MINUTES OF THE    SEVENTH MEETING OF THE EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE - 2 (MINING) HELD ON 25th – 26th March, 2010.

The 7th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee-2 (Mining) for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects was held on 25th – 26th March, 2010 at IOCL Conference Room, Scope Complex, Core 6, 5th Floor, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110 003. The list of members present is given below:

1.            Shri Mukunda Shenoy Nagar                         -           Chairman

2.            Shri S.B.S. Chauhan                                                  -           Member                                 

3.            Shri K.S. Anandan                                          -           Member

4.            Shri Mihir Moitra                                             -           Member

5.            Dr. L. Ajay Kumar                                           -           Member

6.            Dr. T. K. Joshi                                                 -           Member

7.            Dr. S. Subramaniyan                                      -           Member

8.            Dr. Rajesh Srivastava                                     -           Member

9.            Dr. P.L.  Ahujarai (MoEF)                               -           Member Secretary

In attendance: Shri Om Prakash, Deputy Director, MoEF

Shri J.S. Kamyotra, Dr. S.D. Attri and Dr. Vijay Kulkarni could not attend the meeting due to their pre-commitment.

            7.0       Opening Remarks of the Chairman.

 

The Chairman welcomed the members and thereafter agenda items were taken up for deliberation.

 

7.1.      Confirmation of the Minutes of 6th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee-2 (Mining) held on 25th – 26th February, 2010.

Minutes of the 6th meeting held on 25th – 26th February, 2010 were confirmed.

25th March, 2010

 

7.1.1      Mining project of M/s Sri Ponguru Magnesite mines at Village Jagir Ammapalayam, Taluka and District Salem in TamilNadu (ML area 77.50 ha and production Capacity 38,000 TPA)- Reg. Environmental Clearance

 

The project authorities and their consultant gave a detailed presentation on the salient features of the project and the proposed environmental mitigation measures. The Terms of Reference (TOR) were earlier prescribed for undertaking detailed EIA study and the project proponent were advised to submit the Draft EIA report to the State Pollution Control Board for conducting public hearing. The issues raised during the public hearing and the response to the issues shall be incorporated in the EIA report. The final report shall be submitted to the Ministry for obtaining environmental clearance.

Public hearing was held on 29.01.2010. The issues raised during the public hearing were regarding training programme for the geology students, acquisition of additional land, maintenance of the road and provision of requisite facilities to the school. All the above issues have been addressed.

The project proponent and their consultant J.M. Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon gave detailed presentation on the project. It was informed that the renewal application for the lease is still pending with the State Govt. since 2004. The mine is presently in operation as per Hon’ble High Court of Madras order dated 06.04.2000, in the matter of WP No. 4592. Approval for the mining scheme and progressive mine closure plan was obtained from the IBM vide letter no. TN/SLM/MG/MS-501-SZ dated 24.4.2009.

The present proposal is for magnesite mining at capacity 38,000 TPA. The lease area is 77.50 ha, which is govt. revenue land. Out of total lease area of 77.50 ha, area for excavation will be 38.75 ha. An area of 16.56 ha will be kept for waste dump; 1.0 ha will be kept for infrastructure; 1.0 ha for mineral processing yard,  6.5 ha for roads; 4.0 ha for green belt; and 10.59 ha will be unutilised. Nagaramalai reserve forest, Kurumbappati reserve forest , Kapputhu reserve forest  and Kanjamalai reserve forest are at a distance of 1.5km, 5.7km, 7.5 km and 9.7 km respectively.  There are no wildlife sanctuaries, National Parks, Tiger Reserves and Heritage Sites etc within 10 Km of the lease. Method of mining will be open cast mechanised. The mineable reserve is 1.13 MT. Life of mine at proposed rate of production will be 30 years. The height and width of bench will be 5m and more than 5m respectively. The average elevation of the lease ranges from 85 to 130 m above MSL. Ultimate depth of mining will be at 65 m RL (25m bgl). Ground water table is at 60 m RL (50m bgl). Mining will not intersect Ground water table. Water requirement of 15 KLD will be met from the ground water source and mine pit water. No relocation and rehabilitation of population will be involved. About 31.11M. tonnes of waste will be generated at the end of the mine life which will be dumped in the barrier zone of 16.56 ha. Backfilling is not proposed and the dumps will be stabilised with plantation. Cost of the project will be Rs 3.7 Crores.

To a observation regarding the public hearing advertisement by the SPCB, it was clarified that though provision of only executive summary was mentioned, however, draft EIA report was placed at the concerned offices.

Based on the information and clarifications provided, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to stipulation of the following specific conditions:

i.         Wildlife Conservation Plan shall be prepared in consultation with the office of the Chief Wildlife warden and implemented. The plan shall comprise of in-built monitoring mechanism with special emphasis to protection of Schedule-I species. The status of implementation shall be submitted to the Ministry. Chain link fencing shall be installed around the mine lease area to prevent injury to the animals. Further, measures shall be taken to control the fire.

ii.       Mineralogical composition of the dust along with percentage of silica fractions in the dust particle and particle size analysis shall be carried out. Further, personnel exposure monitoring for dust shall be carried out for the workers.

iii.     Fugitive dust generation shall be controlled. Fugitive dust emission shall be regularly monitored at locations of nearest human habitation (including schools and other public amenities located nearest to sources of dust generation as applicable) and records submitted to the Ministry.

iv.     Monitoring of ground and surface water quality shall be regularly conducted and records maintained and data submitted to the Ministry regularly.Further, monitoring points shall be located between the mine and drainage in the direction of flow of ground water and records maintained. Monitoring for Arsenic in ground water shall be undertaken.

v.       Rain water harvesting shall be undertaken to recharge the ground water source.  Status of implementation shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months. 

vi.     Need based assessment for the nearby villages shall be conducted to study economic measures with action plan which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme. Company shall provide separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs.

vii.   Occupational Health Cell shall be created at the company level under the charge of an officer of adequate seniority who is a qualified person in occupational health.

viii. Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be carried out. Periodic monitoring for exposure to respirable mineral dust on the workers shall be conducted and records maintained including health records of the workers.  Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipment etc. shall be carried out periodically. Review of impact of various health measures undertaken (at interval of five years or less) shall be conducted followed by follow up action wherever required.

ix.     Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines. Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months. The DFO/Agriculture University shall be consulted to increase the density of plantations.

x.       Provision shall be made for housing the laborers within the site with all  necessary infrastructure and facilities such as fuel for cooking, mobile toilets, mobile STP, safe drinking water, medical health care, crèche etc. The housing may be in the form of temporary structures to be removed after the completion of the project.

 

7.1.2      Iron & Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Shri R. Praveen Chandra, at Village Gollarahalli, Chikkanayaknahalli Taluka, District Tumkur in Karnataka. (ML area 72.15 ha) Reg. Reconsideration

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee-2 (Mining) in its 4th meeting held on 22nd December, 2009. The Committee decided that the project proponent shall first submit the following additional information before their case is considered for environmental clearance.

 

i.         Specific measures for prevention of siltation of downstream water bodies and impact on the agriculture land along with estimation of silt load due to the mining activity.

ii.       Specific remediation and facilitation Action Plan on the issues raised by the public during the public hearing held on 13.7.2009.

iii.     Report of detailed hydro-geological study of the area.

iv.      Occupational health and safety measures for the workers shall be undertaken for which purpose, the company shall engage a full time qualified doctor who is trained in occupational health. Periodic monitoring for workers exposure to respirable mineral dust shall be conducted and records maintained including health records of the workers.  Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipment etc. shall be carried out periodically. Review of impact of various health measures undertaken (at interval of five years or less) shall be conducted followed by follow up action wherever required.

Accordingly, the proposal was deferred for reconsideration. The information provided by the proponent was placed before the Committee in this Meeting. The proponent and their consultant M/s Bhagavathi Ana Labs Limited gave a presentation on the information. It was noted that two nallahs pass through the lease area. The silt load was calculated based on annual rainfall of the area and catchments area of the nallahs. It was also noted that the total run-off from both the nallahs will be 0.045mcm/year. The pre-mining silt load presently is very low at 3.825m3.This being a new mine, the Committee noted that the actual silt load shall be estimated after the mine is in operation and remedial measures tuned to the higher silt loads or anticipated silt loads are derived from modelling. On control measures, the proponent submitted:

·         To control the siltation in the downstream water flows, retaining wall with garland drain will be constructed around the toe of the waste dump. The discharge from the drain will be diverted through check dams and settling tanks.

·         The proponent provided the specific response to the issues raised by the public during the public hearing meeting held on 13th July, 2009.

·         The Committee noted that mine will not intersect the ground water table. However, company is carrying out a detailed hydro-geological study. The Committee suggested that the company shall submit the report to the Ministry after completion of the study.

·         Regarding occupational health and safety measures, the company will appoint a full time doctor who is trained in occupational health.

