Minutes

 

          The Minutes of the 99th Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Building/ Construction Projects/ Township and Area Development Projects, Coastal Regulation Zone, Infrastructure Development and Miscellaneous projects held on 5th -6th April, 2011 in Tansen Hall, Scope Complex, New Delhi.

 

1.           Opening Remarks of the Chairman.

    

The Chairman welcomed the members to the 99th meeting of the EAC and Shri V.G.Koshy, new expert member who replaced Mr. K. Dharmalingam. He appreciated the contribution made by Shri K. Dharmalingam former member who had to resign due to his personal problems.

 

Member Secretary informed about the action taken on the decisions of the 98th meeting held on 3rd – 4th March, 2011 in New Delhi and also about the 2 Office Memorandums issued by the Ministry about i). Consideration of projects for environmental clearance based on Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI) – Extension of Moratorium upto 30.09.2011 dated 31.03.2011 and ii) Consideration of projects for grant of environmental clearance under EIA Notification dated 2006 which involve forest land – Protection to be followed. (copies circulated).

2.           Confirmation of the Minutes of the 98th meeting held on 3rd – 4th March, 2011 at New Delhi.

 

Minutes of the 98th meeting held on 3rd – 4th March, 2011 at New Delhi were confirmed with the following corrections:

 

(i)       In item No. 4.15 “Finalization of ToR for the development of Multi Cargo Port with supporting utilities and infrastructure facilities at Hazira, Surat by M/s Adani Hazira Port Pvt. Ltd. [F. No. 11-150/2010 –IA-III]” the Number of berths were mentioned as ‘5’, it should be read as ‘7’, instead of ‘5’.

 

(ii)      In item 3.1 “Environmental Clearance for Single Point Mooring and Storage facilities within New Mangalore Port Trust premises for MRPL, Mangalore, Karnataka by M/s. Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited. [F.No.10-49/2009-IA.III]” considered in 18th –20th January, 2010.

 

(a)              Total cost of the project was mentioned as ‘Rs. 8.20 crores’, it should be read as Rs. 820.00 crore.

 

(b)              Modification in the condition “Markers should be installed at every 30 m interval to indicate the position of the pipe line” as the above condition is contrary to the condition “The project shall be executed in such a manner that there shall not be any disturbance to the fishing activity.” The above conditions shall be modified and read as “Markers shall be installed at regular intervals to indicate the position of the pipe line”.

 

(iii)     In item No “4.18, CRZ clearance for laying intake and outfall pipeline for 1350 MW Natural Gas based power project at Komaragiri Village near Kakinada by M/s Spectrum Power Generation Ltd., Hyderabad. [F.No. 11-110/2010-IA-III] of the Minutes of the 94th Meeting held on 30th November, 1st – 2nd December, 2010, the project component mainly includes Power Plant expansion which need to be replaced by the following intake, outfall and pipeline components.

 

                    “The proposal involves, laying the intake pipeline for drawl of cooling water from the sea for the proposed expansion of 1350 MW Natural Gas based Combined Cycle Power Project (CCPP) at Komaragiri Village near kakinad, U. Kothapalli Mandal, East Godavari District and outfall pipeline for discharge of cooling water into the sea, under the provisions of the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 1991

 

                    The estimated sea water requirement for condenser cooling purpose is 89,520 Cum per day.  The proposed to draw the sea water by gravity through buried pipelines of 2 nos of 650 mm Internal Diameter (ID) and the intake head will be located at 1250 m from the shore with a depth of 7.5 m 17º 03’05” N:Latitude. 82º 19’39” E Longitude. The outfall pipeline will be 2 nos of 560 mm ID with a multiple port diffuser system at 750 m distance form the shoreline and the coordinates of outfall is 17º03’16” N 6m Latituted, 82º19’27” E Longitude with water depth of 6 m The Land ambient seawater temperature is 28º C and return water temperature will not exceed 4º C above ambient temperature as per the studies. The salinity of return water is protracted to be 17.5 ppt more than the ambient sea water salinity of 35.0 ppt (approximately). The requirement of sea water is indicated at 4,100 cum per hour and the corresponding total volume of return warm water including the brine reject from the desalination plant will be 2743 cum per hour. The total make-up water requirement system is estimated to be about 3730 cum per hour during operations. A desalination plant to meet the water requirement is proposed under phase-II expansion to meet the needs of process water of the project. The total length of the intake pipelines is 1.65 Km at a depth of 7.50 m and the estimated discharge through Central Monitoring Basin (CMB) is 2743 cum per hour. It is proposed to discharge the treated waste water in to the sea at 750 m from the HTL at a depth of 6m. The pipelines area passing through the dedicated corridor earmarked for this purpose and the Land Fall Point is located at Komargi Village U. Kothapalli Mandal in East Godavari District.

 

                         The area proposed for laying the pipelines for intake and discharge outfall is classified as CRZ-III as per the approved Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP). The proposal was examined by the Andhra Pradesh State Coastal Zone Management Authority on 14.09.2010 and recommended the project vide letter No. 2332 / CZMA / 2010 dated 27.09.2010.

 

(iv)     In item No.3.4 ‘CRZ clearance for the erection of Transmission Line Towers a) Trombay back bay & b) Trombay – Salsette in Sewri area Mumbai, Maharashtra by M/s Tata Power, Mumbai [F. No. 11-107/2010-IA.III]’ the tunneling was the initial proposal and it was dropped at final stage, hence conditions at (iv) shall be deleted.

 

3.          Reconsideration of Old Projects

 

3.1          Environmental Clearance for the development of Solapur Airport at Boramani Village, Solapur Distt, Maharashtra by M/s. Maharashtra Airport Development Company [F. No. 10-30/2009-IA-III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves the development of a green field Airport at Boramani Village, Solapur Distt, Maharashtra to establish air connectivity between various district head quarters and State capitals.

 

There is an existing airport at Solapur which was constructed in the year 1987 and further renovated in 2006. This airport was transferred to Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) by State Public Works Department (PWD) in 2007 for maintenance, operation and further development. The present airport caters to four flights in a week on Mumbai-Solapur-Mumbai route. Considering the current need and future growth of Solapur town, its imperative convenient air facilities for tourists, businessmen etc from different parts of the country. In this regard feasibility study for the development of this airport to suit operations of A320/B737 or its equivalent was carried out by MADC. It was found out that the existing runway could not be extended since there is a sugar mill on one side and other developments on the other side of runway. Hence it is proposed to develop a new airport at Boramani.

 

The facility proposed are runway 3200 m. x 45 m., Terminal building, ATR, Taxiways, Apron, GSE Storage Area, ATC Tower, Airfield Ground Lighting, Airport lighting, Cargo, Maintenance Hangers online. The proposed air port is designed to handle peak hour passengers of 200 in phase -I and 300 in Phase-II.  The air craft types are ATR 72/500 in phase-I (by 2015) and B737/A320 will be added in Phase-II (by 2035). In phase-I, the parking facility is for 40 four wheelers, 30 two wheelers, 20 auto-rickshaws and 1 bus and in phase-II, the parking facility will be extended for 55 four wheelers, 55 two wheelers, 30 auto-rickshaws and 1 bus with an area of 3,400 sqm.

 

The total area of the airport project is 340 ha., out of which 107.61 ha is Government land, and 232.39 ha. is agricultural land.  There are no settlements except very few cattle sheds and compensation will be provided as per Maharashtra State R&R Policy. There are no protected sensitive areas near the proposed site. Water requirement will be 162 KLD in phase-I and 173 KLD in phase-II (source - industrial water supply MIDC, Solapur). The waste water generation during phase-I will be 18 KLD and in Phase-II, it will be 28.5 KLD.  The sewage generated is proposed to be treated an STP of 30 KLD capacity. The total cost of the project is Rs.228 Crores.

 

The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 77th meeting held on 25th –26th June 2010 and finalized ToR for further study. The public hearing was conducted on 26.02.2010 at Collectorate Solapur. The proposal was earlier considered in the 92nd EAC meeting held on 20th- 22nd October, 2010 and sought additional information.

 

          The Committee examined the details submitted and presented. During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Two tanks/ water reservoirs shall be developed on northern and southern side of the Airstrip with higher capacity of storage than the existing one which is to be filled up. All the storm water shall be diverted to these reservoirs. Explore the possibility to reuse the treated wastewater. Submit a copy of the commitment letter from Gram Panchayat for availability of water.

 

(ii)              The R & R shall be as per the State Government norms.

 

(iii)            All the recommendations of Environmental Monitoring Plan/ Disaster Management Plan shall be strictly complied with.

 

(iv)             Sewage and other liquid effluent generated from the airport including from the existing terminal should be treated as per the norms laid down by the State Pollution Control Board and recycled wherever possible. 

 

(v)                The solid waste shall be properly collected, segregated and disposed as per the provision of Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000.

 

(vi)             Installation and operation of DG sets if any, shall comply with the guidelines of CPCB.

 

(vii)           Permission shall be obtained from National Highway Authority of India for connecting the airport link road.

 

(viii)        The committee noted that the Public Hearing was conducted at Collectorate, Solapur which is about 20 km from the site which is against the provisions of the EIA, Notification 2006 as amended in 2009. The committee opined that the PCB may be asked to clarify the reasons for having conducted the Public Hearing 20 km away from the site and examine the possibility to conduct another public hearing at site.

 

In view of the above, the Committee deferred the project. The proposal will be taken up after getting the clarification from State Pollution Control Board regarding the Public Hearing.

 

3.2    CRZ for construction of 15.212 km approach road, laying of pipeline from village Taratalao to drilling platforms in connection with the development and production of Hydrocarbon at Gulf –A field of CB-OS/1, Block in the Gulf of Khambhat, Ankleswear Baruch Gujarat by M/s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC) [F.No.11-97/2010-IA-III].

 

As presented by the project proponent the project involves construction of 15.212 km approach road from village Taratalao to drilling platforms in inter tidal area and laying of pipeline from drilling pad to existing adjoining field of ONGC along the approach road for further process. The Environmental Clearance for the development and production of hydrocarbon at Gulf –A field of CB-OS/1, Block in the Gulf of Khambhat. Further, it was informed that Environmental Clearance has already been issued by the Ministry vide letter no. F.No. No.J-11011/649/2009-IA.II (I) dated 04.02.2010 for augmentation of existing GGS at Akholjuni.

 

The promoters of the project is ONGC, HOEC & Tata Petrodine Ltd. (Joint Venture) and ONGC will be operator. The expected production is 1,805 MMT in 10 years.  Area of Gulf –A is 190 sq. km. and number of wells will be 4 (2 producer and 2 injector). The depth of producers is 2700 m and depth of injectors is 1698 m. The location is 22010’59.016”N and 72024’32.41”E. The water requirement will be 1250 KLD and length of pipeline will be 23 km (15.2 km along the road and + 8 km will be buried).

 

The Gujarat Coastal Zone Management Authority has also recommended the project vide letter No. ENV-10-2010-413-E dated 20.08.2010. The proposal was considered in the 93rd meeting of EAC held on 10.11.2010 and Committee raised some observations. The project proponents submitted the details. The details submitted and presented were discussed by the Committee.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i) The Committee noted that the proponent was asked for a revised proposal to avoid road on embankment in CRZ-I areas whereas as per the revised proposal submitted by the proponent, the approach road on embankment is 6.4 km.

 

(ii)  It was informed that due to the cost considerations it will not be possible. The Committee suggested that the entire project should be revised based on the environmental considerations, not on cost considerations.

 

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

 

3.3    CRZ clearance for the construction of Rajakkamangalam Thurai Fishing harbour at Neendakarai B village, Agastheeswaram Taluk, Kaniakumari Dist. Tamil Nadu by M/s Rajakkamangalm Thurai Fishing Harbour Pvt. Ltd. [F. No. 11-67/2010-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves the construction of Fishing harbour at Rajkkamangalam, Kanniyakumari. The total area is 16.695 ha. The proposed fishing harbour will be a Harbour complex and will be serving the berthing needs of all types of fishing vessels about 400 in number consisting of both traditional and modern mechanized fishing boats with drafts ranging from 4m to 8mtrs. The handling capacity of the Harbour will be 8,500 tons/annum.

          The project components includes construction of Break waters:- Western b/w : 875 mtr long with 64m round head & Eastern b/w : 470mts long with 64m rounded, Approach channel with a width of 72 mts at entrance, RCC wharf of 500mts length and 30 mts width, RCC finger Jetties of 150mts length and 10 ms width – 5 nos in Phase-I, Slip way of 60 mts long with 12 m width, Boat building, repair and maintenance, Dredging of Harbour Basin to maximum (-) 8 mts. Level from Chart Datum, Development of land based Harbour facilities, Construction of RCC bridge across “Pantri Vaickal” for access.

          The water requirement will be 150 KLD which will be met through bore well located outside CRZ. Out of 150 KLD about 50 KLD will be supplied to the boats as drinking water. About 50 KLD sewage and 50 KLD of trade effluent will be generated during the operation phase and to treat them both STP and ETP have been proposed. The project cost is Rs. 80.00 Crores.

          The site is falling in CRZ-I (ii) and CRZ-III. The proposal was discussed by TNSCZMA in its 59th meeting held on 28.05.2010 and recommended vide letter no. 11546/EC-3/2010-1, dated 29.06.2010.

The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 91st meeting held on 21st –23rd September, 2010 and the Committee sought additional information. The proponent has submitted the information including Court order about confirmation on vacation of writ. The case is against the G.O issued by the Government of Tamil Nadu and there is no order/ stay regarding the consideration of the clearance.

 

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   The Committee noted that the southern breakwater is almost in the middle of the mouth of the river which may have adverse impact on the hydraulic regime of the flow. The Proponent has agreed to shift the breakwater away from the mouth of the river and also carryout de-silting of the river mouth at regular intervals.

 

ii)                 Proponent need to submit the likely impacts of the proposed training wall and Northern breakwater on the river mouth along with the remedial measures.

 

iii)              Consideration and clearance of the project shall be subject to final orders of the court in W.P. No.2/2009 and 2206/2009.

 

In view of the foregoing observations, the proposal is deferred and shall be reconsidered after the above observations are addressed and submitted.  

 

4.          Consideration of New Projects

 

4.1           CRZ clearance for (i) construction of Fish Landing Centre at Goghla, Diu & (ii) Construction of Fishery Harbour at Vanakbara, Diu by M/s Fisheries Department, Daman & Diu [F. No. 11-138/2010-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves construction of Fish Landing Centre at Goghla, Diu & Construction of Fishery Harbour at Vanakbara, Diu. During the year 1996, UT administration of Daman and Diu had submitted the proposals to the Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Govt. of India, New Delhi, for construction the Jetties at Vanakbara-Diu and Ghoghla- Diu. As per the directives of the GOI, Ministry of Agriculture, a team of officers from the Central Institute of Coastal Engineering for Fishery, Banglore (CICEF ), had visited at Vanakbara and Ghoghla (Diu) and conducted the Survey. Considering the fleet size and demand of the fishermen, they recommended and submitted the Techno Economic Feasibility Reports (TEFR) for construction of Minor Fisheries Harbour at Vanakbara, Diu. The estimated cost of the Fishery Harbour at Vanakbara, Diu is Rs.4.64 crores and Fish Landing Centre at Ghoghla, Diu is Rs.4.53 crores.

 

Both the projects shall consist of the following facilities i.e.  Bored pile Jetty, Road & Surfaces, Auction Hall, Office Building, Net mending shed, Gear shed, Work shop, Toilet, Security, Compound wall, Electrification and lighting, Water supply system and overhead tank, Drainages & Sewerage, Navigational aids, VHF Communication centre & equipment etc., for fishermen.

 

EIA study report for both the projects have been carried out by the NIO Goa. Daman and Diu Coastal Zonal Management Authority (DDCZMA) has recommended the projects and asked to the fisheries department to get the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study reports of both the projects.

 

          During discussions, following points emerged:-

 

(i)                Submit a copy of the CRZ map demarcating HTL/ LTL, prepared by an authorized agency and superimpose the project layout.

 

(ii)              As far as possible, inter-tidal zone shall not be disturbed and the proposed reclamation shall be beyond HTL.

 

(iii)           Shoreline changes must be monitored at periodical intervals.

 

(iv)             Provision for green belt must be enhanced.

 

(v)               Appropriate oil recovery system (oil skimmer) shall be provided.

 

(vi)             Mangrove which is available at 500m distance for Vankbara harbor shall not be disturbed and this must be monitored.

