MINUTES

 

          The Minutes of the 86th Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Building Construction, Coastal Regulation Zone, Infrastructure Development and Miscellaneous projects held on 25th – 26th March, 2010 at Conference Hall, Van Vigyan Bhawan, R.K. Puram Sector – V, New Delhi.

         

1.       Opening Remarks of the Chairman.

 

          The Chairman welcomed the members to the 86th meeting of the EAC. He requested Dr. Ramesh Ramachandran to brief the Members regarding important works he was carrying out for coastal areas, mapping with the help of latest satellite imageries to examine the erosion. He also requested Dr. H.R.V. Reddy to brief the members regarding the training programmes, he was conducting.

 

          The Member Secretary informed about the Office Memorandum issued on 15.03.2010 by the Ministry regarding the consideration of projects for Environmental Clearance based on Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI). This Office Memorandum is in continuation to the earlier office memorandum issued on 13.01.2010 imposing a temporary moratorium for a period upto August, 2010 on consideration of projects for Environmental Clearance.  The details were re-examined by the CPCB and now they have provided specific details about the industrial clusters, where the CEPI is high.  

 

          The Member Secretary further informed about the action taken on the decisions of the 85th meeting held on 25th – 26th February, 2010 in New Delhi. He also briefed the Committee regarding various agenda items.

 

2.      Confirmation of the Minutes of the 85th Meeting of the EAC held on 25th - 26th February, 2010 at New Delhi.

 

          Minutes of the 85th Meeting of the EAC held on 25th – 26th February, 2010 at New Delhi were confirmed as circulated to the Members.

 

3.      Consideration of old Proposals:

 

3.1    Multi-product SEZ at Khed, District Pune, Maharashtra by M/s. Khed Economic Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.          (F.No.21-944/2007-IA.III)

 

          The project involves the development of multi-product SEZ on a plot area of 4,500 ha. Total area notified by the Maharashtra Govt. is 6850 ha. The total project area is 4500 ha. out of which 1705.62 ha. is already acquired and 2794.38 ha land is under acquisition.  Industries likely to be set up are : heavy industries, light industries, electronics and electrical products, automobiles, biolichnology, pharmaceutical, IT/ITES / Food processing, textiles and apparel, gems, jewelry, plastics, aviation & logistics. No chemical industries are proposed, Under Pharmaceutical category, only formulation is proposed. The total water requirement is 353.50 MLD (source – Chas Kaman and Bhama Askhed Dams). Treated waste water will be 153 MLD (81.60 MLD from industrial use and 71.40 MLD from domestic use). The proposal will have 7 STPs. The project proponent informed that no Forest area has been acquired for SEZ. The Chief Conservator of Forests has authenticated map stating that the project area does not fall under Eco-sensitive area and NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden is awaited. Budget of R&R for Phase I is 208 Cr and for Phase II is 407 crores.

         

          The proposal was earlier considered in the 75th EAC meeting held on 6th – 7th October, 2009 and again in the 76th EAC meeting held on 20th November, 2009. The public hearing was conducted on 8th March, 2010 and project proponent submitted the revised EIA based on the issues raised by the public and also the observations made by the Expert Appraisal Committee.

 

          The details submitted by the project proponent were taken up for discussion in this meeting.

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Separate clearance shall be obtained for CETP.

(ii)              Submit details regarding the generation and utilization of wind energy for the project. 

(iii)            Submit the technological details for biomethanation of bio-degradable waste.

(iv)             Submit Disaster Management Plan and Emergency Evacuation Plan both for natural and man-made disasters.

(v)                Submit the details of the status of the High Court case as mentioned in the public hearing.

(vi)             Reserved forest area is encircled by the SEZ. Necessary permission/NOC shall be obtained from the Forest Department as some of the forest patches are within the SEZ area.

(vii)           Permission / NOC for drawing water from Chaskaman and Bhama Askhad dams.

(viii)        MoU for disposal of TSDF/BMW/E-waste management shall be submitted before the commencement.

(ix)            NOC for drawing ground water from Central Ground water Authority shall be obtained.

(x)               Zoning of industries shall be done for environmental planning. Adopt the concept of industrial ecology.

(xi)            All the commitments made in the public hearing shall be strictly complied.

(xii)          Necessary provision to develop facilities for disabled people shall be made under CSR.

 

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

 

3.2    CRZ clearance for Ullal coastal erosion and in let improvement   project at village Ullal, District Mangalore,       Karnataka by M/s. Public Works Department, Govt. of Karnataka [F.No.11-95/2009-IA.III]

         

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves carrying out coastal protection measures at Ullal, South Karnataka to solve severe coastal erosion. Ullal beach has been seriously eroding for over decades, and local people are adversely affected from severe waves. Many houses has been lost to the south of the entrance training walls. Now, the residents are threatened by waves over the full year and under sever threat in the monsoon. Karnataka has a coastline of about 300 km long and about 250 km (89%) is affected by erosion. Since coastal protection is taken up to manage impending disasters, the range of possible interventions is limited to a few hard structural measures such as sea walls and groins. The investigations have revealed that Ullal Beach is eroding for two key reasons: (i) The alignment of the beach is not in equilibrium with the wave climate, with extremely large amounts of sand being lost to the south each year; and (ii) Insufficient sand is being provided from the northern beaches and the river, due to several factors including the northern bias in the alignment of the breakwater training walls.

 

          It is proposed to have a hybrid solution to the erosion problem which will have (i) Altered breakwater training walls to ensure that sand coming from the river is driven south and that natural by-passing occurs more effectively; (ii) Re-alignment of the Ullal Beach to face more directly into the waves, and thereby stop the large quantity of sand moving south and being lost from the beaches; (iii) Nourishment of the beach to ‘catch up’ on the long history of erosion; and (iv) Construction of 2 offshore multi-purpose artificial soft reefs about 600 m from shore with a gap of 1 km and 4 km near shore berms to hold proposed  nourishment in place.  The proposed work at Ullal beach is likely to enhance the area’s natural ecology, both flora and fauna in the near shore and affects will therefore be felt further offshore in fishing zones. The total cost of the project proposed is Rs.1431.00 crores.

 

          The proposal was discussed by the EAC in its 82nd meeting hedl on 23rd – 24th November 2009. The EAC after examination had called for additional information. The details submitted were discussed. During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Periodical monitoring of the shoreline changes shall be monitored and a six monthly report shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

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

 

3.3    CRZ Clearance for car depots at Charkop and Mankhurd along with alignment of 32 Km through Mahim creek, Mithi river and Vakola Nalla, Village Mahim, Mumbai by M/s. Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, Mumbai [F.No. 11-97/2009-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves establishment of Car Depots at Mankhurd and Charkop ‘Bandra’ Mankhurd corridor under Mumbai Metro Rail Project. The master plan for Mumbai Metro proposed by DMRC along with its phased implementation includes nine corridors covering a length of 146.50 km out of which 32.50 km is proposed underground and rest would be elevated. The Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd corridor is second corridor providing West to East connectivity in greater Mumbai covering length of 31.871 km. it consists of 27 stations. As per the Traffic forecast, daily boarding will be 12.75 lakhs, 18.77 lakhs and 22.16 lakhs in the years 2.11, 2021 and 2031 respectively. The proposal is being implemented on BOT/PPP basis. Two maintenance depots are proposed at Charkop and Mankhurd with area requirement of 19.69 ha. and 24 ha. respectively. Govt. of India has already accorded approval for Rs. 1532 Cr.

 

          The project was considered by Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority in its 49th Meeting held on 24.02.2009 and again in 51st meeting held on 24.04.2009 and it was stated that the proposed activities are in CRZ-I and are not permissible as per CRZ, 1991. The proposal (F.No.11-45/2009-IA.III) was earlier considered in the 78th meeting of the EAC held on 20th - 22nd July, 2009 in which the Committee recommended to defer and delist the project since it is located in CRZ-I and the activities are not permissible as per CRZ Notification, 1991 and the MCZMA has not recommended the project and also there is a ban on the destruction of mangroves as per the orders of the High Court of Bombay and it was decided that the project will be taken only after the recommendations of MSCZMA on the revised location.

 

          The project proponents revised the proposal. In the present proposal, the project proponent claimed that all the constructions falling in the CRZ-I are proposed on stilt level and will not disturb mangrove in the area. They also mentioned that there is no other site available and to ease the traffic problems, it is very necessary to develop the project. 

 

          The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority’s report received in response to EAC’s earlier reference is not provided as a clear recommendation. While the project proponent have presented some notable changes in the project plans as viewed from the previous position and partially in accordance with stipulations by the EAC earlier. However, the requirements under the CRZ Notifications are still not met.

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 As the proposal indicate an elevated corridor for the metro in order to avoid disturbing the mangroves, a large no. of piles shall be constructed in the area. This will over shadow the entire area and mangroves will not survive under the corridor.

(ii)              Permission of the High Court of Bombay in respect of the activities in mangrove area shall be obtained, if applicable.

(iii)            Submit the details of the court cases on the project with their status.

(iv)             A proposal for compensatory mangrove plantation has also not been submitted which will be required.

(v)                Fresh recommendation shall be obtained from Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority for the revised proposal.

 

          The Committee felt that the proposal is of public importance. However, in the light of above observations, the Committee recommended to defer the project and ask the MCZMA to re-examine the proposal and send a clear recommendation under the provisions of CRZ Notification, 1991.

 

4.      Consideration of New Proposals:

 

4.1           CRZ clearance for development of ship building yard Phase-I at Silambimangalam, Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu by M/s. Good Earth Ship Building [F.No. 10-142/2007-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves development of ship building yard Phase-I at Silambimangalam, Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu.  Tamil Nadu Government has declared the project area as Minor PortSilambimangalam Shipyard Port” and notified in the Gazette on 23.07.2007.

 

          Earlier, the project (Phase-I and Phase-II) was considered in the meeting of Expert committee on Infrastructure development and Miscellaneous Project held on 2nd and 3rd July 2008.  It was noted that around 110 houses in Velingarayanpettai village are falling under the project area. Most of the people in the project affected village are engaged in fishing. It was informed that necessary R&R has been undertaken for the PAP as per the State Government norms. Further, it was informed that a new township will be proposed for Project affected village people. GSPL will be spending around Rs.10 crore for R&R Package. The new township is located in Kothatai village, south of project site. The Committee after detailed discussions recommended the project subject to certain additional information including details of R& R. Now, the proponent has proposed only Phase –I where no R& R is involved.