 

Based on the information and clarifications provided, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to stipulation of the following specific conditions:

  1. Fugitive dust generation shall be controlled. Fugitive dust emission shall be regularly monitored at locations of nearest human habitation (including schools and other public amenities located nearest to sources of dust generation as applicable) and records submitted to the Ministry.
  2. Since there will be manganese mining, the proponent shall avoid plantation of plant species which selectively uptake manganese to prevent impact of manganese on the health of animals.
  3. The company shall study detailed mineralogical composition of dust and particle size analysis to assess how much manganese fraction is in the dust. Personnel exposure monitoring for dust shall be carried out for the workers.
  4. The company shall ensure that no silt originating due to mining activity is allowed to be transported outside the leehold through the surface water courses flowing in the area or otherwise.  Proper drainage of the waste dumps shall be provided to prevent siltation of downstream water bodies. The dumps per se shall be drained and surface of the dumps should be properly vegetated.
  5. Measures for prevention and control of soil erosion and management of silt shall be undertaken.  Protection of dumps against erosion shall be carried out with geo textile matting or other suitable material, and thick plantations of native trees and shrubs shall be carried out at the dump slopes. Dumps shall be protected by retaining walls.
  6. Rain water harvesting shall be undertaken to recharge the ground water source.  Status of implementation shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months.
  7. Monitoring of ground and surface water quality shall be regularly conducted and records maintained and data submitted to the Ministry regularly. Further, monitoring points shall be located between the mine and drainage in the direction of flow of ground water and records maintained.
  8. Trenches / garland drains shall be constructed at foot of dumps and coco filters installed at regular intervals to arrest silt from being carried to water bodies. Adequate number of Check Dams and Gully Plugs shall be constructed across seasonal/perennial nallahs flowing through the ML area and silts arrested. De- silting at regular intervals shall be carried out.
  9. Need based assessment for the nearby villages shall be conducted to study economic measures with action plan which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme. Company shall provide separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes. This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs.
  10. Occupational Health Cell shall be created at the company level under the charge of an officer of adequate seniority who is a qualified person in occupational health.

xi.     Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be carried out. Periodic monitoring for exposure to respirable mineral dust on the workers shall be conducted and records maintained including health records of the workers. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipment etc. shall be carried out periodically. Review of impact of various health measures undertaken (at interval of five years of less) shall be conducted followed by follow up action wherever required.

xii.    Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months.

xiii.   Provision shall be made for the housing the laborers within the site with all necessary infrastructure and facilities such as fuel for cooking, mobile toilets, mobile STP, safe drinking water, medical health care, crèche etc. The housing may be in the form of temporary structures to be removed after the completion of the project.

7.1.3      Bodai Daldali Bauxite Mines of M/s Bharat Aluminium Company Limited located at Villages Mundadadar, Keshmarda, Rabda & Semsata, Post Daldali, Tehsil Bodla, District Kwardha, Chhattisgarh. (Enhancement of Production capacity of bauxite from 0.3 MTPA to 1.25 MTPA) Reg. Environmental Clearance

The proposal regarding Bodai Daldali Bauxite Mines of M/s Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) located at Villages Mundadadar, Keshmarda, Rabda & Semsata, Post Daldali, Tehsil Bodla, District Kwardha, Chhattisgarh was placed before the EAC (Mining) in its meeting held on 25th – 26th February, 2010 to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent submitted information in the prescribed Form -1 along with the pre-feasibility report. The Committee prescribed the TOR for undertaking EIA study. Public hearing was exempted as per Para 7 (ii) of EIA Notification, 2006.

The proponent and their consultant Vimta Labs, Hyderabad gave detailed presentation on the salient features of the project. The proposal is for expansion of existing Bodai-Daldali Bauxite mine from 0.3 MTPA to 1.25 MTPA in Kwardha District, Chhattisgarh. The mine lease area is 626.117 ha. However, IBM approved mine lease area is 552.551 ha, comprising of 303.925 ha agricultural land, 15.277 ha of wasteland, 256.184 ha of grazing land, 7.051 ha of settlement area and 10.114 ha of road. No forest land is involved. No ecologically sensitive area such as a National Park/wildlife sanctuary and biosphere reserve is located within 10 km of the core zone. Total mineable reserves is 5.72 MT. The mine is operating since 2004 at a capacity of 0.3 MTPA. The balance mineable reserves is 4.16 MT. Life of mine is 5 years. The proposed expansion to 1.25 MTPA will cater to the need of aluminum plant at Korba.  Topography of the area is hilly. No perennial water course is present in the ML area. Mining will be carried out by opencast semi-mechanized method involving drilling and blasting. Working of the mine will be confined to a depth of 10 m bgl. Water table in the lease area is 20m to 25m bgl. Working will not intersect the ground water table. Water requirement will be 354m3/day and will be sourced from river Katai.  The project involves resettlement of 261 families located in five Villages in the core zone. About 14.63 MT of over burden will be generated which will be completely backfilled in the mined out area. Public hearing was held on 28.8.2006. Cost of the project is Rs. 38.00 Crores.

The above proposal was received in January, 2007 for obtaining environmental clearance under the EIA Notification, 1994. The EIA Notification, 2006 was issued on 14th September, 2006. A time limit of one year i.e. up to 13.09.2007 was provided for consideration of proposals received under the EIA Notification, 1994. This time limit was again extended up to 13.09.2008 by amending the EIA Notification, 2006 on 11th October, 2007 for consideration of proposals received in the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006.

           

The present Expert Appraisal Committee-2 (EAC-2 Mining) considered the proposal in its 2nd meeting held in October, 2009 and reviewed the back ground and pending issues in respect of the Environmental Clearance of the instant expansion proposal of Bodai Daldali Bauxite mine of M/S BALCO. It was recapitulated that in pursuance of the minutes of item no. 34.2.12 of the 34th Meeting of the then EAC held on 2nd -3rd June, M/S BALCO had furnished the information in respect of the families to be affected and treated as “Beja Kabja” (unauthorized occupants) land holders, which was found to be incomplete and at variance with the facts and figures on record and the representations received by the sub group of the Expert Appraisal Committee during their site study and verification visit.

Briefly stated, the number of `Beja Kabja’ families appeared to be many more than what the Company had stated in their letter and the sub-group was also told by the villagers at site that  in village Keshmarda out of 167 families, only 25% of the families were having valid land records in their favour. (M/s Balco had stated in its letter that there are only 18 ‘Beja Kabja’ families). It seemed that such discrepancies might have been due to ‘Beja Kabja’ families being equated with ‘landless’ families.

Further, in the letter, M/s Balco had claimed that even such families have been or are being given 10  decimal land along with  Rs.30,000/- for relocation, while, in the Annexure to the letter, total compensation  payable to such a family was shown much less. Accordingly the then Expert Appraisal Committee had decided that a further clarification may be obtained from M/s Balco., and also that in respect of the detailed land holdings of “Beja Kabja” families, the  required information may be obtained from the District Collector. Viz:

i.       Village wise list of families as are not having any valid land records in their favour.

ii.     Family-wise land  holdings indicating the break up of the holdings as ‘Beja Kabja’ (unauthorized occupied) and land holdings with valid land records in respect of such families as are not having valid land records in their favour for part or whole of the land holdings under their occupation.

     The then Expert Appraisal Committee (in their 34th Meeting on 2nd-3rd June, 2009) had also desired that in order to avoid any confusion, the Ministry may prescribe appropriate proforma while calling for the above information on land-holdings from the District Collector.

The present Expert Appraisal Committee in its third Meeting held on 16.11.2009 was apprised by M/S BALCO that a Fact Finding Committee was constituted at the District level to look into the matter regarding ‘Beja Kabja’ families. M/s BALCO also furnished detailed information w.r.t. ‘Beja Kabja’ based on the report of  the Fact Finding  Committee constituted by the District Collector. From the information presented before the Committee, it was noted that in the three out of four villages, there are 67 Beja Kabja families. The total land involved is 31.007 ha of which 27.20 ha in village Keshmarda for 57 Beja Kabja, 2.529 ha in village Rabra for 4 beja Kabja and 1.276 1.276 ha in Village Mundadadar for 6 Beja Kabja. M/s BALCO have also given an undertaking to provide 10 decimal of land to  construct the dwelling units  in addition to grant of Rs.30,000 as an assistance for relocation. Further to this, M/s BALCO clarified that except seven out of the 67 families, all others have encroached Government land adjacent to their private lands. In other words, there are only seven Beja Kabja families, who have totally encroached the government land and did not possess any private land. M/s BALCO have specifically committed to provide alternate livelihood to these Beja Khabja families and that by early 2010, all the 261 families will be resettled.

M/s BALCO informed the Committee that land acquisition was done in 2003 and hence the Tribal Forest Rights Act will not be applicable to these 261 families. Further, compensation actually paid was much better than the norms/package as per then applicable Policy. The National Resettlement and Rehabilitation Rules, 2007, came in to existence much later.

After detailed deliberations on the issues involved and clarifications furnished, duly supported by the neutral Fact Finding Committee at the District level, the Expert Appraisal Committee, in its 3rd Meeting held on 16.11.2009 recommended the project for environmental clearance subject interalia to the following specific conditions:

  1. The Company shall pay compensation for acquisition of private land and rehabilitation of displaced families at rates not less than those prescribed in the applicable Central Government/State Government norms. The Resettlement of all the affected families should be completed as per their commitment, i.e. early 2010.
  2. M/s BALCO shall collect baseline data through field survey of the existing  prevalent occupational diseases in the locality and facilities shall be provided for preventive and curative measures for the same.

The recommendations of the Expert Appraisal Committee were placed before the Ministry. The Ministry noted that the proposal was appraised by the Expert Appraisal Committee (Mining) a number of times, however, no decision could be taken within the stipulated time period of 2 years i.e. up to 13.09.2008 pending requisite information from the project proponent. The Ministry vide circular dated 4th September, 2009 had reiterated  that the proposals  received  under the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 1994  which have not been appraised and on which a final decision  is still pending shall be returned and they may like to submit their application as per the procedure laid in the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006.

In view of the above, the Ministry advised the proponent to submit the fresh application. Accordingly, M/s BALCO submitted the fresh application. The Committee, in its 6th Meeting held on 25th – 26th February, 2010 prescribed TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study. Based on the prescribed TORs, EIA report prepared has been placed before the Expert Appraisal Committee in this 7th meeting.

