MINUTES OF 45th EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (EAC) (THERMAL & COAL MINING) MEETING HELD ON 19th -20th MARCH 2012 IN SCOPE COMPLEX, LODI ROAD, NEW DELHI.

 

COAL MINING PROJECTS

The 45th meeting of the reconstituted EAC (T &C) was held on 19th-20th March 2012 in SCOPE Convention Centre, SCOPE Complex, New Delhi to consider the projects of coal mining sector. The list of participants of EAC and the proponents are given at Annexure-1 and 2 respectively.

Confirmation of minutes

The minutes of the 43rd meeting of EAC (T&C) held on 21st-22nd February 2012 was confirmed.

 

 

The agenda items were taken up as given below:

 

1.         Coal Washery (1 MTPA) of M/s CG Coal & Power Ltd., located in village Batari, Tehsil Katghora, Chhattisgarh (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for establishment of a new (proposed) commercial coal washery (dry process) in a land of 10.25 acres near village Batari, district Korba, Chhattisgarh. M/s CG Coal & Power Ltd. is a sister concern of M/s Shree Nakoda Ispat Ltd., Raipur, to whom a coal block has been allotted. The Coal washery is proposed at a distance of 7km from a railway siding. Clean coal from the coal washery is for sister concern of M/s Shree Nakoda Ispat Ltd. It was informed that of the estimated 2500 TPD of coal, 40-45% would be obtained from SECL mines – Gevra and Dipka Opencast coalmines and the rest from open market including e-auction (45-50%). The dry coal washery using dry process involves mainly deshaling. It was also informed that coal produced in Nakiya-I and II OCP located in Hasdeo-Arand Coalfields would also be washed. It was informed that the ash content of raw coal from Gevra/Dipka mines is in the range of 40-50%. The DRI Plant of Shree Nakoda (sponge Iron unit) requires coal of an ash content of 35% or less. The coal rejects would be utilised in the FBC based Plant of a sister concern of M/s Shree Nakoda Ispat Ltd. The coal would be taken by road to the railway siding and dispatched by rail thereafter.

 

The Committee observed that details of procurement of raw coal from various sources and agreement for washing the coal on behalf of various companies is not clear and sought details including copies of agreement. The Committee also desired that source of raw coal along with quantum of raw coal, washed coal and coal rejects along with their quantity should also be given. The Committee desired that a comparative study of dry versus wet process for washing the coal should also be given. The Committee sought details of various options for siting of the washery to be presented and location of the proposed washery on a map and a topo sheet along with coal mines (source) and end users should be provided. The Committee also desired that the details of coal transportation from mine to washery and form washery (clean coal and coal rejects) to end users should also be shown on map or a schematic diagram. The Committee desired that all figures should be provided in hectares and the presentation should be based on “General Instructions” issued by the MOEF.

 

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

 

 

2.         Merta Road Lignite Mine Project (1 MTPA in an ML area of 1645 ha) of M/s NSL Power, located in Tehsil Merta, dist. Nagaur, Rajasthan (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for establishing a new lignite mine of 1 MTPA for 1x125 MW TPP to be located adjacent to ML at a distance of about 500m. It was informed that the linked TPP is Category B project and TOR has been given by the Rajasthan SEIIA. It was stated that the ML is single crop land. It was informed that a geological fault is found at the ML boundary and groundwater is found within the ML at 110m bgl and outside the ML, the water table is at 6.5-10.3 m during post-monsoon and double crop is grown outside the ML. The TDS levels are high in the confined and unconfined aquifer on both sides of the fault. It was clarified that underground mining cannot be carried out as the layer above consists of shaley clay or clay that does not have the strength to support the roof. It was informed that sulphur content of lignite is less than 0.03%. It was informed that distance from TPP is about 500m and lignite would be transported by dumpers to the Lignite Handling Plant by dumpers and from there to TPP by closed conveyors. The stripping ratio is high and OB generated would be stored in an ext. OB dump of 90m height in an area of 180 ha, of which 135 ha would be outside the ML. A mine void of 171 and 150m depth would be created. R&R involves 200 PAFs and would be required after 15-20 years. It was informed that the project involves diversion of SH road.

 

The Committee desired that a detailed study on impact of mining on the groundwater regime is required to be carried out. The Committee also desired that the option of re-handling the OB to reduce the external OB dump to minimise land requirement for external storing of OB and mine void to 40m depth should be examined and the Mining Plan be appropriately revised.

 

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

 

 

3.         Wanoja OCP (0.50 MTPA normative and 0.575 MTPA peak in an ML area of 485.46 ha) of M/s WCL, Tehsil Warora, dist. Chandrapur, Maharashtra (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for opening a new opencast coal mine project of 0.50 MTPA normative and 0.575 MTPA peak production capacity in an ML area of 485.46 ha. Of the total Ml area, 455.46 ha is agricultural land. It was informed that the project involves 250 PAFs. No forestland is involved. The total reserves in the coal block is 6 MT. It was explained that of the total OB generation of 59.40 Mm3, an estimated 30% (17.90 Mm3) of OB would be stored in two external OB dumps of 60m and 90m height. At the end of mining, a void of 77.50 ha would be left for the next phase of mining. Life of the mine is 17 years.

 

The Committee observed that for extraction of 6 MT of coal reserves, about 455 ha of agricultural land is to be destroyed. The Committee sought details of cost of destruction of the existing land use and gains in terms of coal production and its benefits from the project. The Committee desired that option of storing OB on mineralised area and re-handling of OB to reduce the land requirement for external OB dumps should be re-examined. The Committee decided to further consider the proposal after the receipt of the aforesaid details.

