MINUTES OF 68th EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (EAC) (THERMAL & COAL MINING) MEETING HELD ON 28th –29th APRIL 2010

 

 

COAL MINING PROJECTS

 

The 68th meeting of the EAC (T &C) was held on 28th -29th April 2010 to consider the projects of coal mining sector. The list of participants of EAC and the proponents are given at Annexure-1 and 2 respectively.

 

Confirmation of minutes

The minutes of the 67th meeting of EAC (T&C) held on 22nd -23rd March 2010 was confirmed.

 

 

Consideration of coal mining projects was taken up as per agenda.

 

1.         Choritand-Tilaiya Coal Block (OC and UG) (0.8 MTPA over 299.73 ha) of M/s C.T. Mining Pvt. Ltd. located in West Bokaro Coalfields, Dist. Bokaro, Jharkhand (Further consideration of TOR)

 

The above mentioned project was considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 28th-29th August 2009 wherein the EAC had sought clarification and in response, a letter dated 23.02.2010 has been received from the PP reiterating the earlier details furnished before the Committee and to inform that of the 65 MT of reserves found in the block, 9.55 MT of the coal reserves would be mined by opencast method over 17 years. The mining Plan has been approved by the MOC vide letter dated 10.02.2010 subject to condition that a detailed exploration should ebb carried out and a revised Mining Plan prepared in case more extraction is possible at a later stage.

 

 The response received from the PP was placed for further consideration of the Committee. The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that Choritand-Tilaya Coalmine Block was jointly allocated to M/s Rungta Mines and M/s Sunflag Iron & Steel Comp. Ltd. for captive use. A JV has been constituted. The rated capacity of the mine is 0.80 MTPA by opencast and underground mining. Of the total ML area, 177 ha would be excavated. Total forest area is 122 ha in OC, out of which 85 ha area will be excavated. Out of total 97.035 MT geological reserves, Upper seam X, IX & IX has 15.098 MT geological reserve & 11.13/9.55MT. Total combined production from UG and OC mining would be now enhanced from 0.8 MTPA to 9.55 MT of coking coal. Lower seam has total geological reserve 81.937 MT. It was informed that the detailed exploration of the bottom seams is yet to be completed. The life of OC mining is 17 years and of UG mining is 18 years. The Company has already obtained approval of Mining plan vide MOC letter no.13016/33/2009-CA-I dated 18.02.2010. It was informed that of the total forestland, about 85 ha of forestland is in the range of 03.-0.4 density. Forestry Clearance has been applied for.

 

The Committee after discussions decided that in case the forest density is 0.4 or more and FC is not granted, the extent of reserves under forestland to be mined by OC mining falling in such areas (of 0.4 density or more) would be deleted from the Mining Plan. With this condition, the Committee decided that TOR could be granted as given below.

 

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

(i)         In case the forest density is 0.4 or more and FC is not granted, the extent of reserves under forestland to be mined by OC mining falling in such areas (of 0.4 density or more) would be deleted from the Mining Plan.

(ii)       An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for a combined rated capacity of 0.8 MTPA (max.) for OC and UG mining max. at any given time, consisting of 0.8 MTPA for OC mining and 0.3 MTPA for UG mining, in an ML/project area of 299.73 ha based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(iii)       An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 0.8MTPA rated capacity cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for 0.8 MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan for 0.8 MTPA max consisting of 0.8 MTPA for OC mining and 0.3 MTPA for UG mining,. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xi)       Break-up of lease/project area of each mine as per mining operations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxii)     Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                  

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxix)    Disaster Management Plan.

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

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

(xxxii)   Conservation Plan for the endangered/endemic flora and fauna found in the study area and for safety of animals visiting/residing in the study area and also those using the study area as a migratory corridor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxviii) Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

(xxxix) Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc. as part of the Mining Questionnaire Copy of the application made may be submitted in case the clearances are awaited.

 

The following general points should be noted:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

2.         Kerendari B and C Opencast Coalmine Project (40 MTPA in a Project area of 4500 ha and of which ML area is 2574 ha) of M/s Jharkhand Integrated Power Ltd. (JIPL), located in North Karanpura Coalfields, in village Tilaya, dist. Hazaribagh, Jharkhand (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the coal block has been allotted to Power Finance Co-operation (a Govt. of India undertaking) transferred 100% shareholding of JIPL to Reliance Power Ltd. on 7th August 2009, in pursuance of international bidding and this project is captive to their Tilaya Ultra Mega Power plant located at a distance of 90km, which has obtained EC on 07.04.2008. The total project area is 4500 ha of which ML area is 2400 ha. The 2100 ha area outside the ML is proposed for ext. OB dumps, except for 110 ha area to be used for infrastructure of which 90 ha is in the northern side and 20 ha is in southern side. The total forest land involved is 1570 ha which occurs mainly in the area outside the ML on the northern and southern sides. It was informed that the forestland would be used for dumping of OB. The project has several state-of-art facilities such as mobile in-pit crushing. The coal and OB would be removed by shovel-and-dumper, which would be loaded onto the conveyor to the crushing unit and transported by rail to the linked TPP. The project involves diversion of nala and realignment of existing nala to be carried out after 10 years. It was informed that there are 19 villages in the area with 3000 PAF and 15000 PAPs. A project specific detailed R&R Plan would be prepared. A detailed village-wise project specific CSR Plan would also be prepared for the villages adjoining the project along with detailed activities and budgetary provisions for the life of the project.

 

The Committee sought a clarification on the exact distance of the project from the Hazaribagh National Park and requested that this may be shown on a map authenticated by the CWLW, Govt. of Jharkhand, which is required as part of EIA-EMP. The Committee sought the break up of land use - pre-mining and during mining operations and post mining. The Committee noted that OB of an extent of 866 Mm3 is proposed to be dumped in the northern side in an area of 560 ha and as per the land details presented based on satellite imagery, the forest areas where the external OB dumps are proposed appear dense-very dense (0.4 or more). The Committee was of the view that the drainage would also be affected due to OB dumping in the Northern side of the project. The Committee also sought a clarification on whether the dumping of OB in forestland could be avoided and other options could be studied and presented before the Committee. The Committee desired that in case the option of dumping OB in the northern part of the project is not avoidable, the PP should prepare sequential 1st to 7th year OB generation Plan along with the detail of total land cover, ownership and submit the same, however this is subject to forestry clearance. The Committee also sought a clarification whether the forestland is a ‘Go’ Area and if the forest density is 0.4 or higher. The Committee desired that the comments of the Forest Wing would be obtained whether the project falls in ‘Go Area’ for consideration of TOR.

 

The Committee desired that the pre and post mining land use details should be provided in tabular form. Since 1570 ha of forestland is involved, the committee desired that a letter from CWLW, Govt. of Jharkhand be obtained whether any Schedule-I fauna has been reportedly found in the study area (project area and in the radius of 15km buffer zone). The Committee desired that details of surface hydrology and nala diversion and diversion route of nala be furnished. The Committee further requested that details of drainage map of the project and nala diversion be also presented. The Committee desired that nala diversion should be done in consultation with State Irrigation Dept. The Committee desired that a detailed project specific R&R Plan should be furnished. Since the project area has tribals, a Tribal exclusive plan is required in consultation with Tribal Welfare and Development Dept of the State Govt. The Committee further desired that a detailed project specific CSR is also required for the adjoining villages. The Committee desired that all the issues raised in Public Hearing should be addressed in tabular form along with commitment made/clarification of each issue.

 

The Committee after discussions decided to further consider the project for TOR in the next meeting.