The present EAC-2 (Mining), while perusing their latest EIA/EMP and other documents before them, noted that all relevant issues have already been appraised by the Committee in its 3rd Meeting held on 16.11.2009. However, the Committee enquired about the latest position of R&R and payment of compensation and the Proponent submitted that the residual rehabilitation is under completion in consonance with the PAP`s convenience.

The Committee also took up the issue of wildlife management. The proponent informed that no forest land is involved in the ML area. However, five reserve forests are within 50 km radius of the mine lease boundary. No endangered plant and animal species were recorded within the study area. No wildlife sanctuary is located within 10km radius.

The proponent further informed the Committee that a wildlife management plan has been prepared by the CCF at a cost of RS. 81.4 Lakhs. BALCO has deposited Rs. 57.80 Lakhs for the wildlife conservation plan which is under implementation. The Committee suggested that fire fighting system shall be in place to check forest fires and drivers should be trained to prevent any accidents to animals in the forest area.

After the discussion, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to environmental safeguards already stipulated earlier and to be reiterated in the fresh EC letter.

7.1.4      Applied Iron & Manganese Ore Mine of M/s M. Babanna, Aravattagi & Hosahalli Village, CN Halli, Taluka, District Tumkur, Karnataka. (ML area 155.20 ha) Reg. Reconsideration

     The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee-2 (Mining) in its 4th meeting held on 22nd December, 2009. The Committee decided that the project proponent shall first submit the following additional information before their case is considered for environmental clearance: 

i.       Specific measures for prevention of siltation of downstream water bodies and impact on the agriculture land along with estimation of silt load due to the mining activity.

ii.      Specific remediation and facilitation Action Plan on the issues raised by the public during the public hearing held on 13.7.2009.

iii.     Report of detailed hydro-geological study of the area.

iv.    Occupational health and safety measures for the workers shall be undertaken for which purpose, the company shall engage a full time qualified doctor who is trained in occupational health. Periodic monitoring for workers exposure to respirable mineral dust shall be conducted and records maintained including health records of the workers.  Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipment etc. shall be carried out periodically. Review of impact of various health measures undertaken (at interval of five years or less) shall be conducted followed by follow up action wherever required.

Accordingly, the proposal was deferred for reconsideration. The information provided by the proponent was placed before the Committee. The proponent and their consultant M/s Bhagavathi Ana Labs Limited gave a presentation on the information. It was noted that many seasonal nallahs pass through the lease area. The silt load was calculated based on annual rainfall of the area and catchment area of the nallahs. It was also noted that the total run-off from the nallahs will be 0.561mcm/year. The silt load will be 95.37tonnes/annum. The Committee noted that this is a new mine. Once the mine is in operation, actual silt load shall be estimated.

 

·         To control the siltation in the downstream water flows, retaining wall with garland drain will be constructed around the toe of the waste dump. The discharge from the drain will be diverted through check dams and settling tanks.

·         The proponent also provided the specific response to the issues raised by the public during the public hearing meeting held on 13th July, 2009.

·         The Committee noted that the mine will not intersect the ground water table. However, company is carrying the detailed hydro-geological study. The Committee suggested that the company shall submit the report to the Ministry after completion of the study.

·         Regarding occupational health and safety measures the company will against a full time doctor who is trained in occupational health.

 

Based on the information and clarifications provided, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to stipulation of the following specific conditions:

  1. Fugitive dust generation shall be controlled. Fugitive dust emission shall be regularly monitored at locations of nearest human habitation (including schools and other public amenities located nearest to sources of dust generation as applicable) and records submitted to the Ministry.
  2. Since there will be manganese mining, the proponent shall avoid plantation of plant species which selectively uptake manganese to prevent impact of manganese on the health of animals.
  3. The company shall study detailed mineralogical composition of dust and particle size analysis to assess how much manganese fraction is in the dust. Personnel exposure monitoring for dust shall be carried out for the workers.
  4. Chemical composition of the dust samples, besides particle size analysis, shall be carried out. Free silica concentration in the dust shall be monitored.
  5. The company shall ensure that no silt originating due to mining activity is transported in the surface water course (if any) flowing in the area.  Proper drainage of the waste dumps shall be provided to prevent siltation of downstream water bodies. The dumps per se shall be drained and surface of the dump should be properly vegetated.
  6. Measures for prevention and control of soil erosion and management of silt shall be undertaken.  Protection of dumps against erosion shall be carried out with geo textile matting or other suitable material, and thick plantations of native trees and shrubs shall be carried out at the dump slopes. Dumps shall be protected by retaining walls.
  7. Rain water harvesting shall be undertaken to recharge the ground water source.  Status of implementation shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months.
  8. Monitoring of ground and surface water quality shall be regularly conducted and records maintained and data submitted to the Ministry regularly. Further, monitoring points shall be located between the mine and drainage in the direction of flow of ground water and records maintained.
  9. Trenches / garland drains shall be constructed at foot of dumps and coco filters installed at regular intervals to arrest silt from being carried to water bodies. Adequate number of Check Dams and Gully Plugs shall be constructed across seasonal/perennial nallahs (if any) flowing through the ML area and silts arrested. De- silting at regular intervals shall be carried out.
  10. Need based assessment for the nearby villages shall be conducted to study economic measures with action plan which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme. Company shall provide separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs.
  11. Occupational Health Cell shall be created at the company level under the charge of an officer of adequate seniority who is a qualified person in occupational health.
  12. Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be carried out. The company shall engage a full time qualified doctor who is trained in occupational health. Periodic monitoring for exposure to respirable mineral dust on the workers shall be conducted and records maintained including health records of the workers.  Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. shall be carried out periodically. Review of impact of various health measures undertaken (at interval of five years of less) shall be conducted followed by follow up action wherever required.

xiii.  Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months.

xiv. Provision shall be made for housing the laborers within the site with all  necessary infrastructure and facilities such as fuel for cooking, mobile toilets, mobile STP, safe drinking water, medical health care, crèche etc. The housing may be in the form of temporary structures to be removed after the completion of the project.

7.1.5      Kaladgi Limestone Mine of M/s Bagalkot Cement & Industries Ltd. at Village Kaladgi, in Taluk & District Baglkot, in Karnataka. (ML area 453.26 ha & production Capacity 0.60 MTPA) Reg. Environmental Clearance

The project authorities and their Consultants viz; M/s Yogiraja Consultants, Pune gave a detailed presentation on the salient features of the project and the proposed environmental mitigation measures.The Terms of Reference (TOR) were earlier prescribed for undertaking detailed EIA study and the project proponent were advised to submit the Draft EIA report to the State Pollution Control Board for conducting public hearing. The issues raised during the public hearing and the response to the issues shall be incorporated in the EIA report. The final report shall be submitted to the Ministry for obtaining environmental clearance.

 

Public hearing was held on 06.01.2010. The issues raised during the public hearing were regarding repairing of effected bore wells, construction of temple, compensation to be paid for land acquisition, provision of books and & uniform to the needy school children, employment to the local people, impact of blasting and about avoidance of ore transportation through the villages. All the above issues have been addressed.

 

M/s Bagalkot Cement & Industries Limited (BCIL), Bagalkot, Karnataka informed that their earlier mining lease located adjacent to its Cement Plant at Bagalkot was submerged consequent upon increase in height of the Almatty Dam by the State Govt.  in the year 2002 leading to closure of mining and ultimately closure of the Cement Plant too. The company has been under BIFR for revival. The company informed the Committee that the present proposal is in accordance with the revival package of the company as approved by BIFR. The Cement Plant is under operation since April, 2008 by procuring limestone from the open market. The company has now obtained ML No. 1733 having an lease area of 453.25 ha at Village Kaladgi (32 Km away from the Bagalkot Cement Plant), from which it is proposed to produce limestone at 0.60 MTPA for captive consumption. BFIR has already directed the Government of Karnataka to renew the mining lease vide order dated 12/10/2007. IBM has approved the mining plan on 7th August, 2009.

The present proposal is for Limestone mining at production capacity of 0.60 MTPA. The lease area is 453.25 ha, which is a private land. Out of total lease area of 453.25 ha, about 2.50 ha has already been excavated, 8.910 ha to be excavated, 9.0 ha is for mineral storage, 1.974 ha for overburden/dump, 1.464 ha for road, shed, plant and machinery, 19.438 ha for green belt, 18 ha for safety zone, 237.275 ha area for to be surrendered and 154.71 ha for other activity. The lease area has average elevation of about 515 m above MSL. River Ghatprabha flows at a distance of 1.0 km from the lease.  Reserve forest is located 400 m away from the lease. There are no wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, tiger reserves, biosphere reserves, heritage sites etc. within 10.0 km radius from the lease. Total mineable reserves are 22.3 MT. Life of mine at proposed rate of production will be 37 years. Ultimate depth of mining will be at 40 m above MSL. Ground water table is at 30 m above MSL. Mining will intersect ground water table. Method of mining will be opencast mechanized. The bench width will be maintained between 15 and 20 m. Water requirement will be 160 KLD, which will be met from the ground water and nearby river sources. Solid waste of about 1.99 MT will be generated. No relocation and rehabilitation of population will be involved. Cost of the project will be Rs. 4.95 Crores.

The Committee after detailed deliberations, found that the information presented by the proponent is deficient on vital safety and environmental aspects, and it sought the following additional information for reconsideration.

(i)       It is noted that ultimate pit slope angle is 60 degree. To prevent slope failure, the overall pit slope needs to be recalculated and it shall be less than 45 degree.

(ii)      The number of land outstees and mode of compensation.

