Ministry of Environment & Forests

(IA Division)

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SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 37th MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

 

          The 37th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on March 17-19, 2010.  The list of participants is annexed. 

 

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

 

Item No. 1:          Confirmation of the minutes of the 36th Meeting.

 

(i)   The minutes of the 36th Meeting were confirmed as circulated.

 

                                                                                               

Item No. 2: Consideration of Projects:

 

 

2.1        Pakhar Bauxite Mine (109.507 ha) of M/s Mineral & Minerals Ltd., village Pakhar, District Lohardaga, Jharkhand (Consultant: Vimta Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.28 million TPA of bauxite.  The mine is reported to be worked earlier by some other lessee.  The mine lease area is 109.507 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The TOR for this project for undertaking detailed EIA studies were prescribed on 23rd February, 2009.  Public hearing was held on 10.10.2009.  Life of the mine is 9 years.  It was observed that the data contained in the project documents submitted by the proponent and that contained in the presentation during the meeting were at variance; particularly the broken up area as per approved mine plan and the EIA report is indicated as 11.08 ha while as per presentation, it is reported to be 32.56 ha, the life of mine as per presentation is reported to be 9 years while as per project documents, it is 20 years. 

 

In view of the observed inconsistency in the data / information as contained in the project documents and the presentation, the Committee deferred further consideration of the proposal till the information is reconciled and mutually consistent documents are submitted.

 

2.2        Pakhar Bauxite Mine (115.13 ha) of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd., village Pakhar, District Lohardaga, Jharkhand (Consultant: Bhagavathi Ana Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee.  It was observed that the proposal has been submitted in the name of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd. while the approved mining scheme is in the name of M/s Indian Aluminium Company Ltd. (INDAL).  The Committee desired that all the documents should be in the name of lessee and therefore deferred further consideration of the proposal till all the documents including scheme of mining are available in the name of the lessee. 

 

2.3        Hisri (Old) Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd. in village Hisri, District Lohardaga, Jharkhand (Consultant: Vimta Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee.  It was observed that the proposal has been submitted in the name of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd. while the approved mining plan is in the name of M/s Indian Aluminium Company Ltd. (INDAL).  The Committee desired that all the documents should be in the name of lessee and therefore deferred further consideration of the proposal till all the documents including mine plan are available in the name of the lessee. 

 

2.4        Hisri (New) Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd. in village Hisri, District Lohardaga, Jharkhand (Consultant: Vimta Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee.  It was observed that the proposal has been submitted in the name of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd. while the approved mining plan is in the name of M/s Indian Aluminium Company Ltd. (INDAL).  The Committee desired that all the documents should be in the name of lessee and therefore deferred further consideration of the proposal till all the documents including mine plan are available in the name of the lessee. 

 

2.5        Sand Stone (minor mineral) Mining Project of M/s Ganga Prasad, village Nadanpur, District Dholpur, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultant, Jodhpur)

 

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

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due from February, 2010 and enhancement of production of sand stone (minor mineral) from 3,873 TPA to 20,000 TPA.  The mine lease area is 689 ha presently, out of which it is proposed to surrender a part of the area and the remaining 112.85 ha will be the revised lease area which is reported to be waste land and khatedari land.  Mine working will be opencast manual involving blasting.  Life of mine is 68 years.  Water requirement is 4 kld.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 


 

2.6        Yamuna Sand Mining of M/s S.S. & Company, District Sonepat, Haryana (Consultant: Min Mec Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., Delhi)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for mining of 12.0 million TPA of sand from river bed, canal bed and agricultural fields in District Sonepat, Haryana, which is spread over 15 villages and 3 canal beds over an area of 7988.8385 ha.  Out of this, an area of 1348.0445 ha will be mined.  No forestland and / or grazing land is involved in the project.  As per the contract agreement between the proponent and the State Government, quarrying operation will be restricted to four villages at a time.  The contract agreement also lays down various conditions / restrictions in quarry operation in certain areas in terms of distance from Railway Line, Bridges, National Highways, Reservoir, Tanks, Village Road etc.  The terms of reference to the project were prescribed on 8.6.2009.  Public hearing for the project was held on 22.12.2009.  It was also stated that no works shall be carried out below the water level in mine and there will be no need for any pumping operation.  It was observed that the ultimate working depth in different villages as given in the approved mine plan would get modified in view of the commitment made by the proponent that the ultimate working depth would be restricted to at least one meter above the water table in conformity with the Notification no. 1/7/2-2IBII-2010 dated 14.1.2010 issued by the Government of Haryana for the Aravalli Range.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized in the agriculture fields and river while it will be manual in the canal.  No drilling and blasting involved in the project.  Life of the mine in respect of agricultural field is 58 years.  The mined out area will be reclaimed simultaneously as mining progresses.  The cycle of reclamation will be 15 days.  The proponent have informed that in the initial phase, mining will start in the four villages namely; (i) Bega, (ii) Jajal, (iii) Basaudi and (iv) Barauli.  It has been committed that in case there is any change in the above villages, the proponent shall inform MoEF as well as its Regional Office at Chandigarh at least 3 months in advance.  The Committee also took note of the letter from Chief Wildlife Warden dated 21.8.2009, according to which no National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Corridors / Tiger / Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) fall within 10 km of the mine lease.  It was also stated in the said letter that the project proponent should take forest clearance from Conservator of Forests and DFO of concerned District regarding forest clearance of forest area.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered by the Committee and clarified by the proponent.  It was also categorically stated by the proponent that there is no litigation pending against the project and that no direction have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

(i)              Regular ambient air quality monitoring shall be carried out around each of the working areas and records maintained. 