 

          It is proposed to develop the Phase I on an area of 60.77 hectares (625 X 1100m) at a cost of 300 crores to build ships such as Handymax, Aframax, Panamax, etc. Initially the shipyard would process 50,000 Tons of steel and deliver two ships per annum. Capacity expansion up to 500,000 tons of processed steel is envisioned in subsequent years with setting up of additional fabrication facilities within the proposed yard as per the master plan. During Phase I, the breakwater will be developed to a length of 1130m on the southern side and 300 m on the northern side, so that the total length of the breakwater in Phase I will be 1430m. The phase I will have 2 jetties of size (250m X 20m) and (300 m X 20 m).  It will also comprise of one supply quay of size (250 m X 20m). Onshore structures facilities will include Stock Area, Pre-preparation shops, Assembly shop, Painting and Outfitting shops, Pre-erection shop, Administration and supporting facilities.

 

          The Phase-I proposal was considered in the 54th State CRZ Management Authority meeting held on 28.10.2009 and recommended the proposal vide letter No.21409/EC-3/2009-1, dated 25.02.2010.

 

          The details submitted by the project proponent were discussed. During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 As per the Office Memorandum dated 13.01.2010 - Cuddalore (Tamil Nadu) CEPI score is 77.45 and as per the clarifications issued on 15.03.2010, the above values are for SIPCOT industrial complex Phase I & II. Superimpose and submit the details of SIPCOT Industrial Area Phase-I & II on a map showing the site location with reference to the SIPCOT industrial area.

(ii)              Study the shoreline changes of last ten years and likely changes after the project will be established and the details shall be submitted to the Ministry every year.

(iii)            Submit the likely Impact on Pitchavaram mangroves due to the project.

(iv)             Provision of Rs.10 lakhs / year is too less for R & R.  Reexamine and submit details for the R & R project including both the phases with their status.

(v)                Proper road connectivity shall be made by widening the existing village road. Submit the details of the road network including circulation plan, entry and exits and projected traffic and the projected increase in traffic both for road and rail network.  Also submit details for parking facilities for trucks and loading and unloading facilities. 

(vi)             There shall be no ground water  drawal in CRZ area.

(vii)           VOC monitoring shall be carried out in painting area periodically.

(viii)        There shall be no disposal of effluent, solid wastes etc, into sea.

(ix)            Hazardous Wastes shall be handed over to authorized agencies and MoU shall be submitted before the commencement of plant.

(x)               Organic wastes shall be composted and used for manure.

(xi)            Submit the details of the sand by pass mechanism

(xii)          Explore the possibilities of using the dredge material for shore maintenance on Northern side and submit details.

(xiii)       Submit Disaster Management Plan and Emergency Evacuation Plan both for natural and man-made disasters

 

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

 

4.2           Environmental Clearance for the construction of road from NH-54 (at Lawngtlai) to R. Zocha (at Indo-Myanmar Border) under Kaladan Multi Modal Transport project in the State of Mizoram by M/s. PWD, Highway, Mizoram [F.No.5-30/2008-IA.III].

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves construction of road from NH-54 (at Lawngtlai) to R. Zocha (at Indo-Myanmar Border) under Kaladan Multi Modal Transport project.

The first part of the trade route is through the inland waterway of River Kaladan in Myanmar from its confluence point at Bay of Bengal at Sittwe up to the suitable navigable point at Kaletwa (Setpyitpyin), Myanmar. The second part covers from Kaletwa up to R. Zocha at Indo Myanmar border by road. The proposed road link is to connect Lawngtlai town on NH-54 (India) with the Kaletwe (Myanmar) i.e. Indo - Myanmar border at R.Zocha (Tapu Chaung) in Myanmar. It will form a part of the proposed development of the trade route.  The road connectivity from Lawngtlai town on NH-54 up to Indo Myanmar Border in India is 99.83 kms and from Indo Myanmar Border up to Kaletwe in Myanmar is 62.000 kms.

 

 

 

 

 

          The alignment of the project road mostly falls in the hill ranges that run in the north-south direction, passes through frequently cultivated jhum land in majority of the project corridor. The carriageway width, the cross-drainage structures and bridges are also proposed to be of two-lane standards. The formation width proposed is 12m. The total land requirement is 239.59 ha out of which the Forest land is 15.24 ha,

private land is 42.84 ha and

degraded Jhum land is 181.51 ha. A total of 40 no. of households, 2 churches and 1 Petrol pump from three villages which are located on the proposed alignment need to be removed and then relocated as a result of this about 200 nos. of people would be affected. All affected families belong to Lai Tribe. About 30 per cent of the affected people are coming under below poverty line. The total EMP cost is proposed as Rs. 2.42 crores. The expected cost of the project is Rs. 600 crores.

 

          It was informed that the project road is not passing through any national park, wild life sanctuary, tiger reserve, elephant corridor etc. no rare/ endangered/ unique species of flora & fauna are found on project alignment and no protected monument/ heritage/ archaeological site located in the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          The proposal was discussed by the EAC in its 75th meeting held on 23rd – 24th April 2009 and finalized TOR including to conduct the public hearing.

         

          Public hearing was conducted on 18.11.2009 at Dokulha Hall, Lawngtlai, Mizoram.

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

          As per the project proponent, the road is likely to be declared a National Highway soon. It will become an important trade route, the area is also hilly terrain. 

 

(i)                 It is to be made clear whether the proposed new Highway is National Highway or State Highway.

(ii)              According to the classification decided, (either NH or SH), the road shall be designed adopting IRC guidelines.

(iii)            Since the road is in Seismic Zone V, the road and all structures like bridges, culverts etc. shall be designed and built adopting safety norm applicable for seismic zone V.

(iv)             Service road shall be provided whenever it is passing through settlement.

(v)                The road is crossing Border Roads Organization roads. Necessary clearance shall be obtained from them.

(vi)             The road is crossing a cemetery in segment I of the road.  Necessary clearances shall be obtained.

(vii)           The road having a length of 99.83 km is passing through mountainous, hilly terrain and therefore stability of hill slopes shall be analyzed and proper protective measures shall be undertaken.

(viii)        The road is passing through forest area for a distance of 6.35 km requiring land acquisition of 15.24 hectares. Adequate safety measures shall be provided for animal crossing and prior Forest Clearance shall be obtained. Efforts should be made to minimize the area required from forest.

(ix)            The road is crossing number of rivers. The bridges should be designed and proper protective measures shall be made both at upstream and downstream sides of such bridges.

(x)               Periodic safety audit shall be undertaken and it should be ensured that the road is safe for all road users.

(xi)            Quarry sites for getting construction / materials shall be identified.

(xii)          A 5 km buffer zone is proposed along the road.  It shall be made clear how this buffer zone will be maintained.

(xiii)       IRC guidelines for roads in hilly areas shall be strictly followed.

(xiv)         Necessary measures shall be taken to monitor and protect water bodies along the road.

(xv)           Adequate longitudinal and cross drainage structures shall be provided.

 

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

 

4.3           Environmental Clearance for the proposed International Airport at Kushinagar and Integrated Development of Buddhist Circuit by Department of Tourism, Govt. of U.P. [F.No.10-66/2009-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent the proposal involves development of an International Airport at the existing airstrip at Kushinagar, U.P. There is poor connectivity to Kushinagar limits the inflow of tourist population limiting its potential as an international spiritual tourist destination. Nearest airport is located at Gorakhpur, which around 60 km., limits development as an international airport due to Air force base, limited land availability.

 

The proposed airport is planned to accommodate all narrow bodied aircrafts and occasional wide-bodied aircrafts (B 737, A 320). The existing area is 125 acres and proposed to acquire 425 acres which includes agricultural 17% and 3% land area under settlement. The land is flat terrain with alluvial soil. There are no water bodies at the site. There are no Forests and Eco-sensitive areas. About 300 nos. of trees required to be cut. The Length of the Runway is 3200 m and width is 45 m. The facilities proposed are Runway/Taxiway with Navigational Aids, Apron

, Passenger Terminal and

ATF Storage. The cost of the project will be Rs. 525 crores.

 

          The proposal was discussed by the EAC in its 80th meeting held on 17th – 18th September 2009 and finalized TOR. Public hearing was conducted on 14.02.2010. Project proponent submitted the EIA incorporating all the issues raised during the public hearing. The details submitted by the project proponent were discussed. During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Thick green belt of adequate width shall be planned all around the airport site specially near the settlements to mitigate noise and vibrations. The identification of species/ plants shall be made based on the botanical studies.

(ii)              No fruit tree shall be planted near the airport site.

(iii)            The terminal building shall incorporate the features of local Buddhist architecture in and around the area as well as take special measures to highlight the Indian antiquity through a museum like corner depicting the same.

 

 

 

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

 

4.4           Finalization of ToR for 4/6 laning from Kota to Darrah and 2 lane with paved shoulder from Darrah to Teendhar section of NH-12 in the State of Rajasthan under NHDP Phase III program by M/s. NHAI. [F.No.10-5/2010-IA-III].

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves 4/6 laning from Kota km 256+550 (Ch 0.00) to Darrah km 289+560 (Ch. 33.394) & 2 lane with paved shoulder from Darah km 289.560 (Ch 33.394) to Teendhar km 346+539 (Ch 346+539) section of National Highway 12 (Total Length 88.090 km) in the State of Rajasthan under NHDP Phase III Program.

 

          Existing road width varies 15.0 m to 33.0 m and proposed ROW is 60 m. Total land required for widening is 539.0 ha. and available land is 89 ha. land to be acquired is 450 ha. out of which forest land is 255 ha., agricultural land is 173 ha. and built-up area is 22 ha. The proposal involves clearance under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 for 255.0 ha. of forest land.

 

          The project road traverses through 37 villages in two Districts viz. Kota and Jhalawar. There are about 5000 road side trees in certain stretches along the project road, most of the trees will be saved as 37.912 km realignment is proposed. The road crosses river Kali Sindh. One truck laybay and 16 bus bays have been proposed. Total cost of widening will be Rs. 497.92 crores.

