MINUTES OF 23rd EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (EAC) (THERMAL & COAL MINING) MEETING HELD ON 18th-19th APRIL 2011

COAL MINING PROJECTS

The 23rd meeting of the reconstituted EAC (T &C) was held on 18th-19th April 2011 to consider the projects of coal mining sector. The list of participants of EAC and the proponents are given at Annexure-1 and 2 respectively.

Confirmation of minutes

The minutes of the 21st meeting of EAC (T&C) held on 28th -29th March 2011 was confirmed with the following correction:

 

1.         Mangrol Valia Lignite Mine Expansion (expansion from 4.2 MTPA to 7.4 MTPA and expansion from 2080 ha to 3710 ha) of M/s Gujarat Industries Power Co. Ltd., in the districts of Surat and Baruch, Gujarat (TOR)

 

 

Prior to the presentation, the Committee discussed the representations received from Magrol Taluka Farmers Association Tehsil Mangrol, Dist.Surat dated 12.11.2010 to Hon’ble MEF and letter dated 22.11.2010 from farmers of village Charetha addressed to Hon’ble Prime Minister objecting to the project and land acquisition due to adverse impacts of mining activity on Charetha village, and impact on the original flow of River Khokhri river, adverse effects on fertile agr. land has been due to pollution from mining activities modification of natural drainage and non-completion of R&R in the existing project.  The Committee was also informed that a PIL has been filed against the project and MOEF has been named as a respondent.  

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that keeping in view the representations and the litigation filed against the project, the State Govt. had deputed the Spl. Land Revenue Officer involved in the matter for the meeting. It was informed that the company is partly (56%) owned by State PSUs and partly by FIIs & others. The mine was granted EC in July 2003 for a production capacity of 4.2 MTPA in an ML area of 2080 ha. The present proposal is for expansion from 4.2 MTPA to 7.2 MTPA covering a total project area of 3710 ha. It was explained that the lignite requirements of an existing 2x125 MW TPP and Stage-I (2x125 MW) TPP is being met from existing Vastan Lignite mine and from the Mangol-Valia  mine. However, the proposed Stage-II expansion (2x125 MW) would require an expansion of the prod. capacity from 4.2 MTPA to 7.4 MTPA, whereby the existing Vastan Lignite Project is to provide 0.6 MTPA of lignite requirements of the linked TPP and the balance 7.32 MTPA would be met from Mangrol and Valia Lignite Blocks. Of the total ML area, 1210 ha is of Mangrol Block and 870 ha is Valia Block. It was informed that the annual requirement of 7.4 MTPA would be met from three pits working concurrently at a time. Pit -1 (Shah-pit) would produce 2.4 MTPA, Pit-3S (Mangrol pit) - 0.8 MTPA and Pit -3 N (Valia pit)- 4.2 MTPA. It was informed that after exhaustion of reserves from Pit-1, production from Pit-3S would be increased to 3.2 MTPA. The proposal for further expansion to 7.4 would be by going deeper from 110m bgl to 150m bgl. It was informed that expansion project involved an additional land requirement of 1630 ha of which 1500 ha is private land, 130 ha is Govt. land and the total area for the expansion project is 3710 ha as given below:

 

Existing ML area                                                                          =          2080 ha

Additional Area for ext. OB dump for Pit 1                                       =          30 ha    ]

Additional Ext. OB dump for Pit D/2                                                           =          350 ha   ]  = 1630 ha

Additional Mine area for extending mine depth from 110m to 150m    =          650 ha   ]

(450 ha in D3 and 200 ha in D1)

Additional Mine and Dump Area for Pit 3S                                        =          600 ha  ]

 

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            TOTAL ML AREA                                                             = 3710 ha

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Mining Plan for the expansion has been approved by MOC on 08.06.2010. It was stated that despite a very high stripping ratio, only 17% (205.36 Mm3) the total OB generation of 1204.12 Mm3 over the life of the project, would be stored in ext. OB dump of a max. height of 60m and area of 475 ha and the balance 998.76 Mm3 (82.94%) would be stored in an area of 1513.38 ha of the total quarry area of 1838.21 ha and leaving 324.83 ha of the quarry as a void  at the end of mine life. It was stated that despite dumping 85 Mm3 of OB into the Vastan mine void, which would be brought to ground level. The balance area is for extension of the mine to increase the depth from 110m to 150m. Mining would be shovel-dumper combination. The total water requirement is 770 m3/d. R&R for the expansion project involved 3 villages, but the expansion project does not involve homestead losers as no mining activity would be carried out in populated areas. The mine is drained by River Moti but it is not proposed to be diverted. There are no RFs/PFs and no ecologically sensitive areas. Lignite transportation would be by dedicated road-cum-conveyor from the mine stockyard to the linked TPP.

 

The Committee sought a response from the proponent on the issues raised in the representations and  the gist of issues raised in the PIL. The Committee also sought a status of the present project, status of compliance of EC, R&R, CSR, etc. The Committee observed that an additional land of more than 1000 ha is required for external OB dumps. The Committee also observed that the Mining Plan proposed  leaving voids at the end of Mine life. The Committee was of the view that the mining operation should be optimised to minimise the requirement of land for ext. OB dump and reduce the extent of permanent land use changes such as the mine void left at the post mining stage and creation of huge external OB dumps causing severe land degradation. The Committee sought details if sequential mining has been planned and details thereof. The Committee desired that the proponent re-examine removal of Ob dumps form forest land to mineralised area and re-handle the same to backfill the mine void. The details of compliance of MOEF Circular dated 31.03.2011 by furnishing copy of application for Stage-1 clearance for diversion of forestland were also sought. The Committee after discussions decided to further consider the project upon receipt of these details.

 

 

2.         Tubed Opencast Coalmine Project (6 MTPA peak over 460 ha) of M/s Tubed Coal Mines Ltd., dist. Latehar, Jharkhand (Further consideration of EC based on TOR granted on 30.04.2009)

 

The proposal was considered in the EAC meeting held on 22nd -23rd November 2010 and the issues raised therein were further considered.

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the company consisted of 60% HINDALCO and 40% by Tata Power. It was informed that the permission of the State Water Resources Dept, has been obtained vide letter dated 18.01.2011 for diversion of River Sukri. It was stated that 55Mm3 of OB generated during the five years would be dumped externally on 63 ha of area and with the dump height of 90m, which would be vegetated and reclaimed. It was stated that rehandling may not be feasible as the dump would be completely reclaimed with vegetation by end of the end mine life of 30 years. It was explained that backfilling could start only upon reaching the bottom seam (200m) from the top seam (50m). Dumping would be in forestland in a non-mineralised area. It was informed that the Wild life Conservation Plan has been prepared and approved by CWLW, Govt of Jharkhand on 1st September2010 and funds to the tune of Rs 90 lakhs for eco-development activities by TCML and Rs 180 lakhs for the activities to be carried out through forest department have been earmarked.

 

It was stated that a survey was conducted by ORG of the 6 villages in the core zone and 12 peripheral villages in the buffer zone on quality of life parameters and some socio-economic parameters. The survey indicated that agriculture was below subsistence level. It was further informed that the average income was lower (Rs 35,000/year) as against the national average of Rs 65,000/year. The Plan for activities under CSR was presented. It was informed that the CEO of TCML would be responsible for implementation of CSR. It was stated that transportation of coal would not be by road but by piped overhead conveyors-cum-rail, for which a 10km rail track is to be laid for which approval of the railway authorities has been obtained for transportation of 6 MTPA of coal. It was informed that a Tribal Dev. Plan has been prepared and duly vetted by the State Tribal Welfare Dept.

 

The Committee desired that the proponent undertake schemes and activities for skill development and vocational training for employment generation, establishment of SHGs and cooperatives including for women, address livelihood issues. The Committee noted that 85% of the people constitute tribals and OBCs and a Tribal Dev. Plan particularly for those dependent on minor forest produce, to make them economically viable through a Min. Support Price (MSP) and with access to banking, establishing buyers-sellers network, etc. The Committee observed that as the soil is suitable for agriculture and the area is also drained by a river system, it needs to be rechecked whether the agricultural land is irrigated and a statement from the local agricultural Dept. of the State Govt. should be furnished and whether the land could be at least partially restored to agricultural use at the post mining stage. The Committee further desired that the activities and budgetary support furnished for CSR should continue over the life of the project. The Committee desired that the impact of implementation of R&R and CSR should be monitored by a survey once every 3 years or so. Independent third party evaluations of CSR and R&R implementation should also be carried out by sociologists/experts. The status of implementation of R&R and CSR should be uploaded on the company website. The Committee desired that the amount of Rs 1457 lakhs for over five year and Rs 2040 lakhs over 10 year proposed under R&R Plan should continue for 30 years until end of project. The Committee desired that an amount of Rs 1.5 crores Corpus Fund be allocated for maintenance of the R&R colony for the life of the project. In addition, an amount of Rs 2000-3,500/ per month be provided to vulnerable population such as the old, destitute, physically challenged, widows, etc. The Committee desired that drinking water be supplied to the 6 project affected villages. The Committee desired that the proponent either deleting the forestland found within the ML by dumping in mineralised area and by rehandling of OB or comply with the MOEF Circular dated 31.03.2011 by furnishing Stage-I clearance for diversion of forestland required for the mining operation. The Committee desired that silo loading should be established. The Committee sought a copy of the constitution of the JV under the Companies Act for record. The Committee also sought a copy of the Stage-I FC. The Committee details of correspondence with CWLW, Jharkhand and comments of CWLW on the WL Conservation Plan for record.

 

The Committee after discussions sought a response on the aforesaid conditions for further consideration.

 

 

3.         Mandla (South) (0.3 MTPA) over 560 ha) Underground Project of M/s M.P. State Mining Corp. Ltd., dist. Chindwara, M.P. (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that Mandla (South) Coal Block was allotted to Madhya Pradesh State Mining Corporation Limited by MOC vide letter no 1316/8/2007-CA-I dated 23rd July, 2007 and M/s Jai Prakash Associates Limited has been selected as a JV Partner by MPSMCL to develop and  mine  coal from this block. It was stated that as per the Allocation Letter of MOC, coal mined out from the block would be used for commercial use. It was further informed that the mine is located 48km from Pench Tiger Reserve and 35 km from Satpura Tiger Reserve. There is no contiguous forest patch, forest in and around the block is fractured and Chindwara township is near the ML and hence it may not be feasible for a tiger corridor between the two reserves. The major river of area is River Pench. Three seasonal nalas join River Pench. Of the total ML area of 560ha, 118.700ha is forest land, 92.107 is revenue forestland, 311.990 ha is agricultural land, 17.347ha is wasteland, 1.385 ha is settlements and 17.489 ha is water body. Mining would be underground method, mechanised Board & Pillar with continuous miner. Entire ML is forestland of which 118 ha is Reserve Forest and 92 ha is Revenue Forest and under Mining Rights and an area of 22ha consisting of wasteland is for surface Rights, which includes 17 ha for 2 ha for waste dump, 5 ha is for sedimentation pond, 5 ha for infrastructure, 5 ha for green belt and 5 ha for township that has been  already acquired outside the lease area. Grade of coal varies from C to E. An estimated 178 m3/day of water is required for the project (53 m3/day ground water is for drinking, and 125m3/d for mine operations to be met from mine water). Anticipated life of the mine is 45 years. Cost of the project is Rs 300 crores.

 

The Committee stated that the project falls under Para A of the MOEF Circular dated 31.03.2011 and sought details of application made for diversion of FL for mining rights for grant of TOR. The Committee desired that mine water be treated to conform to EPA standards before discharge.