(ii)             In the buffer zone of north most and south most lease, at least one ambient air quality monitoring station shall be setup and one season data (other than monsoon) shall be provided. 

(iii)            The specific schedule of working shall be worked out after ascertaining the availability of land from the land owners for mining and shall be informed to MoEF and its Regional Office at Chandigarh at least 3 months in advance. 

 

2.7        Khojawara Soapstone Mine of M/s Geetanjali Minerals, District Udaipur, Rajasthan (Consultant: Environ Green Consulatns India Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur)

 

The proposal was earlier listed for hearing by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held in January and February, 2010 but consideration of the proposal was deferred on both the occasions at the request of the proponent.  The proposal was again listed for hearing and considered by the Committee.  The Committee took note of the request made by the proponent dated 17.3.2010; however, the proponent did not produce any letter from the Competent Authority in the State Government to the effect that the said mine is outside the Aravalli.  The Committee also took note of the order dated 19.2.2010 of Hon’ble Supreme Court in the IAs related to mining leases of Rajasthan in the matter of T.N. Godavarman Vs Union of India directing to carry out satellite imagery of the entire Aravalli Hill Range in the State of Rajasthan.  In the absence of a clear certification of the State Government regarding the location of the said mine with respect to Aravalli, the Committee declined to consider this project and recommended of closure of the project file. 

 

 

2.8        Ramnagar Limestone Deposit of M/s Jai Prakash Associates Ltd., village Ramnagar, District Satna, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: Vimta Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 2,50,000 TPA (0.25 million TPA) of limestone to meet the captive requirement of their cement plant, which is reported to be beyond 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine lease area is 169.728 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast by mechanized method involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 46 years.  Ultimate working depth of the mine will be 37 m bgl.  The groundwater table is reported below 40 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect the groundwater table.  The water requirement for the project is estimated as 75 m3/day, which will be met from water reservoir developed within the mine pit.  Proponent has informed that the baseline data generation has been started from 1st March, 2010.  It was suggested that at least one AAQ monitoring station should be located within 500 m of the mine lease in downwind direction. 

 

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

 

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

(ii)             Material balance taking into account total production of limestone from all the captive mines put together vis-à-vis the requirement of linked cement plant(s) should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

(viii)         Impact of change of land use.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.9        Narora Limestone Mine of M/s Jai Prakash Associates Ltd., village Hinauti & Narora, District Rewa, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: Vimta Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 1.0 million TPA of limestone to meet the captive requirement of their cement plant.  Mine lease area is 147.940 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast by mechanized method involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 27 years.  Ultimate working depth of the mine will be 20 m bgl (285 mRL).  The groundwater table is reported below 35 m bgl (280 mRL).  Mine working will not intersect the groundwater table.  The water requirement for the project is estimated as 90 m3/day, which will be met from the mine pit of adjacent existing mine lease.  Proponent has informed that the baseline data generation has been started from 1st March, 2010.  It was suggested that at least one AAQ monitoring station should be located within 500 m of the mine lease in downwind direction. 

 

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

 

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

(ii)             Material balance taking into account total production of limestone from all the captive mines put together vis-à-vis the requirement of linked cement plant(s) should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

(viii)         Impact of change of land use.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.10     Dahijira Limestone & Dolomite Mines of M/s Mideast Carbon Pvt. Ltd. in village Dahijira of Sadar Sub-division, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: Earth and Environment, Bhubaneswar)

 

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

 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of dolomite from 9,000 TPA to 2,40,000 TPA.  It is a violation case as the mine was started in November, 2003 without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  The mine lease area is 72.916 ha.  Mine working will be opencast.  The ultimate working depth will be 250 m AMSL.  The groundwater table varies between 220-225 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Life of the mine is 7 years. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xii)          Impact of change of land use.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

2.11     Gonua Iron & Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia, Village Gonua & Patabeda, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: Environmental Research & Services (I) Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

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

 

The proposal is for renewal of mining lease which fall due from October, 2010 and enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.36 million TPA to 1.2 million TPA.  The mine lease area is 86.886 ha.  It was observed that the project, besides enhancement of production, also involves setting up of a new beneficiation plant of 40,000 TPA of throughput.  However, the proposal as submitted to MoEF did not contain information relating to the beneficiation plant.  As such, the proposal was found to be incomplete and hence the Committee rejected the proposal in its present form. 

 

 

2.12     Suruda Quartz and Quartzite Deposit Project of M/s Metachem Enterprises, Suruda, Panposh, District Sundergarh, Orissa.