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            Necessary arrangement shall be made for drainage and over flooding of the surrounding area.

(iv)             Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

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

(vi)             Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

(vii)           The proposal indicates 5,000 trees are proposed to be cut. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained for cutting of trees from the competent authorities. Compensatory afforestation / plantation shall be carried out before the cutting of trees.  Efforts should be made to minimize the cutting of trees.

(viii)        The proposal involves diversion of 255 h. of forest land and also passes through a wildlife sanctuary. Necessary permission shall be obtained prior to start of work. 

(ix)            Details of controlling/regulating vehicle movement within the forest area.

(x)               Details of the animal passes including safety measures adopted to prevent animal accidents in the forest area due to vehicle movements.

(xi)            Submit details of requirement of water during the construction phase and its source.

(xii)          Examine and submit the details of R&R.

(xiii)       Examine and submit details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges.

(xiv)         Examine and submit the details of sand quarry to be provided.

(xv)           Examine and submit the details of service roads to be provided.

(xvi)         Examine and submit the details of burrow area and rehabilitation.

(xvii)      Examine and submit the details of the accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

(xviii)    Examine and submit the details of vehicular under passes.

(xix)        Submit the details of road safety and signages.

(xx)          Submit details of co-operate social responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

(xxi)        IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & upgradation of road.

(xxii)     Examine and submit the details of projected noise levels and its likely impact on the nearby habitation. Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

(xxiii)   Examine and submit details of stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment / control of soil erosion from embankment.

(xxiv)    The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance, etc.

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

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

 

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

         

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

 

4.5           Finalization of ToR for widening and improvement of existing 2 lane road (NH-26B) to 2 lane with paved shoulders of Umranala-Ramakona-Sausar-Saoner, in the State of M.P. & Maharashtra by M/s. NHAI [F.No. 10-8/2010-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves widening and improvement of existing road(NH-26B) to 2 lane with paved shoulders, Umranala-Ramakona-Sansar-Sauner, in the State of M.P. & Maharashtra. The project corridor is presently a State Highway and has two segments, SH-19 in Madhya Pradesh and SH-250 in Maharashtra. While SH-19 originates from Chhindwara, the project road starts from Km 19 from Umarnala. It continues up to the other terminal of SH-19, km 75, which is also the start km 0 of SH-250, continues for another 13 km before it terminates at the intersection with NH-96. The length of the road is 68 km, 56 km in Madhya Pradesh, 12 km in Maharashtra. The existing ROW is 36.0 m (120 ft) Widening is proposed within available ROW. Only in realignment stretches the proposed ROW is 45.0 m.

 

          Project road passes mainly through plain terrain, except the Sillevani Ghat stretch from chainage 30/000-37/000. It is under Khadbeli Reserve Forests. No Wildlife Sanctuary or National Park present along the project. There are about 5000 trees falling in existing ROW. The road crosses two rivers – Kanhan & Jaam and a few streams. 5 short realignment stretches are proposed along the project road spanning a total length of 5km. There are 2 major bridges along the road, one will be retained while other is proposed to be newly constructed. Out of 23 minor bridges existing along the road, 18 will be retained and 5 of them will be newly constructed. 4 existing causeways are to be replaced to High level bridges. Service roads 5.5 m width have been proposed along semi urban settlements of Ramkona & Sausar. 2 Truck laybays & 34 bus bays have been proposed.

 

          Total land required for the project is 44.128 ha. Out of which, 19.89 ha forests land needs to be diverted. About 3480 households are to be partially affected. R& R proposed at 446.5 million. Total cost of the project is Rs.2684 million.

         

          During discussion, the Committee finalized the following TOR for further study:        

 

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

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

(iii)            Necessary arrangement shall be made for drainage and over flooding of the surrounding area.

(iv)             Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

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

(vi)             Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

(vii)           The proposal indicates 5,000 trees are likely to be effected. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained for cutting of trees from the competent authorities. Compensatory afforestation shall be carried out prior to start of work. Efforts should be made to minimize the cutting of trees.

(viii)        2 major rivers are crossing. Submit the details of impact on aquatic life during construction of bridge along with mitigation measures

(ix)            Details of controlling/regulating vehicle movement within the forest area.

(x)               Details of the animal passes including safety measures adopted to prevent animal accidents in the forest area due to vehicle movements.

(xi)            Details of the forest clearance/clearance from the Wildlife Board of India with regard to the project site in the forest area.

(xii)          Submit details of requirement of water during the construction phase and its source.

(xiii)       Examine and submit the details of R&R.

(xiv)         Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges.

(xv)           Examine and submit the details of sand quarry to be provided.

(xvi)         Examine and submit the details of service roads to be provided.

(xvii)      Examine and submit the details of burrow area and rehabilitation.

(xviii)    Examine and submit the details of the accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

(xix)        Examine and submit the details of vehicular under passes.

(xx)          Submit the details of road safety and signages.

(xxi)        Submit details of co-operate social responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

(xxii)     IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & upgradation of road.

(xxiii)   Examine and submit the details of projected noise levels and its likely impact on the nearby habitation. Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

(xxiv)    Examine and stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment / control of soil erosion from embankment.

(xxv)       The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance, etc.

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

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

 

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

         

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

 

4.6           Finalization of ToR for 4/6 laning of Barhi to Hazaribagh of NH-33 including Hazaribagh Bypass in the State of Jharkhand by M/s. NHAI [F.No.10-12/2010-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves 4/6 laning of Barhi to Hazaribagh of NH-33 including Hazaribagh Bypass in the State of Jharkhand. NH-33 is a primary and principal mode of transportation running across Jharkhand connecting most of the backward regions of the state and connecting Jharkhand with other states. The project road passes mostly through rolling terrain. The project road starts from Barhi (km 0.000) and ends at end of Hararibagh town (km 40.500). The start of the project road is a major junction at  Barhi, which is meeting point of two important National Highways viz. NH-31, NH-33 and old G T Road. The road crosses few natural streams, which carry runoff during rainy season. The project road will cross 3 rivers namely Barhi (km 1.046), Kewta (km 12.830), and Siwanay (km 28.564), while Kosma Ghat (km 15.415) and Kunar (km 41.175) are natural drains crossed by the projects road.

 

          The 8 km of the project road passes through Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary.  No widening within the Sanctuary is proposed. Existing ROW is 30-50 m and proposed is 45 m for main highway and 60 m for bypass. No. of Culverts will be increased from 34 to 69. There are 3 Major bridges and 2 minor bridges in addition to 3 Major and 2 minor bridges are proposed. Total land required for the project is 92 ha.

 

          During discussion, the Committee finalized the following TOR for further study:        

 

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

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

(iii)            Necessary arrangement shall be made for drainage and over flooding of the surrounding area.

(iv)             Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

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

(vi)             Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

(vii)           Examine and submit details of cutting of trees. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained for cutting of trees from the competent authorities. Compensatory afforestation shall be carried out prior to cutting of trees.

(viii)        Examine and submit details of controlling/regulating vehicle movement within the Sanctuary area. Examine the impact on wildlife and noise levels.

(ix)            Submit details of requirement of water during the construction phase and its source.

(x)               Examine and submit the details of R&R.

(xi)            Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges.

(xii)          Examine and submit the details of sand quarry to be provided.

(xiii)       Examine and submit the details of service roads to be provided.

(xiv)         Examine and submit the details of burrow area and rehabilitation.

(xv)           Examine and submit the details of the accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

(xvi)         Examine and submit the details of vehicular under passes.

(xvii)      Submit the details of road safety and signages.

(xviii)    Submit details of co-operate social responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

(xix)        IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & upgradation of road.

(xx)          Examine and submit the details of projected noise levels and its likely impact on the nearby habitation. Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

(xxi)        Examine the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment / control of soil erosion from embankment.

(xxii)     The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveniences, etc.

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

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

 

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

         

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

                    

4.7    Finalization of ToR for improvement works of State Highway-2, Ranchi-Patratu Dam-Ramgarh road project by Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company Ltd. [F.No.10-9/2010-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves improvement works of State Highway-2, Ranchi-Patratu dam-Ramgarh. The project is an up gradation project from intermediate lane/single lane to four lane Ranchi City to Ramharh town. The existing structures within ROW will be demolished and roadside vegetation within ROW is proposed to be removed. The hilly terrain is around 18 km with the no. of sub-standards curves and hair-pin bends. There are 6 water bodies ROW of project road. JARDCL will acquire the affected water bodies for enhancement and rehabilitation. There are 12 streams /rivers crossings. Most of the land for the project road is to be acquired. Total land requirement for the project is 109.165 ha. out of which 23.871 ha is forest land. Total cost of the project is Rs. 387 crores.

 

          The project is a Category B Project, since SEIAA of State of Jharkhand is not constituted yet.

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            Necessary arrangement shall be made for drainage and over flooding of the surrounding area.

(iv)             Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

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

(vi)             Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

(vii)           The proposal indicates removal of trees within the proposed alignment. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained for cutting of trees from the competent authorities. Compensatory afforestation shall be carried out as per stipulated conditions of MoEF and State Forest Division. 

(viii)        Submit the details of impact on aquatic life during construction of bridges along with mitigation measures

(ix)            Examine and submit details of controlling/regulating vehicle movement within the forest area.

(x)               Details of the animal passes including safety measures adopted to prevent animal accidents in the forest area due to vehicle movements.

(xi)            Details of the forest clearance/clearance from the Wildlife Board of India with regard to the project site in the forest area.

(xii)          Submit the cross section of the road and explain how 24 m. right of way will accommodate 4 lane divided highway.

(xiii)       Submit details of requirement of water during the construction phase and its source.

(xiv)         Examine and submit the details of R&R.

(xv)           Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges.

(xvi)         Examine and submit the details of sand quarry to be provided.

(xvii)      Examine and submit the details of service roads to be provided.

(xviii)    Examine and submit the details of burrow area and rehabilitation.

(xix)        Examine and submit the details of the accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

(xx)          Examine and submit the details of vehicular under passes.

(xxi)        Submit the details of road safety and signages.

