Minutes

 

The Minutes of the 98th Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Building / Construction Projects / Township and Area Development Projects, Coastal Regulation Zone, Infrastructure Development and Miscellaneous projects held on 3rd -4th March, 2011 in Fazal Chamber, Scope Complex, New Delhi.

 

1.      Opening Remarks of the Chairman.

         

The Chairman welcomed the members to the 98th meeting of the EAC. Member Secretary informed about the action taken on the decisions of the 97th meeting held on 14th -15th February, 2011 in New Delhi.

 

2.      Confirmation of the Minutes of the 97th meeting held on 14th – 15th February, 2011 at New Delhi.

 

          Minutes of the 97th meeting held on 14th – 15th February, 2011at New Delhi were confirmed.

 

3.      Reconsideration of Old Projects

 

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

 

As presented by the proponent, the proposal relates to amendment for storage of Molasses in Karwar Port by M/s Ruchi Infrastructure Ltd. Ministry has issued CRZ clearance for edible oil storage tanks at Karwar port vide letter No. J/16011/55/2001 IA-III dated 16.04.2003.

 

The facility has a storage tanks of capacity 3533 KL, 4126 KL and two tankers of 5352 KL at site no. 1380 of Aligudda, Baithkol, Karwar. The proponent now proposes to use the facility for storage of molasses also including edible oil and has requested for amendment to the EC.

 

     The Karnataka Coastal Zone Management Authority has recommended the project vide letter No. FEE/73/CRZ/2009 dated 30.11.2010.

 

Earlier the same proposal was placed before the 89th Meeting of the EAC held on 21st – 23rd July, 2010 and 14th -15th February, 2011.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)             The clearance given earlier requires reexamination from the point of view, whether the EIA conducted for getting the CRZ clearance was limited to the impacts of edible oil handling or it also covered crude oil refining products such as bitumen, as the impacts of crude oil products handling/transportation are entirely different  involving bigger  hazard risks compared to edible oil.

 

ii)           Proponent has started the works i.e. modification/ construction of tanks prior to obtaining the clearance which amounts to violation, therefore they were asked to stop the work and committee recommended to initiate the action under Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

 

iii)          Submit details of the status of compliance of the conditions of the earlier clearance.

 

In view of the above, the Committee deferred the proposal and asked the project proponent to stop the work and submit details as above.

 

3.2       Amendment to the Environmental Clearance issued for all weather green field Port project at Jaigad, Ratnagiri District Maharashtra by M/s JSW infrastructure Logistics Ltd. – [F. No. 10-17/2006-IA.III].

 

The Committee decided to defer the project, since the project proponent did not circulated the documents and also not attend the meeting.

 

3.3       Amendment to the Environmental clearance issued for eco textile park located at village-Baleshwar & Palsana, District Surat, Gujarat by M/s. Gujarat Eco-Textile Park Limited [F.No. 10-72/2007-IA-III].

 

          As presented by the proponent, the Environmental Clearance  was accorded vide Letter No 10-72/2007-IA-III dated 04/07/2008 for establishing 100 MLD, CETP, 10 million KCal./hour Common Hazardous Waste Incineration Plant and 22.6 MW gas based Power Plant. The proposal is submitted for amendment of Environmental Clearance w.r.t. one component i.e. CETP. The CETP was proposed to treat waste water generated by units situated in the park. Project Proponent requested to amend EC to treat waste water generated by units situated within the park as well as in adjoining areas outside park. After getting EC from MoEF, Consent to Establish (NOC) and CC&A from GPCB; Project Proponent installed, commissioned and started the commercial operation of the first module of CETP of capacity 60 MLD, on 28.02.2010. The CETP is presently treating 12 MLD of waste water generated by industries situated within the park and is discharging effluent complying with discharge norms of GPCB demonstrating the efficient performance of CETP and complete compliance.

 

            The Waste volumes received from member units within the park are much less than anticipated earlier and significant treatment capacity is un-utilized and available in spare due to change in product mix, better Machinery and adoption of CP measures. The GETP is in a position to receive and treat the additional effluent in view of the design capacity of the CETP and the pollution load.  There are many units similar to the units of the park who are discharging untreated / partially treated waste water in to the Khadi. They are under premandures regulatory pressure to comply. They have requested GETP for joining CETP, Many of the units are given closure / show cause notice. Joining CETP is the only option for compliance. The Project Proponent is of the opinion that by treating the effluent of the units adjoining the park in the CETP the quality of the receiving water body (Khadi) will improve drastically.

 

          The Proposed amendment shall not result in any increase in discharge quantity and therefore shall not result in any adverse or additional environmental impact. rather, it result in positive environmental impact, as the amendment shall ensure discharge of only treated effluent in khadi and therefore improvement in quality of khadi water. The need of treating the effluent from these industries is felt by state pollution control boards, though show cause notice and direction issued by SPCB to these units.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)             Submit the details of inventory of the units, type, water usage, waste generation, quantity and quality.

 

ii)           Submit the MoU made between member units.

 

iii)          Maximize the recycling the treated waste water and submit the revised water balance.

 

iv)          Submit details of the compliance status in proving tertiary treatment system as stipulated in the consent order of the Gujarat State Pollution Control Board.

 

v)            Submit an action plan on recycle of treated effluent by the member industries.

 

vi)          There shall be Flow meters at inlet and out to monitor the, flow.

 

vii)         Periodical monitoring shall be carried out for the out let parameters.

 

          The Committee recommends the proposal for Environment                    Clearance after submission of the information at (i) to (v) to the Ministry and (vi) & (vii) included as conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

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

 

As presented by the project proponent, Tata Power Company Limited is generating 1430 MW power at Trombay Thermal Power Station (TTPS) and supplying power to Mumbai city. The power demand of South, Central & North Mumbai area is growing rapidly due to upcoming activities such as slum rehabilitation, construction of Commercial Complexes, Multiplex, Malls, residential complexes, up-gradation of railways and Airport. To meet the growing power demand and to improve reliability of power supply to South, Central and North Mumbai, TATA Power is executing construction of transmission line which will augment the power evacuation from TTPS.

 

a)       Proposal – I - It is proposed to construct a new 220 KV Trombay – Dharavi - Salsette Transmission Line which has 15 numbers of towers passing through the CRZ area. MOEF has accorded approval for construction of 8 numbers of towers on 13th February 2008. After detailed route survey, as per the actual site condition and the final alignment of towers, it is observed that fifteen (15) numbers of towers fall in CRZ area. The proposal is for construction of additional 7 towers including 8 approved towers.

 

b)       Proposal II - In order to augment the power evacuation from TTPS to South Mumbai, it is proposed to replace / augment existing 110 KV line with 220 KV Trombay – Backbay Transmission Line on it’s existing right of way. The proposal is for augmentation / replacement of 8 towers which falls in CRZ area.

 

2.       Each Transmission Line towers has 4 legs and each leg rests on a pile type foundation of about 1 to 1.2 m diameter. The height of the towers will be approximately 60 meters and the distance between two towers will be approximately 250 m. Each tower accommodates 4 number of power circuits of 220 KV. Each circuit has got 3 power carrying conductors. In addition to that, the top wire is optical fiber guard wire which is essential for data transmission, communication, metering and protection of the power passing through the circuit.     

 

3.       Both the Transmission Lines projects are interlinked to each other and passing through the same CRZ area. Only local wards of Mumbai Municipal Corporation are different and Environment Impact Assessment study of both the Transmission Lines Projects was carried out by BNHS. About 1607 number of mangrove trees will get affected due to the proposed line. Mangroves affected area will be around 0.6 Ha. BNHS has suggested compensatory plantation of about 25,000 mangroves. Mangrove plantation will be carried out on 13.8 Ha area at Trombay.  

 

4.       Both the projects were considered in 63rd meeting of Maharashtra Costal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) held on 5th July 2010. MCZMA has recommended both the project to MOEF on 23rd Aug 2010. Bombay High Court has passed an interim order on 27th January 2010 directing TATA Power to approach to the competent authority to seek permission in accordance with the law. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), Maharashtra State has already recommended our proposal to the Government of Maharashtra for clearance under Forest Conservation Act.

 

5.       The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 94th meeting held on 30th November, 1st & 2nd December, 2010 and sought additional points. The EAC also constituted a 4 (four) member sub-committee having Dr. Apurba Gupta, Dr. R.S.Mahawar, Member Secretary, MCZMA and a representative from Bombay Natural History Society to visit the site and examine the alternate routes for the transmission line to minimise the damage to the mangroves. Accordingly, Sub-Committee constituting Dr. Apurba Gupta, Dr. R.S. Mahawar, Member Secretary, MCZMA and a Dr. Swapna D. Prabhu, representative from Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) visited the site on February 4, 2011. The Member Secretary, MCZMA could not participate in the visit due to ill health.

 

6.       The committee members reviewed the locations and their approach roads of all the 15 towers in the Proposal - I and 8 towers in the Proposal – II falling in the CRZ area. The report entitled “Environmental Impact Assessment of Proposed Transmission Lines by Tata Power at Mahul Creek, Trombay” prepared by BNHS was also referred. The members visited important approach roads inside the mangrove area and the area designated for new mangrove plantation.

 

7.       The Committee noted the recommendations of the Sub-Committee who visited the site. Following are the recommendations emerged from the site visit and subsequent discussions:-

 

(i)        Tata Power reiterated that 25000 saplings of A. marina mangrove is  to be planted in the designated area as compensatory plantation against destruction of 1607 mangroves as suggested in the BHNS report . The number of 22500 mentioned in the presentation slide is a typographical error.

 

(ii)       It was informed by Tata Power that environmental clearance issued by MoEF, vide letter no. 11-7/2008-IA-III, dated February 13, 2008 for erection of 8 nos. of towers was based on the recommendation of MCZMA to MoEF. The recommendation was in turn based on the letter of Tata Power to the Secretary, Urban Development, Govt. of Maharashtra. The present proposal of 16 towers is based on the fresh detailed survey of the area.

 

(iii)             Most of the approach roads fall in the inter-tidal zone and their construction involves use of construction debris. These roads are used for carrying the machineries and materials for construction of deep piles and towers. As a result, there is no possibility of selecting leftover materials for the growth of mangroves.

 

(iv)      The tower I-7, was confirmed by Tata Power to be closer to the existing approach road J1 to I-8 (app. 170 m) compared to that from J4 (300 m). Tata Power will therefore construct the approach road to I-7 from the existing approach road for I-8 and drop the proposed construction of approach road from J4 to I-7 which involves cutting of 503 mangroves. The number of mangroves to be cut will therefore be much less (about 50 %).

 

(v)       The approach road from I-14 to the motorable tar road shown as “to be constructed” in the Map No. 6 of BNHS report is an error and this is an already existing narrow road which will be marginally widened without involving any tree cutting. 

 

(vi)      Similarly, the approach road to the tower II-8 from the highway shown in the Map No. 9 of the BNHS report is an error and this is already existing partly upto the customs office and there is a 4m walkway existing thereafter upto the end i.e.  the tower II-8Moreover, making a new approach road from the tar road connecting II-7 will involve additional mangrove cutting. This justifies the proposed connectivity.

 

(vii)       The errors in the report were explained to the BNHS member and requested to be corrected before the final submission. The colour coding for the new and existing approach roads in addition to motorable roads were asked to be differentiated.

 

(viii)     Tata Power also explained the technical difficulties in carrying heavy machineries for tower construction in the mudflats on the south of the mangrove area as well as the proximity of the proposed Mumbai-Nava Seva Sea Link.

 

(ix)             To lay 4 circuits of 220 KV line underground, technically the conduit width has to be 6 m in dia excluding the service corridor. The bore hole data below the mangrove area shows the existence of basalt rock approximately below 6 to 17 m below MSL. The tunnel depth therefore should be at least 15-20m below MSL (mangrove roots may go upto 5 m depth). Accordingly tunneling would involve about 3.8 km of rock cutting at such level after obtaining the approval of Mumbai Port Authority. The cost of such activity would involve high cost (estimated as 700 crore) and very long time.

 

(x)       Certain areas along the power cable corridor as well as the vicinity were found devoid of mangrove coverage. Tata Power may be entrusted to analyze the reason through soil and mangrove surveys and subsequently take the responsibility for developing appropriate mangrove species in such areas with necessary channeling for irrigation. The survey and design for such development may be entrusted by Tata Power to BNHS who has already carried out primary survey of the area. Tata Power may also be asked to obtain technical advices from Mumbai University who have carried out similar mangrove survey and development plan for proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport.