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)            An EIA-EMP Report should be prepared for a peak capacity of 0.3 MTPA over 560 ha ML area  addressing the impacts of the underground coalmine project including the aspects of mineral transportation and issues of impacts on hydrogeology, plan for conservation of flora/fauna and afforestation/plantation programme based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(ii)           The EIA-EMP report should also cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community etc. through collection of baseline data and information, generation of baseline data on impacts for 0.3 MTPA  of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxvii)     Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

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

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

 

The following general points should be noted:

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

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

(iii)       Authenticated English translation of all material in Regional languages provided/enclosed with the application.

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

(v)           The final EIA-EMP report submitted to the Ministry must incorporate the issues in TOR and that raised in Public Hearing. The index of the final EIA-EMP report, must indicate the specific chapter and page no. of the EIA-EMP Report where the specific TOR prescribed by Ministry and the issue raised in the P.H. have been incorporated.

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

(vii)       The copy of the letter received from the Ministry on the TOR prescribed for the

project should be attached as an annexure to the final EIA-EMP Report.

(viii)      Mining Questionnaire (posted on MOEF website) with all sections duly filled in shall also be submitted at the time of applying for EC.

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

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

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

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

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

 

 

4.         Ganpati Underground Expansion Coalmine Project (0.12 MTPA normative and 0.21 MTPA peak in ML area of 418.796 ha) of M/s WCL, dist. Chindwara, M.P. (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that it is a pre-nationalisation mine and the proposal is for enhancing production by improving the efficiency of machines (HDLs and LSD). Of the total ML area of 418.796 ha, 288.825 ha is forestland, 101.861ha is agricultural land, 28.11ha is wasteland. Land under Mining Rights is 406.637 ha and under Surface Rights is 12.159 ha. It was also informed that development has been completed and depillaring is to start. Water table is in the range of 3.15-5.4mbgl (pre-monsoon) and 1.05- 2.06mbgl (Post-monsoon). Stage-I Forestry clearance has been obtained vide FC letter no 8-114/2006 dated 20.4.2010 for 657.376 ha. It was informed that 700 TPD of coal would be transported by 20-T capacity trucks involving 8 trucks /day by road to B.G.Railway siding which is 1.5 km away  for dispatch by rail to TPPs. Ultimate working depth is 320m. No R&R is involved. Balance life of the mine is 5 years.

 

The Committee stated that the project falls under Para A of the MOEF Circular dated 31.03.2011 and sought details of application made for diversion of FL for mining rights for grant of TOR. The Committee desired that an Integrated Coal Evacuation Plan for the entire Pench-Kanhan Coalfields be prepared to minimise road transportation. The Committee also desired the details of schedule of phasing out of existing mines in Satpura- Pench coalfields so that there is significant increase in the overall activity in the area which may impact the tiger habitat. The Committee sought details of community development done in past, and desired that Rs 5/T be provided for CSR.

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)         An EIA-EMP Report should be prepared for a peak capacity of 0.12 MTPA normative and 0.21 MTPA peak in ML area of 418.796 ha addressing the impacts of the underground coalmine project including the aspects of mineral transportation and issues of impacts on hydrogeology, plan for conservation of flora/fauna and afforestation/ plantation programme based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon. The Committee desired that an Integrated Coal Evacuation Plan for the entire Pench-Kanhan Coalfields be prepared to minimise road transportation. The Committee also desired the details of schedule of phasing out of existing mines in Satpura- Pench coalfields so that there is significant increase in the overall activity in the area which may impact the tiger habitat.

(ii)        The EIA-EMP report should also cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of baseline data and information, generation of baseline data on impacts for 0.12 MTPA normative and 0.21 MTPA peak of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxvii)  Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

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

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

 

The following general points should be noted:

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

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

(iii)       Authenticated English translation of all material in Regional languages provided/enclosed with the application.

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

(v)        The final EIA-EMP report submitted to the Ministry must incorporate the issues in TOR and that raised in Public Hearing. The index of the final EIA-EMP report, must indicate the specific chapter and page no. of the EIA-EMP Report where the specific TOR prescribed by Ministry and the issue raised in the P.H. have been incorporated.

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

(vii)       The copy of the letter received from the Ministry on the TOR prescribed for the

project should be attached as an annexure to the final EIA-EMP Report.

(viii)      Mining Questionnaire (posted on MOEF website) with all sections duly filled in shall also be submitted at the time of applying for EC.

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

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

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

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

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

 

 

5.         Nandan UG (Dhau North Block) Coalmine Project (0.405 MTPA peak and expansion in ML area from 543.50 ha to 656.14 ha) of M/s WCL, dist. Chindwara, M.P. (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the existing mine is being exhausted and production would be maintained within 0.405 MTPA by expansion of ML area from 543.50 ha to 656.14 ha. Of the total ML area of 656.14 ha, 261.23 ha is forestland. Of the additional land area of 112.64 ha to be acquired under Mining Rights, 55.03 ha is forestland, 57.61 ha is tenancy and Govt. land and 12.159 ha of non-forestland is  under surface rights and has already been acquired. Application has been made for Stage-I forestry clearance. Mining is underground by mechanised Board & Pillar method with caving. Ultimate working depth is 387.36m. Water table is in the range of 3.45-11.9m bgl (pre-monsoon) and 1.6-8.25m bgl (post monsoon). Total water requirement for the project is 300m3/d. Transport of 1350 TPD of coal to the washery at a distance of 3km would be by road involving 135 trucks/d of 20-T capacity and thereafter to railway siding for despatch by rail. No R&R is involved. Balance life of the mine is 9 years. Cost of the project is Rs. 11.584 crores.

 

The Committee stated that the project falls under Para A of the MOEF Circular dated 31.03.2011 and sought details of application made for diversion of FL for mining rights for grant of TOR.

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)            An EIA-EMP Report should be prepared for a peak capacity of 0.405 MTPA and expansion in ML area from 543.50 ha to 656.14 ha addressing the impacts of the underground coalmine project including the aspects of mineral transportation and issues of impacts on hydrogeology, plan for conservation of flora/fauna and afforestation/ plantation programme based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(ii)           The EIA-EMP report should also cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of baseline data and information, generation of baseline data on impacts for 0.405 MTPA and expansion in ML area from 543.50 ha to 656.14 ha of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxvii)     Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

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

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

 

The following general points should be noted:

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

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

(iii)     Authenticated English translation of all material in Regional languages provided/enclosed with the application.

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

(v)      The final EIA-EMP report submitted to the Ministry must incorporate the issues in TOR and that raised in Public Hearing. The index of the final EIA-EMP report, must indicate the specific chapter and page no. of the EIA-EMP Report where the specific TOR prescribed by Ministry and the issue raised in the P.H. have been incorporated.

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

(vii)     The copy of the letter received from the Ministry on the TOR prescribed for the

project should be attached as an annexure to the final EIA-EMP Report.

(viii)    Mining Questionnaire (posted on MOEF website) with all sections duly filled in shall also be submitted at the time of applying for EC.

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

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

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

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

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

 

 

6.         Baitarni (West) Opencast Coalmine Project (15 MTPA peak capacity in a Project area of 1567 ha)–cum Coal Washery (15 MTPA) of M/s Baitarni West Coal Company Ltd., located in Talcher Coalfields, Tehsil Chhendipeda, dist. Angul, Orissa (Further consideration of TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for a new opencast-cum pit head coal washery of 15 MTPA capacity. The company is a JV comprised of M/s Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd.(GPCL), Kerala SEB and Orissa Hydro Power Corp. Ltd. with equitable sharing to meet the requirement of their linked proposed TPPs – proposed 3x660 MW TPP of GPCL at Piparva in Dist. Amreli, Gujarat, 2x 600 MW Power Plant of KSEB at Kasargoda, Kerala and proposed 3x 660 MW Power Plant of OHPCL at Dist. Dhenkanal, Orissa.  The total ML area is 1194 ha of which 53.69 ha is forestland. It was clarified that the forestland area cannot be deleted from the project as it is found in patches covering 26 ha area all over the lease and the balance is in the edge of the ML. Supai nala originating within the mine boundary would not be diverted. Kumbhira nala also flowing within ML would not be disturbed due to project and an embankment of a max height of 3m above HFL would be constructed all along the Kumbhira nala along the south-eastern side of the project for protection against flooding. Of the total ML area, 622.08 ha is for quarry, 211.13 ha is for external OB dumps, 63.08 ha is for safety zone, 284.60 ha is for infrastructure and others, 13.11 ha is for rationalisation of boundary. In addition, an area of 35 ha for colony and 338 ha for R&R site is also being acquired. It was informed that the rated capacity of 15 MTPA would be achieved in the 7th year. Mining Plan was approved on 07.10.2009. Ultimate working depth is 245m bgl. Grade of coal is E-F-G. Life of the mine is 37 years. An estimated 715.40 Mm3 of OB would be generated over life of the project, of which 140.90 Mm3 would be in ext. OB dumps and 574 Mm3  would be backfilled. External dumping of OB would be from 7th to 11th year. It was clarified that the project does not involve diversion of nala and boundary adjustment has been done to not disturb the flow of the nala. The coal would be transported from the mine to the pit-head washery by conveyors for a length of 100m to a railway siding proposed to be established by the PP. Coal would be transported from the mine through rapid loading system linking with Angul-Sambalpur line to a common rail corridor. It was informed that elephants are found in the area but the area does not fall in the migratory corridor. PAFs are about 1390 from 7 villages – Machhakuta (partly), Podapada, Handigoda, Tentulikodasahi, Chendipada jungle(partly), Machhakuta jungle (partly), Podapada jungle (partly). An amount of Rs 100.59 crores has been earmarked for R&R. Total cost of the project is Rs 1698.39 crores. The proposed pit-head coal washery of 15 MTPA capacity would be in an area of 25 ha and would operate on wet process and on a zero-discharge basis. Input grade of coal with an ash content of 41-42% and washed coal of 10.5 MTPA with an ash content of 33.5+ 0.5%. Coal rejects of 4.5 MTPA would have an ash content of 55% and would be stored in an area of 5ha (one month’s storage). It was informed that coal rejects would be utilised in an FBC based TPP, however, until its commissioning, coal rejects would be dumped along with OB. The total water requirement for the mine cum washery is 7665 m3/d of which 1165m3/day is for domestic consumption (mine-1050 m3/day, 115 m3/day– washery) and 6500 m3/d is for mine-cum washery operation (3500 m3/day for mine and 3000 m3/day for washery). Life of the washery is 33 years.

 

The Committee desired that the technological options of whether method of mining (OC or UG) and if OC, whether the existing mineralised area can be mined with sequential backfilling or by storing OB in mineralised area and rehandling at later stage into the decoaled voids should be examined. The Committee desired that an elephant conservation Plan as part of WL management plan should be prepared. This should be later dovetailed with the State Govt’s Regional Action Plan. The Committee desired that a programme for eco-restoration should be prepared. The Committee desired that the coal evacuation plan for project should dovetail with the Plan for Angul-Talcher Rail Link. The Committee desired that an Area Drainage /Hydrology study be carried out with a view to conserving and minimal disturbance to water bodies.  The Committee sought a copy of the application made for Stage-I FC. The Committee desired a project specific R&R Plan and a CSR Plan (activity-wise and village-wise along with budgetary provisions) be prepared (deleting env. measures). The Committee also desired that a implementation and monitoring mechanism of implementation of R&R and CSR with checks and balances such as a Third Party evaluation should be prepared. The Committee desired that one season data along with met data (for the same season) should be part of the EIA study. The Committee desired that a TOR application for the FBC based TPP should be made immediately and the PP should ensure that the operation of the mine, washery and the FBC based TPP is synchronised. The Committee observed that since the mine falls in Chendipeda Tehsil which is part of the Angul-Talcher Critically Polluted Area, the measures/management plan for mine-cum-washery and the FBC based TPP should be dovetailed with the Env. Action Plan for the CPA Angul-Talcher.