 

(vii)          Possibility of inter-tidal zone getting contaminated by sediment becoming anoxic must be monitored.

 

(viii)        Disposal of dredging quantities and identification of dumping ground must be spelt out

 

The Committee noted that the proponent has not submitted the location/ layout with respect to the CRZ area. No HTL/LTL demarcation has been carried out. The Committee recommended to defer the projects.

 

4.2           CRZ clearance for setting up of Bougainville Bay Beach Resort at Manapattu village, Bahour Commune, Puducherry by M/s Bougainville Resorts Pvt. Ltd. [F. No. 11-3/2011 –IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves setting up of Beach Resort on an area of 5.9754 Ha Patta Land falling in RS Nos. 205/4 parts and 205/3 parts of Manapattu Village in Bahour Communce of Puducherry Union Territory. The proposed ‘Bougainville Bay Beach Resort’ is proposed to be developed as a ‘3-Star Category’ and will have 87 Guest Rooms (59 rooms in Ground Floor and 28 rooms in First Floor) of 7 different types. Cottages 32, Hotel Block 32 rooms, Villa -8 nos., Chettinad block -12 rooms, Bungalow 3 rooms. Total built up area 10,133.56 sq.m. In addition, the resort will have a main building, restaurant cum lounge bar, Swimming pool, Business centre, Spa & Health Club, Kit Play Area, Indoor & Outdoor Games, Stores, Staff quarters, Parking Facilities, Drivers’ Rest Room, etc. No Forest land is envisaged and there is no R&R issue. There is no National Park/ Wildlife Sanctuary/ Biosphere Reserve/ Reserved Forest/ Hot Spot/ Historical Monuments exist within 10 km radius area.

 

The Project requires 38 KLD as a maximum water demand out of which fresh water/sweat water requirement will be 18 KLD and balance 20 KLD will be treated sewage that is recycled mainly for toilet flushings, green belt, etc. There will be no ground water tapping from the site/CRZ Area. Raw/sweat water will be received from Puducherry UT Administration approved Agency Supply. The Regional Committee of Pondicherry Ground Water Authority has already accorded approval for 20 KLD water from authorizes water supplier vide its Letter No. 2063/PERMIT/PGWBA/2010-11 dated 22.12.2010. Resort will generate 20 KLD domestic sewage and canteen wastewater which will be biologically treated in a 25 KLD Sewage Treatment Plant (STP). After treatment, 50% of the treated wastewater will be recycled for toilet flushing (dual plumping is planned for the Project) (10 KLD). Treated wastewater will only used for Green Belt (8 KLD) and dust control purposes (2 KLD). Thus, it is a Zero Effluent Discharge Project.

 

About 60 kg/day domestic solid wastes will be generated depending upon the occupation. The non-biodegradable waste shall be handed over to the municipal solid waste disposal facility of the local Panchayat. Other biodegradable solid wastes will be landfilled, vermi composted and used as manure for Green Belt. Green Belt with adequate width (10 m) and lawns will be developed in an extent of 2.16 Ha (coverage is 36.14%). Total parking provisions made for 72 cars. The Project Cost of Rs.12.98 crores.

 

The demarcation of High Tide and Low Tide Lines for the Resort Site was surveyed, mapped and Layout superimposed by the Institute of Remote Sensing, Anna University, Chennai. The land extent falls in Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ)-III out of which an area of 1.90 Ha falls in ‘No Development Zone (0-200 m from High Tide Line-HTL)’ and 3.1654 Ha falls in ‘Development Zone (200-500 m from HTL)’ and 0.91 Ha in Non-CRZ Area (>500 m from HTL). The Resort will be developed in the ‘Development Zone’ with a total built up area of 10,133.56 sq. m (in Ground Floor 7161.32 sq. m and in First Floor 2,972.24 sq.m).The maximum Height of all buildings proposed would be 8.9 m above GL and the construction would be as per Puducherry Planning Authority Norms. Puducherry Coastal Zone Management Authority (PCZMA) has discussed the proposal in its 24th   meeting held on 25.10.2010 and recommended the proposal to MoEF for the clearance vide Letter No.1196/DSTE/PCZMA/CLR/JE/2010/19 dated 10.01.2011.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Consider alternate treatment viz. Baffle Reactor or root zone instead of Activated Aeration system.

 

(ii)              Organic waste converter shall be provided for the Solid Waste Management.

 

(iii)            There shall be no development within 0-200 m from HTL -No Development Zone area.

 

(iv)             There shall be no disposal of solid or liquid wastes on coastal area. 

 

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

 

4.3           CRZ clearance for construction of marine facilities for the drawal seawater from the Manhole 7 of the existing cooling water intake system and for marine at Pillaiperumanallur, Tharangamapadi Taluk, Nagapattinam district by M/s PPN Power Generation Company Pvt. Ltd. [F. No. 11-5/2011-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent the proposal involves, construction of marine facilities for the drawal seawater from the Manhole 7 of the existing cooling water intake system and for marine at Pillaiperumanallur, Tharangamapadi Taluk, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu.  PPN Power Generating Company Private Limited (PPGC) is presently operating on Natural Gas and Naphtha based power plant of capacity 330 MW at Pillaiperumalnallur and Manickkappangu Villages, Tharangambadi Taluk, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu. The plant was commissioned on 26.04.2001.

    

          The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India has issued Environmental Clearance for the existing project vide their letter no.J-13011/3/91-1A-III dated 11th March 1996. The power generated from the plant is sold to Tamil Nadu Electricity Board through a long term Power Purchase Agreement. Periodical reports on compliance of conditions stipulated by the MoEF is sent to MoEF Regional Office, Bangalore and monthly reports to Tami Nadu Pollution Control Board.

 

     The existing marine facilities for the present power plant consist of Single Point Mooring (SPM) for unloading      Naphtha, 600mm dia. naphtha pipeline from SPM to the shoreline, 2750 mm dia. concrete intake pipeline,      seawater intake at 940 m offshore in 10.1 m water depth, 2500mm dia. concrete outfall pipeline and outfall diffuser at 415m offshore in 5.1m water depth. The outfall is having a multiple port diffuser system. PPGC propose to expand the capacity from 330 MW to 1410 MW by installing the 3 units of 360 MW of similar technology in the existing power plant premises for which the land is under possession of the company.  Natural Gas will be used as fuel.

 

          The existing plant uses once through sea water cooling system. The differential temperature that has been prescribed for the existing plant is 5ºC. The volume of seawater drawn presently is 32299 m3/hour and it is proposed to draw another 6000 m3/hour for the expansion and hence the total quantity of seawater drawn will be 38299 m3/hour. The additional water will be drawn through the same existing intake pipeline and it will be drawn through pipeline from Manhole – 7 (MH-7) located at 340m onshore. There will not be any changes like modification to the intake pipeline or the intake head in the sea portion. CRZ clearance is sought for the additional drawal and discharge of sea water for the proposed expansion. For the proposed expansion Induced Draft Cooling Towers will be adopted. The CRZ mapping report has been prepared by NIO/Goa/Vizag.

 

     The existing volume of warm water discharged into the sea is 32191 m3/hour.  The volume of additional      seawater to be discharged will be 4600 m3/hour and the total quantity of seawater discharged into the sea will be 36791 m3/hour. The additional discharge will be collected in the existing seal pit and will be carried to sea. There will not be any modification to the outfall pipeline in the sea portion. The plant and colony potable water requirement will be met by sea water R.O. System similar to the existing one.

 

          A comprehensive Marine EIA involving all three seasons (fair weather, SW Monsoon & NE Monsoon) has been prepared. The temperature of the return water released into the sea will be the same as that of ambient seawater. The salinity of the return water will be negligibly higher of the order of 2.3 ppt more than the ambient salinity of 35.0 ppt. The water quality of the combined discharge will continue to have the same quality being           maintained since the year 2001 and it would conform to the standards stipulated by Tamil Nadu State Pollution Control Board. There will not be any changes in other water quality parameters compared to the ambient values.

 

     The EAC (Thermal) at its 15th meeting held on 11.01.2011 has recommended the project for environmental clearance. The condition stipulated in the EC will be complied with.  Forest clearance, approval for additional drawal of sea    water, NOC from Airport Authority of India have already been obtained. The total project cost is Rs.4,073 crores and Rs.2 crores is the estimated cost in CRZ area. 

 

     Tamil Nadu State Coastal Zone Management Authority at the meeting held on 01.11.2010 has recommended the proposal to MoEF, GOI for consideration and approval (vide Government of Tamil Nadu (Environment & Forest) letter ref.24414/EC3/2010-2 dated 12.01.2011). The conditions stipulated by the committee will be complied with.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)    Appropriate screens and trash bars shall be put in place at the intake to avoid fish entering into the pipe due to heavy quantity of water drawal by once through water intake system.

 

(ii)  Temperature and salinity level shall be monitored regularly by providing on-line monitoring system at the appropriate location on the outfall system.

 

(iii)            Possibility of adopting cooling water towers for the whole plant system shall be explored at the appropriate stage-at the time of replacement of the present unit of 330 MW and shall submit to the MoEF with copy to SPCB.

 

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

 

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

 

4.4           CRZ clearance for the proposal for reconstruction of school building on property bearing CTS No. 1341, 1342 of village Gorai, Borivali (W), Mumbai for Holy Magi Church by M/s Shirish Sukhatime & Associates, Mumbai [F. No. 11-6/2011-IA-III]

 

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

 

4.5           Environmental clearance for the development of all weather deepwater port (Phase I and Phase II only) at Subarnarekha River, Blasore District, Orissa by M/s Creative Port Development P.Ltd [F. No. 10-33/2007-IA-III]

 

As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves development of all weather deepwater port (Phase I and Phase II only) at Subarnarekha River, Blasore District, Orissa. The Government of Orissa (GoO) executed a Concession Agreement with Creative Port Development Private Limited (CPDL) on January 11, 2008 for development of Subarnarekha Port near Subarnarekha River mouth, Balasore District, Orissa on BOOST (Build, Own, Operate, Share and Transfer) basis. As per the provisions of concession agreement, Subarnarekha Port Private Limited (SPPL) a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) was incorporated on October 10, 2008. The site proposed for development of Subarnarekha Port is located at Latitude 21032’58” N and Longitude 87021’58”E. For the proposed development, Terms of Reference (TOR) were approved vide letter No: 10-33/2007-IA.III, dated May 31, 2007 and public hearing was conducted on December 30, 2010.

 

Phase I development will handle 25 MTPA and Phase II development will handle 35 MTPA and development comprises of Two(2) Barge berths and Seven (7) berths for handling dry bulk cargo (such as Iron Ore, thermal Coal, Cooking Coal and Lime Stone), containerized and general cargo. The proposed site of 915 Acres (~370 Ha) of land comprises mainly inter-tidal land (Coastal sand), partly land with/without scrub and casuarinas. In addition to that, an area of 750 Acres (~303 Ha) of land will be reclaimed for port development purpose. A dedicated rail/road corridor will also be developed on an area of 1565.93 acres (633.72 Ha).

 

The project development consists of 2310 m of eastern breakwater and 3155 m of western breakwater. Length and width (inner/outer) of approach channel are 26,000 m and 175/200 m during phase I and will be extended to 29,000 m and 175/220 m in phase II. The diameter and depth of turning circle is 520 m and (-) 15 m depth during phase I and will be extended to 600 m and (-) 18 m depth in phase II. The capital dredging quantity estimated for the Phase I is 47.0 MCM and Phase II development is estimated at 60.0 MCM (Cumulative). It is proposed to use the 12 MCM of material (dredge spoil) for reclaiming the backup area and remaining material will be dumped into sea at the designated dumping areas. Two disposal locations/dumping ground have been identified based on mathematical model studies towards eastern side of the proposed approach channel between (-) 10 m and (-) 20 m contours. The area of each dumping ground is 8000 m x 7000 m with an average depth of filling of <30cms. The same disposal grounds shall be used for phase II dredge spoil disposal. The total maintenance dredging quantity is estimated to be around 1,20,000 m3/annum.

 

Mathematical model studies were carried out for sediment transport using Mike-21 ST module and estimated maintenance dredging quantity is found to be about 1,20,000 m3/annum. Material will be collected using sand trap and material required will be pumped to the eastern shores towards protection of the beach profile, if required and the rest will be dumped in the identified disposal ground. In order to assess the long term behaviour of the shoreline GENESIS Shoreline change model was used and shoreline evolution study indicates the accretion (five year average) rate of 2.36 m/year within 100 m stretch adjacent to eastern and western breakwaters and less than 0.18m/year within 800m adjacent to eastern breakwater and within 600m adjacent to western breakwater respectively. Fugitive dust modelling studies for coal/iron ore handling and storage areas were carried out using the Industrial Source Complex, Short Term (ISCST3) dispersion model which reveals that the resultant ground level concentrations are found to be well within the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

 

National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), an authorised agency was engaged for demarcation of HTL, LTL and CRZ areas. As per the NIO report, project site falls on the sandy beach near the river mouth. The project development area does not fall or contain any environmentally sensitive areas as specified in CRZ Notification and that the project area meets the requirements of CRZ-I(ii) and CRZ-III.  

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 No proper analysis on the need of the project and justification for the selection of the site. Examine and submit details.

 

(ii)              Submit the response to the each of issues raised during Public Hearing.

 

(iii)            The assumption in draft conditions for 120000DWT vessel in Phase I of 14.8 m appears on low side (should be 16 m), consequently the dredge depth shall be 18.5 to 19.0 m against 15.7 proposed, which may result in approach channel length going beyond 26 km (even beyond Territorial waters) and additional dredging. Re-examine and submit details.

 

(iv)             Study may be conducted for ship maneuvering to optimize the
approach channel dimensions taking into consideration wave, wind & current conditions prevailing in the area especially due the fact of occurrence of Cyclones in the area.

 

(v)                The navigational aspects of such a long channel and its impact on movements of other vessels without disturbing the navaids, maintenance of such a long channel etc need to be investigated keeping in view the increased dredge quantity and the dumping ground required.

 

(vi)             Cargo wise impacts are not studied. Examine the impacts and submit details.

 

(vii)           Possibility of another groyne on the eastern side of the river mouth shall be explored to account for reversal of littoral drift direction in NE monsoon. Re-examine and submit details.

 

(viii)        Study on hydraulic regime of the river mouth and its maintenance aspects due to reversal of natural causes (littoral transport) does not seem to have been addressed to the extent required. Examine this aspect.

 

(ix)            Examine and submit details of the Turtle nesting ground, if any and fishing activity in the vicinity and likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

          The EAC further pointed out the lacunae in the preparation of the EIA report, some of them are:

 

(i)                 At Para no 1.3, it was reported that the following regulations are applicable to the project:

a.     Land acquisition Act

b.     Forest Conservation Act

c.      The Indian Forest Act

d.     Biological Diversity Act

e.     Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites & Remains Act

          But, in the EIA report, the above has not been explained, how the compliance made to meet the requirements of these acts and the provisions made therein. Submit the details.

 

(ii)              Need for Development of the port given at Para No.1.5 is very generic in nature. The EIA report should elaborate with facts and figures.

 

(iii)            Details of the road / rail corridor – land status of 633.72 ha, water bodies, trees, agricultural lands etc, surroundings, impacts and mitigations, cross drainage systems shall be submitted. Suitable site map shall be submitted clearly showing the existing land features. Green belt along the corridor shall be submitted.

 

(iv)             The various components of the proposed port and permissibility under the latest CRZ shall be explained in the EIA.

 

(v)                Table 2-2: Clarify whether the project proposal is consisting of two phase or three phases.

 

(vi)             Para No 2.9: It was stated that the greenbelt of20-50 meters will be developed at stockyards and administrative buildings. At other areas, greenbelt varying between 7-10 meters will be developed. But, it is not matching with the details furnished in the Phase I lay out diagram.

 

(vii)           Table 4-3: It was reported that mangroves are located within 15 kms from the project area. Details and impacts shall be submitted

(viii)        Table 4-3: It was reported that the site is cyclone prone area. Impacts due to the cyclone and mitigation measures shall be furnished.

 

(ix)            Table 4-5: Soil suitability for the development of the green belt not addressed.

 

(x)               Table 4-4: The village Chaumukh is within one km from the project boundary. But, as per Table 4-27, the village is located at 2.5 kms. Clarify.

 

(xi)            Para 5.1.2.1 – It was reported that stones and aggregates required for construction will be sourced from approved quarries. Estimated quantities and approvals for the quarrying shall be submitted.