(iii)     Land use pattern of the buffer 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)     Status of renewal of mining lease

                                                     

            The Committee decided that on receipt of above information, proposal will be reconsidered. Further, it was also decided that mining will be restricted to 216 ha of area.


 

 

7.1.6      Godadih Mahal No. 2 Limestone Deposit of M/s Jindal Steel & Power Ltd. located at Tehsil Masturi, District Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh (ML area 121.69 ha and production capacity for limestone 1.54 MTPA) Reg. TOR

 

The proposal for Godadih Mahal No. 2 Limestone Deposit of M/s Jindal Steel & Power Ltd. located at Tehsil Masturi, District Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh was placed before the EAC (Mining) to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA Notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form -1 along with the pre-feasibility report. A presentation was also made by representative of the company and their consultant Min Mec Consultancy Pvt. Limited New Delhi on the salient features and other details of the project.  

The total mine lease area is 121.69 ha and production capacity for limestone is 1.54 MTPA. Out of 121.69 ha of mine lease area, 89.166 ha is private land, 24.41 ha is Government revenue forest land and 8.11 ha is Government land. Out of 121.69 ha of mine lease area, excavation will be carried in 58.17 ha, 3.20 ha for overburden dump, 0.7 ha for mineral storage, 5.0 ha for infrastructure, 5.0 ha for roads, 5.05 ha for green belt, 1.0 ha for settling pond, 0.01 ha for ETP and 43.56 ha of area will be undisturbed. No National park / wildlife sanctuary is located within 15 km radius of the project. The lease period of the mine is 30 years and life of the mine is 9 years. The method of the mining will be opencast, mechanized using shovel-dumper combination. The water table depth is 5m to 12 m bgl. The ultimate depth of mine will be 23m bgl. The water requirement of 110m3/day will be met from the ground water source. The Village Soradih is at a distance of 200 m.

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

1.       Executive summary of the project indicating relevant details shall be provided and issues raised in public hearing along with action plan to address the same shall be provided in tabular form including requisite allocation of funds.

2.       A copy of lease deed allocated (lease execution) in the name of the company shall be provided along with mining plan (including progressive mine closure plan).

3.       Layout plan indicating break-up of lease area indicating area for excavation for mining, waste dump, mineral storage, top soil storage, green belt, infrastructure, roads shall be provided

4.       Photograph of the mine lease area, where mining activity is proposed to be undertaken shall be provided.

5.       Status of forestry clearance for the 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.  

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

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

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

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

10.     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.

11.     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. 

12.     Impact of change of land use particularly agriculture land and gaucher / grazing land, if any. 

13.     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. 

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

15.     Mineralogical composition of the dust along with percentage of silica fractions in the dust particle and particle size analysis.

16.     Air quality modelling shall 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 shall 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.

17.     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. 

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

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

20.     A detailed hydro-geological study showing the impact of the project on groundwater regime should be provided. 

21.     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.

22.     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. 

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

24.     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. 

25.     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.).  

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

27.     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.

28.     Blast Vibration Study shall be carried. Optimal charge per delay shall be fixed as per the Blast Vibration Study.

29.     Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

31.     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.

32.     Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

33.     Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

34.   Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

35.   Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

36.   Measures of socio economic welfare for activiites to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent.  As far as possible, quantitative dimension to be given. 

37.   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. 

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

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

40.   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)     Detailed contact address of the project proponent including telephone numbers, e-mail ID etc shall be provided. Request for consideration for environmental clearance or any other communication regarding the project shall be made by the project proponent/ authorized person and not by its legal representative / consultant.

(b)     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.

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

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

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

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

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

   (h)     The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl) / National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no F. No. J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II (I) dated 2nd December, 2009 is posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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. 

It was decided that based on the above TORs draft EIA/EMP report shall be prepared and submitted to State Pollution Control Board for public hearing. The final EIA report incorporating the issues raised during the public hearing and response of the project proponent in tabular form thereafter shall be submitted to the Ministry along with requisite documents for appraisal by the EAC-2 (Mining) for consideration of environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.

7.1.7      Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Sri T. Nagayya, located at Village Sikhaparuvu, Mandal Saluru, District Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh (ML area 9.35 ha and production capacity of 6840 TPA of manganese) Reg. TOR

The proposal for Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Sri T. Nagayya, located at Village Sikhaparuvu, Mandal Saluru, District Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh was placed before the Expert  Appraisal Committee-2 (Mining) to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form -1 along with the pre-feasibility report. A presentation was also made by representative of the company and their consultants Geo Environmental Labs, Secunderabad on the salient features and other details of the project.

This is a ‘B’ category project. Since the interstate boundary of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa is within 10 km distance of the project, proposal has been appraised at the centre due to general condition of EIA Notification, 2006.

The mine lease area is 9.35 ha. This is a Government revenue land. No forest land is involved. Method of mining will be manual opencast with small scale drilling using pneumatic rock breakers only. No beneficiation is involved in the ML area. The mineable reserve is 62, 572 MT and life of the mine is 11 years. Water requirement of 4.0m3/day will be met from the ground water source. The mining will not intersect the ground water table. No eco-sensitive area is located within 10 km distance of the mine lease boundary. Cost of the project is Rs. 20 Lakhs.

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

1.   Executive summary of the project indicating relevant details shall be provided and issues raised in public hearing along with action plan to address the same shall be provided in tabular form including requisite allocation of funds.

2.   A copy of lease deed allocated (lease execution) in the name of the company shall be provided along with mining plan (including progressive mine closure plan).

3.   Layout plan indicating break-up of lease area indicating area for excavation for mining, waste dump, mineral storage, top soil storage, green belt, infrastructure, roads shall be provided

4.   Photograph of the mine lease area, where mining activity is proposed to be undertaken shall be provided.

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

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

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

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

9.     Impact of change of land use particularly agriculture land and gaucher / grazing land, if any. 

10.   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.

11.   Mineralogical composition of the dust along with percentage of silica fractions in the dust particle and particle size analysis.

12.   Air quality modelling shall 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 shall be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20.   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. 

21.   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.).  

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

23.   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.

24.   Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

26.   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.

27.   Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

28.   Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

29.   Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

30.   Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

31.   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. 

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

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

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

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

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

(a)     Detailed contact address of the project proponent including telephone numbers, e-mail ID etc shall be provided. Request for consideration for environmental clearance or any other communication regarding the project shall be made by the project proponent/ authorized person and not by its legal representative / consultant.

(b)     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.

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

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

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

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

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

   (h)     The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl) / National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no F. No. J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II (I) dated 2nd December, 2009 is posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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. 

It was decided that based on the above TORs draft EIA/EMP report shall be prepared and submitted to State Pollution Control Board for public hearing. The final EIA report incorporating the issues raised during the public hearing and response of the project proponent in tabular form thereafter shall be submitted to the Ministry along with requisite documents for appraisal by the EAC-2 (Mining) for consideration of environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.


 

7.1.8      Dolomite Mine of M/s Ranganayaka Mines and Minerals located at Village Chagallu,  Mandal Peddapappur, District Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh (ML area 101.215 ha. and production capacity 95, 543 TPA of dolomite) Reg. TOR

The proposal for Dolomite Mine of M/s Ranganayaka Mines and Minerals located at Village Chagallu,  Mandal Peddapappur, District Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh was placed before the EAC (Mining) to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA Notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form -1 along with the pre-feasibility report. A presentation was also made by representative of the company and their consultant Vision Labs, Hyderabad on the salient features and other details of the project.  

The total mine lease area is 101.215 ha and production capacity of dolomite is 95, 543 TPA. The entire area is Government waste land. Out of 101.215 ha of mine lease area, excavation will be carried in 15.68 ha, 1.38 ha will be for roads and other infrastructure, 0.21 ha for green belt, 0.68 ha for OB dump, 0.728 ha for mineral storage and 82.537 ha  undisturbed area. No National park / wildlife sanctuary is located within 15 km radius of the project. The River Pennar flows at a distance of 5 km in the north of mine lease. Mutssukota Reserved Forest Boundary is located at a distance of 0.6 km towards south of the mine boundary. The lease period is for 20 years. The method of the mining will be opencast, mechanized. The water requirement of 10m3/day will be met from the ground water source / storm water. Cost of the project is Rs. 60 Lakhs.

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

1.     Executive summary of the project indicating relevant details shall be provided and issues raised in public hearing along with action plan to address the same shall be provided in tabular form including requisite allocation of funds.

2.     A copy of lease deed allocated (lease execution) in the name of the company shall be provided along with mining plan (including progressive mine closure plan).

3.     Layout plan indicating break-up of lease area indicating area for excavation for mining, waste dump, mineral storage, top soil storage, green belt, infrastructure, roads shall be provided

4.     Photograph of the mine lease area, where mining activity is proposed to be undertaken shall be provided.

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

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

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

8.     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. 

9.     Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  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.

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

11.   Impact of change of land use particularly agriculture land and gaucher / grazing land, if any. 

12.   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. One monitoring station for AAQ shall be set-up near the Village Soradih.

13.   Mineralogical composition of the dust along with percentage of silica fractions in the dust particle and particle size analysis.

14.   Air quality modelling shall 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 shall be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22.   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. 

23.   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.).  

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

25.   Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. 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.

26.   Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

28.   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.

29.   Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

30.   Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

31.   Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

32.   Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

33.   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. 

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

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

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

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

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

(a)     Detail contact address of the project proponent including telephone numbers, e-mail ID etc shall be provided. Request for consideration for environmental clearance or any other communication regarding the project shall be made by the project proponent/ authorized person and not by its legal representative / consultant.

(b)     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.

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

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

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

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

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

   (h)     The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl) / National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no F. No. J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II (I) dated 2nd December, 2009 is posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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. 