 

(xi)             Tata Power may allocate appropriate fund (initial and recurring) to be decided in the EAC meeting for development and protection of mangrove coverage in the Sewri-Mahul area of Mumbai.

 

8.       During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           About 25000 saplings of A. marina mangrove shall be planted in the designated area as compensatory plantation against destruction of 1607 mangroves as suggested in the BHNS report.

 

(ii)          Tata Power shall construct the approach road to I-7 from the existing approach road for I-8 and drop the proposed construction of approach road from J4 to I-7 which involves cutting of 503 mangroves. The number of mangroves to be cut will therefore be much less (about 50 %).

 

(iii)        The construction of tunnel and rock cutting shall be carried out after the approval of competent Authority.

 

(iv)         Certain areas along the power cable corridor as well as the vicinity were found devoid of mangrove coverage. Tata Power shall analyze the reason through soil and mangrove surveys and subsequently take the responsibility for developing appropriate mangrove species in such areas with necessary channeling for irrigation. The survey and design for such development may be entrusted by Tata Power to BNHS who has already carried out primary survey of the area. Tata Power may also be asked to obtain technical advices from Mumbai University who have carried out similar mangrove survey and development plan for proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport.

 

(v)          Tata Power shall allocate 2% of the project cost for the development and protection of mangrove coverage in the Sewri-Mahul area of Mumbai and also for CSR activities.

 

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

 

4.           Consideration of New Projects

 

4.1       Environmental and CRZ Clearance for establishing captive coal jetty for 2 x 800 MW upgrading Super Thermal Power Project at Udangudi Thoothukudi District, Tamil Nadu by M/s. Udangudi Power Corporation Ltd. [F.No.11-48/2009-IA.III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves establishing captive coal jetty for 2 x 800 MW upgrading Super Thermal Power Project at Udangudi. The Udangudi Power Corporation Limited, a joint venture of TANGEDCO(successor to Tamil Nadu Electricity Board) and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, is establishing 2xBOO MW Super Critical Thermal Power Project (A CDM Project) at Udangudi, Thoothukudi District, Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Government has alienated 305 ha of Government land and administrative sanction has been accorded for compulsory acquisition of 114 ha of private lands and the final Gazette Notification for taking over of land is being published. The project site is 1.2 Km away from the HTL on East cost.

 

          The Feasibility Report for establishment of the Coal Jetty and Pipe Conveyor has been carried out by the lIT-M, Chennai. The Mathematical Modelling Studies for the Cooling Water intake & out fall systems and Coal Jetty have been carried out by the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa (NIO). The comprehensive Marine Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan (Marine EIA & EMP) has been done by the Institute of Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai. The Centre of Advance Study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University has undertaken the Marine Environmental Survey for the Project.

 

Based on the above studies, the location of the cooling water intake and outfall systems is proposed at 1.600 KM and 0.360 KM respectively from the shore. The Coal Jetty has been proposed at 7.5 Km from the shore. The Coal Jetty will have two berths at 15m depth at sea and designed to handle Panamax vessels for unloading coal. To avoid coal spillage and dust pollution, it is proposed to establish Pipe Conveyor system from the Coal Jetty to the Power Plant by providing trestles with height 6m to 8m. No ash or ash water is let into the sea.

 

Since the Power Project is proposed with Cooling Towers for circulation water system, 13,790 m3/hr make up water will be drawn from Sea (including water for OM plant). About 7,800 m3/hr of blow down water will be let into the sea to maintain the cycle of concentration at 1.30. R.O reject of about 1,090 m3/hr will be mixed and diluted with the blow down water and let into the sea. NIO, Goa has considered intake of 21000 m3/hr and outfall discharge of 13500 m3/hr for the model studies. 5.0 The Public Hearing for the Power Project including the Coal Jetty component was held on 07.02.2009. CRZ mapping has been completed by IRS (Anna University, Chennai). Anna University has carried out the Marine Environmental Impact Study. There is no mangroves and sand dunes in the project area. As per the report, there is no  coral reef, pearl bank within 10 km from the disposal point.

 

The State Coastal Zone Management Authority (SCZMA) has recommended the Power Project and the infrastructural facilities in CRZ area (Coal Jetty, Pipe Conveyor, Cooling Water intake and outfall systems) to the Ministry.

 

Tamil Nadu Maritime Board has given in-principle approval for establishing Coal Jetty, Pipe Conveyor and Cooling Water intake & out fall systems on 06.07.2009. The Government of Tamil Nadu has notified the Minor Port at Udangudi for the captive use of UPCL to handle coal vide G.O.Ms.No.282 (Highways & Minor Ports (HF2) Department dt.16.09.2010. The Expert Appraisal Committee considered the project in May, 2010 meeting but because of coal linkages, clearance to Thermal project is not issued yet.

 

          The committee observed that the feasibility report submitted by the PP prepared by their consultant (IIT-M) was in incomplete in more ways than one in terms of material content, technical inadequacies, factual inaccuracies, costing aspects, overall presentation etc resulting in a situation whereby the Committee was not able to appreciate the full impact of the project on environment.  

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           The outfall has been proposed at 360 m at 3.9 m water depth.  There was no bathymetric chart enclosed in which the variation of water depth upto a distance of 500 m is shown.  Coastal morphology of this region between Punnaikayal and Manappad is very shallow and it is known as a Pearl Bank.  Still pearl harvesting and newly emerging corals are identified.  The nearshore water in this region is very shallow and 5 m water depth occurs at a distance of 4.5 km from the proposed LFP.  Further there is a 4 km long submerged reef present in continuation of the Manapad headland protruding to a distance of 3 km into the sea with a depth of only 1 to 2 m.  The proposed outfall lies very close to the shoreline and also within this protected bay wherein the water remains practically stagnant.  Therefore, though the model studies conducted reveals that the e required dilution is attained at 360 m, it is preferable to extend the outfall and discharge further inside the sea note less than 1 km from the shore.  This will also help to avoid the discharge water travelling towards Thiruchendur where lakhs of pilgrims take holy dip daily in the sea.

 

(ii)          A famous historic Murugan temple is located at Thiruchendur.  Millions throng the temple town during festive days-which are common occurrences. The proposed LFP for outfall/intake/jetty on the shore front lies 9 km distance from the Thiruchendur temple and not as 12 km as indicated in the report based on the satellite imagery.  It is suggested to shift LFP or align the facilities towards south so that it makes more than 10 km distance from the historical Thiruchendur temple as per the norms of MoEF.  It may not be too wise to cut it too fine in a sensitive issue.  Submit the details

 

(iii)        Submit the HTL/LTL map prepared by an authorised Agency with the coordinates marked at discrete intervals on the map, to the Ministry.

 

(iv)         A ship maneuvering study in open sea conditions for optimum conditions of wave climate is recommended prior to the commencement of the work to ensure the proposed facility meets the requirement.

 

(v)          Removal of spilled coal, accidental oil spills etc and its effect on environment should be included in the EMP keeping in view the presence of Pearl Banks and historical Murugan temple. Submit the revised EMP.

 

(vi)         The possibility of providing a wider approach trestle to accommodate both intake and outfall pipes may also be studied with a view to avoiding burial of pipelines otherwise as planned now.  It is advisable if the pipelines can be routed over the  trestle which will avoid damage to the sea floor due to burial etc.  In such case, the pipeline can be carried to offshore which will help to protect the near shore environment. 

 

(vii)       Only one month observed wave data is shown and is the rest is simulated/hindcasting data. Instead, either measured data available with various government agencies including NIOT, ICMAM etc can be obtained or wave data must be collected for minimum one year and the alignment may be revalidated.

 

(viii)     No tide and currents measurements are available and this shall be provided.

 

(ix)        Offshore construction shall involve construction of work harbor; the location and the consequential impact of construction and operation of the structure shall be studied and the report be submitted.

 

(x)          The proposed deck level of the jetty shown at +4.0mCD is too low and must be designed properly to avoid submergence of the jetty.

 

(xi)        Adequate provision must be available for CSR activities in the project estimate.

 

(xii)       Safety of the long approach structure against man-induced and/or natural forces and maintenance programme shall be highlighted in the EMP.

 

Provided the response of the project proponent to the aforesaid observations is to the satisfaction of the committee, the proposal may be considered for recommendation for Clearance.    

 

4.2       Environmental clearance for laying Kochi-Kayankulam subsea pipeline project to transport R-LNG from PLL, LNG terminal, Vyapeen, Kochi to NTPC, Kayankulam, Kerala by GAIL (India) Ltd [F. No. 10-33/2010-IA.III].

 

The proposal involves for laying Kochi-Kayankulam subsea pipeline to transport re-gasified LNG from proposed PLL LNG re-gasification terminal at Vyapeen Kochi to NTPC, Kayamkulam, Kerala. NTPC has planned to setup a 1050 MW gas based power plant at Kayamkulam for which GAIL has to supply R-LNG from PLL terminal at Kochi. The pipeline will be laid from GAIL terminal in the vicinity of nearby area of PLL terminal for around 1.2 km onshore and thereafter it will take offshore route to Kayankulam. The coordinate for the LFP-1 at starting point from PLL LNG terminal Vyapeen is Latitude 9’ 58” 54.9 N Longitude 76’ 13” 20.59 E and LFP-2 at end point of NTPC Kayamkulam is latitude 9’ 14” 18.9 N and Longitude 76’ 24” 57.52 E. Pipeline from dispatch terminal at Kochi is aligned westwards toward Vyapeen seashore and is located onshore. It crosses the shore approach area up to a water depth of (-)30 to (-)35 meter and then southward. Pipeline then runs parallel to the shore up to Kayamkulam. It then turns eastward till Kayamkulam coast. Beyond coast line the pipeline continues in the same direction till it reaches NPTC-Kayamkulam Power Plant. Pipeline length is estimated to be 93.5 km (based on desk top study). Out of this length on-shore portion in each coast is approx. 3.5 km and balance is located onshore (including 2.0 km HDD to cross Kochi shipping channel). The Kayamkulam LFP will further traverse through the National Waterways – III to NTPC. The total cost of the project is Rs. 906.44 Crores. 

 

The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 89th meeting held on 21st -23rd July, 2010 and the Committee finalized the additional TOR for further study. Public Hearing was conducted on 20.12.2010.      

 

The Kerala CZMA has recommended the project vide letter No. 965/A2/10/KCZMA dated 31.01.2011.

 

          During the discussions, the following points emerged:

 

i)             Submit the applicability of various rules of safety requirements under MSIHC and plan of action for compliance.

 

ii)           Submit the details of likely impacts to marine life in case of leakage along with the proposed mitigation measures.

 

iii)          Safeguards against shipping movements, fishing vessels etc. shall be examined and incorporated in the proposal.

 

iv)           All interlocks shall be kept and maintained properly.

 

v)            Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) shall be adopted for laying the pipe line on shore.

 

vi)          Rail/ road crossings, rail derailment and mining are some of the identified causes of failure for pipelines. The smooth and safe operation of the system shall be ensured by incorporating a computerized SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system. Any leakage in the pipeline shall be immediately detected by the Computer system and product pumping shall be immediately cut off.

                    

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ and Environment Clearance after submission of the details at (i) and (ii) to the Ministry and with the above conditions at (iii) to (vi) to be included in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.3       Environmental Clearance for the project (i) development of East query –IA (EQ-1A) berth on south side of EQ-1 (ii) development of East query –1 (EQ-1) by replacing the existing EQ-1 berth and part of EQ-2 berth by M/s Visakhapatnam Port Trust [F. No. 11-33/2010-IA.III]

 

The Committee decided to defer the project, since the project proponent did not attend the meeting.

 

4.4       Finalization of ToR for development of Port facilities at Haldia dock – II at Purba Mediniprot, West Bengal by M/s Kolkata Port Trust. [F. No. 11-140/2010-IA-III]

 

          As presented by the proponent, the proposal involves development of Port facilities at Haldia dock – II at Purba Mediniprot, West Bengal. Kolkata Port Trust commissioned in 1870 and is the only riverine port with two dock system viz. Kolkata Port Dock System and Haldia Dock System. The proposed port facility Haldia Dock –II, is proposed at Mouza Salukkhali/ Rupnarayanchak on the same west bank of the river Hoogly. Draft about 9 m is available. The shipping channel leading to the location remain stable. About 4 jetties for dry bulk and one liquid are proposed to be constructed. About 163 acres of vacant land is available  with the State Government. The site is beyond the CRZ limit as per the approved CZMP.

