considered with the following additional conditions:

(i)       A distance of 200m is maintained between the quarry and the washery and thick green belt (3-tier) be developed in between to mitigate the effects of air pollution due to quarry operations.

(ii)      A 50-m wide green belt should be developed and maintained between the washery and the ML.

(iii)     An embankment between the Chutwa nala and washery should be established and thick plantation developed in between the embankment and the washery.

(iv)     Water quality of Chutwa nala at u/s and d/s points of the washery should be regularly monitored and records thereon maintained properly.

(v)              Reduce the extent of forestland required to the extent possible.

(vi)             The total conveyor length is reduced from 5.1 km to 2.7 km.

 

The Committee also desired that the details of R&R and CSR be submitted for record of the Ministry.

 

The Committee recommended the revision of location (option-I) of the proposed washery adjoining the coalmine Block with the aforesaid conditions.

 

 

 

11.      Talabira-1 Coal Mine Project (expansion from 1.5 MTPA to 3 MTPA over 170.305 ha) of M/s HINDALCO located in district Sambalpur, Orissa (Further consideration of TOR) 

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposed expansion is linked to expansion of their Alumina Smelter Unit. The proposal is for expansion from 1.5 MTPA to 3 MTPA without any increase in the ML area of 170.305 ha, consisting of 147.18 ha of agricultural land, 6.35 ha of Govt. land and 17.17 ha of settlements. EC was obtained for 1.5 MTPA project on 14.01.2009.

 

 Mining Plan for the expansion project has been obtained form the Ministry of Coal. It was explained that OB removal would be by ripper-dozer. Grade of coal is F-G. Mine is very close to Hirakud reservoir and working below the HFL. The details of approval of the State Govt. on the design of the embankment constructed between the Hirakud Reservoir and the mine which below the HFL of the Reservoir was read out. It was informed that high capacity pumps are operated to continuously dewater the mine. Balance life of the mine is 9 years. Expenditure for CSR undertaken for the neighbouring villages would be at Rs 10/tonne of coal. It was informed that R&R involves 144 PAFs of which 90 have been employed and the rest given indirect employment. An R&R colony ahs been built with 144 houses. No further R&R involved. The proponent sought EC u/s 7.2 of the EIA Notification 2006.

 

The Committee sought details of coal production in the mine since 2001 when first EC was granted.  The Committee noted that the Monitoring Report of the MOEF RO, Bhubaneshwar should also be obtained. The Committee sought details of the project parameters of the original project of 0.4 MTPA capacity (for which 1st EC was granted in 2001), 1.5 MTPA (for which 2nd EC was granted in 2009) and the present project of 3 MTPA. The Committee sought a map with RL of the nala, position of the sluice gates and drainage of nala vis-à-vis the mine location with contours should be furnished. The Committee desired that details of additional protection measures to prevent flooding of the mine, particularly keeping in view the peak monsoon flow should be presented. The Committee desired that a detailed Risk Assessment Study be carried out and a Disaster Management Plan is prepared and approval of DGMS also obtained. The Committee also sought details of water balance for the project and also monitoring of the water quality of the mine discharge water at the outlet points. The Committee desired that the details of post-mining land use and afforestation programme should be furnished in the MOEF tables. The Committee desired that at the end of mining, no void should be left and OB should be rehandled and backfilled especially since mercury is present beyond permissible limits, which is biologically reclaimed. Until then the external OB dump proposed for 9 years should be temporarily stabilised with grass and other plantation. The Committee desired that the details of CSR activities and the names of the 3 villages to be adopted under CSR along with budgetary provision- activity-wise and village-wise should be presented. In respect of R&R, status of R&R and the norms for R&R in comparison to either State Govt. of Orissa or to National R&R should be furnished for record. The details of both CSR and R&R should be regularly uploaded on the company website along with details of activities and expenditure incurred. The Committee desired that details of compliance of the WL Conservation Plan and the details of activities undertaken for Rs 237 lakhs cost of the Plan and in particular the development of 150 ha of grassland for the elephants which visit the area should be presented along with photographs. The Committee sought the details of both Public Hearings along with copies of the Proceedings of the Public Hearing.