 

(xii)          Para 5.1.2.1 – It was stated that to mitigate the impacts from transportation of stones, existing roads will be strengthened and widened to enable movement of dumpers. Details and mitigation cost shall be furnished.

 

(xiii)       Par 5.1.3.2 : Capacity of sewage reception and treatment details and disposal of treated effluent shall be furnished.

 

(xiv)         Para 5.2.3.1: It was reported that retention ponds with a retention period of 3 to 4 hours will be provided. Submit no of retention ponds and capacity of the same.

 

(xv)           Para No 5.4.1.2: Mangrove plantation will be carried out along with the forest department in the degraded areas – submit the details of the identified degraded areas and allocation of budget for the same.

 

(xvi)         Para 5.5.2.2 – The cargo handling system covering loading, unloading, staking, transportation shall be furnished in detail. The details of mechanization planned to mitigate the dust generation at each stage shall be elaborately discussed as the port is planned to handle cargos such as thermal coal, iron ore, coking coal and lime stone.

 

(xvii)      Impact on the river mouth due to port construction and operation shall be evaluated and shall be submitted.

 

(xviii)    Para 7.1.1(Sl. No9) – It was reported that regular treated drinking water supply will be provided to the nearby villagers. Please submit the list of identified villages and budgetary provision to implement.

 

(xix)        Par 7.1.1(Sl. No 9) – Budgetary provision made to supply uninterrupted electricity to the peripheral villages, 300 bed hospital, educational facilities, dedicated fishing jetty.

 

(xx)          7.2.5.3 – It was reported to control exposure of coal dust, using totally enclosed, continuous handling system and telescopic chutes are planned. Submit the details- capacities and locations.

 

(xxi)        Page 10 -6: It was reported that cargo unloading through underground tippers will be provided. Furnish the details as the same are not discussed in the Mitigation chapter.

 

(xxii)     Para 10.4 : It was reported that SPPL undertakes to enforce and strictly adhere to the provisions of – Biological Diversity Act, Wildlife Protection Act, Forest Conservation Act and Recognition of Forest Rights Act – submit the details.

 

(xxiii)   Para 2.10: In the project cost, the budgetary provisions for R&R, CSR, EMP and DMP not mentioned.

 

(xxiv)    MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August 2009 – The EIA consultant has to give an undertaking that the prescribed TORs have been complied with and that the data submitted is factually correct.

In view of the foregoing observations, the proposal is deferred and shall be reconsidered after the above observations are addressed and submitted.  

 

4.6           Environmental clearance for the construction of integrated terminal building at Tirupati Airport, Renigunta Mandal, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh by M/s. Airport Authority of India [F.No.10-80/2009-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves construction of integrated terminal building at Tirupati airport, within the existing Airport complex located at Renigunta, Chitoor district in Andhra Pradesh. The Airport presently operates with daily 5 arrivals and 5 departures mainly through flight to and from Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore etc. Besides these a number of Non-scheduled flights, VIP flights operate regularly while military flights operate occasionally. On an average about 500 passengers use the airport daily. During the year 2006-07, Tirupati Airport handled 1,52,967 domestic passengers and it was the 40th busiest airport of India for handling 0.2% of India’s total air traffic during the year 2006-07. Compound growth over the past 5 years indicates that domestic passenger traffic at Tirupati Airport is increasing at the rate of 89.2%.

To meet the growing requirements a new Integrated Passenger Terminal building which shall cater to both international and domestic passengers has been proposed.

 

          The total area of the Airport is 244.84 ha (605 acres) latitude 13o 37” 57’ N, longitude 74o 32” 32’ E and total built-up area of the proposed integrated passenger terminal building is 23,600 sqm. The proposed terminal building will be capable of handling maximum of 700 passengers during peak hour (500 domestic and 200 international) at a time. The existing runway will be extended from 2286 m to 3270 m. New apron is proposed adjacent to the new terminal building with an area of 47850 sqm. Two lane taxiways is proposed with a total area of 5255 sqm (228.5  x 23 m)

 

 

          The site dimension allocated for the terminal building is 160m X 110m (including space for kerb) in Phase-I with 70 m on either side for almost a 100% future expansion possibility. The proposed Terminal Building has G+3 levels. The total water requirement is 501 KLD out of which 230 will be met from Municipal supply and 271 KLD from treated water. The treated waste water is to be used for flushing of toilets - 86 KLD, gardening - 50 KLD, HVAC - 135 KLD. The capacity of STP proposed is 280 KLD.  The total power requirement will be 2.15 MW.

 

          3 vehicular lanes with complete canopy cover is proposed in front of the terminal building on city side. 240 nos. of car parking is proposed with an immediate expansion possibility of 80 cars and future expansion possibility of another 160 cars afterwards. 28 nos. of VIP parking is proposed with an immediate expansion possibility of 28 cars and future expansion possibility of another 28 cars afterwards. Besides 10 nos. of bus parking and more than 0.5 km long (total length) taxi stand is also proposed.  In the new Terminal Building, aerobridges are proposed (2 + 1- as immediate expansion + another 2-as future expansion) to facilitate wide-bodied aircrafts on airside. The Cost of the project is Rs. 190 crores.

 

          Krishnapuram protected forest is  5.6 km,  Erpedu protected forest is 6.6 km, Narayanavan protected Forest is 6.6 km, Tirupathi Ext. R.F. is 8.7 km and Karakanbati R.F. is 5.2 km NW.

 

The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 82nd meeting 23rd –24th November, 2009 and finalized ToR for further study. Public Hearing was conducted on 27.01.2011.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   Sewage and other liquid effluent generated from the airport including from the existing terminal should be treated as per the norms laid down by the State Pollution Control Board and recycled wherever possible. 

 

ii)                 The solid waste generated shall be properly collected, segregated and disposed as per the provision of Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000.

 

iii)              Installation and operation of DG sets if any shall comply with the guidelines of CPCB.

 

iv)                Energy conservation measures shall be taken up as per ECBC 2009.

 

v)                  Parking provisions shall be provided as per National Building Code of India, 2005.

 

vi)                Water conservation fixtures shall be provided.

 

vii)             The switches used for outdoor lighting generally do not take seasonal variation and hence a timer should be used that is sensitive to seasonal variations and adjusts on the basis of actual length of day/night.

 

viii)           All cooling equipment should meet the minimum efficiency requirements, as specified in the ECBC (Energy Conservation Building Code), 2007.

 

ix)               All the recommendations of EIA, EMP, and disaster management plan shall be strictly complied with. 

 

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

 

4.7           Finalization of ToR for new Passenger terminal building at Chandigarh airport, (Mohali side) by M/s Airports Authority of India. [F. No. 10-11/2011-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves the construction of New Passenger terminal building at Chandigarh airport, (Mohali side). Chandigarh is the regional business hub for the State of Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

 

          Keeping in view of the significant growth in passenger traffic at the existing Civil Enclave at Chandigarh over the recent past, Airports Authority of India has taken expansion of the existing terminal building. However, with the unprecedented and rapid increase in traffic at Chandigarh Airport, capacity of this expanded terminal building may not be sufficient to handle the estimated domestic and international passenger traffic beyond 2012-13.

 

          The proposed “New Passenger Terminal Building” is proposed to be located on Mohali Side of Chandigarh Airport which is being developed by Airports Authority of India. The New Passenger Terminal Building will be constructed over an area of 1,38,562 m2. The total built up area proposed Is 39,600 sqm. Total Water Requirement is 1400 KLD and Total Waste Water Dischage is 774 KLD. The Capacity of STP will be 930 KLD. Total No. of Rain water Harvesting proposed are 6 numbers and Solid Waste generation will be 2070 kg/day and it will be handled as per the rules. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs. 220 Crores.

 

          Parking facilities proposed for 500 ECS, 71 Taxis and 5 Coaches. 3 number of DG Sets 11KVA proposed. 

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)    Submit the details of validation of the modeling i.e. comparison of monitored value with predicted value.

 

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

 

 

(iii)            Examine baseline environmental quality along with projected incremental load due to the expansion/proposed project/ activities. 

 

(iv) Submit details of a comprehensive Risk Assessment and Disaster Management Plan including emergency evacuation during natural and man-made disaster integrating with existing airport.

 

(v)   Examine separately the details for construction and operation phases both for Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan with cost and parameters.

 

(vi) Examine road/rail connectivity to the project site and impact on the traffic due to the proposed project/activities. A detailed traffic and transportation study should be made for existing and projected passenger and cargo traffic.

 

(vii)           Examine the details of afforestation measures indicating land and financial outlay. Landscape plan, green belts and open spaces may be described. A thick green belt should be planned all around the nearest settlement to mitigate noise and vibrations. The identification of species/ plants should be made based on the botanical studies.

 

(viii)        Examine and submit the details of Noise modeling studies and mitigative measures.

 

(ix)            Examine the details of water requirement, use of treated waste water and prepare a water balance chart. Source of water vis-à-vis waste water to be generated along with treatment facilities to be proposed.

 

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

 

(xi)            Examine details of Solid waste generation treatment and its disposal.

 

(xii)          Identify, predict and assess the environmental and sociological impacts on account of the project/activities.

 

(xiii)       Submit details of corporate social responsibilities (CSR).

 

(xiv)         Parking requirements as per the local regulations and National Building Code of India 2005 shall be submitted.

 

(xv)           Submit the energy conservation measures as per ECBC 2009 – covering building design, lighting systems and cooling systems.

 

(xvi)         Explore the possibility of dual plumbing system to conserve the fresh water conservation.

 

(xvii)      Peak noise levels during the takeoff and landing shall be monitored and the impact shall be assessed.

 

(xviii)    Submit the details of water conservation fixtures planned and saving of water.

 

General Guidelines

 

i)                   The EIA document shall be printed on both sides, as for as possible.

 

ii)                 The status of accreditation of the EIA consultant with NABET/QCI shall be specifically mentioned. The consultant shall certify that his accreditation is for the sector for which this EIA is prepared.

 

iii)              On the front page of EIA/EMP reports, the name of the consultant/consultancy firm along with their complete details including their accreditation, if any shall be indicated. The consultant while submitting the EIA/EMP report shall give an undertaking to the effect that the prescribed TORs (TOR proposed by the project proponent and additional TOR given by the MoEF) have been complied with and the data submitted is factually correct (Refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009).

 

iv)                While submitting the EIA/EMP reports, the name of the experts associated with/involved in the preparation of these reports and the laboratories through which the samples have been got analysed should be stated in the report. It shall clearly be indicated whether these laboratories are approved under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the rules made there under (Please refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009). The project leader of the EIA study shall also be mentioned.

 

v)                  All the TOR points as presented before the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) shall be covered.

 

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 Construction of Private Air Strip at Village Kawai, District Baram, Rajasthan by M/s Mundra International Airport Pvt. Ltd., [F. No. 10-12/2011-IA.III]

 

The Committee decided to defer the project, since the Air strip for private use without any fuel bunkering /ATC, hence Environmental Clearance is not required.

 

4.9           Finalization of ToR 4 lane divided carriageway   start on from the ends of approach to ROB at 3 + 600 Kankar- Kera phatak in Meerut City and ends at 90+425 km start point of Yamuna Bridge, U.P Border by M/s Utter Pradesh State Highway Authority [F.No. 10-16/2011-IA-III]

 

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

 

4.10      Environmental clearance for rehabilitation and up-gradation of 4 lane divided carriageway from Muzaffarpur to Sonbarsa section of NH-77 in the State of Bihar by M/s. NHAI [F.No.10-57/2009-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent the project road starts from km. 0.00 at Muzaffarpur and ends km. 89.00 near Sonbarsa. The project road falls in District Muzaffarpur and District Sitamarhi in the State of Bihar. The land use pattern of the project area is mostly agriculture (78.3%), built-up (15.3%) and barren (6.4%). There is no Reserved forest/ Wildlife sanctuary/ National park along the project road. The existing right of way varies from 30 m to 50 m. The proposed ROW is 60 m, Approximately 364.50 ha of land will be acquired for 4 laning of the project road, which includes 165 ha land for bypasses. There will be 7 nos. of major bridges, 26 minor bridges and 144 culverts in the project road. In the project road, 2 grade separators, 5 vehicular underpasses, 21 pedestrian/ cattle underpasses and 3 ROBs will be provided. The service roads have been provided at 11 habited locations in the length of 11.63 km. Bus bays have been provided at 18 locations and truck lay byes at one location. Bay side amenities have been proposed at one location. There are 7 congested areas, where bypasses have been proposed; Premnagar-Subahi Bypass (4.9 km), Sitamarhi Bypass (15.7 km), Kwahari Bypass (1.0 km), Jogbana Bypass (1.25 km), Bhutahi Bypass (1.55 km), Dostiya Bypass (1.8 km) and Sonbarsa Bypass (1.314 km).

 

          About 4200 trees are likely to be cut for 4 laning of the project road, against which about 12000 trees will be planted as compensatory afforestation. About 256 structures will be affected due to the project road and about 1672 families will be affected due to land acquisition for 4 laning. The budget for environment management and monitoring has been earmarked as Rs. 5.68 Crores. The estimated cost for Resettlement & Rehabilitation is approximately Rs. 127 Crores. The capital cost of project is Rs. 918.96 Crores.

 

The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 79th meeting 27th-28th August, 2009 and finalized ToR. Public Hearing was conducted at Muzaffarpur on and Muradpur on 26.06.2010.

  

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)     The project indicate cutting of 4200 trees for the widening of the road. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained for cutting of trees from the competent authority. Compensatory afforestation shall be carried out as per stipulated conditions of MoEF and State Forest Division.

 

(i)    Rain water harvesting including oil and grease trap shall be provided. Water harvesting structures shall be located at every 500 mts along the road. Vertical drain type rainwater harvesting structures shall be set up to minimize surface runoff losses of rainwater.

 

(ii)  Noise abatement measures shall be installed at appropriate locations.

 

(iii)            Details of CSR shall be submitted within 3 months to the Ministry.

 

(ii)  R& R shall be as per the guidelines of State/Central Government.

 

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

 

(iv) The responses/commitments made during public hearing shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

(iv) Green belt development shall be undertaken as suggested in EMP.

 

(v)    All the recommendation of the EMP shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

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

 

4.11      Environmental clearance for 4/6 laning of Panchkula-Barwala-Saharanpur-Yamunager-Haryana upto Haryana/UP Boarder of NH-73 by M/s. National Highway Authority of India [F.No.5-12/2009-IA-III].

 

As presented by the proponent, the project road starts from km 71.64 and ends at km 179.085 covering a total existing length of 107.5 km. and proposed designed length of 104.414 km. The road falls in Yamunanagar, Ambala and Panchkula districts in the State of Haryana. The land use pattern of the project area is mostly Agricultural (50%), Protected forest (44%), and Built-Up (6%).  The Project Road does not pass through National Park and Sanctuary etc. except Reserve Forest from km 176.025 to 176.700 & from km 178.230 to 178.395. The roadside plantation along the project road (except reserve forest area) declared as protected forest as per the policy of Govt. of Haryana. The existing Right of Way varies from 20.10 m to 57.90m. The proposed ROW is 60m. Total 453 ha of land are being acquired; which includes 187 ha for widening and 253 ha for bypasses and for realignment is 13 ha, out of which 248 ha is agriculture (55%), 25 ha (.055%) is Built-up Area and 180 ha is Protected forest land (40%). There is 13 no. of major bridges, 30 nos. of minor bridges and 165 nos. of culverts in the project area. The project road passes through 72 villages, out of which 23 are in Panchkula district, 29 are in Ambala District and 20 are in Yamunanagar District.

 

There are four congested areas where bypass & realignment has been proposed, they are- (i) Bye pass at Yamunanagar & Jagadhari (from km 71.640 to 94.750) Length- 23.110 km, (ii) Bye pass at Saha, (from km 119.000 to 124.750) Length- 5.750 km, (iii) Bye pass at Sahazadpur  (from km 136.070 to 141.383) Length- 5.313 km and (iv) Bye pass at Dangri & Barwala (from km 149.450 to 157.400) Length- 7.950 km. and a Realignment at Markanda Bridge (from km. 116.300 to km. 118.450) Length= 2.15 km.