 

 

3.         Tadicherla-I OCP (2.5 MTPA) of M/s APGENCO, located in village Tadicherla, village Tadicherla, dist. Karimnagar, A.P. (Further consideration of EC based on TOR granted on 16.11.2007)

 

The proposal was considered in the meeting of Expert Appraisal Committee (Thermal & Coal Mining Projects) held on 21st –22nd July 2009, for which the proponent had furnished a response dated 31.03.2010. The proponent made a presentation. Of the total ML area of 930 ha, 53.55 ha is forestland. It was informed that the villagers of Tadicherla had desired that they should be rehabilitated and resettled as the mine would surround the entire village with no road network. However, if an approach road is constructed then except for 106 PAFs, all other could continue to remain in the village. It was clarified that the G.O. of Govt. of A.P. of 2008 was based on a pre-project survey of the village carried out on the extent of land acquisitions required for the project. 

 

The details of cross sections of external and internal dumps were presented. The Committee also desired the detail of total quantity of OB dump should be rehandled at the end of mine life.

The Committee noted that project specific CSR and RR for the 106 PAFs had not been furnished even after several months, although this was specifically sought in the earlier meeting. The Committee sought that these be furnished. In regard to CSR, the CSR Plan for the 14 villages adjoining the project and the Plan should be based on a pre-mining survey on the socio-economic status based on which the CSR Plan has been formulated giving activity-wise details and the budgetary provisions (capital and revenue). Scholarship to meritorious students and funds for adult education should be deleted from CSR budget. The Committee desired to have the exact number of PAFs for the project (with both options- in case an approach road with the consent of the villagers of Tadicherla cannot be constructed and the entire Tadicherla village require displacement. The Committee desired that a project specific R&R Plan should be prepared accordingly considering both options and furnished to the Ministry. The Committee desired that the quality of groundwater in the impact zone should be regularly monitored. The affected villagers in the impact zone should be provided with drinking water supply. The Committee desired that a clarification from the District Collector on the G.O. issued by Govt. of A.P on the exact R&R involved and the details of compensation agreed in consultation with the District Collector should be furnished in compliance to Public Hearing.

 

The Committee after discussions decided to further consider the project upon receipt of the aforesaid details.

 

 

4.         Ramagundam OCP–III Extension Ph.II (expansion from 4.30 MTPA to 6.30 MTPA nominal) (5 MTPA to 7 MTPA peak) and expansion in area from 1393.81 ha to 2150 ha) of M/s Singareni Collieries Co. Ltd., located in located in village Nagepalli and Mandal Kamanpur, dist. Karimnagar, A.P. (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for expansion from 4.30 MTPA to 6.30 MTPA nominal) (5 MTPA to 7 MTPA peak) and expansion in area from 1393.81 ha to 2150 ha. No forestland is involved. The project RG-OC-III extension Phase-II project consists of annexing GDK-8 and GDK-8A Incline property to existing RG OC-III Extension project. The proposed RG OC-III Extension Phase-II Block is located in Southern/South-East of RG OC-III. The main drainage of the lease is Jallaram Vagu, a tributary of River Godavari, which flows ata distance of 4.8 km from the mine lease boundary. It was informed that diversion of Jallaram vagu stream is proposed further along the southern boundary through the undisturbed area along the project boundary in a phase manner to maintain natural drainage system. An area of 70 ha of agr. land of single crop will not be acquired. Only 25.97 ha waste land waste land will be acquired for resettlement/relocation of displaced persons. Additional land required in Phase-II Project consists of a quarry area of 325 ha, OB dump 99.80 ha, service buildings 56.44 ha, CHP of 3 ha, safety clearance, bund, road, nala diversion 271.33 ha. The total OB generated would be 337.22 Mm3 and it is proposed to backfill 80 % (637.51 ha) of the excavated area upto surface level at the end of mine life. At the post mining stage, a 30m depth water body would be created. The last P.H. held was in 2008. Life of the mine is 20 years. The project involves relocation of 646 PAFs from KK Nagar and 1208 PAFs from Lambadi Thanda land located in SCCL land. One coal transportation road of SCCL within the ML would be diverted.

 

The Committee desired that the local people living in between/near OB dump and RG OC mining area should be shifted as the habitation is close to OB dump. The Committee desired that the company hold consultations with tribal people who are likely to be displaced /shifted as they should aware of the project and their proposed shifting from villages. The Committee was of the view that since the project involves certain land acquisitions and relocation of habitation including tribals, it is desirable that a Public Hearing is conducted for the present project. The Committee observed that since the area is water scarce, creation of water body would enhance the water availability in the area. The Committee desired that fresh baseline data be generated on the basis of the new air quality standards. The Committee desired that a detailed hydrology study be undertaken in view of the change in surface hydrology due to nala diversion for a length of 4km. The Committee desired that the excavated area/decoaled void should be backfilled upto 30 m and left as a water body.

 

The proponent after discussions agreed to relocate their office, workshop and stores to create an area for the ext. OB dumps and as a result, the dump height would not require to be increased. It was also agreed to relocate the habitation including tribals living in an area of 48.68ha between the quarry and the ext. OB dump. It was agreed that a provision of Rs 1 crore and Rs 5 per tonne of coal would be made for CSR. The Committee desired that the catchment area should not be significantly reduced for the diversion of stream in view that the area has a large numbers of channels. The Committee desired that that the PP carry out a detailed study of the surface hydrology of the area to ensure that the catchment is minimally disturbed. The Committee desired that the CSR should be separated from R&R activity and a separate budget head and a Corpus Fund should be created for CSR and the interest accrued be utilized for development of surrounding villages. The Committee also desired that project specific “Action Plan” and various activities undertaken under CSR be uploaded on company’s website on impacts of CSR on the socio-economic status before and during the project life.

 

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

(i)         An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for expansion from 4.30 MTPA to 6.30 MTPA nominal) (5 MTPA to 7 MTPA peak) and expansion in area from 1393.81 ha to 2150 ha based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ii)        An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 7 MTPA rated capacity cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for expansion from expansion from 4.30 MTPA to 6.30 MTPA nominal) (5 MTPA to 7 MTPA peak) of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan for the enhancement to 5 MTPA (7 MTPA). Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)      Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                  

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxviii)  Disaster Management Plan.

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

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

(xxxi)    Conservation Plan for the endangered/endemic flora and fauna found in the study area and for safety of animals visiting/residing in the study area and also those using the study area as a migratory corridor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxvi)    Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

(xxxvii) Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc. wherever applicable as annexures to the Mining Questionnaire. Copy of application made should be attached in case clearances are awaited.

 

The following general points should be noted:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

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

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

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

 

 

5.         Talabira-I Coalmine Project (1.5 MTPA to 3 MTPA) of M/s HINDALCO, located in located in village Khinda, Tehsil Rengali, dist. Sambalpur, Orissa (Further consideration of TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation on the issues raised by the EAC in its meeting held on 24th -25th February 2010. It was informed that the expansion is in production from 1.5 MTPA to 3 MTPA with no change in the lease area of 170.305 ha and no change in mining methodology. The mineable reserves are 33.84 MT and the extractable reserves are 28.77 MT in 8 seams. Balance life of mine is 9 years. EC was obtained twice – for 0.4 MTPA capacity on 05.03.2001, and for expansion from 0.4 to 1.5 MTPA on 14.01.2009 and the present application is for further expansion from 1.5 to 3 MTPA. It was informed that the increase in water requirement for the project from 243 m3/d to 319 m3/d would be met from mine pit water. A compliance report was furnished stating that the unit is operating in accordance with environmental norms and regulations. It was informed that all conditions stipulated in earlier ECs have been complied with. Details of compliance of Wildlife Conservation Plan and details of expenditure incurred thereon were presented. Activities under CSR were presented. It was informed that CSR would be implemented in 8 villages - Talabira, Nua Khinda, Purana Khinda, Lapanga, Budhiapali, Matul Camp, and Beheramunda and Mundapara. It was informed that there is no R&R involved in the expansion project.

