Ministry of Environment & Forests                                                                                        (IA Division)                                                                                                             ******

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 14TH MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

The 14th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on April 25-27, 2011.  The list of participants is annexed. 

After welcoming the Committee Members, discussion on each of the agenda items was taken up ad-seriatim.

Item No. 1:

1.1           Confirmation of the minutes of the 13th Meeting.

The minutes of the 13th meeting were confirmed as circulated.

Item No. 2: Consideration of the Proposals listed in the Agenda:

 

2.1         Dubna-Sakradih Iron & Manganese Ore Mining Project of M/s Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd., villages Handibhanga, Jampani, Badakalimati, Dubna, Purunadih, Naibaga and Basantpur, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: MECON, Ranchi)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in December, 2009 and enhancement of production of iron ore to 1.0 million TPA and manganese ore to 0.06 million TPA.  The additional TOR for this project were prescribed on 22.12.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 3.9.2009.  The mine lease area is 1332.019 ha, which includes 1148.88 ha of forestland.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease area.  A map duly authenticated by DFO cum Wildlife Warden, Keonjhar Division has been submitted by the proponent.  The mine is reported to be closed since 2007.  It is a violation case as the proponent had started production of iron ore after 1994, without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  It was stated that temporary working permission has been granted for 253.229 ha of already broken up forestland and mine working will be restricted to the already broken up area.  No private land is to be acquired for the project.  The life of the mine for working within the already broken up area of 253.229 ha of area is estimated to be 6 to 7 years.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised.  Peak water requirement is estimated as 289 kld, which will be obtained from Jalpa nadi.  The ultimate working depth will be 509 m AMSL.  The groundwater table is reported to vary between 410 – 418 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  It is estimated that 8.048 million m3 of OB will be generated.  Backfilling is proposed, which will be commenced from 3rd year.  It is estimated that about 189 ha of excavated area will be backfilled and afforested.  The baseline AAQ data showed that the RSPM levels are higher side.  It was also observed that the information and data contained in the EIA report and the mine plan do not reconcile especially in terms of equipment and machinery to be used and GLC values.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed in the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee sought information on the following:-

(i)            The EIA report and the mine plan should be mutually consistent in terms of data and information. 

(ii)          Specific safeguard measures proposed for control of RSPM levels should be detailed. 

(iii)        Mineralogical composition of dust especially the concentration of manganese in air should be given. 

(iv)        Water requirement to be rechecked and reconfirmed. 

(v)          Permission from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project shall be secured and a copy furnished. 

(vi)        Detailed scheme / plan for diversion / realignment of seasonal drains / channels passing through the lease area should be given.  Based on detailed analysis, it may be shown whether it will affect the hydrology of the area. 

(vii)      It may also be shown whether the dump site is getting drained properly.  The relevant details in this regard should be furnished. 

(viii)    Information relating to flora & fauna should be collected afresh and details furnished which may inter-alia include frequency, density and abundance. The period of which the data has been collected should be specified. 

(ix)        Primary survey of critical wildlife habitat should be carried out and details furnished. 

(x)          Information relating to input parameters used for modeling should be given as specified in the TORs. 

(xi)        Statement in tabular form giving details of compliance of TOR in the EIA report should be given along with crossed referencing of the EIA report with relevant sections and pages. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30.8.2011 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in September, 2011.  

 

2.2         Bhadrasahi Iron and Manganese Ore Mining Project of M/s Orissa Minerals Development Co. Ltd., Village          Bhadrasahi, District Keonjhar, Orissa.

 

The consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of stage-I forestry clearance in accordance with the office memorandum no. J-11015/200/2008-IA.II(M) dated 31st March, 2011. 

2.3         Bhadrasahi (Kolha-Roida) Iron & Manganese Ore Mine of M/s (Bharat Process & Mechanical Engineers Ltd.) C/O The Orissa Minerals Development Co. Ltd., Village Bhadrasahi, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: Geomin Consultants Pvt. Ltd, Bhubaneswar)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production of iron ore to 3.0 million TPA and manganese ore to 0.24 million TPA.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 8.6.2009.  Public hearing has been held on 3.11.2010.  The total mine lease area is 254.952 ha, which includes 188.496 ha of forestland.  Forestry clearance has been obtained for 119.001 ha (55.502 ha fresh and 63.499 ha of already broken up area).  No National Park / Wildlife Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  A map authenticated by DFO cum Wildlife Warden, Keonjhar has been submitted in this regard.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Water requirement is estimated as 350 kld/day, which will be obtained from Sona river.  It has been stated that mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  It is estimated that 47,11,000 m3 of waste will be generated.  Life of the mine is estimated as 10 years. 

It was pointed out that the project coordinates as given in different documents (Mine Plan, EIA and Presentation) submitted by the proponent were at variance with each other.  It was stated by the proponent that the information in this regard as given in the EIA report was correct and they would get the necessary correction made in the approved mine plan and submit the same. 

It was observed that the AAQ data in respect of some of the air sampling stations was found to be erroneous and also the air sampling stations chosen did not cover the core zone and pre-dominant southward wind direction.  The Committee stated that the baseline ambient air quality data needs to be rechecked and revalidated by collecting the baseline AAQ data afresh for at least a month by including two more stations in addition to the existing stations; one in core zone and another within distance of 500 m in the pre-dominant downwind direction (south direction).  The data so collected may be submitted. 

Further, ambiguity was observed regarding date and time of public hearing as given in the recorded public hearing proceedings.  The proponent stated that they would take up the matter with the SPCB for getting the requisite clarifications in this regard. 

It was pointed out that the list of flora and fauna submitted by the proponent was not comprehensive and needs to be supplemented. The plan for conservation of flora and fauna was also found to be sketchy and needs to be augmented in respect of all such reported scheduled species.

It was further pointed out that the data base of occupational health survey of the target group of employees, as reported in the EIA, should inter-alia, include age, gender, date of employment, exposure to hazards etc. 

In the light of the deficiencies as pointed out above, it was decided that the project may be brought back before the Committee for its consideration after the requisite information as stated above, has been collected and submitted by the proponent.

 

2.4         Baldhwa Limestone Mine of Shri R.P. Tiwari located at village Baldhwa, District Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: Udaipur Min-Tech Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production of limestone to 1,50,000 TPA.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 20.4.2009.  Public hearing has been held on 2.11.2010.  It is a violation case as the production from the mine was increased after EIA Notification coming into force.  The mine lease area is 12.38 ha. It was stated by the proponent that the State Govt. had renewed this lease for an area of 4.91 ha only (from 29.11.2005 to 28.11.2025).    However, during inspection of mine plan by IBM and based on their recommendations the State Govt. have informed them in 2009 for inclusion of the remaining area for the balance period of the mine lease.  Thus, it amounts to expansion of mine lease area from 4.91 ha to 12.38 ha and thus attracts the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006.  Further, the mine lease area is within 10 km of the inter-state boundary of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh and hence has been considered in MoEF as Category ‘A’ Project.  No forestland is involved.  It was also stated that no National Park / Sanctuary falls within 10 km of the mine lease.  In addition, an area of 1.2 ha, outside the mine lease would be required for waste dump.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine will be 55 years.  Ultimate pit levels will be 1630 mRL.  The ground water table is reported to vary between 1540 -1545 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limit.  The water requirement for the project is estimated as 6 kld, which will be obtained from Kalhon ka khala.  It is estimated that 1,90,400 m3 of waste will be generated during the lease period.  No backfilling is proposed.  It was observed that the waste dump is located close to the nallah and in order to ensure that no solid waste / debris get into the nallah, appropriate safeguard measures would need to be taken and stability of dump would also need to be ensured.   The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)                Appropriate safeguard measures shall be taken to ensure stability and drainage of dump so that no solid waste / debris flows into the nallah.