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.008 million TPA of quartz.  The mine lease area is 14.665 ha.  Due to location of the mine at a distance of about 7 km from the inter-state boundary, the project qualifies in Category A.  The mine working will be opencast manual.  No blasting is involved.  Ultimate working depth will be 20 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

(vii)          Impact of change of land use.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.13     Panchpatmali Bauxite Mining Project (South Block) of M/s NALCO at Damanjodi, in Koraput District, Orissa (Consultant: CEMC)

 

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

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease for production of 3.15 million TPA of bauxite from the mine lease which will be worked from 2019 – 2020.  Till then, it will be used to provide infrastructure in terms of conveyor corridor and approach road to the adjoining mine (northern and central block of the Panchpatmali bauxite deposite).  The mine lease area of south block was originally 2512.69 ha, out of which 1243.995 ha was retained and presently the renewal proposal is only for 528.262 ha, which includes 189.552 ha of forestland.  Working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  No mineral processing plant is proposed as part of this project. 

 

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

 

(i)              All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology.  A copy of the approved mining plan for the north and central block mine lease showing the usage of infrastructure facilities in the southern block mine lease for the mining activities in those blocks should also be given. 

(ii)             The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period.  The integrated impact should be studied taking into account the impacts due to adjoining north and central block mine lease. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xiii)         Impact of change of land use.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

2.14     Ajitaburu Iron Ore Mine of M/s SAIL in village Chiria, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand.

 

The proposal was included in the agenda for consideration by the Committee.  As the project is located in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand, an identified severely polluted area, MoEF had requested the State Pollution Control Board for their comments in accordance with the Office Memorandum dated 13th January, 2010.  The Committee took note of the response dated 17.3.2010 received from Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board wherein it was informed that SPCB is undertaking a detailed study of the entire area of the West Singhbhum and requested MoEF to take up the projects of West Singhbhum District after the comments of SPCB, based on the study report are submitted.  In view of the above said letter of SPCB, the Committee decided to defer consideration of this project to May, 2010 meeting. 

 

 

2.15     Barsua-Taldih-Kalta Iron Ore Mine of M/s Steel Authority of India Ltd. at District Sundergarh, Orissa (Reconsideration Case) (Consultant: MECON Limited)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on January 20-22, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was observed that the scheme for ensuring adequacy of the tailing dam for the entire life of the project as envisage and presented during the meeting was not in conformity with the scheme given in the approved mine plan.  Further, no data on groundwater quality around the existing tailing dam was provided to show the impact, if any, due to leaching from the tailing pond and also to consider the necessity of lining for the tailing pond.  Time series data on groundwater quality may be provided in this regard.  The other issues raised in the last meeting were also not clarified to the satisfaction of the Committee.  It also needs to be clearly indicated whether there will be two beneficiation plant or the existing one will be expanded. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30th May, 2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in June, 2010.  

 

 

2.16     Balaji Iron Ore Mine of M/s Anil Khirwal, West Singhbhum, Jharkhand.

 

The consideration of the proposal was deferred as the project proponent could not attend the meeting due to ill health and keeping in view the response of the Jharkhand SPCB vide their letter dated 17.3.2010, it was decided to defer consideration of this project to May, 2010 meeting. 

 

2.17     Karampada Iron Ore Mine of M/s Shah Bors., Chaibasa, West Singhbhum, Jharkhand.

 

The proposal was included in the agenda for consideration by the Committee.  As the project is located in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand, an identified severely polluted area, MoEF had requested the State Pollution Control Board for their comments in accordance with the Office Memorandum dated 13th January, 2010.  The Committee took note of the response dated 17.3.2010 received from Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board wherein it was informed that SPCB is undertaking a detailed study of the entire area of the West Singhbhum and requested MoEF to take up the projects of West Singhbhum District after the comments of SPCB, based on the study report are submitted.  In view of the study being undertaken by SPCB, the project proponent requested for deferment of their proposal.  Accordingly, the Committee decided to defer consideration of this project to May, 2010 meeting. 

 

2.18     Bihar Iron Ore Mines of M/s Nirmal Kumar Pradeep Kumar, village Merelgara, Chaibasa, West Singhbhum, Jharkhand.

 

The proposal was included in the agenda for consideration by the Committee.  As the project is located in West Singhbhum District of Jharkhand, an identified severely polluted area, MoEF had requested the State Pollution Control Board for their comments in accordance with the Office Memorandum dated 13th January, 2010.  The Committee took note of the response dated 17.3.2010 received from Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board wherein it was informed that SPCB is undertaking a detailed study of the entire area of the West Singhbhum and requested MoEF to take up the projects of West Singhbhum District after the comments of SPCB, based on the study report are submitted.  In view of the study being undertaken by SPCB, the project proponent requested for deferment of their proposal.  Accordingly, the Committee decided to defer consideration of this project to May, 2010 meeting. 

 

 

2.19     Talabasta Fire Clay Mines of M/s Tata Refractories Ltd. in village Talabasta, Sub Division Banki, District Cuttack, Orissa  (Consultant: Kalyani Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on January 20-22, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was stated by the proponent that the mine lease area is located at a distance of 0.6 km from the Chandaka Elephant Sanctuary.  Site specific Wildlife Management Plan has been prepared.  The ambient air quality data was also furnished.  It was stated that efficient pollution control measures such as frequent water sprinkling, maintenance of haul road, plantation of waste dump have helped in control of RSPM levels.  Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing was also presented and discussed during the meeting. 

 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee deferred its recommendation on the project for want of NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden as the project is located at a distance of just 0.6 km from the Chandaka Elephant Sanctuary.