 

About 66493 nos. of trees are going to be felled for the project area, against which nearly 199479 trees are proposed to be planted. Road Amenities to be proposed on NH-73 are (i) Service Road- 22.821 Km Left side & 24.091 Km Right side, (ii) Fly Over- 5, (iii) At-Grade Junction- 18, (iv)Under Passes- 4, (v) Cattle Pedestrian Crossing- 5, (vi) Bus lay byes- 29x2=58, (vii) Truck lay byes- 3, (viii) Rest Area- 3, (ix) Railway Over-Bridge- 1 and (x) Toll Plaza- 2.

 

The budget for environmental management and other associated works during construction and operation phases come out to be Rs 11.45 Crores. The capital cost (Civil Works) of the project is Rs. 546.05 Crores. The total cost for Resettlement and Rehabilitation is approx.16.95 Crores.

 

The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 77th meeting 25th –26th July, 2009 and finalized ToR for further study including conduct of Public Hearing. Public Hearing was conducted at Panchkula, Ambala and Yamuna Nagar on 22.12.2010.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)     Part of the project road passes through Reserve forest.  Necessary clearance from the concerned authorities including shall be obtained.

 

(ii)    The project indicates cutting of 66,493 trees for the widening of the road. Necessary permission shall be obtained for cutting of trees from the competent authority. Compensatory afforestation shall be carried out as per stipulated conditions of MoEF and State Forest Division.

 

(iii)  Rain water harvesting including oil and grease trap shall be provided. Water harvesting structures shall be located at every 500 mts along the road. Vertical drain type rainwater harvesting structures shall be set up to minimize surface runoff losses of rainwater.

 

(iv)  Green belt development shall be undertaken as suggested in EMP.

 

(v)   R& R shall be as per the guidelines of State/Central Government.

 

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

 

(vii)The responses/commitments made during public hearing shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

(viii)           All the recommendation of the EMP shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

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

 

4.12      Environmental clearance for 4/6 laning from Kota to Darrah and 2 laning with paved shoulders 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 laning with paved shoulders from Darrah 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. The existing road width varies from 15.0 m to 33.0 m and proposed ROW is 60 m. Total land required for widening of the road is 539.0 ha. and available land is 89 ha. and land to be acquired is 482 ha., out of which forest land is 265.26 ha., agricultural land is 195.23 ha. and built-up area is 22 ha. The proposal involves clearance under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 for diversion of 265.0 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.

          The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 86th meeting 25th –26th March, 2010 and finalized ToR. Public Hearing was conducted was conducted on 22.11.2010 at Kota district and Jhalawar district.

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 All necessary clearances from the concerned authorized including forest clearance shall be obtained before initiating the project.

 

(ii)                Necessary prior permission shall be obtained for diversion of forest land and for cutting of trees from the competent authority. Compensatory afforestation shall be carried out as per stipulated conditions of MoEF and State Forest Division.

 

(iii)              Rain water harvesting including oil and grease trap shall be provided. Water harvesting structures shall be located at every 500 mts along the road. Vertical drain type rainwater harvesting structures shall be set up to minimize surface runoff losses of rainwater.

 

(iv)              R& R shall be as per the guidelines of State/Central Government.

 

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

 

(vi)              The responses/commitments made during public hearing shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

(vii)            All the recommendation of the EMP shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

(viii)           Green belt development shall be undertaken as suggested in EMP.

 

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

 

4.13      Finalization of ToR for the construction of 4/6 laning link road connecting between NH-83 and NH-82 near Gaya in State of Bihar by M/s NHAI [F. No. 10-13/2011-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the project road starts from km 82.660 of NH-83 from Bara village and ends at km 13.90 km on existing NH-82 road. Total length of the road is 13.530 km. Entire alignment passes through plain terrain. The land use pattern of project area is agricultural green field. The project road passes through 15 villages of Gaya District. The Project Road does not pass through any National Park and Sanctuary. The proposed Right of Way is 60m.  Approximately 87.00 Ha of land is proposed to be acquired for the development of the project, out of which agricultural land is 70.77 Ha, built-up/settlement land is 4.00 Ha & barren/waste land is 12.23 Ha. 1 major bridge, 2 minor bridges, 26 culverts, 2 ROB, 1 Flyover and 1 interchange have been proposed. About 541 trees will come in the proposed RoW, However as a Avenue plantation 1082 trees shall be planted in the available land. 554 KLD water for construction period shall be required for construction and other purposes including plantation and dust suppression. There would be about 113 project affected people and 47 structures likely to be impacted due to the improvement of project road. The entitled person shall be compensated according to the provision of BLARRP 2007. The budget for environment management work and operation phase is Rs. 57.85 Lakhs. The total construction cost of the project is Rs.191.77 crore (including civil cost, Environmental cost, shifting of utilities, land acquisition and R&R cost). The total cost for Resettlement and Rehabilitation is approximately Rs. 19.23 Crore.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(v)    Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1:25000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vi) It is indicated that 541 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xviii)    Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water including water requirement during the construction stage with supporting data and also classification of ground water based on the CGWA classification.

 

(xix)        Examine and submit expected fuel savings due to the project.

 

(xx)          Examine and submit the details of the criteria followed by NHAI/ implementing agency to assess the necessity of providing – FOBs/Underpass/ by pass/ service ducts etc.

 

(xxi)        Institutional frame work for the review of accidents and plan for corrective measures.

 

(xxii)     Examine and submit the legal frame work to tackle the illegal encroachments along the highway.

 

(xxiii)   Sensitive buildings such as academic institutions, hospitals etc just adjacent to the highway shall be inventorised and examine submit mitigation measures/ traffic safety measures.

 

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

 

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

 

(xxvi)    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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

General Guidelines

 

i)                   The EIA document shall be printed on both sides, as for as possible.

 

ii)                 The status of accreditation of the EIA consultant with NABET/QCI shall be specifically mentioned. The consultant shall certify that his accreditation is for the sector for which this EIA is prepared.

 

iii)              On the front page of EIA/EMP reports, the name of the consultant/consultancy firm along with their complete details including their accreditation, if any shall be indicated. The consultant while submitting the EIA/EMP report shall give an undertaking to the effect that the prescribed TORs (TOR proposed by the project proponent and additional TOR given by the MoEF) have been complied with and the data submitted is factually correct (Refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009).

 

iv)                While submitting the EIA/EMP reports, the name of the experts associated with/involved in the preparation of these reports and the laboratories through which the samples have been got analysed should be stated in the report. It shall clearly be indicated whether these laboratories are approved under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the rules made there under (Please refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009). The project leader of the EIA study shall also be mentioned.

 

v)                  All the TOR points as presented before the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) shall be covered.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted in all the Districts separately for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 as amended in 2009 and the issues raised by the public should be addressed in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

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

 

4.14      Finalization of ToR for 2-lane with paved shoulderd configuration of NH-32 from JHR/WB border – Purulia – Balrampur (WB) to Junction with NH-33 State of West Bengal and Jharkhand by M/s NHAI [F. No. 10-14/2011-IA.III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the project road starts from km 70.524 of NH 32 at JHR/WB border near Chas and ends at km 153.704 at the WB/JHR border intersection with NH 33 at Chandil section of NH 32. Total length of the road is 83.180 km. Most of the section of project passes through plain terrain. The land use pattern of project area is mostly agriculture and built up. The project road passes through 46 villages/town out of which 1 in Bokaro District (Jharkhand); 34 are in Purulia district (West Bengal) and 11are in Saraikela district of (Jharkahnd). A portion of existing project road passes through Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary near Chandil town of Saraikela District (Jharkhand). Realignment has been proposed at this portion to bypass the sanctuary. The existing Right of Way varies from 15 m to 30 m. The proposed Right of Way is 30 m on existing road, 60 m for bypasses & realignments portions; 100 m for toll plaza and truck lay-bay. Approximately 253.35 ha of land is proposed to be acquire for the improvement of the project, out of which agricultural land is 152.01 ha, ,built-up/settlement  land is 88.67 ha & barren/waste land is 12.67 ha. There are existing 2major bridges, 9 minor bridges and 91 culverts, 4 major bridges, 9 minor bridges, 102 culverts, 5 ROB, 2 overpass; 1 pedestrial under pass, 2 wayside amenities & 2 toll plazas, have been proposed (Including existing structure). There are existing 10 major junctions and 30 minor junctions. Major junctions shall be improved as per IRC Code. 16 bus bays (both side) and 3 truck lay bays have been provided. 2-Laning/ Footpaths in Built-Up section for 4.1 km length have been provided along the project road.  About 242 trees will come in the proposed RoW, However as a Avenue plantation 484 trees shall be planted in the available land 3 bypasses have been proposed respectively at following locations Purulia, Balrampur and Chandil 700 KLD water for construction period shall be required for construction and other purpose including plantation and dust suppression. Fly ash will be utilized for construction of embankment from DVC Power Plant from Bakura, as per MoEF Notifications. There would be about 11,895  project affected people and 1771 structures likely to be impacted due to the improvement of project road. All the people shall be compensated according to the provision of NH Act 1956 The budget for environment management work and operation phase is Rs.1.28 crore. The total construction cost of the project is Rs.596.03 crore (including civil cost, environmental cost, shifting of utilities, land acquisition and R&R cost). The total cost for Resettlement and Rehabilitation is approximately Rs. 198.26 crore.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(vi)             It is indicated that 242 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xix)        Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water including water requirement during the construction stage with supporting data and also classification of ground water based on the CGWA classification.

 

(xx)          Examine and submit expected fuel savings due to the project.

 

(xxi)        Examine and submit the details of the criteria followed by NHAI/ implementing agency to assess the necessity of providing – FOBs/Underpass/ by pass/ service ducts etc.

 

(xxii)     Institutional frame work for the review of accidents and plan for corrective measures.

 

(xxiii)   Examine and submit the legal frame work to tackle the illegal encroachments along the highway.

 

(xxiv)    Sensitive buildings such as academic institutions, hospitals etc just adjacent to the highway shall be inventorised and examine submit mitigation measures/ traffic safety measures.

 

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

 

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

 

(xxvii)  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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

General Guidelines

 

i)                   The EIA document shall be printed on both sides, as for as possible.

 

ii)                 The status of accreditation of the EIA consultant with NABET/QCI shall be specifically mentioned. The consultant shall certify that his accreditation is for the sector for which this EIA is prepared.

 

iii)              On the front page of EIA/EMP reports, the name of the consultant/consultancy firm along with their complete details including their accreditation, if any shall be indicated. The consultant while submitting the EIA/EMP report shall give an undertaking to the effect that the prescribed TORs (TOR proposed by the project proponent and additional TOR given by the MoEF) have been complied with and the data submitted is factually correct (Refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009).

 

iv)                While submitting the EIA/EMP reports, the name of the experts associated with/involved in the preparation of these reports and the laboratories through which the samples have been got analysed should be stated in the report. It shall clearly be indicated whether these laboratories are approved under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the rules made there under (Please refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009). The project leader of the EIA study shall also be mentioned.

 

v)                  All the TOR points as presented before the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) shall be covered.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted in all the Districts separately 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. 

 

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

 

4.15      Finalization of ToR for rehabilitation and up-gradation of existing carriageway to 2-lane with paved shoulders configuration of Pundibari – Baxirhat (WB/Assam Border) of NH-31 in State of West Bengal by M/s NHAI [F. No. 10-15/2011-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposed road starts from Pundibari at km 770.000 and ends at km 816.000 in Baxirhat (WB/Assam Border). Total length of the road is 46 km. Most of the section of project highway passes through plain terrain. The land use pattern of project area is mostly agricultural and built up. The project road passes through 126 villages out of which 124 are in Cooch Behar District (West Bengal) and 1in Dhubri District (Assam). The Project Road does not pass through any National Park and Sanctuary. The existing Right of Way varies from 12m to 24m. The proposed Right of Way is 30 m. For toll plaza and truck lay-bay proposed ROW will be 100 m. Approximately 63.503 ha of land is proposed to be acquired for the improvement of the project, out of which agricultural land is 34.93 ha, built-up/settlement  land is 22.23 ha & barren/other  land is 6.35 ha. There are existing 3 major bridges, 5 minor bridges and 23 culverts. 3 major bridges, 6 minor bridges, 57 culverts, 1 ROB, 6 Foot over Bridges, 1 wayside amenities & 1 Toll Plaza, have been proposed (Including existing structure). There are existing 5 major junctions and 105 minor junctions and major junctions shall be improved as per IRC Code. 4 bus bay and 2 truck lay bayes have been provided on both sides.  Service road of 9.260 km has been provided along the project road on both sides in urban locations.

 

About 4275 trees will come in the proposed RoW, However as a avenue plantation 8550 trees shall be planted in the available land. 4 realignment locations has been identified having length of 2.050 km. 650 KLD water for construction period shall be required for construction and other purposes including plantation and dust suppression. There would be about 19,729 project affected people and 3,095 structures likely to be impacted due to the improvement of project road. All the effected people shall be compensated according to the provisions of NH Act 1956. The budget for environment management work is Rs. 2.27crore. The total construction cost of the project is Rs.286.04 crore. The cost for Resettlement and Rehabilitation is approximately Rs.93.01 crore.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(vii)           It is indicated that 4275 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xx)          Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water including water requirement during the construction stage with supporting data and also classification of ground water based on the CGWA classification.

 

(xxi)        Examine and submit expected fuel savings due to the project.

 

(xxii)     Examine and submit the details of the criteria followed by NHAI/ implementing agency to assess the necessity of providing – FOBs/Underpass/ by pass/ service ducts etc.

 

(xxiii)   Institutional frame work for the review of accidents and plan for corrective measures.

 

(xxiv)    Examine and submit the legal frame work to tackle the illegal encroachments along the highway.

 

(xxv)       Sensitive buildings such as academic institutions, hospitals etc just adjacent to the highway shall be inventorised and examine submit mitigation measures/ traffic safety measures.

 

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

 

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

 

(xxviii)     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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

General Guidelines

 

i)                   The EIA document shall be printed on both sides, as for as possible.

 

ii)                 The status of accreditation of the EIA consultant with NABET/QCI shall be specifically mentioned. The consultant shall certify that his accreditation is for the sector for which this EIA is prepared.

 

iii)              On the front page of EIA/EMP reports, the name of the consultant/consultancy firm along with their complete details including their accreditation, if any shall be indicated. The consultant while submitting the EIA/EMP report shall give an undertaking to the effect that the prescribed TORs (TOR proposed by the project proponent and additional TOR given by the MoEF) have been complied with and the data submitted is factually correct (Refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009).

 

iv)                While submitting the EIA/EMP reports, the name of the experts associated with/involved in the preparation of these reports and the laboratories through which the samples have been got analysed should be stated in the report. It shall clearly be indicated whether these laboratories are approved under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the rules made there under (Please refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009). The project leader of the EIA study shall also be mentioned.

 

v)                  All the TOR points as presented before the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) shall be covered.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted in all the Districts separately 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. 

 

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

 

4.16      Finalization of ToR for rehabilitation and up-gradation of 2 –lane paved shoulders configuration of NH-78 in the section of Pathalgaon of Jashpur District at km 466.520 to km 622.000 in Gumla District in the States of Chhattishgarh and Jharkhand by M/s NHAI [F.No. 10-22/2011-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposed road starts from Km 466.520 of NH78 at Pathalgaon and ends at Gumla (Km 622.000) covering 155.48 Kms. The project road falls in Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh (131.48 Kms) and in Gumla district of Jharkhand (24 Kms). The road section passes through built-up areas of Pathalgaon, Ludeg, Kunkuri, Kansabel, Jaspurnagar, Lodam, Raidih and Gumla. Land use pattern within 10 Km on either side of project road is forest, agriculture, Barren/Waste Land and built-up. Similarly, land use along the project road (within 30 meters corridor) is predominantly mixed of agricultural/barren land (63%), built-up and urban area on both sides (22%) followed by forest land (15%). The project road does not pass through any National Park/ sanctuary/eco-sensitive areas. Existing RoW of the project road varies from10 to 35m in plain/rolling terrain. In hilly terrain, RoW is 10m to 15m for length of 13.4Km and in built-up area, 13m to 24m. As per PWD sources, existing RoW is about 20-24m.The proposed right of way (RoW) is 30m for widening of the existing road. Approximately, 393ha land is proposed to be acquired for the improvement of project road, out of which agriculture and Barren/ Waste land is about 353.74ha; Forest Land 20.86 ha; and builtup land is 18.4ha.