 

The Committee decided to further consider the project upon receipt of the aforesaid details.

 

 

12.      Tadkeshwar Lignite Mine Expn. Project (1 MTPA to 2.5 MTPA of lignite and 1 MTPA of limestone in 964.44 ha) Project of M/s Gujarat Mineral Development Corp. Ltd. located in Taluk Mandvi, dist. Surat, Gujarat (Further consideration of EC based on TOR)

 

The proposal was considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 17th -18th December 2009, wherein the Committee had sought details on development of block plantation on undisturbed areas, feasibility to backfill the void completely to avoid creation of a water body at the end of mine life. The Committee had sought details of villages and activities such as strengthening infrastructure of schools, medical, roads, drinking water, etc to be taken up under CSR along with specific budgetary provisions over the life of the mine. The Committee desired that a detailed Action Plan with implementation status of the present project and proposed (expansion) project be furnished.

 

The proponent made a presentation on the aforesaid issues. It was agreed to develop grass and plantation on the undisturbed/vacant area within the ML, which is also mineralised and has deeper seams which would be mined out at a future date, and develop it as a grazing land. It was informed that of the 167 land oustees, 68 persons have been given employment on contract basis, and there is opportunity for more as the manpower requirement is 235. The proponent assured that priority would be given to the local people. It was informed that a local NGO – Gujarat Industrial Resource Management Association. Nadyad would undertake a baseline survey on the socio-economic parameters.

 

The Committee suggested that the proponent refer to CSR undertaken by M/s Singareni Collieries Company Ltd. regarding capacity building, which has arranged training to local people for army, police & other professional courses & chalk out the plan for oustees as the standard of living of locals needs to be upgraded. The Committee suggested that expenses for (specialist) medical treatment of poor people from the study area in good hospitals in cities be borne under CSR.

 

The Committee after discussions set out the following conditions:

(i)       A pre-mining socio-economic survey should be undertaken and impacts of CSR and R&R assessed once every 3 years and report furnished as part of the Monitoring Report.

(ii)      Water quality parameters such as TDS, sulphates, nitrates etc were high and mine water should be treated to conform to prescribed standards before discharge or use in dust suppression/green belt development. Records of the water quality of the mine discharge water shall be maintained.

(iii)     Transportation of lignite to Vapi and Ankhleshwar should be in 20T capacity or more mechanically covered trucks, as the two are critically polluted areas.

(iv)     One time capital investment of Rs 10.08 Crores under CSR for the 6 villages – Rosvad, Togapur, Ushked, Ramkund, Virpor, Munjlav and a revenue expenditure of Rs 5/tonne of coal should be earmarked for CSR. The details of expenditure and the various activities undertaken should be uploaded on the company website.

(v)      At the post mining stage as desired in the Public Hearing, land should be restored to

          agricultural use to the extent possible.      

(vi)     The max. height of the external OB dump is reduced from 70m to 45m.

 

The comments of the expert, hydrogeology were obtained. The report entitled ‘ Geohydrological study of Tadkeshwar Mine Lease area’ as submitted by the proponent is for the period 2005, which has been prepared based on the ground water level and quality data for the period 2004 and earlier and needs to updated with the recent data. The status of compliance of earlier EC with respect to groundwater monitoring and conservation measures undertaken should also be provided.


The Committee decided to
internally consider the project upon receipt of the aforesaid details.

 

 

13.      Tara Block Opencast Coal Mine (6 MTPA in 2778.19 ha ML area) of M/s Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corp. Ltd. located in Hasdeo Arand Coalfields dist. Sarguja, Chhattsigarh (EC based on TOR granted on 13.04.2007)

 

The proposal is for opening a new opencast coalmine project in Hasdeo Arand Coalfields in district Sarguja, Chhattisgarh. Of the total ML area of 2778.19 ha, 2301.26 ha is forestland of which 1999.82 ha is PF (ranging from 0.2 to 0.7 density) and 301 ha is Chote Bade Jhar ki Jungle.

