MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT & FORESTS

(IA DIVISION)

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SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 1ST MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

 

          The 1st meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on April 28 - 30, 2010.  The list of participants is annexed. 

 

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

 

Item No. 1:          Consideration of Projects:

 

1.1            Bailadila Iron Ore Project Deposit 10/11A Expansion from 5.0 MTPA to 7.0 MTPA and 2.0 MTPA pellet plant by M/s NMDC at Bacheli, Bastar, Dantewada District, Chhattisgarh (Consultant: Vimta Labs, Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from Bailadila Iron Mine deposit no. 10 and 11A from 5.0 million TPA to 7.0 million TPA and setting up of a pellet plant of 2.0 million TPA capacity.  The terms of reference for this project were prescribed on 25th February, 2009.  The public hearing was held on 28.10.2009.  During consideration of the proposal, it was observed that there are two separate independent mine leases and two separate independent approved mine plans for deposit 10 and 11A.  In view of the same, it will be construed as to separate projects and would require separate environmental clearances.  The Committee therefore desired the proponent to either submit two separate proposals for obtaining environmental clearance for deposit 10 and 11A or else have a single mine plan approved for both the deposits put together and thereafter submit a single application for environmental clearance combined for both the deposits i.e. deposit 10 and 11A.  In either case, the public hearing already conducted would be treated as valid and there will be no need to conduct public hearing afresh.  Further, consideration of the proposal was deferred therefore.  It was decided to return the proposal in its present form.

 

1.2            Minor Mineral Sand Quarries of M/s S.S. & Company, District Panipat, Haryana (Consultant: Min Mec Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for mining of 8.0 million TPA of sand from river bed, canal bed and agricultural fields in District Panipat, Haryana, which is spread over 12 villages and 1 canal bed over an area of 6186.79 ha.  Out of this, an area of 854.03 ha will be mined.  No forestland and / or grazing land is involved in the project.  As per the contract agreement between the proponent and the State Government, quarrying operation will be restricted to four villages at a time.  The contract agreement also lays down various conditions / restrictions in quarry operation in certain areas in terms of distance from Railway Line, Bridges, National Highways, Reservoir, Tanks, Village Road etc.  The terms of reference to the project were prescribed on 8.6.2009.  Public hearing for the project was held on 22.12.2009.  The location of the project was considered in view of the office memorandum dated 13th January, 2010 and 15th March, 2010.  The project proponent categorically confirmed that the said project is located outside the Panipat Municipal limits and its industrial clusters and hence is not located within critically polluted area.  It was also stated that no works shall be carried out below the water level in mine and there will be no need for any pumping operation.  It was observed that the ultimate working depth in different villages as given in the approved mine plan would get modified in view of the commitment made by the proponent that the ultimate working depth would be restricted to at least one meter above the water table in conformity with the Notification no. 1/7/2-2IBII-2010 dated 14.1.2010 issued by the Government of Haryana for the Aravalli Range.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized in the agriculture fields and river-bed, while it will be manual in the canal.  No drilling and blasting is involved in the project.  Life of the mine in respect of agricultural field is 100 years.  The mined out area will be reclaimed simultaneously as mining progresses.  The cycle of reclamation will be 15 days.  The proponent informed that in the initial phase, mining will start in the four villages namely; (i) Atta, (ii) Raksera, (iii) Nawada and (iv) Tamsabad.  It has been committed that in case there is any change in the above villages, the proponent shall inform MoEF as well as its Regional Office at Chandigarh at least 3 months in advance. 

The Committee also took note of the letter from Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) dated 13.8.2009, according to which no National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Corridors / Tiger / Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) fall within 10 km of the mine lease.  It was also stated in the said letter that the project proponent should take forest clearance from Conservator of Forests and DFO of concerned District regarding forest clearance of forest area. 

The issues raised during public hearing were also considered by the Committee and clarified by the proponent.  It was also categorically stated by the proponent that there is no litigation pending against the project and that no direction have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

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

(i)                Regular ambient air quality monitoring shall be carried out around each of the working areas and records maintained. 

(ii)              In the buffer zone of north most and south most lease, at least one ambient air quality monitoring station shall be setup and one season data (other than monsoon) shall be provided. 

(iii)            The specific schedule of working shall be worked out after ascertaining the availability of land from the land owners for mining and shall be informed to MoEF and its Regional Office at Chandigarh at least 3 months in advance. 