 

2.20     Bangur Mines of M/s Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd., District Bhubaneswar, Orissa (Reconsideration Case) (Consultant: MECON Limited)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on November 23-24, 2009 wherein consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of approved mining plan and hydro-geological report.  Based on submission of these documents, the proposal was taken up for consideration.  Additional TORs for this project were prescribed on 22.12.2008.  Public hearing was held on 31.8.2009.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of Chromite ore from 36,868 TPA to 60,000 TPA by underground semi-mechanized method.  Mine lease area is 139.94 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Life of mine is 28 years.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  An authenticated map has been submitted in this regard.  Peak water requirement is 290 kld.  Ultimate working depth (-)80 m AMSL.  The groundwater table varies between 16-22 m AMSL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  As per hydro-geological report, stage of groundwater development is 17.5% taking into account all the mines in water shed.  Stability analysis has been carried out by IIT, Kharagpur.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 46.77 ha post mine.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case pending against the project and no direction has been passed by any court of law against the project.   

 

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

 


 

2.21     South Kaliapani Chromite Ore Mines and Chrome Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s The Orissa Corporation Ltd., District Jajpur, Orissa (Reconsideration Case) (Consultant: MECON Limited)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on December 21-22, 2009 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was stated that the main haul road (2.5 km) and Tomka – Mangalpur road passing within OMC mining lease (4 km) has been metalled.  Additional safeguard measurements like dual fluid dust suppression system, dump stabilization with coir matting, water sprinkling etc. will be implemented during expansion phase for control of RSPM levels (PM10).  The tailing pond will be in an area of 6 ha and dry tail stack yard in an area of 18.78 ha will be adequate for the life of the plant and no additional land is required for tailing pond outside the mining lease.  The tailing pond will be lined with HDPE lining.  Based on hydro-geological report, it was shown that stage of groundwater development is 31% taking into account, all the mines in the water shed.  The issues raised during public hearing were also clarified and discussed.  It was categorically stated that no court case is pending against this project and no directions have been passed by any court of law.  Other issues raised by the Committee were also clarified. 

 

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

 

 

2.22     Integrated mining and Mineral Beneficiation Plant of Iron Ore, Copper and Associated Minerals of M/s Jindal Saw Ltd., District Bhilwara, Rajasthan (Reconsideration Case) (Consultant: Enkay Enviro Services, Jaipur)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on January 20-22, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 7.0 million TPA of iron ore (magnetite ore) and setting up of a beneficiation plant to produce 2.5 million TPA of concentrate.  The mine lease area is 1556.78 ha, which includes 357.827 ha of grazing land.  No forestland is involved.  Life of the mine is 30 years.  Mine working will be opencast by mechanized method involving drilling and blasting.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 25.6.2008 and 18.8.2009.  The public hearing for this project was held on 16.10.2009.  The water requirement for the project is estimated as 16682 kld, out of which 12,434 kld will be recycled.  The project proponent had originally proposed to meet the water requirement from Kothari Dam at a distance of about 60 km from the mine lease, however, based on the issues raised during public hearing and the suggestions made therein, the proponent have now proposed to meet the water requirement from treated sewage.  The ultimate working depth will be 370 m AMSL.  The groundwater table varies between 416 m AMSL – 400 m AMSL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  There will be two tailing ponds.  Backfilling of mined out area is proposed.  The Committee also took note of the order dated 19.2.2010 of Hon’ble Supreme Court in the IAs related to mining leases of Rajasthan in the matter of T.N. Godavarman Vs Union of India directing to carry out satellite imagery of the entire Aravalli Hill Range in the State of Rajasthan.  This being a case of opening of a new mine, the Committee desired a clear clarification from the Competent Authority in the State Government the implications, if any, of the said order on this mine lease and whether this case is covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court. 

 

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

(i)        Confirmation from the State Government whether the said mine lease falls in Aravalli.  The implication of the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court date 19.2.2010 and the restrictions, if any, on consideration of the said mine lease proposal should also be stated. 

(ii)      NOC from Central Ground Water Authority for working of mine below groundwater table and pumping of groundwater, keeping in view the criticality of the area from groundwater potential. 

(iii)     The waste generation and its management including backfilling should be compatible with the approved mine plan and accordingly the post mine land use should be furnished. 

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

(v)      Information against question no. 4 and 34 of the Questionnaire should be reexamined and corrected information furnished. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30th April, 2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in May, 2010.  

 

 

2.23     Katang & Dhaurada Limestone & Dolomite Mines of M/s R.V. Enterprisers, P.O. Katang, via Lanjiberna, District Sundergarh, Orissa  (Consultant: Earth & Environment, Bhubaneswar)

 

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

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due since 1994 for production of 0.6 million TPA of limestone and dolomite.  The mine is reported to be stopped since 1994.  The area is reported to have been worked earlier by some other lessee.  The mine lease area is 53.266 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 9 years.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  A crusher plant will be part of the project; however, no beneficiation is involved.  

 

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

 

(i)           History of mine to be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

(viii)      Impact of change of land use.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxviii)Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, besides other impacts of the projects.  Specific safeguard measures for control of PM10 at the crushing unit should also be given. 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.24     Asurabandha Chromite Mine of M/s Real India Consultancy Ltd in District Dhenkanal, Orissa (Reconsideration Case) (Consultant: Centre for Envotech & Management Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on December 21-22, 2009 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was stated that the metallurgical grade chrome ore will be sold to consumer while low grade will be supplied to COB plant.  Ultimate working depth will be 38 m AMSL.  Ground water table is at 32 m AMSL during post monsoon.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Backfilling will start from 6th year and there will be no waste dump at the end of the mine life.  Other issues raised by the Committee including action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed. 