 

DIG (WL), MOEF informed the Committee that the FAC in its meeting held on 11th -12th December 2009, noting that the major part of the project area falls in forest area with high ecological and forest value and requiring felling of a large number of trees (8.46 lakhs trees) i.e, 367 trees per ha during the mining process with a majority of the trees of medium to large girth, did not recommend the project for forestry clearance. The MOEF, on the basis of the recommendation of FAC, rejected forestry clearance to the aforesaid project vide MOEF letter dated 24.02.2010.  In view of the decision of the MOEF to not grant FC to the aforesaid project and in view that the of the total project area of 2778.19 ha, 2301.26 ha is forestland and would involve felling of 8.46 lakhs trees, the EAC was of the view that the proposed project would have severe impacts on the forestland and the ecology of the region.

 

The Committee after discussions decided to not consider the project for EC in view that MOEF has rejected FC for the project.

 

 

 

14.      Kerandari Coal Mine Block (6 MTPA in an ML area of 654 ha) of M/s National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd., Dist. Hazaribagh, Jharkhand (Further consideration of EC based on TOR granted on 30.03.2007 and modified on 20.11.207)

 

The project proposal was considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 24th –25th November 2009 of EAC (T&C) wherein the Committee had desired that the proponent re-examine this option of coal transport from mine to linked TPP to minimise the impact of coal transportation on forestland. The Committee had also desired that the detailed report of CMFRI should be furnished and a representative of CMFRI be requested to present the report before the Committee on the stability aspects of both external and internal dump and any revisions required to the Mining Plan.

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the aspect of mineral transportation by rail-cum-conveyor passing through forestland has been re-examined. Upon review, the land requirement for the rail-cum-overhead conveyors has been revised from the original proposed corridor area of 203 ha (105 ha of forestland and 98 ha of non-forestland) to 139 ha of which 74 ha is forestland. The corridor consists of a stretch of 13.1km of rail and 7km of overhead closed conveyors in the 74 ha of forestland to enable movement of wild animals, extending upto unloading part with Silo Loading facilities. The width of this corridor has also been reduced from 50m to 40m. Since the forest forms a fringe of the forested areas in the region, the impact of loss of this forest would be minimal.  In regard to the issue of slope stability of the external-cum-internal dump, it was informed that that combined height of external and internal dump would continue to remain 470m. However, the overall slope of the OB dump has been reduced from 22.8 o to 20.7o and as a result, the extent of additional area required to dump the OB would increase from 130 ha to 250 ha and the extent of OB to be dumped externally would also increase from 120 M3 to 210 M3. The additional 120 ha of area required for dumping is from the adjoining Chhattibariatu South Coalmine Block of M/s NTPC proposed to be mined at  a later stage, which would temporarily store the OB in its mineralised area and the entire OB would be rehandled at the end of mine life into the decoaled voids of the Kerandari Coalmine. It was also informed that safety berms of exposed width have been provided in the internal dump at 90m, 180m and 300m height from pit bottom.

 

DIG, MOEF informed that the proposed project falls in forest areas categorised as ‘B’ (‘go’ area).   However, prior forestry clearance under the provisions of the FC Act would be required.

 

In addition to the above safety measures and revisions, the Committee had also stipulated the following conditions:

(i)     A detailed slope stability studies should be undertaken for the stability of dumps (internal and external) keeping in view the rainfall (peak), soil characteristics, proposed dump stabilisation measures, etc, and the design of the dumps shall be designed incorporating the specific recommendations of the study. Regular monitoring of dump slope stability shall be also carried out. These modifications shall be appropriately also reflected in the Mining Plan.