(iv)            Necessary prior permission from the Competent Authority shall be obtained for drawal of water for the project. 

(v)              All mining operations shall be carried out ensuring slope stability so that there is no risk to the mine workers as well as general public at large.

(vi)            Occupational health and safety programme will be worked out and implemented during mine working.  Provision of Safety Officer shall be made in the project. 

 

1.3            Manganese Mine of M/s Krishnaping Alloys Pvt. Ltd., Village Palaspani, District Chindwara, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of manganese ore to 84,000 TPA.  The lease was earlier held by some other lessee and was subsequently transferred to the present lessee in 2002.  It is a violation case as it started mining operations from 1996 without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  Mining is reported to be closed presently.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 20th October, 2009.  The public hearing has been held on 25.2.2010.  The mine lease area is 54.129 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Corridors are reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  The mine working will be opencast mechanized.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that the life of the mine by opencast working is only 3 years and the present proposal is only for opencast working.  Thereafter, when the mine working is switched from opencast to underground, environmental clearance will be obtained afresh.  The ultimate working depth will be 355 mRL.  Groundwater table is reported to be at 367 mRL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  Based on hydro-geological study, it has been reported that the area falls in safe category and that the ground water occurs in water table conditions in weathered rock.  It is estimated that 4.8 million m3 of waste will be generated, which will be stacked at the earmarked site for back-filling subsequently.  It has been reported that out of the total excavated area of 19.44 ha, an area of 15.5 ha will be back-filled and remaining 3.94 ha will be converted into water body.  There will be no external OB dump at the end of the opencast mining.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 18.8 ha.  It was noted that 100 families of Tola village comprises 450 persons are likely to be affected due to the project which will be rehabilitated. 

The issues raised during public hearing were also considered by the Committee and clarified by the proponent.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no litigation pending and no direction have been passed by any court of law against the project. 

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

(a)              The project affected people will be rehabilitated and resettled as per the National Policy on Rehabilitation and Resettlement.  A detailed plan shall be worked out in consultation with the State Government and implemented effectively.  A copy of the plan shall be submitted to the Ministry within 3 months. 

 

1.4            Khrew Limestone Mine of M/s Jammu & Kashmir Cements Ltd. Located at Vill-Khrew, Tehsil-Pampore, J&K (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production of limestone from 0.25 million TPA to 0.5 million TPA for captive use in their cement plant.  No additional crusher is proposed as part of the expansion proposal.  It is a violation case as the said mine is operated without the requisite prior environmental clearance even after the lease became due for renewal in 2007.  The additional TOR for this project were prescribed on 20.3.2007.  Public hearing was held on 30.3.2009.  The mine lease area is 88.1 ha.  No forest land is involved.  As per the letter dated 7.10.2008 from Wildlife Warden, Central Division, Srinagar, Dachigm National Park is located at a distance of 6 – 7 km from the mine lease.  Some of the scheduled fauna including leopard is reported in the study area for which Conservation Plan has been prepared and approved by the State Wildlife Department.  The mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 1740 m AMSL.  Groundwater table is reported to be below 1680 m AMSL. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 30 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater.  Life of the mine is 13 years.  At the end of the mine life an area of 18.01 ha will be covered under plantation.  There will be no external OB dump at the end of the mine life.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered by the Committee and clarified by the proponent.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no litigation pending and no direction have been passed by any court of law against the project. 

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

(i)                Slope stability shall be ensured during mining operations.  No slope should have factor of safety less than 1.3. 

(ii)              Disaster Management Plan keeping in view the location of the project in seismic zone V should be put in place.  

 

 

 

1.5            Kharkurbahal Limestone & Dolomite Mines of M/s Tripathy located at villages Kharkurbahal, Kulenbahal & Jaurmunda, Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: Envomin Consultant (P) Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 24,000 TPA to 70,000 TPA and dolomite from 24,000 TPA to 30,000 TPA along with a crushing and screening unit of 40 TPH capacity.  The mine is reported to be closed presently.  The mine lease area is 113.583 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 16 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 210 m AMSL.  Groundwater table is at 215 m AMSL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  Jharia nallah is reported to be at a distance of 1.5 km. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

(iv)            Details of public road, Power Line, Water Pipes or any other Public Utility works / facilities passing through the lease area should be clearly marked and impacts of project operations on the same indicated. Diversions of any of these facilities if so required, should be planned well in advance and executed in consultation and consent of the authorities concerned. These details should be stated in the EIA/EMP Report.