 

The Committee stated that the project falls under Para A of the MOEF Circular dated 31.03.2011 and sought details of application made for diversion of FL for mining rights for grant of TOR.

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)            An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 15 MTPA peak capacity in a Project area of 1567 ha)–cum Coal Washery (15 MTPA) based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ii)           An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 15 MTPA rated capacity cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for 15 MTPA peak capacity in a Project area of 1567 ha)–cum Coal Washery (15 MTPA) based on approval of project/Mining Plan. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon. The Committee observed that since the mine falls in Chendipeda Tehsil which is part of the Angul-Talcher Critically Polluted Area, the measures/management plan for mine-cum-washery and the FBC based TPP should be dovetailed with the Env. Action Plan for the CPA Angul-Talcher.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xi)          Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition. The Committee sought a copy of the application made for Stage-I FC.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxiii)      Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                   

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

(xxv)       The Committee desired that the coal evacuation plan for project should dovetail with the Plan for Angul-Talcher Rail Link. The Committee desired that an Area Drainage /Hydrology study be carried out with a view to conserving and minimal disturbance to water bodies. Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project along with flow-chart indicating the specific areas generating fugitive emissions. Impacts of transportation, handling, transfer of mineral and waste on air quality, generation of effluents from workshop, management plan for maintenance of HEMM, machinery, equipment. Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.

(xxvi)      The Committee desired that the technological options of whether method of mining (OC or UG) and if OC, whether the existing mineralised area can be mined with more that one quarry with sequential backfilling or by storing OB in mineralised area and rehandling at later stage into the decoaled voids should be examined. Details of waste generation – OB, topsoil – as per the approved calendar programme, and their management shown in figures as well explanatory chapter with tables giving progressive development and mine closure plan, green belt development, backfilling programme and conceptual post mining land use. OB dump heights and terracing should based on slope stability studies with a max of 28o angle as the ultimate slope. Sections of dumps (ultimate) (both longitudinal and cross section) with relation to the adjacent area should be shown.

(xxvii)     Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation.

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

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

(xxx)       Disaster Management Plan.

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

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

(xxxiii)    Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre- mining. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions.

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

(xxxv)     The Committee desired a project specific R&R Plan and a CSR Plan (activity-wise and village-wise along with budgetary provisions) be prepared (deleting env. measures). The Committee also desired that a implementation and monitoring mechanism of implementation of R&R and CSR with checks and balances such as a Third Party evaluation should be prepared. The Committee desired that one season data along with met data (for the same season) should be part of the EIA study. Details of R&R.  Detailed project specific R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population (including tribals, SC/ST, BPL families)  found in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

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

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

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

(xxxix)    Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

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

(xxxxi)   The Committee desired that a TOR application for the FBC based TPP should be made immediately and the PP should ensure that the operation of the mine, washery and the FBC based TPP is synchronised.

 

TOR FOR COAL WASHERY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)        Details of green belt development.

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

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

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

(xiv)      Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

              I.        Characteristics and quantum of washed coal.

            II.        Characteristics and quantum of coal waste rejects.

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

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

(xvii)     Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

 

The following general points should be noted:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

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

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

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

 

 

7.         Radhikapur (West) OC (5.3 MTPA) and UG Coalmine Project (0.7 MTPA) (combined 6 MTPA in an ML area of 1047.99 ha) and Pit-Head Coal Washery (6 MTPA) of M/s Radhikapur (West) Coal Mining Pvt. Ltd., located in Tehsil Chendipeda, dist. Angul, Orissa (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that that the company is consisting of M/s Rungta Mines Ltd., M/s OCL, India Ltd. and M/s Ocean Ispat Pvt. Ltd.  The proposal is for a new OC-cum-UG coal mine of 6 MTPA capacity along with a pithead coal washery within the ML of which OC mining would be 5.3 MTPA and UG mining would be 0.7 MTPA (combined 6 MTPA). Of the total ML area of 1048 ha, 84.7949 ha is forestland, 224.67 ha is Govt. land and 738.5274 ha is pvt. land. It was informed that Singhda Jore passes through the ML and an embankment is proposed along the Jore. It is proposed to construct an embankment along the Jore. The ML has village forest (DLC) and an application has been made for diversion of forestland. About 450 houses are to be shifted. Of the estimated 288.44 MT coal to be mined, 200.254 MT would be by OC and 88.186 MT would be by UG. Of the total ML area of 1048 ha, 775.7 ha is quarry area, 114.3 ha is for OB dump, and 6.96 ha is for surface structures of UG mining and 45.282 ha is for infrastructure and 105.7524 ha is others. Life of the mine is 49 years of which OC mining would be 25 years and UG mining would be 41 years. Mining Plan has been approved on 21.12.2009. The ultimate working depth would be 107-310m for UG and 16.5-182m for OC mining. Mining would be mechanised for both UG (continuous miner) and OC mining by shovel-dumper combination. It was informed that of the total OB generation of 518.98 Mm3, 55% would be stored in an external OB dump of 100ha and of 100m height upto 15th year to store 518 Mm3 of OB and the balance 45% would be backfilled. It was informed that the ash content in raw coal is about 42-43% and after washing, it would reduce to 27%-34% for use of linked DRI Plants and TPPs – 4.06 MTPA by M/s Rungta Mines, 1.057 MTPA by M/s Ocean Ispat Pvt. Ltd and 0.0881 MTPA for M/s OCL India Ltd. The coal rejects with an ash content of more than 70% would be dumped into the decoaled voids mixed with OB to reduce the risks of fire. It was informed that the decoaled void would also be filled with flyash from the pithead FBC based TPP, proposed to be established for utilisation of coal rejects form the washery. The pit head coal washery of 6 MTPA capacity is also to be established in an area of 10 ha. The washery would be wet process using HM Cyclone technology. The total estimated water requirement for the project is 1581 m3/d of which 557 m3/d is for domestic consumption and would be met from bore well. Water table is in the range of 3.19-5.93 m bgl. It was informed that the entire coal would be transported by rail. Total estimated cost of the project is Rs 400 crores.

 

The Committee desired that the technological options for OC vis-à-vis UG mining should be further examined to reduce the extent of land degradation by OC mining due to permanent land use changes, creation of ext. OB dumps and mine voids. The Committee desired that a void of 154.11 ha proposed to left at the post mining stage be reduced both in area and in depth. The Committee desired details of reduction in R&R due to reduction in area required for ext. OB dumps. The Committee desired that feasibility of dumping flyash (leachability studies, lining, dump stability, etc), should be studied as part of the EIA study vis-à-vis option of its utilisation in cement plants in the area. The Committee desired that an appl. for the FBC based TPP should be submitted in MOEF for TOR and the PP should ensure that the operation of the coal mine, washery and the FBC based TPP is synchronised. EC appl. would be considered only after site has been selected and finalised for the FBC based TPP and an appl. for TOR has been considered in the Ministry. The Committee observed that since the mine falls in Chendipeda Tehsil which is part of the Angul-Talcher Critically Polluted Area, the measures/management plan for mine-cum-washery and the FBC based TPP should be dovetailed with the Env. Action Plan for the CPA Angul-Talcher. The Committee also desired that a WL Conservation Plan for endangered fauna such as the Indian Elephant found in the study area would require being prepared.

 

The Committee stated that the project falls under Para A of the MOEF Circular dated 31.03.2011 and sought details of application made for diversion of FL for mining rights for grant of TOR.

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)             An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for Radhikapur (West) OC (5.3 MTPA) and UG Coalmine Project (0.7 MTPA) (combined 6 MTPA in an ML area of 1047.99 ha) and Pit-Head Coal Washery (6 MTPA) based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ii)            An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for OC (5.3 MTPA) and UG Coalmine Project (0.7 MTPA) (combined 6 MTPA in an ML area of 1047.99 ha) and Pit-Head Coal Washery (6 MTPA) rated capacity cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for OC (5.3 MTPA) and UG Coalmine Project (0.7 MTPA) (combined 6 MTPA in an ML area of 1047.99 ha) and Pit-Head Coal Washery (6 MTPA)  based on approval of project/Mining Plan. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon. The Committee observed that since the mine falls in Chendipeda Tehsil which is part of the Angul-Talcher Critically Polluted Area, the measures/management plan for mine-cum-washery and the FBC based TPP should be dovetailed with the Env. Action Plan for the CPA Angul-Talcher.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xii)       Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality – air (PM10, PM 2.5, SOx , NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil along with one-season met data.

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

(xiv)      Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area (10km) carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. If the study area has endangered flora and fauna, or if the project falls within 15 km of an ecologically sensitive area, then a comprehensive Conservation Plan should be prepared and furnished along with comments from the CWLW of the State Govt.

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

(xvi)      The Committee desired that the technological options for OC vis-à-vis UG mining should be further examined to reduce the extent of land degradation by OC mining due to permanent land use changes, creation of ext. OB dumps and mine voids. Details of mining methods, technology, equipment to be used, etc., rationale for selection of that technology and equipment proposed to be used vis-à-vis the potential impacts.

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

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

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

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

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

(xxii)     Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                   

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

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

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

(xxvi)    Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation.

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

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

(xxix)    Risk Assessment and Disaster prevention and Preparedness and Management Plan.

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

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

(xxxii)    Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area (10km) carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. If the study area has endangered flora and fauna, or if the project falls within 15 km of an ecologically sensitive area, then a comprehensive Conservation Plan should be prepared for the endangered/endemic flora and fauna found in the study area and for safety of animals visiting/residing in the study area and also those using the study area as a migratory corridor. Comments from the CWLW of the State Govt. on the Conservation Plan should also be obtained and furnished. The Committee also desired that a WL Conservation Plan for endangered fauna such as the Indian Elephant found in the study area would require being prepared.

(xxxiii)   Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre- mining. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions. The Committee desired that a void of 154.11 ha proposed to left at the post mining stage be reduced both in area and in depth. The Committee desired details of reduction in R&R due to reduction in area required for ext. OB dumps.

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxix)   Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

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

(xxxxi)   The Committee desired that feasibility of dumping flyash (leachability studies, lining, dump stability, etc), should be studied as part of the EIA study vis-à-vis option of its utilisation in cement plants in the area. The Committee desired that an appl. for the FBC based TPP should be submitted in MOEF for TOR and the PP should ensure that the operation of the coal mine, washery and the FBC based TPP is synchronised. EC appl. would be considered only after site has been selected and finalised for the FBC based TPP and an appl. for TOR has been considered in the Ministry.

TOR FOR COAL WASHERY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)        Details of green belt development.

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

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

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

(xiv)      Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

II          Characteristics and quantum of washed coal.

III         Characteristics and quantum of coal waste rejects.