 

 

4.         Chhinda OCP Expansion (0.18 MTPA to 0.65 MTPA in the existing ML area of 106.68 ha) of M/s Western Coalfields Ltd., Tehsil Parasia, dist. Chaindwara, M.P. (EC based on TOR granted on 15.07.2011)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that Chhinda OCP is located at a distance of about 50km from the Pench-Satpura Tiger Corridor. The entire ML area consists of agricultural land. No forestland is involved. The expansion in production would be by introduction of three working shifts. The project does not involve additional displacement. Maximum depth of mining is 85m. No further external dumping is proposed in the expansion project. It was clarified that the levels of SPM, RPM collected for baseline data (one-season) was higher than the data collected during monitoring as the mines were closed during 2010-11.

 

The Committee sought details of P.H. along with details of activities undertaken under CSR since the grant of earlier EC and a CSR Plan for the activities proposed for the balance life of the mine. The Committee desired that the land should be restored to agricultural use after backfilling.

 

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

 

 

5.         Ukni Deep OCP Expansion (2.20 MTPA to 3.50 MTPA and expansion in ML area from 940 ha to 1285.12 ha) of M/s WCL, located in village Ukni, Tehsil Wani, Dist. Yavatmal, Maharshtra (Further consideration of EC based on TOR granted on 28.10.2010)

 

The proposal was considered in the EAC meeting held on 3rd-4th January 2012 and issues raised therein were further considered. The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for further deepening the mine from the existing 200m to 250m. At the end of mine life, a void of 153m is proposed to be left for next phase of the project. It was informed that an area of 462 ha would be saved from degradation by the integration of Ukni-Niljai-Bellora-Naigaon mines. It was clarified that s study is being independently got carried through the Groundwater Survey & Development Survey Authority, Govt. of Maharashtra on the overall impact of mining on the groundwater regime.

 

The Committee desired that a monitoring-cum-recharge plan for augmenting the aquifers (which are below 90m) should be taken up for life of the cluster of mines found in the area upto 3km/area of influence whichever is more. The Committee further desired that data available with GSDSA on pre-project status of groundwater should be compared after implementation of Plan for Recharge of Groundwater Aquifers. These details need to be furnished to Ministry at periodic intervals.

 

The Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance.

 

 

6.         Dhorwasa Opencast Expansion Coalmine Project (1.4 MTPA to 2 MTPA and expansion of ML area from 229.56 ha to 308.60 ha) of M/s WCL, located in Tehsil Bhadrawati, Dist. Chandrapur, Maharshatra (EC u/s 7 (ii))

 

The proponent made a presentation on the issue of conduct of Public hearing sought by the Committee earlier. It was informed that P.H. was held on 12.12.2011 and issues raised therein were further considered.

 

The Committee sought the commitments made during Public Hearing and status of action taken thereon in a tabular form along with budgetary commitments for record of the Ministry. The Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance with a condition that there should be no overflow of OB into the river and into the agricultural fields and massive plantation of native species should be taken up in the area between the river and the project.

 

 

 

7.         Telwasa Opencast Expansion Coalmine Project (1 MTPA to 2 MTPA and ML area from 266 ha to 287 ha) of M/s WCL, located in Tehsil Bhadrawati, Dist. Chandrapur, Maharshatra (EC u/s 7 (ii))

 

The proponent made a presentation on the issue of conduct of Public hearing sought by the Committee earlier. It was informed that P.H. was held on 12.12.2011 and issues raised therein were further considered.

 

The Committee sought the commitments made during Public Hearing and status of action taken thereon in a tabular form along with budgetary commitments for record of the Ministry. The Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance with a condition that there should be no overflow of OB into the river and into the agricultural fields and massive plantation of native species should be taken up in the area between the river and the project.

 

 

8.         Nandan UGP (0.405 MTPA) of M/s WCL, located in Tehsil Junnardeo, Dist. Chndwara, M.P. (Specific Condition No. (vi) in EC granted on 17.10.2006)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the Ministry had stipulated a specific condition No. (vi) that a CHP should be installed. The proponent sought a deletion of this condition as the coal goes to Nandan Washery where a crusher has been installed.

 

The Committee recommended deletion of specific condition No. (vi) in the EC letter dated 17.10.2006.

 

 

9.         Tokisud (North) sub-Block of M/s GVK Coal (Tokisud) Company Pvt. Ltd., located in dist. Hazaribah, Jharkhand – Modification of EC granted on 24.09.2008 for introduction of peak capacity of 2.32 MTPA.

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that Tokisud OCP is located in South Karanpura Coalfields. The project had obtained EC on 24.09.2008 for 2 MTPA. The coal mine is linked to 2x250 MW TPP which has been upgraded to 2x270 MW TPP, for which an EC was obtained on 09.05.2008. The coal mine’s capacity therefore requires expansion from 2 MTPA to 2.32 MTPA. Mining is yet to start. Stage-II FC was obtained on 28.12.2011. ML granted for 585.18 ha. R&R colony has been finalised. R&R for Ph.I involves shifting of 35 houses of a total of 175 houses. There is no requirement of enhancement of coal washery capacity during the first 5 years as bottom most seam which is to be extracted first as it is outcropped has an ash content of 30%. Approval of Mining Plan for 2.32 MTPA (peak) is awaited. Life of mine would reduce from 29 years to 25 years. An amount of Rs 2 crores as a one-time capital costs has been earmarked for CSR with an annual recurring budget of Rs 5/T of coal. It was informed that coal would be transported by 200 trucks of 30-T capacity to a distance of 4km.

 

The Committee desired that a one-season base line data for AAQ parameters as per the new NAAQM should be collected before start of project. The Committee that the 170 persons identified for availing annuities as per the R&R Policy may be given Rs 1500/month. The Committee desired that piped water supply to nearby villages may be provided. The Committee desired that the status of livelihood of the population being displaced and to be covered under CSR should be assessed and surveyed regularly to assess the impacts of R&R and CSR. The Committee desired that a provision should be made for recruiting Teachers for the school to be adopted/strengthened under CSR. The Committee desired that thick 3-tier plantation using native species should be created along the mineral transportation route under CSR. The social audit should by an established institute within the region should be got done.