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

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

(vii)          Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.  Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigative measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

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

(ix)            Impact of change of land use.

(x)              R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view. 

(xi)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

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

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

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

(xv)          Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project.

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

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

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

(xix)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project to be provided. 

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

(xxi)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided. The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated. Details of back-filling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generation during the mine life, the quantity to be back-filled and the quantity to be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc.).  Examine the location of waste dump so that the dumps are not located between the pit and nallah.  Necessary modification as may be required in the mine plan to incorporate the same should also be carried out before coming for environmental clearance.  Steps to avoid waste going into the nallah should also be detailed.    

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

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

(xxiv)    Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxv)      Conceptual post mine land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections).

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

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

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

(xxix)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, besides other impacts of the projects.  Specific safeguard measures for control of particulate matter in the crushing zone, so as to ensure that the ambient air quality conforms to the prescribed standards. 

(xxx)      Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxxi)    Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

1.6            Iron Ore Mining Project of M/s Neelachal Ispat Nigam Ltd., District Keonjhar, Orissa.

 

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

 

1.7            Sand Stone & Khanda (Minor Mineral) of M/s Mangilal Agarwal near village Khunda, Piprani, Deori, Daudpur, District Karauli, Rajasthan (Consultant: Ramji Mine Envirotech, Jaipur)

 

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

 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of sand stone and khanda (minor mineral) from 1989 TPA to 50,000 TPA.  The mine lease area is 127 ha spread into 5 blocks.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized method using excavator dumper combination.  Control blasting is proposed for removal of over burden.  Ultimate working depth will be 6 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  It was categorically stated that no court case is pending against the project and no directions have been passed by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              Impact of change of land use.  

(xi)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view. 

(xii)          Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

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

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

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

(xvi)        Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project.

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

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

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

(xx)          Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project to be provided. 

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

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

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

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

(xxv)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxvi)    Conceptual post mine land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections).

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

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

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

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

(xxxi)    Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxxii)  Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

e) Approved mine plan /eco friendly mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

1.8            Sand Stone & Khanda (Minor Mineral) of M/s Babulal Mausariya, village Gubrenda, Golaro, Thekra, District Karauli, Rajasthan (Consultant: Ramji Mine Envirotech, Jaipur)

 

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

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due since September, 1994 and enhancement of production of sand stone and Khanda (minor mineral) from 3790 TPA to 50,000 TPA.  The mine lease area is 490.89 ha spread into 4 blocks.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized method using excavator dumper combination.  Control blasting is proposed for removal of over burden.  Ultimate working depth will be 6 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  It was categorically stated that no court case is pending against the project and no directions have been passed by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              Impact of change of land use.  

(xi)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view. 

(xii)          Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

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

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

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

(xvi)        Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project.

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

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

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

(xx)          Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project to be provided. 

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

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

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

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

(xxv)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxvi)    Conceptual post mine land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections).

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

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

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

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

(xxxi)    Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxxii)  Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

e) Approved mine plan/eco friendly mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

1.9            Pachami Hatgacha Black Stone (Minor Mineral) Mining Project of M/s West Bengal Minerals Development & Trading Corporation Ltd., District Birbhum, West Bengal (Consultant: Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Dhanbad)

 

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

 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of black stone (minor mineral) from 0.2 million TPA to 1.0 million TPA.  The mine lease area is 200.315 ha.  No forest land is involved.  A crusher is also proposed to be installed as part of this project.  Mine working will be opencast mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 18 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 78 m bgl.  

 

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

 

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

(ii)              A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

(ix)            Impact of change of land use.  

(x)              R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view. 

(xi)            Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

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

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

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

(xv)          Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project.

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

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

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

(xix)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project to be provided. 

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

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

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

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

(xxiv)    Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxv)      Conceptual post mine land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections).

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

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

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

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

(xxx)      Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxxi)    Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

e)     Approved mine plan/eco friendly mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

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

 

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

 

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

 

1.10       Oraghat Iron Ore Mine of M/s Rungta Sons Pvt. Ltd., District Sundargarh, Orissa

 

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

 

1.11       Jharbeda Limestone & Dolomite Mine of M/s G.S. Sharma & others, village Jharbeda, District Sundargarh, Orissa (TOR)

 

The consideration of the proposal was deferred as the project proponent did not attend the meeting. 