(xxii)     Submit details of corporate social responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

(xxiii)   IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & upgradation of road.

(xxiv)    Examine and submit the details of projected noise levels and its likely impact on the nearby habitation. Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

(xxv)       Examine the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment / control of soil erosion from embankment.

(xxvi)    The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveniences, etc.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

4.8    Finalization of ToR for Common Hazardous Waste incinerator facility at plot no. 14 G, 2nd Main, Kumbalagodu Industrial area, Bangalore District, Karnataka by M/s. M.R. Industries. 10-11/2010-IA.III

 

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

 

4.9    CRZ clearance for the construction of coal conveyor from Coal Jetty and pipeline of cooling water intake and outfall at Vanagiri Village, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu by M/s PEL Power Ltd., Hyderabad  [F.No.11-9/2010-IA.III]

 

          The Committee decided to defer the project, since the project proponent requested for postponement.

 

4.10  CRZ clearance for the construction of Eco-Restoration Park at Adyar Creek in Chennai by M/s. Adyar Poonga Trust, Chennai. [F.No. 11-10/2010-IA.III]

 

           The Committee decided to defer the project, since the project proponent requested for postponement.

 

4.11  CRZ Clearance for the reconstruction of building on plot bearing CTS No. 897, Plot No. A/2, Theosophical Society, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu Vile-Parle (West), Mumbai by M/s. Thakural Constructions [F.No. 11-11/2010-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves reconstruction of a building on a plot area of 8449 sq.m. Net area 732.15 sq.m. The total built-up area proposed is 631.49 sq.m. It is proposed to reconstruct one residential building having stilt + upper 3 floors with 3 flats (one flat every flat). The total water requirement is 3 KLD (sewage will be disposed into MCGM sewer. Total solid waste generation will be 7 Kg/day (dry 2 kg/day and wet 5 kg/day). The power requirement is 47 KW. The total parking spaces proposed are for 9 ECS.

 

          As per the approved CZMP the land is in CRZ-II and is situated on the seaward side of the sanctioned DP road and on the landward side of the existing structure prior to 1991. The MCZMA stated that as per the MCGM report the existing building is constructed before 1991. The MCZMA in its meeting held on 14.01.2010 considered the project and recommended vide letter No. MCZMA 2009 / CR 16 / MCZMA, dated 11.02.2009.

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Proof for the existing structure, Completion/ Occupation certificate.

(ii)              Submit the details of FSI permissible and proposed with relevant rules.

 

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

   

2nd Day:  26th March, 2010:

 

4.12  CRZ clearance for the construction of residential building on plot bearing CTS No. E/40 of village Bandra at 17th Road, Khar(W), Mumbai by M/s. Guru Associates [F.No.11-12/2010-IA.III].

 

          As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves reconstruction of residential building on plot area of 607.9 sq.m. The total water requirement is 9 KLD (sewerage will be disposed into municipal sewers). Total solid waste generation will be 36 kg/day. The power requirement is 50 KW.  The total parking spaces proposed are for 10 ECS. Total cost of the project is Rs. 7.11 Crores.

 

          It is proposed to redevelop the property by demolishing the existing structure for the Trust comprising basement for parking and part ground floor for dispensary + part stilt + 1st floor for podium + 2nd floor for library + 3rd part floor for residence purposes having 6 flats. A car lift is also proposed as an access to the basement as well as podium for vehicular movements. One passenger lift is proposed in addition to a staircase. The plot under reference is having an access from 12.20 M Municipal Road.

 

          The plot falls in the residential zone and is not reserved for any public purpose as per the development plan prepared by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and finalized by the State Government. The part of the land falls in CRZ. MCZMA recommended the proposal vide letter No. MCZMA 2009/CR-16/MCZMA, dated 6th February, 2010.

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Construction shall be carried out strictly as per the provisions of CRZ Notification, 1991 and Development Control Rules, 1967.

(ii)              The permissibility of FSI shall be as per the provisions of the Development Control Rules, 1967.

 

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

 

4.13  CRZ clearance for reconstruction of existing building at CTS No. C/571, plot No. 160, Village Bandra, Peri Road Bandra(West), Mumbai by Mr. Jude Lobo, 14 Bandra Geetanjali, Mumbai [F.No. 11-13/2010-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves reconstruction of existing building on a plot area of 921.40 sq.m. It is proposed to construct 8 flats having stilt + 7 upper floors. The total water requirement is 7.4 KLD (sewage will be discharged into municipal sewers). Total solid waste generation will be 29 Kg/day. The power requirement is 80 KW. The total parking spaces proposed are for 15 ECS. Total cost of the project is Rs. 6.18 Crores.

 

          MCZMA recommended the proposal vide letter No. MCZMA 2009/CR-16/MCZMA, dated 11th February, 2010.

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Construction shall be carried out strictly as per the provisions of CRZ Notification, 1991 and Development Control Rules, 1967.

(ii)              The permissibility of FSI shall be as per the provisions of the Development Control Rules, 1967.

 

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

 

4.14  CRZ clearance for laying the pipeline corridor at Yellur, Udupi District, Karnataka by M/s. Udupi Power Corporation Ltd. [F. No.11-14/2010-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves laying the pipeline corridor for the proposed 2x600 MW thermal power plant project at Yellur, Udupi District, Karnataka. The Environmental Clearance to Thermal power plant project was accorded on 09.09.2009. The present proposal is for sea water intake and outfall for cooling purpose. The main plant is at Yellur which is around 6 km from the coast. The cooling water intake and outfall point in the coast is proposed at Yermal. The proposed pipeline runs to a total distance of 598 Meters out of which 520 Meters in CRZ-III and 78 Meters in CRZ-l. The corridor is 25 M wide all through. KIADB has notified the area and the acquisition process is almost completed. The intake point is 1430 M inside the sea and the outfall point is 670 Meter from the coast.

 

          The extent of land in CRZ–III is 13000 sqm and CRZ–I is 1950 sqm and these area is Patta land with Coconut Grove, Paddy fields and areca plantation. No habitation is coming across the pipeline. The issue was discussed in the Karnataka State Coastal Zone Management Authority meeting held on 27th November 2009 and KCZMA recommended the proposal vide letter No. FEE 25 CRZ 2009, dated 16th February, 2010.

 

          The proposal was also examined under O.M. dated 03.11.2009 regarding new policy on expansion of existing ports and initiation of new projects along the coastline as Udupi is one of the hotspot identified where shoreline changes have been observed. The project proponents informed vide letter dated 26.03.2010 that the O.M. is pertaining to development of Ports and Harbours and not for submarine pipelines and their pipeline will be buried well below the sea bed and will not interfere with the natural sediment transport in the area and will not contribute towards any shoreline changes. 

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Regular monitoring shall be carried out before discharging into sea.

(ii)              A joint meeting of the both the monitoring groups every year shall be carried out and send the report to MoEF.

 

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

 

4.15  Environmental appraisal of proposed Angamalai Azhutha Railway line project by M/s. Ministry of Railways (F.No.10-13/2010-IA.III)

 

          Member Secretary informed that in a W.P No. 735 of 2008 filed in the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala challenging the proposed Angamali – Azhutha Railway Line, mainly on the ground that the project is formulated with out conducting a proper Environment Impact Assessment Report, the Hon’ble High Court has directed that Ministry of Environment and Forests (Respondent No. 1) and Ministry of Railways (Respondent No.2) to consider the comprehensive representation made by the petitioners and all the interested persons. Respondents 1 and 2 are also at liberty to constitute Expert Committee, if necessary in this regard and take up proper decision within the time frame indicated.  The representatives of Railways informed that a large number of representations were received from public against the proposal.  They (petitioners) also got a report prepared through the Forest Research Institute, Trivandrum. The total length of the railway line is 130 km, mostly undulated terrain, hilly terrain, passes through Wetlands, agri lands and settlements.

 

          In W.P. (C) No.735/2008, the Court has mentioned

 

          “The W.P. is filed challenging the proposal Angamali-Azhutha Railway line, mainly on the ground that the project is formulated and proposed without conducting proper Environmental Impact Assessment. 

 

          After hearing counsel on both sides and perusing the Environmental Impact Studies said to have been conducted by the Kerala Forest Institute, instead of going into the details of the arguments of both sides, we propose to direct respondents 1 & 2 to consider the comprehensive representation to be made by the petitioners and all the interested persons within four weeks from today after filing of the comprehensive representation and documents, if any, respondents 1 & 2 shall consider the same within three months thereafter.  Respondents 1 & 2 are at liberty to constitute Expert Committee, if necessary in this regard and take up proper decision within the time frame indicated.  

 

          The Writ Petition disposed off as above”.

 

          The present proposal is put up for appraisal on the directions of the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala regarding the Environmental Impact Assessment of the Railway line project.

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)          The EAC took note of the factual position namely all railway related projects in areas other than CRZ area are exempt from the purview of Environmental Clearance. Therefore, the appraisal of this project shall be carried out on the direction of the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala.

(ii)       Representatives from Ministry of Railways informed that they have not prepared any EIA for the project as Environmental Clearance is not required under EIA Notification, 2006. The report which has been sent to the Ministry of Environment and Forests and circulated to the Members of the Expert Appraisal Committee is prepared by the Petitioners through Kerala Forest Institute, Peechi, Kerala. They also informed that some part of the railway line alignment was earlier falling under forest area which has now been changed.

(iii)            The Members of the Expert Appraisal Committee after examining the details of the report which was circulated by Ministry of Railways noted that the report is not an Environmental Impact Assessment report as required under the EIA Notification, 2006. The Committee suggested that if Ministry of Railways and the State Govt. of Kerala want all the environmental issues to be examined comprehensively then an EIA should be carried out properly either by the State Govt. of Kerala or by the Ministry of Railways which should be submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Forests for appraisal and recommendations.

 

          The Committee deferred the project in the absence of EIA report, and recommends that the Ministry may inform the Hon’ble Court accordingly.

 

4.16  Environmental Clearance for Multi-product Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Project in Sinnar, District Nashik, Maharashtra by M/s. India Bulls Industrial Infrastructure Ltd. (F.No.21-202/2008-IA.III)

 

          The Committee decided to defer the project, since the project proponent requested for postponement.