(ii)    Prior approval of the Flood & Irrigation dept, for the proposed route to nala diversion and realignment along the fault lines shall be obtained

(iii)    A minimum 60m safe distance shall be maintained between the realigned nala and embankment.

(iv)   Regular monitoring of groundwater level and quality in the villages in core and buffer zone shall be carried out. Safe piped water supply shall be provided to villages with high F levels.

(v)    Mine water discharge and run off from external dumps shall be treated to prescribed norms and monitored at all the outlet points before discharge into natural water courses or onto land.

(vii)   The same norms recommended by the Committee for R&R of Chhatibariatu should be maintained for this project as well.

 

 

15.      Group of Mines of M/s BCCL located in Raniganj Coalfields, dist. Raniganj, West Bengal (Presentation on cluster approach)

 

A presentation was made of the cluster approach for group of mines of M/s BCCL with small production capacity located in Raniganj coalfields. The presentation was confined to coking coal mines of M/s BCCL located in Raniganj Coalfields occupying an area of 32 sq.km and proposed to be considered in two clusters- Cluster XVI and Clsuter XVII for EIA-EMP study. It was informed that River Barakar flows in between Cluster XVI and Cluster XVII. Two seasonal nalas – Khudia and Jhalla pass through the cluster XVI. Another small nala passes through northern part of Cluster XVII. Clsuter XVI has Basanthimala UG and Dahibari Basantimala OC, Cluster XVII includes Begunia OC.

 

The Committee while accepting the cluster approach and the proposed grouping of mines in the two clusters, desired that abandoned mines should be reclaimed first and suitable measures to address the damage to recharge zones and aquifers should form apart of the EIA-EMP study. The magnitude of the environmental degradation and pollution presently in the two clusters should first be evaluated and an Action Plan for the environmental management of the two clusters should be formulated. The Committee also desired that issues of R&R required should also be incorporated.

 

The Committee after discussions decided that the proponent may proceed to apply for TOR for the two aforesaid clusters.

 

 

Matter raised with permission of the Chair

 

16.      Gurha (West) Lignite Mine Project (1 MTPA in 1725ha) of M/s Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Ltd., located in village Gurha, Tehsil Kolayat, district Bikaner, Rajasthan (Further internal consideration of TOR)

 

In continuation to the discussions held in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 28th -29th January 2010, the Committee considered the comments received from EAC member and Expert, Hydrogeology, who has stated that the ‘ Ground Water Atlas of India’ a joint publication of Rajasthan State Remote Sensing Agency and State Ground Water Board, which confirms the existence of few ephemeral streams and natural inland depressions ( which hold water during summer) near Kolayat, Gurha and other nearby areas. The proponent thus needs to undertake detailed ‘Area Drainage/Hydrological studies’ for characterization of natural drainages/ water bodies like impacts and conservation measures. Further, the entire Bikaner area is already known for very high incidence of ‘Fluoride’ in ground water. Overall situation may likely to be aggravated, especially in the context of disposal of Fluoride contaminated mine seepage into natural environment. Appropriate treatment and disposal of effluent would be necessary. Proponent must address these issues in detailed EIA studies. Lignite mining is known to cause water quality problems, especially during post mining period due to density stratification in water filled mine voids. For this, suitable void management strategy, dewatering plans, water quality monitoring plans must be in place before commencement of mining.
Although  the ‘Kolayat Teshsil’ is considered “Safe” from groundwater exploitation, the proponent may explore the possibility of groundwater recharge at suitable locations, which would improve the overall GW availability in the area.

 

The Hydro-geological report submitted by the proponent needs to be amended and broad based by incorporating the above issues and also updated for consideration during EC. Subject to above, EAC may consider prescribing TOR for the project under reference.

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held and comments received as above, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(iv)             An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 1 MTPA rated capacity in an ML/project area of 1725 ha based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(v)              An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 1MTPA rated capacity cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for 1 MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan for 1 MTPA. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(vi)             A map specifying locations of the State, District and Project location.