It was decided that based on the above TORs draft EIA/EMP report shall be prepared and submitted to State Pollution Control Board for public hearing. The final EIA report incorporating the issues raised during the public hearing and response of the project proponent in tabular form thereafter shall be submitted to the Ministry along with requisite documents for appraisal by the EAC-2 (Mining) for consideration of environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.

7.1.9      Guma Limestone Mine of M/s Grasim Industries Limited located at Village Guma,  Taluka Palari, District Raipur in Chhattisgarh (ML area 157.122 ha.& production capacity of limestone 3.2 MTPA) Reg. TOR

The proposal for Guma Limestone Mine of M/s Grasim Industries Limited located at Village Guma,  Taluka Palari, District Raipur in Chhattisgarh was placed before the EAC (Mining) to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA Notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form -1 along with the pre-feasibility report. A presentation was also made by representative of the company and their consultant J.M. Environet Pvt. Limited, Gurgaon on the salient features and other details of the project.  

The total mine lease area is 157.122 ha of which 18.566 ha is Government waste land and 138.556 ha private land. No displacement of people is involved.  Production capacity of the mine for limestone is 3.2 MTPA. The mine is captive to the cement plant for which environmental clearance is under process. The crushed limestone to the plant will be transported by covered belt conveyor. The crusher will be installed at the mine lease area. No National park / wildlife sanctuary is located within 10 km radius of the project. Dhabadih Reserve Forest is located at a distance of 4 km in the north-east direction. The Mahanadi Canal, which is seasonal, located at a distance of 50 m from the ML boundary. Method of mining will be opencast mechanized involving deep hole drilling and blasting. The height and width of the bench will be 8m and 30 m, respectively. The general ground level is at 265 mRL. The total mineable reserve is 54 MT. The life of the mine is 17 years. The mine will not intersect the ground water table till end of the mine life. The water requirement of 150m3/day will be met from the ground water source and water storage pit reservoir. Cost of the project is Rs. 50 Crores.

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

1.     Executive summary of the project indicating relevant details shall be provided and issues raised in public hearing along with action plan to address the same shall be provided in tabular form including requisite allocation of funds.

2.     A copy of lease deed allocated (lease execution) in the name of the company shall be provided along with mining plan (including progressive mine closure plan).

3.     Layout plan indicating break-up of lease area indicating area for excavation for mining, waste dump, mineral storage, top soil storage, green belt, infrastructure, roads shall be provided

4.     Photograph of the mine lease area, where mining activity is proposed to be undertaken shall be provided.

5.     Number of land outsets due to acquisition of land and compensation paid.

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

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

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

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

10.   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.

11.   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.

12.   Impact of change of land use particularly agriculture land and gaucher / grazing land, if any.

13.   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.

14.   Cumulative impacts due to mine and cement plant on the Ambient Air Quality shall be assessed.

15.   Mineralogical composition of the dust along with percentage of silica fractions in the dust particle and particle size analysis.

16.   Air quality modelling shall 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 shall 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.

17.   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.

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

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

20.   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.

21.   A detailed hydro-geological study showing the impact of the project on groundwater regime should be provided.

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

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

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

25.   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.

26.   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.).

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

28.   Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. 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.

29.   Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

31.   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.

32.   Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

33.   Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

34.   Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

35.   Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

36.   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.

37.   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.

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

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

40.   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)     Detail contact address of the project proponent including telephone numbers, e-mail ID etc shall be provided. Request for consideration for environmental clearance or any other communication regarding the project shall be made by the project proponent/ authorized person and not by its legal representative / consultant.

(b)     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.

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

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

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

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

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

   (h)     The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl) / National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no F. No. J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II (I) dated 2nd December, 2009 is posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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. 

It was decided that based on the above TORs draft EIA/EMP report shall be prepared and submitted to State Pollution Control Board for public hearing. The final EIA report incorporating the issues raised during the public hearing and response of the project proponent in tabular form thereafter shall be submitted to the Ministry along with requisite documents for appraisal by the EAC-2 (Mining) for consideration of environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.

7.1.10   Black Granite Mine of M/s Shiva Granites located at Village Kammapalle Beat, Paradamani Reserve Forest, Tehsil Chittoor West Range, District Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh ( Mine lease area 5 ha and production capacity 4958 m3/Annum ) - Reg. TOR

The proposal for Black Granite Mine of M/s Shiva Granites located at Village Kammapalle Beat, Paradamani Reserve Forest, Tehsil Chittoor West Range, District Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh was placed before the EAC (Mining) to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA Notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form -1 along with the pre-feasibility report. A presentation was also made by representative of the company and their consultant Team Labs, Hyderabad on the salient features and other details of the project.  

This is a ‘B’ category project. Since the interstate boundary of Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu is within 0.2 km distance of the project, proposal has been appraised at the centre due to general condition of EIA Notification, 2006.

The total mine lease area is 5 ha. The entire area is forest land for which forest clearance under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 was obtained on 3rd October, 2008. Out of 5 ha. of mine lease area, 0.826 ha is for mining, 1.2 ha for waste dump, 2.964 ha of open area and 0.01 ha of road. The method of mining will be opencast semi mechanized involving drilling and blasting. The elevation of the area is 570 m MSL. Average height of the boulders is 8 m AGL and maximum depth of mine is 6 m BGL. The water table depth is 30 m BGL. Mine will not intersect the ground water table.  The total mineable reserves are 276087 m3. The life of the mine is 64 years.   Cost of the project is Rs. 25 lakhs.

The proponent requested to exempt the project from the public hearing. The Committee exempted the project from public hearing on the grounds that it is a category `B` mine and being small and categorized it as B2. The mine has hardly any impacts on the people in the vicinity if any. Further, forest clearance for the entire area has already been obtained.

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

1.      Executive summary of the project indicating relevant details shall be provided.

2.      A copy of lease deed allocated (lease execution) in the name of the company shall be provided along with mining plan (including progressive mine closure plan).

3.      Layout plan indicating break-up of lease area indicating area for excavation for mining, waste dump, mineral storage, top soil storage, green belt, infrastructure, roads shall be provided

4.      Photograph of the mine lease area, where mining activity is proposed to be undertaken shall be provided.

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

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

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

8.      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. 

9.      Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  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.

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

11.   Impact of change of land use particularly agriculture land and gaucher / grazing land, if any. 

12.   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.

13.   Air quality modelling shall 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 shall be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21.   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. 

22.   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.).  

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

24.   Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. 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.

25.   Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

27.   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.

28.   Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

29.   Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

30.   Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

31.   Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

32.   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. 

33.   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. 

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

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

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

(a)     Detail contact address of the project proponent including telephone numbers, e-mail ID etc shall be provided. Request for consideration for environmental clearance or any other communication regarding the project shall be made by the project proponent/ authorized person and not by its legal representative / consultant.

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

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

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

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

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

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

   (h)     The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl) / National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no F. No. J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II (I) dated 2nd December, 2009 is posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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. 

The Committee decided that based on the TORs, EIA report shall be prepared and submitted to the Ministry along with requisite documents for appraisal by the Expert Appraisal Committee (Mining) for consideration of environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.

7.1.11   Kasarde Bauxite Mine of M/s Padmavati Mining Company at Village Kasarde, Taluka Shahuwadi, District Kolhapur, Maharashtra (ML area - 303.5254 ha) Reg.  TOR

The proponent did not attend the meeting and there was no information from the proponent in this regard. The Committee decided to consider the project when so  requested by the proponent.

 

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7.1.12       Appeal No. 11/2007 Shri Ramesh S. Gauns Vs Ministry of Environment and Forests and Ors in the Sarvona Iron and Manganese Ore Mine (ML area- 72.00 ha and production 0.302 MTPA) in Goa of M/s Zantye & Co. Pvt. Ltd. - regarding

 

            M/s Zantye & Co. Pvt. Limited were accorded environmental clearance on 21 August, 2007 vide letter no. J-11015/396/2006-IA-II (M) for Sarvona Iron & Manganese ore Mine (TC no. 28 of 1953) in District North Goa in Goa subject to stipulation of environmental safeguards.

            Subsequently, an Appeal was filed by Shri Ramesh S. Gausn before the National Environment Appellant Authority (NEAA) challenging the environmental clearance. The Appeal was disallowed by the NEAA vide order dated 16.09.2008 for want of merit. The Appellant filed a Writ Petition (Civil) No. 8174 of 2009 in High Court of Delhi. The Hon’ble High Court vide order dated 12.08.2009 referred the matter to the NEAA for the hearing.  The Appeal was heard on 1.09.2009 and 18.09.2009.

            The Appeal was dismissed by NEAA vide order dated 17.12.2009 with the following directions:

“As regards the canal being constructed for public purposes, Authority feels that canal alignment should be totally excluded from mining activities including pits and mineral reject dumps.

In fine, the authority finds that environmental clearance of the Ministry issued with necessary safeguards and mitigative measures, is sound on environmental grounds subject to the condition that no mining activity including mineral reject dumping should take place in canal alignment.”

The matter was placed before the Committee in pursuance of the order of NEAA. The Committee stipulated the following additional condition:

“ The company shall ensure that no silt originating due to mining activity is transported out of the lease hold through surface water courses (if any) flowing in the area or othewise. Proper drainage of the waste dumps shall be provided to prevent siltation of downstream water bodies. The dumps per se shall be drained and surface of the dump should be properly vegetated. Further, measures shall be undertaken that no mining activity shall be carried including dumping of mineral rejects in the canal alignment.”