(ii)              Regular monitoring of free silica in the dust will be carried out and records maintained.  It shall be ensured that the levels of silica do not exceed the prescribed limit.  The workers will be provided with personal protective measures to guard against inhailing silica dust.    

 

2.5         Nuagaon Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s Kamaljeet Singh Ahluwalia, Village Guali & Barpada, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: Creative Engineers & Consultant, Chennai)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for setting up of a iron ore beneficiation plant with a throughput capacity of 2.0 million TPA.  The plant will be located within the existing mine lease.  The TOR for this project were prescribed on 18.1.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 12.1.2011.  Land requirement for the project is 4 ha.  It was stated by the proponent that the beneficiation plant will be located in the exhausted quarry area for which diversion of forestland was obtained.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the project.  A map duly authenticated by DFO cum Wildlife Warden, Keonjhar has been submitted in this regard.  The raw material for the beneficiation plant will be the low grade ore from the mine as well as from re-handling of the old stacks of sub-grade ore.  The water requirement is estimated as 1025 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater.  The area is reported to fall in safe category from groundwater point of view and necessary permission for drawl of groundwater has been obtained from CGWA.  The waste water will be recovered and re-circulated.  There will be zero discharge from the project.  The groundwater table is reported at 480 m AMSL.  It was stated by the proponent that the iron ore production from the Nuagaon Iron Ore Mine including the beneficiation plant will not exceed 5.6 million TPA for which the approval has been obtained.  There will be no tailing pond.  It is estimated that 0.6 million TPA of rejects will be generated, which will be refilled in the mined out area.  The baseline AAQ data showed the PM10 values on higher side.  It was also stated that the mineral transportation after 5 years will be only by rail.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)                Appropriate safeguard measures shall be taken to ensure that the particulate levels remain within permissible limit.

(ii)              Mineral transportation after 5 years will be only by rail. 

 

2.6         Bauxite Mine of M/s Vyaghreshwar Mineral Industrial Producer’s located at village Mahal-Mirya and Panchganu, District Raigad, Maharashtra (Consultant: Yogiraj Industrial Consultant, Pune)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on January 19-21, 2011 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was observed that the information / clarifications submitted by the proponent did not clarify the issues raised in the last meeting.  The response submitted by the proponent was found to be deficient and incomplete.  It was, therefore, decided to give one more chance to the proponent to resubmit their response to the various issues latest by 10th May, 2011 and thereafter the proposal be listed for consideration by the EAC in its next Meeting in May, 2011. 

         

2.7         Meghahatuburu Iron & Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Arcellor Mittal India Ltd., Village Meghahatuburu, Tehsil Noamundi, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: Bhagavathi Anna Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on October 20-22, 2010 wherein the Committee had taken note of the observations made by Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board regarding the higher levels of RSPM and felt that appropriate action may be taken collectively by all concerned to bring down the AAQ levels in the area before any new proposal for mining is considered. Based on the information/data now submitted by SPCB vide their letter dated 15.2.2011, the proposal was included in the agenda for consideration by the EAC.  As the entire mine lease area is a forestland and the project proponent is yet to obtain stage-I forestry clearance, keeping in view the office memorandum dated 31st March, 2011 issued by MoEF regarding the procedure to be followed for grant of EC in respect of projects involving forestland, the EAC deferred further consideration of the proposal till the stage-I forestry clearance has been obtained and submitted.   

         

2.8     Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s VSL Mining Co. Pvt. Ltd., village Bhujanganagara, Sandur Taluka, District Bellary, Karnataka (Consultant: Bhagavathi Anna Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with project report. 

The proposal is for setting up of a iron ore beneficiation plant having a capacity of 1.0 million TPA throughput.  It was stated by the project proponent that the filter press technology will be adopted.  The total area for the project is 16.15 ha including land for staking tails cake in the tailing dump area.  No forestland is involved.  Make up water requirement of the project is estimated as 75m3/hr, which will be obtained from groundwater. It was noted that the baseline AAQ data collection has already started which will be continued during the pre-monsoon season. 

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

1)                 The alternate sites considered, the relative merits and demerits and the reasons for selecting the proposed site may be furnished. 

2)                 Details of the technology and process involved in the project may be given. 

3)                 The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the project area and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the project. 

4)                 Size distribution of the iron ore with percentage weight (Particulate size analysis) shall also be done to assess the source of fugitive dust emission of the ore feed to the plant. 

5)                 Measures to manage the over size waste from the feed ore shall be provided. 

6)                 Details of the solid waste to be generated and its management should be described. The State of the art technology in this regard and supporting documents and literature in support thereof, to show that such a technology is being adopted successfully in other parts of the World or in the country anywhere, should be given.  The related environmental issues associated such technology including the incremental requirement of power in adopting such technology vis-a-vis other technologies should also be discussed in the EIA report.  Management of fines and mitigation measures to control these fines from getting airborne should also be discussed. 

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

8)                 The land requirement should be optimized and furnished. 

9)                 Land use plan of the project area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

10)            Location of the proposed plant w.r.t. the source of raw material and mode of transportations of the ore from mines to the beneficiation plant should be brought out.

11)            Treatment of run off water/affluents from the fines/waste dump should be described. 

12)            Estimation of the fines going into the washings and its management should be made.

13)            Details of the equipment, settling pond etc. should be provided. 

14)            Detailed material balance should be provided.  

15)            Source of raw material and its transportation should be indicated.  Steps proposed to be taken to protect the ore from getting air borne should be furnished. 

16)            Management and disposal of tailings/filter press cake and closure plan of the tailing pond, if any, after the project is over should be given. 

17)            Biological as well as health impact of fines and other dust generated in the plant should be studied with reference to National and International Standards (WHO and ILO standards including CPCB norms).  The proposed mitigation measures with EMP should also be provided. 

18)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife corridors, Tiger/Elephant reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated. Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

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

20)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people, if any, should be given.   

21)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality, water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna should be carried out and included in the EIA report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected and included in the EIA report.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified keeping in view the pre-dominant down wind direction and location of sensitive receptors.  The baseline data already collected could be utilized provided it meets the monitoring protocol. 

22)            Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area and results furnished in the EIA report. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The modelling should also take into account the impact due to operation of generator sets to meet the emergency power requirement for the project. 

23)            Details of maximum inventory of fuel for the generator sets to be stored at site, if any, and its associated risk analysis in the worst case scenario should be given.  The risk contours should be plotted on the location map.   

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

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

26)            Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be furnished.

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

28)            Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

29)            Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

30)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be studied and results provided.  Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be given.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

31)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the workers should be detailed.

32)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be detailed. The details of plantation already done should also be given. 

33)            Occupational health impact of the project should be furnished.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

35)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts due to the project should be furnished. 

36)            Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same should be given in the EIA. 

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

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

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

a) All documents to be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

d)    The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of industrial projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted. 

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

          The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

          After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.9         Mangrol Tilakhera Limestone Mine of M/s JK Cement Works, Mangrol, Tehsil Nimbahera, District Chittorgarh, Rajasthan (299 ha) (TOR)

 

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent. 

 

2.10          Expansion of Mining Project of Minor Mineral Sand Quarries of M/s S.S. & Company, District Panipat, Haryana (TOR) 

 

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent. 