 

The Committee recommended modification of EC for introduction of peak capacity of 2.32 MTPA with the aforesaid conditions. The Committee further recommended that conduct of a fresh public hearing is not required for introduction of the peak capacity. The Committee recommended that a copy of the revised Mining Plan for 2.32 MTPA capacity approved by the MOC along with Approval letter should be submitted to MOEF for record.

 

 

 

10.        Mahavir Coal Washery (5 MTPA) of M/s Mahavir Coal Washeries Pvt. Ltd., located at vill. Bhengari, Tehsil Gharghora, Dist. Raigarh, Chhattisgarh – Letter of PP dated 13.02.2012 on TOR granted on 09.02.2012)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that in the TOR letter issued by MOEF dated 13.02.2012, three errors have been made: (i) the nearest village is about 0.7 km instead of 7 km as given in the TOR letter, (ii) coal transportation should be permitted by road as allowed until such time rail link is established. It was clarified that coal transportation is not to 2x300 MW TPP and (iii) Page 2, 3rd para, the company is in the process of taking consent of TRN Energy (and not SECL as stated in the TOR) to link their railway siding, which will come up in 4-5 years. The proponent further informed that subsequent to the issuance of TOR, proposal for establishing three rail corridors in Chhattisgarh has been approved in the Railway Budget presented to the Parliament. The three corridors includes a line linking SECL mines (from where the raw coal would be obtained) to Gharghora, which would also be examined in the light of the transportation of coal to and from the Washery.

 

The Committee desired that coal transport from mine to the washery should be by closed conveyor and not by road. The Committee after discussions recommended that necessary corrigendum be issued by the Ministry.

 

 

11.        Radhikapur (West) Coal Mine Project (6 MTPA in ML area of 1047.99 ha) and Coal       Washery of 6 MTPA of M/s Radhikapur (West) Coal Mining Pvt. Ltd., located in Tehsil      Chendipeda, dist. Angul, Orissa (EC based on TOR dated 30.05.2011)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for establishing a new opencast–cum-underground coal mine project of 6 MTPA in 1047.99 ha project area. It was stated that reserves under OC operations is 140 MT and under UG mining is 26 MT and production by OC mining would be 5.3 MTPA and by UG mining would be 0.7 MTPA. Life of the mine is 49 years of which OC is 25 years and UG is 41 years. OC mining would be by using surface miners; OB removal involves blasting. UG mining would be carried at a distance of about 2km from the OC mining and after 8 years of mine operation. An 80m thick parting consisting of shale and sandstone would be maintained. Subsidence study has been carried out. It was informed that the project is about 35km from CPA Angul. TOR was granted after moratorium was lifted on 31.03.2011. The company is a JV consisting of Rungta Mines Ltd. (67.671 MT), Ocean Ispat Pvt. Ltd (17.633 MT) and OCL India Ltd. (14.696 MT). The ML boundary is along the Singhada Jhor. Nuabanda Nala flowing along the ML boundary would not be disturbed. An embankment of 6km length and 5m above ground level is proposed 45m from edge of quarry which would be reinforced with stone pitching and stabilised with thick plantation. A 10km railway line by SIDCO is proposed; CMPDI has been entrusted with preparation of the Master Plan for rail network for all coal blocks in the Talcher Coalfields. ML is about 1km from the SIDCO Rail Corridor and coal is to be transported by conveyors to railway siding to be established on the rail corridor. The total forestland is 91.92 ha consisting of Revenue Forest of which 66.7448 ha is DLC land. The lease has no RF or PF within the core zone. It was informed that Simliphal RF in the study area has reported presence of Sloth Bear and Elephants. A Wildlife Conservation Plan has been prepared. It was informed that, in addition, the State Forest Dept. is preparing a Regional Wildlife Conservation Plan for all the coal blocks of Talcher Coalfields and the project proponents and the DFOs would be member of the Implementation Committee. Grade of coal E-F-G. Ultimate working depth of OC mining is 180m and UG mining is 325m. The proposed depth of the final void is 150m bgl. There would be one external OB dump of a height of 85m. The height of the internal dump would be raised 60m above ground level. It was informed that the Govt. of Orissa in order to optimise land, has issued an Order dated 23.02.2011, whereby no land is to be given for external OB dumps. It is not proposed to backfill the void with flyash. Water quality analysis has not revealed presence of heavy metals. R&R involves 3714 PAFs, mostly OBCs in 8 villages. It was informed that R&R Plan has been prepared by DAWN. The CSR and R&R are to be implemented through the RPADC (Rehabilitation and Peripheral Area Dev. Committee), and the plans would require to be passed by the Gram Sabha. A provision of Rs 4 crores (capital) and Rs 5/T of coal as recurring costs has been provided for CSR till end of mine life.

 

In addition, a two-product pit head coal washery (wet process) with Heavy Media Cyclone is proposed. Raw coal with 38-39% of ash would yield 3 MTPA of clean of 27+ 1% ash which would be utilised in the DRI and Cement Plants and 3 MTPA of middling of 50% ash or more which would be used in an FBC Boiler. It was stated that mineral transportation (clean coal and middling) would be by two streams of conveyors with Silo loading facilities. However, raw coal would be transported form mine to washery by road. A 3-tier avenue plantation would be developed along the haul roads and main approach roads. Total water requirement is 1581 m3/d of which requirement for the mine is 584 m3/d (mine sump + rainwater), washeries is 440 m3/d (mine sump + rainwater) and domestic is 557 m3/d (bore well).

 

The Committee sought the annual sharing of coal (MTPA) by the three member companies of the JV. The Committee was of the view that the OB in the external and internal OB dump should be re-handled to reduce the ultimate void depth to 40m. The Committee also desired that the two quarries be mined in sequence to reduce the extent of OB to be stored externally and increase concurrent backfilling. The Committee sought a copy of the recent Order issued by Govt. of Orissa. The Committee desired that the design of the embankment should be got approved by the State Water Resources Dept. The Committee desired that a project specific R&R Plan should be furnished. The Committee sought the status of EC of the linked Plants using clean and the FBC based TPPs for use of coal rejects along with their location and present status of the project. The Committee also desired that a CSR Plan incorporating the issues raised in Public Hearing along with budgetary allocation should be provided. A separate 3-column table on the issues raised in P.H. along with commitments made with budgetary provisions should also be furnished. The Committee also desired that coal transport from mine to washery should be by closed conveyor and not by road. The Committee decided to further consider the issues upon receipt of the aforesaid details.