 

The Committee noted that the Public Hearing held for the first EC was adverse as the minutes stated that the unit had not complied with environmental norms and the local people were not in favour of project stating the company had not taken any measures to control air pollution in the area. Presentation made on the status of compliance of compliance also indicated that the unit was in violation of the earlier two ECs granted in 2001 and in 2009 (i.e. the unit had expanded production beyond the capacity for which EC was sought and granted). The project is presently violating the earlier EC granted in 2009 as the present level of productions is 2.1 MTPA as against the EC granted for 1.5 MTPA.  

 

The Committee after discussions decided that in view of persistent violation by the company by increasing production capacity in both the environmental clearances obtained and an unfavourable Public Hearing for its earlier EC and also in view that the unit is doubling its capacity, the unit should go for a fresh Public Hearing, even if the application is made under Clause 7.2. The Committee further desired that a detailed Risk Assessment & Risk Management Plan is prepared and got approved by DGMS with respect to operation of the mine below the HFL and for prevention of mine inundation and this may be stipulated as a condition. The Committee desired that since the Hirakud Reservoir is adjoining the coal mine, there should be no water body left at the post mining stage and the entire excavated area should be backfilled. In view of the clarification provided by the proponent that sufficient OB would not be available for entirely backfilling the void, the Committee stated that of the total 84.445 ha of excavated area, 60 ha should be reclaimed upto ground level. The Committee noted that the State Govt. of Orissa as per their letter dated 27.01.2009, had not implemented an WL Conservation Plan for which PP had paid Rs 257 lakhs, except for induction of Jeep, one computer and one GPS, no specific activities had been undertaken/implemented under the WL Conservation Plan finalised in 2008 in consultation with the State WL Dept. The Committee sought a detailed CSR Action Plan for the balance life of the mine for the 8 villages. The Committee desired that budgetary provisions at Rs 5 per tonne of coal should be made for CSR activities.

 

The Committee decided to further consider the project for environmental clearance after receipt of the aforesaid details and after conduct of Public Hearing and proceedings received thereof.

 

 

6.         Inder UG to OC Mine (0.60 to 1.20 MTPA and area from 63.95 ha to 402.07 ha) of M/s Western Coalfields Ltd., district Nagpur, Maharashatra (Further consideration of TOR) 

 

The proposal was further considered on the response received on the clarification sought by the Committee in the meeting held on 24th -25th February 2010. The proponent agreed to reduce the peak production to 1.20 MTPA in view of the high particulate levels found in the ambient air and assured that all the air pollution control measures as mentioned in EIA/EMP will be taken to maintain AAQ level within permissible limit during proposed expansion. It was informed that an area of 61.73 ha of Gondegaon OCP would be merged with Inder OCP project and the total project area Inder OCP would be 463.80 ha. The Committee was  informed that a modification in the EC granted to Gondegaon OCP would be obtained form MOEF in terms of land area i.e. total ML area is 855.27 ha (917.00-61.73) instead 917.00 ha.(as 61.73 ha land is in possession of Inder UG project). R&R for existing project would continue. The resettlement of Takadi village will be completed in next 4 years. A budgetary provision of Rs 992 lakhs has been made for R&R of Takadi village. It was informed that a socio-economic survey has been started in 2010 and an NGO has been appointed to carry out the survey. Balnace life of the mine is 10 years.

 

The Committee sought the extent of activities by outsourcing and that undertaken by company to be shown in a tabular form. The Committee desired that details sought include additional requirements in terms of additional manpower, water, transportation, equipment etc. which should be provided along with expected impacts of change in mining method on the land use and impacts on environment and socio-economic aspects and the proposed mitigative measures. The Committee desired that a fresh Public Hearing be conducted although the application has been made u/s 7.2 of EIA Notification 2006, as the earlier PH was held on 6.9.2005 (about 5 years ago).

 

The Committee after discussions decided that the proposal would be considered for EC after receipt of the aforesaid details.

 

 

7.         Kumbarkhani UG Expn. (0.36 MTPA to 0.60 MTPA and ML Area from 327 ha to 442 ha) of M/s Western Coalfields Ltd., located in dist. Yavatmal, Maharashtra (EC based on TOR granted on 18.02.2008)

 

The proponent made a presentation. Of total ML area of 442.00 ha, land for underground mining right (UG) is 413.57 ha, which includes 33.43 ha forestland and surface rights is for 28.43 ha, i.e, there is no increase in surface rights, but only increase in mining rights to an extent of 113.57 ha consisting of 80.14 ha of agricultural land and 33.43 ha of forestland. Forestry Clearance is yet to be obtained for 33.43 ha forestland. It was informed that as advised by the Committee, peizometers have been installed in Kumbharkhani UG mine at a depth of 60m which would be in the radius of influence. It was clarified that the water quality with high levels of TDS and nitrates were bore wells from the study area which were not directly in the impact zone of this project.  It was informed that no R&R is involved. It was informed that mining is by hydraulic sand stowing and no strata disturbance and subsidence is anticipated. Continuous Miner technology is being introduced.

 

The Committee observed that levels TDS appeared to be high in some of the samples of bore well water, and levels of nitrate 254 were also high in mine discharge water and requires recheck. The Committee requested PP to depict both desirable and permissible in tabular form along with other values. The Committee also desired that random selection of water samples may be carried out and quality of same may be assessed from an independent laboratory recognised under EPA. The Committee desired that a provision of Rs 5 per tonne of coal be made towards CSR.

 

The Committee after discussions recommended the project for EC subject to the furnishing of the aforesaid details for record.

 

 

8.         Gare IV/4 OCP Expansion (0.48 MTPA to 1 MTPA of which 0.4 MTPA OC & 0.6 MTPA UG in ML area 884.846 ha) of M/s Jayeswals Neco Industries Ltd., located in villages Banjikhol,Kondkel,Bankheta,Dongamouha,and Baijore, Tehsil Gharghoda, Dist. Raigarh, Chhattisgarh (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that EC had been obtained on 31.12.2007. It was informed that project involves expansion in production only of both OC (from 0.2 MTPA to 0.4 MTPA) and UG (0.28 MTPA to 0.6 MTPA) mining. It was informed that OC mining involving 113 ha does not have any forestland. UG mining involving the entire ML area of 701.506 ha contains 230 ha of forestland. Of the total ML area of 884.846 ha, 236.553 ha is forestland, however, 183 ha of forestland was surrendered as it was found to be non-mineralised and hence the revised ML area is 701.506 ha. It was informed that further exploration is still required for UG mining of deeper seams. OC mining would be for a max. depth of 40m in 2 patches. The project involves R&R involving 2 villages - Bankheta (PAP 66, Household 15) and Banjikhol(PAP 298, Household 55). Balance life of the mine is 20 years.

 

The Committee desired that a P.H. should be conducted. The Committee desired that the land use details and extent of UG and OC mining involving forestland should be furnished for the revised ML area of 701.506 ha in a tabular form. The Committee noted that the Coal Washery being established within the leasehold of Gare IV/8 for washing coal from Gare IV/4 and Gare IV/8 coalmines of the proponent has been reflected in the application for Gare IV/8 and hence should be deleted from this application. The present proposal should only provide details of the extent of coal to be washed and transportation of raw coal to the coal washery and clean coal to be transported to the linked project outside the ML and its impacts and managements plan as part of the EIA-EMP study. The Committee desired that a detailed Project specific R&R Plan should be given at the EC stage.

 

The Committee after discussions recommended the following TOR, subject to the proponent furnishing the details of landuse for the revised ML for record of the Ministry:

 

(i)                  An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 1 MTPA rated capacity of which 0.4 MTPA OC & 0.6 MTPA UG in ML area 884.846 ha based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ii)                An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 1 MTPA rated capacity cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for expansion from 0.4 MTPA to 1 MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan for the enhancement to 1MTPA. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)      Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                  

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxviii)  Disaster Management Plan.