 

2.11         Expansion of Mining Project of Minor Mineral Sand Quarries of M/s S.S. & Company, District Sonipat, Haryana (TOR) 

 

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent. 

 

2.12         Golden Hills Resort Mine of M/s Golden Hills Resort Pvt. Ltd. Village Jai Surjana, Achora, Nagri and Bhilpakher, Tehsil and District Chittoragarh, Rajasthan (Consultant: Enkay Enviro Services, Jaipur)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 1.38 million TPA of limestone and 0.4 million TPA of red ochre.  The mineral will be used for their cement plant at a distance of above 27 km for which TORs have reportedly been prescribed by the Industry Committee in November, 2010.  The mine lease area is 242.104 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 32 years.  The water requirement is 70 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater.  It was noted that the baseline AAQ data collection has already started which will be continued during the pre-monsoon season. 

 

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

 

1)                 A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

2)                 All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

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

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

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

6)                 A confirmation may be adduced, duly authenticated by the competent authority in the State Government, to the effect whether the project falls in Aravalli and whether it is covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 8.4.2005 in the contempt petition (c) 412/2004 in writ petition 202 of 1995 in the matter of Godavarman vs Union of India.

7)                 Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

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

9)                 Impact of change of land use should be given. 

10)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes should be prepared accordingly, integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

11)            One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10, particularly for free silica, should be given. The baseline data already collected could be utilized provided it meets the monitoring protocol. 

12)            Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

14)            Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be secured and copy thereof provided. 

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

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

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

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

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

20)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

21)            Quantity of solid waste generation should be estimated and details of its disposal and management should be provided. The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given. It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dumps (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

23)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

24)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

25)            Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

26)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.   

27)            Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

28)            Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

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

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

31)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry, shall also be filled and submitted.

f)      Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter from the concerned Authority for the proposed capacity should be submitted. 

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.13         Consideration of the order of the Hon’ble National Environment Appellate Authority dated 15th September, 2010 in Appeal no. 18/2009 in the matter of Shri Prafulla Samantra Vs MoEF and others relating to EC to Lanjigarh Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd. in Kalahandi and Rayagada Districts of Orissa. (Internal Consideration) 

 

                 Pursuant to the directions of the Hon’ble National Environment Appellate Authority, Ministry of Environment & Forests has referred the matter to the Expert Appraisal Committee for their consideration.  The EAC after deliberating the matter during its meetings held in December 2010, constituted a Sub-Committee of the EAC to go into the details of the two EIA reports referred to in the order of the Hon’ble NEAA.  Accordingly, the two EIA reports, namely the one prepared by M/s TATA AIG and the other prepared by Vimta Labs were obtained by the Ministry and made available to the members of the said Sub-Committee.  The Sub-Committee examined both these reports in detail and apprised the EAC about their observations on the two reports in the EAC Meeting held in March, 2011.  Based further on the observations of the EAC on their findings, the Sub-Committee finalized and submitted its report to the EAC, which was discussed and deliberated during this Meeting. The EAC agreed with the observations and recommendations of the Sub-Committee and the report submitted by the Sub-Committee is accepted by the EAC.  The Sub-Committee has concluded as under:-

 

          “The Sub-Committee has scrutinized the entire case of the Lanjigarh Bauxite Project of M/s Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd with reference to the directive of NEAA, including the documents submitted, the deliberations in the Supreme Court, the orders of the Honourable Supreme Court, deliberations in the NEAA, the orders of NEAA and the relevant minutes of the various meetings of the EAC whenever this project has come up for discussions.  The Sub-Committee is of considered opinion that all the aspects relating to the Environment Management have been thoroughly scrutinized by the various agencies and have brought out an effective Management Plan for the Lanjigarh Bauxite project.  The Sub-Committee also felt that the absence of Vimta Lab Report in public domain and the absence of Tata AIG report to the EAC in no way had any tangible effect on the outcome, more so, when additional reports from independent agencies viz, Wildlife Institute of India, CMPDI etc have been prepared to augment the management plan.  The formation of Special Purpose Vehicle for the benefit of the tribal community inhabitants, serves as an antidote to human miseries.  Hence the Sub-Committee opines that the Environment Clearance recommended by the previous EAC (Mining) is in order.  However, it is felt that additional three conditions may be considered to be incorporated in the special conditions as additional conditions along with already stipulated conditions.

 

a)     Effective monitoring of the functioning of the SPV is of paramount importance to see that the real benefits are reaching the target group.  To this effect a special condition may be laid for monitoring and reporting to the authorities concerned. 

b)    That the transport system of ore by Pipe Conveyors from the mine to the refinery, as committed by the proponent may be insisted as an additional condition to dissuade the proponent from switching over to any other mode of transportation.

c)     That the installation of Dry Fog system of dust suppression in the Crusher House as committed by the proponent before start of the operation of the crusher be reiterated.” 

 

2.14         Dhelana Soapstone Mine of M/s Resurgere located at village Dhelan, Tehsil Kherwara, District Udaipur, Rajasthan (Consultant: Apex Mintech Consultants, Udaipur)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of soapstone from 6,000 TPA to 0.15 million TPA.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 12.5.2009.  Public hearing has been held on 9.4.2010.  The mine lease area is 52.03 ha.  No forest land is involved.  Life of mine is 30 years.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  The water requirement for the project is estimated as 14 kld, which will be obtained from pit water and groundwater.  The ultimate working depth will be 245 mRL.  The groundwater table is reported to vary between 235 – 240 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The baseline AAQ data showed that the RSPM levels at the mine site were on higher side while at other locations the levels were within permissible limits.  It was felt that effective safeguard measures would need to be taken to bring down the RSPM levels within permissible limits.  It is estimated that 13,51,000 m3 of waste will be generated during the life of the mine.  It was stated that backfilling will start after 10 years.  Till such time, the OB will be stored in the form of an external OB dump in earmarked site covering an area of 4 ha.  Rehandling of OB is not proposed.  At the conceptual stage, an area of 2.5 ha will be converted into water body, plantation will be raised in an area of 17.5 ha, which includes backfilled area, dump and greenbelt.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to the following conditions:

(i)                Development of greenbelt should start immediately and should be completed within first 4 years.

(ii)              As part of the post project monitoring of mine dust analysis, it is advised to check for presence of Tremolite/Asbestos fiber, if any, by carrying out fibre analysis of the dust samples. In the eventuality of presence of such fibers, necessary safeguard measures including provision of personal protective devices for the workers should be made.  

(iii)            Effective measures for control of RSPM level in the mine lease area shall be implemented in the project and their effectiveness monitored regularly.

 

 

 

2.15          Habbigegudda Iron Ore Mine of M/s Karnatak Mining Co. Pvt. Ltd., Honnebagi, Bullenahalli and Yerekatte Village, Chikkanayakanahalli Taluk, District Tumkur, Karnataka (Consultant: Global Environment and Mining Services, Bellary)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.442 million TPA to 0.879 million TPA.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.7.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 8.9.2009.  The mine lease area is 128.68 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting. Life of mine is 19 years. Water requirement will be 50 kld, which will be obtained from bore well.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  It was noted that nallahs are passing through the mine lease and it would be desirable to take effective safeguard measures for ensuring slope stability to arrest silt from going into the nallahs. It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no proposal for beneficiation plant as part of this project.  The RSPM levels were observed to be on higher side. It was also observed that the locations of the AAQ monitoring stations have not been selected properly. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee sought information on the following:-

(i)                The baseline AAQ data should be collected afresh for one month continuously during the ongoing pre-monsoon season by properly selecting the monitoring stations.  There should be at least two monitoring stations in the north west direction (one within 500 m of mine lease) and one in eastern direction, in addition to the earlier selected monitoring stations. The monitoring parameters should be as per the latest AAQ standards.  