 

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

 

 

2.25     Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Orient Abrasives Ltd., village Mewasa, District Jamnagar, Gujarat (Consultant: Kadam Environmental Consultants)

 

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

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due since 2000 and enhancement of production of bauxite from 63808 to 2,59,250 TPA.  The mine lease area is 50.18 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It is a violation case as production has been enhanced post 1994 without obtaining requisite environmental clearance.  It was categorically stated that no portion of the mine lease falls in CRZ.  Mine working will opencast semi-mechanised.  Life of the mine is 14 years.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

(vii)       Identification of CRZ area.  A CRZ map duly authenticated by one of the authorised agencies demarcating LTL, HTL, CRZ area, location of the mine lease w.r.t. CRZ, coastal features such as mangroves, if any.

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

(ix)        Impact of change of land use.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xvii)    Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Impact on groundwater due to ingress of seawater, if any, may also be brought out. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.26     Bhod Limestone Mine of M/s Bhupatrai Shivram, village Bhod, Taluka Ranavan, District Porbandar, Gujarat (Consultant: R.K. Consultant, Jodhpur)

 

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

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due since 2005 for production of 0.2 million TPA of limestone.  The mine lease area is 47.15 ha.  The proposal qualifies in category ‘A’ because of its location within 10 km of Barda Wildlife Sanctuary.  No forestland is involved.  It was categorically stated that no portion of the mine lease falls in CRZ.  Mine working will opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 16 years.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(viii)      Impact of change of land use.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xvi)      Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.27     Pachhtar (Composite) Limestone Mining Project of M/s Shree Digvijay Cement Company Ltd. in village Pachhtar, Tehsil Bhanvad, District Jamnagar, Gujarat (Change in Mining Technology)

 

        The proposal was earlier granted environmental clearance based on opencast mechanized method of working involving drilling and blasting.  The proponent had requested for change of mining technology to use surface miners.  The proponent were accordingly requested to get the mine plan modify to provide for use of surface miners.  The proponent accordingly got the mine plan modified and approved by IBM vide their letter dated 25.1.2010.  The Committee accordingly considered the proposal and recommended for the proposed change of technology using surface miners in accordance with the approved mining plan. 

 

 

 

2.28     Limestone (minor mineral) Mining Project of M/s Gotan Limestone Khanij Udhyog near village Dhanappa, Tehsil Merta, District Nagaur, Rajasthan  (Consultant: R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone (minor mineral) to 0.8 million TPA.  The mine lease area is 1000 ha spread over 4 blocks.  No forestland is involved.  The terms of reference for this project were prescribed on 4.6.2008.  Public hearing was held on 15.9.2009.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized involving blasting.  Life of the mine is 39 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 270 mRL.  Groundwater table is reported to be at 222 mRL during post monsoon.  Backfilling is proposed.  It was reported that backfilling has already started and there will be no external OB dump after 8th year.  It was stated by the proponent that the said mine lease does not fall in Aravalli and is not covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 8.4.2004.  A letter dated 9.9.2009 from Assistant Mining Engineer, Gotan has been submitted in this regard.  It was noted that the baseline AAQ data has been collected during the pre-monsoon season of 2008 and the ambient air quality is within the prescribed norms.  At the end of mine life plantation will be raised in an area of 186.49 ha.  Water body will be created in an area of 297.39 ha.  Issues raised during public hearing were also considered and clarified.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case pending against the project and no direction have been passed by any court of law.   

 

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

 

2.29     Dhanappa Limestone Mine of M/s JK White Cement Works, Village Dhanappa, District Nagaur, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur)

 

        The proposal was considered by the Committee.  It was observed that the mine plan was yet to be approved by the Competent Authority and thereafter it is required to be submitted to MoEF.  In view of the non submission of approved mine plan consideration of the proposal was deferred. 

 

        It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30th May, 2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in June, 2010.  

 

 

2.30     Limestone (minor mineral) Mining Project of M/s Dal Chand Sharma near village Bhawanda, Tehsil Khimsar, District Nagur, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production to 0.1 million TPA of limestone (minor mineral).  The mine lease area is 100 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 2.6.2008.  Public hearing was held on 9.9.2009.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized involving blasting.  Life of the mine is 26 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 275 mRL.  Groundwater table is reported to be at 222 m AMSL during post monsoon.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  It was noted that baseline AAQ data has been collected during pre-monsoon of 2008 and is shown to be within permissible limit.  It was stated by the proponent that the said mine lease does not fall in Aravalli.  A letter dated 5.3.2010 from Mining Engineer, Nagaur has been submitted in this regard.  Backfilling is proposed and there will be no external OB dump after one year.  At the end of mine life plantation will be raised in an area of 22.5 ha.  Water body will be created in an area of 43.0 ha.  Issues raised during public hearing were also considered and clarified.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case pending against the project and no direction have been passed by any court of law.  