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

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

(xxvi)        Conservation Plan for the endangered/endemic flora and fauna found in the study area and for safety of animals visiting/residing in the study area and also those using the study area as a migratory corridor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxviii)Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

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

 

The following general points should be noted:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

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

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

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

 

 

9.         Laxman OCP (Expn.) (2.40 MTPA to 3 MTPA in ML area of 357.741 ha) of M/s South Eastern Coalfields Ltd., located in district Korba, Chhattisgarh (EC based on TOR granted 22.08.2007)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that of total core zone land use area, agricultural land is 142.721 ha, forestland is 191.61 ha, waste land is nil, grazing land is 16.34 ha, stream/water body is 2.57 ha, and others is 4.50ha. It was informed that the forestland is revenue forest land but was later deemed forest. Forest Clearance is pending with Forest Department. It was informed that that after completion of Laxman OCP, the employees would be reemployed in the neighbouring Gevra OCP mine and in other mines as per vacancy available. It was informed that since the lower seams would continue to be mined as part of the Gevra OCP which would extend its leasehold to include the area of this project by realignment of lease boundary, there is no proposed mine closure plan. It was informed that R&R for the project consisted of 354 PAFs of which 196 PAFs have been resettled in an R&R Colony, 115 PAFs have been resettled elsewhere and the balance 43 PAFs are yet to be resettled. There are 2 colonies- Laxman and Yamuna Nagar and the resettlement is expected to be completed by 2011.

 

The Committee noted that the project is a violation as expansion to 3 MTPA has been reached without EC. The Committee desired that CSR be undertaken allocating a budgetary provision of Rs 5 per tonne of coal. The Committee desired that the total expenditure recurring for major CSR works should be Rs 1.5 crores instead of Rs 71.00 lakhs and sought for a fresh proposal for CSR. The Committee noted that R&R involved 43 PAFs and desired that they be resettled by 2010 as their present location is exposed to pollution. The Committee desired that a Corpus Fund be created for the general maintenance of R&R colony, common facilities, drains, electricity, water supply, roads, etc.

 

The Committee after discussions recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to confirmation on the aforesaid conditions.

 

 

10.       Low Ash Hard Coke-Cum-Coal Washery Unit of M/s Tetulia Coke Plant Pvt. Ltd.  located in PO Barwa, dist. Dhanbad, Jharkhand (TOR)

           

The project proposal was not considered as PP did not attend the meeting.

 

 

11.       Cluster XVI coalmines (Dahibari-Basantimata OCP, Basantimata under Ground Mine, New Laikdih OCP (includes Dahibori washery), Laikdih Deep UG ,Chanch UG) of M/s Bharat Coking Coal Ltd., in Raniganj Coalfields, dist. Asansol, West Bengal (TOR)

 

S.N.

Name of Mine

Status of the mine

Prod. Capacity

(MTPA)

Peak Prod. Cap.

(MTPA)

ML Area

(ha)

1.

Dahibari Basantimala OCP

Operating

1.30

1.69

385.68

2.

Basantimal UG

Operating

0.21

0.273

417

3.

New Laikdih OCP

(includes Proposed Dahibari Washery)

Abandoned

Nil

Nil

305.10

4.

Laikdih Deep UG

Abandoned

Nil

Nil

281

5.

Chanch UG

Abandoned

Nil

Nil

575.43

TOTAL

 

1.51

1.963

1964.21

 

6.

Dahibari Washery

 

1.60

12 ha within Laikdih lease

 

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the application is being made for EC for a cluster of coalmines for their renewal of lease. It was informed that the cluster is located in the Raniganj coalfields at a distance of 50km from Dhanbad and 30km from Asansol. The cluster consists of 5 mines – 2 operating mines, (1 OCP and 1 UGP) and 3 abandoned mines (1 OCP and 2 UGP). It was informed that the existing abandoned mines (including earlier worked out pits/quarries) would be closed and reclaimed in an environmentally scientific manner. Plantation would be developed in the area. It was informed that the area is being explored for coal reserves found in great depths for future UG mining which may take about 8-10 years. In addition, a new Dahibari Coal Washery of a capacity of 1.6 MTPA raw coal is proposed in the abadnoned Laikdih OCP to cater to the requirements of washing coking grade coal of Basantimala OCP. The distance between the mine and the proposed washery is about 6 km. The site for the washery has been chosen on the basis of the proximity of the Dahibari railway track and siding exiting and a water body/pond of an excavated void existing which can meet the water requirements of the washery. An estimated one million tonnes of coal rejects would be generated and 0.6 MTPA of clean coal would be transported by rail. It was informed that in addition to the above, certain fire affected areas would be taken up for fire control and reclamation under the Raniganj Action Plan.

 

The Committee sought details of long term benefits to environment because of cluster approach of mining to be clearly addressed in the EIA-EMP study. The Committee desired that details of the present land use and post mining land use of the operating and abandoned mines individually and as a cluster be furnished as part of the EIA. The Committee desired that the EIA-EMP should clearly bring out the present status of env. quality, the extent of pollution load that would be reduced by taking suitable mitigative measures and the expected improvements in the cluster and tin the coalfield after the implementation of the measures. The Committee desired that an Integrated Environmental Plan should be formulated on the aforesaid basis and also desired that fresh baseline data on the env. quality should be generated on the new NAAQM Notification. In addition to the above, details of an Action Plan for project specific R&R and CSR should also be formulated and presented in the EIA-EMP. The Committee further desired that an FBC based TPP be also established near the washery so that the coal rejects could be entirely used in the TPP, which the proponent agreed to. The ash could be used in briquette making (flyash based bricks) and used in-house by the company and also sold to other users. This would help enhance the existing env. quality by use and disposal of the solid waste in an environmentally friendly manner.

 

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

 

(i)         The environmental status and impacts of each mine in the cluster should be provided and a combined env. management plan with specific details for each mine as well as for the cluster as a whole should be formulated. An Integrated EIA-EMP for the cluster of mines should be prepared clearly bringing out the present status of env. quality, the extent of pollution load that would be reduced by taking suitable mitigative measures for the cluster and the expected improvement of the environmental quality of the mines in the cluster and within the coalfield after the implementation of the measures through an Integrated Environmental Plan formulated on the aforesaid basis.  A fresh baseline data on the env. quality should be generated on the new NAAQM Notification. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon. Details of the present land use and post mining land use of the operating and abandoned mines individually and as a cluster be furnished as part of the EIA. A detailed Mine Closure Plan and a Mine Reclamation Plan for the abandoned mines/pits/quarries found in the cluster should be furnished as apart of EIA-EMP study. Details of long term benefits to environment because of cluster approach of mining to be clearly addressed in the EIA-EMP study. In addition to the above, details of an Action Plan for project specific R&R and CSR should also be formulated and presented in the EIA-EMP.

(ii)        An Integrated EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 1.963 MTPA rated capacity in an cluster of a total combine area of 1964.21 ha consisting of individual ML/project area indicated in table based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(iv)               Break up area of cluster and for individual lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxii)     Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                  

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxix)    Disaster Management Plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxviii) Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

(xxxviii)Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC form Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc. In case clearances have not been obtained, copy of application made as annexure tot eh Mining Questionnaire.

 

TOR FOR COAL WASHERY

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR for the Coal Washery, which will be integrated as part of the EIA-EMP Report for the cluster of mines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)        Details of green belt development.

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

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

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

(xvi)      Submission of sample test analysis of:

a.   Characteristics of coal to be washed- this includes grade of coal and other

                  characteristics – ash, S and and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

b.   Characteristics and quantum of washed coal.

c.   Characteristics and quantum of coal waste rejects.

(xvii)     Management/disposal/Use of coal waste rejects.

(xviii)    The Committee desired that an FBC based TPP be also established near the washery so that the coal rejects could be entirely used in the TPP, which the proponent agreed to. The ash could be used in briquette making (flyash based bricks) and used in-house by the company and also sold to other users. This would help enhance the existing env. quality by use and disposal of the solid waste in an environmentally friendly manner. The broad details of this would be presented in the EIA-EMP Report. An application for the FBC Plant would require to be made a separate application, however the broad details should be furnished as part of the Integrated EIA-EMP Report for the cluster of mines-cum-coal washery.