 

1.12       Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s Hari Machines Ltd., District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: S.S. Environics (India) Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for setting up of a iron ore beneficiation plant with a capacity of 1.0million TPA through put. The plant will be based on Allmineral technology (Wet Process). It will reduce requirement of land particularly for tailing and slime ponds. However, there will be a small tailing/slime ponds for meeting the emergency requirement. The TOR for this project were prescribed on 25.09.2008. Public hearing for this project has been held on 30.09.2009. The total land requirement for the project is 32.265ha. No forestland and no grazing land is involved. The low grade ore from dumps of mines existing  within 20-30km of the plant will be used as raw material. Water requirement is estimated as 746m3/day which will be obtained from Baitarni River and ground water (bore well). No national park/wildlife sanctuary/wildlife corridors are reported within 10km of the project. However, Schedule-I fauna is reported in the study area for which site specific wildlife conservation plan has been prepared and approved by State Wildlife Department. As Baitarni River is flowing close to the project site, it was desired that a cleared distance of 500m from HFL of the River should be left clear without undertaking any project activity. The issued raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during a meeting. It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case pending against the project and no directions have been passed by any court of law.       

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

(i)           No activity relating to the project shall be undertaken within 500m of HFL of river Baitarni.

(ii)         Raw material for beneficiation shall be obtained from the mines existing within 30 km of the plant.

(iii)       Effective safeguard measures shall be undertaken for control of particulate matter in the crusher zone as well as during handling of the ore to ensure that the ambient air quality conforms to the prescribed standards.

(iv)       The reject dump will be suitably rehabilitated will coco-coir/geo textile to prevent erosion and prevention of fine particles getting airborne.

(v)         As part of the post project monitoring of ambient air quality, there should be atleast one monitoring station within 500m of the project in pre-dominant down wind direction.

(vi)       A green belt of atleast 10m width all around the plant shall be developed.

(vii)     R&R of the project affected people shall be carried out as per the NPRR. The plan shall be prepared within three months in consultation with State Government and a copy submitted. 

(viii)   The tailing pond/slime pond shall be lined with in pervious lining.

(ix)       The ground water quality around the tailing pond/slime pond shall be monitored regularly and records maintained.

 

1.13       Kota Stone-Limestone Mine (Minor Mineral) ML 27/93 of M/s Shreenath Enterprises Pvt. Ltd., Village Chechat, District Kota, Rajasthan (24.57 ha) (EC)

 

The consideration of the proposal was deferred as the project proponent have not submitted the approved mine plan/eco friendly mine plan.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.14       Consideration of NEERI Report relating to assessment of depletion of groundwater and land degradation in Sirigaon Village, Goa in PIL No. 1/2008 in High Court of Bombay in Goa Bench at Goa. 

 

The Committee took note of the order of the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay at Goa, Panaji Bench dated 23.02.2010 directing the Ministry of Environment and Forests to consider the NEERI report and issue appropriate directions and offer their comments on the said report.  The Committee also took note of the affidavit filed by Ministry, seeking time from the Hon’ble Court for filing their comments on the report, it being a technical report would need to be considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee. Accordingly, the NEERI report which was circulated by the Ministry to the Committee members was considered.

 

          The Committee noted that the NEERI report has essentially dealt with the issue related to ground water resources in the area and the impact of mining activity, if any, on ground water regime. In addition, the impact of mining on agricultural fields due to deposition of silt has also been dealt. It was noted that the study has covered an area of about 60sq km which includes all working opencast iron ore mines belonging to M/s Dempo, M/s Rajaram Bandekar (Sirigaon) and Chowgule Groups. The study area comprised undulating topography with gentle slopes towards south west direction. The Asnoda River and its tributaries drain the surrounding areas of the Sirigaon. The river is located at a distance of about 2-3km in north west direction from mining pits with reference to Sirigaon village. The main source of recharge for ground water in the area is from rainwater during monsoon. The average annual rainfall reported in the area is 2846mm.

 

The Committee observed that the general inferences drawn in the report regarding the effect of mining on the ground water quantity and quality and on the soil quality are technically defensible. Although the primary data collected by the NEERI team is of a short duration and it may be desirable that data collection is further continued for longer period to observe and establish similar trend over a longer period for post monsoonal pattern of variation in the ground water levels. The Committee was in agreement with the broad conclusions drawn in the report that the water scarcity in the dug wells in Sirigaon and the land degradation could be attributed to mining while there is no significant effect on ground water quality.