 

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

 

2.31     Sand Mine (103.56 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Malikpur, District Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab (Consultant: In house)

 

        The proposal was considered by the Committee.  All the Committee members pointed out that the project documents have not received by them.  The proponent stated that they could not circulate the project documents and requested the Committee for consideration of their proposals.  The Committee requested the proponent to make a presentation, proposal-wise.  However, the proponent were not prepared to make their presentation.  The proponent were not having even the location map and the site features inter-alia the land use of the area.  The proponent requested the Committee to defer consideration of their proposal to the meeting to be held in May, 2010 to provide them enough time to be ready with their presentation. The proponent further requested the Committee that besides the projects listed for consideration in this meeting, other projects of the Government of Punjab may also be taken up for consideration only after May, 2010 as they would require enough time to be ready for their presentation.  The Committee agreed to the request made by the proponent and decided that the proposals submitted by Government of Punjab may be taken up for consideration in the meeting to be held in May, 2010. 

 

 

2.32     Sand Mine (54.81 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Saidpur Khurd, District Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab (Consultant: In house)

 

        The proposal was considered by the Committee.  All the Committee members pointed out that the project documents have not received by them.  The proponent stated that they could not circulate the project documents and requested the Committee for consideration of their proposals.  The Committee requested the proponent to make a presentation, proposal-wise.  However, the proponent were not prepared to make their presentation.  The proponent were not having even the location map and the site features inter-alia the land use of the area.  The proponent requested the Committee to defer consideration of their proposal to the meeting to be held in May, 2010 to provide them enough time to be ready with their presentation. The proponent further requested the Committee that besides the projects listed for consideration in this meeting, other projects of the Government of Punjab may also be taken up for consideration only after May, 2010 as they would require enough time to be ready for their presentation.  The Committee agreed to the request made by the proponent and decided that the proposals submitted by Government of Punjab may be taken up for consideration in the meeting to be held in May, 2010. 

 

 

2.33     Sand Mine (66.24 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Begowal, District Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab (Consultant: In house)

 

        The proposal was considered by the Committee.  All the Committee members pointed out that the project documents have not received by them.  The proponent stated that they could not circulate the project documents and requested the Committee for consideration of their proposals.  The Committee requested the proponent to make a presentation, proposal-wise.  However, the proponent were not prepared to make their presentation.  The proponent were not having even the location map and the site features inter-alia the land use of the area.  The proponent requested the Committee to defer consideration of their proposal to the meeting to be held in May, 2010 to provide them enough time to be ready with their presentation. The proponent further requested the Committee that besides the projects listed for consideration in this meeting, other projects of the Government of Punjab may also be taken up for consideration only after May, 2010 as they would require enough time to be ready for their presentation.  The Committee agreed to the request made by the proponent and decided that the proposals submitted by Government of Punjab may be taken up for consideration in the meeting to be held in May, 2010. 

 

 

2.34     Sand Mine (135.42 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Raipur Araian, District Jalandhar, Punjab (Consultant: In house)

 

        The proposal was considered by the Committee.  All the Committee members pointed out that the project documents have not received by them.  The proponent stated that they could not circulate the project documents and requested the Committee for consideration of their proposals.  The Committee requested the proponent to make a presentation, proposal-wise.  However, the proponent were not prepared to make their presentation.  The proponent were not having even the location map and the site features inter-alia the land use of the area.  The proponent requested the Committee to defer consideration of their proposal to the meeting to be held in May, 2010 to provide them enough time to be ready with their presentation. The proponent further requested the Committee that besides the projects listed for consideration in this meeting, other projects of the Government of Punjab may also be taken up for consideration only after May, 2010 as they would require enough time to be ready for their presentation.  The Committee agreed to the request made by the proponent and decided that the proposals submitted by Government of Punjab may be taken up for consideration in the meeting to be held in May, 2010. 

 

 

2.35     Sand Mine (61.25 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Sherpur Bahatian, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab (Consultant: In house)

 

        The proposal was considered by the Committee.  All the Committee members pointed out that the project documents have not received by them.  The proponent stated that they could not circulate the project documents and requested the Committee for consideration of their proposals.  The Committee requested the proponent to make a presentation, proposal-wise.  However, the proponent were not prepared to make their presentation.  The proponent were not having even the location map and the site features inter-alia the land use of the area.  The proponent requested the Committee to defer consideration of their proposal to the meeting to be held in May, 2010 to provide them enough time to be ready with their presentation. The proponent further requested the Committee that besides the projects listed for consideration in this meeting, other projects of the Government of Punjab may also be taken up for consideration only after May, 2010 as they would require enough time to be ready for their presentation.  The Committee agreed to the request made by the proponent and decided that the proposals submitted by Government of Punjab may be taken up for consideration in the meeting to be held in May, 2010. 

 

 

2.36     Sand Mine (58.43 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Mahelanwalli, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab (Consultant: In house)

 

        The proposal was considered by the Committee.  All the Committee members pointed out that the project documents have not received by them.  The proponent stated that they could not circulate the project documents and requested the Committee for consideration of their proposals.  The Committee requested the proponent to make a presentation, proposal-wise.  However, the proponent were not prepared to make their presentation.  The proponent were not having even the location map and the site features inter-alia the land use of the area.  The proponent requested the Committee to defer consideration of their proposal to the meeting to be held in May, 2010 to provide them enough time to be ready with their presentation. The proponent further requested the Committee that besides the projects listed for consideration in this meeting, other projects of the Government of Punjab may also be taken up for consideration only after May, 2010 as they would require enough time to be ready for their presentation.  The Committee agreed to the request made by the proponent and decided that the proposals submitted by Government of Punjab may be taken up for consideration in the meeting to be held in May, 2010. 