 

4.17  Development of multi product SEZ at Nanguneri Taluk of Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu by M/s. Tamil Nadu      Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. & M/s. AMR Construction Ltd. (F.No.21-354/2008-IA.III)

 

          The project involves construction of multi-product SEZ on a plot area of 1019.225 ha. The SEZ will have Electronics and Hardware, Auto-components, etc. Total solid waste generation will be 20 tons/day. The power requirement is 126 MW. Total cost of the project is Rs. 614 Crores.

 

          The TOR was issued on 30.09.2008. Public hearing was conducted on 13.10.2009.

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Examine and analyze the impact of the project on the water bodies located within the site. Quantify and give details of conservation activities. Examine soil erosion control with mitigating measures. All the water bodies (3 no) and river shall not be disturbed and shall be protected.

(ii)              Reserved forest area is encircled by the SEZ. Necessary permission/NOC shall be obtained from the Forest Department as some of the forest patches are within the SEZ area.

(iii)            Submit details of the ownership of the land – how much area has been acquired and how much is in the process of acquisition.

(iv)             Different widths of roads are proposed within the SEZ complex. The RoW should be based on the anticipated traffic volume both for industry and residential users. Follow IRC guidelines.

(v)                R & R provisions appears to have been inadequately examined.  Quantify the provisions with budget should be detailed out with time frame like education, health, training and employment.

(vi)             Examine and submit details of environmental monitoring plan and management plan with cost and parameters both for construction and operation.

(vii)           Examine the impact on agricultural productivity of the area due to the development.

(viii)        Examine and submit details of potentially polluting industries will are likely to come within the complex which may impact on the area.  Examine and submit details.

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

(x)               Detailed drainage plan link with the existing drainage system with capacities.

(xi)            Environmental merit of the alternative proposal has not been examined and presented.

(xii)          Re-examine the baseline environmental data, including wind rose diagram, air quality and biodiversity.

(xiii)       Loss of water is taken too high, it may not be more than 10%.  Re-examine and submit details.

(xiv)         Identify the TSDF/BMW/E-waste management agencies and destinations of their disposal.

(xv)           Interlink the STPs for reliability and easy monitoring.

(xvi)         Harvest terrace runoff to recharge ground water.  Submit details.

(xvii)      Examine and submit details of ground water withdrawal and recharge balance

(xviii)    NOC for drawing ground water from Central Ground water Authority shall be obtained.

(xix)        Zoning of industries should be done for environmental planning. Adopt the concept of industrial ecology.

(xx)          Submit the details of proposed two roads envisaged to improve connectivity, similarly other proposals outside the SEZ area should also be examined.

(xxi)        The planning of the complex should have hierarchy of roads, their widths and rights of way based on traffic volume density

(xxii)           Examine and submit details of hydrological and geo-hydrological studies

(xxiii)   Examine the potential of wind energy. Submit findings and proposals.

(xxiv)    Submit strategy and procedural safeguards for energy conservation and use of energy from renewable sources.

(xxv)       Consider bio-methanation of biodegradable wastes and submit details.

(xxvi)          Submit details of drainage plan and outfall of the area. Clarify drainage of surplus effluent during rainy season.

(xxvii)        Traffic analysis should be added to traffic survey.

(xxviii)     Consider vocational training for employment of PAPs and to check immigration.

(xxix)   Plots are shown on one hillock which has to be retained. Revise and submit the plans.

(xxx)      Submit the details of area statement along with the land use break up. Green areas and amenities areas should be increased.  Follow the UDFI guidelines.

(xxxi)   Road widths within the processing zone should not be less than 24 m. wide.

(xxxii) Submit Disaster Management Plan and Emergency Evacuation Plan both for natural and man-made disasters.

(xxxiii)    Necessary permissions shall be obtained from National Highway Authority (NHAI) for entry and exit on the National Highway.

(xxxiv)      Provision of service road should be made before the entry and exit on the national highway.

(xxxv)  Provision shall be made for servicing of the vehicles and loading and unloading along with truck parking areas.

(xxxvi)      Examine the details of industrial waste management, quantify and submit method of disposals along with the hazardous waste.

 

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

 

4.18  Construction of Group Housing at Sy.No.238/1A, 238/1B, 238/3, 242/3, 242/4, 242/6, 243/7, 243/8, Alangad Village, Paravoor Taluk, Ernakulam District, Kerala by M/s. Sanchari Properties and Developers Pvt. Ltd. (F.No. 21-53/2009-IA.III)

 

          The project involves construction of group housing on a plot area of 3.9069 ha. The total built-up area of the entire project is 1,29,583.06 Sq.m. It is proposed to construct 1312 apartments (1 BR – 288, 1 BR + study = 482; 2 BR – 416 and 2 BR + study = 126) in 9 towers (basement + stilt + 18 floors). The total water requirement is 909.60 KLD. (Fresh water requirement is 598.40 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 980 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing 311.20 KLD; horticulture 32.37 KLD and nearby parks 393.17 KLD.  Total solid waste generation will be 2624 kgs/day. Total power requirement is 7300 KVA from State Electricity Board (KSEB). The total car parking provided is of 1494 (open 900 + stilt 594) cars + 650 (350 open + 300 stilt) two wheelers. Total cost of the project is Rs.168 Crores.

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

                        

(i)                 Necessary permission shall be obtained from State PWD for connecting with the State Highway.

(ii)              Presentation documents and submitted documents are different.  Submit revised Form 1 and Form 1A along with the Conceptual Plan.

(iii)            Submit surrounding land use details including the available infrastructure.

(iv)             Submit details of fire and emergency services.

(v)                Submit details of drainage pattern of the site along with surrounding area with carrying capacity.

(vi)             Submit details of the quantity of excess earth and method of disposal.

(vii)           Internal road width proposed is only 6 m., it should be widen to at least 9 to 12 mts.

(viii)        Back to back parking is not permitted.  Revise parking plan.

 

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

 

4.19  Finalization of TOR for area development project with mixed use at Chillamathur Village, Ananthapur District, Andhra Pradesh by M/s. Lepakshi Knowledge Hub Pvt. Ltd. (F.No.21-1/2010-IA.III)

 

          The project involves construction of area development project with mixed use with residential project on a plot area of 5683.06 ha. (3578.67 ha. already acquired). The project will be developed in 3 phases.  Phase-I – 1242.31 ha., Phase-II – 2282.32 ha. and Phase-III – 2158.43 ha. The total water requirement is 38.6 MLD. Total power requirement is 70 MW. Total cost of the project is Rs. 10,000 crores.

         

          During the discussions, the Committee noted that the project should be appraised both under 7(c)   Industrial estates / parks / complexes / areas, export processing Zones (EPZs), Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Biotech Parks, Leather Complexes and also under 8(b) Area Development and Townships and accordingly finalized the following TOR for further study:

 

Industrial Development:

 

(i)                 The project is close to Chitravati river and Kushwati river.  Examine the impact of the project on both the rivers.

(ii)              Parrakonda extension Reserved Forest is 0.3 km and Yerrakonda extension Reserved Forest is also 0.3 km.  Examine the impact of the project. Necessary permission shall be obtained.

(iii)            The total site area is fragmented and spread over a very large area. Examine the impact on the central area in between the project site.

(iv)             Alternative sites should also be evaluated on relevant parameters in which impact on the nearby villages should be included. Also examine the agricultural productivity of land; is it a correct choice.

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

(vi)             Study the socio-economic situation of the project area and its surroundings and their impact on the project design and operation.

(vii)           Study the existing flora and fauna of the area and the impact of the project on them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xvii)      Identification of recyclable wastes and waste utilisation arrangements may be made.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxvii)  Examine separately the details for construction and operation phases both for Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan. Environmental Management Plan should be accompanied with Environmental Monitoring Plan and environmental cost and benefit assessment.

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

(xxix)   The facilities to be provided in the project should be detailed out.

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

 

Area development

 

(i)                 Examine the landuse in the Master Plan/Zonal Development Plan of the area and Regional Plan and permissible uses.

(ii)              A site plan showing the project site and its surrounding with physical features, meteorology and topographical details, such as land use, contours and drainage pattern, along with photographs of the site from all four sides, should be included in background information.

(iii)            Examine entry/exit of the project including the crossings from the highway and provision of service roads.

(iv)             Rain water harvesting proposals should be made with due safeguards for ground water quality. Maximise recycling of water and utilization of rain water. Fresh water should not be used for flushing of toilets.  Use treated waste water first for flushing, then for horticulture and then for HVAC.  Maintain safeguard of 5 m. gap against contamination of ground water.

(v)                Assess soil erosion in view of soil characteristics, topography and rainfall pattern.

(vi)             Diesel power generating sets, if proposed, as source of back up power for elevators and common area illumination during construction/operation phase should be of enclosed type and conform to rules made under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the guidelines issued by CPCB.

(vii)           The height of stack of DG sets should be equal to the height needed for the combined capacity of all proposed DG sets.  The location of the DG sets may be decided with in consultation with Andhra Pradesh State Pollution Control Board.

(viii)        Risk assessment and disaster management plan should be proposed.

(ix)                  Traffic management plan including parking and loading / unloading areas may be described. Traffic survey should be carried out on week days and week end and also analyse the anticipated traffic increase.  Back to back parking shall not be permitted.

(x)               Make provision of green belt as a measure for mitigation of dust and noise and buffer between habitation and industry.

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

(xii)          Provision shall be made for the housing of construction labour 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.

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

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

         

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

 

4.20  Construction of Group Housing project ‘Heera 4 Pillars’ at Thycadu Village, Thiruvananthapuram Disrict, Kerala by M/s. Heera Constructions Co. Pvt. Ltd. (F.No.21-5/2010-IA.III)

 

          The project involves construction of Group Housing “Heera 4 Pillars” on a plot area of 1.356 ha. The total built-up area is 61116.42 Sq m. It is proposed to construct 544 apartments (1 BR + study = 272 and 2 BR + study = 272) in 4 towers (Ground floor + 20 floors). The total water requirement is 382.20 KLD (fresh water requirement is 249.80 KLD).  The capacity of STP proposed is 415 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets 132 KLD, horticulture 15.38 KLD, balance of 177.18 KLD will be used for nearby plantation. Total solid waste generation will be 1088 Kg/day. The power requirement is 2745 KVA.  The total parking spaces proposed are for 598 cars (Ground Floor – 298 + First Floor – 300)+ 300 two wheelers (Ground Floor – 148 + First Floor – 152). Total cost of the project is Rs. 93 Crores.