 

Tree cutting within existing RoW will be required for the construction of 2 lane road with paved shoulders proposal for diversion of forest nursery/protected forest/reserved forest along the road has already been submitted to Chhattisgarh State Govt., whereas proposal to Jharkhand Govt. is to be submitted shortly. Approximately, 24, 931 trees proposed to be felled for the improvement of project road, against which about 62,192 trees shall be planted as avenue plantation apart from statutory requirement. There are existing 4 major bridges, 33 minor bridges, 240 pipe/slab/arch culvert. There are 5 major bridges, 46 minor bridges and 295 culverts have been proposed including existing bridges and culverts. There are 11 major junctions and 115 minor intersections on the project road, which have been proposed for improvement under proposed design. Footpaths cum drain have been provided 14.6 Km width of 1.5m.  7.300 Km one side and 14.6 Kms on both sides service/slip roads is proposed. Total length of 43.26Km bypass is proposed at Pathalgaon, Ludeg, Kansabel, Kunkuri, New Jaspur Nagar, Lodam and Gumla. Bus bays have been proposed at 79 locations. 13 Pedestrian Underpasses & Cattle Underpasses and 3 Vehicular Underpasses have been provided. Truck lay byes have been provided at 4 locations on both sides of the road. Toll Plaza locations are proposed at 2 locations. W-beam crash barrier/ stone masonry guard wall be proposed.

 

There would be about 920 project affected families due to the improvement of project road. The effected people shall be compensated according to the provisions of the National Highways Act, 1956. Peak demand of water would be approximate 686 KLD during construction. The approximate budget for environment management works worked out to Rs. 7.35 Crores. Cost of resettlement and compensations worked out to Rs. 94.25 Crores. The total civil cost of the project is approximately Rs. 756.49 Crores.

 

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

 

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

 

ii)                 The proposal indicates the acquisition of forest land 20.86 ha. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained from the Forest Department.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

viii)           It is indicated that 24, 931 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

xx)             Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water including water requirement during the construction stage with supporting data and also classification of ground water based on the CGWA classification.

 

xxi)          Examine and submit expected fuel savings due to the project.

 

xxii)        Examine and submit the details of the criteria followed by NHAI/ implementing agency to assess the necessity of providing – FOBs/Underpass/ by pass/ service ducts etc.

 

xxiii)     Institutional frame work for the review of accidents and plan for corrective measures.

 

xxiv)       Examine and submit the legal frame work to tackle the illegal encroachments along the highway.

 

xxv)         Sensitive buildings such as academic institutions, hospitals etc just adjacent to the highway shall be inventorised and examine submit mitigation measures/ traffic safety measures.

 

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

 

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

 

xxviii)  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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

General Guidelines

 

i)                   The EIA document shall be printed on both sides, as for as possible.

 

ii)                 The status of accreditation of the EIA consultant with NABET/QCI shall be specifically mentioned. The consultant shall certify that his accreditation is for the sector for which this EIA is prepared.

 

iii)              On the front page of EIA/EMP reports, the name of the consultant/consultancy firm along with their complete details including their accreditation, if any shall be indicated. The consultant while submitting the EIA/EMP report shall give an undertaking to the effect that the prescribed TORs (TOR proposed by the project proponent and additional TOR given by the MoEF) have been complied with and the data submitted is factually correct (Refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009).

 

iv)                While submitting the EIA/EMP reports, the name of the experts associated with/involved in the preparation of these reports and the laboratories through which the samples have been got analysed should be stated in the report. It shall clearly be indicated whether these laboratories are approved under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the rules made there under (Please refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009). The project leader of the EIA study shall also be mentioned.

 

v)                  All the TOR points as presented before the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) shall be covered.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted in all the Districts separately 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. 

 

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

 

2nd Day – 6th April, 2011

 

Reconsideration proposals

 

3.4          Amendment to Environmental Clearance for setting-up of SEZ for Chemicals at Vilayat GIDC, Taluka Vagra, District Bharuch, Gujarat by M/s. Jubilant Infrastructure Ltd [F.No.21-1087/2007-IA.III] Jan, 2011

 

     The project involves setting-up of SEZ for chemicals. The total plot area is 250 acres. The industrial estate will have 15-20 plots for chemical manufacturing units. Total water requirement will be 5600 m3 and 2830 m3 waste water will be generated from the SEZ. The solid waste generated will be 52.7 T/day. The total cost of the project is Rs. 100 crores.

    The environmental clearance for the project was accorded on 03.07.2008. The project proponent in the revised proposal mentioned in the Environmental Clearance dated 3.7.2008 that total land is 250 acres instead of 265 acres. Therefore no change in the SEZ area. However, there is an increase of 15 acres in the revised version. The revised project details are as follows:

S.No

Item

original

Revised

Total

1

SEZ area

250

15

265

2

Water

5600 m3

4400 m3

10000 m3

3

Effluent-industrial

2650 m3

2780 m3

5430 m3

4

Effluent-domestic

180 m3

-

180 m3

5

Haz. Waste

21 T/day

119 T/day

140 T/day

6

Solid waste

52.7 T/day

-

52.7 T/day

 

The proposal was considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) in its meeting on 18-20th January, 2011. The EAC sought additional information. The details submitted were examined by the Committee. During discussions, following points emerged:

 

(i)    Internal Road widths within the SEZ shall be minimum 24 m ROW.

 

(ii)  Common facilities such as repair shops, rest rooms for drivers and attendants.

 

(iii)            A green belt of minimum width of 20 m shall be developed all around the project boundary.

 

(iv) 2% of the project cost shall be earmarked for CSR activities.

 

(v)   MOU duly covering environmental legal frame work for disposal of effluents with GIDC shall be entered and the copy shall be submitted to MoEF and state PCB.

 

(vi) Proper meters with recording facility shall be provided to monitor the effluent sent from member industries to CETP and from CETP to the final effluent pipeline of GIDC on daily basis.

 

(vii)           Member industries shall treat the effluent to meet the CETP inlet norms stipulated under EP Act provisions.

 

(viii)        Provisions shall be made to re-use MEE condensate as committed by the PP. Suitable metering for measurement of the quantity of re-use shall be provided.

 

(ix)            Solar lighting in the non-process area shall be provided.

 

(x)  Parking space to accommodate 300 trucks, 150 cars,200 two wheelers and 400 bicycles shall be provided as presented by the project proponent.

 

(xi)            On-line monitoring system shall be provided at the outlet of ETP for critical parameters in consultation with SPCB.

 

(xii)          Continuous VOC monitors at SEZ periphery at three locations shall be provided in consultation with SPCB.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for amendment to the Environment Clearances with the above conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

4.17      CRZ clearance for Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant unit 3-6 at Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu by M/s Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited. [F. No. 11-25/2010-IA.III]

 

As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves setting up of additional reactors as KKNPP units-3 to 6(KKNPP # 3 to 6 each of 1000 MWe).  The proposed units are similar in design as in Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Units 1 and 2 and also to be located adjacent to KKNPP 1 and 2 which is in commissioning stage. The plants are constructed under an Inter Governmental Agreement between Indian and Russian governments. KKNPP, a “Generation-3” reactor, is having the most advanced safety features. Each unit of KKNPP belongs to VVER-1000, Water cooled-Water moderated Energy Reactor (VVER). These reactors belong to the family of Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs), which are the predominant type in operation world over. Each unit consists of four Primary Coolant System (PCS) loops transferring the heat energy from the reactor to the Steam Generators (SG). The steam produced in the shell side of SG is fed to the Turbine Generator to generate electricity. For condenser cooling, sea water is drawn at a depth of 10 Mtr from closed dykes which also house a unique fish protection system. The fish protection system separates the fishes from the cooling water and ensures that the fishes are diverted back in sea and water alone is taken to condenser. As water is drawn from closed dykes, sea erosion is not there. The fresh water requirement of the plant is met through desalination plant. 

 

The plant is having the most advanced safety features and is termed as “first of its kind” in the safety aspect. Active safety systems are having a backup of passive safety systems. To increase redundancy, each active safety systems are supplied from four independent and physically separated channels. The plant elevation is designed for Tsunami and flooding with sufficient conservatism. The plant system, structures and components are designed for earthquake, explosions and other natural calamities. The Reactor building is designed to take care of an aircraft crash of Cessna type aircraft. 1053 ha land is already acquired during phase 1 (KKNPP 1&2) construction. No additional land will be required for present expansion.

 

Comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment Study for the expansion has been carried out through NEERI, Nagpur and it brought out Environmental Management Plan. As per the EIA, EMP, No National Park, Sanctuary, Biosphere, Mangrove, Monuments, Reserve Forest in the zone of 15 km. The reserve forest of Thadakmalai, Poigaimalai and Mahendragiri lies within 15 to 30 km of the site. The biodiversity rich area of Gulf of Mannar Bio Reserve (GOMBRE) in 150 km from the site. The total fresh water requirement for the proposed KKNPP 3 to 6 units will be 12388 cum/day and it will be met from desalination plants already under operation at the project site. In addition, for condenser cooling, seawater will be taken from the sea and will be discharged back to sea. Major source of wastewater discharge is from condenser cooling system. The cooling system has been designed as once through condenser cooling system wherein water from the Sea would be drawn and discharged back in to the Sea and the temperatures rise of the reject water is limited to +30C. 

 

Mathematical Model studies for thermal dispersion of cooling water discharge has been done to locate the outfall point. The Marine discharge will meet the norms prescribed under Environmental (Protection) Rules, 1981. The Radioactive Liquid waste will be concentrated to reduce volume and concentrated residue will be solidified through cementation and stored in solid waste depositary as per the norms of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). The remaining liquid wastes confirming to the norms of AERB will be discharged in to Sea. 

 

HTL/LTL demarcation has been done through CESS, Trivandrum. Few sand dunes are existing in the site.  The reactors are proposed in non- sand dune areas. The site is in CRZ-III. The projects of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) are permissible activities within the CRZ Notification as per provisions of Clause No. 2(i), CRZ Notification, 1991. Tamil Nadu State Coastal Zone Management authority has recommended to MoEF for granting CRZ clearance to KKNPP3-6.

 

Environmental clearance was earlier issued for unit 3&4 in September 2008 and for unit 5&6 in December 2009.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 The Committee noted that the EIA report submitted contains data of the period prior to the year 2004; it needs to be updated including the marine EIA.

 

(ii)              The Risk Assessment and DMP shall be submitted considering the recent Japan tragedy.

 

(iii)            Submit the HTL/LTL map prepared by authorized agency in the 1: 4000 scale superimposed with the layout.

 

(iv)             The proposal is for the construction of an open channel for outfall. Due to various environmental problems including the adverse impact on the marine life, the present proposal is not acceptable. The Committee advised the proponent to consider the pipeline for disposal.

 

(v)                An earlier study by CWPRS relates to 7 deg C variation in ambient temperature whereas the report says 3 deg C. This must be clarified and if necessary another study shall be carried out by CWPRS to meet the requirements in force.

 

(vi)             Overall, the reports submitted were not readable/legible and far below the basic requirements for consideration of CRZ clearance.

 

In view of the foregoing observations, the proposal is deferred and shall be reconsidered after the above observations are addressed and submitted.

 

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

 

As presented by the project proponent the proposal involves development of East quay –IA (EQ-1A) berth on south side of EQ-1 for the cargo handling capacity of 5.95 MTPA  (ii) development of East quay –1 (EQ-1) for the cargo handling capacity of 7.40 MTPA by replacing the existing EQ-1 berth and part of EQ-2 berth in Visakhapatnam Port Trust. Port land of about 1.77 ha. will be utilized for construction of EQ-1. A quantity of 1.75 lakhs Cum of dredging is to be carried out for berthing of the vessels. The dredged material will be dumped in the designated dumping ground. The dumping ground is approved by CWPRS, Pune after carrying of the detailed study. The existing dumping ground being used for dumping dredged material of maintenance dredging every year.

 

The water required for the proposed berths will be 1000 KLD, which will be procured from Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, Visakhapatnam. The sewage sludge from the existing 10 KLD STP will be transported and disposed at identified municipal dumping grounds at Kapuluppada. The power supply requirement will be in the range of 1.5 to 2 MVA, which will be obtained from AP Transco. The total cost of the project (i) development of East quay –IA (EQ-1A) berth on south side of EQ-1 is Rs. 265.52 Crores (ii) development of East quay –1 (EQ-1) is Rs. 269.71 Crores.

 

EAC noted that the Vishakapatinam is a Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI is above 70), as per the OM No.J-11013/5/2010-IA-II(I) dated 15.03.2010, there is temporary moratorium. Since the proposal was only for finalization for ToR, the Committee consider the proposal in the EAC 89th meeting held on 21st –23rd July, 2010 and finalized the ToR for further study. The public hearing was conducted on 22.12.2010.

 

The Committee noted that presently the coal is being handled in 14 nos of berths and coal is stocked at several yards which leads to more dust problem. With the proposed modernization, the coal will be handled only at two continuous berths and will be stocked at one yard. The transportation of coal through 3250 trucks daily will be totally eliminated since the transportation of coal will be through by rails. The Committee recommended that since the proposal is for the improvement of the environmental quality, the CEPI moratorium should not apply.

 

During the discussions, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                All handling/ loading/ unloading shall be through closed conveyors.

 

(ii)               The CEIA report appears pertaining to EQ 1 and 1A on individual basis. The cumulative effect of all the berths which are already operating shall be taken into account and a report on exiting status vs the future status of environment due to the additional development and the mitigation measures thereof-particularly because the cargo is coal-a dusty cargo shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

(iii)             The report was silent on impacts during construction stage. Necessary measures shall be undertaken to mitigate the impacts during the construction phase.

 

(iv)              SPM level is reported to be on the higher side (GOAP letter dated 2/2/11). Necessary mitigation measures shall be implemented.

 

(v)               Water sprinkling shall be provided at all the transfer points/ storage yard.

 

(vi)             Spillage/ leachate shall be treated for removal of heavy metals if any and the sludge shall be disposed to the authorized TSDF.

 

(vii)            All the recommendation of the EIA, EMP shall be put in place.

(viii)         There shall be no transport of coal/ cargo through roads.

(ix)             Oil spills if any shall be properly collected and disposed as per the Rules.     

(x)                Lay out plan showing the existing coal stockyards, which will be discontinued after modernization and one stack-yard which will be in use, shall be submitted with dimensions to MoEF and to SPCB.       

(xi)             Proponent shall explore providing screw conveyor system for transportation of coal from ship to belt conveyor in-place of grab loader and shall submit to MoEF and to SPCB to minimize the fugitive dust emissions at the time of ship unloading.

(xii)           The coal storage shall be in closed shed to minimize the fugitive emissions and the drawings shall be submitted to MoEF and to SPCB.

(xiii)        Treated sewage shall be used for dust suppressions.

(xiv)          Continuous AAQM for PM2.5 at one location shall be provided in consultation with local SPCB.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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

 

4.19      Environmental Clearance for Construction of new Integrated building at Veer Savarkar Airport, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar island by M/s Airport Authority of India [F. No. 10-39/2010-IA-III]

         

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves the construction of new Integrated terminal building at Veer Savarkar Airport, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar island. The plot area for the proposed terminal building is 98.622 Sqm. It is proposed to provide 4 aerobridges, 6 elevators and 7 escalators for the new airport terminal. The total built up area for the proposed project including ancillary buildings area is 39,636.98 sqm. The proposed lower ground floor area is 13, 672.3 Sqm, Upper ground floor area is 21,02.82 sqm and first floor area is 4337.77 Sqm. Site is beyond 800 m from HTL. The water requirement for the project will be 125 KLD during construction and 625 KLD during operation which will be met from ground water and tankers. The total project cost Rs. 467.81 crores.

 

The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 90th meeting 18th –20th August, 2010 and finalized ToR for further study.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   Sewage and other liquid effluent generated from the airport including from the existing terminal should be treated as per the norms laid down by the Island Pollution Control Committee and recycled water shall be used for flushing of toilets, horticulture and air conditioning purposes wherever possible. 

 

ii)                 The solid waste shall be properly collected, segregated and disposed as per the provision of Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000.

 

iii)              Installation and operation of DG sets if any, shall comply with the guidelines of CPCB.