 

2.37     Sand Mine (56.98 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Nasrala, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab (Consultant: In house)

 

        The proposal was considered by the Committee.  All the Committee members pointed out that the project documents have not received by them.  The proponent stated that they could not circulate the project documents and requested the Committee for consideration of their proposals.  The Committee requested the proponent to make a presentation, proposal-wise.  However, the proponent were not prepared to make their presentation.  The proponent were not having even the location map and the site features inter-alia the land use of the area.  The proponent requested the Committee to defer consideration of their proposal to the meeting to be held in May, 2010 to provide them enough time to be ready with their presentation. The proponent further requested the Committee that besides the projects listed for consideration in this meeting, other projects of the Government of Punjab may also be taken up for consideration only after May, 2010 as they would require enough time to be ready for their presentation.  The Committee agreed to the request made by the proponent and decided that the proposals submitted by Government of Punjab may be taken up for consideration in the meeting to be held in May, 2010. 

 

 

2.38     Sand Mine (52.21 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Dagana Khurd, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab (Consultant: In house)

 

        The proposal was considered by the Committee.  All the Committee members pointed out that the project documents have not received by them.  The proponent stated that they could not circulate the project documents and requested the Committee for consideration of their proposals.  The Committee requested the proponent to make a presentation, proposal-wise.  However, the proponent were not prepared to make their presentation.  The proponent were not having even the location map and the site features inter-alia the land use of the area.  The proponent requested the Committee to defer consideration of their proposal to the meeting to be held in May, 2010 to provide them enough time to be ready with their presentation. The proponent further requested the Committee that besides the projects listed for consideration in this meeting, other projects of the Government of Punjab may also be taken up for consideration only after May, 2010 as they would require enough time to be ready for their presentation.  The Committee agreed to the request made by the proponent and decided that the proposals submitted by Government of Punjab may be taken up for consideration in the meeting to be held in May, 2010. 

 

2.39     Sand Mine (52.67 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Bahaderpur, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab (Consultant: In house)

 

        The proposal was considered by the Committee.  All the Committee members pointed out that the project documents have not received by them.  The proponent stated that they could not circulate the project documents and requested the Committee for consideration of their proposals.  The Committee requested the proponent to make a presentation, proposal-wise.  However, the proponent were not prepared to make their presentation.  The proponent were not having even the location map and the site features inter-alia the land use of the area.  The proponent requested the Committee to defer consideration of their proposal to the meeting to be held in May, 2010 to provide them enough time to be ready with their presentation. The proponent further requested the Committee that besides the projects listed for consideration in this meeting, other projects of the Government of Punjab may also be taken up for consideration only after May, 2010 as they would require enough time to be ready for their presentation.  The Committee agreed to the request made by the proponent and decided that the proposals submitted by Government of Punjab may be taken up for consideration in the meeting to be held in May, 2010. 

 

 

2.40     Sand Mine (14.41 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Tepla, District Patiala, Punjab (Consultant: In house)

 

        The proposal was considered by the Committee.  All the Committee members pointed out that the project documents have not received by them.  The proponent stated that they could not circulate the project documents and requested the Committee for consideration of their proposals.  The Committee requested the proponent to make a presentation, proposal-wise.  However, the proponent were not prepared to make their presentation.  The proponent were not having even the location map and the site features inter-alia the land use of the area.  The proponent requested the Committee to defer consideration of their proposal to the meeting to be held in May, 2010 to provide them enough time to be ready with their presentation. The proponent further requested the Committee that besides the projects listed for consideration in this meeting, other projects of the Government of Punjab may also be taken up for consideration only after May, 2010 as they would require enough time to be ready for their presentation.  The Committee agreed to the request made by the proponent and decided that the proposals submitted by Government of Punjab may be taken up for consideration in the meeting to be held in May, 2010. 

 

2.41     Sand Mine (5.60 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Rampur, District Patiala, Punjab (Consultant: In house)

 

        The proposal was considered by the Committee.  All the Committee members pointed out that the project documents have not received by them.  The proponent stated that they could not circulate the project documents and requested the Committee for consideration of their proposals.  The Committee requested the proponent to make a presentation, proposal-wise.  However, the proponent were not prepared to make their presentation.  The proponent were not having even the location map and the site features inter-alia the land use of the area.  The proponent requested the Committee to defer consideration of their proposal to the meeting to be held in May, 2010 to provide them enough time to be ready with their presentation. The proponent further requested the Committee that besides the projects listed for consideration in this meeting, other projects of the Government of Punjab may also be taken up for consideration only after May, 2010 as they would require enough time to be ready for their presentation.  The Committee agreed to the request made by the proponent and decided that the proposals submitted by Government of Punjab may be taken up for consideration in the meeting to be held in May, 2010. 