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 NOC / permission shall be obtained from Railway Authorities as the site is falling within 30 m from the railway line.

(ii)              The proposal has two way movement plan with a 6 m. wide road.  The width of the road should be increased to 9 m.  Revise and submit the plans.

(iii)            Green belt should be proposed along the side of the railway line and shift the parking towards railway line side to have buffer between the residential blocks and railway line.

 

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

                                                                                

4.21  Construction of Group Housing project ‘Heera Dreams’ at Sy.No.2257/7, 2257/6 to 121/15, 122/7, Cheruvakkai Village, Ward No.5, Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala by M/s. Heera Constructions Co. Pvt. Ltd. (F.No.21-6/2010-IA.III)

 

          The project involves construction of Group Housing “Heera Dreams” on a plot area of 1.454 ha. The total built-up area is 60,450.71 sq.m. It is proposed to construct 360 apartments in 3 towers with 91.35 m. height. The total water requirement is 255.50 KLD (fresh water requirement is 166.50 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 275 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets 89 KLD, horticulture 21 KLD, balance of 118 KLD will be disposed into sewer. Total solid waste generation will be 720 Kg/day. The power requirement is 2620 KVA.  The total parking spaces proposed are for 396 cars + 198 two wheelers. Total cost of the project is Rs. 85.00 Crores.

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 The proposal indicates a height of 91.35 mts. It was informed that Ministry has fixed a height limit of 60.0 m., based on the recommendations of Expert Appraisal Committee because of non-availability of fire fighting facilities and infrastructure.

 

          The Committee deferred the project and asked the project proponent to revise and submit a fresh proposal.

 

4.22  Construction of Group Housing project ‘Santhi Lotus’ at Sy.No.36/38, 21, 39, 40-47, Aluva West Village, Aluva Municipality, Aluva Taluk, Ernakulam, Kerala by M/s. Almark Housing Co. Pvt. Ltd. (F.No.21-7/2010-IA.III)

 

                   The project involves construction of Group Housing “Shanti Lotus” on a plot area of 0.5382 ha. The total built-up area is 26228.74 Sq m. It is proposed to construct 144 units (1 BR + study 72 and 2 BR + study = 72) in 1 tower (lower ground + upper ground + 18 floors). The total water requirement is 103.20 KLD (fresh water requirement is 67.30 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 110 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets 36.40 KLD, horticulture 4 KLD, balance of 47.19 KLD will be disposed into sewer. Total solid waste generation will be 288 Kg/day. The power requirement is 300 KWA.  The total parking spaces proposed are for 158 cars + 79 two wheelers. Total cost of the project is Rs. 23.60 Crores.

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Examine and submit the details for the disposal of excavated earth for the construction of basements.

(ii)              Re-examine and submit the details of drainage pattern of the site and surrounding area with reference to the contours.

 

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

 

 

4.23  Finalization of TOR for IFFCO Kisan SEZ project at Racharipadu Village, Kodavallur Taluk, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh by M/s. IFFCO Kisan Ltd. (F.No.21-8/2010-IA.III)

 

          The project involves setting-up of Agro Park called IFFCO Kisan SEZ on a plot area of 1,111.00 ha. There are about 10,000 workers (5000 single + 5000 families) likely to stay in the SEZ.  Housing requirement for all the workers will be about 6400 (2300 – dormitories + 1150 small apartments + 1950 cottages + 500 villas + 500 and large apartments). The SEZ will have processing of cereals and pulses ( ready to eat, bakery, biscuits, primary processing & milling and snack foods), Fruits and vegetables, Aquaculture ( fish and shrimp), Meat & Poultry, Dairy Processing, Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, Feed Manufacturing and Nutraceuticals & food Additives units. The average total water requirement will be 10,000 KLD. A central gas fired power plant 220 MW and biomass power plant 70 MW is proposed to meet the power requirements of SEZ. A total of 3000 trucks will be arriving or departing the SEZ every day. 

 

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

 

(i)                 Alternative sites should also be evaluated on relevant parameters in which impact on the nearby villages should be included and also examine the agricultural productivity of land; is it a correct choice. Land use map of 10 km radius should be prepared.

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

(iii)            Study the socio-economic situation of the project area and its surroundings and their impact on the project design and operation.

(iv)             Study the existing flora and fauna of the area and the impact of the project on them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Common facilities for waste collection, treatment, recycling and disposal of fruits and food wastes (all effluent, emission and refuse including MSW, biomedical and hazardous wastes)

(xix)        Provisions made for safety in storage of materials, products and wastes may be described including the cold storages.

(xx)          Risk assessment and disaster management plan including emergency evacuation plan both for natural and man-made disasters.

(xxi)        Traffic management plan including parking and loading/ unloading areas may be described. Traffic survey should be carried out on week days and week end. The minimum road widths within the processing area should not be less than 24 m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxviii)     Examine separately the details for construction and operation phases both for Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan. Environmental Management Plan should be accompanied with Environmental Monitoring Plan and environmental cost and benefit assessment.

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

(xxx)      The facilities to be provided in the park should be detailed out.

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

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

 

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

         

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

 

Extra items

 

1.       CRZ Clearance for development of a Hotel (Beach Resort) in Survey Nos. 129/1 130/1 130/2 130/3 130/4 130/5 131/1 131/2 137/3 of Arroism village at Mormugao, Taluka by M/s. Competent Automobiles Company Ltd. [F.No.16-1/2009-IA.III]

 

The Member Secretary informed the Members that Hon’ble Supreme Court has issued an order on 16th March, 2010 on the request of the Petitioners (M/s. Competent Automobiles Company Ltd.) regarding the early disposal of the project submitted to MoEF.  The Court in their order said “we feel that the MoEF may take a decision at the earliest preferably within a period of four weeks”.

 

          The proposal was earlier considered in the 85th EAC meeting held on 27th – 29th January, 2010 in which the Committee noted the following:

 

(i)                 The issues raised by M/s. Goa Foundation in their letter dated 8th May, 2008 require a detailed examination.

(ii)              The letter of Member Secretary, Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority dated 14th December, 2009 along with the affidavits and report submitted to Hon’ble Supreme Court should also be studied with reference to the issues raised by M/s. Goa Foundation.

(iii)            The orders passed by the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay at Goa, Panaji Bench in W.P. No. 422 of 1998 and W.P.No.99 of 1999 dated 13.10.2006 and orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in SLP(C) No. 6229 of 2007 and SLP(C) No. 5400 of 2007 dated 07.04.2008, are required to be kept in view. A copy of the High Court order which is not available in the file may be obtained.

(iv)             A factual report of the site needs to be obtained.

 

          Accordingly, the proposal is put up to examine the above issues.  Member Secretary also presented the site visit report of Chief Conservator of Forests, Regional Office (SZ), MoEF, Bangalore dated 25th March, 2010 and also the site visit report of Member Secretary, GCZMA dated 25th March, 2010, in which he has informed that no activity has taken place on site and the site status is the same as it was when the project was forwarded to the Ministry of Environment & Forests on 08.12.2008. 

 

          The Committee re-examined the details submitted by M/s. Competent Automobiles for the development of a hotel beach resort, the issues raised by Goa Foundation in their letter dated 08.05.2008, the affidavits and site visit report of Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority, the orders of the Hon’ble High Court and Supreme Court and site visit reports of the CCF, Regional Office, Bangalore, were examined and discussed and the Committee decided to recommend the proposal for the issue of Clearance with the following condition:

 

(i)                 The proposal has been examined as per the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court. The proponent M/s. Competent Automobiles Co. Ltd. shall approach the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay at Goa to seek exemption/exclusion from the operation of the ban. The CRZ Clearance shall be effective only after the final orders of the Court in this regard.     

          The Committee recommended the proposal for issue of CRZ Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance of the project proponent.

 

2.      CRZ Clearance for RO RO Ferry Service Project of Dahej-Ghogha Project at Gujarat by M/s. Gujarat Maritime Board [F.No.11-140/2008-III]

 

          SCZMA recommended the project on 28.07.2008.

 

          Member Secretary informed that the project was earlier appraised by the EAC in its meeting held on 23rd - 24th November, 2009 and certain observations were made. The proponent submitted the information, which was examined by the Members. The Committee deferred the decision as the project site located at Dahej which is identified as a hotspot and decided that the project will be taken up again for reconsideration after the site visit report of Dr. Ramesh Ramachandran, Expert Committee Member, who is scheduled to visit the area in the 2nd / 3rd week of March, 2010.

 

          Dr. Ramesh Ramachandran has informed that the field survey was undertaken at key locations along the Gujarat Coast during 14th – 16th March, 2010 to validate the maps that have been prepared by them at Dahej District, Gujarat. He also informed that a total of 6 different data sources were used to obtain historical shorelines for this study and observed that the shoreline change was predominantly “insignificant” (< -10 to + 10 mts. of the Dahej Coast). 

 

          On the basis of the report submitted and presentation made by Dr. Ramesh Ramachandran, the Committee recommended that as the shoreline changes were insignificant so a Comprehensive Environment Impact Assessment study for a period of three seasons data is not required.

 

          In view of the above, the Committee recommends that Comprehensive EIA study may not be required in this project. The proposal shall be taken up after the observations raised in the 85th EAC meeting are addressed and submitted to the Ministry.

 

3.      CRZ Clearance for the construction of Residential and Commercial Complex - Rustomjee 100 Acres - at village Majiwadi Thane Municipal Corporation District Thane by M/s. Kapstone Construction Pvt. Ltd. [F.No.11-74/2009-IA.III].

 

          The Member Secretary informed that the Expert Appraisal Committee in its meeting held on 27th – 29th January, 2010 decided to have a site visit by a sub-group of the project and requested that the sub-group may be constituted so that site visit may be undertaken.

 

          It was decided that Prof. T. Anantharajan, Member, Expert Appraisal Committee and Dr. B.N. Patil, Member Secretary, MCZMA may visit the site and submit their report to the Committee.