 

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

 

4.20     Finalization of ToR Solid Waste Management Facility for Turu,  Shillong by M/s Meghalaya Urban Development Authority. [F.No.10-19/ 2011-IA-III]

 

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

 

4.21      Finalization of ToR for Solid Waste Management Facility for Nongpoh, Shillong by M/s Meghalaya Urban Development Authority. [F.No.10-20/ 2011-IA-III]

 

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

 

4.22 Environmental clearance for construction of Hospital cum Residential Project in Sy Nos. 2140/73, 936/1/46, 939/1/45 at Edathala village, Aluva Taluk, Ernakulam District, Kerala by M/s Rajagiri Healthcare and Education Trust [F. No 21-5/2011- IA.III]

 

          The project involves construction of Hospital-cum-Residential on a plot area of 9.238 ha. The total built-up area is 61,025.46 Sq.m. It is proposed to construct a 500 Bed Hospital (G+7 storey), 50 residential units for doctors (G+9 storey), 60 Rooms & 200 rooms for hostel. The total water requirement is 244.83 KLD (fresh water requirement 195 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 265 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing 49.92 KLD, horticulture 148.482 KLD. Total solid waste generations is 220.347 kg/day. Bio-medical waste 350 Kg/day. The total parking spaces 517 Cars and 5 Ambulance ECS. Total cost of the project is Rs. 100 Crores.

 

          During discussions, following point emerged:

 

(i)                 Submit a copy of the landscape plan and a circulation plan clearly indicating the entry for OPD patients, emergency, parking for Ambulances and other cars / two wheelers. Also submit details about the entry and exits for residential units and hostels etc.

 

(ii)              Submit energy conservation measures in line with ECBC Guidelines 2009.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance subject to submission of the above to the Ministry.

 

4.23          Environmental clearance for Proposed Group Housing project “Heera Windfare” at Re-sy.No. 4/1,4/3,4/4, 4/6, 4/8, 4/23 Village. Maradu Kanayannur Ernakulam distt. Kerala by M/s Heera Constructions Co.  Pvt. Ltd.  [F. No 21-6/2011- IA.III]

 

The project involves construction of Group housing project on a plot area of 06419 ha. The total built-up area is 23,810.81 Sq.m. It is proposed to construct 95 Apartments, stilt + 19 floors. The total water requirement is 42.35 KLD (domestic water requirement 31.37 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 50 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing 10.98 KLD, horticulture 7.5 KLD, 15.82 KLD to nearby plantation. Total solid waste generations is 190 kg/day. The power requirement is 600 KWH. The total parking spaces 160 Cars and 50 Two wheelers ECS. The total cost of the project is Rs. 46.36 Crores.

 

          During discussions, following point emerged:

 

(i)                 Submit a copy of the landscape plan and circulation plan.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance subject to submission of the above to the Ministry.

 

4.24 Finalisation of ToR for development of Visakhapatnam – Kakinada Corridor for the establishment of Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (VK-PCPIR), Andhra Pradesh by M/s VK- PCPIR Special Development Authority [F.No. 21-8/2011-IA-III].

 

          The Committee deferred the project, since the project proponent requested for deferment.

 

4.25 Environmental clearance for proposed Establishment of Employees State Insurance Corporation Medical College and Hospital at plot No. 199/1 and 190/17, Parippally Revenue village, Kalluyathukkal Panchayat district, Kerala by M/s Employees State Insurance Corporation, Kollam. [F. No 21-10/2011- IA.III]

 

The project involves construction of Medical College and Hospital project on a plot area of 1,22,381.80 sq.m. The total built-up area is  1,37,649.80 sq.m. It is proposed to construct a 100 bedded hospital and a medical collage for 500 students. The total water requirement is 668 KLD (domestic water requirement 448 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 600 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing 182 KLD, gardening 243 KLD, HVAC cooling 57 KLD. Total solid waste generations is 1763 kg/day + Biomedical waste 83 kg/day. The total parking spaces 403 cars + 1000 Two wheelers/cycles. The total cost of the project is Rs. 480.50 Crores.

         

          During discussions, following points emerged:

 

i)                   It is proposed to cut down 1080 trees. Examine the possibility to reduce the number of trees which are required to be cut. Necessary permission shall be obtained from the Forest Department. Also submit the details of the compensatory forestation.

 

(iii)           Submit a copy of the landscape plan and a circulation plan clearly indicating the entry for OPD patients, emergency, parking for Ambulances and other cars / two wheelers. Also submit details about the entry and exits for residential units and hostels etc.

 

(iv) Submit energy conservation measures in line with ECBC 2009.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance subject to submission of the above to the Ministry.

 

Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor

 

As presented by the project proponent, the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor span across six states having approximately 150 km on either side of the Dedicated Freight Corridor. It is proposed to develop 7 nodes in the first phase namely: i) Dadri- Noida – Gaziabad, UP, ii) Manesar- Bawal, Haryana iii) Neemrana-Khushkhera-Bhiwadi, Rajasthan, iv) Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow, MP, v) Ahmedabad-Dholera, Gujarat, vi) Nasik-Sinnar-Igatpuri, Maharashtra and vii) Dighi Port, Maharashtra. It is proposed to develop the above nodes with a high level infrastructure, public transport and maximize re-cycling and re-use of scarce natural resources and wastes. The whole development will be IT based real time monitoring.

 

4.26 Finalization of ToR for development of Manesar – Bawal Investment Region in Haryana by M/s Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited [F. No 21-19/2011- IA.III]

The project involves development of Manesar--Bawal investment region in a total area 403 sq.km. The site includes approximately 150 sq.km of Bawal Industrial area. Above region falls in Rewari district of Haryana. Five major industrial typologies identified as potential industrial sectors such as I) Engineer Cluster – Automobile, Auto components, Engineering, Iron and Steel – Down stream, ii) Technology Cluster- Telecom Equipment, Consumer Durables iii) Consumer products – Food processing, Textiles, Plastics and Building materials, iv) Service Sector Cluster – IT/ITES, Hospitality, Higher Education, v) Future Technology. The total water requirement is 1000 MLD by 2040. The power requirement is 3000 MVA. Solid Waste generation will be 1000 T/day. The public transport will be develop at two levels MRTS at regional level and BRTS at city level.

Approximately 4.32 sq. km forest area falls in the region and a small portion of Aravallis is passing through the western fringe of the project. The Jhabua Reserve Forest is located at the southern tip of project site.

4.27 Finalization of ToR for development of Khuskhera- Bhiwadi-Neemrana Investment region in Rajasthan by M/s Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited. [F. No 21-18/2011- IA.III]

The project involves development of Khuskhera- Bhiwadi-Neemrana investment region in a total area 159.40 sq.km. The proposed urbanisable area is 126 sq.km. Two major economic drivers identified as I) Indusrty – Knowledge and hi-tech Agriculture/Agriculture. The total water requirement is 680 MLD by 2040. Solid Waste generation will be 600 MTD. The public transport will be develop at two levels RRTS at regional level and BRTS at city level and also the urban roads will be designed with the provision of cycle tracks.

There are existing 41 village settlements with population of nearly 67,000. Aravali Eco Sensitive Zone notified by MoEF and Nangla Rudh Reserve Forest falls within 10 km having an area of 225 ha. and also Sahibi River Bed and Flood Zone area falls within the Industrial Corridor.

4.28 Finalization of ToR for development of Pithampur – Dhar Mhow Investment Region in Madhya Pradesh by M/s Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited. [F. No 21-16/2011- IA.III]

The project involves development of Pithampur--Dhar Mhow investment region in a total area 372.4 sq.km. which is located near Indore and includes Pithampur Industrial area NATRIP and ISEZ. Major potential project mix identified as i) Food Products and Beverages, ii) Engineering products, iii) Basic metal, iv) Non-metalic minerals, v) Textiles, vi) Chemical and Chemical products vii) Rubber and Plastics viii) Auto and Auto components ix) Electrical and Electronics. The total population projection for investment region by 2041 is 11.76 lakhs. The total water requirement is 424 MLD by 2040. Total power demand is 750 MW. Solid Waste generation will be 1295 MTD.

There is 918.99 ha of forest land falls in the region, Betma Reserve Forest is the only protected area in the project site. 3.85 ha Yashwant Sagar Wetland falls under the study area. Gambhir and Chambal Rivers traverse through the project site.

4.29 Finalization of ToR for development Plan Report for development of Dholera Special investment Region in Gujarat by M/s Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited.[ F. No 21-20/2011- IA.III]

The project involves development of Dholera Special Investment Region in Gujarat on a total area 90374 ha. The planning horizon is of 30 years and development will be in 3 equal parts – Phase I – 34% (area 10,579 ha), Phase II- 39% (area 11,600 ha) and Phase III – 27 % (area 8,490 ha). The area under non-urban development is 24,109 ha. The total water requirement is 947 MLD by 2040. Total power demand is 1700 MW.

Velavadar Black Buck Sanctuary/National Park is located 7 km from the project site boundary. The development is along Gulf of Khambat the low lying area falls under CRZ I & III. The Forest land involved under Protected Forest 2358 ha. There are existing 22 villages with the existing population of 37,000 inhabiting small settlements (453 ha.).

 

4.30 Finalization of ToR for Nashik- Sinnar Investment Region in Maharashtra by M/s Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited. [F. No 21-15/2011- IA.III]

The project involves development of phase-I Nasik-Sinnar investment region in total area 5960 ha in the District of Nasik.  Major potential project mix identified as i) Food Park, ii) Innovation/Design Zone iii) Heavy Industry Cluster and iv) Engineering Cluster. The total water requirement is 1,15,000 KLD by 2040. Source of water is from Darna Dam Reservoir and Gangapur Dam Reservoir. Total power demand is 1201 MW by 2022 and 1069 MW by 2025. Total municipal waste generation will be 300 T/day + hazardous waste 39 T/day + 471 non-hazardous industrial waste 471 T/day.

Patches of Reserved Forest is within the Investment Region which have been excluded in the total area.

4.31 Finalization of ToR for development Dighi Port Industrial Area in Maharashtra by M/s Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited. [F. No 21-17/2011- IA.III]

 

The project involves development plan of Dighi Port Industrial Area investment region in total area 250 sq.km in the District of Raigad. Major potential project mix identified as i) Food Park, ii) Eco Industrial park, iii) Engineering Goods – Multi product SEZ. The total water requirement is 102 MLD. Source of water is from Kundlika River and Pedwan Dam. The power requirement is 1536 MW by 2022, 3803 MW by 2032 and 7085 MW by 2042. Total municipal waste generation will be 235 T/day + hazardous waste 70 T/day + non-hazardous industrial waste 675 T/day.

 

Cultural Heritage site – Tala Fort is 1 km away from project site and Raigad Fort is 5-6 km away from project site.

 

During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following model TOR for all the six Industrial Corridors for further study. The Committee will also suggest additional ToR in the next EAC meeting related to individual projects based on site specific and activity specific.

 

Site analysis

 

1.                Reasons for selecting the present site with details of alternative sites examined earlier and rejected/selected on merits with comparative statement.

2.                Describe the project site, geology, topography, climate, transport and connectivity, demographic aspects, socio cultural and economic aspects, villages, settlements and meteorological data. 

3.                Examine details of land use around 10 km radius of the project site. Analysis should be made based on latest satellite imagery for land use with raw images.

4.                Submit details of environmentally sensitive places, land acquisition status, rehabilitation of communities/ villages and present status of such activities.

5.                Examine the impact of proposed project on the nearest settlements.

6.                Examine baseline environmental quality along with projected incremental load due to the project.

7.                Environmental data to be considered in relation to the project development would be (a) land, (b) groundwater, (c) surface water, (d) air, (e) bio-diversity, (f) noise and vibrations, (g) socio economic and health.

8.                Submit a copy of the contour plan with slopes, drainage pattern of the site and surrounding area.

9.                Examine the details of the land use break-up for the proposed project.

10.           Physical model studies should cover both with and without proposed development.

11.           What will be the project boundary area and study area for which the above data is to be furnished?

 

Water

 

1.                 Examine and submit details of Surface water quality.

2.                 Source of water vis-à-vis waste water to be generated along with treatment facilities to be proposed.

3.                 Examine the details of water requirement, use of treated waste water and prepare a water balance chart.

4.                 Rain water harvesting proposals should be made with due safeguards for ground water quality. Maximize recycling of water and utilization of rain water. Examine details.

5.                 Examine soil characteristics and depth of ground water table for rainwater harvesting.

6.                 Ground water classification as per the Central Ground Water Authority.

 

Solid waste

 

1.                 Examine the location of solid waste treatment and disposal sites around the airport to avoid any bird menace.

2.                 Examine details of Solid waste generation treatment and its disposal.

 

Energy

 

1.     Since building construction activities are also included in the various project activities, the water requirement, sewage disposal and treatment, electrical load, energy conservation measures etc. should also be included in the EIA report.

2.     Examine and submit details of use of solar energy and alternative source of energy to reduce the energy consumption.

3.     DG sets are likely to be used during construction and operational phase of the project.  Emissions from DG sets must be taken into consideration while estimating the impacts on air environment.  Examine and submit details.

 

Traffic & transport

 

1.     Examine road/rail connectivity to the project site and impact on the traffic due to the proposed project. Present and future traffic and transport facilities for the region should be analysed with measures for preventing traffic congestion and providing faster trouble free system to reach different destinations in the city.

2.     A detailed traffic and transportation study should be made for existing and projected passenger and cargo traffic.

3.     Examine the details of transport of materials for construction which should include source and availability.

4.     Examine the details of National Highways/State Highways/ expressways falling along the corridor and the impact of the development on them.

5.     The evaluation of impacts should be analyzed depending upon the nature (positive and negative), duration (short term and long term) reversibility, and magnitude (negligible, low, medium, high), etc. of the impacts based the objective assessments.

 

CRZ

 

1.     Submit a map demarcating HTL / LTL prepared through an authorized agency and superimposing the plan if the past project is falling under CRZ.

2.     Submit recommendations of the SCZMA regarding the development of Industrial Corridor.

 

Noise

 

1.     Examine and submit the details of Noise modeling studies and mitigative measures.

2.     Examine noise levels - present and future with noise abatement measures.

3.     Noise pollution has always been a major concern for Airport projects during the operational phase.  It is suggested that noise monitoring should be carried out at critical locations at the surrounding areas may be incorporated in environmental monitoring programme during the whole operational phase of the project.

4.     Natural and artificial noise barriers may be considered for critical locations. 

5.     A thick green belt should be planned all around the project site to mitigate noise and vibrations to the nearby settlements. The identification of species/plants should be made based on the botanical studies.

6.     Landscape plan, green belts and open spaces may be described.

7.     Examine the details of afforestation measures indicating land and financial outlay.

 

EMP, DMP

 

1.                 Identify, predict and assess the environmental and sociological impacts on account of the project.

2.                 A detailed description with costs estimates of CSR should be incorporated in the EIA / EMP report.

3.                 Examine separately the details for construction and operation phases both for Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan with cost and parameters.

4.                 Submit details of a comprehensive Disaster Management Plan including emergency evacuation during natural and man-made disaster.

5.                 R&R details shall be submitted.

 

General Guidelines

 

i)                   The EIA document shall be printed on both sides, as for as possible.

 

ii)                 The status of accreditation of the EIA consultant with NABET/QCI shall be specifically mentioned. The consultant shall certify that his accreditation is for the sector for which this EIA is prepared.

 

iii)              On the front page of EIA/EMP reports, the name of the consultant/consultancy firm along with their complete details including their accreditation, if any shall be indicated. The consultant while submitting the EIA/EMP report shall give an undertaking to the effect that the prescribed TORs (TOR proposed by the project proponent and additional TOR given by the MoEF) have been complied with and the data submitted is factually correct (Refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009).

 

iv)                While submitting the EIA/EMP reports, the name of the experts associated with/involved in the preparation of these reports and the laboratories through which the samples have been got analysed should be stated in the report. It shall clearly be indicated whether these laboratories are approved under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the rules made there under (Please refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009). The project leader of the EIA study shall also be mentioned.

 

v)                  All the TOR points as presented before the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) shall be covered.

 

Public hearing to be conducted after finalization of Additional ToR 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 Terms of Reference and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the EIA Notification, 2006.

 

Extra items

 

4.32           Environmental Clearance for Multiproduct Andhra Pradesh SEZ at Achutapuram and Rambilli Mandals, Visakhapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh by M/s. Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd [F.No.21-379/2007-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Limited (APIIC), an undertaking of Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) is the Nodal Agency for development of Multiproduct Special Economic Zone in Atchutapuram and Rambilli Mandals of Visakhapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh (APSEZ). Department of Industries and Commerce, GoAP issued an Order vide G.O.Ms.No151 on April 09, 2002 and the APSEZ was subsequently notified by GoI on April 12, 2007. EAC, New Construction and Industrial Estate Projects, MoEF has approved the ToR for EIA Study vide letter no: F. No: 21-379 / 2007-IA.III of October 26, 2007 and public consultation was held on July 23, 2010.