(ii)              The particulate dust should be analysed for its mineralogical composition.  The concentration of free silica in the dust should also be analysed. 

(iii)            Modeling should take into account the cumulative impacts and the isopleths plotted. 

(iv)            Slope stability study for the dump should be carried out and details furnished. 

(v)              Information regarding gradient of the road should be given.

(vi)            Specific safeguard measures proposed to arrest silt from going into the nallahs passing through the mine lease should be given. 

(vii)          Details of waste to be generated during the lease period / conceptual stage and its management should be detailed. 

(viii)        A written confirmation to the effect that there is no proposal for beneficiation plant as part of this project should be submitted. 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30th June, 2011 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in July, 2011.  

 

2.16         Bauxite Mining Project (Survey No 275) of M/s Orient Abrasives Ltd., Moti Balachor Village, Abdasa Taluka, District Kuchchh, Gujarat (Consultant: Kadam Environmental Consultants, Vadodra)

 

          The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with mine plan.

The proposal is for enhancement of production of bauxite to 85,228 TPA.  It is a violation case as the proponent has increased production in the year 2000-2001 without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance. It was noted that the lease was originally granted in September, 1973 for a period of 20 years.  The lessee had applied for first renewal for 10 years, which is pending.  The lessee had applied for 2nd renewal in 2003, which is also reported to be pending.  The Committee observed that as such, the position regarding grant of mine lease is unconfirmed.  It was also observed that the Naria river is passing through the mine lease and a part of the water reservoir is falling within the mine lease area. 

In view of the above, the Committee desired that in the first place, an unambiguous commitment from the State Government should be obtained conforming that they are willing to grant mine lease for the said mine to the lessee and a copy furnished to MoEF for further consideration of the proposal.  In case, no response is received within 3 months, the proposal will stand rejected.  Till such time the file may be closed. 

2.17   Sand Stone and Khanda (minor mineral) Mine of M/s Laxmi Chand Goyal, Village Chaikora & Kharaga Ka Nagala, Tehsil-Rupbas and District Bharatpur, Rajasthan (Consultant: Enkay Enviro Services, Jaipur)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with mine plan. 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease for production of 1,00,037 TPA of sand stone and khanda (minor mineral).  The mine lease area is 48.70 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as category ‘A’ project because of inter-state boundary of U.P. and Rajasthan at a distance of 1 km.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast manual.  Life of the mine is 41 years.  Water requirement is 15 kld, which will be obtained from nearby villages.  It was noted that the baseline AAQ data collection has already started which will be continued during the pre-monsoon season.  The mine is reported to be closed for the last 7 years.

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

1)                 Year-wise production prior to EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force and clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 2006.  It may also be categorically informed whether there had been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force w.r.t. the highest production achieved prior to 2006. 

2)                 A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

3)                 All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

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

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

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

7)                 A confirmation may be adduced, duly authenticated by the competent authority in the State Government to the effect whether the project falls in Aravalli and whether it is covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 8.4.2005 in the contempt petition (c) 412/2004 in writ petition 202 of 1995 in the matter of Godavarman vs Union of India.

8)                 Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

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

10)            Impact of change of land use should be given. 

11)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

12)            One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  The baseline data already collected could be utilized provided it meets the monitoring protocol. 

13)            Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

22)            Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

24)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

25)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

26)            Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

27)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

28)            Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

29)            Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

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

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

32)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.18   Bimta Limestone & Dolomite Mines of M/s Rasiklal & Co. at Bimta, Sub Division Panposh, District Sundargarh, Orissa (Consultant: Earth & Environment, Bhubaneswar)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report.

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due in November, 2011 and enhancement of production of limestone to 60,000 TPA.  The mine lease area is 42.148 ha, which includes 1.343 ha of forestland.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary between Orissa and Jharkhand at a distance of 4.6 km.  In view of the office memorandum dated 31st March, 2011, the proponent was asked to provide a copy of the application submitted for diversion of forestland involved in the project for further consideration of the proposal.  The proponent requested for deferment which was agreed to by the Committee.  It was decided that the proposal will be taken up for consideration after the requisite documents have been submitted by the proponent. 

 

2.19          Limestone Mine of M/s Zawar Cement located at village Chittapur, District Gulbarga, Karnataka (Consultant: Mineral Engineering Services, Bellary)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meetings held on November 24-26, 2010 and March 23-25, 2011 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was stated that the Zawar Cement is a wholly owned subsidiary of J.P. Associates.  It is estimated that 7,70,523 m3 of OB will be generated.  A part of it will be utilized for construction of bund wall approach road and remaining will be backfilled.  The backfilled area will be utilized for afforestation and development of greenbelt.  The authenticated list of flora and fauna was also provided.  The issues raised during public hearing were also discussed and clarified.  The other issues raised by the Committee were also clarified.      

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance.

 

2.20          Kathpal Chromite Mine of M/s Ferro Alloys Corp. Ltd., Village Kathpal, Taluka Kamakhyanagar, District Dhenkanal, Orissa (TOR)

 

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent. 

 

2.21   Argat Limestone Deposit of M/s Jaiprakash Associated Ltd., Thanghatia, Bihri, Jhopa, Kothari, Argat & Jigna Villages, Ramnagar Tehsil, Satna District, M.P. (Vimta Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 1.2 million TPA of limestone to meet the enhanced limestone requirement of their cement plant.  The mine lease area is 363.07 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 11 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 36 m bgl (314 mRL).  Water requirement is 150 kld/day, which will be obtained from mine sump water.  The groundwater table is reported to vary between 305 – 308 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. 

 

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

 

1)                 A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

2)                 All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

3)                 Explore the use of surface miners and details in this regard should be furnished. 

4)                 Due to location of the mine in proximity of the habitation and a village is sandwiched between the mine, the impact of the project on habitation and the specific precautions to be taken to minimize the impact of the project should be detailed. 

5)                 Cumulative impact of the cement plant and other mines in the impact zone should be taken into account. 

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

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

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

9)                 Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

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

11)            Impact of change of land use should be given. 

12)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

13)            One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

14)            Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

23)            Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

25)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

26)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

27)            Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

28)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.

29)            Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

30)            Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

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

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

33)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

 

 

2.22          Mogalgad Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd., Village Mogalgad, Chandgad Taluka, District Kolhapur, Maharashtra (Consultant: Metamorphosissm, Bangalore)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.1 million TPA of bauxite.  The mine lease area is 7.5 ha, which is a forestland.  In addition, 1.55 ha of land outside the mine lease will be required for haul road.  The proposal has been considered as category ‘A’ because of its location within 10 km of the inter-state boundary of Maharashtra and Karnataka. The said project was earlier recommended for environmental clearance in July, 1996; however, environmental clearance letter was not issue for want of forestry clearance. Stage-I forestry clearance has been obtained vide letter dated 6.10.2009.  Mine working will be opencast with conventional drilling and blasting with manual sorting and breaking.  No crushing is proposed at site.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Life of the mine is 10 years. 

 

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

 

1)                 A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

2)                 All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

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

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

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

6)                 Status of forestry clearance for the forestland involved in the project including deposition of net present value (NPV) and compensatory afforestation (CA).   