 

26th March, 2010

7.2.1      Redi Iron ore mine of M/s Gogte Minerals over an extent of 94.7060 ha at Village Redi, Taluka Vengurla in District Sindhdurg in Maharashtra- Reg. Environmental Clearance

M/s Gogte Minerals and their consultants Mineral Engineering Services, Bellary, Karnataka gave a detailed presentation on the salient features of their proposed project and provided the following information:

The proposal is for Iron Ore mining at capacity 0.368 MTPA. The lease area is 94.706 ha, which is a private land. The lease is located at a distance of 700 m away from the Shiroda Creek and 1.6 km from  the Terekhol Creek. Out of 94.706 ha, mining will be carried out in 35.45 ha. An area of 20.41 ha will be kept for waste dump; 1.5 ha for infrastructure; 3.34 ha for roads; 0.16 ha for crushing and screening; 60.25 ha for settling tank and water reservoirs; and 31.0428 ha will remain unutilised. The lease area has undulating terrain having average altitudes ranging from 15 to 46 m above MSL.  The total mineable reserve of the ores are 7.0 MT. Life of the mine at proposed rate of production will be 20 years. Method of mining will be open cast mechanized. There are no wild life sanctuaries, national parks, biosphere reserves, heritage sites etc. within 10.0 km of the lease area. Sawantwadi R.F is located 2.5 km from the lease in the north east direction. Ultimate depth of mining will be at 85 to 100 m below MSL. Ground water table is at 5 m above MSL. Mining will intersect water table.

A detailed Hydro-geological study has been carried out. The result indicates the following:

i)             the radius of influence due to mine pit dewatering extends up to about 212 m around the mine pit;

ii)            the groundwater development is about 47.03 %, which is well within the safe limits as per Central Ground Water Board norms;

iii)           there are no reported falling trends in the ground water levels both during pre-monsoon and post monsoon;

iv)          no change in ground water regime due to mining activity has been observed.

     The ore body is limited in aerial extent and is sandwiched between impervious layers and hence mining and deepening of the pit may not lead to abnormal change in water quality. Peak water requirement at the mine will be 508 KLD, which will be met from ground water. Life of the mine is 20 years and ore reserves are 7 MT. Solid waste of around 1.57 MT will be generated. These will be used for back-filling of the worked out pits. No relocation and rehabilitation of population will be involved. Mining plan has been approved by Indian Bureau of Mines on 27.07.2007. Public hearing was held on 04.07.2008.  Cost of the project will be Rs 3.0 Crores.

The Expert Appraisal Committee earlier considered the project in its meeting held on 5th November, 2008.

Ministry’s representative informed that written objections against this mine have been received along with photographs (satellite imagery) of the lease area showing location of the mine very close to the Creek/Arabian Sea. The Committee was informed that the complainant(s) has alleged that the mining pits are already 15 -20 m below sea level and incidents of sea water entering fresh water sources have already been reported in the area.

The proponent clarified that the mine lease which was falling in the CRZ has been carved out. Regarding sea water intrusion, the proponent have carried out hydro geological study which indicates that there is no sea water intrusion. There is an impervious barrier of phyllite clay between the sea and the mine. Further a tank (water body) of 2.0 lakh litre capacity of sweet water has been constructed by the state authority to supply drinking water from the mine pit to the nearby villages.

In view of the above information, the then EAC(Mining) had recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to the project proponent submitting clearance from the State Coastal Zone Management Authority and stipulation of the specific conditions.

The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) has granted clearance on 06.01.2010 subject to the specific conditions. The MCZMA directed that mining activity shall not be carried out in CRZ affected area i.e. survey no. 32 New (234 old). A small area of 0.4 ha falls within 500 m CRZ limit in survey no. 32 where there was no proposal for mining for which Affidavit was submitted by the proponent. The waste generated from the proposed activity shall not be dumped in the CRZ area and detailed waste management plan shall be submitted before commencing mining operation.

The present EAC-2 (Mining) desired to know that where the waste dumps will be disposed. To this, proponent clarified that the waste dump will be disposed on the waste pit of other mine which is adjacent to the proposed mine. Further, it was also clarified that land has been acquired on lease basis. To a query regarding nesting sites of birds and other animals in Kanyalwadi Mangrove forest, it was clarified that no nesting sites of avifauna were found.

Regarding ingress of sea water, the proponent again clarified that there are 46 observation pits and have also carried hydro geological study, which indicates that there is no sea water intrusion. There is an impervious barrier of phyllite clay between the sea and the mine. Further, a tank (water body) of 2.0 lakh litre capacity of sweet water has been constructed by the state authority to supply drinking water from the mine pit to the nearby villages.

The present Committee also noted that the proponent need to provide clarification with respect to hydro-geological report. On p.4 of report, factor (K12-K22) is taken as 2-4 m. On p. 7 of 11/3 of the report K=2m/day, how it has been arrived and T is obtained as 75 to 150 m3/day. On p.7 of report regarding Hudak method, Q= 500m3/day and t= 60 days which needs to be clarified. The requisite clarifications have been furnished.

After detailed deliberations, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to stipulation of following additional conditions:

i)       No two pits shall be simultaneously worked. After exhausting the first mine pit and before starting mining operations in the next pit, reclamation and plantation works in the exhausted pit shall be completed so as to ensure that reclamation, forest cover and vegetation are visible during the first year of mining operations in the next pit. This process shall be followed till the last pit is exhausted. Adequate rehabilitation of mined pit shall be completed before any new ore body is worked.

ii)      The ground water quality shall be monitored regularly to check ingress of sea water by having observation wells around the ML area along the sea cost.

iii)     Primary survey of flora and fauna shall be carried out and data shall be submitted to the Regional Office of the Ministry within six months.

iv)     Conservation plan for wildlife shall be prepared in consultation with the Chief Wild Life Warden and implemented. The plan shall consist of in-built monitoring and evaluation mechanism. Necessary fund for implementation of the same shall be separately allocated and shall not be diverted for any other activity.

v)      Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land. Action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be submitted to the Regional office of the Ministry within six months before start of mining. Annual status of implementation of the plan and expenditure thereon shall be reported to the Regional Office of the Ministry.

vi)     Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor sections of the area. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme. Company shall provide separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs.

vii)    Maintenance of village roads through which transportation of ores are undertaken shall be carried out by the company regularly at its own expenses.  The roads shall be black topped.

viii)   Fugitive dust generation shall be controlled. Fugitive dust emission shall be regularly monitored at locations of nearest human habitation (including schools and other public amenities located nearest to sources of dust generation as applicable) and records submitted to the Regional Office of the Ministry.

ix)     Monitoring of surface and ground water quality within 5.0 km of the lease shall be regularly conducted and records maintained and data submitted to the regional office of the Ministry regularly. Further, monitoring points shall be located between the mine and drainage in the direction of flow of ground water and records maintained.

x)      Provision shall be made for housing the laborers within the site with all  necessary infrastructure and facilities such as fuel for cooking, mobile toilets, mobile STP, safe drinking water, medical health care, crèche etc. The housing may be in the form of temporary structures to be removed after the completion of the project.

xi)     Trenches / garland drains shall be constructed at foot of dumps and coco filters installed at regular intervals to arrest silt from being carried to water bodies. Adequate number of Check Dams and Gully Plugs shall be constructed across seasonal/perennial nallahs (if any) flowing through the ML area and silts arrested. De- silting at regular intervals shall be carried out.

xii)    Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be carried out. The company shall engage a full time qualified doctor who is trained in occupational health. Periodic monitoring for exposure to respirable mineral dust on the workers shall be conducted and records maintained including health records of the workers.  Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. shall be carried out periodically. Review of impact of various health measures undertaken (at interval of five years of less) shall be conducted followed by follow up action wherever required.

xiii)   Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be submitted to the Ministry within six months.

7.2.2      Iron ore, Manganese ore , fie clay and Dolomite mines at villages Kondli, Mavinahalli Villages, Gubbi Taluk, in District Tumkur in Karnataka (ML no.1986/2229, extent 129.50 ha) by M/s Khanija Enterprises. Reg. Environmental Clearance

The project proponent did not attend the meeting and there was no information in this regard. The Committee decided to consider the project when so requested by the project proponent.

7.2.3      Green Quartz Iron and Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Kumari S. Mangala, at Village Arasanaghatta, Taluk Holalkere, District Chitradurga in Karnataka. Reg. Environmental Clearance

The project proponent did not attend the meeting and there was no information in this regard. The Committee decided to consider the project when so requested by the project proponent.

7.2.4      Bhandarbodi Manganese Mine of M/s The Central India Mining & Marketing Corporation, Village Bhandarbodi, Tehsil Ramtek, District Nagpur, Maharashtra ( ML area 50.00 ha, production capacity of manganese 14, 000 TPA) Reg. TOR

The proposal for Bhandarbodi Manganese Mine of M/s The Central India Mining & Marketing Corporation, Village Bhandarbodi, Tehsil Ramtek, District Nagpur, Maharashtra was placed before the EAC (Mining) to prescribe the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA Notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form -1 along with the pre-feasibility report. A presentation was also made by representative of the company and their consultant M/s Pollution and Ecology Control Services, Nagpur on the salient features and other details of the project. 

The lease area of the mine is 50 ha and the entire area is forest land. Total geological reserves of manganese ore are 5,04,126 Tonnes and anticipated life of the mine is 30 years. Method of mining will be opencast semi-mechanized. About 58,307 m3 of waste will be generated which will be dumped on the non-mineralize area of 25217 m2 with height of 2m. The total area for dumping for conceptual period will be 34,902 m2 with maximum height of 4 m. About 40m3/day of water requirement will be met from the local supplier.

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

1.      Status of forestry clearance for the 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.  

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

3.      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.