 

          The water requirement will be 150KLD during construction and 345 KLD during operation and the source is Haldia Development Authority. There is no R& R issues. The Toral Cost of the project is Rs. 2500 crores.

 

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

 

(i)                     Examine the Cargo-wise impact (thermal coal, coking coal) POL product and appropriate mitigation measures

 

(ii)                    All the studies indicated in Section 7.0 of the guidelines to be conducted

 

(iii)                  Submit the details of Vessel Traffic Management system and synchronisation with HDC 1 to prevent accidents

 

(iv)                   As per OM dated 3 November 2009, if the site falls within the vicinity of Beghuakali, Kusumtala, Shibpur etc, a comprehensive EIA  based on 3-season data and actual field measurements, appropriate modeling study etc shall be carried out.

 

(v)                    Submit the details of Ship maneuvering study

 

(vi)                   Submit the details of Siltation and maintenance of immediate approaches to the dock

 

(vii)        Submit the details of  MCM analysis of various site options considered before zeroing in the present location

 

(viii)     Submit the details of proposed material handling system for different types of cargo and the environmental impact associated with the system

 

(ix)                  Submit the details of maintenance dredging required and dumping spot and connected modeling study.

 

(x)                    Submit the details of Stackyard arrangement and evacuation system

 

(xi)                  Submit the details of existing land use, general topography of the proposed site etc

 

(xii)       Submit the details of proposed road and rail connectivity and its impact will need to be studied

 

(xiii)     Submit the details of Port safety and security system (ISPS code)

 

(xiv)      Submit the details of Linkage between HDC 1 and 2

 

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

 

(xvi)      Submit the recommendation of the WB CZMA on the proposal

 

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

 

(xviii)  Submit the details of green belt development

 

(xix)     Submit the details of leachate collection and treatment

 

(xx)       Submit the details of solid waste and management

 

(xxi)     Submit the details of study on traffic study/road connectivity and impacts

(xxii)    Submit the details of issues connected with R&R and social aspects

 

(xxiii)  Submit the details of mangroves areas and afforestation measures

 

(xxiv)   Submit the details of Risk Assessment and Emergency Management due to the activity including cyclones

 

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

 

(xxvi)   Submit the details of oil spill contingency plan

 

(xxvii) Submit the details of the sand dune if any and ecologically sensitive areas

 

(xxviii)   Submit the details of declaration details of the port limits with coordinates

 

(xxix)  Submit the details of Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan with parameters and costs

 

(xxx)    Submit details of landuse within 10km radius of the proposed development.

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

4.5       CRZ clearance for Laying of Gulf Bridge International Submarine Optional Fiber Cable on Versoa Beach Mumbai by M/s Sify Technologies Ltd. [F. No. 11-143/2010-IA-III]

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves Laying of Gulf Bridge International Submarine Optional Fiber Cable on Versoa Beach Mumbai, Gulf Bridge International Cable System (GBICS) is a sub-sea cable system linking the countries of United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran and India. GBICS has a cable route length of approximately 4600km (including the segment to India). There are eight branching units (BU) serving the system - two of which provide connection into the Middle East – North Affrica (MENA) extension system, which will provide connectivity to India and Europe. Sify Technologies Limited, a leader in enterprise and consumer Internet services, has signed an agreement with Gulf Bridge International to lay an international undersea cable to India by 2011. Sify will provide a landing station for the Gulf Bridge International cable in Mumbai.

The proposed landing site for the GBI Cable System is located at a private property next to the Versova Beach. The cable will land in a BMH proposed to be located on the compound of the property next to the beach. The global positioning system (GPS) position of the same is 19º07’59.50" N and 72º48`40.44" E. As per the land revenue records, the cable route alignment passes through land bearing CTS No. 1047 (bouldered beach) and CTS No. 1059 (private property) of village Versova of K/West Ward of MCGM. The BMH will be located on the compound of private property (CTS No. 1059) next to the boulder beach of Versova. The terminal station will be located in the bungalow in the same property. The BMH location and cable route is free from any mangroves vegetation. Nearest mangroves vegetation is about 1 km in South-East direction from the BMH and cable route. The activities of cable installation are of short duration and the impacts due to air pollution, odor, liquid effluent and solid waste generation due to the proposed project are low and insignificant. There is no significant impact anticipated on terrestrial ecology, water quality and socio-economic conditions. The only medium impact will be due to noise generation during the cable installation at the beach.

The HTL, LTL and CRZ Study and CRZ Mapping for the project was carried out by Centre for Earth Sciences Studies, Thiruvananthpuram (Kerala). The proposed site for landing station is landward of the HTL and entire site is in CRZ. Sensitive and important eco-systems such as mangroves, are absent in the vicinity of the proposed site. The site proposed for the landing station is in CRZ II as per the CZMP. Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) has considered the project on its 67th meeting dated December 22, 2010 at Mantralaya, Mumbai and recommended to MoEF.

 

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)             No other activity, other than the permissible under the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011 shall be carried out.

 

ii)           Safety measures shall be put in place to prevent cable damage.

 

iii)          All necessary clearances shall be obtained as applicable from  other local/ State/ Central authorities/ security agencies.

 

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

 

4.6       CRZ clearance for setting up of jetty, intake and outfall facility for 1200 MW (2x600) coal based thermal power plant at Manickapanngu, Nagapattinam District by M/s Chettinad Power Corporation Pvt. Ltd. [F. No. 11-147/2010 –IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves setting up of coal handling jetty, coal conveyor belt, pump house and intake and outfall facility for 1200 MW (2x600) coal based thermal power plant at Manickapanngu, Nagapattinam District. It has been envisaged to operate the plant with 100% imported coal (3.4 MTPA) from Indonesia. It is proposed to transport coal for the proposed plant through the proposed captive coal jetty in Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu.

 

          The proposed marine facilities will consist of construction of coal jetty, intake and outfall pipelines routed on the jetty trestle, seawater intake well and warm water outfall.  The Land Fall Point will be located at Lat. 11°03’18” N and Long. 79°51’21“E. The trestle will be about 20 m wide with the length of 1300 m distance perpendicular to coastline. The water depth at the end of the trestle will be 10.8 m CD. The intake pipeline of 1 no. x 1800 mm dia., outfall pipeline of 1 no. x 1500 mm dia., and the coal conveyor belt will be routed through the trestle. 

 

          Total quantity of seawater proposed to be drawn from the sea for two phases will be 13218 m3/hour. The seawater intake well will be located at a distance of 1250 m perpendicular to shoreline at the water depth of   10.7 m CD.  Total quantity of warm water discharged in the sea will be 9740 m3/hour. The outfall diffuser will be located at 750 m distance perpendicular to shoreline at the water depth of 8.4 m CD. 

 

          The approach channel and the berthing area near the jetty will be dredged to (-) 15.6 m CD. The temperature of the warm water will be brought down to ambient level through the guard pond. The chlorine dosage of 3 ppm will be given to the seawater drawn and the return water discharged into the sea will have concentration around 0.2 ppm. The water quality of the return water disposed into the sea will conform to the standards stipulated by Tamil Nadu State Pollution Control Board. There will not be any change in other water quality parameters compared to the ambient values. Various modeling studies have been conducted for selection of location of intake and outfall points.

 

          A 100m wide greenbelt, consisting of at least 3 tiers around plant boundary will be developed as greenbelt and green cover as per CPCB/MoEF, New Delhi guidelines. A plant density of 2500 trees per hectare with local native species will be planted in the green belt area.

 

          Based on the ToR of Thermal Committee, EIA for the Power plant has been carried out and Public Hearing conducted which includes the jetty component also hence the proponent requested for Environmental and CRZ clearance for jetty also. TNCZMA has recommended the project. To a query, the Proponent informed the Committee that the coal requirement will be in the order of 4.5 to 5.5 million tonnes depending on the source and the blending proportion of the of the indigenous coal, with flexibility to operate the facility at 5.5 million tonnes to accommodate the possible mismatch between imported and indigenous coal.   The planning of the facilities has been done to meet the coal requirement of 5.5 million tonnes and as such the project requires both environmental clearance and CRZ clearance by the MoEF.  The Marine EIA study has been made accordingly to meet the requirement.

 

          The Committee noted that the public hearing conducted earlier for the power plant included the port component also.

 

          During the discussions, the following points emerged:

 

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

 

(ii)          Continuous monitoring of shoreline changes shall be carried out.

 

(iii)        Coal handling shall be through closed conveyor and dust suppressive measures shall be provided at coal handling areas coupled with appropriate mechanism for retrieving coal spilled into sea while discharging vessels at periodic intervals.

 

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

 

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

 

(vi)         The dredging quantity must be dumped at the specified dumping ground decided on the basis of modeling study and it must be ensured the material is spread evenly on the sea-surface to a depth not exceeding 30cm

 

(vii)       Appropriate system of navaids must be put in place along the channel and lighting at the jetty location to ensure no collision during night navigation especially of fishing vessels

 

(x)      The proponent shall commit himself to be one of the partners/ proponents (who have undertaken/will be undertaking similar power projects in the close proximity of site) as and when instructed by the MOEF/State government authorities in preparing an overall EIA report comprising both terrestrial/ marine EIA components for the region and share the cost of the study and proposed mitigation measures for the coastal stretch as decided by the authorities in the interest of protecting the environment.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental and CRZ clearances after examining the details regarding the public hearing and with the above conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.7       CRZ clearance for development of Participatory Eco-Tourism at Bakul by M/s Divisional Manager, Building Projects Division, Bhubaneswar [F. No. 11-148/2010 –IA-III]

         

The Committee decided to defer the project, since the project proponent did not attend the meeting.

 

4.8       CRZ clearance for setting up of a five star hotel at Kulur Panambur Village by M/s Hotel Moti Pvt. Ltd., Mangalore [F. No. 11-149/2010 –IA-III]

         

The Committee decided to defer the project, since the project proponent did not attend the meeting.

 

4.9       Finalisation of TOR for enhancing the re-gasification capacity from 2.5 to 5 MMTPA at Puthuvypeen Island, Kochi, Kerala by M/s Petronet LNG [F.No.J-16011/26/2001-IA-III].

           

          As presented by the proponent, the Clearance was issued vide No. J-16011/26/2001- IA-III dated 2nd June, 2003 and dated 13.03.2006. for a dedicated LNG Jetty, Two full containment LNG storage tanks of 155,000 cum net capacity each, ships of 1, 65,000 cum capacity and Re-gasification system of 2.5 MMTPA capacity. An amendment was issued on 16.11.2010 for dredging. Due to the market scenario Petronet LNG Ltd. (PLL) had initially decided to install equipment for 2.5 MMTPA re-gasification capacity for its LNG terminal at Kochi. At that time, PLL has carried out necessary studies/ design of the facilities for re-gasification capacity of 5 MMTPA for Kochi LNG Terminal.  The re-gasification system consisting of LNG HP pumps, LNG vaporizers capable of delivering re-gasified LNG at a pressure of 90 to 92 kg/Cm2 & 4 0C through RLNG metering system into the Gas Grid and Captive Power Plant with additional source from State Electricity {i.e. Kerala State Electricity Board} , Emergency DG and related utilities.

 

          The LNG Terminal project at Kochi is under construction for LNG re-gasification capacity equivalent to 2.5 MMTPA, associated LNG storage capacity & utilities. The Terminal is scheduled to be mechanically completed in the first quarter of year 2012. PLL has adopted a modular approach for the re-gasification facilities where provision has been kept to install equipments at later stage to increase the re-gasification capacity to 5 MMTPA. Due to change in market scenario, PLL has now decided to install the equipments for 5 MMTPA re-gasification capacity along with the present construction, it shall optimize the construction schedule. Also these equipments (already identified in the drawings/documents submitted to MOEF, plant layout) involve only a small number of pumps & vaporizers. There is no change envisaged in the marine facilities, storage tanks and the utilities including captive power plant. The Quantitative Risk Analysis for the above facilities (i.e. for 5 MMTPA terminal capacity) has already been conducted. It may be mentioned that there is no change envisaged in the environment impact associated with the addition of above equipments, as all facilities like unloading arms, LNG storage tanks, power requirement, utilities etc as enumerated in the Environmental Clearance of Ministry will remain unchanged.

 

          The Committee observed that the quality of submission of the reports by the PP was very poor and not readable and appeared to have been prepared without due diligence and care.