 

5.      Recommended proposals:

 

          In the light of Ministry’s circular F.No. J-11013/41/2006-IA-II(1) dated December 8, 2006 regarding recommendations of the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) after appraisal of Development projects, following proposals, in which Committee had earlier recommended the project for Environmental Clearance, subject to satisfactory compliance of some observations were put up with their replies and details submitted by them.

 

5.1           CRZ clearance for India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) submarine optical fiber cable landing at Juhu Beach, Mumbai by M/s. Bharti Airtel Ltd. [F.No.11-98/2009-IA.III]

 

          The proposal involves for construction a Beach Manhole (BMH), and to lay a fiber optic cable, originating in Marseilles in France, pass through catania, Italy, Tripoli, Lebanon, Alexandria, Egypt, Suez, Egypt, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Fujairah, UAE, Karachi, Pakistan and will terminate on Juhu Bech in Mumbai. The cable network linking Mumbai in India to Marseilles in France, the 3 fiber pair system with total length of approximately 12,091 km will be well complemented with 09 terminal stations forming a consortium of 09 leading telecom carriers from 08 countries and is coming up to meet the need enhanced, backhaul communications capabilities along the India ? Western Europe route, as well as for increased capacity to support high bandwidth broadband services. The maximum capacity of the cable is 128 x 10 Gbps.

 

          The land use of the area will not change. Once the cable is buried on the beach between the Low Water mark and the BMH, there will be nothing to indicate its presence and there will be no change in the use of the beach. The project is providing the telecommunication services, which involves installation of the fiber optical cable and hence, no production and manufacturing processes are involved.  The BMH falls in the land bearing CTS No. 1181/1, 1181/2, 1210, 1210/1,1211 and 1213 of Juhu Village of CRZ-II. The on ? shore construction activities including cable installation will be limited to a period of 3 to 4 days. There is no eco- sensitive area / mangroves in the site.

 

          MCZMA has recommended the project vide letter No. MCZMA 2009/CR 192/TC.3, dated 12.11.2009.         

 

          The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 82nd Meeting held on 23rd - 24th November, 2009 and the additional points are raised. The details submitted by the project proponent were discussed by the Committee and it was suggested to include the following condition:

 

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

 

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

 

5.2    CRZ Clearance for sustainable Coastal Protection Project at Mirya Bay, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra by M/s. Maharashtra Maritime Board [F.No. 11-129/2009-IA.III].

 

          The proposal involves construction of three offshore reefs as sand retention structure at Mirya Bay, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. The goal is to solve the severe coastal erosion within the embankment thereby providing security to property owners and business whilst protecting the fragile environment. The fishing and the commercial harbours to the south of the bay have been built up over the years with little consideration towards sediment processes with in the bay. Mira bay would not be eroding if anthropogenic pressure from development had not occurred.

 

          The proposal also involves extension of western breakwater by 150 m and northern by 650 m. Reef will be constructed using geo-textiles bags of 28 m long and 2.4 meters. Beach nourishment for 1.25 km long behind the reef will be provided and the sand requirement of 450,000 Cum. The total area envisaged for setting up of project is 0.54 ha. The project is located at latitude 70o00’10” to 17o01’38” N and longitude 73o16’94” to 73o16’58” E. The total cost of the project is Rs.72 crores.

 

          MCZMA has recommended the project vide letter No. MCZMA 2009 /CR.133/TC.3, dated 25.09.2009.

 

          The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 84th  Meeting held on 27th – 29th January, 2010 and additional points were raised. The details submitted by the project proponent were discussed by the Committee and it was suggested to include the following condition:

 

(i)                 Periodical monitoring of the shoreline changes shall be monitored and submitted

 

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

 

 

5.3           CRZ Clearance for the development of facilities for proposed 2X500 MW Thermal Power Station at Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu by M/s. Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited [F.No.11-14/2008-IA.III]

 

          The proposal involves development of facilities for proposed 2 X 500 MW Thermal Power Station at Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu.

 

          The project was appraised by the EAC in its 79th meeting held on 27th - 28th August, 2009, wherein the Committee raised some additional points. The details submitted by the project proponent were discussed by the Committee in its 81st meeting held on 29th -30th October, 2009 and recommended for issue of Clearance.

 

          An unsigned complaint against the project was received. The major issues raised in the complaint and the response of the proponent were discussed. The issues raised in the complaint were not found to be significant for reconsidering the earlier recommendation.

 

(i)                 Monitoring on the marine water quality at the disposal point shall be carried out through an independent agency regularly and report shall be submitted to the Ministry.

(ii)              Monitoring of impact on the marine life through an independent agency shall be carried out after the commencement of the project and shall be submitted within three months to the Ministry.

(iii)            In view of the nearby settlements, necessary safety measures shall be taken while transporting fly ash at the identified site which is 50 km away.

(iv)             Suitable dust control measures shall be provided at coal handling yard.

(v)                Arrangements shall be made for leachate collection from the coal-handling yard and shall be treated before disposal. Heavy metals should not percolate into ground water.

(vi)             Leachate monitoring around ash pond disposal area shall   be carried out quarterly.

(vii)           Green belt of minimum 20 m. width shall be developed around the ash pond area.

 

          The Committee recommends the proposal for issue of CRZ Clearance with the above conditions for strict compliance of the project proponent.

 

5.4    Construction of Technopark Phase-III (SEZ) at Kulathoor, Trivandrum, Kerala by M/s. Chief Executive Officer, Technopark, Trivendrum (F.No.21-21/2009.IA.III)

The project involves construction of (Technopark Phase-III) The total built-up area is 11.87 ha. (Basement + Ground floor + 11 floors). The total built-up area is 2,82, 069 sq.mts. The total water requirement is 1125 KLD (Fresh water requirement is 425 KLD).  The capacity of STP proposed is 1125 MLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets - 700 KLD, horticulture - 297 KLD and HVAC - 270 KLD.  Total solid waste generation will be 3750 kg/day. The power requirement is 7.5 MVA. The total parking spaces proposed are for 3300 cars (basement - 1245; ground floor - 1170; open - 885) + 900 two wheelers and for 90 bus parking. Total cost of the project is Rs. 243.57 Crores.

            The proposal was put up for consideration in the 74th EAC meeting held on 22nd August, 2009 and 84th EAC meeting held on 27th – 29th January, 2010 and the additional points are raised. The details submitted by the project proponent were discussed by the Committee.

 

          The Committee recommends the proposal for issue of Environmental Clearance.

 

5.5    CRZ Clearance for redevelopment of building under renewal scheme for Solid Waste Management Staff Quarters of MCGM on plot bearing CS No. 306 of Colaba Division in ‘A’ Ward at Rajwadkar Street, Mumbai by M/s. Chief Engineer (Solid Waste Management Department), MCGM, Mumbai [F.No.11-113/2009-IA.III].

 

          The proposal involves redevelopment of building under renewal scheme for Solid Waste Management Staff Quarters of MCGM on plot bearing CS No. 306 of Colaba Division in ‘A’ Ward at Rajwadkar Street, Mumbai. The total built up area proposed is 5511.23 sqm as per the FSI: 1.33%.  There was one structure of ground + 4 story existing on plot and occupied by staff of SWM Dept, MCGM. The plot is situated in the south Mumbai. As per the survey a remark, the plot under reference is affected by CRZ and it falls under CRZ II zone. It is on the landward side of existing Municipal road. Building under reference is situated in commercial zone. The estimated project cost is Rs. 118.69 crores.

 

          MCZMA has recommended the proposal vide letter No. MCZMA 2009/CR 133/TC33, dated 25.09.2009. The proposal was considered by the EAC in its 83rd meeting held on 21st – 23rd December 2009 and additional points were raised.

 

          The details submitted by the project proponent were discussed by the Committee and during discussion, the following point emerged:

 

(i)                 Construction shall be carried out strictly as per the provisions of CRZ Notification, 1991 and Development Control Rules, 1967.

(ii)              The permissibility of FSI shall be as per the provisions of the Development Control Rules, 1967.

 

          The Committee deferred the project and recommended to obtain a re-examination and recommendation from MCZMA.

 

5.6    CRZ Clearance for the proposed re-construction of Municipal Conservancy Staff Quarters on plot bearing CS No. 1097, fort Division, Cochin Street, Mumbai by M/s. Chief Engineer (Solid Waste Management Department), MCGM, Mumbai [F.No.11-112/2009-IA.III].

 

          The proposal involves re-construction of Municipal Conservancy Staff Quarters on plot bearing CS No. 1097, fort Division, Cochin Street, Mumbai on a plot area of 1859.37 sqm, and the built up area is 2467.4 sqm as per the FSI:1.33%. There are two existing structure on plot, one structure is of Ground + 1 story which is occupied by staff of SWM Dept. which are to be demolished due to dilapidated condition.  As per the survey remark, the plot under reference is affected by CRZ and it falls under CRZ II zone. It is on the landward side of existing Municipal road. Building under reference is situated in commercial zone. The estimated project cost is Rs. 14.53 crores.

 

          MCZMA has recommended the proposal vide letter No. MCZMA 2009/CR 133/TC.3, dated 25.09.2009. The proposal was considered by the EAC in its 83rd meeting held on 21st – 23rd December 2009 and the additional points are raised. The details submitted by the project proponent were discussed by the Committee and during discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Construction shall be carried out strictly as per the provisions of CRZ Notification, 1991 and Development Control Rules, 1967.

(ii)              The permissibility of FSI shall be as per the provisions of the Development Control Rules, 1967.

 

          The Committee deferred the project and recommended to obtain a re-examination and recommendation from MCZMA.