 

          The Committee though agreed with the need and measures proposed for artificial recharge of ground water in the area; however, it was felt that a more detailed and comprehensive study should be carried out to ensure the feasibility and cost effectiveness of such measures. Special attention needs to be paid to the storage capacity of the aquifer and the discharge rate to ensure that enough recharge water is available for usage in the area. The effectiveness of recharge structures could also possibly be carried out through a pilot project study before implementing a detailed scheme for artificial recharge of ground water.

 

          The Committee also was of the view that the topsoil needs to be handled and utilized in a more effective manner which could possibly be achieved by adding humus to the soil so that fertility of soil adds up and water retention increased. 

    

1.15       Vadnagar Limestone Mining Project of M/s Gujarat Ambuja Cements Ltd. in village Vadnagar, Tehsil Kodinar, District Junagadh, Gujarat – (Change in EC Condition)

 

The above mentioned proposal was earlier accorded environmental clearance on 14.1.2009 subject to various conditions and environmental safeguards inter-alia to develop a green belt of 100 m around the mine area, based on the recommendations of Chief Wildlife Warden, Government of Gujarat. Subsequently, the proponent requested for relaxation of this condition and submitted the recommendations of the Chief Wildlife Warden, wherein, it has been stated that the project will become unviable if a green belt of 100 m is provided. The Chief Wilfdlife Warden has recommended for a greenbelt of 25 m around the mine area in place of 100 m stipulated earlier.  Accordingly, the matter was considered by the Committee and the proponent presented their case to the Committee.  Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee agreed to the recommendations of Chief Wildlife Warden for reduction in the width of greenbelt from 100 m to 25 m. 

 

 

1.16       Orahuri Manganese Ore Mines of M/s Orissa Manganese & Minerals Ltd., village Harichandrapur, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: Sun Consultancy and Services, Bhubanswar)

 

Earlier, this proposal was considered by EAC in its meeting held in December 17-19, 2008 for grant of environmental clearance, wherein it was observed from the report of the public hearing that the public hearing was very noisy and the public hearing proceedings did not clarify whether the public hearing was concluded or not.  Accordingly, it was decided to obtain a confirmation from SPCB, whether the public hearing could be taken as concluded or not.  For want of requisite clarification from the SPCB, the file was closed and project delisted from pending list on 29.6.2009.  Now the project proponent have withdrawn their earlier proposal and requested to consider this case afresh in terms of the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006 based on the documents (Form-I and Mine Plan) submitted.  The proposal was accordingly considered. 

 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of manganese ore from 15,600 TPA to 83,100 TPA.  The mine lease area is 51.476 ha, which includes 32.759 ha of forestland and 2.719 ha of grazing land.  No National Park / Sanctuary / wildlife corridor are reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 590 m AMSL (30 m bgl).  The groundwater table is reported at 25 m below ultimate depth of quarry.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. 

 

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

 

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

(ii)              A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              The vegetation in the RF / PF area.

(xi)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

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

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

(xiv)        Impact of change of land use.  

(xv)          R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view. 

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

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

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

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

(xx)          Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project.

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

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

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

(xxiv)    Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project to be provided. 

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

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

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

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

(xxix)    Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxx)      Conceptual post mine land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections).

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

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

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

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

(xxxv)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxxvi)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

1.17       Saruabil Chromite Mines along with Beneficiation Plant of M/s Misrilall Mines Pvt. Ltd., village Saruabil, District Jajpur, Orissa (Consultant: In House)

 

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

 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of chromite ore from 0.136 million TPA 0.35 million TPA.  A chromite ore beneficiation plant of 30 TPH capacity will also be part of this project.  The mine lease area is 246.86 ha.  Earlier environmental clearance was obtained 19.9.2009.  The mine lease area is 246.86 ha, which includes 224.63 ha of forestland for which forestry clearance has been obtained.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 80 m from top of the surface.  It is estimated that 2265700 m3 per year of waste will be generated.  The low grade ore will be beneficiated.  The waste water from the tailing pond will be re-circulated and reused.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table. 

 

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

 

(i)                Status of compliance of the earlier EC conditions along with supporting documents and photographs. 

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

(iii)            A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine. 

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

(v)              Chrome ore analysis shall be done in an accredited National Laboratory and the report furnished. 

(vi)            Size distribution of the chrome ore with percentage weight shall also be done to assess the source of fugitive dust emission of the ore feed to the plant. 

(vii)          Measures to manage the ore size waste from the feed ore shall be provided. 