 

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

 

(i)           Submit a comparison between the earlier base line data with the present data.

 

(ii)          Examine multi-model connectivity - rail, road and air and their interconnectivity related to the project and additional traffic load and its impact on the environment.

 

(iii)        Examine the adequacy of existing infrastructure and the impact on the nearby human habitation.

 

(iv)         Examine the drainage pattern and the effect of the development on the drainage pattern.

 

(v)          A clear layout plan should be submitted along with the locations and details.

 

(vi)         Examine the details of Ship simulation.

 

(vii)       Examine the water requirement and its sources.  Also examine the recycling/reusing of treated waste water.

 

(viii)     Risk Assessment and Disaster Management including details of Risk in handling/movement of LNG vessels, Hazard occurrences, preventive measures and Safety by reputed institutes.

 

(ix)        Examine the requirement of Power, standby arrangements and percentage of saving in energy by using alternative source of energy like solar etc.

 

(x)          Submit the recommendation from State Coastal Regulation Zone Management Authority.

 

(xi)        Current status of various facilities such as jetty system, LNG terminal for 2.5 MMTPA, dredging approved at different points in time needs to be clarified.

 

(xii)       Whether Phase I facilities are in operation justifying the need for doubling the capacity.

 

(xiii)     The Comprehensive terrestrial EIA of 1999 mentions Phase I and II, and this needs to be updated based on actual field measurements and monitoring of various parameters connected with EIA study.

 

(xiv)      According to QRA report of December 2010, the terminal will be designed for an initial send out capacity 2.5MMTPA capacity in Phase I and upgraded to 5MMTPA in future.  Is it for the first time QRA report submitted or was there any earlier report on risk assessment for 2.5MMTPA?

 

(xv)       Section 4.1 –Site surroundings states that the population survey focused mainly on about a 2km radius from the proposed terminal site and that this distance is considered appropriate-What are the minimum requirements-is it only 2km? or does this involve some R & R issues and any PH conducted?

 

(xvi)      Villages A are more vulnerable-It is there (Page 10), B and C villages are also situated which are also vulnerable though to a lesser degree!  

 

(xvii)     Access road passes through thick vegetation and considerable traffic movement too and likely to reduce in operational phase.  Ground realities must be confirmed during presentation.

 

(xviii)  Various types of vessel movements are observed such as cargo vessels, fishing boats etc.

 

(xix)     The entire report appears more generic in nature based on published literature and experience had elsewhere.  It would be desirable if the general theory and practice be tailor made to suit the current project by appropriate modeling study if not done earlier.  Even though major plant accident rates are reported very remote I too agree) and the LNG is non-toxic, non-corrosive etc it can still get exploded under proper mix of air and LNG in gas form perhaps.

 

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

         

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

 

4.10    Finalization of ToR for rehabilitation and up gradation of existing 2-lane to 2/4lane with paved shoulder from Indo/Nepal Border to Varanasi section NH-233 in the state of U.P. from km 0.000 to km 298.740 by M/s NHAI [F. No. 10-5/2011-IA.III]

 

As presented by the proponent, the proposal is for rehabilitation and up gradation of existing 2-lane to 2/4lane with paved shoulder from Indo/Nepal Border to Varanasi section NH-233 in the state of U.P.  The project road starts from Indo/ Nepal Border in Kakarhawa at km 0.000 and ends km 298.700 in Varanasi. Total length of the road is 298.700 kms. Most of the section of Project Highway passes through plain terrain. The land use pattern of project area is mostly agricultural and built up. The project road passes through 272 villages out of which 63 are in Sidharth Nagar District; 83 in Basti District: 21 in Ambedkar Nagar District; 81 in Azamgargh District; 4 in Jaunpur District and 20 in Varanasi District.

 

The Project Road does not pass through any National Park and Sanctuary. The existing Right of Way varies from 12m to 30m. The proposed Right of Way is 45m for rural , 24 m for urban locations and 60m for bypass locations for Package-I and for Package –II, 60 m for rural and bypass locations; 45 m for urban locations. Approximately 999.45 ha of land is proposed to be acquired for the improvement of the project, out of which agricultural land is 721.69 ha, reserve forest land is 10.84 ha, built-up/settlement  land is 69.20 ha & barren/waste land is 197.72ha. There are existing 8 major bridges, 65 minor bridges and 387 culverts. 8 major bridges, 65 minor bridges, 462 culverts, 18 vehicular Underpasses, 5 ROB, 23 Pedestrian/Cattle Underpass , 5Toll Plazas, 1 grade separated intersection have been proposed (including existing structure). There are existing 43 major junctions and 94 minor junctions. Major junction shall be improved as per IRC guidelines. 78 bus bay and 2 truck lay bay have been provided on both sides.  Service road of 52.76 km has been provided along the project road on both sides in urban locations. River Ganga is about 15 km away from the road alignment.

 

          About 34,332 trees will come in the proposed RoW and instead of this 68664 trees shall be planted at available land. 14 bypasses have been proposed respectively at following locations Naugarh, Rudaulli, Tanda,  Bhaskari, Shukla Bazaar, Athroliya, Kaptanganj, Azamgarh / Rani Ki Sarahi, Bindra Bazar, Gossai Bazar, Lalganj, Devgao, Chandwak and Dhanganj.

 

          707 KLD water for construction period shall be required for construction and other purpose including plantation and dust suppression. Fly ash will be utilized for construction of embankment from NTPC Power Plant at Tanda, as per MoEF notifications.

 

          There would be about 10313 project affected families due to the improvement of project road. The entitled person shall be compensated according to the provision of NH Act 1956. The budget for environment management work and operation phase is Rs. 9.96 crore. The total construction cost of the project is Rs. 3282.09 crore (including civil cost, Environmental cost, shifting of utilities, land acquisition and R&R cost). The total cost for Resettlement and Rehabilitation is approximately Rs. 1181.86 crore.

 

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

 

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

 

(ii)          The proposal indicates the acquisition of forest land 10.84 ha. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained from the Forest Department.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(viii)     It is indicated that 34332 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

4.11    Finalization of ToR for rehabilitation and upgradation of existing 2-lane to 2/4lane with paved shoulder from Amritsar to Sri Gangasagar section of NH-15 in the State of Punjab from km 103.000 to km 399.000 by M/s NHAI [F. No. 10-7/2011-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the project involves rehabilitation and upgradation of existing 2-lane to 2/4lane with paved shoulder from Amritsar to Sri Gangasagar section of NH-15 in the state of Punjab. Project road starts at Km.103.000 at Verka Chowk and ends at Km.399.000 near the Punjab/Rajasthan border. Total length of the existing road is about 296.000 Km and design length of the project road is 280 km. Most of the section of Project Highway passes through plain terrain. The land use pattern of project area is mostly agricultural, built up and Barren/wasteland. The project road passes through 85 villages out of which 2 are in Amritsar district, 27 in Tarn Taran district, 15 in Faridkot district, 13 in Bathinda district, 9 in Muktsar District and 19 villages in Firojpur District.

There is no wildlife sanctuary or national park along the project road, however Harike Wetland/bird sanctuary is located in the project stretch and the bypasses on the eastern side has been proposed to avoid the same. No Reserve forest present in the project area, however the road side plantation located within the right of way of the project corridor has been declared as Protected Forest for which Forest Clearance is required.

Existing RoW varies from 15 m to 60.77 m and the Proposed Right of Way (ROW) is 60m. Approximately 1056.79 ha. land is proposed to be acquired for the improvement of project road, out of which agriculture land is about 687 ha. Barren/Waste Land 52.79 ha, built-up/Settlement land is 211  ha and others 106 ha. There are existing 4 major Bridge, 48 minor bridge and 450 culverts, 4 major bridge, 48 minor bridge, 6 ROBs, 5 flyovers, 1 interchange, , 450 culverts, and 5 toll plazas,  7 vehicular under passes, 2 cattle cum pedestrian underpasses (including the existing Structure) have been proposed. Service road of 10 km has been provided along the project road on both sides in urban locations. There are existing 35 major junction and 215 minor junctions. 6 trucks lay bay and 46 bus bays has been proposed. 8 new bypasses have been proposed at Amritsar Town, Naushera Pannaun, Harike, Zira, Talwandi Bhai, Mudki, Faridkot and Kotkapura combine bypass and Bathinda.  640 KLD of water for construction period shall be required for construction and other purpose including plantations and dust suppression 13.23 lakh M3 of fly Ash proposed to be used for the construction of embankment.

There are about 90000 trees present within proposed Right of Way (ROW), however minimum number of trees will be cut for construction of road. At least 180000 trees shall be planted as avenue plantation. There are about 11801 number of properties are likely to be affected due to the proposed project and entitled persons shall be compensated according to the provision of NH Act 1956. The approximate budget for environmental management works worked out to Rs. 18.19 Crores. Cost for resettlement and compensation worked out to Rs. 719.96 Crores. The total construction cost of the project is Rs. 2652.25 Crores (including civil cost, Environmental cost, shifting of utilities, land acquisition and R&R cost).

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(vii)       It is indicated that 90,000 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

4.12    Finalization of ToR for widening and strengthening of existing 2-lane carriageway to 2-lane carriageway with paved shoulders and augmentation to four lane of the section from km 82.0 of NH 24B at Raebareilly to Km 188.600 of NH 24B at Malam Harhar Chowk, Allahabad (total length 106.600 km) in the State of Uttar Pradesh by M/s NHAI [F. No. 10-8/2011-IA.III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves, widening and strengthening of existing 2-lane carriageway to 2-lane carriageway with paved shoulders and augmentation to four lane of the section Raebareilly to Km  188.600 at Malam Harhar Chowk (total length 106.600 km) in the State of Uttar Pradesh. The project road section starts at Km 82.000 of NH-24B at Raebareilly and ends at Km  188.600 of NH - 24B at Malak Harhar Chowk at its junction with NH-96 (Phaphamau-Faizabad). Total length of project road is 106.600 Km. The landuse along the project road is predominantly agriculture followed by builtup areas and open land. The project does not pass through any forest land, wildlife sanctuary, National Parks, coastal regulation zone, CRZ or ecologically sensitive area.  The project road traverses through 61 Villages of Raebareilly, Pratapgarh and Allahabad Districts of Uttar Pradesh. The existing ROW varies from 11.9 to 32.5 m and the proposed ROW varies from 18 m to 30 m. At bypasses, the ROW is 45 m.

 

          Existing carriageway width varies from 7m to 14m and the proposed carriage way width varies from 10m to 18.7 m. 4 lane exists at 3 locations which will be improved and also proposed at two more locations. Three new By passes are proposed with a total length of 14.39 Km. A total of 34.832 Ha of land will be acquired for the project. There is no diversion of any forest land. There 14 bridges in the project road section.  Out of these, 8 bridges will be retained, 2 will be reconstructed and 4 bridges will be abandoned. 6 new bridges will be constructed. There are 225 culverts. Out of these, 198 culverts will be reconstructed, 27 will be abandoned and 39 new culverts will be constructed. One RUB is present at Km 179.00. There exist 6 major and 145 minor junctions. One truck lay bay and 10 bus bays are proposed on the project road. Fly ash will be used in construction of embankments from the NTPC thermal plant.

 

Approx. 4799 trees are proposed to be cut and at least three times will be planted as avenue plantation apart from the statutory requirement. The budget for Environmental Management Plan (EMP) has been worked out to Rs. 1.7 Crores. The total cost of the project is 291.36 Crores.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(vii)       It is indicated that 4799 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

4.13    Finalization of ToR for widening and strengthening of existing 2-lane carriageway to 2-lane carriageway with paved shoulders of the section Kanpur to Kabrai of NH-86 from km 7.430 to km 130.200 (total length 122.670 km) in the State of Uttar Pradesh by M/s NHAI [F. No. 10-9/2011-IA.III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves, widening and strengthening of existing 2-lane carriageway to 2-lane carriageway with paved shoulders of the section Kanpur to Kabrai of NH-86. The Project road starts from Km 7.430 of NH 86 at Naubasta Thana (Junction with NH-2) and at Km 130.200 of NH - 86 at Kabrai. The total length of the project road is approx. 122.670 Km. The land use pattern along the road is mainly agriculture followed by built-up areas and open land. The project does not pass through any National Parks, Wild life sanctuaries, Bird sanctuaries, Reserved or protected forests, CRZ areas or any other eco-sensitive areas. The project road traverse through 36 Villages of Kanpur, Hamirpur and Mohaba. The existing ROW varies from 15.6 to 41.1 m and the proposed ROW is 30 m. Existing carriageway width varies from 7 m to 15 m and the proposed carriageway width varies from 10 m to 15.6 m.  From chainage KM 9.600 to KM 13.845 is the existing 4 lane.  The length of 4.166 kms of existing carriageway is proposed to be upgraded to four lane.  No new By Passes are proposed. A total of 5.830 Ha of land will be acquired for the project. There is no diversion of any forest land. There are 14 minor bridges and 3 major bridges on the project road. Out of these, 10 bridges will be retained and 7 will be reconstructed. There exists 107 culverts and the reconstruction is proposed in all 107 culverts. There is no ROB & RUB on the project road. One ROB has been proposed. Two Truck-lay-bays are proposed. Bus bays and bus shelters having a length of 95 m each are proposed at 20 locations. Fly ash will not be used for construction of embankments as there is no thermal power plant within 100 Km.