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

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

(xvii)     Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

 

The following general points should be noted:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

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

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

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

 

 

8.         Chendipada-Chendipada-II OCP (Phase-I) (40 MTPA in an ML area of 2848.10 ha and an area of 101.10 ha outside the ML which includes a pit head coal washery (40 MTPA) of M/s UCM Coal Company Ltd., Tehsil Chendipeda, dist. Angul, Orissa (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the JV consists of 3 companies – U.P. Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd (UPRVUNL) (50%), CMDC (31%) and MAHAGENCO (18%) for opening a new Opencast coalmine of 40 MTPA capacity in a project area of 2848.10 ha and an area of 101.10 ha outside the ML for establishing a pit head washery of 40 MTPA capacity, railway loop and corridor.  The ML area of 2848.10 ha consists of two blocks- Chendipeda and Chendipeda-II and an area of 106.10 ha outside the ML for washery, railway loop and corridor is proposed as part of project and the total project area is 3028 ha. Forestland involved is 420.85 ha (which includes 33.7415 ha for safety zone). It is proposed to revise the ML area whereby the FL is increased to 466.23 ha. An application has been made for Stage-I clearance vide MOEF Circular dated 31.03.2011. It was informed that an elephant corridor passes through the buffer zone. An embankment would be constructed all along the Gauduni nala during 7th year of operation. It is also proposed to divert a small seasonal nala near the western boundary during the 8th year - Kambhira nala flows from south to north.Coal would be mined by surface miner and OB by shovel-dumper. Of the total ML area, 2742 ha comprises quarry, 18 ha is for conveyor corridor within the ML, a 45 m safety barrier alongside road, 60 ha for washery and 27.88 ha for rail loop and corridor. Mining is opencast shovel-dumper combination and surface miner. Coal evacuation from CHP would be by closed belt conveyors from mine to the washery and by rapid loading system by rail linking to a common rail corridor proposed for the region. A 20 km railway track is proposed to be laid to Jarpada station(Angul-Sambalpur).

 

It was stated that grade of coal is E-F-G. A washery of 40 MTPA capacity is to be located in a non-coal bearing area of 60ha of the ML which includes 1.373 ha of forest land. The washery would be wet process and separation by gravity using jigs/HM cyclone. The ash content in 40 MTPA of raw coal would be 41-42% which would be reduced to 32% yielding 28.8 MTPA and an estimated 11.2 MTPA of coal rejects of an ash content of 60% would be produced. Coal rejects would be utilised in an FBC based TPP which would be set up by a separate company. The project involves R&R of 19 villages in project area and an estimated 4216 PAF would require to be relocated in phases. It was informed that R&R would be based on State/National R&R Policy whichever is higher and would be implemented by RIPDC. The total reserves is 558.96 MT in Chendipada Block and 1253 MT in Chendipada-II block. Life of Chendipeda is 20 years and of Chendipeda-II is 25 years. Ultimate depth of Chendipeda is 270m and of Chendipeda-II is 350m. Total OB generation from Chendipeda is 975.29 Mm3 and of Chendipeda-II is 3006 Mm3. Initial water requirement for the project is about 1000 m3/d which is sourced from river for which permission of the Irrigation Dept. would be obtained. Peak water requirement of 9100m3/d from 9th-15th year would be from mine pit water (6300 m3/d) and re-circulated water. Concurrent backfilling would be from 13th year onwards and an internal dump which rises 60m over the ground level and an external OB dump of 30m above ground level in coal bearing area would be created which would be rehandled. Total cost of the project is Rs 7846 crores.

 

The Committee desired that a revised application for TOR for the revised ML/project area should be submitted. The Committee desired that a WL Conservation for the elephants and other endangered animals found in the study area should be prepared and a clarification should be obtained from the CWLW whether the study area forms a part of the elephant migratory corridor. The Committee observed that since the mine falls in Chendipeda Tehsil which is part of the Angul-Talcher Critically Polluted Area, the measures/management plan for mine-cum-washery and the FBC based TPP should be dovetailed with the Env. Action Plan for the CPA Angul-Talcher. The Committee desired that 0.4% of the initial cost of project to be spent on one time capital costs for CSR activities and Rs5/T of coal as revenue expenditure for the life of project. In view of the large OB dump and start of backfilling only form the 13th year, the proponents were advised to consider sequential mining and dumping on mineralized area and re-handling of OB form mineralized area and sequential backfilling of mine voids to minimize creation of huge voids at the end of mine life.

 

The Committee stated that the project falls under Para A of the MOEF Circular dated 31.03.2011 and sought details of application made for diversion of FL for mining rights for grant of TOR, a copy of which was provided.

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)            An Integrated EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for Chendipada-Chendipada-II OCP (Phase-I) (40 MTPA) rated capacity in an ML area of 2848.10 ha and an area of 101.10 ha outside the ML which includes a pit head coal washery (40 MTPA), based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ii)           The EIA-EMP Report prepared for Chendipada-Chendipada-II OCP (Phase-I) (40 MTPA) and a pit head coal washery (40 MTPA) rated capacity would cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for Chendipada-Chendipada-II OCP (Phase-I) (40 MTPA) and a pit head coal washery (40 MTPA) of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon. The Committee observed that since the mine falls in Chendipeda Tehsil which is part of the Angul-Talcher Critically Polluted Area, the measures/management plan for mine-cum-washery and the FBC based TPP should be dovetailed with the Env. Action Plan for the CPA Angul-Talcher.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxiii)      Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                   

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

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

(xxvi)      In view of the large OB dump and start of backfilling only form the 13th year, the proponents were advised to consider sequential mining and dumping on mineralized area and re-handling of OB form mineralised area and sequential backfilling of mine voids to minimize creation of huge voids at the end of mine life. Details of waste generation – OB, topsoil – as per the approved calendar programme, and their management shown in figures as well explanatory chapter with tables giving progressive development and mine closure plan, green belt development, backfilling programme and conceptual post mining land use. OB dump heights and terracing should based on slope stability studies with a max of 28o angle as the ultimate slope. Sections of dumps (ultimate) (both longitudinal and cross section) with relation to the adjacent area should be shown.

(xxvii)     Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation.

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

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

(xxx)       Disaster Management Plan.

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

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

(xxxiii)    Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre- mining. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions.

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

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

(xxxvi)    The Committee desired that 0.4% of the initial cost of project to be spent on one time capital costs for CSR activities and Rs5/T of coal as revenue expenditure for the life of project.

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

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

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

(xxxx)Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

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

 

TOR FOR COAL WASHERY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)        Details of green belt development.

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

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

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

(xiv)      Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

II    Characteristics and quantum of washed coal.

           III.        Characteristics and quantum of coal waste rejects.

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

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

(xvii)     Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

 

The following general points should be noted:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

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

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

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

 

 

9.         Talabira-1 Coal Mine Project (1.5 MTPA to 3 MTPA over 170.305 ha) of M/s HINDALCO Industries Ltd., in dist. Sambalpur, Orissa (Further consideration of EC)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the EAC (T&C) in its meeting held on 24th -25th February 2010 had desired that a Public Hearing should be held for the expansion from 1.5 MTPA to 3 MTPA project. P.H. was held on 12.12.2010. The project is a mechanised opencast mine without drilling and blasting. It was informed that a CSR plan covering 8 villages has been planned for the balance life of 6 years of the mine. It was informed that the main transportation road passing through the R&R colony has been concreted and an avenue plantation has been developed along the road. Forty trucks of 40-T capacity which are covered with tarpaulin are used for 50% of coal transportation and the balance is by rail. It was clarified that the issue raised in the P.H. regarding dust pollution in village Behermaunda due to mining activity has been addressed as the village has been already shifted.

 

The Committee sought details of R&R Plan completed for village Behermaunda and thereafter the proposal would be further considered internally. The Committee also sought details of FC.

 

 

10.       Radhikapur East including (Utkal F) Coal Mine Block (5 MTPA) with Coal Washery (5 MTPA) of M/s Tata Sponge Iron Ltd. located in Chendipeda Tehsil, Angul District, Orissa (Further consideration of EC based on TOR granted on 16.11.2007)

 

The proposal was further considered on the issues raised in the last EAC meeting held on 26th -27th October 2010. The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that there are two Sch.I species found in the study area – Elephant and Sloth Bear. A WL Conservation Plan has been prepared and an amount of Rs. 3 crores has been earmarked for the various activities of the WL Plan for the first 10 years and Rs 1.25 crores for the last 3 years of project life. Life of the project is 13 years. Approval of the WL Plan by CWLW is under process. The Plan would include providing a safe passage to the elephants in case they venture into the ML area. Solar fencing would be done along the quarry which would be shifted as the mine develops. It was informed that reclamation of the mined out area would begin from 6th year when habitat restoration using native species would be taken up. It was informed that OB from the west dump would be fully rehandled and backfilled and a void of 272ha of a max. depth of 45m would be left at the end of mine life. And a void of an area of 100ha and a max. depth of 30m would be left in the eastern quarry by partial rehandling of OB. The washery is expected to start functioning from the third year of mine operation and the ash content in the 1.3 MTPA of clean coal would be about 30%. Coal rejects of 1800-2000 cal with an ash content of 60-63% would be used in the FBC based TPPs. Of the 5 MTPA of raw coal, about 3.7 MTPA would be coal rejects. It is proposed to establish FBC based TPPs by each of the 3 JVs for a combined power generation of 330 MW. An application for TOR for the 80 MW FBC based TPP has made and feasibility study for the 130 MW is under preparation. Two of the FBC based TPPs would be pit head and transport of coal rejects would be by conveyors, and the third to Scaw Inds. would be by rail. R&R involves 867 PAFs from the 3 villages – Gopinathpur (147), Nandichod (80) and Jhitpal (640).

 

The Committee desired that Third Party monitoring of implementation of WL Conservation Plan should be carried out and for monitoring the utilisation of funds earmarked for implementation of the WL Plan. The Committee desired that an appl. for the FBC based TPP for the remaining two companies should also be submitted in MOEF for TOR and the PP should ensure that the operation of the coal mine, washery and the FBC based TPPs is synchronised and  storage of coal rejects is not more than 1-2 months. The Committee sought the aforesaid details form the proponent for further consideration internally.

 

 

11.       Letter dated 07.02.2010 on Compliance of Specific EC condition No. IX in EC letter dated 24.06.2008 on Expansion of Coal Washery (1.2 MTPA to 2.4 MTPA) of M/s Hind Energy & Coal Beneficiation (India) P Ltd., Hindadih, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh

 

The proponent stated that a specific condition had been included in the EC letter whereby a railway siding was required to be constructed at Ghatghora by June 2011. Although a detailed exercise has been done in consultation with the railway authorities for construction of a railway siding for transport of raw and clean coal by rail, the time limit as per EC condition would not met and in view of this, the proponent requested for an extension of time until 31.03.2012. The proponent further stated that in the FSA given by SECL, road transport is being insisted as a favoured mode of transportation.

 

The Committee after discussions agreed for an extension by March 2012. The Committee further stated that change of transport to road would not be permitted and the Notice No. SECL/BSP/S&M/COMM/150/NCDP/4040 of SECL dated 22.01.2009 was read out as per which, the choice of transportation is left with the consumer. A copy of the SECL Circular dated 22.01.2009 was also handed over to the PP. The Committee did not agree to change of mode of transportation by road, in view that a large number of washeries are being set up in and around the Gevra-Dipka-Kusumunda group of mines of SECL, resulting in severe pollution.

 

 

12.       Letter dated 11.04.2011 of M/s Monnet Ispat Ltd. on TOR granted to Coal Washery in Tehsil Chendipeda, Dist. Angul. Orissa

 

The proponent made a presentation. The Committee was informed that the proposal was considered in the EAC meeting held in Feb.2011 and a TOR was granted on 23.03.2011 as per which a P.H. is required for the project. Subsequently, a letter dated 11.04.2011 has been received in the MOEF seeking exemption from conduct of P.H. as the agreement of the company with NEDO, Japan for construction of the washery and for establishment of the innovative improved technology would expire in October 2011. The proposal could not be considered earlier due to the CEPI Circular and due to severe constraints of time, the Agreement would expire without commissioning of the washery with the innovative technology, unless an exemption for conduct of P.H. is given.