(viii)        Adequacy of the tailing pond for the life of the beneficiation plant should be provided with supporting data and documentation. 

(ix)            Design and capacity of tailing pond to protect against overflow from the tailing pond during heavy rainfall.  The provision of lining, nature of lining with supporting permeability studies to be provided.   

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xvi)        The vegetation in the RF / PF area.

(xvii)      A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

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

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

(xx)          Impact of change of land use.  

(xxi)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.

(xxii)      Details of the beneficiation plant process. 

(xxiii)    Details of the slime treatment and their management.  The safeguard measures confinement of tailings and slimes should also be given. 

(xxiv)    Treatment of run of from the slimes. 

(xxv)      Estimation of the chrome going into the washings and its management.

(xxvi)    Details of the equipment, settling pond etc.  ]

(xxvii)  Details of the plant and process clearly indicating the size and capacity of machine. 

(xxviii)Detailed material balance to be provided.  

(xxix)    Source of raw material and its transportation.  Steps proposed to be taken to protect the ore from getting air borne. 

(xxx)      Management and disposal of tailings and closure plan of the tailing pond after the project is over. 

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxvi)Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project.

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

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

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

(xl)            Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project to be provided. 

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

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

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

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

(xlv)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xlvi)      Conceptual post mine land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections).

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

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

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

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

(li)              Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(lii)            Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

1.18       Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Orient Abrasives Ltd., village Kalyanpur, District Jamnagar, Gujarat

 

The consideration of the proposal was deferred as the project proponent did not attend the meeting. 

 

 

1.19       Collection of Minor Minerals (Reta, Bajri, Boulder) from Song river of Mussoorie Forest Division of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand (64 ha) (Consultant: In House)

 

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

 

The proposal is for collection of sand, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from Song river in Mussoorie Forest Division, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand.  The length of the river stretch is 2.37 km covering an area of 64 ha.  It was stated that collection of mineral will be done in 50% of allotted area leaving 25% on each bank of the river.  Thus, the effective area of working will be 32 ha.  The mineral collection will be done manually with the help of hand tools only up to a depth of about 0.75 m.  Approximately 2.6 lakh m3 (4.68 lakh TPA) of mineral will be collected annually.  It was noted that Government of Uttaranchal vide their letter dated 14th January, 2005 have granted permission to Uttaranchal Van Vikas Nigam for this mining area.  In principle forestry clearance has been granted for 10 years on 21.1.2003.  The Committee also took note of the letter no. 1-13/2010-Mining (MOEF)/SCMC dated 26.4.2010 from Secretary (SCMC) recommending that such projects need to be encouraged.

 

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

 

(i)                As the area falls under Doon Valley, separate parallel action should be taken to obtain requisite clearance under Doon Valley Notification as well, as applicable. 

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining permit / contract should be built into the mine plan as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

(v)              Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features. The ‘no go areas’ in terms of the contract should also be shown.

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

(vii)          Status of forestry clearance.  A copy of the proposal submitted for forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

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

(ix)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out.  As the area is known for habitat for endangered fish of Western Himalayan River System i.e. Golden Mahasir, eurasium otter, turtles and amphibians.  Their primary survey and impact of the project in the same should be brought out.  Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

(x)              Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xi)            Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

(xii)          Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

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

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

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

(xvi)        Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xviii)    Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xx)          Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxii)      Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxiv)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxv)      Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxvi)    Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.20       Darer river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand (20 ha)

 

The proponent informed the Committee that they have yet to get the mine lease for this area.  The Committee therefore observed that the proposal is pre-mature for want of mine lease and hence deferred consideration of the proposal and recommended for closure of the file. 

 

1.21       Song-2 river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand (273 ha)

 

It was observed that the said proposal has already been prescribed TOR and the proposal under reference was a duplicate copy of the same, which was sent through SEIAA.  In view of the same, no further consideration was felt necessary, it being a duplicate proposal and the proponent confirmed that there is no change in this proposal with respect to the proposal already considered and prescribed TOR. 

 

1.22       Chandnava-1 river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand (168 ha)

 

It was observed that the said proposal has already been prescribed TOR and the proposal under reference was a duplicate copy of the same, which was sent through SEIAA.  In view of the same, no further consideration was felt necessary, it being a duplicate proposal and the proponent confirmed that there is no change in this proposal with respect to the proposal already considered and prescribed TOR. 