 

 

 

12.        Khalari Coal Washery (3.5 MTPA) of M/s Rungta Projects Ltd., located in district Ranchi,        Jharkhand (EC based on TOR dated 23.12.2011)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for establishing a new commercial coal washery in 24.28 ha area of land in the Khalari Cement Plant of M/s Khalari Cement Ltd., which is a sister concern of M/s Rungta Projects Ltd. and who have bought the land from M/s ACC in 1987. In addition to the washery, a railway siding of 10.117 ha is also proposed in the 24.28 ha area. Public hearing was held on 29.12.2011. The coal washery is a 2-stream consisting of clean coal (2.81 MTPA with an ash content of 33-34%) and coal rejects (0.69 MTPA of an ash content of 59-60%). North of the washery area is Khalari Cement Works. Rainwater accumulated in mine pits of the abandoned limestone mines of M/s Kahlari Cements Ltd.would be used. Raw coal would be obtained from the coal mines of M/s Central Coalfields Ltd. by road and washed coal would be supplied to miscellaneous users by rail/road.

 

The Committee desired for a brief note along with documentation of ownership of land along with details of court cases pending, if any, on the land issue. The Committee also sought details on the ‘abandoned limestone’ mine’, in which the washery is coming up. The Committee desired specific details of who abandoned the mines- ACC or Rungta.  The Committee decided to further consider the project upon receipt of these details.

 

 

 

13.        Shankarpur (Bhatgaon-II) & Extension Coalmine of 2 MTPA (OC 2 MTPA max. and UG 0.20 MTPA max. over an ML area of 3005.12 ha) of M/s Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corp. Ltd. located in dist. Sarguja, Chhattisgarh (EC based on TOR granted on 09.06.2009)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for opening a new opencast-cum-underground coal mine project of a total combined max. rated capacity of 2 MTPA of which OC mining was 2 MTPA (max. when no UG) and UG mining was 0.2 MTPA. (max. with OC). The mine consists of two blocks – Bhatgaon II Block and Extension Block. Of the total extractable reserves of 58.45 MT, 55.15 MT is by OC and 3.3 MT by UG. UG mining would be from 4th -20th year of mine operation. OC mining would be done is 4 quarries. It was informed that of the total ML area, 848.91 ha is forestland of 0.5-0.6 density. Forestry clearance has been applied for. The land use break-up of the ML is given below:

 

S.N.

Type of Land

Land Use

Area under Block (ha)

Area under ML (ha)

Under OC

(ha)

Under UG

(ha)

1.

Protected Forest

Forest

539.02

380.94

371.33

9.61

2.

Chhote Jhad Ke Jungle

Forest

480.64

467.97

424.52

43.45

3.

Govt. Land

Road, Pond, Grazing Land, wasteland, etc

163.45

149.39

127.12

22.27

4.

Tribal tenancy land

Agricultural

1387.22

1289.34

1203.27

86.07

5.

Other Tenancy land

Agricultural

762.16

717.48

553.88

163.60

 

TOTAL

3332.49

3005.12

2680.12

325.00

 

Of the total block area of 3332.49 ha, quarry area would be 2036 ha, external OB dump would be 111 ha, infrastructure area 253 ha, colony 1.50 ha, embankment 1 ha, infrastructure for UG 0.75 ha, area for depillaring 2.80 ha and unutilized area 327.49 ha. Life of the mine is 32 years. River Mahan flows adjacent to the block and will not be disturbed. Two nalas – Galphuli nala and Jhanpi nala which are tributaries of River Mahan flow within the lease. Jhanpi nala is to be diverted. Ultimate working depth is 102m bgl. Total water requirement is 1616.5m3/d, of which 802.4 m3/d is for mine operations, 114.1 m3/d is for drinking (project) and 700 m3/d is for domestic use in the colony. The total estimated OB generation is 924.43 Mm3. Of the total area of 2036 ha excavated, an area of 1887 ha would be backfilled and 1387 ha reclaimed with plantation. External OB dump would be of a max. of 30m height. An area of 200 ha in Q-1 and 300 ha in Q2 would be restored for agricultural use. At the post-mining stage, an area of 2060 ha would be developed with plantation, 516 ha would be left undisturbed and an area of 206 ha which includes 149 ha of the decoaled void would be converted into a water body of 100m depth. A stretch of 0.9km of SH passing through the ML is to be diverted. Coal transportation to miscellaneous consumers would be by road. R&R involves a total of 538 PAFs from 2 villages – Shankarpur 146 and Mayapur 392. R&R Plan has been approved by the State Govt. It was informed that all service roads would be black topped and haul roads would be regularly cleaned and water sprinkling carried out.

 

The Committee observed that a number of villages and habitations are found in and around the four quarries and the air quality during operations would be poor and desired if the dumps could be relocated, if feasible. The Committee recommended that thick green plantation should be developed in and around the villages and inhabitations to minimise fugitive dust emissions. The Committee sought details thereof. The Committee sought details of the HFL of the river, nalas and the mine working of the various quarries and details of embankment and sought a Plan for protection of the nalas including Galphuli Nala to prevent siltation. The Committee desired that the Plan for modification of the drainage should be got approved by the State Flood and Irrigation Dept. The Committee also desired that the ultimate mine void be reduced to a maximum 40m depth.