 

The Committee noted that the washery is situated adjoining the premises of the linked TPP which was granted EC and P.H. was held about 4 years earlier. The washery would receive coal from two coalmines – namely Utkal B2 and Mandakini OCP at a distance of 22.5 km (17 km aerial) from the washery and sent by conveyors to the linked TPP situated bordering the washery. It was however noted that the EIA-EMP for the linked TPP did not mention of a washery and hence, no impact assessment study has been carried out earlier for the cumulative impact of TPP-cum-coal washery.  It was further noted that washery has been included as a separate category in the EIA Notification 2006 for which a P.H. is required. The Committee after discussion decided that the proposal would require conduct of a Public Hearing.

 

 

13.       Gare IV/2 and IV/3 Opencast and Underground Coal Mine (7 MTPA in an ML area of 964.65 ha) of M/s Jindal Power Ltd. and Coal Washery (800 TPH) proposed to be established at Tamnar Coal Mines (Gare IV/2 and IV/3), Tehsil Gharghoda, District Raigarh, Chhattisgarh(Further consideration of EC based on TOR granted on 22.08.2007).

 

The proposal was further considered on the issues raised by the Committee in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 21st -22nd February 2011. The e-mail dated 10.04.2011 received from Jan Chetna on the captive pit head coal washery which  had been circulated to the EAC and a copy was also given to the proponent seeking  response/clarification on the issues raised in the e-mail. The Committee further noted that an authenticated English Translation of Public Hearing sought in the TOR had not been provided. It was noted that the matter of diversion of Bendra Nala had not been indicated while seeking TOR. The Committee further noted that the proponent had stated both at the time of presentation for TOR and in the Public Hearing that no water from the mine would be discharged into River Kelo, however, the proponent has now revised the plan to discharge mine water into River Kelo. The proponent informed that flyash dumping started in October 2009. The Committee noted that a study by IIT Delhi was carried out in Sept. 2010 and a report thereon was available in December 2010. The Committee further noted that the DGMS approval obtained is for dumping of flyash into the mine voids is in regard to stability of the internal dump, the environmental aspects of dumping of flyash has not been examined and the Report of study of IIT available in December 2010 has not been forwarded to DGMS for their comments. It was noted that flyash dumping had begun even before obtaining EC based on DGMS approval. The Committee also sought details of method of dumping in the mine, dump stability etc. The Committee sought details of CSR – action taken so far and future Action Plan.

 

The proponent informed that the matter of diversion of Bendra Nala was taken up when the Mining Plan was revised by MOC (i.e. after grant of TOR) whereby the quarry area was increased from 722.26 ha to 866.25 ha for conservation of coal. The proponent clarified that the stretch of Bendra nala being diverted is within the northern side of the lease area and the Nala would be realigned to its original course at the edge of the ML and thereby not disturbing the drainage of the Nala except for the stretch within the ML. It was informed that permission of State Flood and Irrigation Dept of the State Govt. for diversion of Bendra nala has been obtained vide letter dated 4.4.2011. It was stated that the decoaled quarry was not lined with any material before dumping of flyash was started. It was clarified that the Study undertaken by IIT indicated no significant presence of heavy metals in the flyash being dumped into the decoaled voids and consequently, possible leachate contamination of aquifers is not likley. Further, the flyash is mixed with OB and not dumped separately to ensure dump stability with DGMS approval. The proponent informed that the Coal washery was established as per the Consent issued by CECB. The Committee sought details of grant of FC for the forestland vide MOEF Circular dated 31.03.2011.

 

The Committee after discussions decided to further consider the matter on the issues discussed/sought by the Committee above.

 

 

 

14.       Expansion in lease area (705.556 ha to 978.654 ha) of Gare IV/1 Coal Mine Project (6 MTPA) and expansion of Coal Washery (2.4 MTPA to 3.2 MTPA) of M/s Jindal Steel & Power Ltd., Dist. Raigarh, Chhattisgarh – Consideration of letter dated 10.03.2011 of Govt. of Chhattisgarh  (Further consideration of EC)

 

The aforesaid project was considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee (Thermal & Coal) in the meeting held on 9th July 2010, wherein a clarification was sought by the EAC from the State Govt. (CWLW) whether the proposed ML area (which is adjoining Orissa border) falls in the elephant migratory corridor/elephant habitat/visited by elephants. A response has been received from the Addl. Chief Secretary, Govt. of Chhattisgarh vide letter F-533/5-16/2009/10-2 dated 10.03.2011 which was circulated to the Committee. It stated that although the area did not fall in an elephant migratory corridor or did not form an elephant habitat, the area was visited by elephants.

The Committee after discussions decided that an WL Conservation Plan for conservation of elephants reported/visiting the area should be prepared and presented before the Committee. In addition, the Committee also sought status of Stage-I clearance for the forestland vide MOEF Circular dated 31.03.2011.

 

15.       Cluster 1 (1.172 MTPA with a peak capacity of 1.570 MTPA in a combined ML area of 3692 ha) of M/s Eastern Coalfields Ltd., located in Raniganj Coalfields, dist. Dhanbad , Jharkhand (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed the Cluster-1 group of mines comprises of 11 mines of a total combined production capacity of 1.172 MTPA and a peak prodn. of 1.570 MTPA in a total combined ML area of 3692 ha. Of the 11 mines, 8 were UG and 2 were UG-cum OC mining in patches and 1 patch for OC mining . It was informed that the Cluster 1 is located in the western part of Raniganj coalfields in the state of Jharkhand in Dhanbad district –falls within the Mugma area of ECL, separated from rest of RCF by Barakar River. Eastern railway grand chord line passes through the block. Maithon reservoir located NE within 5 km. The cluster 1 contains 11 adjacent mines taken over from pre-nationalisation. 1patch of OC, 2 mixed and rest UG. Total leasehold area is 3692ha with production capacity 1.172 MTPA normative and 1.570 MTPA (peak) as given below:

 

 

Name of Mine

Production capacity(MTY)

ML Area (ha)

Life of Mine (years)

 

 

Normative

Peak

 

 

1

Hariajam UG

0.110

0.140

316

>50

2

Badjna UG

0.050

0.100

676

>50

3

Chapapur-II UG

0.150

0.200

480

>55

4.

Khoodia UG

0.050

0.100

186

>50

5

Lakhimata UG

0.080

0.100

217

>50

6.

Shampur-B UG

0.090

0.100

368

>50

7

Mandman  UG

0.072

0.100

345

>50

8.

Nirsha OC patch

0.090

0.100

147

>50

9.

Shampur-A UG& OC Patch

0.230

0.300

491

>50

10.

Gopinathpur UG&OCPatch

0.150

0.180

157

>50

11.

Kapasara UG

0.100

0.150

309

 >50

 

Total

1.172

1.572

3692

 

 

It is proposed to have OC mining in patches in 2 mines of the cluster for  a limited period as given below. As a result, the max. production from the cluster would increase from 1.57 MTPA to 2 MTPA for  a limited period of 3-5 years.

 

Name of mine

Peak (UG)

Peak (OC)

Total

Life of OC patch

Chapapur-II

0.2

0.3

0.5

3 Years

Kapasara

0.15

0.13

0.28

5 Years

 

Landuse of Cluster-1

S.N

 Land Use

Area (Ha)

1

Mine infrastructure

382.28

2

Quarry area & OB Dump

140.00

3

Cultivable /fallow

864.56

4

Water bodies

375.80

5

Afforestation

122.48

6

Danga

459.28

7

Village

592.90

8

Road & Railways

108.88

9

Built up area

654.40

 

Total

3692.00

 

      The details of Rehabilitation Clutster 1

S.N.

Parameter

Details

1.

Total  Nos Voids

50 nos

2.

Area of excavation of void

65Ha

3.

Volume of Voids

15.37 Mm3

4.

Depth of Voids

10-35m

5.

Total OB available

8.36Mm3

6.

Total Area of OB

106 ha

7.

Total Unstable Sites

No

8.

Environmental management

1.0  crores /annum @  Rs 7/T of coal

 

It was informed that this cluster does not form part of the Raniganj Action Plan as there are no unstable sites and no rehabilitation is involved. It was stated coal transport would be from Mugma Railway Siding. The mines of the cluster would have a common drainage.

 

The Committee observed that the issues of subsidence and R&R are the main concerns regarding the cluster and should form a part of the EIA study. The Committee desired that although 11 mines on an integrated approach of coal evacuation, mine reclamation, mine closure, etc which is beneficial for the entire cluster should be studied and reflected in the EMP. The Committee stated that the project falls under Para A of the MOEF Circular dated 31.03.2011 and sought details of application made for diversion of FL for mining rights for grant of TOR.

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)         An Integrated EIA-EMP for the cluster of mines shall be prepared clearly bringing out the present status of Cluster 1 as above consisting of 11 mines of a total combined production capacity of 1.172 MTPA and a peak prodn. of 1.570 MTPA in a total combined ML area of 3692 ha - status of env. quality and the extent of pollution load from each mine and the combined pollution load from the cluster of mines that would be reduced by taking suitable mitigative measures for the individual mines and for the cluster and the expected improvement in the environmental quality of the mines in the cluster and within the coalfield after the implementation of the measures through an Integrated Environmental Plan formulated on the aforesaid basis.  A fresh baseline data on the env. quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. shall be generated through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon. Details of the present land use and post mining land use of the operating and abandoned mines individually and as a cluster shall be furnished as part of the EIA. A detailed Mine Closure Plan and a Mine Reclamation Plan for the abandoned mines (UG and OC)/pits/quarries found in the cluster shall be furnished as a part of EIA-EMP study. The closure of UG mines should ensure that no illegal mining is done thereafter from the mines. Details of long term benefits to environment because of cluster approach of mining shall be clearly addressed in the EIA-EMP study. The Committee observed that the issues of subsidence and R&R if any, regarding the cluster and should form a part of the EIA study. The Committee desired that although 11 mines on an integrated approach of coal evacuation, mine reclamation, mine closure, etc which is beneficial for the entire cluster should be studied and reflected in the EMP.

(ii)        The Integrated EIA-EMP shall be based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006 and incorporate an Environmental Action Plan for mitigating the environmental degradation existing in the cluster and for improvement of the environmental quality (air, water and land) so that the region, which is presently critically polluted, and show by implementation of the Env. Action Plan the discernible improvement of its environmental quality.

(iii)       A map specifying locations of the State, District and Project location. A map showing the Raniganj Coalfields and the locations of the mines in the cluster.

(iv)       A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (1: 50,000 scale) clearly delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, surface drainage of rivers/streams/nalas/canals, locations of mines in the cluster, locations of human habitations, major constructions including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(ix)       Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition of each mine in the cluster.

(x)        Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations of each mine in the cluster.

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

(xii)       Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality - air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx , NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil and should be checked for impacts of measures taken on the air quality in view that Asansol is a critically polluted area

(xiii)      Map of the study area (1: 50, 000 scale) (core and buffer zone clearly delineating the location of various stations superimposed with location of habitats, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations in both core zone and buffer zone should be selected on

the basis of size of lease/project area, the proposed impacts in the downwind (air)/downstream (surface water)/groundwater regime (based on flow). One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact/non-polluting area as a control station. The monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and parameters for water testing for both ground water and surface water as per ISI  standards and CPCB classification wherever applicable.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)      Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                   

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

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

(xxiv)    Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation for each mine in the cluster.