(xix)      Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

 

The following general points should be noted:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

12.       Cluster XVII coalmines (Begunia under Ground Mine, Victoria West UG, Victoria UG mine) of M/s Bharat Coking Coal Ltd., in Raniganj Coalfields, dist. Asansol, West Bengal (TOR)

 

 

 

S.N.

Name of Mine

Status of Mine

Prod. Capacity

(MTPA)

Peak Prod. (MTPA)

ML Area (in ha)

1.

Begunia UG

Operating

0.035

0.0455 MTPA

283.13

2.

Victoria West UG

Abandoned

Nil

Nil

330

3.

Victoria UG

Abandoned

Nil

Nil

220

TOTAL

 

0.035

0.0455

833.13

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the application is being made for renewal of mines. The two clusters- XVI and XVII are divided by River Barakar. Distance between the two clusters is about 400-500m. The cluster XVII consists of 3 UG mines – 1 Operating UG mine (Begunia UG) and 2 abandoned UG mines (Victoria West and Victoria UG) of a total combined area of 833 ha of which the total abandoned mines are 650 ha and the operating mine is of an area of 283 ha. There are no abandoned pits/voids/abandoned quarries of opencast mines in the cluster. A thickly populated town – Barrakara Town is located nearby. It was informed that subsidence is observed in some areas, however no fires have been reported. Of the 595 unstable sites identified in the Master Plan, 11 sites consisting of 3238 households/families are reportedly affected due to instability, the action plan for its control would be undertaken as part of the Raniganj Action Plan. It was informed that the mine leases are due for renewal which is awaited. Coal of 300 TPD is to be transported by road to IISCO.

 

The Committee desired that the environmental status of each UG mine in the cluster should be provided and a combined env. management plan with specific details for each mine as well as for the cluster as a whole be formulated. The Committee desired that the extent of subsidence should be assessed and suitable measures to control it should be formulated as part of the EIA-EMP study and a plan for long-tern monitoring of the subsidence should be undertaken of the subsided areas by levelling, filling up/patching of cracks and depressions. The Committee desired that as part of the Mine Closure Plan, surface reclamation should be undertaken. The Committee also desired that deep rooted trees with extensively branched root system be planted in the area to stabilise the areas susceptible to subsidence. A CSR Plan should be furnished. A detailed present and post mining land use of each mine and for the cluster should be provided as part of the Mine Closure Plan. The Committee desired that if prospecting did not indicate future mining, the company may consider surrendering the lease.

 

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

 

(i)         The environmental status and impacts of each mine in the cluster should be provided and a combined env. management plan with specific details for each mine as well as for the cluster as a whole should be formulated. An Integrated EIA-EMP for the cluster of mines should be prepared clearly bringing out the present status of env. quality, the extent of pollution load that would be reduced by taking suitable mitigative measures for the cluster and the expected improvement of the environmental quality of the mines in the cluster and within the coalfield after the implementation of the measures through an Integrated Environmental Plan formulated on the aforesaid basis.  A fresh baseline data on the env. quality should be generated on the new NAAQM Notification. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon. Details of the present land use and post mining land use of the operating and abandoned mines individually and as a cluster be furnished as part of the EIA. A detailed Mine Closure Plan and a Mine Reclamation Plan for the abandoned mines/pits/quarries found in the cluster should be furnished as apart of EIA-EMP study. Details of long term benefits to environment because of cluster approach of mining to be clearly addressed in the EIA-EMP study. In addition to the above, details of an Action Plan for project specific R&R and CSR should also be formulated and presented in the EIA-EMP.

(ii)        An Integrated EIA-EMP Report should be prepared for a peak capacity of 0.0455 MTPA over a combined ML area of 833.13 ha addressing the impacts of the underground coalmine project including the aspects of mineral transportation and issues of impacts on hydrogeology, plan for conservation of flora/fauna and afforestation/ plantation programme based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(iii)       The Integrated EIA-EMP report should also cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities/impacts on the environment of the 3 mines, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of baseline data and information, generation of baseline data on impacts for 0.0455 MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xii)      Map of the study area (cluster with 10km buffer zone) clearly delineating the location of various monitoring stations (air/water/soil and noise – each shown separately) superimposed with location of habitats, wind roses, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations should be selected on the basis of the proposed impacts in the downwind/downstream/groundwater regime. One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact non-polluting area as a control station. Wind roses to determine air pollutant dispersion and impacts thereof shall be determined. Monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and standards for air, water, noise notified under Environment Protection Rules. Parameters for water testing for both ground and surface water should be as per ISI standards and CPCB classification of surface water wherever applicable.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)      Conceptual mine closure plan along with the fund requirement for the detailed activities proposed there under.  Impacts of change in land use for mining operations and whether the land can be restored for agricultural use post mining.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxvii)   Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

(xxviii) Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc. as annexures to Mining Questionnaire. Copy of application made, in case approvals have not been granted.

 

The following general points should be noted:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

13.       Karo OCP (3 MTPA in an ML area of 570.25 ha) of M/s Central Coalfields Ltd., located in Tehsil Bermo, East Bokaro Coalfields, District Bokaro, Jharkhand (EC based on TOR granted 10.12.2009)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that of the total ML area of 570.25 ha, 321.71 ha is forestland (77.43 ha forest land has been already acquired and compensatory afforestation has been completed for 61 ha). It was informed that Karo nala needs to be diverted but the realignment and the nala diversion for a length of 2.8 km would be outside the ML area.  It was explained that thee diverted nala would also be receiving water partially from the neighbouring Amlo OCP and joining Jhoriya Nala. It was informed that there are two villages namely Karo, Amlo under R&R involving 160PAFs along the dipside of mining. These villages are 1-2 km away from the mine. It is proposed to shift 95 PAFS in CCL colony.

 

The Committee desired that details of forest density and type of forest along with application made to the State Govt. and the present status thereof be furnished. In addition, copy of the forestry clearance for the forestland of an area of 77.483 ha should also be provided. The Committee desired that the Hydrological Plan on the basis of which the nala diversion ahs been planned should be again presented to the Committee and on contour maps as the gradient of the land where the diversion is proposed is in the range of 305 maximum -267 and does not appear to be suitable for such a diversion and hence this may be re-examined The Committee further desired that approval of the Flood and Irrigation Dept. be obtained for nala diversion and route of nala diversion. The Committee further desired that sample MW1 and MW2 be rechecked for water quality parameters as levels of TDS appeared to be high. The Committee further desired that the mine water should be provided treated properly and provided for drinking purpose, initially water requirements could be met from bore wells.  The Committee desired that the broad out line of R&R for the next 3 years i.e. 2011, 2012 & 2013 be provided similarly an Action Plan for CSR is also required. The cost of rehabilitation and for CSR and R&R should be separately shown. The Committee observed that the proponent had in the earlier proposal under EIA Notification 1994 had indicated the presence of one Schedule-I fauna -Indian Wolf, however, in the recent EIA-EMP report, a number of Sch. I fauna such as Leopard and Sloth bear have also been listed and sought a clarification and a Conservation Plan based on prey species and increase of their population (prey base) and habitat such as increasing the grassland, water, in an ecosystem approach. Details of other activities under the WL Conservation Plan such protection/fencing , providing adequate water holes, and other measures for their protection and conservation around mining area for the protection of animals which are venturing in the area should be provided. The Committee further desired that a Budget for the implementation of the Conservation Plan (capital and revenue) should be created as part of env. costs of the project and their annual revenue expenditure for the recurring costs should be also indicated.

 

The Committee after discussions decided to further consider the project upon receipt of the aforesaid details.