(vii)           A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (1: 50,000 scale) clearly delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, surface drainage of rivers/streams/nalas/canals, locations of human habitations, major constructions including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources. In case of ecologically sensitive areas such as Biosphere Reserves/National Parks/WL Sanctuaries/ Elephant Reserves, forests (Reserved/Protected), migratory corridors of fauna, and areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance found in the 15 km area of the buffer zone should be given.

(v)      Land use map (1: 50,000 scale) based on a recent satellite imagery of the study area may also be provided with explanatory note of the land use. Satellite imagery per se is not required.

(vi)     Map showing the core zone delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records), along with other physical features such as water bodies, etc should be furnished.

(vii)    A contour map showing the area drainage of the core zone and 2-5 km of the buffer zone (where the water courses of the core zone ultimately join the major rivers/streams outside the lease/project area) should also be clearly indicated as a separate map.

(viii)    A detailed Site plan of the mine showing the various proposed break-up of the land for mining operations such as the quarry area, OB dumps, green belt, safety zone, buildings, infrastructure, LHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within and adjacent to the ML), undisturbed area and if any, in topography such as existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with any natural drainage adjoining the lease /project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., approach roads, major haul roads, etc.

In case of any proposed diversion of nallah/canal/river, the proposed route of diversion/modification of drainage and their realignment, construction of embankment etc. should also be shown on the map.

Similarly if the project involves diversion of any road/railway line passing through the ML/project area, the proposed route of diversion and its realignment should be shown.

(ix)     Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition.

(x)      Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations.

(xi)     Impact of changes in the land use due to the start of the projects if much of the land being acquired is agricultural land/forestlnad/grazing land.

(xii)     Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality - air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx , NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil.

(xiii)    Map of the study area (1: 50, 000 scale) (core and buffer zone clearly delineating the location of various stations superimposed with location of habitats, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations in both core zone and buffer zone should be selected on the basis of size of lease/project area, the proposed impacts in the downwind (air)/downstream (surface water)/groundwater regime (based on flow). One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact/non-polluting area as a control station. The monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and parameters for water testing for both ground water and surface water as per ISI  standards and CPCB classification wherever applicable.

(xiv)    Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area (10km) carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. If the study area has endangered flora and fauna, or if the project falls within 15 km of an ecologically sensitive area, then a comprehensive Conservation Plan should be prepared and furnished along with comments from the CWLW of the State Govt.

(xv)    Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study are and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps and sections should be included. The progressive mine development and final mine closure plan should also be shown in figures.

(xvii)        Details of mining methods, technology, equipment to be used, etc., rationale for selection of that technology and equipment proposed to be used vis-à-vis the potential impacts.

 (xvii)  Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(xviii)  Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement for the various mine operations should be given separately.

(xix)    Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users.

(xx)    Impact of mining and water abstraction use in mine on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10 km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected in case there us a declining trend of groundwater availability and/or if the area falls within dark/grey zone.

(xxi)    Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.            

(xxii)   Impacts of mining on the AAQ, predictive modelling using the ISCST-3 (Revised) or latest model.

(xxvii)    Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project along with flow-chart indicating the specific areas generating fugitive emissions. Impacts of transportation, handling, transfer of mineral and waste on air quality, generation of effluents from workshop, management plan for maintenance of HEMM, machinery, equipment. Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.

(xxviii)   Details of waste generation – OB, topsoil – as per the approved calendar programme, and their management shown in figures as well explanatory chapter with tables giving progressive development and mine closure plan, green belt development, backfilling programme and conceptual post mining land use. OB dump heights and terracing should based on slope stability studies with a max of 28o angle as the ultimate slope. Sections of dumps (ultimate) (both longitudinal and cross section) with relation to the adjacent area should be shown.

(xxix)      Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation.

(xxvi)  Flow chart of water balance. Treatment of effluents from workshop, township, domestic wastewater, mine water discharge, etc. Details of STP in colony and ETP in mine. Recycling of water to the max. possible extent.