7)                 Implementation of status of recognition of forest rights under the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

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

9)                 The vegetation in the RF / PF area should be given.  Details in this regard should be given.    

10)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area and details furnished. 

11)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

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

13)            Impact of change of land use should be given. 

14)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

15)            The already collected baseline AAQ data should be revalidated by collecting one month (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx).  Further, data on water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected.  The AAQ data so collected should be presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report and compared with the data collected earlier.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The location of AAQ station should include one in the west direction at about 500 m, another in the west direction at 3 km and another in south east direction at 3 km, in addition to the existing monitoring stations.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  The groundwater data should have at least four observations during the month i.e. per week and in west direction at a distance of 2 -3 km from the mine lease.    

16)            Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

25)            Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

27)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

28)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

29)            Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

30)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.

31)            Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

32)            Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

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

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

35)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.23          Arutla Mining (minor mineral) Project of M/s The A.P. Mineral Development Corp. Ltd., Village Arutla, Manchal Mandal, Ranga Reddy District Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: EPTRI, Hyderabad) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with feasibility report. 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 4.0 million TPA of granite mineral to be used as road metal and for construction activities.  The mine lease areas is 301.98 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 15 m bgl.

 

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

 

1)                 A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

2)                 All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

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

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

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

6)                 Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

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

8)                 Impact of change of land use should be given. 

9)                 R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

10)            One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

11)            Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of crushers and movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

14)            Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

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

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

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

18)            Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

22)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

23)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

24)            Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

25)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.

26)            Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

27)            Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

28)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts besides other impacts of the projects.  Specific safeguard measures to control particulate level (PM10 and PM2.5) as also the noise levels due to crushers should be built into the EMP. 

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

30)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.24          Dandumailaram Mining Zone of M/s The A.P. Mineral Development Corp. Ltd., Village Dandumailaram, Ibrahimpatnam Mandal, District Ranga Reddy, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: EPTRI, Hyderabad) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with feasibility report. 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 4.0 million TPA of granite mineral to be used as road metal and for construction activities.  The mine lease areas is 192.0 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 10 m bgl.

 

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

 

1)                 A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

2)                 All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

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

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

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

6)                 Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

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

8)                 Impact of change of land use should be given. 

9)                 R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

10)            One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

11)            Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of crushers and movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

14)            Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

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

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

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

18)            Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

19)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

20)            Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

22)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

23)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

24)            Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

25)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.

26)            Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

27)            Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

28)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts besides other impacts of the projects.  Specific safeguard measures to control particulate level (PM10 and PM2.5) as also the noise levels due to crushers should be built into the EMP. 

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

30)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.25   Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s K. Rajamohan Reddy Mine Owner, Village Chabali, Tehsil Pendlimarry Mandal, District Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh (TOR) 

 

          The proposal was taken up for consideration by the Committee; however, it was noted that the consultant accompanying the proponent namely, M/s Palle Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad was not amongst the consultants listed with QCI as per the list given on the website of MoEF.  In view of the same, the Committee did not allow the presentation to be made.   

 

2.26          Proposed Expansion of Iron Ore Mines of M/s Mideast Integrated Steel Ltd., Village Tonto, Tehsil Barbil, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: S.S. Environics (India) Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 3.0 million TPA to 6.0 million TPA and to have a new crushing and screening plant of 1400 TPH capacity while the existing one of 800 TPH capacity will be phased out.  In addition, conveyor for transportation of fines with a capacity of 850 TPH will be installed.  The mine lease area is 104.68 ha, which is a forestland.  Out of this, 23.393 ha is broken up area prior to 1980 and forestry clearance was obtained for another 28.597 ha, thus totaling to 51.99 ha.  For the balance 44.109 ha diversion proposal has been submitted.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized.  Ultimate working depth will vary between 538 - 522 mRL.  Groundwater table varies between 480 – 490 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Life of the mine is 11 years.  Water requirement is 600 kld, which will be met from karo river. 

 

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

 

1)                 Status of compliance of the earlier EC conditions along with supporting documents and photographs should be submitted. 

2)                 Year-wise production details since 1994 onwards should be given clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 1994.  It may also be categorically informed whether there had been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force w.r.t. the highest production achieved prior to 1994. 

3)                 A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

4)                 All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

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

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

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

8)                 Status of forestry clearance for the broken up area and virgin forestland involved in the project including deposition of net present value (NPV) and compensatory afforestation (CA).  A copy of the forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

9)                 Implementation of status of recognition of forest rights under the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

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

11)            The vegetation in the RF / PF area should be given.  Details in this regard should be given.    

12)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area and details furnished. 

13)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

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

15)            Impact of change of land use should be given. 

16)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

17)            One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 should be given. 

18)            Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

21)            Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

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

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

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

25)            Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

26)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

27)            Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

29)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

30)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

31)            Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

32)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

33)            Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

34)            Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

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

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

37)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.27          Limestone Mineral of M/s Rithesh Rathod, Village Nishani, Mandal: Kerameri, District Adilabad, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: Pioneer Enviro Laboratories and Consultant Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 3.2 million TPA of limestone.  The mine lease area is 282.99 ha, which is a forestland.  The proponent have already applied for forestry clearance.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 32 years.  Water requirement is 30 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater.  Ultimate working depth will be 41 m from surface.  Groundwater table is at 20 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The inter-state boundary is abutting the mine lease.  No National Park / Sanctuary is within 10 km of the mine lease. 

 

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

 

1)                 A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

2)                 All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

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

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

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

6)                 Status of forestry clearance for the forestland involved in the project including deposition of net present value (NPV) and compensatory afforestation (CA).  A copy of the forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

7)                 Implementation of status of recognition of forest rights under the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

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

9)                 The vegetation in the RF / PF area should be given.  Details in this regard should be given.    

10)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area and details furnished. 

11)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

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

13)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

14)            One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

15)            Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

24)            Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

26)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

27)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

28)            Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

29)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.

30)            Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

31)            Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

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

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

34)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.28          Quartz, Mica, Kyanite & Vermiculite Mining Project of M/s Shri Radha Kishan Sharma, Village Dhangras, District Bhilwara, Rajasthan (EC) 

 

The proposal was listed for consideration by the Committee based on the information submitted by the proponent.  It was observed that the said proposal was earlier considered by the EAC during its meeting held on December 22-24, 2010, wherein the Committee had recommended rejection of the proposal as the data contained in the EIA report was found to be unreliable.  In accordance with the recommendations of the EAC, MoEF had rejected the proposal vide letter dated 17th March, 2011. Further, that the consultant who prepared the report was also de-barred from undertaking preparation of EIA. The proponent have now reportedly submitted the correct documents after necessary correction prepared by the same consultant namely M/s R.K. Consultant. 

The Committee after discussion decided that the EIA needs to be prepared by an accredited consultant after generating baseline data afresh and thereafter public hearing should also be redone. The proposal for EC should be submitted thereafter for consideration by the EAC. 

 

2.29          Tikarpara Pyrophylite & Quartzite Mines of Sri Banwarilall Newatia, villages Tikarpara & Ambadhara, District          Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: M/s Envowmin Consultant Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

The consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of approved mine plan for the revised mine lease area. 

 

2.30          Metabadeli Iron Ore Deposit of M/s Jayaswal Neco Industries Ltd., Village Metabadeli, District Kanker, Chhattisgarh (Reconsideration Case)

 

The consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of forestry clearance.  

 

2.31   Sand Stone and Bajri of M/s Golden Karamjot Stone Crusher, Village Riyali, Tehsil Fatehpur, District Kangra, H.P. (Consultant: IDMA Laboratories Ltd., Panchkula)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report.