 

 

 

14.     Ray Bachra UG Mine (0.3 MTPA in an ML area of 1215.45 ha) of M/s Central Coalfields Ltd., located in Piparwar Area, dist. Ramgarh, Jharkhand (Further consideration of EC)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the Project Proponent had submitted clarification sought by EAC in the meeting held on 22.9.2009. Since the proposal involved renewal of lease, the EAC suggested that the PP obtain forestry clearance for renewal. It was however noted that that the reserves would be exhausted in one and half year. The Committee observed that mine water quality is within permissible limits.

 

The Committee after discussions recommend the project for environmental clearance.

 

 

15.       Belbaid UGP (expansion from 0.12 MTPA to 0.48 MTPA in 248 ha) of M/s Eastern Coalfields Ltd. located in dist. Burdwan, West Bengal (EC based on TOR granted on 11.07.2008)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for expansion in production from 0.12 MTPA to 0.48 MTPA in the existing ML area of 248 ha. It was informed that coal transportation would by tippers to Parasea Railway Siding located at a distance of 2km. It was informed that the entire leasehold of ECL is proposed to be covered under Raniganj Water Supply Scheme in 5 years.

 

The Committee desired that a 15m 3-tier green belt be provided on both sides of the coal transportation road. The Committee also desired that piped water supply should be made available as sought during Public Hearing.

 

The Committee after discussions recommended the project subject to confirmation of the aforesaid conditions and furnishing the details of activities along with costs (a minimum Rs 2 per tonne of coal) under CSR for record.

 

 

16.       Cluster No. 3 of mines - Dabor UG (0.070MTPA), Bonjemeheri UG and OC (0.10 MTPA), Sangragarh UG & OC (0.080 MTPA), Dalmiya UG (0.12 MTPA) of M/s Eastern Coalfields Ltd., located in Raniganj Coalfields, Asansol, dist. Burdwan, West Bengal (TOR based on Cluster Approach)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the cluster approach has been adopted by the company for the various mines of Raniganj coalfields to simplify the process of obtaining EC for all their mines and for obtaining renewal. It was informed that presently the working of the mines (except Dabor UG) is suspended due to labour and other problems but may start their operation in future. It was clarified that the cluster approach would involve using the existing common railway network for coal transportation. The mines are working at below their capacity and the company is under BIFR.

 

The Committee desired to know the advantage of clustering of the mines in terms of overall improvement of environment of the project area. The Committee desired that area of the abandoned mines should be reclaimed first. Local people & NGO may be involved for reclamation of abandoned mines area. The Committee desired that schedule of clear calander plan for the production may be submitted.

 

The Committee after discussions decided that TOR/EC cannot be granted simply for the mines to obtain renewal. The objective of the exercise of obtaining EC should have clear environmental benefits and improvements of the degraded area through an integrated env. management plan of reclamation of old abandoned mines and operation of existing and future mines in an integrated manner for realistic levels of production base don the coal reserves found in the mines and formulation of an Integrated EIA-EMP so that the overall env. quality improves. The Committee desired that the proponent relook the entire aspect and then present the cluster concept again afresh.

 

The Committee after discussion decided to return the proposal in its present form.

 

 

17.       Chhatrasal Opencast Coalmine Project (5 MTPA in 1000ha) of M/s Sasan Power Ltd., located in Singrauli Coalfields, Tehsil Waidhan, dist. Singrauli, M.P. (Further consideration of EC)

 

The proposal was last considered in the EAC meeting held on 24th –25th November 2009. The Committee was informed that the area does not fall under the Critically Polluted Areas of district Singrauli, M.P. It was informed that of total land requirement of 1000 ha, forestland is 925 ha, revenue land 3.00 ha. In addition, an area of 72 ha is required outside the ML, of which forestland is 44.40 ha and the balance area of 31.60 ha is revenue land. It was clarified that the crown density of 80% of forest found in the ML area is in the range of 0.3 -0.4 and the balance 20% is in the range of 0.4-0.7. It was informed that of the total 1000 ha area, 865 ha would be brought under plantation at the post mining stage. A water body of 28 ha with a max depth of 30m would be left at the post mining stage. It was clarified that the AQIP Modelling had been skewed due to AAQ values during 4 days of monitoring and their deletion showed predictable values. It was informed that of the total water requirement of 1282 m3/d, 280 m3/d would be recycled for use.   It was informed that slope stability studies would be carried out by CMRI. It was informed that a WL Conservation Plan was not prepared as the State Government has proposed formulating a Regional Wildlife Conservation Plan for all the blocks coming up in the area and had a plan to relocate all the fauna found in the area to Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Life of project has been estimated for 21 years.

 

The Committee observed that a Wildlife Conservation Plan for the endangered fauna such as Leopard, Sloth Bear, Wolf found in the study area has not been prepared as part of the EIA-EMP study and furnished to the Ministry as sought in the TOR and a Plan was again sought during the last EAC meeting held in November 2009. The Committee was of the view that that it was neither practical nor feasible to relocate all the fauna found in the area as proposed by the State Govt. The proponent should prepare a project specific WL Conservation Plan which could be dovetailed to the regional conservation plan to enable the fauna to have a continuous habitat of the study area even if mining operations begin. The Committee desired that a detailed WL Conservation (in-situ) should be prepared based on the habitat of the species and their prey and measures for their conservation along with budgetary support (capital and revenue) for the life of the project. The Committee desired that the WL Conservation Plan should be furnished tot his Ministry and a copy of the Plan should also be forwarded to the State Govt. The Committee desired that a clarification should be obtained from the CWLW that the area does not fall in elephant habitat or elephant migratory corridor. The Committee observed that the issues raised in the Public Hearing have not been suitably addressed/replied as they have merely stated that the  ‘Guidelines of the M.P. State Govt. would be followed’ and desired that the specific commitments made/status should be provided in a tabular form against each issue raised during P.H. The Committee noted a large number of tribal population are inhabiting the core zone and dependent on the minor forest produce and requested the proponent to furnish specific measures/activities under CSR for their livelihood, etc. The Committee desired that a detailed tribal Plan in consultation with State Tribal Welfare Department, since the Tribal Plan submitted is inadequate. The Committee desired that the tribal plan be integrated with activities/schemes for health, education, improvement in socio-economic status, etc.

 

The Committee after discussion decided to further consider the project upon receipt of these details.

 

 

18.       Dongri Tal-2 (Phase-I) Opencast Coalmine Project (2.9 MTPA in 1341 ha) of M/s M.P. State Mining Corp. Ltd., located in dist. Singrauli, M.P. (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for opening a new Phase-I project of the Dongri-Tal-2 OCP consisting of 1341 ha with a production capacity of 2.9 MTPA. It was informed that MPSMCL has entered into joint Venture with Jaiprakash Associates Ltd to develop and mine coal under M.P. Jaypee Coal Company Ltd. It was clarified that the ML is at a distance of about 37.5 km from the critically polluted areas of district Singrauli, M.P. It was stated that of the total1340.97 ha (1341.0 ha) land, Agriculture land 272 ha, Non-Agriculture land 149 ha, Govt land 919.73 ha. No forest land is involved. Coal transportation would be by Northern–Eastern Railway and the Singrauli-Katni Rail;way line already exists. There would be no coal transportation by road. It was informed that the PP proposes to establish their own 12km rail link to the exiting railway line from Niwas station to project site.

 

The Committee desired that a clarification be obtained from the State Revenue Department to certify that the agriculture land is single crop land. The proponent may also furnish details of Soil quality testing as part of the EIA-EMP Report.

 

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

(i)         An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 2.9 MTPA rated capacity in an ML/project area of 1341 ha based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ii)        An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 2.9 MTPA rated capacity cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for 2.9 MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan for 2.9 MTPA. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)      Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                  

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxviii)  Disaster Management Plan.