The Committee noted that a number of displacees are tribals and at the time of approval of TOR, the Committee had been informed that since the project involved more number of displacees and land oustees than what the project could provide as employment, the matter of alternate livelihood and skill development to be imparted, is of high priority. It was informed that of the 7 villagers, only two would be displaced – Shankarpur (146) and Mayapur (392) involving a total 538 PAFs. Land of 9 villages, namely Mayapur, Shankarpur, Bojha, Songara, Mohanpur, Koteya, Shakalpur, Tulsi, and Dharampur, involving 1956 land oustees would be acquired. It had been clarified that the local panchayats of the 9 villages within the core zone had been consulted. In addition, Gram Sabhas were held with full participation of the villagers, panchayats, Patwaris, District Collector, etc. It had been also clarified that no mining would be carried out below 2 villages, namely – Songara and Mohanpur and only underground mining would be carried out under village Bojha. In addition to 538 PAFs, 158 persons had been identified under Forest Rights Act, 2006 as agreed to in Gram Sabha. The Committee was further informed that the tribals are mainly dependent on NTFP such as ‘Tendu’ leaves. In addition, potato is also grown as a crop which is sold in the market. In addition it had been informed that mango and Chili are also being grown as experimental plantation by the State Agriculture Dept; however, these are not major livelihood produce. It was informed that of the total tribal population some have been pragmatic and have moved on to other forms of livelihood while there are some who are totally dependent only on NTFP.  The Committee sought the details of the Plan for addressing the aforesaid issues with budgetary provisions and time-frame.

 

The Committee decided to further consider the matter on receipt of these details from the proponent.

 

 

 

14.        Ashoka Coal Washery-cum-FBC Based TPP of M/s Central Coalfields Ltd., located in dist. Chatra, Jharkhand (Further consideration of EC based on TOR)

 

The proposal was further considered on the issues raised in the Public Hearing. The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that a railway siding would be commissioned before 2 years and thereafter clean coal would be transported by rail only. Washery is to be sited 500m from the mine and an estimated 30,000 TPD of coal would be transported using 30-T trucks. Clean coal would be transported to the railway siding by conveyors (200m) and onto wagons by silo loading and coal rejects would be also transported by closed conveyors (600m) to the FBC based Plant where it would be loaded using silos. No forestland is involved.

 

The Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance.

 

 

15.        Andhal East Underground Coalmine Project (2 MTPA in ML area of 1266 ha) of M/s Andhal     East Coal Co. Pvt. Ltd., located in dist. Burdwan, W.B. (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the company is a JV consisting of three companies – M/s Jai Balaji Inds., M/s Rashmi Cements Ltd. and M/s Bhushan Steel Ltd. It was stated that Durgapur is about 18km from the mine. Mine is located adjacent to River Damodar, mining would be undertaken beyond the statutory distance from the river. Life of the mine is 95 years but the project is being prepared for 25 years. Mining would involve use of continuous miners with SDL & LHD. The total land to be acquired is about 100 ha of cultivable agricultural land and wasteland for mine entries offices and surface infrastructure. Water requirement is 1425 m3/d. It was informed that there is no history of issues of subsidence or fire in coal seams. The top most seam is 40m from surface. Stowing would be done to prevent subsidence. It was informed that a power project of DVC also forms a part of the proposed ML. A railway line also passes through the leasehold.

 

The Committee desired that impacts of mine seepage from River Damodar on the safety of underground mine working should be assessed. The impacts of mining below/near the railway line passing through he Ml should also be studied. The Committee desired that the relevant issues of the Raniganj Action Plan should be incorporated for safe mining. The Committee noted that as per MOEF Circular dated 08.06.2011, if two companies own the lease partially, the consideration of the project would be deferred until a clarification on the ownership of the lease is provided by the State Government.

 

The Committee after discussions decided to defer the project until a clarification is obtained from Govt. of West Bengal. In addition, the Committee also desired that approvals should be obtained from DVC, M/o Railways, and NHAI regarding underground mining below the NH.

 

 

 

16.        Expansion of Chitarpur Opencast Coal Mining Project (2 MTPA to 6.75 MTPA in existing ML area of 555.34 ha and an area of 230.43 ha outside the ML and expansion of pit-head coal washery from 1 MTPA to 6.75 MTPA) of M/s Corporate Ispat Alloys Ltd., located in dist. Latehar, Jharkhand (Further consideration of TOR)

 

The proposal was considered in the EAC meeting held in March 2012 and the response received on the clarifications sought by the EAC were further considered. It was informed that the expansion proposal consist of expansion from 2 MTPA to 6.75 MTPA for the coal mine and from 1 MTPA to 6.75 MTPA for the coal washery. Of the total project area of 785.77 ha consisting of a total ML area of 555.34 ha and 230.43 ha of area outside the ML, 443.93 ha is agricultural land, 7.42 ha is surface water bodies, 185.07 ha is forestland and 149.35 ha is Govt. land. Grade of coal is F-G. The total extractable reserves by OC mining is about 151.72 MT which would be mined in about 25 years at 6.75 MTPA rated capacity. The total yield of clean coal is 1.8 MTPA (ash content 23.5%), 4.5 MTPA of middling (ash content of 45.5%) and 0.45% of coal rejects (80% ash). The clean coal would be utilised in the linked DRI Plant and middling in the linked Power Plant and the coal rejects would be backfilled in to the mine voids. It was clarified that the company has entered into an MOU with the State Govt. for setting up of a 2.5 MTPA DRI Plant in Saraikela-Kharswan district, Jharkhand and an EC has been obtained on 29.04.2009 and the linked power project 91080 MW) has also received an EC 11.11.2010. It was informed that a railway siding is proposed at Mahua Milan Station on East central railway line near the mine.  The project involves a total forestland of 185.07ha and the proposal for FC has been forwarded by the State Government to MOEF.

 

The Committee desired details of whether the resiting of the linked DRI Plant from Hazaribagh to Saraikela has been done with approval of MOC vide coal block allocation. The Committee after discussion recommended the project for TOR for preparation of an EIA-EMP Report clearly bring out the incremental impacts of the proposed expansion of both the coal mine and the coal washery and the environmental management plan for addressing the incremental impacts as given in Annexure 4 read with Annexure-6.