 

Approx. 3341 trees are proposed to be cut and at least three times will be planted as avenue plantation apart from the statutory requirement. The budget for environmental management plan works out to Rs. 1.9 crores. The total cost of the project is approx. Rs.373.47 Crores

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(vii)       It is indicated that 3341 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

4.14    Finalization of ToR for 4/6 laning of Rohtak – Jind section on NH-71 to be executed as BOT (Toll) project on DBFO pattern under NHDP phase – III in the State of Haryana by M/s NHAI. [F.No. 10-10/2011-IA-III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves 4/6 laning of Rohtak – Jind section on NH-71. The project road (NH-71, Package- NHAI/DBFO-II/HRY/01) starts from km 307+000 and ends at km 355+600. Total length of the project road is 48+600 kms. Most of the section of Project Highway passes through plain terrain. The land use pattern of the project area is Agriculture and built-up. Project Road passes through 20 villages. There is no wildlife sanctuary or national park along the project road. The existing right of way varies from 24-25 m. The proposed right of way is mostly 60 m. Approximately 267.312 ha land is proposed to be acquired out of which is 222.20 ha is agriculture land and 45.112 ha forest land. There are existing no major bridges, 6 Minor bridges, 84 nos. of culverts. 7 minor bridges, 109 culverts, 10 vehicular underpass, 2 pedestrian cattle underpass, 1 no Grade Separator,  22 Bus bays, 2 Truck Lay Byes, 3 bypasses, 1 Rest area and 1 Toll Plaza has been proposed.  Service road of 18.710 km has been proposed along the project road on both sides at 13 nos. of locations. Fly ash will be used for construction of embankment under approaches of underpasses and grade separator as per MoEF notification. 13560 KL Water (mostly surface water) for 500 days shall be required for construction and other purposes including plantation and dust suppression.

 

7000 trees are affected due to proposed road, against which about 14000 saplings are proposed to be planted.   There would be about 154 project affected families due to the improvement of project road. The entitled person shall be compensated according to the provision of NH Act 1956. The budget for environmental management works and operation phases is Rs. 0.62 crore. The total construction cost of the project is Rs. 226.58 crore. The total cost for Resettlement and Rehabilitation is approx. Rs. 1.80 crore.

 

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

 

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

 

ii)           The proposal indicates the acquisition of forest land 45.122 ha. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained from the Forest Department.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

viii)       It is indicated that 7000 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

2nd Day:  4th March, 2011:

 

1.           Reconsideration of Old Projects… cont….

 

3.5       Environmental Clearance for the Development of Hill Station Township (1st Phase -2000 ha) at Village Mulsi and Velhe Talukas, District Pune, Maharashtra by M/s. Lavasa Corporation Ltd [F.No. 21-9/2011-IA.III].

 

          The proposal of Lavasa Hill Station township (First Phase– 2000 ha) was considered in the 97th meeting of Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) held on 14th and 15th February, 2011. The Committee had made a number of observations on the environmental concerns about:-

 

(a)      Location of the Hill Station township in the eco-sensitive western ghats.

 

(b)      Construction of check dams (bandharas) and their impacts.

 

(c)      Scale and intensity of development and its impacts.

 

(d)      Slope stablisation, protection and conservation.

 

(e)      Water and energy conservation.

 

(f)       Soil characteristics and presence of toxic metals.

 

(g)      Inconsistancy in the baseline data of EIA reports of year 2004 and 2009 prepared by NEERI, Nagpur.

 

2.       Lavasa Corporation Ltd. (LCL) submitted the reply to the observations on 1st March, 2011, which was examined by the Committee.  Based on the documents submitted and the series of interaction held with LCL, it is the considered view of the EAC that environmental compromises appears to have been made in the development of the Hill Town.  These can be summarized as follows - 

 

(i)           The site was selected without examining the environmental issues eg. Slope analysis, soil investigation, physiography, geological, hydrological and geographical details and other vital parameters. 

 

(ii)          Under the cover of the Hill Town policy of the State Government of Maharashtra, the development seems to have ignored the well laid down principles of sustainable development. 

 

(iii)        The cumulative environmental impacts likely to be caused due to development of the hill station township with a projected population of 2.2 lakhs spread over an area of 5000 ha in the environmentally fragile Western Ghats has not been examined adequately on this stage. 

 

(iv)         Construction of a “world class” convention centre, multi-storey mixed use high end developments in the valley, so close to the artificial water body and other facilities can potentially have adverse environmental impacts which need to be studied. 

 

(v)          In the absence of well laid down development control regulations with regard to location specific development eg. access road, mandatory parking requirements, set backs etc., a “flexible” model has been adopted through Special Planning Authority (SPA). The approval of the State Government of Maharashtra to the proposed development control Regulations for Lavasa were not made available to the Committee.

 

(vi)         During the process of development undertaken so far, there appears to be a degree of disregard towards the baseline vital environmental features may it be slopes, physiography, geology, drainage pattern, biodiversity, flora and fauna.

 

3.1     Based on the findings in the Site Visit Report and further inputs provided by LCL during interactions with the Committee, it is established that substantial development has already taken place in about 700 ha. In view of this and considering all related consequences, there is no other alternative before the EAC, except appraising the project ex-post-facto and specifying certain conditions with a view to minimise future damages. However, for the remaining area where construction is yet to take place there is still a chance to examine analyze, review and correct the entire model of development in the right environmental perspective. It could mean permitting only limited low intensity environment friendly Development to ensure that all the issues are appropriately addressed. The Committee also feels that a well structured Environment Monitoring Mechanism be also put in place.

 

3.2     During the process of appraisal and based on the clarifications submitted and presented, following points emerged:-  

 

(i)           LCL proposed to lay a 25 km pipe line to discharge Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) during monsoon and/or when irrigation requirement reduces during post construction stage in the west flowing Kal River.  Alternative option proposal is to release it in the Bandaras. The above proposal is also not in line with the consent to operate conditions stipulated by the MPCB.

 

The Committee felt that this is altogether a new proposal and EIA should cover all the related aspects.

 

(ii)          The backwaters of Warasgaon are the main source of water supply for the Pune city. The possible impacts of the activities upstream this water body i.e. in the Mose valley, are required to be examined to ensure the sustainability of such developments.

             

          LCL informed that the Hill Station at Lavasa is a part of the final Regional Plan for Pune Region and its water requirements are also been considered while permitting the development.  Further, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will have to (a) recycle the water which it draws from Khadakwasla Dam and be reduce distribution losses from current level of 40% to 15%. The supply norms for PMC may need to be reduced from 300 lpcd to 125 – 200 lpcd.

 

          The EAC is of the opinion that Ministry needs to obtain a report from the concerned State authorities of Government of Maharashtra on the clarification regarding the water allocations.

 

(iii)        LCL had not made available the EIA report of 2009 during the site visit. The Committee felt that LCL should have presented the latest report with comparative analysis and impacts. The Committee also observed that conducting of EIA of the activities without knowing the exact details of the different proposed developmental activities may not serve any meaningful purpose.

 

(iv)         The Committee observed that Hill cutting, digging, excavation etc. appear to have been carried out for the various construction activities without conducting any study of the impacts of the quality, quantity, transportation, use, disposal of the soil/muck resulting from these activities.

 

3.3     The EAC further pointed out the lacunae in data and its analysis presented in the EIA Reports and observed that:-

 

(i)           The monitoring data contained in the EIA reports does not represent the correct air, water, soil quality and other aspects of the area. On the contrary it confirms the presence of toxic metals in soil and water at levels for which exhaustive studies are required before deciding upon developmental activities.

(ii)          The EIA study is silent on the uses and disposal of the heavy metal containing soil. The use/disposal of the soil that is generated from excavation, digging etc also depends upon its heavy metal content. The monitoring of the soil is required to be done on grid sampling approach to cover collection of a soil sample from every of 500 meter x 500 meter area and its analysis for all the heavy metals. This will provide the metal soils quality at least for every 500x500 sq. meter area in the site which is essential for the specific developments at various locations. In addition to this the borehole sediments upto the depths involved in digging, excavation, hill cutting etc are also required to be analysed for heavy metals.

(iii)        The project involves activities relating to different areas of environmental concern. The EIA is therefore required to  be  prepared by an  agency accredited by QCI and the team should comprise of experts from different disciplines including environmental sciences/ engineering, geochemistry, geophysics, soil chemistry, civil engineering, mining/excavation and specific fields related to the water bodies and its sediments and flora and fauna.

(iv)         The EIA study is also required to be carried out in compliance to the EIA Notification, 2006, the manuals prepare by MoEF for Area Development and Township projects, which are on the website.

4.       The EAC also noted the status of the court case pending in the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay and also the representation sent by National Alliance of Peoples Movement regarding the application for environmental clearance by Lavasa Corporation Ltd. 

 

5.       In the light of the above deliberations, the EAC recommends that LCL needs to rework the planning and development of the entire project including EIA and submit a revised proposal. However, the following environmental aspects need to be addressed for the development in approximately 700 ha. area need to be adopted by LCL to minimize the adverse environmental impacts.

 

(i)           Details of check dams (bandharas) such as numbers, height of the dams, catchment areas, maximum water spread area at full capacity, water holding capacity, perennial/seasonal shall be submitted, as these are expected to impact on the flow of water to the down steam areas and water bodies.

 

(ii)          There shall be a provision for discharge of water from these bandharas when required, other than natural over flow in the monsoon season to meet the water requirement.

 

(iii)        Sediment and organic loading through runoff to the bandharas during monsoon may be computed more conservatively to assess the life and water quality. Appropriate gate design to flush out settled matters from bandharas to the main reservoir shall be incorporated.

 

(iv)         As per the hill station regulation, no construction shall be permitted on slopes steeper than 1:3 – 1:5. The total area which attracts this regulation shall be mapped and integrated with the Master Plan. The area also has to be quantified and kept under no-development zone in the master plan. The EIA report shall be revised accordingly, as this is one of the important conditions under hill station regulation.

 

(v)          Provision shall be made for restoration of aqutic flora and fauna in the newly created bandharas.

 

(vi)         The water conserved through bandharas shall be used for potable purposes only, putting lesser burden on the main Warasgoan reservoir. For all other secondary purposes, the treated waste water shall be used with dual piping system. Decentralised treatment (and reuse) of waste water should be built into overall water/ waste water planning in Lavasa to reduce energy requirement.

 

(vii)       The energy consumption should aim to target minimum deduction of at least 22-25% by using renewable energy. All the commercial buildings shall adhere to the mandatory ECBC code.

 

(viii)     The intensity of educational/ health facilities shall be developed keeping in view the requirements of locals/ tourists and without much stress on environmental resources in the fragile ecosystem. 

 

(ix)        In order to attenuate the concentration of toxic, organic and inorganic pollutants generated as non point sources and transported through urban storm water runoff, available best management practices shall be selected to safeguard the receiving water body i.e. Warasgoan reservoir.

 

(x)          The population influx at the city centre, both resident and floating population, is likely to create an impact on adjoining bandhara water quality. Inspite of best efforts, Indian cities and towns have demonstrated the adverse impact. The influx of population needs considerable reduction and effective management.

 

(xi)        The impacts related to increased traffic on the narrow road network in the proposed developmental area has not been properly explained/ elaborated. Further, it is desirable that the projected traffic including existing traffic along with the methodology adopted for forecasting the projected traffic along with capacity evaluation of road network vis-a-vis projected traffic should be clarified in detail.