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

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

(xxxi)    Conservation Plan for the endangered/endemic flora and fauna found in the study area and for safety of animals visiting/residing in the study area and also those using the study area as a migratory corridor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxviii) Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

(xxxix) Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc. as annexures to the Mining Questionnaire, wherever applicable. If clearances are awaited, then copy of the application made should be furnsihed

 

The following general points should be noted:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

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

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

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

 

 

19.       Expansion of Coal Washery (2.4 MTPA to 3.6 MTPA) of M/s Hind Energy & Coal Beneficiation (India) Pvt. Ltd., located in village Hindadih, dist. Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh (TOR)

           

A letter dated 27.05.2010 was received from PP informing their inability to attend the meeting.

 

 

20.       Kesla North Opencast and Underground Coalmine Project (0.3 MTPA in an ML area of 750 ha) of M/s Rathi Steel and Power Ltd., located in district Korba, Chhattisgarh (Further consideration of TOR)

 

Director, MOEF informed that a clarification had been sought by the EAC (T&C) in the meeting held on 17th –18th December 2010 on the extent of opencast operations of top seam falling under a patch of forestland of 112 ha that could be avoided so that the forest patch of a density of 0.4 or more could be conserved. The Committee had desired that the Mining Plan be accordingly revised and got approved by MOC.

 

It was informed that OC mining in pit 4 has been deleted and as result, 64.3 ha of forestland of a density of 0.4 would not be diverted for the mining operations. Thus, of the total 112ha of forestland, it is proposed to excavate only 52 ha of the forestland involving the other 3 seams in a total area of 126.72 ha. It was further informed that transportation of coal would be by truck from loading point to Korba which is about 40 km away. A by-pass would be used for transport of coal.

 

The Committee after discussions agreed to this reduction in area of forestland. The Committee desired that a minimum safe distance of 100m should be left from the mining area and the entire 100m should be developed into thick green belt between the village and the mining area.  The Committee desired that the tonnage of the vehicles used to transport the coal should be minimum of 30T capacity. The Committee further desired that an air quality monitoring station should be established in Bela village for continuous air monitoring. The Committee also desired that a project specific CSR Plan should be prepared @ Rs 5/tonne of coal or 50 Lakhs  earmarked under CSR for villages identified around the project area for various activities including health (primary health centres), schools (particularly primary schools), water and sanitation facilities, etc and details of these should be furnished. The Plan should include activities/schemes for direct and indirect employment opportunities to villagers.

 

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

(i)        An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 0.3 MTPA rated capacity in the revised  ML/project area of 750 ha -64.3 ha based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ii)       An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 0.3 MTPA rated capacity cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for 0.3 MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan for 0.3 MTPA. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)        Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations. The Committee desired that a minimum safe distance of 100m should be left from the mining area and the entire 100m should be developed into thick green belt between the village and the mining area. 

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

(xii)      Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality - air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx , NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil. The Committee further desired that an air quality monitoring station should be established in Bela village for continuous air monitoring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxii)     Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.                  

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

(xxxiv) The Committee desired that the tonnage of the vehicles used to transport the coal

should be minimum of 30T capacity. Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project along with flow-chart indicating the specific areas generating fugitive emissions. Impacts of transportation, handling, transfer of mineral and waste on air quality, generation of effluents from workshop, management plan for maintenance of HEMM, machinery, equipment. Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.

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

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

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

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

(xxviii)  Disaster Management Plan.

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

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

(xxxi)    Conservation Plan for the endangered/endemic flora and fauna found in the study area and for safety of animals visiting/residing in the study area and also those using the study area as a migratory corridor.

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

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

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

(xxxv)   The Committee also desired that a project specific CSR Plan should be prepared @ Rs 5/tonne of coal or 50 Lakhs  earmarked under CSR for villages identified around the project area for various activities including health (primary health centres), schools (particularly primary schools), water and sanitation facilities, etc and details of these should be furnished. The Plan should include activities/schemes for direct and indirect employment opportunities to villagers.

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

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

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

(xxxix) Submission of sample test analysis of:

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

(xxxx) Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), whichever is applicable, as annexures to Mining Questionnaire. If the clearances awaited, a copy of the application made should be furnished.

 

The following general points should be noted:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

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

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

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

 

 

 

21.       Internal Discussion on Letter dated 09.04.2010 received from M/s Maheshwari Coal Beneficiation & Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. located in village Parsada near Sirgitti Industrial Area, Tehsil & district Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh regarding amending the EC granted on 18.03.2009 regarding EC condition on Coal transportation.

 

Director, MOEF informed that EC was granted to M/s Maheshwari Coal Beneficiation & Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. located in village Parsada near Sirgitti Industrial Area, Tehsil & district Ballarpur, Chhattisgarh Company on 18.3.2009.At the time of granting EC PP committed that the transportation of raw coal would be by rail from Korba Railway Siding to private Railway Siding proposed near the Washery at a distance of 0.4 km from the plant site. The coal shall be transported by conveyor belt from railway siding to plant. Recently, letters dated 09.04.2010 and dated 26.04.2010 have been received in the Ministry seeking an amendment to the EC granted to the aforesaid project. In the letters of PP to the Ministry, PP has informed that due to change in term sand conditions of Ministry of Railways, it has not been possible to complete the railway siding. In addition the rail transport would be for a minimum 2 LT/month of coal whereas their washery capacity is for 1 LT/month. Security deposits have also been sought by the Railways.  Their local consumers also do not avail the facilities of railway siding. The railway siding is about 1km from their Plan and it has not been possible to have a conveyor system from the Siding to their Plant. In view of the above, the PP has sought for a change from rail mode of transport to road transport. 

 

The Committee was informed that an environmental clearance was given with a condition that the company shall prepare and implement a plan for transportation from the private railway siding being established at a distance of 500m to the plant site by closed conveyors only. Another condition was also stipulated that the washery shall begin operations only after the private railway siding and the closed conveyor system from the siding to the Plant become operational. Director, MOEF informed that these conditions were given in the EC letter based on the plan provided by the PP that the raw coal and washed coal would be transported by rail and a closed conveyor system. Transportation of raw coal would be by rail from Korba Railway Siding to private Railway siding proposed near the washery at a distance of 0.4km from the plant site. The Coal would be transported by conveyor belt from railway siding to the Plant.

 

The Committee noted that the EC conditions have been stipulated based on details furnished by the project proponent in his application and presentation made before the Committee. The Committee observed that the proponent has now sought changes in the EC letter by changing the project parameters completely with regard to transportation of coal. The Committee after discussions decided to not recommend the proposed changes sought by the proponent.

 

 

Matter raised with the permission of the Chair

 

22.       Internal discussions on Modification of EC condition on EC granted dated 18.05.2009 to Coal Washery being established in Kotre Basantpur Pachmo Opencast Coal Project (5 MTPA) and Coal Beneficiation Plant (5 MTPA) of M/s Tata Steel Ltd., located in villages Kotre Basantpur and Pachmo, Tehsils Ramgarh and Boakro, and Districts Ramgarh and Bokaro, Jharkand internally considered in meeting of EAC (T&C) on 24th -25th February 2010.

 

Director, MOEF informed that the Committee had discussed the issue of the modification of EC in the EAC meeting held on 24th -25th February 2010 and had recommended the revision of location (option-I) of the proposed washery adjoining the coalmine Block with the aforesaid conditions. Subsequently a letter dated 31.03.2010 had been received from the proponent seeking the following changes in the minutes:

 

Para 1: 16th line: the word ‘southern’ is replaced with ‘south-eastern’

Para 2: 3rd sentence: the words ‘Chutwa nala’ is replaced with the words ‘Bokaro River

Para 3, in Condition No.1: the word ‘washery’ is replaced with the word ‘R&R colony’

 

The aforesaid changes were agreed to by the Committee. In addition, the Committee desired that the area falling between the R&R colony and the mine area and the area between the mine and the washery and the area between the washery and the River should be completely developed with plantation.