 

2.42     Sand Mine (9.21 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Rajgarh, District Patiala, Punjab (Consultant: In house)

 

        The proposal was considered by the Committee.  All the Committee members pointed out that the project documents have not received by them.  The proponent stated that they could not circulate the project documents and requested the Committee for consideration of their proposals.  The Committee requested the proponent to make a presentation, proposal-wise.  However, the proponent were not prepared to make their presentation.  The proponent were not having even the location map and the site features inter-alia the land use of the area.  The proponent requested the Committee to defer consideration of their proposal to the meeting to be held in May, 2010 to provide them enough time to be ready with their presentation. The proponent further requested the Committee that besides the projects listed for consideration in this meeting, other projects of the Government of Punjab may also be taken up for consideration only after May, 2010 as they would require enough time to be ready for their presentation.  The Committee agreed to the request made by the proponent and decided that the proposals submitted by Government of Punjab may be taken up for consideration in the meeting to be held in May, 2010. 

 

 

2.43     Sand Mine (6.29 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Bhambua, District Patiala, Punjab (Consultant: In house)

 

        The proposal was considered by the Committee.  All the Committee members pointed out that the project documents have not received by them.  The proponent stated that they could not circulate the project documents and requested the Committee for consideration of their proposals.  The Committee requested the proponent to make a presentation, proposal-wise.  However, the proponent were not prepared to make their presentation.  The proponent were not having even the location map and the site features inter-alia the land use of the area.  The proponent requested the Committee to defer consideration of their proposal to the meeting to be held in May, 2010 to provide them enough time to be ready with their presentation. The proponent further requested the Committee that besides the projects listed for consideration in this meeting, other projects of the Government of Punjab may also be taken up for consideration only after May, 2010 as they would require enough time to be ready for their presentation.  The Committee agreed to the request made by the proponent and decided that the proposals submitted by Government of Punjab may be taken up for consideration in the meeting to be held in May, 2010. 

 

2.44     Sand Mine (5.72 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Badla, District Patiala, Punjab (Consultant: In house)

 

        The proposal was considered by the Committee.  All the Committee members pointed out that the project documents have not received by them.  The proponent stated that they could not circulate the project documents and requested the Committee for consideration of their proposals.  The Committee requested the proponent to make a presentation, proposal-wise.  However, the proponent were not prepared to make their presentation.  The proponent were not having even the location map and the site features inter-alia the land use of the area.  The proponent requested the Committee to defer consideration of their proposal to the meeting to be held in May, 2010 to provide them enough time to be ready with their presentation. The proponent further requested the Committee that besides the projects listed for consideration in this meeting, other projects of the Government of Punjab may also be taken up for consideration only after May, 2010 as they would require enough time to be ready for their presentation.  The Committee agreed to the request made by the proponent and decided that the proposals submitted by Government of Punjab may be taken up for consideration in the meeting to be held in May, 2010. 

 

2.45     Sand Mine (11.52 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Nanheri, District Patiala, Punjab (Consultant: In house)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee.  All the Committee members pointed out that the project documents have not received by them.  The proponent stated that they could not circulate the project documents and requested the Committee for consideration of their proposals.  The Committee requested the proponent to make a presentation, proposal-wise.  However, the proponent were not prepared to make their presentation.  The proponent were not having even the location map and the site features inter-alia the land use of the area.  The proponent requested the Committee to defer consideration of their proposal to the meeting to be held in May, 2010 to provide them enough time to be ready with their presentation. The proponent further requested the Committee that besides the projects listed for consideration in this meeting, other projects of the Government of Punjab may also be taken up for consideration only after May, 2010 as they would require enough time to be ready for their presentation.  The Committee agreed to the request made by the proponent and decided that the proposals submitted by Government of Punjab may be taken up for consideration in the meeting to be held in May, 2010. 

 

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

 

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Annexure

List of Participants

 

1.                  Dr. Velu Annamalai                                        -        Chairman

         

2.                  Prof. G.S. Roonwal

 

3.                  Prof. C.K. Varshney

 

4.                  Dr. S. K. Dave

 

5.                  Dr. V.B. Mathur

 

6.                  Dr. S.D. Attri

 

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

 

8.       Dr. Satish C. Garkoti, Additional Director

 

List of Representatives:

 

9.           Representatives of M/s Mineral & Minerals Ltd.

 

10.        Representatives of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd.

 

11.        Representatives of M/s Ganga Prasad

 

12.        Representatives of M/s S.S. & Company

 

13.        Representatives of M/s Geetanjali Minerals

 

14.        Representatives of M/s Jai Prakash Associates Ltd.

 

15.        Representatives of M/s Mideast Carbon Pvt. Ltd.

 

16.        Representatives of M/s Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia

 

17.        Representatives of M/s Metachem Enterprises

 

18.        Representatives of M/s NALCO

 

19.        Representatives of M/s Steel Authority of India Ltd.

 

20.        Representatives of M/s Tata Refractories Ltd.

 

21.        Representatives of M/s Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd.

 

 

22.        Representatives of M/s The Orissa Corporation Ltd.

 

23.        Representatives of M/s Jindal Saw Ltd.

 

24.        Representatives of M/s R.V. Enterprisers

 

25.        Representatives of M/s Orient Abrasives Ltd.

 

26.        Representatives of M/s Bhupatrai Shivram

 

27.        Representatives of M/s Shree Digvijay Cement Company Ltd.

 

28.        Representatives of M/s Gotan Limestone Khanij Udhyog

 

29.        Representatives of M/s JK White Cement Works

 

30.        Representatives of M/s Dal Chand Sharma

 

31.        Representatives of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce

 

 

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