 

(xii)       Steep slopes created through hill cuttings for roads, buildings, quarries, check dams etc. in deep top soil may trigger land slide during cloud bursts in spite of hydro seeding, plantation, geomat, stone walls and similar measures. The hill cutting therefore shall be avoided, or minimized based on scientific analysis.

 

6.       The EAC also noted the report/details submitted by the Town Planning and Valuation Department, Maharashtra State, Pune dated 18th February, 2011 regarding the development carried out by LCL. This report indicated that:-

 

(i)           The revised layout plan for non-agricultural permissions granted by the Collector, Pune on 7th June, 2008 was for an area of 613.94 ha.

 

(ii)          11 type of 935 residential buildings were approved for a total built up area of 2,47,377.028 sq.m with ground + 1 floors/ ground + 2 floors.

 

(iii)        Out of 935 residential buildings, 131 buildings are almost completed, 257 buildings are under construction above plinth level and the construction for 547 buildings is yet to be started.

 

7.       The Member Secretary informed the EAC about the Committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to work out the Environmental Restoration Fund and penalty/ re-compense fund as suggested in the order of 17th January, 2011.  He also added that this Committee would submit interim report shortly.

 

8.       After carefully examining the facts, submission made by LCL, the information made available by the Government of Maharashtra, the EAC recommends that in view of the investments made by the third parties, infrastructure already created in the Dasve village and taking note of the reported hardships highlighted repeatedly by LCL of the construction workers, pending construction work of 257 buildings, which are above plinth level, may be allowed subject to the following conditions:-

 

(i)           No hill cutting, digging, excavation, or any other activity involving generation of soil or its use or its transportation/ disposal will be carried out.

 

(ii)          The above constructions shall only be limited to the area and construction of units for which permission was granted by the Collector, Pune vide letter dated 7th June, 2008 which are detailed in para 6.

 

(iii)        A high level Verification and Monitoring Committee shall be constituted with inclusion of eminent experts, representatives of MoEF and District Administration etc. 

 

(iv)         Commitment from LCL to earmark necessary/ adequate funds as per report to be submitted shortly regarding the quantum of penalty/ re-compense and creation of Environmental Restoration Fund. 

 

(v)          Other conditions as stipulated by MoEF/ other State agencies of State Government shall also be complied with. 

 

          In view of the above stipulations the Committee recommends permission for completion of 257 units subject to the acceptance of the five conditions listed above and also subject to submission of information/ documents as per the above observations. 

 

          Further consideration of the proposal would depend on submission of the requisite information as detailed above.

 

3.6       CRZ & Environmental Clearance for Pharma Complex at Chittivalasa Village, Pydibhimavaram Mandal, Srikakulam District, Andhra Pradesh by M/s. Vijayasri Organics Ltd. [F.No. 21-42/2009-IA.III].

The project involves construction of proposed “Pharma Complex” on plot area of 382580. sq.m. (100 Acres). It is proposed to develop 22 plots for manufacturing units & 11 plots for common infrastructure. The total water requirement is 2770 KLD. The total waste water generated is 2355 KLD. Out of which 1100 KLD will be evaporated in forced evaporation syste. 650 KLD will be treated in biological treatment system. Total process waste estimated will be 225 T/day and other wastes 25 T/day. The power requirement is 30 MW. The total parking area proposed within the complex is 10,642 sq.m. Total cost of the project proposed is Rs. 31.43 Crores.

The proposal also includes establishment of other environment infrastructure facilities such as effluent conveyance system, common effluent treatment plant, marine outfall and common hazardous waste management facility. 

 

The above proposal was put up for consideration in the 91st EAC meeting held on 21st – 23rd September, 2010.

 

          During the discussions, the following points emerged:

 

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

 

ii)           NOC from Andhra Pradesh Pollution control Board shall be obtained before disposal.

 

iii)          On line monitoring shall be carried out for VOC at least at three locations.

 

iv)          The development shall be carried out as per revised layout plan and green belt all around shall be developed and maintained.

 

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

 

vi)          The pump house shall be located well beyond Intertidal Zone.

 

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

 

3.7       Environmental Clearance for Medical College & 500 Bed Hospital at Plot no. A-1, Biada, Bihta, Patna, Bihar by M/s. Employees State Insurance Corporation  [F.No. 21-17/2010-IA.III].

 

The project involves the construction of ESIC Medical College and Hospital Complex on a plot area of 10, 1150 sq.m. The total built-up area is 1,97,649.43 Sq.m. The total water requirement is 1,061 KLD (domestic water requirement is 504 KLD).  The capacity of STP proposed is 750 KLD and an ETP of 60 KLD capacity. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets – 216 KLD, horticulture - 75 KLD, DG + HVAC cooling – 266 KLD.  Total solid waste generation will be 2,811.75 Kg/day. Bio-medical waste will be 266.25 Kg/day. The power requirement is 12,250 KVA. The total parking spaces proposed are for 922 ECS (Basement -503, stilt -170 and open -249).

 

          The above proposal was earlier considered in the 89th EAC meeting held on 21st – 23rd July, 2010. The details submitted and presented were examined by the Committee.

 

          The Committee recommends the proposal for Environment Clearance.

 

4.      Consideration of New Projects. cont…..

 

4.15    Finalization of ToR for the development of Multi Cargo Port with supporting utilities and infrastructure facilities at Hazira, Surat by M/s Adani Hazira Port Pvt. Ltd. [F. No. 11-150/2010 –IA-III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves Multi Cargo Port with supporting utilities and infrastructure facilities at Hazira, Surat. Environmental J-16011/11/2003-IA-III dated 26.06.2003 and amendment in 2007. The Clearance granted is for 11 No. of berths for handling Bulk & General Cargo, coal, Iron ore, fertilizer, wooden logs steels scraps, De oiled cakes and sulphur. The approach channel is 350 m wide with 13.5 m CD at outer and 12.5 m CD inner circle. 37 Mcum of dredging with 11 Mcum of maintenance dredging was permitted. The HTL demarcated by SAC.

 

          Hazira Port Pvt. Ltd. (HPPL) made application for transfer of CRZ and environmental clearance to Adani Hazira Port Pvt. Ltd. Now, in the Phase –I, it is proposed to develop 5 berths including two for containers, one for coal handling, three for multipurpose cargo and one for liquid cargo handling. The proposed additional activities are minor alteration in basin, liquid cargao handling along with Storage facilities, other dry & general cargo, Ro-Ro terminal for automobiles handling, the dredging up to – 15.0 m CD supporting infrastructure facilities along with additional  Arterial road network connecting to NH-6 and internal road, rail connectivity to all terminals. The AHPPL will require to re-align M/s Niko’s existing effluent pipeline as a part of the proposed port development and M/s Niko’s has to obtain separate clearance.

 

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

         

(i)           Examine the details of Storage / handling of various cargo along with spillage / leakage/ dust preventive measures.

 

(ii)          Submit the details of Vessel Traffic Management system

 

(iii)        As per OM dated 3 November 2009, the Valsad District is a hot spot, submit the details of shore line changes

 

(iv)         Submit the details of Ship maneuvering study

 

(v)          Submit the details of Siltation and maintenance of immediate approaches to the dock

 

(vi)         Examine and submit details of the analysis of hexavalent chromium also in the sediments and the ambient air quality monitoring as per 2009 Notification.

 

(vii)       Submit the details of maintenance dredging required and dumping spot and connected modeling study.

 

(viii)     Submit the details of Stackyard arrangement and evacuation system

 

(ix)        Submit the details of proposed road and rail connectivity and its impact

 

(x)          Submit the details of Port safety and security system (ISPS code)

 

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

 

(xii)       Submit the details of green belt development

 

(xiii)     Submit the details of leachate collection and treatment

 

(xiv)      Submit the details of solid waste and management

 

(xv)       Submit the details of study on traffic study/road connectivity and impacts

 

(xvi)      Submit the details of issues connected with R&R and social aspects

 

(xvii)    Submit the details of mangroves areas and green belt development /afforestation measures

 

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

 

(xix)     Submit the details of oil spill contingency plan

 

(xx)       Submit the details of the sand dune if any and ecologically sensitive areas

 

(xxi)     Submit the details of declaration details of the port limits with coordinates

 

(xxii)    Submit the details of Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan with parameters and costs

 

(xxiii)  Examine the Impact on the existing infrastructure and suggest necessary provisions including traffic and transportation.

 

(xxiv)   Superimpose the layout showing the proposed facilities on the HTL/LTL map prepared by an authorised agency. Submit the recommendation of the SCZMA on the expansion proposal. 

 

(xxv)    Examine and submit the Environment Management Plan and Monitoring Plan with budgetary provisions.

 

(xxvi)   Submit MoU/ agreement between Niko and proponent that they will obtain a separate clearance for shifting the out fall location.

 

(xxvii) Submit the details of Social welfare measures including Employment, Medical facility, School, Fishing facility (net mending facility, auction hall, toilet facility etc) along with budgetary provision.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

4.16    Finalization of ToR for development of Greenfield Port at Nargol, Tal. Umargam, Distt. Valsad by M/s Gujarat Maritime Board [F. No. 11-152/2010 –IA-III].

 

          The Committee deferred the project, since the project proponent did not attend the meeting.

 

4.17    Finalization of TOR for development of Petroleum Investment Region (PCPIR) at Dahej- Vagra in a brown filed area by M/s Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation [F.No.21-49/2010/IA-III].

 

          As presented by the project proponent the proposal involves the development of petroleum, chemical and petrochemical investment region (PCPIR) for the establishment of production facilities for petroleum, chemicals and petrochemicals. The project is located at Dahej in district Bharuch, South Gujarat on an area of 453 sq.km. The focus sector will be chemicals and petrochemicals and the anchor talent will be ONGC Petro additions Ltd. (OPaL). The investment already made and committed is Rs.90,000 crores and the cost on the infrastructure development will be Rs.3,200 crores. The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor will also pass through the PCPIR.

 

          The Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals has already approved the setting up of PCPIR at Dahej vide letter dated 31st March, 2009 and the MoU has been signed between DOC&PC and Government of Gujarat on 7th January, 2010. A regional Development Authority has been constituted under the SIR Act vide Notification dated 18th September, 2010. There are about 13 major existing units in PCPIR. The existing industrial units have given direct employment to 13,220 persons and indirect employment to 46,270 persons. Additional 30,000 direct employment will be created in the upcoming units which will provide 90,000 indirect job opportunities.

 

          It is proposed to develop 40 MMTPA ports by Sandesara Group (Solid Cargo, Liquid Cargo and Container Port) with investment of Rs.1500 crores.  The Marine Shipbuilding Park will be developed by Gujarat Maritime Board and Ro-Ro ferry service, common user jetty will be developed by GMB with an investment of Rs.250 crores. The external infrastructure will include the development of expressway, upgradation of highways and also link roads. Rail line will also be extended to connect the area. It is also proposed to develop a green field airport for PCPIR and an airstrip at Ankleshwar.

 

          The power supply will be made available from Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam and a 1500 MW gas based power station and a 2640 MW coal based power station are under construction. The water supply will be through Narmada River and effluent disposal of 90 MLD will be disposed through deep sea pipeline diffuser.  

 

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

 

(i)           A separate clearance under CRZ Notification 2011 shall be obtained after the recommendations from SCZMA of Gujarat as the project attracts the CRZ Notification, 2011.

 

(ii)          Alternative sites also should have been evaluated on relevant parameters in which impact on the nearby settlements should be included and also the agricultural productivity of land; describe the environmental concerns addressed in the site selection.

 

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

 

(iv)         Examine the land use of the area with reference to Master plan/developmental plan of Dahej and nearby settlements/ townships to ascertain whether the development plan requires any changes.

 

(v)          Study the socio-economic situation of the project area and its surroundings and their impact on the project design and operation. The PCPIR will have a direct facility for the employment to 13,220 persons and indirect employment to 46,270 persons. Additional 30,000 direct employments will be created in the upcoming units which will provide 90,000 indirect job opportunities. What will be strategy for the housing and other infrastructure facilities proposed for such a large population?

 

(vi)         Study the existing flora and fauna of the area including the marine life and the impact of the project on them.

 

(vii)       The baseline data should also include marine life and mangroves.

 

(viii)     Sources of water and their potential should be clearly identified. Proposals for conservation of water and harnessing rain water harvesting potential should be incorporated in the project.

 

(ix)        Examine and submit details of the analysis of hexavalent chromium also in the sediments and the ambient air quality monitoring as per 2009 Notification.