(xxvii)  Occupational health issues. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine.

 (xxviii)  Disaster Management Plan.

(xxix)  Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources - water, land, energy, etc.

(xxx) Progressive Green belt and afforestation plan (both in text, figures as well as in tables prepared by MOEF).  and selection of species (local) for the afforestation/plantation programme based on original survey/landuse.

(xxx)        Conservation Plan for the endangered/endemic flora and fauna found in the study area and for safety of animals visiting/residing in the study area and also those using the study area as a migratory corridor.

(xxxi) Final Mine closure issues, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre- mining. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions.

(xxxii) Including cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for progressive and final mine closure plan.

(xxxiii) Details of R&R.  Detailed project specific R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population (including tribals, SC/ST, BPL families)  found in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

(xxxiv) Public Hearing should cover the details of notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments made by the proponent should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxxv) In built mechanism of self-monitoring of compliance of environmental regulations.

(xxxvi) Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xxxvii) Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

In addition, Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc, wherever applicable

 

The following general points should be noted:

(i)       All documents should be properly indexed, page numbered.

(ii)      Period/date of data collection should be clearly indicated.

(iii)     Authenticated English translation of all material provided in Regional languages.

(iv)     After the preparation of the draft EIA-EMP Report as per the aforesaid TOR, the proponent shall get the Public Hearing conducted as prescribed in the EIA Notification 2006 and take necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance under the provisions of the EIA Notification 2006.

(vii)           The letter/application for EC should quote the MOEF file No. and also attach a copy of the letter prescribing the TOR.

(viii)          The copy of the letter received from the Ministry on the TOR prescribed for the project should be attached as an annexure to the final EIA-EMP Report.

(vii)    The final EIA-EMP report submitted to the Ministry must incorporate the issues in TOR and that raised in Public Hearing. The index of the final EIA-EMP report, must indicate the specific chapter and page no. of the EIA-EMP Report where the specific TOR prescribed by Ministry and the issue raised in the P.H. have been incorporated. Mining Questionnaire (posted on MOEF website) with all sections duly filled in shall also be submitted at the time of applying for EC.

 

After the preparation of the draft EIA-EMP Report as per the aforesaid TOR, and the public Hearing conducted as prescribed in the EIA Notification 2006 and the proponent will take necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance under provisions of the EIA Notification 2006.

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

(iv)             Grant of TOR does not necessarily mean grant of EC.

(v)              Grant of TOR/EC to the present project does not necessarily mean grant of TOR/EC to the captive/linked project.

(vi)             Grant of TOR/EC to the present project does not necessarily mean grant of approvals in other regulations such as the Forest (Conservation) Act 1980 or the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

 

 

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

 

 

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Annexure-1

 

PARTICIPATION OF 65th EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (THERMAL & COAL MINING) IN THE MEETING HELD ON 24-25th FEBRUARY 2010 ON COAL SECTOR PROJECTS

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1.       Shri A Balraj                                                            Chairman

 

2.       Prof. C.R.Babu                                          ……                      Vice-Chairman

 

3.       Shri T.K. Dhar                                                          Member

 

4.       Shri V.K. Singh                                                            Member

 

5.       Dr. Sudhakar Reddy                                    ..                 Member

 

6.       Dr. S.D. Attri  (first day)                                            Member

 

7.       Shri B.P. Singh                                                                   Member

 

8.       Dr. Asha Rajvanshi (1st day)                                       Member

 

9.       Dr. T. Chandini                                                           Director, MOEF

 

10.     Dr. Rubab Jaffer                                                    Scientific Officer, MOEF

 

 

Special Invitees

 

11.     Shri P.R. Mandal, Advisor (Projects), Ministry of Coal, New Delhi

 

12.     Shri Anmol Kumar, DIG (Wildlife), MOEF, New DelhiFor Items 13 and 14

 