The proposal is for terrace mining of 80,000 TPA of sand, stone and bajri put together.  The mine lease area is 21.0784 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It was stated that river Bias is at a distance of about 400 m from the mine.  The dam location is at a distance of about 7 - 8 km from the mine. It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of inter-state boundary of Punjab within 10 km.  Life of mine is 10 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 4 m from surface.  In this regard, the Committee observed that the depth of mining should be restricted to at least 1.5 m above HFL of the river.  It was noted that the baseline AAQ data collection has already started which will be continued through pre monsoon season.

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

1)                 A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

2)                 All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee.  The mine plan should take into account the conditions of the mine lease, if any, in terms of distance to be left un-worked from the river flowing nearby.

3)                 The impact of other mines and the crusher located within the impact zone should also be taken into account. 

4)                 While working out the impacts and their mitigation, the standards prescribed under EP Act, for stone crushers should be taken into account. 

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

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

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

8)                 Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

9)                 A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] shall be carried out covering both terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present.

10)            Impact of change of land use should be given.

11)            Impact of mining on the hydrology of the area including water flow in the river adjoining the mine lease.  It should also take into account the inundation of mined out area due to flow of water from the river.   

12)            R&R plan/compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished. While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

13)            One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. The already collected baseline data could be utilized provided it meets the monitoring protocol. 

14)            Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided. The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The impact of stone crusher nearby should also be taken into account. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

23)            Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

25)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

26)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

27)            Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

28)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

29)            Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.  Special attention should be given in view of the stone crusher nearby. 

30)            Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

31)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts besides other impacts of the projects.  It should also take into account the impacts due to stone crusher nearby and also provide for preventing the silt from going into the river. 

32)            Risk assessment and disaster management plan due to inundation of mine as a result of its location close to the river should also be examined and addressed.

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

34)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.32   Sand, Stone and Bajri of M/s Krishna Stone Crusher, village Riyali, Tehsil Fatehpur, District Kangra, H.P. (Consultant: IDMA Laboratories Ltd., Panchkula) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for terrace mining of 50,000 TPA of sand, stone and bajri put together.  The mine lease area is 13.0076 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of inter-state boundary of Punjab within 10 km.  Life of mine is 7 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 m from surface.  It was noted that the baseline AAQ data collection has already stated which will be continued through pre monsoon season.   

 

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

 

1)                 A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

2)                 All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee.  The mine plan should take into account the conditions of the mine lease, if any, in terms of distance to be left un-worked from the river flowing nearby.

3)                 The impact of other mines and the crusher located within the impact zone should also be taken into account. 

4)                 While working out the impacts and their mitigation, the standards prescribed under EP Act, for stone crushers should be taken into account. 

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

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

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

8)                 Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated, supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above, should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

9)                 A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] shall be carried out covering both terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present.

10)            Impact of change of land use should be given.

11)            Impact of mining on the hydrology of the area including water flow in the river adjoining the mine lease should be brought out. It should also take into account the inundation of mined out area due to flow of water from the river.   

12)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished. While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

13)            One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10, particularly for free silica should be given. The already collected baseline data could be utilized provided it meets the monitoring protocol. 

14)            Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The impact of stone crusher nearby should also be taken into account. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

23)            Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

25)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

26)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

27)            Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

28)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

29)            Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.  Special attention should be given in view of the stone crusher nearby. 

30)            Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

31)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts besides other impacts of the projects.  It should also take into account the impacts due to stone crusher nearby and also provide for preventing the silt from going into the river. 

32)            Risk assessment and disaster management plan due to inundation of mine as a result of its location close to the river should also be examined and addressed.

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

34)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.33   Sand, Stone and Bajri of M/s Himachal Stone Crushing Co., village Riyali, Tehsil Fatehpur, District Kangra, H.P. (IDMA Laboratories Ltd., Panchkula) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for terrace mining of 80,000 TPA of sand, stone and bajri put together.  The mine lease area is 18.4597 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of inter-state boundary of Punjab within 10 km.  Life of mine is 12 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 5 m from surface.  It was noted that the baseline AAQ data collection has already stated which will be continued through pre monsoon season.   

 

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

 

1)                 A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

2)                 All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee.  The mine plan should take into account the conditions of the mine lease, if any, in terms of distance to be left un-worked from the river flowing nearby.

3)                 The impact of other mines and the crusher located within the impact zone should also be taken into account. 

4)                 While working out the impacts and their mitigation, the standards prescribed under EP Act, for stone crushers should be taken into account. 

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

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

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

8)                 Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

9)                 A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] shall be carried out covering both terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present.

10)            Impact of change of land use should be given.

11)            Impact of mining on the hydrology of the area including water flow in the river adjoining the mine lease.  It should also take into account the inundation of mined out area due to flow of water from the river.   

12)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

13)            One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  The already collected baseline data could be utilized provided it meets the monitoring protocol. 

14)            Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The impact of stone crusher nearby should also be taken into account. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22)            Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

23)            Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

25)            Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

26)            Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

27)            Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

28)            Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

29)            Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.  Special attention should be given in view of the stone crusher nearby. 

30)            Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

31)            Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts besides other impacts of the projects.  It should also take into account the impacts due to stone crusher nearby and also provide for preventing the silt from going into the river. 

32)            Risk assessment and disaster management plan due to inundation of mine as a result of its location close to the river should also be examined and addressed.

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

34)            Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

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

 

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

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)    All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

e)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.34         Ordinary Sand Quarry of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Talwandi Kalan, Balliewal, Bhukhri Khurd, Boont, Gorsian Hakam Rai, Jodhwal, Kassabad, Kutbewal Araian, Ludhiana Distt., Punjab (TOR) 

 

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent.

 

2.35         Bharat China Clay Mines (Block 2), villge Raikaman, Lunti, P.S. Kumardungi, District Singhbhum West, Jharkhand (TOR) 

 

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent. 

 

2.36   River Bed Mining (9.31 ha) of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (minor mineral) of M/s Vikas Agarwal & Wajid Ali, village Tatohal, Tehsil Behat, District Saharanpur, U.P. (EC)

 

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent. 

 

2.37       River Bed Mining (19.83 ha) of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (minor mineral) of M/s Amit Jain & Naseem, village Allauddinpur Bans Ahatmaal, Tehsil Behat, District Saharanpur, U.P. (EC) 

 

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent. 

 

2.38       River Bed Mining (7.69 ha) of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (minor mineral) of M/s Mahmood Ali & Dilshad, village Sherpur Pelon, Tehsil Behat, District Saharanpur, U.P. (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt Ltd., Gurgaon)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for environmental clearance for mining of 45,000 TPA of sand, bajri, boulders (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Khalronwala Rao in Sherpur Pelon village, District Saharanpur, U.P.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.5.2010. Public hearing has been held on 8.11.2010. The mine lease area is 7.69 ha. No forestland is involved. It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand and U.P. and Haryana within 10 km. Elephant reserve boundary at a distance of 0.156 km.  The proponent have submitted a map authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden in this regard.  It is a violation case as the  mine started functioning without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  Mine working will be semi-mechanised. Ultimate working depth will be 2 m from river bed level.  Excavation will be done in half meter slice at a time with a maximum of 4 slices.  The river bed water level is reported to be 3 - 6 m below river bed level.  The baseline AAQ data showed the PM10 values in the crushing zone were on higher side.  It was also reported that no nesting of turtles was observed during their primary observation period although secondary data reports nesting of turtles in the region. The proponent have also submitted a letter from the Directorate of Geology and Mines, Govt. of U.P. dated 25.3.2011 stating that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor minerals other than in-situ rock deposit. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. During the meeting the proponent further stated that the existing lease period for this mine is due to expired on 22.5.2011 and that they have already applied for renewal of mine lease and as such their proposal may be considered for environmental clearance for renewal of mine lease at the existing rated capacity.  The Committee agreed for the same. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance for renewal of mine lease for production of 45,000 TPA of sand, bajri and boulder subject to following conditions:-

(i)         The proponent will observe every 15 days for nesting of any turtle in the area. Based on the observations so made, if turtle nesting is observed, necessary safeguard measures shall be taken in consultation with the State Wildlife Department. 