 

 

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

 

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                              Annexure-1

 

 

PARTICIPANTS IN 45th EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (THERMAL & COAL MINING) IN THE MEETING HELD ON 19th-20th MARCH 2012 ON COAL SECTOR PROJECTS

 

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1.       Shri V.P. Raja                                                                              Chairman

 

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

         

3.       Shri T.K. Dhar                                                ……                           Member

 

4.       Shri J.L. Mehta                                                                           Member

 

5.       Dr. Shiv Attri (1st day)                                                                   Member

 

6.       Dr. T. Chandini                                                                             Scientist F MOEF

 

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Annexure-2

 

PARTICIPANTS IN 45th EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (THERMAL & COAL MINING) IN THE MEETING HELD ON 19th-20th MARCH 2012 ON COAL SECTOR PROJECTS

 

 

1.         M/s CG Coal & Power Ltd.

            1.         Shri CH.Mohan Pahak, DGM

            2.         Shri Durgesh Prasad Soni, Liasion Officer

 

2.         M/s NSL Power

            1.         Shri Kataravan

            2.         Shri V Vinod Kumar

            3.         Shri B S Rao

            4.         Shri E Shyam Sunder Vant

 

3.         M/s Western Coalfields Ltd.

            1.         Shro K. Chakroborty, GM (mining)

            2.         Shri Debashis Basu, GM (Mining), CMPDI

            3.         Shri A C Ray, GM (Env.)

            4.         Shri S K Jagnania, CMPDI

            5.         Dr.D Das, Sr. Officer, Hydrogeology, CMPDI

 

4.         M/s GVK Coal (Tokisud) Company Pvt. Ltd.

           

 

5.         M/s Mahavir Coal Washeries Pvt. Ltd.

           

 

6.         M/s Radhikapur (West) Coal Mining Pvt. Ltd.

            1.         Shri B N Mehta

            2.         Shri D K Jain

            3.         Shri Dayal Chand

            4.         Shri G P Sharma

            5.         Dr. Marisha Sharma, Director, MINMEC

            6.         Shri Subrat Kr. Indragah, Consultant

 

7.         M/s Rungta Projects Ltd.

            1.         Shri Sanjay Rungta, Director

            2.         Dr. Marisha Sharma, Director, MINMEC

 

8.            M/s Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corp. Ltd.

            1.         Shri R K Goverdhan, MD, CMDC

            2.         Shri P S Yadav, GM, CMDC

            3.         Shri L K Srivastava, President, Mining

            4.         Dr. Marisha Sharma, Director, MINMEC

 

9.         M/s Central Coalfields Ltd.

            1.         Shri P K Guin, CGM, CCL

            2.         Shri B K Sharma, Chief Manager, CCL

            3.         Shri Alok Kumar, Chief Manager, CCL

            4.         Shri Pushkar, Sr. Manager (Env.), CMPDI

 

10.        M/s Andhal East Coal Co. Pvt. Ltd.

            1.         Shri J S Prasad

            2.         Shri S D Singh

            3.         Dr. M K Chakrovorty

            4.         Dr. Kumar Nikhil

 

11.        M/s Corporate Ispat Alloys Ltd.

            1.         Shri A K Srivastava, Group Director

            2.         Shri Mukesh Sharma, Manager

            3.         Shri Jitendra Negi, Manager

            4.         Shri K Santhosh

 

 

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ANNEXURE-3

GENERIC TOR FOR COAL WASHERY

 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)         A brief description of the plant, the technology used, the source of coal, the mode of transport of incoming unwashed coal and the outgoing washed coal. Specific pollution control and mitigative measures for the entire process.

(ii)         The EIA-EMP report should cover the impacts and management plan for the project of the capacity for EC is sought and the impacts of specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts for the rated capacity. If the washery is captive to a coal mine/TPP/Plant the cumulative impacts on the environment and usage of water should be brought out along with the EMP.

(iii)          A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer showing major industries/mines and other polluting sources, which shall also indicate the migratory corridors of fauna, if any and the areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance are found in the area. If there are any ecologically sensitive areas found within the 15km buffer zone, the shortest distance from the National Park/WL Sanctuary Tiger Reserve, etc should be shown and the comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden of the State Government should be furnished.

 (iv)         Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary base-line data on environmental quality – air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx and NOx), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil. 

(iv)                           Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement as per different activities in the mining operations vis-à-vis washery should be given separately. Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt.. and examine if the unit can be zero discharge including recycling and reuse of the wastewater for other uses such as green belt, etc.

(vi)        Impact of choice of the selected use of technology and impact on air quality and waste generation (emissions and effluents). 

(vii)       Impacts of mineral transportation - the entire sequence of mineral production, transportation, handling, transfer and storage of mineral and waste, if any, and their impacts on air quality should be shown in a flow chart with the specific points where fugitive emissions can arise and the specific pollution control/mitigative measures proposed to be put in place.

(viii)      Details of various facilities to be provided for the personnel involved in mineral transportation in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.  Examine whether existing roads are adequate to take care of the additional load of mineral [and rejects] transportation, their impacts. Details of workshop, if any, and treatment of workshop effluents.

(ix)        Impacts of CHP, if any on air and water quality. A flow chart of water use and whether the unit can be made a zero-discharge unit.

(x)        Details of green belt development.

(xi)        Including cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost.

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

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

(xvi)                        Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

II     Characteristics and quantum of washed coal.

III    Characteristics and quantum of coal waste rejects.

(xvii)     Management/disposal/Use of coal waste rejects

(xviii)    Copies of MOU/Agreement with linkages (for stand alone washery) for the capacity for which EC has been sought.