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

5.      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. 

6.      Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  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.

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

8.      Impact of change of land use particularly agriculture land and gaucher / grazing land, if any. 

9.      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. 

10.   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. One monitoring station for AAQ shall be set-up near the Village Soradih.

11.   Mineralogical composition of the dust along with percentage of silica fractions in the dust particle and particle size analysis.

12.   Air quality modelling shall 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 shall be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20.   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. 

21.   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.).  

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

23.   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.

24.   Blast Vibration Study shall be carried. Optimal charge per delay shall b fixed as per the Blast Vibration Study.

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

26.   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.

27.   Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

28.   Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

29.   Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

30.   Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

31.   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. 

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

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

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

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

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

(a)     Detail contact address of the project proponent including telephone numbers, e-mail ID etc shall be provided. Request for consideration for environmental clearance or any other communication regarding the project shall be made by the project proponent/ authorized person and not by its legal representative / consultant.

(b)     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.

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

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

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

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

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

   (h)     The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl) / National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no F. No. J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II (I) dated 2nd December, 2009 is posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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. 

It was decided that based on the above TORs, the draft EIA report shall be prepared and submitted to the State Pollution Control Board. The final EIA report incorporating the issues raised during the public hearing and response of the project proponent in tabular form thereafter shall be submitted to the Ministry along with requisite documents for appraisal by the EAC-2 (Mining) for consideration of environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.

7.2.5      Chilai Dolomite Mine of M/s Mohammadi Minerals, Village Chilai, Tehsil Wani, District Yavatmal, Maharashtra (ML area 61.91 ha and production capacity 12,000 TPA)  Reg. TOR

The proposal for Chilai Dolomite Mine of M/s Mohammadi Minerals, Village Chilai, Tehsil Wani, District Yavatmal, Maharashtra was placed before the EAC (Mining) to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA Notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form -1 along with the pre-feasibility report. A presentation was also made by representative of the company and their consultant M/s Pollution and Ecology Control Services, Nagpur on the salient features and other details of the project.  

The lease area of the mine is 61.91 ha which is Government revenue land. No forest land is involved. However, reserve forest is located at a distance of 1 km from the mine and River Vaidarbha flows at a distance of 1 km. Total proved geological reserves of dolomite ore are 2.99 MT. Method of mining will be opencast mechanized. About 12,845 Tonnes of waste material will be generated which will be dumped on the non-mineralized area within the mine lease boundary. About 40m3/day of water requirement will be met from the ground water source.

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

Executive summary of the project indicating relevant details shall be provided     and issues raised in public hearing along with action plan to address the same shall be provided in tabular form including requisite allocation of funds.

2)       A copy of lease deed allocated (lease execution) in the name of the company shall be provided along with mining plan (including progressive mine closure plan).

3)       Layout plan indicating break-up of lease area indicating area for excavation for mining, waste dump, mineral storage, top soil storage, green belt, infrastructure, roads shall be provided

1)       Photograph of the mine lease area, where mining activity is proposed to be undertaken shall be provided.

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

1)       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.

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

3)       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. 

4)       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.

5)       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. 

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

7)       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. 

8)       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. One monitoring station for AAQ shall be set-up near the Village Soradih.

9)       Mineralogical composition of the dust along with percentage of silica fractions in the dust particle and particle size analysis.

10)    Air quality modelling shall 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 shall 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.

11)    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. 

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

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

14)    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.

15)    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.

16)    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. 

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

18)    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. 

19)    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.).  

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

21)    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.

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

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

24)    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.

25)    Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

26)    Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

27)    Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

28)    Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

29)    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. 

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

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

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

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

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

(a)     Detail contact address of the project proponent including telephone numbers, e-mail ID etc shall be provided. Request for consideration for environmental clearance or any other communication regarding the project shall be made by the project proponent/ authorized person and not by its legal representative / consultant.

(b)     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.

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

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

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

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

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

   (h)     The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl) / National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no F. No. J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II (I) dated 2nd December, 2009 is posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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.

It was decided that based on the above TORs, the draft EIA report shall be prepared and submitted to the State Pollution Control Board. The final EIA report incorporating the issues raised during the public hearing and response of the project proponent in tabular form thereafter shall be submitted to the Ministry along with requisite documents for appraisal by the EAC-2 (Mining) for consideration of environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.

7.2.6      Sohale Iron Ore Mine of M/s Ajanta Minerals, Village Sohale, Taluka Korchi, District Gadhiroli, Maharashtra ( ML area 65.00 ha and production capacity of Iron Ore 40, 000 TPA) Reg. TOR

The proposal for Sohale Iron Ore Mine of M/s Ajanta Minerals, Village Sohale, Taluka Korchi, District Gadhiroli, Maharashtra was placed before the EAC (Mining) to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA Notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form -1 along with the pre-feasibility report. A presentation was also made by representative of the company and their consultant M/s Pollution and Ecology Control Services, Nagpur on the salient features and other details of the project.  

The lease area of the mine is 65.00 ha which is Government revenue land. No forest land is involved. However, reserve forest is located at a distance of 1 km from the mine. Total proved geological reserves of Iron ore are 84, 750 Tonnes. Method of mining will be opencast and manual. About 45,000 m3 of waste material will be generated during the first five years which will be dumped on the non-mineralized area within the mine lease boundary. Subsequently the pits developed due to extraction of ore will be concurrently back filled with the waste material and plantation on the back filled area will be carried.

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

1.     Executive summary of the project indicating relevant details shall be provided and issues raised in public hearing along with action plan to address the same shall be provided in tabular form including requisite allocation of funds.

2.     A copy of lease deed allocated (lease execution) in the name of the company shall be provided along with mining plan (including progressive mine closure plan).

3.     Layout plan indicating break-up of lease area indicating area for excavation for mining, waste dump, mineral storage, top soil storage, green belt, infrastructure, roads shall be provided

4.     Photograph of the mine lease area, where mining activity is proposed to be undertaken shall be provided.

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

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

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

8.     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. 

9.     Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  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.

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

11.   Impact of change of land use particularly agriculture land and gaucher / grazing land, if any. 

12.   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. 

13.   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. One monitoring station for AAQ shall be set-up near the Village Soradih.

14.   Mineralogical composition of the dust along with percentage of silica fractions in the dust particle and particle size analysis.

15.   Air quality modelling shall 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 shall be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23.   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. 

24.   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.).  

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

26.   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.

27.   Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

29.   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.

30.   Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

31.   Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

32.   Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

36.   Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

37.   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. 

38.   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. 

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

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

41.   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)     Detail contact address of the project proponent including telephone numbers, e-mail ID etc shall be provided. Request for consideration for environmental clearance or any other communication regarding the project shall be made by the project proponent/ authorized person and not by its legal representative / consultant.

(b)     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.

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

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

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

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

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

   (h)     The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl) / National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no F. No. J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II (I) dated 2nd December, 2009 is posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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. 

It was decided that based on the above TORs, the draft EIA report shall be prepared and submitted to the State Pollution Control Board. The final EIA report incorporating the issues raised during the public hearing and response of the project proponent in tabular form thereafter shall be submitted to the Ministry along with requisite documents for appraisal by the EAC-2 (Mining) for consideration of environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.

7.2.7      Bhandarbodi Manganese Mine of M/s Jagdamba Power & Alloys Ltd., Village Bhandarbodi, Tehsil Ramtek, District Nagpur, Maharashtra (ML area 90.95 ha and Production Capacity 2, 25, 000 m3/annum) Reg. TOR

The proposal for Bhandarbodi Manganese Mine of M/s Jagdamba Power & Alloys Ltd., Village Bhandarbodi, Tehsil Ramtek, District Nagpur, Maharashtra was placed before the EAC (Mining) to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA Notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form -1 along with the pre-feasibility report. A presentation was also made by representative of the company and their consultant M/s Pollution and Ecology Control Services, Nagpur on the salient features and other details of the project.  

The lease area of the mine is 90.95 ha which is Government revenue land. No forest land is involved. However, reserve forest is located at a distance of 1 km from the mine. Total proved geological reserves of Iron ore are 84, 750 Tonnes. Method of mining will be opencast and manual. About 94,000 m3 of waste material will be generated during the first five years which will be dumped on the non-mineralized area of 1.50 ha within the mine lease boundary. Besides 12, 000 m3/annum of rejects will be generated which will be stacked. Water requirement of 100m3/day will be met from the ground water source and open well water nearby.

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

1)      Executive summary of the project indicating relevant details shall be provided and issues raised in public hearing along with action plan to address the same shall be provided in tabular form including requisite allocation of funds.

2)      A copy of lease deed allocated (lease execution) in the name of the company shall be provided along with mining plan (including progressive mine closure plan).

3)      Layout plan indicating break-up of lease area indicating area for excavation for mining, waste dump, mineral storage, top soil storage, green belt, infrastructure, roads shall be provided

4)      Photograph of the mine lease area, where mining activity is proposed to be undertaken shall be provided.

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

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

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

8)      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. 

9)      Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  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.

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

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

12)   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. 

13)   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. One monitoring station for AAQ shall be set-up near the Village Soradih.

14)   Mineralogical composition of the dust along with percentage of silica fractions in the dust particle and particle size analysis.

15)   Air quality modelling shall 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 shall be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23)   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. 

24)   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.).  

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

26)   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.

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

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

29)   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.

30)   Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

31)   Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

32)   Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

33)   Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(a)     Detailed contact address of the project proponent including telephone numbers, e-mail ID etc shall be provided. Request for consideration for environmental clearance or any other communication regarding the project shall be made by the project proponent/ authorized person and not by its legal representative / consultant.

(b)     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.