(ii)       A study shall be carried out through an expert agency like CWC relating to replenishment of the mineral (siltation study) so as to ensure that the quantity of mineral to be removed does not exceed the siltation to avoid over exploitation of mineral, which may adversely affect the dynamics of the river. 

(iii)     Effective safeguard measures shall be taken to ensure that the AAQ levels at various locations including crushing zone, are within permissible limit as prescribed by CPCB.  The standards prescribed for stone crushers shall be followed.

 

2.39       River Bed Mining (22.67 ha) of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (minor mineral) of M/s Amit Jain & Naseem, village Akbarpur Bans Ahatmaal, Tehsil Behat, District Saharanpur, U.P. (EC) 

 

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent. 

 

2.40       River Bed Mining (24.29 ha) of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (minor mineral) of M/s Mahmood Ali, Punit Jain & Mukesh Jain, village Nunyari Aahtmal, Tehsil Behat, District Saharanpur, U.P. (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt Ltd., Gurgaon) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for environmental clearance for mining of 90,000 TPA of sand, bajri, boulders (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Yamuna in Nunyari Aahtmal village, District Saharanpur, U.P.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.5.2010. Public hearing has been held on 20.11.2010. The mine lease area is 24.29 ha. No forestland is involved. It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary of U.P. and Haryana within 10 km.  It is a violation case as the mine started functioning without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  Mine working will be semi-mechanised. Ultimate working depth will be 2 m from river bed level.  Excavation will be done in half meter slice at a time with a maximum of 4 slices.  The river bed water level is reported to be 3 - 6 m below river bed level.  The baseline AAQ data showed the PM10 values in the crushing zone were on higher side.  It was also reported that no nesting of turtles was observed during their primary observation period although secondary data reports nesting of turtles in the region.  The proponent have also submitted a letter from the Directorate of Geology and Mines, Govt. of U.P. dated 25.3.2011 stating that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor minerals other than in-situ rock deposit. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.  During the meeting the proponent further stated that the existing lease period for this mine is due to expired on 22.5.2011 and that they have already applied for renewal of mine lease and as such their proposal may be considered for environmental clearance for renewal of mine lease at the existing rated capacity.  The Committee agreed for the same. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance for renewal of mine lease for production of 90,000 TPA of sand, bajri and boulder subject to following conditions:-

(i)         The proponent will observe every 15 days for nesting of any turtle in the area. Based on the observations so made, if turtle nesting is observed, necessary safeguard measures shall be taken in consultation with the State Wildlife Department. 

(ii)       A study shall be carried out through an expert agency like CWC relating to replenishment of the mineral (siltation study) so as to ensure that the quantity of mineral to be removed does not exceed the siltation to avoid over exploitation of mineral, which may adversely affect the dynamics of the river. 

(iii)     Effective safeguard measures shall be taken to ensure that the AAQ levels at various locations including crushing zone, are within permissible limit as prescribed by CPCB.  The standards prescribed for stone crushers shall be followed.

 

2.41       River Bed Mining (6.88 ha, Lot No. 8) of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (minor mineral) of M/s Mahmood Ali & Dilshad, village Faizabad, Tehsil Behat, District Saharanpur, U.P. (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt Ltd., Gurgaon)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for environmental clearance for mining of 90,000 TPA of sand, bajri, boulders (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Gejrarao in Faizabad village, District Saharanpur, U.P. TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.5.2010. Public hearing has been held on 18.11.2010. The mine lease area is 6.88 ha. No forestland is involved. It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary of U.P. and Haryana and U.P. and Uttarakhand within 10 km.  Elephant reserve boundary at a distance of 0.8 km.  The proponent have submitted a map authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden in this regard.  It is a violation case as the mine started functioning without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  Mine working will be semi-mechanised. Ultimate working depth will be 2 m from river bed level.  Excavation will be done in half meter slice at a time with a maximum of 4 slices.  The river bed water level is reported to be 3 - 6 m below river bed level.  The baseline AAQ data showed the PM10 values in the crushing zone were on higher side.  It was also reported that no nesting of turtles was observed during their primary observation period although secondary data reports nesting of turtles in the region. The proponent have also submitted a letter from the Directorate of Geology and Mines, Govt. of U.P. dated 25.3.2011 stating that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor minerals other than in-situ rock deposit. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)        The proponent will observe every 15 days for nesting of any turtle in the area. Based on the observations so made, if turtle nesting is observed, necessary safeguard measures shall be taken in consultation with the State Wildlife Department. 

(ii)      A study shall be carried out through an expert agency like CWC relating to replenishment of the mineral (siltation study) so as to ensure that the quantity of mineral to be removed does not exceed the siltation to avoid over exploitation of mineral, which may adversely affect the dynamics of the river. 

(iii)    Effective safeguard measures shall be taken to ensure that the AAQ levels at various locations including crushing zone, are within permissible limit as prescribed by CPCB.  The standards prescribed for stone crushers shall be followed.

2.42       River Bed Mining (12.39 ha, Lot no. 6) of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (minor mineral) of M/s Mahmood Ali & Dilshad, village Faizabad, Tehsil Behat, District Saharanpur, U.P. (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt Ltd., Gurgaon)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for environmental clearance for mining of 1,26,000 TPA of sand, bajri, boulders (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Yamuna in Faizabad village, District Saharanpur, U.P.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.5.2010. Public hearing has been held on 15.11.2010. The mine lease area is 12.39 ha. No forestland is involved. It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary of U.P. and Haryana and U.P. and Uttarakhand within 10 km.  Elephant reserve boundary at a distance of 1.6 km.  The proponent have submitted a map authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden in this regard.  It is a violation case as the mine started functioning without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  Mine working will be semi-mechanised. Ultimate working depth will be 2 m from river bed level.  Excavation will be done in half meter slice at a time with a maximum of 4 slices.  The river bed water level is reported to be 3 - 6 m below river bed level.  The baseline AAQ data showed the PM10 values in the crushing zone were on higher side.  It was also reported that no nesting of turtles was observed during their primary observation period although secondary data reports nesting of turtles in the region.  The proponent have also submitted a letter from the Directorate of Geology and Mines, Govt. of U.P. dated 25.3.2011 stating that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor minerals other than in-situ rock deposit. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)         The proponent will observe every 15 days for nesting of any turtle in the area. Based on the observations so made, if turtle nesting is observed, necessary safeguard measures shall be taken in consultation with the State Wildlife Department. 

(ii)       A study shall be carried out through an expert agency like CWC relating to replenishment of the mineral (siltation study) so as to ensure that the quantity of mineral to be removed does not exceed the siltation to avoid over exploitation of mineral, which may adversely affect the dynamics of the river. 