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Annexure-2

 

PARTICIPANTS OF 65th MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (THERMAL & COAL MINING) HELD ON 24th –25th FEBRUARY 2010 ON COAL MINING PROJECTS

 

1.        M/s Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd.

          1.       Shri R. Kandasamy, Directo (Projects)

2.       Shri T. Ramakrishnan, Chief Manager

          3.       Shri R. Chandrasekharan, Dy. Gen. Manager

          4.       Shri C. Muthusamy, Dy. Chief Manager

          5.       Shri M. Raghunath, Dy. Gen. Manager

          6.       Shri P. vedagiri, General Manager

 

2.       M/s Sova Ispat Ltd.

          1.       Shri Subrato Mukherjee, CMD

2.       Shri P.K. Gupta, CEO, Sova Ispat

          3.       Dr. S. Chakravorty

          4.       Shri M. Ray, Consultant

          5.       Shri U. Kumar, Advisor

 

3.      M/s Vandana Global Ltd.

          1.       Shri S. Kedia, Sr. manager

          2.       Shri Lakshmi Kant, GM

3.       Shri K. Rakesh Kumar

4.       Shri Abhay Mahajan

 

4.       M/s Bhaskarpara Coal Company Ltd.

          1.       Shri R.M. Gupta, Director

          2.       Shri Ram Singh, Technical Advisor

          3.       Shri Ramesh Tiwari, Consultant

          4.       Shri M.L. Naik, Consultant

          5.       Shri A.G. Bhole, Consultant

          6.       Shri M.L. Bhared, Consultant

 

5.       M/s South Eastern Coalfields Ltd.

          1.       Shri R.N. Biswas, CMPDI

          2.       Shri M. Bhattacharya, SECL

          3.       Shri S.N. Haldar, CMPDI

4.       Shri S. Singh

         

6.       M/s Western Coalfields Ltd.

          1.       Shri A.C. Ray, WCL

          2.       Shri S.K. Jagnani

          3.       Head (Env.)

          4.       Shri P.A. Chaugule, Dy. CG, CMPDI

 

7.       M/s Tata Steel Ltd.

          1.       Dr. R. Srikant (GM)

          2.       Shri Chanakya Choudhary

          3.       Shri D. Kumar

          4.       Dr. M.K. Gupta, sr. Mgr.

 

8.       M/s HINDALCO

          1.       Shri V. Srinivasan

          2.       Shri PRS Mani

          3.       Shri N.K. Singh

          4.       Shri Rajesh Kanungo

          5.       Shri A.P. Hotur

          6.       Shri T.K. Mishra

 

9.       M/s Gujarat Mineral Development Corp. Ltd.

          1.       Shri P.K. Soni, GMDC

          2.       Shri A.L. Thakur, GMDC

          3.       Shri D.K. Vyas, GMDC

          4.       Shri S.G. Patel, GMDC

5.       5.       Shri A.K. Jha, GMDC

          6.       Shri S.C. Sharma

          7.       Shri B.D. Sharma, MINMEC

          8.       Dr. B.D. Sharma, MINMEC

 

10.     M/s Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corp. Ltd. (did not make the presentation)

 

11.     M/s National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd.

            1.       Shri K.K. Sharma, NTPC

          2.       Shri M.H. Rao, NTPC

          3.       Shri A.V. Rao, NTPC

          4.       Shri G. Ravindra, NTPC

          5.       Shri Neeraj Kapoor, NTPC

          6.       Shri Sanjiv Kumar Singh, NTPC

          7.       Shri A.K. Dgm, NTPC

          8.       Dr. P.R. Rao, NTPC

          9.       Dr. Marisha Sharma, MINMEC

 

12.     M/s Bharat Coking Coal Ltd.

          1.       Shri D.C. Jha, Director (Tech.)

          2.       Shri A.M. Bahadur

          3.       Shri Amit Ray

          4.       Dr. EVR Raju

         

 

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