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

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

(xxvii)    Details of fire affected sites and areas affected by subsidence and unstable sites as given in Raniganj Action Plan for Cluster 1 Group of Mines and their management for each along with time schedule for mitigation under the Raniganj Action Plan.

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

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

(xxx)     Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan for existing and abandoned mines with specific time lines and costs, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre-mining for each mine in the cluster. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions. The Committee desired that the abandoned quarries/mined out pits/voids left over from the pre-nationalisation period should be properly backfilled and biologically reclaimed in to either plantation or restored to agricultural land. The Committee desired that details of land use end of mine life and post mining be furnished in the standard tables prepared by MOEF. In case, exploration does not indicate sizeable reserves, the proponent may consider surrendering the lease after completion of reclamation of the abandoned mines and worked out OC and UG mines.

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

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

The Committee also sought a detailed CSR Plan for the entire cluster and Rs 5 per tonne of coal to be earmarked for activities under CSR.

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

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

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

(xxxvi) Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

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

(xxxviii) Grant of EC for the closed mines would be reviewed at the time of application for EC.

The following general points should be noted:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(viii)      MOEF Circular dated 22.03.2010 may kindly be referred to regarding time limit for validity of Terms of Reference (TOR) prescribed under EIA Notification, 2006 for undertaking detailed EIA studies for development projects requiring environmental clearance.

 

 

16.       Cluster 12 (13.321 MTPA with a peak production of 22.289 MTPA in a combined ML area of 11164 ha) of M/s ECL, located in Raniganj Coalfields, dist. Burdwan, W.B. (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the cluster 12 is located in the eastern and north –eastern part of Raniganj coalfields in the state of West Bengal. Ajoy River forms the northern boundary of the cluster. It was informed the Cluster 12 comprises of 17 mines of a total combined production capacity of 13.321 MTPA with a peak production of 32.289 MTPA in a combined ML area of 11164 ha.  Of the 17 mines, 9 mines have been granted EC. Of the 17 mines, 14 are UG mines, 2 are OC-cum-UG mines and 1 is OC mine. It was stated that that SDL and continuous miner would be used to increase production. Mining involves stowing. There are no problems of fire or explosion in this cluster. Grade of coal is C, D and Washery Gr. IV. 

 

 

S.no

MINES IN CLUSTER -12

 

 

 

Name of Mine

Production capacity(MTY)

ML Area

(hA)

Life of Mine

(years)

Normative

Peak

EC required

1

Pandaveswar UG

0.140

0.182

483

20

2

Dalurband OC &  UG

0.250

0.325

902

>50

3

Manderboni UG

0.130

0.169

467

13

4.

South Samla UG

0.081

0.105

558

 30

5

Madhaipur UG

0.160

0.208

662

28

6.

Nutandanga UG

0.10

0.12

543

 20

7

Kendra UG

0.06

0.10

459

>25

8.

 Samla UG

0.10

0.12

676

>25

Having EC

9.

Sonepur Bazari OC

3.40

8.00

1525

>50

 

10.

Kumardihi B UG

0.20

0.42

355

>50

11.

Nakrakonda UG

0.90

1.20

287

 >50

12.

Jhanjra UG

2.00

3.50

1261

 

13.

Tilaboni UG

0.90

1.17

436

 

14.

Shyamsundrpur UG

0.50

0.90

533

 

15.

Bankola UG

0.40

0.57

830

 

16.

Kottadih OC &  UG

3.00

4.00

770

 

17.

Kumardihi –A UG

1.00

1.20

457

 

 

 

 

Total

 

13.321

22.289

11164.0

 

 

 

Three of the UG mines given below, in the Cluster, would have OC working in patches. These would have a higher production for 4 years of 4.35 MTPA and a combined peak prodn. of 25.75 MTPA

 

Name of mine

Peak (UG)

Peak (OC)

Total

Life of OC patch

Madhaipur

0.208

0.45

0.663

4Years

Pandaveswar

0.182

2.0

2.182

4 Years

Samla

0.12

1.0

1.12

4 Years

 

Landuse in Cluster- 12

S.No

 Land Use

Area (Ha)

1

Mine infrastructure

1744.72

2

Quarry area & OB Dump

 674.00

3

Cultivable /fallow

 4022.45

4

Water bodies

 386.08

5

Forest land/plantation

1193.68

6

Danga

839.75

7

Village

886.00

8

Road & Railways

84.44

9

Built up area

806.00

10.

Others

524.38

 

Total

11164.0

 

The details of rehabilitation in Cluster 12

S.N.

Parameter

Details

1.

Total Affected Areas

82

2

Total Estimated area

25.80 ha

3.

No. of Houses to be rehabilitated

529   no. as per JAP

4.

PAP

2345

5.

Environmental management

5.0  crores /annum @  Rs 7/T of coal

 

The Committee stated that an integrated EIA-EMP for the cluster of 17 mines to study the impact on the environment of all the mines in the cluster which also includes mines which have obtained EC. The Committee also requested the proponent to include measures such integrated OB management, integrated coal evacuation system, and integrated mine reclamation which could be taken up all mines within the cluster including those large OC mines for which EC had been obtained. The Committee desired that the aspects covered in Raniganj Action Plan which are applicable to the mines in the cluster should be dovetailed in the EIA-EMP Report. The Committee stated that the project falls under Para A of the MOEF Circular dated 31.03.2011 and sought details of application made for diversion of FL for mining rights for grant of TOR.

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)         An Integrated EIA-EMP for the cluster of mines shall be prepared clearly bringing out the present status of Cluster 12 consisting of 17 coalmines (with a combined prod. capacity of 13.321 MTPA with a peak production of 22.289 MTPA in a combined ML area of 11164 ha) - status of env. quality and the extent of pollution load from each mine and the combined pollution load from the cluster of mines that would be reduced by taking suitable mitigative measures for the individual mines            and for the cluster and the expected improvement in the environmental quality of the mines in the cluster and within the coalfield after the implementation of the measures through an Integrated Environmental Plan formulated on the aforesaid basis.  A fresh baseline data on the env. quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. shall be generated through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon. Details of the present land use and post mining land use of the operating and abandoned mines individually and as a cluster shall be furnished as part of the EIA. A detailed Mine Closure Plan and a Mine Reclamation Plan for the abandoned mines (UG and OC)/pits/quarries found in the cluster shall be furnished as a part of EIA-EMP study. The closure of UG mines should ensure that no illegal mining is done thereafter from the mines. Details of long term benefits to environment because of cluster approach of mining shall be clearly addressed in the EIA-EMP study. The Committee stated that an integrated EIA-EMP for the cluster of 17 mines to study the impact on the environment of all the mines in the cluster which also includes mines which have obtained EC. The Committee also requested the proponent to include measures such integrated OB management, integrated coal evacuation system, and integrated mine reclamation which could be taken up with all mines within the cluster including those large OC mines for which EC had been obtained. The Committee desired that the aspects covered in Raniganj Action Plan which are applicable to the mines in the cluster should be dovetailed in the EIA-EMP Report.

(ii)        The Integrated EIA-EMP shall be based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006 and incorporate an Environmental Action Plan for mitigating the environmental degradation existing in the cluster and for improvement of the environmental quality (air, water and land) so that the region, which is presently critically polluted, and show by implementation of the Env. Action Plan the discernible improvement of its environmental quality.

(iii)       A map specifying locations of the State, District and Project location. A map showing the Raniganj Coalfields and the locations of the mines in the cluster.

(iv)       A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (1: 50,000 scale) clearly delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, surface drainage of rivers/streams/nalas/canals, locations of mines in the cluster, locations of human habitations, major constructions including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(ix)       Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition of each mine in the cluster.

(x)        Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations of each mine in the cluster.

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

(xii)       Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality - air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx , NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil and should be checked for impacts of measures taken on the air quality in view that Asansol is a critically polluted area

(xiii)      Map of the study area (1: 50, 000 scale) (core and buffer zone clearly delineating the location of various stations superimposed with location of habitats, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations in both core zone and buffer zone should be selected on

the basis of size of lease/project area, the proposed impacts in the downwind (air)/downstream (surface water)/groundwater regime (based on flow). One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact/non-polluting area as a control station. The monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and parameters for water testing for both ground water and surface water as per ISI  standards and CPCB classification wherever applicable.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)      Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                   

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

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

(xxiv)    Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation for each mine in the cluster.

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

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

(xxvii)    Details of fire affected sites and areas affected by subsidence and unstable sites as given in Raniganj Action Plan for Cluster 6 Group of Mines and their management for each along with time schedule for mitigation under the Raniganj Action Plan.

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

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

(xxx)     Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan for existing and abandoned mines with specific time lines and costs, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre-mining for each mine in the cluster. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions. The Committee desired that the abandoned quarries/mined out pits/voids left over from the pre-nationalisation period should be properly backfilled and biologically reclaimed in to either plantation or restored to agricultural land. The Committee desired that details of land use end of mine life and post mining be furnished in the standard tables prepared by MOEF. In case, exploration does not indicate sizeable reserves, the proponent may consider surrendering the lease after completion of reclamation of the abandoned mines and worked out OC and UG mines.

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

(xxxii)    Details of R&R in Raniganj Action Plan for cluster 12 and its integration with the EMP. Cluster specific details of R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population (including tribals, SC/ST, BPL families) found in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

The Committee also sought a detailed CSR Plan for the entire cluster and Rs 5 per tonne of coal to be earmarked for activities under CSR.

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

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

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

(xxxvi) Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

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

(xxxviii) Grant of EC for the closed mines would be reviewed at the time of application for EC.

The following general points should be noted:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(viii)      MOEF Circular dated 22.03.2010 may kindly be referred to regarding time limit for validity of Terms of Reference (TOR) prescribed under EIA Notification, 2006 for undertaking detailed EIA studies for development projects requiring environmental clearance.

 

 

17.       Churi Benti UGP (expansion from 0.16 MTPA to 0.80 MTPA in a total ML area of 244.60 ha) of M/s Central Coalfields Ltd. (CCL), Dist. Chatra, Jharkhand (EC based on TOR granted on 17.01.2008)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that that of the total ML area of 244.60 ha, 229.10 ha is forestland. The mine consist of two blocks- Churi and Benti and FC has been obtained for 300 ha 312.75ha of forestland in Churi block and forestry clearance has been applied for 65.84 ha of forestland in Benti Block. It was further informed that River Damodar flows through the lease and a 60m barrier along the River is proposed. It was stated that seam is about 120m depth. Continuous miner is to be deployed in 244 ha of the ML involving depillaring by caving. Anticipated subsidence is within prescribed limits. Life of the mine is 40 years. It was stated that R&R for 6 PAFs is to be completed in 2011-12. P.H. was held on 28.01.2010. Coal would be transported by trucks to nearby Railway siding located at 8 km and thereafter by rail.

 

The Committee was of the view that continuous monitoring of methane, CO, should be carried out. The mine should also have adequate capacity of mine ventilation. The Committee desired that an amount of Rs 5/T of coal be earmarked for CSR. The Committee sought a copy of stage-I clearance vide MOEF Circular dated 31.03.2011. The Committee after discussions decided to further consider the proposal internally based on receipt of the aforesaid details. The Committee sought details of FC for diversion of FL.