(iii)     Effective safeguard measures shall be taken to ensure that the AAQ levels at various locations including crushing zone, are within permissible limit as prescribed by CPCB.  The standards prescribed for stone crushers shall be followed.

2.43       River Bed Mining (6.25 ha, Lot no. 15) of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (minor mineral) of M/s Mohd. Inam & Mahboob Aalam, village Fatehpur Pelon, Tehsil Behat, District Saharanpur, U.P. (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt Ltd., Gurgaon)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for environmental clearance for mining of 54,000 TPA of sand, bajri, boulders (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Shahjahanpur Rao in Fatehpur Pelon village, District Saharanpur, U.P.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.5.2010. Public hearing has been held on 18.11.2010. The mine lease area is 6.25 ha. No forestland is involved. It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand within 10 km.  Elephant reserve boundary at a distance of 1.6 km. The proponent have submitted a map authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden in this regard.  Rajaji National Park is at a distance of 6.5 km from the mine lease. NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden, Uttarakhand dated 24.12.2010 has been submitted. It is a violation case as the mine started functioning without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  Mine working will be semi-mechanised. Ultimate working depth will be 2 m from river bed level.  Excavation will be done in half meter slice at a time with a maximum of 4 slices.  The river bed water level is reported to be 3 - 6 m below river bed level.  The baseline AAQ data showed the PM10 values in the crushing zone were on higher side.  It was also reported that no nesting of turtles was observed during their primary observation period although secondary data reports nesting of turtles in the region.  The proponent have also submitted a letter from the Directorate of Geology and Mines, Govt. of U.P. dated 25.3.2011 stating that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor minerals other than in-situ rock deposit. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)                The proponent will observe every 15 days for nesting of any turtle in the area. Based on the observations so made, if turtle nesting is observed, necessary safeguard measures shall be taken in consultation with the State Wildlife Department. 

(ii)              A study shall be carried out through an expert agency like CWC relating to replenishment of the mineral (siltation study) so as to ensure that the quantity of mineral to be removed does not exceed the siltation to avoid over exploitation of mineral, which may adversely affect the dynamics of the river. 

(iii)            Effective safeguard measures shall be taken to ensure that the AAQ levels at various locations including crushing zone, are within permissible limit as prescribed by CPCB.  The standards prescribed for stone crushers shall be followed.

 

2.44       River Bed Mining (12.55 ha) of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (minor mineral) of M/s Mohd. Inam & Mahboob Aalam, village Naurangpur, Tehsil Behat, District Saharanpur, U.P. (EC)

 

The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent. 

 

2.45       River Bed Mining (18.75 ha, Lot no. 34) of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (minor mineral) of M/s Vikas Agarwal & Wajid Ali, village Kaluwala Paharipur, Tehsil Behat, District Saharanpur, U.P. (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt Ltd., Gurgaon) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for environmental clearance for mining of 90,000 TPA of sand, bajri, boulders (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Kothri Rao in Kaluwala Paharipur village, District Saharanpur, U.P.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.5.2010. Public hearing has been held on 19.11.2010. The mine lease area is 18.75 ha. No forestland is involved. It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand within 10 km.  Elephant reserve boundary is at a distance of 2.56 km. The proponent have submitted a map authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden in this regard.  It is a violation case as the mine started functioning without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  Mine working will be semi-mechanised. Ultimate working depth will be 2 m from river bed level.  Excavation will be done in half meter slice at a time with a maximum of 4 slices.  The river bed water level is reported to be 3 - 6 m below river bed level.  The baseline AAQ data showed the PM10 values in the crushing zone were on higher side.  It was also reported that no nesting of turtles was observed during their primary observation period although secondary data reports nesting of turtles in the region. The proponent have also submitted a letter from the Directorate of Geology and Mines, Govt. of U.P. dated 25.3.2011 stating that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor minerals other than in-situ rock deposit. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)                The proponent will observe every 15 days for nesting of any turtle in the area. Based on the observations so made, if turtle nesting is observed, necessary safeguard measures shall be taken in consultation with the State Wildlife Department. 

(ii)              A study shall be carried out through an expert agency like CWC relating to replenishment of the mineral (siltation study) so as to ensure that the quantity of mineral to be removed does not exceed the siltation to avoid over exploitation of mineral, which may adversely affect the dynamics of the river. 

(iii)            Effective safeguard measures shall be taken to ensure that the AAQ levels at various locations including crushing zone, are within permissible limit as prescribed by CPCB.  The standards prescribed for stone crushers shall be followed.

 

3.0     Any other item:

 

          The office memorandum no. J-11015/200/2008-IA.II(M) dated 31st March, 2011 relating to consideration of projects for grant of environmental clearance under EIA Notification, 2006, which involve forestland – procedure to be followed was brought to the notice of the Committee and a copy of the same was circulated to all the members.  In addition, a copy of the Notification dated 4th April, 2011 making amendments in the EIA Notification, 2006 was also circulated to all the members of EAC. 

Next Meeting:

It was decided that the next meeting will be held on May 25-27, 2011. 

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

 

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Annexure

List of Participants

 

1.                 Shri Mukunda Shenoy Nagar                     -          Chairman

2.       Dr. S. Subramaniyan           -          Vice Chairman

3.       Shri K.S. Anandan          -          Member

4.       Shri Vinay Mahajan          -          Member

5.       Dr. L. Ajay Kumar          -          Member

6.       Prof. C.K. Varshney          -          Member

7.       Shri Sunil Peshin          -          Member

8.       Shri Mihir Moitra          -          Member      

9.       Dr. B.K. Mishra          -          Member

10.     Shri T.K. Joshi          -          Member

11.     Shri Rajesh Srivastava          -          Member

12.     Er. Pardeep Gupta, Punjab PCB          -          Invitee

13.     Dr. S.K. Aggarwal, Director          -          Member Secretary

14.     Dr. Satish C. Garkoti, Director

15.               Representative of M/s Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd.

16.          Representative of M/s Orissa Minerals Development Co. Ltd.

17.          Representative of Shri R.P. Tiwari

18.          Representative of M/s Kamaljeet Singh Ahluwalia

19.          Representative of M/s Vyaghreshwar Mineral Industrial Producer’s

20.          Representative of M/s Arcellor Mittal India Ltd.

21.          Representative of M/s VSL Mining Co. Pvt. Ltd.

22.          Representative of M/s Golden Hills Resort Pvt. Ltd.

23.          Representative of M/s Resurgere

24.          Representative of M/s Karnatak Mining Co. Pvt. Ltd.

25.          Representative of M/s Orient Abrasives Ltd.

26.     Representative of M/s Laxmi Chand Goyal

27.          Representative of M/s Rasiklal & Co.

28.          Representative of M/s Zawar Cement

29.          Representative of M/s Jaiprakash Associated Ltd.

30.          Representative of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd.

31.          Representative of M/s The A.P. Mineral Development Corp. Ltd.

32.          Representative of M/s Mideast Integrated Steel Ltd.

33.          Representative of M/s Rithesh Rathod

34. Representative of Shri Radha Kishan Sharma

35.          Representative of M/s Golden Karamjot Stone Crusher

36.          Representative of M/s Krishna Stone Crusher

37.          Representative of M/s Himachal Stone Crushing Co.

38.          Representative of M/s Mahmood Ali & Dilshad

39.          Representative of M/s Mahmood Ali, Punit Jain & Mukesh Jain

40.          Representative of M/s Mohd. Inam & Mahboob Aalam

41.          Representative of M/s Vikas Agarwal & Wajid Ali

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