 

          The project area is 5,683 acres (2300 hectares) and the land has been acquired completely for the project. The site coordinates  are 170 29’ 23” N and 170 32’ 47.5” N and 800 56’ 58” E and 800 00’ 57” E and it is about 40 km south-west of Visakhapatnam City and 3.0 km south of Atchutapuram. The processing area in APSEZ occupies an area of 5479 acres and comprises of industrial plots, infrastructure facilities, logistics areas, common amenities and green/open areas etc. Entire processing area of APSEZ has been divided into five different Industrial Zones. The remaining 204 acres has been identified as non processing area and comprises of township and social infrastructure facilities such as educational and medical facilities.

 

          In order to ensure adequate circulation within the SEZ, the internal roads with a Right of Way (RoW) of 55m, 50m, 45m, 40m, 30m and 15 m are proposed. A dedicated rail corridor connecting the Logistics hub is also proposed. Water requirement for APSEZ is estimated at 100 MLD which will be sourced from Yeluru Left Main Canal and a 60 MLD desalination plant is being planned considering the ultimate demand of fully developed SEZ. Power requirement for APSEZ is 500 MW which will be sourced from APTRANSCO’s 132 kV feeder line near Atchutapuram and captive power plant (500 MW) is proposed in APSEZ to facilitate uninterrupted power supply. A common effluent treatment plant (CETP) of 31 MLD and provision for guard pond is planned for the detention of treated wastewater for about 3.5 days. Based on mathematical model studies, a marine outfall system is proposed to discharge the treated wastewater from APSEZ at (-) 19 m CD in Bay of Bengal and point of discharge is located at a distance of about ~3.5 km from shore. Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) of 7.0 MLD capacity is proposed in Non-processing area and sewage generated in processing area shall be sent to CETP for treatment and disposal. Hazardous waste generated from APSEZ shall be sent to nearby Transport Storage Disposal Facility (TSDF). As a part of sustainable environmental management plan of APSEZ, it is proposed to maintain a dedicated TSDF in an area of 50 acres of land which can be operated for a period of 30 years outside SEZ premises. Greenbelt/Green Areas proposed to be developed at SEZ level is 860 acres.

 

          National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) was engaged for demarcation of HTL, LTL and CRZ area. As per the NIO report, SEZ site is located at about one kilometer from the HTL of open sea and 100 m away from Pudimadaka creek. The project development area does not fall or contain any environmentally sensitive areas as specified in CRZ Notification and that the project area meets the regulations of CRZ notification, 1991 (as amended). The proposed marine outfall system for the disposal of treated wastewater from the SEZ passes the CRZ which is a permissible activity as per the CRZ notification.

 

                    During discussions, following points emerged:

 

(i)     Internal Road widths within the SEZ shall be minimum 24 m ROW.

 

(ii)  Common facilities such as repair shops, rest rooms for drivers and attendants.

 

(iii)           A green belt of minimum width of 20 m shall be developed all around the project boundary.

 

(iv) 2% of the project cost shall be earmarked for CSR activities.

 

(v)    MOU duly covering environmental legal frame work for disposal of effluents with APSEZ shall be entered and the copy shall be submitted to MoEF and State PCB.

 

(vi) Proper meters with recording facility shall be provided to monitor the effluent sent from member industries to CETP and from CETP to the final effluent pipeline of APSEZ on daily basis.

 

(vii)          Member industries shall treat the effluent to meet the CETP inlet norms stipulated under EP Act provisions.

 

(viii)        Solar lighting in the non-process area shall be provided.

 

(ix)Parking space to accommodate trucks, cars, two wheelers and bicycles shall be provided as per the norms.

 

(x)   On-line monitoring system shall be provided at the outlet of ETP for critical parameters in consultation with SPCB.

 

(xi)Continuous VOC monitors at SEZ periphery at different locations shall be provided in consultation with SPCB.

 

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

 

4.33          Environmental Clearance for Rehabilitation and up-gradation and strengthening of SH-81 Sakkadi To Nasriganj Section in the State of Bihar by M/s Bihar State Road Development Corporation Ltd. [F. No. 10-24/2010-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the project involves rehabilitation, Up-gradation and Strengthening of SH-81 from Sakkadi to Nasriganj Section in the State of Bihar. The project road of SH- 81 starts from Sakkadi Mor on NH-30 in Bhojpur District and ends at Km 83.250(design length) at Nasiriganj in Rohtas District .The design length of road is 83.250 Km. The major settlements on the project road are Sakkadi, Chandi, Akhgaon, Chilosa, Sandesh, Virpura, Nanaur, Sahar, Andhari, Bihita, Danwar, Kachawa and Nasariganj in the districts of Bhojpur and Rohtas. Apart from these, the road also passes through number of smaller settlements.

 

Existing RoW is 24.39. The proposed ROW is 30 m except in Settlements/Built up areas where it has been restricted to 12 m to save structures. The road passes through plain terrain mostly on the bank of a canal. The land use pattern is predominantly agricultural followed by settlement and built up section. The proposed development work involves up-gradation to two lane standards with 7.0 m pavement and 2.5 m earthen shoulder on either side, provision of longitudinal drains, rehabilitation/ reconstruction of existing culverts and bridges etc. Alternative sites were examined at ten realignments locations (Km20.970 – 21.350, Km 40.630 – 40.900, Km 43.900 – 44.050, Km 47.00 – 47.400, Km 51.900 – 52.170, Km 62.400 – 62.900, Km 64.650 – 65.00, Km 68.100 – 68.400, Km 72.400 – 73.300 & Km 77.930 – 78.700). Bypasses have been proposed at congested settlements/location of Sakardi (Km 0.00 to 1.600), Akhgaon (Km 11.700 to 13.900), Nanur (Km 35.300 to 38.750) and Andhari (Km 55.450 to 57.150).

 

There are 17 existing minor bridges on the road and most of these are on canals. Out of 17 bridges, two would be retained after widening and rest of bridges will be abandoned, 15 nos. new bridges to be provided due to realignments. There are total 230 culverts on the project road, out of 230 existing culverts on the project road, 163 are recommended for reconstruction, 36 for widening and remaining will be retained. ROBs have been proposed at km 1.700. The project road crosses major streams /canals Koilwar Distributory at Km 34.55, Km 40.065, Km 43.32, Km 46.7 and Km 51.6 Ara Canal at Km 62.24 Km 67.95, Km 73, and Km 78 Behea Canal at Km 64.35 and Sone River is the major river which flows from North to South and runs parallel to the existing road at a varying distance. The total cost of the project is Rs. 296.36 crores.

 

          The project road falls in seismic zone III i.e. Moderate Damage Risk Zone. There is no Wildlife sanctuary or National park along the project road; about 1634 trees  present within proposed ROW, are likely to be affected due to the widening activity; 746 Buildings will require to be cleared and 108.82 Ha. of Land will need to be acquired. The road side plantation has been declared as protected forest as per Forest & Environment Department of Bihar State Government notification dated 16.02.1994.

 

The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 91st meeting held on 21st –23rd September, 2010 and finalized ToR for further study. Public Hearing was conducted at Bhopur on 14.12.2010 and Rohtas on 15.12.2010.

 

          During the discussions, the following points emerged:

 

(i)     The project indicates cutting of 1634 trees for the widening of the road. Necessary permission shall be obtained for cutting of trees from the competent authority. Compensatory afforestation shall be carried out as per stipulated conditions of MoEF and State Forest Division.

 

(ii)    R& R shall be as per the guidelines of State/Central Government.

 

(iii)  Rain water harvesting including oil and grease trap shall be provided. Water harvesting structures shall be located at every 500 mts along the road. Vertical drain type rainwater harvesting structures shall be set up to minimize surface runoff losses of rainwater.

 

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

 

(v)   The responses/commitments made during public hearing shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

(vi)  All the recommendation of the EMP shall be complied. Green belt development shall be undertaken as suggested in EMP.

 

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

 

4.34          Environmental Clearance for rehabilitation and up-gradation and strengthening of SH-90 (Mohammadpur - Chappra) in the State of Bihar by M/s Bihar State Road Development Corporation Ltd. [F. No. 10-49/2010-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the project involves for upgradation of the State Highway-90 in Gopalganj and Saran districts of Bihar state. It starts at NH-101 near Mohammadpur and terminates at Chappra near Samiti Bazaar on NH-19 covering a total length of 64.711 km. The sub-project road forms a shortest link between NH101 and NH19.  Once developed the project road will act as better connectivity for traffic originating locally as well as long distance traffic from NH28, which is part of East-West corridor of NHDP project. The sub-project road improvement is programmed to be implemented through ADB assistance under BSHP II. The existing Right of Way (RoW) along the whole stretch varies between 12 m to 15 m with exception near the existing bridge approaches, where it exceeds to approximately 25 m.

 

          The overall terrain is predominantly flat throughout with gradual rise in ground elevations. Land use on the project corridor is mostly agriculture in rural areas with few commercial establishments in built-up areas.  Community settlements are Bhagwanpur (Dak Banglow Chowk), Rajapatti Market, Rajapatti Gola Market, Masrakh Market, Ajitpur Village, Isuapur Market, Goura Bazaar, Nagra Market and Chhapra Bazaar Samiti market. The Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) in base year (2009) is 5200 PCU near Shankerpur (km.8.5) and 19711 PCU at Sadha (km 64.500). The projected AADT in year 2030 considering diverted traffic both at locations will be about 22569 PCU and 76808 PCU, respectively.

 

          Average carriageway varies between 3.0 m to 3.7 m. In some sections it is 4.8-5.5 m. The rigid pavement section is 7.0 m wide. Road condition is predominantly poor. The vertical alignment of the road is at a flat grade with the height of embankment generally varying from 1.00 m to 1.75 m, except for the approaches to major bridges. Horizontal curves along the alignment are generally of large radius except where the route is influenced by river or railway crossing or road layouts within villages. Key up-gradation components involve widening of exiting single lane/intermediate lane road into a 2-lane carriageway with paved shoulders of 1.5 m on both sides, improved road geometry, proper and adequate embankment, rehabilitated and new bridges, adequate cross drainage structures and side drains, improved junctions/intersections and way side amenities.  Proposed ROW is in general 30m and 45m in open areas.

 

          There are 25 minor bridge and 170 culverts are proposed. The total land acquisition involved is 58.80 Ha., out of which 58.58 is private land and remaining 0.22 Ha is govt. land. Approximately 1902 trees are likely to be affected due to the project. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 290.05 Crores.

 

The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 91st meeting held on 21st –23rd September, 2010 and finalized ToR for further study. Public Hearing conducted at Achitpur, Saran Dist. on 03.03.2011 and Gopalganj on 05.03.2011.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)     The project indicates cutting of 869 trees for the widening of the road. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained for cutting of trees from the competent authority. Compensatory afforestation shall be carried out as per stipulated conditions of MoEF and State Forest Division.

 

(ii)    R&R shall be as per the guidelines of State/Central Government.

 

(iii)  Rain water harvesting including oil and grease trap shall be provided. Water harvesting structures shall be located at every 500 mts along the road. Vertical drain type rainwater harvesting structures shall be set up to minimize surface runoff losses of rainwater.

 

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

 

(v)   The responses/commitments made during public hearing shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

(vi)  All the recommendation of the EMP shall be complied. Green belt development shall be undertaken as suggested in EMP.

 

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

 

4.35 Environmental Clearance for the Development of Hill Station Township at Village Mulshi and Velhe Talukas, District Pune, Maharashtra by M/s. Lavasa Corporation Ltd [F.No. 21-9/2011-IA.III]

 

          The proposal of Lavasa Hill Station (Phase I – 2000 ha) was considered in the 97th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee held on 14th – 15th February, 2011 and 98th meeting held on 3rd – 4th March, 2011. LCL submitted the reply to the observations on 29.03.2011, which were examined by the Committee. During presentation, it was informed by LCL that:

 

i)                   The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report prepared by NEERI and the observations of EAC in regard to the concentration of metals and the pH of soil are being re-looked from the point of the quality assurance in view of the development being for human inhabitation. LCL is getting a fresh analysis of the soil (grid sampling) and water.

 

ii)                 Fresh sampling of water and soil analysis for an area limited to 681.27 ha Dasve Village has been carried out through an approved lab-Environmental & Safety, Pune and the details are submitted to the Ministry and circulated to the EAC members.

 

iii)              EAC recommended for completion of 257 residential units in 613.94 ha (as per the revised layout plan approved by the Dist. Collector, Pune for a built up area of 2,47,377.028 sqm.

 

iv)                Subsequently, the layout approved by Collector, Pune was revised by Special Planning Authority (SPA) for 681.27 ha (613.94 ha + 67.33 ha) which a total built-up area of 4,55,605.60 sqm.

 

v)                  Further, the details of construction completed and in progress within 681.27 ha as on 25th November, 2010 is also submitted along with the construction yet to be started. As per details 175 buildings of residential, commercial and institutional use with 1,30,490 sqm are completed, 406 buildings of residential, commercial and institutional use with 3,12,227 sqm is in progress and 52 villas with 12,888.4 sqm is yet to be started. LCL requested that the permission to continue the incomplete work may be recommended for an area of 681.27 ha.

 

2.       LCL presented the clarifications to the observations of the EAC, which can be summarized as follows:

 

i)                   In 681.27 ha area, only one check dam (DVD-1) is constructed with a height of 19 m at deepest section and length of 412 m. The catchment area is 97,97,174 sqm and maximum water spread at full capacity is 2,86,903 sqm. The water holding capacity is 1,8418 mcm and 14 hydraulic gates of 5.4m x 2m size with a provision to discharge of water as and when required to meet the water requirement in the down stream areas. The sluice valves will allow the flushing of sediments/organic matter to the Warasgaon reservoir.

 

ii)                 LCL confirmed that the constructions carried out at Dasve village (681.27 ha) are not on slopes steeper than 1:3. The total area falling in such slopes is 346.32 ha (53% of the total land).

 

iii)              LCL has already initiated action for enhancement of Aquatic flora and fauna in the area from year 2006.

 

iv)                LCL confirmed that water conserved through Bandharas (check dams) will be used only to meet non flushing requirements. It is proposed to provide de-centralized STP’s at 3 locations in addition to the 2:4 MLD centralized STP.

 

v)                  Effects have been made to save energy by about 25%. Initiatives have also been taken to tap wind energy and micro hydro electric project upto 26 KW.

 

vi)                Though, education and health facilities are being planned as per the norms at present they are less than the requirements.

 

3.          Senior Officers from the State Government of Maharashtra also attended the meeting to assist the Committee in the appraisal process. However, no representative of MKVDC could attend.

 

4.          During discussions, the Committee observed that:

 

i)                   The concentration of the metals in the soil are within the limits of the heavy metals trigger values for Soil- Human Health Pathway specified in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA-TECDOC-1415) on “Soil sampling for environmental contaminants”. The results provided however, do not contain data on Mercury and Arsenic in the soil. No results have been provided for surface water.

 

ii)                 The concentration of the heavy metals including lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic in surface waters should be within the drinking water limits prescribed in the BIS and the concentration of heavy metals in soil should be within the specified trigger values, LCL to submit:

 

(a)               full justification (supported with certified copies of the analysis reports from the EPA approved laboratories as stated by them) in respect of the concentration of heavy metals including Mercury and Arsenic in the soil and surface waters,

 

(b)              pH of the soil and the surface waters in the area,

 

(c)               use/ disposal of the soil resulting from digging/excavation for construction of the Villas within the Dasve area, and

(d)              the disposal of the treated wastewater from the STP in the rainy season.

(e)               Earlier EIA consultant for this project was NEERI. For this meeting new consultants are presenting before the EAC. As per the MoEF circular, in case of change of any consultant the project proponent has to report to MoEF in advance. Submit details.

5.       The Committee also observed that Ministry may ask the State Government of Maharashtra regarding the compliance of LCL with the –

(i)              Hill Station development Policy and regulations framed there under regarding ground coverage, FAR/FSI, Global FSI and density etc.

(ii)            Various approvals specially relating to water availability in the down stream areas.

(iii)         Permissibility of any construction on MKVDC land leased to LCL.