 

 

23.       Further consideration of Expansion of Amlo Opencast Coalmine Project (1.5 MTPA to 3 MTPA) of M/s Central Coalfields Ltd., Jharkhand

 

The aforesaid proposal was considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 22nd –23rd September 2009, wherein the Committee had desired that the proponent re-look the AQIP Modelling along with input parameters and control measures and the details furnished by the proponent were further considered and noted that the AQIP modelling indicated that the AAQ levels will not exceed the prescribed limits even if the production was increased to 3 MTPA. The Committee after discussions recommended the project for environmental clearance.

 

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

 

 

24. and 25: Additional TOR for cluster XIII and XIV coal mines of M/s Bharat Coking

            Coal considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 22nd -23rd March 2010:

 

Director, MOEF informed that the Ministry had requested the EAC to stipulate additional conditions for the Cluster XIII and XIV Group of mines considered in the last EAC meeting in view of their location in a critically polluted area (Dhanbad) and the mitigative plan that should be put in place to reduce the overall pollution load from the cluster and improve the environmental quality of the cluster of mines.

 

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

 

(i)         The environmental status and impacts of each mine in the cluster should be provided and a combined env. management plan with specific details for each mine as well as for the cluster as a whole should be formulated. An Integrated EIA-EMP for the cluster of mines should be prepared clearly bringing out the present status of env. quality, the extent of pollution load that would be reduced by taking suitable mitigative measures for the cluster and the expected improvement of the environmental quality of the mines in the cluster and within the coalfield after the implementation of the measures through an Integrated Environmental Plan formulated on the aforesaid basis.  A fresh baseline data on the env. quality should be generated on the new NAAQM Notification. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon. Details of the present land use and post mining land use of the operating and abandoned mines individually and as a cluster be furnished as part of the EIA. A detailed Mine Closure Plan and a Mine Reclamation Plan for the abandoned mines/pits/quarries found in the cluster should be furnished as apart of EIA-EMP study. Details of long term benefits to environment because of cluster approach of mining to be clearly addressed in the EIA-EMP study. In addition to the above, details of an Action Plan for project specific R&R and CSR should also be formulated and presented in the EIA-EMP. The aforesaid Action Plan should be dovetailed to the Jharia Action Plan.

 

(ii)        The Integrated EIA-EMP should incorporate an Environmental Action Plan for mitigating the environmental degradation existing in the cluster and for improvement of the environmental quality (air, water and land) so that the region (Dhanbad), which presently critically polluted, shows discernible improvement of its environmental quality.

 

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Annexure-1

 

 

PARTICIPATION OF 69th EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (THERMAL & COAL MINING) IN THE MEETING HELD ON 28-29th APRIL 2010 ON COAL SECTOR PROJECTS

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1.         Shri A Balraj                                                                           Chairman

 

2.         Prof. C.R.Babu                                          ……                           Vice-Chairman

 

3.         Shri T.K. Dhar                                                                         Member

 

4.         Shri V.K. Singh                                                                          Member

 

5.         Dr. Sudhakar Reddy                                             ..                      Member

 

6.         Shri K. Gowrappan (2nd day)                                                      Member

 

7.         Prof. Rama Rao                                                                        Member

 

8.         Dr. T. Chandini                                                                          Director, MOEF

 

9.         Dr. Rubab Jaffer                                                      Scientific Officer, MOEF

 

 

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Annexure-2

 

PARTICIPANTS OF 68th MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (THERMAL & COAL MINING) HELD ON 28th -29th APRIL 2010 ON COAL MINING PROJECTS

 

1.         M/s C.T. Mining Pvt. Ltd.

            1.         Dr.C.S.Rao, Rungta Mines

            2.         Shri S.K. Aggarwal, Rungta Mines

            3.         Shri Dayal Chand, GM (CA), RML

            4.         Shri Sumit Chauhan, M/s Sunflag Iron Ltd.

            5.         Shri G.P. Sharma, Mgr. (Env.), RML

            6.         Shri B.D. Sharma, MINMEC

            7.         Dr. Marisha Sharma, MINMEC

            8.         Ms. Mukta Singh, Env. Eng., MMCPL

 

2.         M/s Jharkhand Integrated Power Ltd.

            1.         Shri Vijay Katchroo, Director, JIPL

            2.         Shri N.C. Verma, M/s Gondwana Tech

                        3.         Shri Rajiv Saxena, VP, RPL

                        4.         Shri Jagat Paikara

                        5.         Shri Alok Srivastava

                        6.         Dr.I.N.Rao, Asst. V.P., RPL

                        7.         Shri Bimal Baral

                       

3.         M/s A.P.GENCO

                        1.         Shri P. Ramakrishna, APGENCO

                        2.         Shri G. Srinivasa Rao, APGENCO

 

4.         M/s Singareni Collieries Co.

                        1.         Shri DLR Prasad, SCCL, Dir (PP)

                        2.         Shri Sarath Kumar, SCCL, Dy. Manager (Env.)

                        3.         Dr. Durga Prasad, SCCL, RO, New Delhi

 

5.         M/s HINDALCO

              1.       Shri V. Srinivasan

              2.       Shri T.K. Mishra

              3.       Shri Rajesh Kanurgo, Consultant

              4.       Shri N.K. Singh, Consultant

              5.       Shri A.P. Hota, Consultant

              6.       Shri N.K. Singh, Consultant

              7.       Shri PRS Mani, GM, HINDALCO

              8.       Shri Vinod K Verma, Dy. G.M. HINDALCO

 

6.         M/s Western Coalfields Ltd.

            1.         Shri Om prakash, Director (T), WCL

            2.         Shri S.K. Jagnaniya, RD, CMPDI

            3.         Shri A.C.Ray, CE

            4.         Shri K. Chakraborty, CME

            5.         Shri A.D. Jamkar, HOD (Env.), CMPDI

            6.         Shri Anand Mohan, HOD (Geology), CMPDI

 

7.         M/s Jayeswals Neco Industries Ltd.

              1.       Shri M.B. Mathur, Advisor

              2.       Shri H.R. Kalhani, GM

              3.       Shri Sanjeev Munjal, DGM

              4.       Shri Shantanu, Consultant

              5.       Shri Alok Ranjan, Engineer

 

8.         M/s South Eastern Coalfields Ltd.

            1.         Shri Gopal Singh, Director, SECL

            2.         Shri R.N. Biswas, CMPDI

            3.         Shri M. Bhattacharya, SECL

 

9.         M/s Bharat Coking Coal Ltd.

            1.         Shri D.C. Jha, Director (T)

            2.         Dr.E.V.R.Raju, SE (Env.)

            3.         Shri Amit Ray, SOM

            4.         Shri V.K. Sinha, Reg. Director, CMPDI

            5.         Shri A.N. Bahadur, CME

            6.         Shri P.P. Gupta, GM (P&P)

            7.         Shri L.Khare, Dy. M. (System)

 

10.       M/s Central Coalfields Ltd.

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

            2.         Shri V.K. Pandey, Dy SE (Env.), CMPDI

            3.         Shri J.K. Goel, GM (env.), CMPDI

            4.         Shri V.K. Rai, CMPDI

            5.         Shri Uma Shankar, CME, CMPDI

            6.         Shri B.K. Sharma, Dy. Chief Egr., CCL

            7.         Shri Prabhu Prasad, Supt. Geologist (H)

 

11.       M/s Eastern Coalfields Ltd.

            1.         Shri N. Kumar, Director (P&P), ECL

            2.         Shri B.N. Basu, ECL

            3.         Shri R. Pandit, ECL

            4.         Shri G. Prasad, CMPDI

            5.         Shri A. Shekhar, CMPDI

            6.         Shri P. Prasad, CMPDI

 

12.       M/s Sasan Power Ltd.

           

 

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

 

 

14.       M/s Rathi Steel and Power Ltd.

 

 

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