 

5.7    Environmental Clearance for the development of Mysore   Airport for ART-72 type of aircrafts at existing Airfield, Mysore, Karnataka by M/s. Airport Authority of India (F.No.10-    69/2007-IA.III)

 

          The project involves the development of existing Mysore Airport ATR-72 type air Craft operation which was accepted by airports Authority of India. The existing airport occupies an area of 298 acres and is situated about 10 Km. away from Mysore city on the Mysore-Ooty National Highway - 212.  It is proposed to construct a new Passenger Terminal Building of modular design for 75 arriving and 75 departing passengers at a time with a scope of future expansion.  It is proposed to level and grade the existing runway and construct a new runway in east-west direction i.e. 09/27 of dimension 1740 x 30m and construct turn pad at both ends, on left hand side, for turning of ATR-72-500 type air Craft. It is also proposed to construct ramp equipment area of dimension 100 m x 15 m adjoining apron at safe distance from apron edge and a Cement Concrete Apron of dimension 135 x 100 m for parking of three ATR-72-500 with power-out configuration and a link taxi way of dimension 186 m x 18 m with appropriate fillets at junction points to runway 09/27.

                   

          The proposal was considered by the EAC in its 73rd meeting held on 30th –31st January, 2009 and the additional points are raised. The details submitted by the project proponent were discussed by the Committee and it was suggested to include the following condition:

 

(i)                 The treated wastewater shall be used for flushing of toilets, AC cooling.

 

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

 

5.8    Construction of Group Housing at Sy.No.75/15-1, 15-2, 15-3, 12, 13, 21-2, 27, 21-1, 14, 74/1, 2, 76/9 and 10 at Kazhakultam Village, Trivandrum District, Kerala by M/s. Skyline Foundations and Structures Pvt. Ltd. (F.No.21-4/2010-IA.III)

          The project involves construction of group housing on a plot area of 1.0495 ha. The total built-up area of the entire project is 41119.07 Sq.m. It is proposed to construct 240 apartments (1 BR + study ? 96; and 2 BR + study ? 44) in 3 towers (4 level basements, Ground floor + 17 floors). The total water requirement is 172 KLD. (Fresh water requirement is 112 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 186 KLD. Treated water available is for flushing 60 KLD; horticulture 6.50 KLD and nearby parks 72.82 KLD.  Total solid waste generation will be 480 kgs/day. Total power requirement is 1890 KVA from State Electricity Board (KSEB). The total car parking provided is of 264 cars + 159 two wheelers. Total cost of the project is Rs.61.934 Crores.

          The proposal was considered by the EAC in its 85th meeting held on 25th –26th February, 2010 and additional points were raised. The details submitted by the project proponent were discussed by the Committee.

 

          The Committee recommends the proposal for issue of Environmental Clearance.

 

5.9           Construction of Group housing project ‘City Scapes’ at Sy.No.2571/1-5, 2571/1-6, 2571/1-7, 2571/1-8, 2571/1-4-1, PTP Nagar, Vattiyoorkavu village, Trivandrum District, Kerala by M/s. Skyline Foundations and Structures Pvt. Ltd. (F.No:21-2/2010-IA.III)

          The project involves construction of group housing on a plot area of 0.3866 ha. The total built-up area of the entire project is 21208.63 Sq.m. It is proposed to construct 117 residential units (1 BR + study = 31 and 2 BR + study = 86) in 2 towers with 3 basements, ground floor and 14 upper floors. The total water requirement is 85.475 KLD. (Fresh water requirement is 55.15 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 92 KLD. Treated water available is for flushing 30.325 KLD; landscaping 4 KLD and nearby parks 34.89 KLD. Total solid waste generation will be 234 kgs/day. Total power requirement is 630 KVA. The total car parking provided is of 129 cars + 95 two wheelers. Total cost of the project is Rs. 28.097 Crores.

          The proposal was considered by the EAC in its 85th meeting held on 25th –26th February, 2010 and additional points were raised. The details submitted by the project proponent were discussed by the Committee.

 

          The Committee recommends the proposal for issue of Environmental Clearance.

 

5.10  Construction of IT Complex “Athulya” at Infopark, Kakkanad, Cochin by M/s. Chief Executive Officer, Thapasya, Infopark, Kochi (F.No.21-45/2009.IA.III)

          The project involves construction of IT Complex on a plot area of 7.1 acres. The total built-up area is 3.50 lakh sq.ft with 7 floors. The total water requirement is 440 KLD (Fresh water requirement is 260 KLD).  The capacity of STP proposed is 225 MLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets – 94.5 KLD, landscaping - 32 KLD and cooling - 182 KLD.  Total solid waste generation will be 2000 kg/day. The power requirement is 2.5 MW. The total parking spaces proposed are for 300 cars, 600 two wheelers and for 90 bus parking. Total cost of the project is Rs. 95 Crores.

          The proposal was put up for consideration in the 84th EAC on 27-29 January, 2010 and the additional points are raised. The details submitted by the project proponent were discussed by the Committee.

 

          The Committee recommends the proposal for issue of Environmental Clearance.

 

5.11  Construction of PhaEZ Park (SEZ) at village Haripura, Dhandhuka Taluka, District Ahmedabad, Gujarat by M/s. CPL Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. (F.No.21-389/2008-IA.III)

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for establishing the SEZ for Pharmaceutical industry. The TOR for the SEZ was approved and on that basis EIA was conducted by the Project proponent. The project proponent informed that residential accommodation is not proposed in the SEZ proposal and the workers and staff will travel by either their own vehicles or by buses. The proposal includes 40 parking spaces for trucks and 500 for Cars.  8% of land area has been reserved under as green belt in addition to area developed by individual plot holders.

          The proposal was put up for consideration in the 74th meeting held on 22nd August, 2009 and 84th EAC meeting held on 27th – 29th January, 2010 and additional points were raised. The details submitted by the project proponent were discussed by the Committee.

 

          The Committee recommends the proposal for issue of Environmental Clearance.

 

          The next meeting of the Committee will be held on 19th – 20th April, 2010 at New Delhi.

 

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

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                   Chairman                               Member Secretary


86th Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Infrastructure Development, Coastal Regulation Zone and Miscellaneous projects held on 25th – 26th March, 2010 at Conference Hall, Van Vigyan Bhawan, Sector – V, R.K. Puram, New Delhi.

 

List of Participants

Expert Committee

 

1.                 Shri Nirmal Narinder Andrews         Chairman

2.                 Prof. M.M. Kamath                           Vice Chairman

3.                 Lt. Gen. Arvind Mahajan                  Member

4.                 Dr. S. Manjappa                               Member

5.                 Dr. H.R.V. Reddy                             Member

6.                 Dr. T. Anantarajan                           Member

7.                 Dr. Ramesh Ramachandran              Member

8.                 Dr. Chitrarajagopalan                       Member

9.                 Shri V.K. Mathur                              Member

10.            Dr. Neeraj Sharma                            Member

11.            Dr. S.P.S. Kushwaha                         Member

12.            Shri Bharat Bhushan                        Member Secretary

 

Special Invitees:

 

13.     Dr. S.P. Bansal, Ex-Member, EAC for Construction Committee.

 

Supporting Staff  

 

14. Shri E. Thirunavukkarasu                    Dy. Director, MoEF

 

Project Authorities:

1.                 Representatives from M/s. Khed Economic Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.

          Consultancy: M/s. MITCON Consultancy Services Ltd., Pune.

         

2.                 Representatives from M/s. PWD, Govt. of Karnataka

          Consultancy: ANZDEC - ADB

 

3.                 Representatives from M/s. Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, Mumbai

          Consultancy: M/s. Fine Envirotech Engineers

          (e-mail: druskul@gmail.com  )

 

4.                 Representatives from M/s. Good Earth Ship Building

          Consultancy: Anna University, Chennai.

          (e-mail: ponmozhisrini2001@yahoo.com )

 

5.                 Representatives from M/s. PWD, Highway, Mizoram

                  

6.                 Representatives from M/s.  Department of Tourism, Govt. of U.P.

          Consultancy: M/s. IL&FS IDC, Gurgaon & SENES Consultants

         

7.                 Representatives from M/s. NHAI.

          Consultancy: M/s. CEG Ltd., Jaipur.

           

8.                 Representatives from M/s. NHAI.

          Consultancy: M/s. Lea Associates South Asia Pvt. Ltd.

          (e-mail: ananya@lasaindia.com )

 

9.                 Representatives from M/s. NHAI.

          Consultancy: M/s. SA Infrastructure Consultants Pvt. Ltd.,   Ghaziabad.

         

10.            Representatives from M/s. Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company Ltd.

          Consultancy: M/s. MSV India Ltd.

 

11.            Representatives from M/s. Sapre and Associates, Mumbai

          Consultancy: M/s. Ultra-Tech, Mumbai.

         

12.            Representatives from M/s.  Guru Associates, Mumbai

          Consultancy: M/s. Mahabal Enviro Engg. Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.

 

13.            Mr. Jude Lobo, 14 Bandra Geetanjali, Mumbai

          Consultancy: M/s. Mahabal Enviro Engg. Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.

 

14.            Representatives from M/s.  Udupi Power Corporation Ltd.

          Consultancy: M/s. Focus Maritime & Marine Services Pvt. Ltd.,

          Donapaula, Goa.

 

15.            Representatives from M/s.  Ministry of Railways

 

16.            Representatives from M/s. TNIDCL & M/s. AMR Construction Ltd.

          Consultancy: M/s. Mahindra Consulting Engineers & Ensyscon Environmental Laboratory & Engineering &   Environmental

          (e-mail: mace@mahindra.com  & ensyscon@gmail.com )

 

17.            Representatives from M/s. Sanchari Properties & Devprs. Pvt. Ltd.

          Consultancy: M/s. Environmental Engineers & Consultants Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi. (e-mail: eecindia@yahoo.co.in  )

 

18.            Representatives from M/s. Lepakshi Knowledge Hub Pvt. Ltd.

          Consultancy: M/s. Team Labs & Consultants, Hyderabad.

          (e-mail: teamlabs@gmail.com  )

 

19.            Representatives from M/s.  Heera Constructions Co. Pvt. Ltd.

          Consultancy: M/s. Environmental Engineers & Consultants Pvt.     Ltd., New Delhi. (e-mail: eecindia@yahoo.co.in  )

 

20.            Representatives from M/s.  Almark Housing Co. Pvt. Ltd.

          Consultancy: M/s. Environmental Engineers & Consultants Pvt.     Ltd., New Delhi. (e-mail: eecindia@yahoo.co.in  )

 

21.            Representatives from M/s.  IFFCO Kisan Ltd.

          Consultancy: M/s. Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd.

          (e-mail: drchakradhar@ramky.com )

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