 

18.       Karo OCP (3 MTPA) of M/s Central Coalfields Ltd., located in Tehsil Bermo, District Bokaro, Jharkhand (Further consideration of EC based on TOR granted on 0.12.2009)

 

The proposal was considered in the EAC meeting held in April 2010. The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the total forestland is 570.26 ha and density of forest is 0.40 and is mixed type of forest. FC has been obtained for 321.71 ha of FL on 31.03.2004. Diversion of 226.67 ha has been submitted and is under consideration of FAC in the Ministry. It was informed that the alternative route of nala diversion has been examined and chosen the option of diversion of nala through the combined property of Karo OCP and Amlo OCP to meet its original course of existing Karo nala in the southern part which meets Gati nala and discharges finally into River Damodar. It was clarified that there is no schedule-I fauna such as Wolf, Leopard, etc found in the core zone. It was informed that coal would be transported by road to Tenughat TPP which is approx. 30km away.

 

The Committee desired that mine water should be treated to prescribed norms before discharge. The Committee desired that the budgetary provision for the R&R for the next 3 years be continued. The Committee also desired that an amount of Rs 5/T of coal be earmarked for CSR. The Committee sought furnishing stage-I clearance vide MOEF Circular dated 31.03.2011. The proponent was advised to consider rail mode of transport as a long-term arrangement. The Committee sought details of FC for diversion of FL. The Committee after discussions decided to further consider the proposal internally based on receipt of the aforesaid details.

 

 

19.       Cluster XI (4.18 MTPA with a peak capacity of 5.004 MTPA in a combined ML area of 3527.58 ha) of M/s BCCL, located in Jharia Coalfields, dist. Dhanbad, Jharkhand (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation It was informed that the cluster XI consist of 8 mines and one coal washery of a combined prod. capacity of 4.18 MTPA with a peak capacity of 5.004 MTPA in a combined ML area of 3527.58 ha. River Damodar forms the southern boundary. The cluster is drained by Jarian nallah and Katri nallah are on the western boundary. Cluster VII and XII adjoin Cluster XI. The cluster consists of 5 adjacent UG working mines and one Washery and three closed UG mines. The cluster would have a common transportation road and despatch points. All the infrastructure of the cluster including colony are for use of all the operating mines. The env. management plan for the cluster would be dovetailed with Jharia Action Plan. CSR would be 5% of retained earnings of the previous year and subject to a minimum of Rs 5/T of coal.

 

 S.no

 Name of mines

Production Capacity (MTY)

Lease hold area (ha)

Normative

Peak

 

1.

Gopalichak UG Mine (life-12 years)

0.11

0.143

241.94

2.

Kachi Balihani 10/12 pit UG Mine (life-22 years)

0.09

0.117

60.00

3.

PB Project UG Mine (life->30 years)

0.80

1.040

89.00

4.

Bhagabandh UG Mine (life-9 years)

0.08

0.104

581.17

5.

Moonidih UG Mine (life-50 years)

1.50

2.00

2063.45

6.

Kendwadih UG (closed)

Nil

Nil

217.54

7.

Pootkee UG Mines (closed)

Nil

Nil

153.77

8

Kachi Balihani 5/6 pit UG Mine UG (closed)

Nil

Nil

120.71

 

Total

2.58

3.404

3527.58

9.

Moonidih Washery

1.60

1.60

0.27

 

Grand total

4.18

5.004

3527.85

 

The Moonidih Coal washery is a two-product coal washery yielding steel grade and power grade clean coal using HM Cyclone. Prod. capacity is 1.6 MTPA. Source of water for the washery operation is Moonidih UG mine. The washery is designed as a zero-discharge unit.

 

Actual Production From Cluster XI During Last Five Years

Year

 

Production level  in MT

Gopalichak UG Mine

Kachi Balihani 10/12 pit UG Mine

PB Project UG Mine

Bhagabandh UG Mine

Moonidih UG Mine

Moonidih Washery

2005-06

0.075

0.052

0.13

0.058

0.33

0.49

2006-07

0.097

0.048

0.17

0.048

0.15

0.36

2007-08

0.100

0.038

0.2

0.046

0.19

0.44

2009-10

0.012

0.037

0.19

0.042

0.17

0.33

2009-10

0.032

0.035

0.17

0.038

0.2

0.29

 

The details of rehabilitation in Cluster XI

S.N.

Parameter

Details

1.

Total Unstable Sites

82

2.

Total Affected Areas

5685851 m2

3.

No. of Houses to be resettled PAF’s

16944 as per JAP

4.

Fire Area

0.17 Km2

5.

Cost of Resettlement

Rs 53776.60 Lakhs

 

LAND USE OF CLUSTER XI

S.No

Type Land Use

Present Mining

Landuse (n ha)

Post- Mining Landuse

(in ha)

1.

Running quarry

 

 

Backfilled

Nil

Nil

Not Backfilled

Nil

Nil

2.

Abandoned quarry

 

 

Backfilled

19.24

Nil

Not Backfilled

14.43

Nil

3.

External OB dump

Nil

Nil

4.

Service building/

mine infrastructure

155.88

114.96

5.

Homestead land

621.68

448.10

6.

Agriculture land

794.57

794.57

8.

Forest land

80.44

80.44

9.

Plantation/reclamation

185.60

 498.89

10

Water body

92.11

106.54

11.

Barren land

1375.47

1313.00

 

Fire Area

17.08

Nil

12.

Others(rail, road etc)

171.08

171.08

 

Total

3527.58

3527.58

 

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)         An Integrated EIA-EMP for the cluster XI group of 8 mines and one coal washery shall be prepared clearly bringing out the present status of 8 mines in Cluster XI and Moonidih Washery as above- status of env. quality and the extent of pollution load from each mine and the combined pollution load from the cluster of mines that would be reduced by taking suitable mitigative measures for the individual mines and for the cluster and the expected improvement in the environmental quality of the mines in the cluster and within the coalfield after the implementation of the measures through an Integrated Environmental Plan formulated on the aforesaid basis.  A fresh baseline data on the env. quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. shall be generated through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon. Details of the present land use and post mining land use of the operating and abandoned mines individually and as a cluster shall be furnished as part of the EIA. A detailed Mine Closure Plan and a Mine Reclamation Plan for the abandoned mines (UG and OC)/pits/quarries found in the cluster shall be furnished as a part of EIA-EMP study. The closure of UG mines should ensure that no illegal mining is done thereafter from the mines. Details of long term benefits to environment because of cluster approach of mining shall be clearly addressed in the EIA-EMP study. In addition to the above, details of an Action Plan for project specific R&R and CSR shall also be formulated and presented in the EIA-EMP. The aforesaid Integrated Environmental Management Plan shall be dovetailed with the Jharia Action Plan and details of its implementation with specific time-lines should be provided.

(ii)        The Integrated EIA-EMP shall be based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006 and incorporate an Environmental Action Plan for mitigating the environmental degradation existing in the cluster and for improvement of the environmental quality (air, water and land) so that the region (Dhanbad), which is presently critically polluted, and show by implementation of the Env. Action Plan the discernible improvement of its environmental quality.

(iii)       A map specifying locations of the State, District and Project location. A map showing the Jharia Coalfields and the locations of the mines in the cluster.

(iv)       A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (1: 50,000 scale) clearly delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, surface drainage of rivers/streams/nalas/canals, locations of mines in the cluster, locations of human habitations, major constructions including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(ix)       Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition of each mine in the cluster.

(x)        Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations of each mine in the cluster.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)      Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                   

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

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

(xxiv)    Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation for each mine in the cluster.

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

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

(xxvii)    Details of fire affected sites and areas affected by subsidence and unstable sites as given in Jharia Action Plan for Cluster XI Group of Mines and their management for each along with time schedule for mitigation under the Jharia Action Plan.

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

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

(xxx)     Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan for existing and abandoned mines with specific time lines and costs, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre-mining for each mine in the cluster. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions. The Committee desired that the abandoned quarries/mined out pits/voids left over form the pre-nationalisation period should be properly backfilled and biologically reclaimed in to either plantation or restored to agricultural land. The Committee desired that details of land use end of mine life and post mining be furnished in the standard tables prepared by MOEF. In case, exploration does not indicate sizeable reserves, the proponent may consider surrendering the lease after completion of reclamation of the abandoned mines and worked out OC and UG mines.

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

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

The Committee also sought a detailed CSR Plan for the entire cluster and Rs 5 per tonne of coal to be earmarked for activities under CSR.

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

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

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

(xxxvi)   Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

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

(xxxviii) Grant of EC for the closed mines would be reviewed at the time of application for EC.

 

20.       Madhuband NLW Coal Washery (5 MTPA) of M/s BCCL, in district Dhanbad, Jharkhand (EC based on TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposed coal washery is a non-linked washery (NLW) (stand alone) 2-product coal washery using HM Cyclone Technology. Grade of coal is Washery Grade-IV.  The total land area of 23 ha consists of barren non-agricultural land under the administrative control of M/s BCCL, 8.34 ha is Govt. land and 3.79 ha is agr. land. Raw coal has ash content of 42.8% and the clean coal with an yield of 2 MTPA of an ash content of 19.7% would be used in steel plants in Durgapur, Bhilai and Bokaro and 1 MTPA yield with an ash content of 40.7% which would be used in TPPs. Coal rejects of 2 MTPA with an ash content of more than 66.9% would be used in an FBC based TPP.  Raw coal would be sourced from Muridih OCP, Block II OCP, Shatbdih OCP and Akaskinarre OCP. It was stated that the coal rejects from the washery would be utilised in FBC based TPP and an open tender for operation of the FBC based TPP is being called. It was informed that two FBC based TPPs are proposed in Jharia coalfields. The entire clean coal and coal rejects would be transported by rail mode only. The washery is being sited on non-forest land. Cost of the project is Rs 282.96 crores. Public Hearing was held on 28.01.2011. Transportation of raw coal would be by road and washed coal from the washery would be by rail form railway siding located within the premises. It was stated that ACC Ltd Sindri Cement works has agreed in principle to utilise all the fly ash generated from the FBC for production of cement. A long-term MOU is to be entered with ACC.

 

The Committee desired implementation of issues raised in the P.H. and for implementation of CSR. The Committee desired that the application for the linked FBC based TPP for EC should be made and details furnished. The Committee decided to further consider the proposal based on receipt of the aforesaid details.

 

 

21.       Revised application on Fatehpur East OC-cum-UG coal mine Project Opencast-cum-Underground Coalmine Project (10 MTPA) of M/s Fatehpur East Coal Private Ltd., located in Mand Raigarh Coalfields, Tehsil Dharamjaigarh, dist. Raigarh, Chhattisgarh (Further consideration of TOR)

 

The proposal was further considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held in March 2011. The proponent informed that the proposal to undertake UG mining in 95 ha of the coal block in (medium dense forest and open forest without disturbing the forest cover on surface), was accepted by MOEF vide letter no.282/2011-F dated 15.3.2011. It was informed that the ML area is being revised from 1664 ha to 1728 ha of which 814.932 ha is revenue land, 567.563 ha is PF and 345.713 ha is tenancy land. It was informed that an application has been made for Stage-I clearance. It was informed that the project involves only land losers. The project would address the sustained livelihood issues of all the people including PAFs in the project area. It was stated that the mine would be operated as four sub-blocks – 1 UG and 3 OC which would be operated sequentially and the OB generated would be stored temporarily in external OB dumps over mineralised area and would be rehandled to backfill the voids.

 

The Committee after discussions decided that TOR be granted wherein the proponent analyse the cost of the project in terms of loss of land, permanent change of land use and environmental degradation, permanent change of livelihood, impacts, etc. The Committee also sought a revised application for a production of 10 MTPA in a total revised ML area of 1728.208 ha (instead of a total ML area of 1664.563 ha submitted earlier), which is awaited, based on which the TOR could be given.