 

1.23       Jakhan-1 river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand (195 ha)

 

It was observed that the said proposal has already been prescribed TOR and the proposal under reference was a duplicate copy of the same, which was sent through SEIAA.  In view of the same, no further consideration was felt necessary, it being a duplicate proposal and the proponent confirmed that there is no change in this proposal with respect to the proposal already considered and prescribed TOR. 

 

1.24       Gulata river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand (30 ha)

 

The proponent informed the Committee that they have yet to get the mine lease for this area.  The Committee therefore observed that the proposal is pre-mature for want of mine lease and hence deferred consideration of the proposal and recommended for closure of the file. 

 

1.25       Song-1 river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand (225 ha)

 

It was observed that the said proposal has already been prescribed TOR and the proposal under reference was a duplicate copy of the same, which was sent through SEIAA.  In view of the same, no further consideration was felt necessary, it being a duplicate proposal and the proponent confirmed that there is no change in this proposal with respect to the proposal already considered and prescribed TOR. 

 

1.26       Jakhan-2 river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand (100 ha)

 

It was observed that the said proposal has already been prescribed TOR and the proposal under reference was a duplicate copy of the same, which was sent through SEIAA.  In view of the same, no further consideration was felt necessary, it being a duplicate proposal and the proponent confirmed that there is no change in this proposal with respect to the proposal already considered and prescribed TOR. 

 

1.27       Song-3 river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand (270 ha)

 

It was observed that the said proposal has already been prescribed TOR and the proposal under reference was a duplicate copy of the same, which was sent through SEIAA.  In view of the same, no further consideration was felt necessary, it being a duplicate proposal and the proponent confirmed that there is no change in this proposal with respect to the proposal already considered and prescribed TOR. 

 

1.28       Chandnava-2 river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand (29 ha)

 

The proponent informed the Committee that they have yet to get the mine lease for this area.  The Committee therefore observed that the proposal is pre-mature for want of mine lease and hence deferred consideration of the proposal and recommended for closure of the file. 

 

1.29       Lakkarghat (Ganga Nadi) river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand (15 ha)

 

The proponent informed the Committee that they have yet to get the mine lease for this area.  The Committee therefore observed that the proposal is pre-mature for want of mine lease and hence deferred consideration of the proposal and recommended for closure of the file. 

 

1.30       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 33) Project of M/s Vikas Agarwal & Wajid Ali, Village Kaluwala Jahanpur Dakshin, Tehsil Behat, District Saharanpur, U.P. (6.48 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

 

The proposal is for production of 45,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Kaluwala Rao.  The mine lease area is 6.48 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand at a distance of 8.5 km and Rajaji National Park at a distance of 9.5 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 5 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the Rajaji National Park should also be obtained and furnished. 

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

 

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

 

1.31       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 29)  Project of M/s Vikas Agarwal & Wajid Ali, Village Badshahpur, District Saharanpur, U.P. (13.36 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 72,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Solani.  The mine lease area is 13.36 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand at a distance of 3.5 km and Rajaji National Park at a distance of 6 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 6 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the Rajaji National Park should also be obtained and furnished. 

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.32       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 28) Project of M/s Vikas Agarwal & Wajid Ali, Village Badshahpur, District Saharanpur, U.P. (8.91 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 72,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Solani.  The mine lease area is 8.91 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand at a distance of 4 km and Rajaji National Park at a distance of 5.6 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 5 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the Rajaji National Park should also be obtained and furnished. 

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

 

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

 

1.33       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 39) Project of M/s Vikas Agarwal & Wajid Ali, Village Tatohal, District Saharanpur, U.P. (9.31 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 54,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Yamuna.  The mine lease area is 9.31 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P and Haryana at a distance of 1 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 5 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard.

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

 

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

 

1.34       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 30) Project of M/s Vikas Agarwal & Wajid Ali, Village Khushhalipur, District Saharanpur, U.P. (10.32 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 72,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Solani.  The mine lease area is 10.32 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand at a distance of 4.5 km and Rajaji National Park at a distance of 5.0 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 6 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the Rajaji National Park should also be obtained and furnished. 

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.35       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 31) Project of M/s Vikas Agarwal & Wajid Ali, Village Khushhalipur, District Saharanpur, U.P. (18.75 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

 

The proposal is for production of 72,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Solani.  The mine lease area is 18.75 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand at a distance of 4.0 km and Rajaji National Park at a distance of 4.7 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 6 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the Rajaji National Park should also be obtained and furnished. 