 

(x)          Energy conservation and use of energy from renewable sources, such as solar energy and potential for wind energy should be assessed.

 

(xi)        Clear recommendation may be stated whether to mix domestic and industrial wastewater.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxii)    Identification of recyclable wastes and waste utilization arrangements may be made.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxvii)     Risk assessment and disaster management plan should include the impacts during tides, severe winds, cyclone and tsunami.

 

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

 

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

 

(xxx)    Examine various sources of water and conservation of water.

 

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

 

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

 

(xxxiii)   Examine the impact of transfer of material and machinery on the surrounding area including the impact of tunnel, bridge and other works needed during construction on environment and ongoing activities like navigation.

 

(xxxiv)    Submit a copy of the clearances already received.

 

(xxxv)     Examine the IMD data with reference to the rose diagram and rainfall pattern.  

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xlii)     The facilities to be provided in the PCPIR should be detailed out.

 

(xliii)   Make assessment of any regulatory measure in view of the environmental and social impacts of the project (such as unauthorized development around the PCPIR).

 

(xliv)    Examine impact along with risk assessment on the river Narmada and assess the cumulative effect of proposed project.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

         

          After Public Consultations/public hearing are completed, the concerns of the public should be addressed to and incorporated in the final EIA/EMP report submitted to the Ministry in the prescribed forms as per notification.

 

4.18    Finalisation of TOR for proposed Multi product special economic zone (SEZ) at Naidupeta, Nellore Distt, Andhra Pradesh by M/s Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd. [F.No. 21-61/2010-IA.III].

 

          As presented by the project proponent the proposal involves the development of multi-product Special Economic Zone at Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh.  The proposed SEZ will be developed over 326 industrial areas and will have focused parts like IT, edible oil, automotive, textile, leather and multi SEZ.  The total area of the park is 1032.6 ha and it is proposed to develop approximately 100 plots with all basic infrastructure facilities.

 

          It is proposed that 863.07 ha (83.61%) will be under industrial use, green belt 103.20 ha (10%), road network 37.67 ha (3.65%), common facilities 28.32 ha (2.74%). The power requirement will be 108.69 MW. Waster water generation will be 6753 KLD and excess treated water will be disposed of in the Mamidi Kalava during rainy season. The industrial waster generation will be 3284.2 Kg/day and chemical waste will be 4926.6 Kg/day.  The domestic waste will be 410.5 Kg/day. The total cost will be 1169 crores.

 

          During discussions, it was noted that allotment and construction work has already been started in 3 units before obtaining the environmental clearance.

 

          The Committee deferred the project and suggested for action against the violation under Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, since the plots were already allotted to few industrial units and started construction without clearance. 

 

4.19    Environmental Clearance for proposed Larica Township Dharapur (Green Valley) at Dharapur, Guwahati Distt, Kamrup by M/s Larica Estates Ltd. [F.No.21-62/2010-IA.III].

 

          The project involves construction of a township on a plot area of 10.82 ha. The total built up area of the project is 91,000 sq.m. It is proposed to construct a hotel, shopping mall, residential apartments (G+4) and bungalows (G+1). The total water requirement is 536 KLD (fresh water 490 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 400 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for horticulture purpose 46 KLD, balance 307 KLD is proposed to be disposed in the public drain. Total Municipal waste generated is 1400 Kg/day.  The power requirement is about 3 MW.  The total parking proposed are for 710 ECS (covered parking 410 & open parking 300). Total cost of the project is Rs.70 crores.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           The proposal indicate the construction of a hotel, shopping mall and residential apartments/ houses reexamine the details with reference to the land use in the Master Plan/ Development Plan. Submit a certificate from the local competent authority that the proposed development is permissible under the Master Plan/ Development Plan.

 

(ii)          The internal road width is only 10 m. for a length 660 m. The revise the width of the road to minimum 18 m.

 

(iii)        It is proposed to draw the groundwater, necessary permission shall be obtained from the Central Ground Water Authority.

 

(iv)         The treated waster water is proposed to be used only for horticulture purposes. Treated waster water should be used for flushing of toilets and air conditioning also in addition to horticulture purposes. Revised and submit the usage of water along with the water balance chart.

 

(v)          Reexamine the parking details with reference to different uses i.e. for (a) hotel – number of rooms, restaurants and banquet facility including bus parking and taxi parking. (b) Shopping mall – @ 50 sq.m. of the FAR area including loading and unloading facility and staff parking. (c) Residential apartments –minimum one parking for 2 BHK and two parking for 3&4 BHK including 10% for visitor parking.

 

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

 

4.20    Environmental Clearance for proposed Larica township Bongara (Green Hamlet) at Bongara, Guwahati Distt , Assam by M/s Larica Estates Ltd. [F.No.21-63/2010-IA.III].

 

          The project involves construction of a township on a plot area of 8.98 ha. It is proposed to develop HIG Bungalows (21), HIG Row Houses (61), MIG Bungalows (74), MIG Row Houses (43), LIG Row Houses (174). The total built up area of the project is 51,323.5 sq.m. It is proposed to construct a shopping mall along with different type of houses. The total water requirement is 405 KLD (fresh water 365 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 300 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for horticulture purpose 40 KLD, balance 223 KLD is proposed to be disposed in the public drain. Total Municipal waste generated is 1100 Kg/day.  The power requirement is about 3 MW. The total parking proposed for 438 cars.  Total cost of the project is Rs.70 crores.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)          As the project proponent and the consultant are same, the observation raised in the earlier project (21-62/2010-IA.III) shall be examined for the above project also and necessary revisions shall be made in the project.

 

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

 

4.21    Environmental Clearance for Integrated check post at Agartla Tripura on Indo-Bangladesh Border by Ministry of Home Affairs [F.No. 21-65/2010-IA.III].

 

The Committee decided to defer the project, since the project proponent did not attend the meeting.

 

4.22    Environmental Clearance for proposed group housing project at Sy No. 15/2, 62/2, 62/1A1A, Pantheerankavu Village, Olavanna Grams Panchayat, Kozhikode Distt. by M/s Vertical Height Infrastructure India Pvt. Ltd. [F.No. 21-66/2010-IA.III].

 

          The project involves construction of group housing complex on a total plot area is 8613.23 sq.m. The total built up area is 42,377.22 sq.m. It is proposed to construct 216 dwelling units (1 BR -16, 1 BR + study -88, 2 BR + study -104 and 3 BR + study -8) in 3 towers in 3 level basements, GF & 14 floors. The total water requirement is 101.88 KLD (Fresh water requirement is 75.20 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 110 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets 26.68 KLD, horticulture 6.0 KLD, and balance 49.82 KLD will be used for nearby plantations.  Total solid waste generation will be 432 Kg/day.  The power requirement is 1,170 KWH. The total parking proposed for 250 cars and 120 two wheelers. Total cost of the project is Rs.82.40 crores.

 

          The details submitted and presented were examined by the Committee.

 

          The Committee recommends the proposal for Environment Clearance.

 

4.23    Environmental Clearance for Proposed residential complex at village Vijayapuram, Taluk Kottayam, Kerala by M/s Skyline Builders [F.No. 21-2/2011-IA.III].

 

          The project involves construction of group housing complex on a total plot area is 0.993 ha.  The total built up area is 32,295.93 sq.m. It is proposed to construct 191 dwelling units in 3 blocks (Block 1&2 – basement + ground + 16 floors and Block 3 – basement + ground + 17 floors). The total water requirement is 91.13 KLD (fresh water requirement is 67.075 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 100 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets 24.055 KLD, horticulture 4.5 KLD, and balance 45.26 KLD will be used for nearby plantations.  Total solid waste generation will be 382 Kg/day.  The power requirement is 1,200 KWH. The total parking proposed for 211 cars and 179 two wheelers.  Total cost of the project is Rs.37.20 crores.

 

          The details submitted and presented were examined by the Committee.

 

          The Committee recommends the proposal for Environment Clearance.

 

Extra items

 

4.24  Environmental Clearance for the development of an All Weather Direct Berthing Port at Arjeepalli, Ganjam District, Orissa by M/s. Gopalpur Ports Limited [F. No. 10-12/2009-IA-III].

 

Member Secretary informed the committee that this proposal was earlier considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 19th - 21st July 2007 and finalized ToR. The Public Hearing was conducted on 19th August, 2008.  The proposal was put up for consideration in the 74th meeting held on 12th - 14th March 2009, 75th meeting held on 23rd - 24th April, 2009 and again on 27th – 29th January, 2010 and Committee had recommended for issue of clearance. Meantime, it was brought to the notice of the Ministry by Shri Biswajit Mohanty, Member, National Board for Wildlife about the location of Rushikluya a nesting grounds for Olive Ridley Turtles which is about 17 km from the proposed site. The issue of likely impacts on the nesting ground by the proposed port was examined by the Ministry in the Wildlife Division/IA Division and through experts in the EAC in its meeting held on 18th –20th August, 2010. The EAC has recommended for the issue of EC/CRZ. However, one expert member has made several observations.  The Wildlife Division of the Ministry had suggested stipulation of suitable measures for mitigation of impact to the benthic fauna and flora and a Standing committee for Monitoring the population of benthic life during and after the construction phase and also to ensure the compliance of various conditions.

 

2.       Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Thiruvananthapuram have carried out a study on the “Impact of the Port Activities and Mitigation Measures – Study on Benthic Flora & Fauna of Gopalpur Port Area”.  Dr. P.V. Karunakaran, Director CED has presented the findings of the study. As per the study, the location of proposed Gopalpur Port is not ecologically sensitive. It does not have mangroves, marshes, coral, kelp or any other such ecologically sensitive areas. The base line studies for benthic communities have already been conducted by project proponent. The construction activity of port will have some temporary impact on the benthic communities due to dredging and disposal of dredged materials. However, this impact to the benthic communities will be temporary for a period of 12-18 months, after which the benthic communities will be recouped and restored to normality. This has been observed in various ports of the world through systematic studies.
 
3.       The study suggested that the proponent should employ controlled and proper methods of dredging, (including state of the art equipment and planning the dredging operation and disposal). If it is followed, the impact will be limited only to a small area of the channel and the basin, which again is temporary. In addition to the in house monitoring, the Port may obtain the services of a technically qualified institution to monitor the impact right from the beginning to suggest scientifically accepted mitigation measures as and when required on annual basis at least for first 3 years.


4.       Further, Gopalpur Port should insist on mainstreaming the port activities for the environmental quality through its CSR resources.
Gopalpur Port has done studies for contingency measures for oil pollution, dust and run off, ballast management etc: these should be implemented. There is a positive side of the construction activity. With the construction of breakwaters, additional substratum will be provided thereby adding to the habitat of benthic community especially flora which is very low due to the present geo physical characteristics of the area.

 

The details submitted and presented were reexamined by the Committee. During the discussions with the Director CED, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           The shore line map prepared by Institute for Ocean Management, Chennai with regard to the stretch at Gopalpur port has bee examined and it is observed that on the southern side of the port, the area is shown  as high to medium accretion while, on the northern side the area is shown as low to medium erosion. This is because the net littoral drift is towards the northern side and due to the breakwater at the southern port there seems to be accretion at the southern breakwater and low to medium erosion on the northern side. This has to be rectified by adopting suitable sand bypass system from south breakwater to the northern side of the north breakwater.

 

(ii)          Gopalpur Port shall employ controlled and proper methods of dredging, (including state of the art equipment and planning the dredging operation and disposal). If it is followed, the impact will be limited only to a small area of the channel and the basin.

 

(iii)        Gopalpur Port shall obtain the services of a technically qualified institution to monitor the impact right from the beginning to suggest scientifically accepted mitigation measures as and when required on annual basis at least for first 3 years.

 

(iv)         Gopalpur Port shall constitute a high level expert committee including the experts for Monitoring the population of benthic life during and after the construction phase and also to ensure the compliance of other conditions stipulated in the clearance.