(xxxvi)     Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal to be washed- this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S

 

Washery Details

Washery-

(MTPA)

Expn. of Washery

(.. MTPA to .. MTPA

TOTAL

(MTPA)

Ash content (%)

Obtained from/End User

Raw Coal (ROM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washed Coal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middling + Coal Fines

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coal Rejects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(xxxviii) Corporate Environment Responsibility:

a)     The Company must have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by the Board of Directors.

b)     The Environment Policy must prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringements/deviation/violation of the environmental or forest norms/conditions.

c)     The hierarchical system or Administrative Order of the company to deal with environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the environmental clearance conditions must be furnished.

d)  To have proper checks and balances, the company should have a well laid down system of reporting of non-compliances/violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and/or shareholders or stakeholders at large.

 

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ANNEXURE -4

GENERIC TOR FOR AN OPENCAST COALMINE PROJECT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LANDUSE DETAILS FOR OPENCAST PROJECT

S.N.

LANDUSE

Within ML Area (ha)

Outside ML Area (ha)

TOTAL

1.

Agricultural land

 

 

 

2.

Forest land

 

 

 

3.

Wasteland

 

 

 

4.

Grazing land

 

 

 

5.

Surface water bodies

 

 

 

6.

Settlements

 

 

 

7.

Others (specify)

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

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

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

(xiv)            Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality - air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx, NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil along with one-season met data coinciding with the same season for AAQ collection period.

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

(xvi)            Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area (10km) carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. If the study area has endangered flora and fauna, or if the area is occasionally visited or used as a habitat by Schedule-I fauna, or if the project falls within 15 km of an ecologically sensitive area, or used as a migratory corridor then a comprehensive Conservation Plan should be prepared and submitted with EIA-EMP Report and comments from the CWLW of the State Govt. also obtained and furnished.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxiii)         Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                       

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

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

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

 

Project

Total waste generation (Mm3)

Topsoil

(Mm3)

Total OB generation (Mm3)

Total OB

in Ext. Dump

Total OB

Backfilled

(Mm3)

Original Project (ha)

 

 

 

 

 

Expansion Project (ha) (balance life)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL (Mm3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Table 1: Stage-wise Landuse and Reclamation Area (ha)

S.N.

Land use Category

Present

(1st Year)

5th Year

10th Year

20th year

24th Year (end of Mine life)*

1.

Backfilled Area (Reclaimed with plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

2.

Excavated Area (not reclaimed)/void

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

External OB dump

Reclaimed with plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Reclaimed Top soil dump

 

 

 

 

 

5.

Green Built Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

Undisturbed area (brought under plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

7.

Roads (avenue plantation)

 

 

 

 

 

8.

Area around buildings and Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

110*

110*

110*

110*

110*

* As a representative example

 

 

Table 2: Stage-wise Cumulative Plantation

S.N.

YEAR*

Green Belt

External Dump

Backfilled Area

Others

(Undisturbed

Area/etc)

TOTAL

 

 

Area

(ha)

No. of trees

Area

(ha)

No. of Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of

 Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of

 Trees

1.

1st year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

3rd year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

5th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

10th yesr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

15th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

20th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.

25th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.

30th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.

34th year (end of mine life)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.

34-37th Year (Post-mining)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

85

 

* As a representative example

 

 

(xxviii)     Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre- mining. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions. Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling (wherever applicable) and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation.

 

Table 3: Post-Mining Landuse Pattern of ML/Project Area (ha)

S.N.

Land use during Mining

Land Use (ha)

1.

External OB Dump

Plantation

Water Body

Public Use

Undisturbed

TOTAL

2.

Top soil Dump

 

 

 

 

 

3.

Excavation

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Roads

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Built up area

 

 

 

 

 

5.

Green Belt

 

 

 

 

 

6.

Undisturbed Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

85

 

 

 

110

 

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

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

(xxxi)        Risk Assessment and Disaster Preparedness and Management Plan.

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

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

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

(xxxv)      CSR Plan along with details of villages and specific budgetary provisions (capital and recurring) for specific activities over the life of the project.

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

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

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

(xxxxi) Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

(xxxxii) Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval,

            NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc. wherever applicable.

 

(A) FORESTRY CLEARANCE

 

TOTAL ML/PROJECT 

AREA (ha)

TOTAL FORESTLAND (ha)

Date of FC

Extent of forestland

Balance area for which FC is yet to be obtained

Status of appl. for diversion of

forestland

 

 

If more than one, provide details of each FC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(B)        MINING PLAN/PROJECT APPROVAL


Date of Approval of Mining Plan/Project Approval:

            Copy of Letter of Approval of Mining Plan/Project Approval

(xxxviii) Corporate Environment Responsibility:

a)     The Company must have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by the Board of Directors.

b)     The Environment Policy must prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringements/deviation/violation of the environmental or forest norms/conditions.

c)     The hierarchical system or Administrative Order of the company to deal with environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the environmental clearance conditions must be furnished.

d)  To have proper checks and balances, the company should have a well laid down system of reporting of non-compliances/violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and/or shareholders or stakeholders at large.

 

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ANNEXURE -5

GENERIC TOR FOR AN UNDERGROUND COALMINE PROJECT

(i)                                                                                                                   An EIA-EMP Report should be prepared for a peak capacity of  ………….. MTPA over an area of  ………….. ha  addressing the impacts of the underground coalmine project including the aspects of mineral transportation and issues of impacts on hydrogeology, plan for conservation of flora/fauna and afforestation/plantation programme based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(ii)                                                                                                                 The EIA-EMP report should also cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of baseline data and information, generation of baseline data on impacts for ……. MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan.

(iii)                                                                                                                A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (15 km of the buffer zone in case of ecologically sensitive areas) delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, drainage, locations of habitats, major construction including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources, which shall also indicate the migratory corridors of fauna, if any and the areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance are found in the area.

(iv)                                                                                                               Map showing the core zone along with 3-5 km of the buffer zone) delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records) and grazing land and wasteland and water bodies.

(v)                                                                                                                 Contour map at 3m interval along with Site plan of the mine (lease/project area with about 3-5 km of the buffer zone) showing the various surface structures such as buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within/adjacent to the ML), green belt and undisturbed area and if any existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with details of natural drainage adjoining the lease/project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., highways, passing through the lease/project area.