(iv)           Requirement of Non-Agriculture (NA) approval for layout and building plan even of approved by SPA.

(v)             Process of approvals by SPA and submission to the State Government.

(vi)           Functioning of LCL – SPA vis-à-vis applicable regulations.

6.          Member Secretary informed the EAC that on the basis of the recommendations of the Committee, an affidavit was filed in the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay and Hon’ble Court in its order dated 30 March, 2011 has expressed that “if the petitioners----

 

“Para 6: ………if the petitioners withdraw the petitions, till such time as the MoEF decides the application of the LCL, counsel should make a statement that status quo order dated 17/1/2011 passed by MoEF which this court refused to vacate should continue to operate. Learned senior counsel Mr. Rohatgi and Mr. Khambatta are not agreeable to this.  According to Mr. Rohatgi, learned counsel for the petitioners, this would amount to the petitioners taking an adverse order from this court while withdrawing their petitions.  It is for the petitioners to decide whether they want to withdraw the petitions or not. Ordinarily, no court would come in the way of the petitioners who wish to withdraw the petitions.  In fact, we were inclined to permit the petitioners to withdraw the petitions. We are only of the opinion that MoEF’s status quo order, which this court has refused to vacate should continue to operate till the show cause notice is decided.  However, Mr. Rohatgi declined to make any such statement on behalf of his clients.  He stated that his clients have now instructed him not to withdraw the petitions. Hence, petitions are adjourned to 15/6/2011.

 

          In view of the foregoing, the EAC decided the proposals of 681.27 ha be deferred and be considered along with the whole proposal of 2000 ha (First phase) after the submission of complete information.  

5.          Recommended projects

 

5.1            Environmental and CRZ Clearance for development of four berths in Western Dock Arm in Mangalore Port Trust, Mangalore by M/s. New Mangalore Port Trust [F.No.11-2/2010-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for development of four berths in Western Dock Arm in Mangalore Port Trust, Mangalore. Accordingly, the Port has applied for clearance on 31.05.2007.  The Expert Appraisal Committee in its meeting held on 22.8.2007 has suggested additional TOR for the preparation of EIA after exempting public hearing for the project and it was conveyed vide letter No.10-55/2007-IA-3 dated 5.09.2007. NMPT proposes to develop a dock arm having a length of 700 meters on one side and 625 meters on the other side and distance between the two quays at the mouth of the basin will be 250 meters tapering down to 225 meters.  The approximate length of each berth in the basin would be 300 – 350 meters. An area of 110 acres of the Port land will be utilized for the project and the entire area is within the Port estate and has been declared as Port limits. Out of 110 acres of land to be developed for this project an area of 50 acres will be required for creating basin as a water body. The existing land will be dredged to 15.4 meters deep for the proposed basin. The dredged material will be disposed off in the existing dumping grounds which are located at 13 kms on south western side of the shore. It is expected that 3 million cubic meters of dredged material will be dumped in the existing dumping ground in a phased manner since the development of 4 berths is expected in phases. 

 

          In the past, the MoEF has cleared the construction of one berth out of 4 berths i.e. Berth No.15 vide Letter No.J-13011/23/96-1A-2(t) part dated 04.07.2007. The development and construction of balance three berths is proposed to be taken up within next three years.  The development of Berth No.18 is being developed as Container Terminal with a quay length of 300 meters and a back up area of 10.6 hectares and the proposal is in final stages of award.  The balance berths i.e. Berth No.16 & 17 will be developed as bulk and break bulk terminals after the completion of construction of Berth No.15 & 18. 

 

          TOR was finalized for 2 nos. of berths whereas the proposal is submitted for the construction of 4 berths. The EIA has been prepared for 4 berths and project proponent requested clearance for 4 berths.

 

          The Karnataka State Coastal Zone Management Authority (KSCZMA) in its meeting held on 27.11.2009 has considered the subject proposal for issuance of NOC for CRZ clearance. 

 

The proposal was considered in the 84th EAC meeting held in 27th – 29th January, 2010 and additional points were raised. The details submitted by the project proponent were examined by the committee.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental and CRZ Clearance.

 

5.2    CRZ clearance for construction of beach resort at Aippenikuppam, Marakkanam Villupuram district Tamil Nadu by M/s SPA Legends and Resorts Pvt. Ltd. [F.No.11-72/2010-IA-III].

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves construction of beach resort at R.S. No. 158/1,4,5, 159/17A, 161/8, 166/17B, 18B, 197/1,2, 198/1,2,4,6,8,10, 199/2A, 4, 200/1,2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 202/2, 201/1, 204/10, 206/2, 2A, 2B, 3, 10, 207/1, 2, 2A, 3, 3A, 3B, 5, 208/1,3,4,5,6,7, 209/3. Aippenikuppam, Marakkanam Villupuram district Tamil Nadu.  Total plot area 9,11,657.26 sqm. Out of which 1,25,172.96 sqm falls within 200 m from HTL and 7.86,484.3 sqm falls between 200 to 500 m. Total built up area is 95,506 sqm. 400 Nos of rooms, 340 nos of cottages are proposed. Swimming pool of 1,636 sqm area is proposed. The water requirement is 222.3 KLD and the source is ground water. The sewage generation is 167 KLD and the STP capacity of 170 KLD is proposed. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets 37.8 KLD, horticulture 77 Kld, cooling water 45 KlD and floor washing 37.8 KLD. The effluent generated from laundary will be 37 KLD and the same will be treated in a ETP of 50 KLD capacity. The solid wastes generated will be 962 kg/day. Organic wastes will be convertred into manure and the inorganic will be disposed into Municipal authorities. Proposed parking facility is 463 nos of cars. The cost of the project is Rs. 32 crores.

 

The Tamil Nadu Coastal Zone Management Authority has recommended the project vide letter No. no. 11550/EC-3/2010-1 dated 12.07.2010.

 

The proposal was considered in the 93rd EAC meeting held on 09th – 10th November, 2010 and additional points were raised. The details submitted by the project proponent were examined by the committee.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                    Clearance.

 

5.3    CRZ Clearance for proposed intake and outfall for Coal based (2x150 MW) Power plant at Village Bhadreshwar, Taluka Mundra, District Kutch, Gujarat by M/s OPG Power Gujarat Pvt. Ltd. [F. No.11-7/2010-IA.III].

 

The proposal involves construction of intake point and discharge line to the coal based Power plant village Bhadreshwar, Taluka Mundra, District Kutch, Gujarat.

 

     The project was earlier examined by the EAC in its meeting held on 21st- 23rd July, 2010 and Committee deferred the project as the proposal was for the construction of an open channel for intake within the CRZ area.  Further, there were presence of sand dunes and mangroves in certain areas and the construction is proposed which will destroy the sand dunes which is not permissible. The committee suggested that for intake water, the pipeline should be considered instead of an open channel and fresh recommendations from Gujarat State Coastal Zone Management Authority should be obtained for the revised proposal.

 

     The proponent has revised the proposal and obtained the recommendations of Gujarat State Coastal Zone Management Authority. The NIO has demarcated the HTL/LTL. The EAC in its 97th meeting held on 14th 15th February, 2011 has recommended the project. Meantime a complaint was received in the Ministry that the coast where pipeline is proposed to laid is at high erosion zone. As per the Study by IOM, Anna University, the area is in high erosion Zone.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                  The committee noted that the proposal is only for laying of pipeline and there will be no breakwater, jetty like structures which can obstruct the littoral drift and thereby induce erosion.

 

(ii)              Laying of underground pipeline shall be at depth not less than 2m from pipe crown.

 

(iii)            However, considering the high erosion, the proponent shall undertake the beach nourishment measures as part of CSR activities.

 

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

 

5.4          Environmental Clearance for India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project at Bodi West Hills, Pottipuram Village, Theni District of Tamil Nadu by M/s. Institute of Mathematical Sciences. [F.No.21-67/2010-IA.III]

 

      The India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project is a proposal to construct an underground laboratory for experiments at the cutting edge of neutrino physics. Its immediate goal is the creation of the underground laboratory as well as building of a large magnetized iron calorimeter detector housed in it, to study naturally-produced neutrinos in the Earth`s atmosphere. In the long run, the laboratory may include experiments in other fields in Physics, Biology and Geology as well. INO is listed by the Planning Commission as one of the Mega Projects in Science under the XI five year plan. The project will be jointly funded by the Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Science and Technology.

 

      Initially the INO underground laboratory was proposed to be located in Singara close to the underground power house of Tamil Nadu Electricity Board. While environmental clearance was given, the forest clearance was not obtainable due to the proximity to a wild life sanctuary and tiger reserve.

 

      The current site is in the Bodi West Hills near Pottipuram village in Theni district of Tamil Nadu. Apart from the underground lab, the surface facilities located in revenue poromboke land will include utility buildings, workshops, housing, etc., located around the tunnel portal.

 

      The area covered by the underground facilities (tunnels plus caverns) will be 2.05 ha whereas the over-ground construction will cover an area of about 1.07 ha. Additional temporary areas will be used for muck storage, temporary labour quarters and project buildings.

 

      The construction involves building an approximately 2000 m long horizontal tunnel to reach the underground laboratory. One large and two small laboratory caverns are to be built with an overall rock overburden of about 1000 m to house the experiments. The total cost of building the underground laboratory, installing the detector, and running expenses, together spread over two plan periods, is estimated to be approximately Rs.1,260 crores.

 

      EIA studies have been carried out by the Salim Ali Centre for Natural History and Ornithology. The ecological assessment has been completed and is favourable to setting up the underground laboratory at Bodi West Hills. While the impact during construction can be managed, there is expected to be negligible disturbance during the operation phase.

 

Forest clearance was applied for in March of 2010 and stage I clearance was given on 27.10.2010 after due considerations. About 4.62 ha of forest land has been diverted for the purpose of setting up INO underground laboratory. This is notional as no forest land is expected to be occupied since both the tunnels and laboratories are underground. The entrance to the tunnel is in revenue land outside the forest boundary. All surface facilities are to be located outside the forest boundary in poromboke land, so no persons will be displaced.

 

 The proposal was considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) in its meeting on 18-20th January, 2011. The EAC sought additional information, the details submitted was examined by the Committee.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance.

 

5.5          Environmental Clearance for IFFCO Kisan SEZ - Nellore Agro Park 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 1111 ha. Processing Zone - 488.8+198.9; Non-processing zone-175.1, Green Belt-157.1+66+25.1. 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 units (dormitories-2300 + small apartments-1150+ cottages-1950 + villas-500 + large apartments-500). The total water requirement is 19,890 KLD. There will be a STP for domestic sewage and an ETP also. A central gas fired power plant of 220 MW and biomass power plant of 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. Total cost of the project is Rs. 560 Crores.

          The ToR for this project was given on 05.05.2010. The Public Hearing was conducted 26.10.2010.        

 

 The proposal was considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) in its meeting on 18-20th January, 2011. The EAC sought additional information, the details submitted was examined by the Committee. During discussion, following point emerged:

 

                                 (i)        Energy efficient for waste water treatment like baffle reactor/ root zone shall be used.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance subject to submission of the above to the Ministry.

 

5.6           Environmental Clearance for the Proposed Hotel cum office project at Shillong, Assam by M/s Maxim Infrastructure and Real Estate Pvt. Ltd. [F.No. 21-7/2011-IA-III]

 

The project involves construction of a Five Star hotel-cum-Office project on a plot area of 6,658sq.m. The total built-up area is 17,360.63 sq.m. & 2 level basements with 6,712.32 sq.m. It is proposed to construct luxury hotel with 158 room (G+5Floors) + office complex (G+5Floors). The total water requirement is 288 KLD (fresh water 147 KLD + recycled water-135 KLD).The capacity of STP proposed is 170 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets 28 KLD & horticulture-6.7 KLD & HVAC cooling -100 KLD. Total solid waste generation will be 386 Kg/day. The power requirement is 1,500 KVA. The total parking spaces proposed are for 88 cars.

 

The proposal was considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) in its meeting on 14-15th February, 2011. The EAC sought additional information, the details submitted was examined by the Committee. During discussion, following point emerged:

 

i)                    Water segregation shall be carried out at source and organic shall be composted. Adequate space shall be provided within the complex.

 

ii)                 DG set shall meet the CPCB norms.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance subject to submission of the above to the Ministry.

 

5.7           Environmental Clearance for the Proposed Hotel cum Office project at Guwahati, Assam by M/s Maxim Infrastructure and Real Estate Pvt. Ltd. [F.No. 21-1/2011-IA-III]

 

The project involves construction of a Five Star hotel-cum-Office project on a plot area of 8,292 sq.m. The total built-up area is 20,609 sq.m. & 2 level basements with 9,792.43 sq.m. It is proposed to construct luxury hotel with 181 room (G+8Floors) + office complex (G+7Floors). The total water requirement is 356 KLD (fresh water 215 KLD + recycled water-141 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 210 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets 36 KLD & horticulture-12 KLD & HVAC cooling -139 KLD. Total solid waste generation will be 533 Kg/day. The power requirement is 1,700 KVA. The total parking spaces proposed are for 180 cars.

 

i)                   The proposal was considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) in its meeting on 14-15th February, 2011. Water segregation shall be carried out at source and organic shall be composted. Adequate space shall be provided within the complex.

 

ii)                 DG set shall meet the CPCB norms.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance subject to submission of the above to the Ministry.

 

5.8          Amendment in TOR for Environmental & CRZ clearance for  Single Mooring Point (SMP) and allied facilities of Veera in Gulf of Kutchh for handling crude oil on BOT basis in the State of Gujarat by M/s. Kandla Port Trust [F. No. 11-27/2010-IA.III]

In June, 2010, ToR were finalized for the above project including Crude Oil Terminal (COT). The proponent has informed that the proposal was submitted to the Ministry for approval of ToR includes Construction of SPM and interconnection pipeline from SPM to LFP which excludes the COT & pipeline from COT to LFP with the estimated cost of 560.6 crores. However, in the Minutes, includes COT and the project cost of Rs. 830 crores and requested for amendment.

 

The Committee recommended for the issue of amendment to exclude the COT subject to the condition that necessary clearance for the COT shall be obtained from the competent Authority as applicable before the commencement of construction of COT and other related facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

99th Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Infrastructure Development, Coastal Regulation Zone and Miscellaneous projects held on 5th – 6th April, 2011 at Fazal Hall, Scope Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

 

List of Participants/ Expert Committee

 

  1. Shri Naresh Dayal, IAS(Rtd)                Chairman
  2. Shri M.L.Sharma *                                           Vice Chairman
  3. Dr. Apurba Gupta **                                  Member
  4. Shri V.G. Koshy                                        Member
  5. Dr. S.P. Bansal                                     Member
  6. Dr. H.S.Ramesh                                              Member

7.                 Shri G Bala Subramanyam           Member

  1. Dr. Y.Basavaraju                                               Member                          
  2. Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla                            Member

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

11.            Shri Neeraj Sharma (Rep. of CRRI)       Member

12.            Shri Bharat Bhushan                           Member Secretary

 

* Due to the sudden illness of Shri Naresh Dayal, Chairman, Shri M.L.Sharma chaired the meeting for the afternoon session of the EAC on 5th April, 2011.

 

** Dr. Apurba Gupta nominated as Chairman on 6th April, 2011.

 

Supporting Staff           

 

13. Shri E. Thirunavukkarasu                  Dy. Director, MoEF

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

 

Special Invitees

 

15. Shri V.V. Deshmukh, Collector, Pune

16. Shri Shrirang Landge, Director, Town Planning, Govt. of Maharashtra.

17. Shri P.P. Dhayagede, Sr. Regional Officer, MPCB, Pune

 

Project Authorities:

 

Representatives from M/s. Maharashtra Airport Development Company

Representatives from M/s. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Rajakkamangalm Thurai Fishing Harbour P. Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Fisheries Dept. of Daman and Diu

Representatives from M/s. Bougainville Resorts Pvt. Ltd

Representatives from M/s. PPN Power Generation Company Pvt. Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Creative Port Development P. Ltd

Representatives from M/s. Airport Authority of India

Representatives from M/s. NHAI

Representatives from M/s. Jubilant Infrastructure Ltd

Representatives from M/s. Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited

Representatives from M/s. Visakhapatnam Port Trust

Representatives from M/s. Airport Authority of India

Representatives from M/s. Rajagiri Healthcare and Education Trust

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

Representatives from M/s. Employees State Insurance Corporation

Representatives from M/s. DMICDC Ltd.

 

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