 

(v)          Gopalpur Port shall provide additional substratum with the breakwaters, thereby adding to the habitat of benthic community especially flora which is very low due to the present geo physical characteristics of the area.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ and Environmental Clearance with the above conditions in addition to the conditions suggested earlier for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.25  Finalization of ToR for setting up of integrated municipal Solid Waste management Project at Samgauli, Punjab by M/s Greater Mohali Development Authority, Mohali [F. No. SEAC/177/2010]

 

The Member Secretary informed the committee that earlier, the proposal for setting up of Solid Waste Management Facility in Village Swara, Rasnheri and Jhanjeri District Mohali was transferred to MoEF in July, 2010 due to non- functioning of SEIAA, Punjab. It was observed that the SEAC, Punjab examined the project and finalized ToR including conduct of Public Hearing. Accordingly, the Punjab Pollution Control Board conducted Public Hearing. Proponent submitted final EIA as per the ToRs. The SEAC, Punjab on 01.05.2010, examined the project, EIA report and all material facts on records including objections raised during public hearing and recommended that the site is not suitable for the above project. Accordingly, the project was rejected by the Ministry on 12.11.2010. 

 

Subsequently, the Member Secretary, Punjab Pollution Control Board has sent a copy of the report of Site Selection Committee and stated that as per the order of Hon’ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana, a Committee was constituted by the Government of Punjab for selection of the site for the Solid Waste Management Facility. The committee examined the eight new sites and shortlisted three sites.  The report was sent to the Secretary, Environment, Government of Punjab on 09.12.2010 for comments. Department of Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Punjab submitted its comments on 03.02.2011 to set up the MSWF at two sites located in villages viz. Samgauli and Nimbuan.

 

          The Municipal Corporation, SAS Nagar submitted the application in prescribed Form-I along with the proposed Terms of References and pre-feasibility report for establishing of MSWF at Samgauli, Punjab, which is received in the Ministry on 08.02.2011. The other site at Nimbuan was proposed as alternative site, if the Samgauli site was not found suitable.  

 

          It was informed that although the project is Category ‘B’ and the SEAC/SEIAA of Punjab have been reconstituted, but the proposed site is within 10 km for inter-state border and also in view of the observation/ order of the Hon’ble High Court, it is proposed to take up the project at Central level for finalization of ToR as per the provisions of the EIA, Notification, 2006. 

 

As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves setting up of Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management facility at Samgauli, Punjab. The components of the project are Storage & Transportation of segregated MSW from secondary collection point of ULBs of GMADA cluster to the MSW processing site. Transfer stations if required will be developed at designated sites. The capacity of the facility will be 450 TPD including RDF processing facility of 250 TPD and compost plant of 200 TPD.  The inert will be disposed into a scientific sanitary landfill site. The total area of the site is 50 acres and the cost estimated is Rs 60 crores.

 

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

 

(i)        Submit the details of Site selection criteria adopted vis-a vis the guidelines and the justification for selection of the proposed site out of 8 sites.

 

(ii)       The project should be designed based on the population projections as per Master Plan of the city.

 

(iii)             Submit a 10 km. radius map (on survey of India toposheet) showing co-ordinates of project site, national highway, state highway, district road/approach road, river, canal, natural drainage; protected areas, under Wild Life (Protection) Act, archaeological site, natural lake, flood area, human settlements (with population), industries, high tension electric line, prominent wind direction (summer and winter), effluent drain, if any and ponds etc. should be presented and impacts assessed on the same.

 

(iv)      Examine and submit details of alternative technologies viz. RDF shall also be evolved.

 

(v)       Examine and submit details of storm water/ leachate collection from the composted area.

 

(vi)      Examine and submit details of monitoring of water quality around the landfill site. Water analysis shall also include for nitrate and phosphate.

 

(vii)       Examine and submit details of the odour control measures.

 

(viii)     Examine and submit details of impact on water bodies/rivers/ ponds and mitigative measures during rainy season.

 

(ix)             Submit the criteria for assessing waste generation.

 

(x)       Submit a copy of the layout plan of project site showing solid waste storage, green belt (width & length, 33% of the project area), all roads, prominent wind direction, processing plant & buildings etc. should be provided.

 

(xi)             Submit a copy of the land use certificate from the competent authority.

 

(xii)       Submit a copy of the status of ambient air quality and surface and ground water quality, soil type, cropping pattern, land use pattern, population, socio-economic status, anticipated air and water pollution.

 

(xiii)     Submit a copy of the topography of the area indicating whether the site requires any filling, if so, the details of filling, quantity of fill material required, its source and transportation, etc.

 

(xiv)      Examine and submit the details of impact on the drainage and nearby habitats/settlements (surroundings).

 

(xv)       Examine and submit the details of surface hydrology and water regime and impact on the same.

 

(xvi)      Examine and submit the details of one complete season AAQ data (except monsoon) with the dates of monitoring, impact of the project on the AAQ of the area (including H2S, CH4).

 

(xvii)    Submit a copy of detailed plan of waste management.

 

(xviii)  Submit the details of sanitary land fill site impermeability and whether it would be lined, if so details thereof.

 

(xix)     Submit the details of assessment of the site in view of impact on smooth movement in religious/pilgrimage areas.

 

(xx)       Examine and submit the details of impact on environmental sensitive areas.

 

(xxi)     Examine and submit the details of rehabilitation/compensation package for the project effected people, if any.

 

(xxii)    Submit Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan with costs and parameters.

 

(xxiii)  A high level advisory and monitoring committee which should include to plan, execute and maintain the environmental issues/ recommendations mentioned above. The monitoring shall be done at various stages (planning, construction, operation) of project for compliance of conditions. Budgetory provisions shall be made to the satisfaction of this Committee.

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

5.           Recommended projects

 

5.1    CRZ clearance for the Maravanthe beach resort at Hosadu village, Trassi Gram Panchayat, Kundapura Taluk, Udipi District, Karnataka by M/s Athens Leisure Resorts Pvt. Ltd. [F. No. 11-65/2010-IA.III].

 

As presented by the project proponent the proposal involves construction of a Beach Resort project at Sy No.6-4C1,C3,6-2A,6-2C,6-8,6-9,6-7,6-10,7-7,6-4B,6-4D,7-1, 7-2, 121, 4-2C1, 4-11, 4-13C1, Hosadu Village, Trassi Panchayat, Kundapur Taluk, Udupi District. This project will be developed on a plot of land measuring 4.62 ha. Area within the 200 m is 23,200 sqm and area between 200 to 500 m is 23,000 sqm. No. of Rooms proposed are 19. Total Built-up area proposed is 2510.45 sqm. Maximum height of building is 8.75 m. Water requirement per day is 25 KLD and will be met from open well located beyond 500 m. The Sewage generation will be 22 KLD and will be treated in 25 KLD capacity. The treated wastewater will be used for flushing and horticulture. Parking provided for 25 cars. Solid waste generated will be 15 kg / day and will be collected and handed over to the Panchayat.  DG set of 100 KVA will be used as standby. The Cost of the project is Rs. 5.0 Crores.

The project is located in CRZ – III and falls within 500m from High Tide Line. There will not be any construction within 200m from High Tide Line. Also there are existing buildings within 200m from High Tide Line. SCZMA has recommended the project vide No. FEE-49/CRZ/2007 dated 22.06.2010.

The project was considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 9th – 10th November, 2010 and raised certain issues. The details submitted by the project proponent were examined by the committee.

          During discussions following points emerged:

 

i)         There shall be no disposal of wastes in CRZ area.

 

ii)       The construction shall be as CRZ Notification, 1991.

 

iii)      There shall be no Construction in NDZ area.

 

iv)      Permission for water supply shall be obtained prior to the commencement of the construction.

 

v)        Submit the co-ordinates of the site on CRZ map.

 

vi)      Explore the possibilities of providing advanced treatment system viz. Root Zone Treatment/MBR/compact sewage treatment etc. and submit the details to the Ministry.

 

          The committee recommended the project for CRZ clearance.

 

5.2 Environmental Clearance for Pharmacetutical and fine Chemicals SEZ at Village Bhamasra, Gangad, Kalyangadh District Ahmedabad, Gujarat by M/s Dishman Infrastructure [F.No.21-366/2008-IA-III].

 

          The Project is planned across an area of 106.84 ha (264 acres) at villages Gangad and Kalyangadh, which are between Bavla and Bagodara towns, in Ahmedabad District of Gujarat. In reference to the GOI initiatives, Dishman Infrastructure Limited along with Dishman group had applied for development of this Pharma and Fine Chemicals SEZ at village Gangad and Kalyangadh (Near Bagodra), Taluka Bavla, District Ahmedabad of Gujarat.

 

          The proposed Pharma and Fine Chemicals SEZ will involve various types of industrial units comprising of Bulk Drugs and intermediates and Fine Chemicals of pharmaceutical Sector. In addition to that as a promoter of SEZ, the activities of the project proponent will be of plotting of land, area grading and development, horticulture and greenbelt development, compound wall, internal roads, storm water drainage system, effluent conveyance system, and corridors for power, telephones, water and other utilities grid lines, electrical sub-station and power supply network, street lights and area illumination, raw water storage, filtration and supply system, CSTP, CETP etc.

 

          The source of the water for the SEZ area will be fulfilled by withdrawal of water from Narmada Canal of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL). The ultimate water requirement for the SEZ area is estimated as 5.2 MLD. For the SEZ, a Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) is proposed for the treatment of wastewater. Industrial effluent from individual industrial units shall be collected into common effluent treatment plant (CETP) by a pipeline network. Before discharge to CETP, each industry shall treat its effluent to primary treatment within its premises to achieve norms stipulated by CPCB/GPCB. The treated effluent will finally be treated through R.O and reused for greenbelt, boiler water make-up and cooling tower. The SEZ is proposed to be a Zero-Discharge Unit.

 

          The domestic effluent from the industrial as well as from the residential zone will be treated in a common STPs’ with a design capacity of 800 KLD average flow. The treated effluent will be used for horticulture and greenbelt development. The storm water drainage system has been designed to catch the storm water separately from the processing and non-processing zones and will be collected within the SEZ area. The solid waste will be suitably collected and stored in designated storage areas within the CETP battery limits for further disposal. The solid waste disposal shall be done by setting up solid waste incinerators at CETP site. If required over a period of time, suitable disposal at secured landfill site at Naroda / Vatva / BEAIL may be considered, for which necessary consent shall be obtained by the project proponent in due course. Power supply is contemplated through Uttar Gujarat Vij Corporation Limited (UGVCL). A power requirement of 5000 KVA has been estimated for the proposed SEZ.

 

          The proposal was considered in the Expert Appraisal Committee meeting held on 12.12.2008 and ToR was issued on 12.01.2009. Public hearing was conducted on 14.05.2010.

 

                    The details submitted were examined by the committee. During discussions, following points emerged:

 

(i)           A green belt shall be developed and maintained all around the project site periphery as per the revised layout plan submitted on 25.02.2011.

 

          The committee recommended the project for Environmental clearance.

 

98th Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Infrastructure Development, Coastal Regulation Zone and Miscellaneous projects held on 3rd -4th March, 2011 at Fazal Chamber, Scope Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

 

List of Participants/ Expert Committee

  

1.           Shri Naresh Dayal                                      Chairman

2.           Dr. M.L. Sharma                               Vice Chairman

3.           Dr. Apurba Gupta                             Member

4.           Shri G Bala Subramanyam               Member

5.           Dr. S.P. Bansal                                  Member

6.           Dr. H.S. Ramesh                              Member

7.           Dr. Y. Basavaraju                              Member                           

8.           Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla                Member

9.           Dr. Niraj Sharma (Rep. of CRRI)       Member

10.        Dr. R.S. Mahawar (Rep. of CPCB)     Member

11.        Shri Bharat Bhushan                        Member Secretary

 

Supporting Staff  

 

12. Shri E. Thirunavukkarasu                    Dy. Director, MoEF

13. Dr. P.V. Subba Rao                               Research Officer

 

Project Authorities:

 

Representatives from M/s. Ruchi Infrastructure Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Gujarat Eco-Textile Park Limited

Representatives from M/s. Tata Power, Mumbai

Representatives from M/s. Udangudi Power Corporation Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. GAIL (India) Ltd

Representatives from M/s. Kolkata Port Trust

Representatives from M/s. Sify Technologies Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Chettinad Power Corporation Pvt. Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Petronet LNG

Representatives from M/s. NHAI

Representatives from M/s. M/s. Lavasa Corporation Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Vijayasri Organics Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Employees State Insurance Corporation

Representatives from M/s. Adani Hazira Port Pvt. Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation

Representatives from M/s. A P Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd

Representatives from M/s. Larica Estates Ltd.

Representatives from M/s Vertical Height Infrastructure India Pvt. Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Skyline Builders

Representatives from M/s. M/s Gopalpur Ports

Representatives from M/s. Greater Mohali Development Authoriyty,

 

 

 

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