 

22.       Proposed Gare Pelma Sector-III Coal Mine Project (5 MTPA normative and 6.5 MTPA Peak) with a pit-head coal washery (5 MTPA) of M/s Goa Industrial Development Corp., dist. Raigarh, Chhattisgarh (Further consideration of TOR – letter dated 30.03.2011)

 

The proposal was last considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 24th -25th January 2011 regarding an application for modification of TOR submitted on 19.02.2010 and 07.06.2010 for preparation of an integrated EIA/EMP of mines and washery alone and for deletion of establishing the FBC based TPP which was a condition in the TOR.

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the coal block has been allotted to Goa Industrial Development Corp. It was clarified that no surplus power would be available over that to be allocated to Goa and Chhattisgarh as per MOU and MOC Allocation Letter. It was informed that Goa Industrial Dev. Corp. was the lessee and a SPV, namely KSK Mahandai Power Co. Ltd. would be created for the establishment and operation of the TPP being established in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, and its construction was started 8 months earlier. It was stated that the entire washed coal from the mine would be consumed by the 3x600 MW TPP. The coal rejects would be sold to M/s SV Power for their FBC based TPP, which is being commissioned outside Raigarh in about 3 months and in view of this, requested for deletion of the TOR condition for establishing an FBC based TPP. The PP informed that an MOU would be entered with SV Power for use of coal rejects. It was informed that Mining Plan has been approved and until the mine is operational, the PP would seek a tapering linkage for the linked TPP until the mien reaches its rated capacity.

 

The Committee after discussions agreed for deletion of the TOR condition for an application for a FBC based TPP for use of coal rejects from the mine-cum-washery. The Committee sought a copy of the application made for Stage-I forestry clearance for the forestland vide MOEF Circular dated 31.03.2011.

 

 

Any Other Issue with the Permission of the Chair:

 

23.       Ghogha-Surka Lignite Mine and Khadsaliya I and Khadsaliya-II Lignite Mine of M/s Gujarat Power Corp. Ltd., located in Taluka and district Bhavnagar, Gujarat (Internal Discussion on Additional TOR)

 

Director, MOEF informed that the MOEF has, after the recent Tsunami in Japan, brought out an internal circular dated 21.03.2011 that EACs would deliberate on projects located along the coastline on Tsunami related risks and how they could be addressed by including in the TORs for EIAs. In view of this, the aforesaid project which was considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 21st-22nd February 2011 and granted TOR on 23.03.2011 was placed for discussion whether additional TOR if any would require being included. It was recalled that the proponent had informed during the Feb 2011 EAC meeting that the map prepared by the competent organisation showed the mine to be outside the CRZ and was almost 4km from HTL.

 

The Committee after deliberations desired that the proponent collect data available with S&T on Tsunami for the past 100 years and carry out a study whether a Tsunami could strike the area and if so the potential risk assessment study and Disaster preparedness and Management Plan be prepared accordingly as part of the EIA-EMP study.

 

24.  Director, MOEF also circulated a copy of the ‘Guidance document for taking up non-forestry activities in wildlife habitats’ dated 15.03.2011 brought out by the Wildlife Division of the MOEF in the EAC meeting held on 28th -29th March 2011 for the information of the EAC.

 

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

 

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Annexure-1

 

 

PARTICIPANTS IN 23rd EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (THERMAL & COAL MINING) IN THE MEETING HELD ON 18th -19th APRIL 2011 ON COAL SECTOR PROJECTS

 

 

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1.         Shri V.P. Raja                …         …         …         …                                 Chairman

 

2.         Shri T.K. Dhar                …         …         ……       …                                 Member

 

3.         Shri J.L. Mehta               …         …         …         …                                 Member

 

4.         Prof. G.S. Roonwal         …         …         …         …                                 Member

 

5.         Dr. T. Chandini               …         …         …         ..                                  Scientist F MOEF

 

6.         Dr. Rubab Jaffer …         …         …         …         …                     Scientist B, MOEF

 

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In addition, Dr.R.K. Garg, Advisor, M/s Coal India Ltd. attended the meeting on both days.


Annexure-2

 

PARTICIPANTS IN 23rd MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (THERMAL & COAL MINING) HELD ON 18th -19th APRIL 2011 ON COAL MINING PROJECTS

 

1.         M/s Gujarat Industries Power Co. Ltd.

 

            1.         Shri P.K. Barhatt, Spl. Land Acqusition officer, Dist. Bharuch, Surat

            2.         Shri G.G. Chunara, Dy. Collector, Surat, Gujarat

            3.         Shri N.K. Purohit, GIPL

            4.         Shri Ajay Gupta, GIPL

            5.         Shri N.R.Parmar, GIPL

6.         Shri P. Giri, Consultant

 

2.         M/s Tubed Coal Mines Ltd.

            1.         Shri V.R.Kochhar, Sr. Advisor, Tata Power

2.         Shri S.P. Mishra

3.         Shri B/S.Rari

4.         Shri P. Sananth, GM, TCML

5.         Shri P.R.Seu

6.         Shri Ranjesh Prasad

7.         Shri PRS Mani

8.         Shri Vinod Verma, DGM, HINDALCO

 

3.         M/s M.P. State Mining Corp. Ltd.

            1.         Shri S.K. Mandal, M.P. State Mining Corp.

            2.         Shri M.N.Jha, Jaiprakash Associates Ltd.

            3.         Shri V.S.Bajaj, JAL

            4.         Shri S.K. Roy, JAL

            5.         Shri S.N.Chawla, JAL

            6.         Shri M.S.Sandhu, JAL

            7.         Shri S.B.Singh, Crystal Consultants

            8.         Shri S.Kumar, Crystal Consultants

 

4.         M/s Western Coalfields Ltd.

            1.         Shri K. Chakrovorty, GM (Mining), WCL

            2.         Shri R.Kaul, GM (C), WCL

            3.         Shri R.N. Jha, GM Mining

            4.         Shri S.K. Jagnania, Reg. Director, CMPDI

            5.         Sgri D. das, Sr. Off. (Hyd.), CMPDI

 

5.         M/s Baitarni West Coal Company Ltd.

            1.         Shri A.C. Sinhali, BWCCL

            2.         Shri Pradeep Jena, Secretary, Energy, Govt. of Orissa

            3.         Shri S.R.Sarangi, L.O., GRIDCO

            4.         Shri Hemant Sharma, MD, GRIDCO & Dir. BWCCL

            5.         Shri N.S.Chobi

            6.         Shri KVS Subramanyam, Chief Manager, CMPDI

            7.         Shri H.S.Ganapathy, Chief Manager, CMPDI

            8.         Shri A.Singh, CMPDI

            9.         Shri P.H.Rane, GPCL

            10.        Shri A.K. Samantaray, CMPDI

 

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

            1.         Shri D.K. Jain, RWCMPL

            2.         Shri IJ Talwar

            3.         Shri Arun Gajwani

            4.         Shri Dayal Chand

            5.         Shri G.S.Sharma

 

7.         M/s UCM Coal Company Ltd.

            1.         Shri M.K. Thapar

            2.         Shri SR Singh

            3.         Shri BS Sodhi

            4.         Shri RL Matto

            5.         Shri KR Singh

            6.         Shri GV Rao

            7.         Shri M. Janardhan, VIMTA

            8.         Shri Pankaj Bhaudhuj

            9.         Shri Vikram Vyas

            10.        Shri Pushkar Rajan

 

8.         M/s HINDALCO Industries Ltd.

            1.         Shri PRS Mani

            2.         Shri Vonod K Verma

            3.         Shri V. Srinivasan, Joint President

            4.         Shri N.K.Singh, Consultant

            5.         Shri Rajesh Kanugo, Sun Consultancy Services

            6.         Shri Niranjan Behera, Sun Consultancy Services   

 

9.         M/s Tata Sponge Iron Ltd.

            1.         Shri Ujjwal Chatterjee, TSIL

            2.         Shri Chankya Choudhary, Tata Steel

            3.         Shri R.K.Agarwal

            4.         Shri A.N. Sriderdev

            5.         Shri G Sahoo

            6.         Shri Hemant Dupsmana

            7.         Shri B. Rout, Director, Scaw Inds.

            8.         Shri B.D.Sharma, MINMEC

            9.         Shri S. K Mishra, Cosnultant

 

10.       M/s Hind Energy & Coal Beneficiation (India) P Ltd.

            1.         Shri P. Aggarwal

            2.         Shr Rajeev Agarwal

            3.         Shri Santosh Kumar

            4.         Shri Y.M. Reddy

 

11.       M/s Monnet Ispat Ltd.

            1.         Shri J.P. Lath, Monnet Ispat

            2.         Shri Rajesh Rana, Monnet Ispat

            3.         Shri A.M. Siddique, NEDO

            4.         Shri Takesh Yoshida, NEDO

            5.         Shri B.D.DSharma, MINMEC

 

 

 

12.       M/s Jindal Power Ltd.

13.       M/s Jindal Steel & Power Ltd.

            1.         Shri Shishir Sinha, JPL

            2.         Shri D.N. Abrol, JPL

            3.         Dr. J.K. Soni, VP (Env.), JPL

            4.         Shri Anand Goel, JPL, Director

5.         Shri P.K. Chakraborty, ED, JPL

            6.         Shri Shashank Jaiswal, JSPL

7.         Shri Suresh Chandra Pal, JPL

8.         Shri Shri D.K. Bhargava, JPL

            9.         Shri R.S.Sharma, JPL

            10.        Shri Y.P. Bajaj, Consutant

            11.        Shri P. Giri

            12.        Dr.J.K. Moitra, SMTRC   

 

14.       M/s Eastern Coalfields Ltd.  

            1.         Shri N.Kumar, Dir. (Tech.)

            2.         Shri R.Kaul, GM, CIL

            3.         Shri Rakesh Pandit, GM (Env.), ECL

            4.         Shri Anand Shekhar, Mamaner, CMPDI

            5.         Shri G.Prasad, GM, CMPDI

 

15.       M/s Central Coalfields Ltd.

                        1.         Shri Sumit Ghosh, CGM (E&F)

                        2.         Dr.Manoj Kumar, Dy. Mgr. (E&F), CCL

                        3.         Shri V.K. Rai, CMPDI

                        4.         Shri Uma Shankar, GM, CMPIL

5.         Shri Prabhu Prasad, Sr. Manager, CMPDI

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

 

16.       M/s Bharat Coking Coal Ltd.

            1.         Shri D.C. Jha, Director (Tech.), BCCL

            2.         Shri V.K. Bhatia, GM, BCCL

            3.         Shri V.K. Sinha, CMPDI

            4.         Shri V.K. Pandey, Manager (Env.), CMPDI

            5.         Shri Amit Roay, Sr. Manager, CMPDI

            6.         Shri K. Sutradhar, SPGM HEC

            7.         Dr.KVS Raju

 

17.       M/s Fatehpur East Coal Private Ltd.

            1.         Shri Deepak Kumar, FECPL

            2.         Shri P.K. Agarwal, FECPL
            3.         Shri Mnagesh Dakhre, SENES

            4.         Shri Salil Das, SENES

 

18.       M/s Goa Industrial Development Corp.

                        1.         Shri G. Satyanarayan, GM (Mining)

                        2.         Shri Shishir Kalkonde, GM (Coal0

                        3.         Shri Santanau Pauranik, Consultant

                        4.         Shri N.K. Prasad, Hydrogeology Consultant

                        5.         Shri Abhik Mukhopadyaya, Consultant

                        6.         Shri Mandar Shriodkar

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