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

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

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

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

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

   (h)     The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl) / National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no F. No. J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II (I) dated 2nd December, 2009 is posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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. 

It was decided that based on the above TORs, the draft EIA report shall be prepared and submitted to the State Pollution Control Board. The final EIA report incorporating the issues raised during the public hearing and response of the project proponent in tabular form thereafter shall be submitted to the Ministry along with requisite documents for appraisal by the EAC-2 (Mining) for consideration of environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.

7.2.8      Garaa Dolomite Mine of M/s Linkson Coal & Minerals Pvt. Ltd., Village Garaa, Taluka Ramtek, District Nagpur, Maharashtra ( ML area 74.99 ha and production capacity of dolomite 1, 00, 000 TPA) Reg. TOR

The proposal for Garaa Dolomite Mine of M/s Linkson Coal & Minerals Pvt. Ltd., Village Garaa, Taluka Ramtek, District Nagpur, Maharashtra was placed before the EAC (Mining) to prescribe the terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of EIA Notification, dated September 14, 2006. The proponent has submitted information in the prescribed Form -1 along with the pre-feasibility report. A presentation was also made by representative of the company and their consultant M/s Pollution and Ecology Control Services, Nagpur on the salient features and other details of the project.  

The lease area of the mine is 74.99 ha of which 62.7 ha is private land and 12.29 ha is Government waste land. No forest land is involved. The reserve forest and protected forest are at a distance of 1 km of the mine. River Teliya flows at a distance of 1.5 km from the mine. Total proved geological reserves of Iron ore are 14.4 MT and life of the mine 60 years. Method of mining will be opencast and semi-mechanized involving drilling and blasting. About 37,726 m3 of waste material will be generated which will be dumped within the mine area.

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

1.    Executive summary of the project indicating relevant details shall be provided and issues raised in public hearing along with action plan to address the same shall be provided in tabular form including requisite allocation of funds.

2.    A copy of lease deed allocated (lease execution) in the name of the company shall be provided along with mining plan (including progressive mine closure plan).

3.    Layout plan indicating break-up of lease area indicating area for excavation for mining, waste dump, mineral storage, top soil storage, green belt, infrastructure, roads shall be provided

4.    Photograph of the mine lease area, where mining activity is proposed to be undertaken shall be provided.

5.    Number of land outstees and mode of compensation shall be spelt out.

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

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

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

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

10. 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.

11. 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. 

12. Impact of change of land use particularly agriculture land and gaucher / grazing land, if any. 

13. 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. 

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

15. Mineralogical composition of the dust along with percentage of silica fractions in the dust particle and particle size analysis.

16. Air quality modelling shall 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 shall 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.

17. 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. 

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

19. Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project shall be indicated.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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. 

23. Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project shall be provided. 

24. 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. 

25. 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.).  

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

27. 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.

28. Details of the basic amenities and infrastructural facilities to be provided for the mine workers shall be indicated.

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

30. 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.

31. Land-use pattern of the nearby villages shall be studied, including identification of common property resources available for conversion into productive land and action plan for abatement and compensation for damage to agricultural land/ common property land (if any) in the nearby villages, due to mining activity shall be prepared.

32. Need based assessment for the near by villages shall be conducted to study economic measures which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme.  This will be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs. Separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes shall be specified.

33. Implementation of Occupational health and safety measures for the workers including identification of work related health hazards, training on malaria eradication, HIV, and health effects on exposure to mineral dust etc. shall be prepared, including record keeping procedures. Awareness programme for workers on impact of mining on their health and precautionary measures like use of personal equipments etc. to be carried periodically shall also be submitted.

34. Green belt development and selection of plant species shall be as per CPCB guidelines.  Herbs and shrubs shall also form a part of afforestation programme besides tree plantation. Details of year wise afforestation programme including rehabilitation of mined out area shall be prepared.

35. Measures of socio-economic influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponentmay be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions to be given. 

36. Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia, 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. 

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

38. Details of litigation, if any pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project may be furnished. 

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

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

(a)     Detail contact address of the project proponent including telephone numbers, e-mail ID etc shall be provided. Request for consideration for environmental clearance or any other communication regarding the project shall be made by the project proponent/ authorized person and not by its legal representative / consultant.

(b)     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.

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

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

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

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

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

   (h)     The consultants involved in the preparation of EIA/EMP report after accreditation with Quality Council of India (OCl) / National Accreditation Board of Education and Training (NABET) would need to include a certificate in this regard in the EIA/EMP reports prepared by them and data provided by other organization/Laboratories including their status of approvals etc. In this regard circular no F. No. J -l1013/77/2004-IA-II (I) dated 2nd December, 2009 is posted on the Ministry’s website http://www.moef.nic.in may be referred.

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. 

It was decided that based on the above TORs, the draft EIA report shall be prepared and submitted to the State Pollution Control Board. The final EIA report incorporating the issues raised during the public hearing and response of the project proponent in tabular form thereafter shall be submitted to the Ministry along with requisite documents for appraisal by the EAC-2 (Mining) for consideration of environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA notification dated September 14, 2006.

 

 

 

Any Other Item

Site visit report on the  Expansion of Velas-Sakhri Bauxite Mine (ML area 91.10 ha  from 0.048 to 0.45 MTPA production)  of M/s Ashapura Minechem Ltd., at village Velas & Sakhri,  Mandangarh Taluk,  Ratnagiri Distt., Maharashtra.

The above mentioned project is under consideration for expansion of existing Bauxite mine production from 0.048 MTPA to 0.45 MTPA.The TORs were prescribed on 1.1.2008 for undertaking detailed EIA study. The proposal for obtaining environmental clearance, after conducting public hearing, was submitted in the Ministry on 12.8.2008.

The proposal was considered by the then Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for Mining on 3rd– 4th September, 2008. Since the lease is very close to the Arabian Sea  therefore, the proponent were advised to obtain clearance from the State Coastal Zone Management Authority(SCZMA) for consideration of their proposal for environmental clearance. The proponent took time to submit the CRZ clearance from the SCZMA, on receipt of which the proposal was further considered by the previous EAC in its meeting held on 2nd -3rd June, 2009. The mine being close to the sea and going deeper than the mean sea level, the Committee sought certain details, primarily on ground water management and desired a hydro geological study to be carried out and EIA report revised accordingly. The Committee also decided to have a site inspection of the area by a Sub-Committee. The inspection by the Sub-Committee could not however take place due to preoccupation of the members and in the meanwhile, the EAC has been reconstituted.

The present reconstituted EAC-2 (Mining) in its meeting held on 25-26 Feb, 2010 noted that the revised EIA report and other information, as sought by the earlier EAC, having been submitted by the proponent, the site inspection may be carried expeditiously by a Sub-Committee of the presnt EAC.  A Sub-Committee was constituted comprising of Shri S.B.S.Chauhan, Member, Dr. Vijay S. Kulkarni, Member and Shri Om Prakash, Deputy Director, MoEF. The site was inspected on 17th March, 2010.    

The site inspection report prepared by the said Sub-Committee was placed before EAC in its meeting held on 25-26 March, 2010. The presentation on the report was given by Shri S.B.S. Chauhan, Member of the Sub-Committee along with conclusions and recommendations of the Sub-Committee, viz:

            A.        CONCLUSIONS:

(i)      Mining has been carried without prior environmental clearance as required under EIA Notification, 1994 during the period 2005-2008.

(ii)     Over production of Bauxite ore from the mine contravenes `Consent to Operate Permission` (COP) issued by MPCB.

(iii)     Commitments in mining plan in respect of Greenbelt and reclamation & rehabilitation of mined out areas  are not complied with.

(iv)      Issues raised during public hearing concerning impact on mango productivity, over production of mineral, no black topped roads in and around ML area, no provision of fuel to workers/labourers etc seem to be genuine.

 

 

B.         RECOMMENDATIONS:

v  As the ML area is close to HTL of the Arabian Sea, CRZ clearance also needs to be obtained.  The revenue maps and a CRZ map prepared and authenticated by one of the authorized agency need to be submitted to the SCZMA and a clear recommendation of the SCZMA need to be obtained in respect of CRZ applicability. The same may be forwarded to the Ministry with all maps as submitted to the SCZMA.

v  Since the mine was in the name of Velas-Sakhari Bauxite mine, because lands of both villages were involved and now 80.20 ha land is proposed to be surrendered which mainly belongs to Velas village. Therefore project name may be changed to Sakhari Bauxite Mine instead of the earlier one.

v  Status of Court case W.P. (PIL) 137/2009 before Hon’ble High Court at Bombay shall be submitted to the Ministry.

v  Action as per Law and Procedures may be recommended by the EAC for violations by the M/s Ashapura Minechem Ltd. of CTO conditions, operations without EC and statutory provisions of mining plan.

v  A time bound plan to comply with all the conditions/statutory provisions stipulated in CTO, Mining Plan etc shall be submitted to this Ministry immediately for taking a view in the matter. The proposal for expansion may not be considered in view of the mineral left in the mining area, violations done by the proponent and non compliance of provisions and conditions.

 

The EAC, after detailed discussion, accepted the recommendations of the site inspection report of the above mentioned project presented by the Sub-Committee. The EAC recommended that the Ministry may take appropriate action against M/s Ashapura Minechem Ltd for violating the provisions of the EIA Notification, 1994, as reported by the Sub-Committee in its report and also deferred consideration of the proposal till all the actions and details, as suggested by the sub committee in its report, within a time bound action plan of 6 months are complied with by the company. The Committee also recommended for delisting the proposal.

There being no other agenda item, the meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

It was decided that the next meeting will be held on 28th, 29th & 30th April, 2010.

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