(vi)                                                                                                               Original land use (agricultural land/forestland/grazing land/wasteland/water bodies) of the area. Impacts of project, if any on the landuse, in particular, agricultural land/forestland/grazing land/water bodies falling within the lease/project and acquired for mining operations. Extent of area under surface rights and under mining rights.

 

S.N.

 ML/Project

Land use

Area under Surface Rights (ha)

Area Under Mining Rights (ha)

Area under Both (ha)

1.

Agricultural land

 

 

 

2.

Forest Land

 

 

 

3.

Grazing Land

 

 

 

4.

Settlements

 

 

 

5.

Others (specify)

 

 

 

 

            Area Under Surface Rights

S.N.

Details

Area (ha)

Forestland

(ha)

Agr. land (ha)

Wasteland

(ha)

Settlements

(ha)

Others (ha)

1.

Buildings

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

Roads

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Others (specify)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(vii)              Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. The flora and fauna details should be furnished separately for the core zone and buffer zone. The report and the list should be authenticated by the concerned institution carrying out the study and the names of the species scientific and common names) along with the classification under the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972 should be furnished.

(viii)            Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study area and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working plan/scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps should also be included.

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

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

(xi)               Map of the study area (core and buffer zone) clearly delineating the location of various monitoring stations (air/water/soil and noise – each shown separately) superimposed with location of habitats, wind roses, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations should be selected on the basis of the proposed impacts in the downwind/downstream/groundwater regime. One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact non-polluting area as a control station. Wind roses to determine air pollutant dispersion and impacts thereof shall be determined. Monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and standards for air, water, noise notified under Environment Protection Rules. Parameters for water testing for both ground and surface water should be as per ISI standards and CPCB classification of surface water wherever applicable.

(xii)              Impact of mining and water abstraction and mine water discharge in mine on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on the impact of mining on the groundwater regime. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected wherever the areas are declared dark/grey from groundwater development.

(xiii)            Study on subsidence, measures for mitigation/prevention of subsidence, modelling subsidence prediction and its use during mine operation, safety issues.

(xiv)            Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement as per different activities in the mining operations, including use of water for sand stowing should be given separately. Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users should be provided.

(xv)             Impact of choice of mining method, technology, selected use of machinery - and impact on air quality, mineral transportation, coal handling & storage/stockyard, etc, Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.

(xvi)            Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project. The entire sequence of mineral production, transportation, handling, transfer and storage of mineral and waste, and their impacts on air quality should be shown in a flow chart with the specific points where fugitive emissions can arise and the specific pollution control/mitigative measures proposed to be put in place. Examine the adequacy of roads existing in the area and if new roads are proposed, the impact of their construction and use particularly if forestland is used.

(xvii)          Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.  Examine whether existing roads are adequate to take care of the additional load of mineral and their impacts.

(xviii)         Examine the number and efficiency of mobile/static water sprinkling system along the main mineral transportation road within the mine, approach roads to the mine/stockyard/siding, and also the frequency of their use in impacting air quality.

(xix)            Impacts of CHP, if any on air and water quality. A flow chart of water use and whether the unit can be made a zero-discharge unit.

(xx)             Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan along with the fund requirement for the detailed activities proposed there under.  Impacts of change in land use for mining operations and whether the land can be restored for agricultural use post mining.

 

            Table 1 Stage-wise Cumulative Plantation

S.N.

YEAR*

Green Belt

External Dump

Backfilled Area

Others

(Undisturbed

Area/etc)

TOTAL

 

 

Area

(ha)

No. of trees

Area

(ha)

No. of Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of

 Trees

Area

(ha)

No. of

 Trees

1.

1st year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

3rd year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

5th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

10th yesr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

15th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

20th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.

25th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.

30th year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.

34th year (end of mine life)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.

34-37th Year (Post-mining)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

85*

2,12,500

            *As a representative example

 

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

(xxii)          Details of cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for final mine closure plan. The specific costs (capital and recurring) of each pollution control/mitigative measures proposed in the project until end of mine life and a statement that this is included in the project cost.

(xxiii)         Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources – water, land, energy, raw materials/mineral, etc.

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

(xxv)          CSR Plan along with details of villages and specific budgetary provisions (capital and recurring) for specific activities over the life of the project.

(xxvi)        Public Hearing should cover the details as specified in the EIA Notification 2006, and include notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments by the proponent made should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxvii)       Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending in any Court/Tribunal on the project should be furnished.

(xxxvii)   Submission of sample test analysis of:

(xxxvii) Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S

            and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

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

            (A) FORESTRY CLEARANCE

 

TOTAL ML/PROJECT 

AREA (ha)

TOTAL FORESTLAND (ha)

Date of FC

Extent of forestland

Balance area for which FC is yet to be obtained

Status of appl. for diversion of

forestland

 

 

If more than one, provide details of each FC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(B)        MINING PLAN /PROJECT APPROVAL


Date of Approval of Mining Plan/Project Approval:

            Copy of Letter of Approval of Mining Plan/Project Approval

(xxxviii) Corporate Environment Responsibility:

a)     The Company must have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by the Board of Directors.

b)     The Environment Policy must prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringements/deviation/violation of the environmental or forest norms/conditions.

c)     The hierarchical system or Administrative Order of the company to deal with environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the environmental clearance conditions must be furnished.

d)  To have proper checks and balances, the company should have a well laid down system of reporting of non-compliances/violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and/or shareholders or stakeholders at large.

 

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ANNEXURE-6

 

GENERAL CONDITIONS AND ADDITIONAL POINTS OF TOR

 

The following general points should be noted:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(viii)      General Instructions for the preparation and presentation before the EAC of TOR/EC projects of Coal Sector should be incorporated/followed.

(viii)      The aforesaid TOR has a validity of two years only.

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

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

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

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

(iv)        Grant of EC is also subject to Circulars issued under the EIA Notification 2006, which are available on the MOEF website: www.envfor.nic.in

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