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.36       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 34) Project of M/s Vikas Agarwal & Wajid Ali, Village Kalowala Paharipur, District Saharanpur, U.P. (18.75 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 90,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Kothri Rao.  The mine lease area is 18.75 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand at a distance of 9.0 km and Rajaji National Park at a distance of 12.5 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 6 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard.

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.37       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 8) Project of M/s Mahmood Ali & Dilshad, Village Faizabad, District Saharanpur, U.P. (6.88 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 90,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Gejra Rao.  The mine lease area is 6.88 ha. The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Haryana at a distance of 2.0 km and that of U.P. and Uttarakhand at 7.5 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 6 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard.

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.38       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 4) Project of M/s Mahmood Ali & Dilshad, Village Rahna, District Saharanpur, U.P. (10.32 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 1,08,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Yamuna.  The mine lease area is 10.32 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand at a distance of 5.8 km and U.P. and Haryana at a distance of 0.2 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 7 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard.

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.39       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 3) Project of M/s Mahmood Ali & Dilshad, Village Rahna, District Saharanpur, U.P. (8.06 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 1,26,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Yamuna.  The mine lease area is 8.06 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand at a distance of 5.0 km and U.P. and Haryana at a distance of 0.1 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 6 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard.

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.40       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 5) Project of M/s Mahmood Ali & Dilshad, Village Rahna, District Saharanpur, U.P. (10.32 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 90,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Yamuna.  The mine lease area is 10.32 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand at a distance of 6.4 km and U.P. and Haryna at a distance of 0.25 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 6 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard.

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.41       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 1) Project of M/s Mahmood Ali & Dilshad, Village Sherpur Pelon, District Saharanpur, U.P. (7.69 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 45,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Khalronwala Rao.  The mine lease area is 7.69 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand at a distance of 8.0 km and U.P. and Haryana at a distance of 8.3 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 5 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard.

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.42       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 6) Project of M/s Mahmood Ali & Dilshad, Village Faizabad, District Saharanpur, U.P. (12.39 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 1,26,,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Yamuna.  The mine lease area is 12.39 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand at a distance of 7.0 km and U.P. and Haryana at a distance of 0.05 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 7 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard.

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.43       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 9) Project of M/s Mahmood Ali & Dilshad, Village Thapur Ismailpur, District Saharanpur, U.P. (12.06 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 45,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Solani.  The mine lease area is 12.06 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand at a distance of 0.5 km and Rajaji National Park at a distance of 8.5 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 5 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the Rajaji National Park should also be obtained and furnished. 

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.44       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 36) Project of M/s Mahmood Ali, Puneet Jain & Mukesh Jain, Village Rasoolpur, District Saharanpur, U.P. (34.82 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 1,08,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Yamuna.  The mine lease area is 34.82 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Haryana at a distance of 0.5 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 8 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard.

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.45       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 40) Project of M/s Mahmood Ali, Puneet Jain & Mukesh Jain, Villiage Aslampur Bartha, District Saharanpur, U.P. (36.38 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 1,08,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Yamuna.  The mine lease area is 36.38 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Haryana at a distance of 0.3 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 8 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard.

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.46       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 37) Project of M/s Mahmood Ali, Puneet Jain & Mukesh Jain, Village Nunnyari Ahatmal, District Saharanpur, U.P. (24.29 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 90,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Yamuna.  The mine lease area is 24.29 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Haryna at a distance of 0.1 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 7 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard.

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.47       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 27) Project of M/s Amit Jain & Naseem, Village Mayapur Rooppur, District Saharanpur, U.P. (14.87 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 1,17,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Badshahibagh Rao.  The mine lease area is 14.87 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Haryana at a distance of 4.0 km and U.P. and Uttarakhand at a distance of 8.0 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 7 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard.

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.48       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 20) Project of M/s Amit Jain & Naseem, Village Madti Ahatmaal, District Saharanpur, U.P. (12.39 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 72,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Yamuna.  The mine lease area is 12.39 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Harayna at a distance of 0.05 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 6 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard.

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.49       Proposed for collection of Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 25) Project of M/s Amit Jain & Naseem, Village Abdullapur, District Saharanpur, U.P. (5.59 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 45,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Kaluwala Rao.  The mine lease area is 5.59 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand at a distance of 8.0 km and Rajaji National Park at a distance of 9.5 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 5 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the Rajaji National Park should also be obtained and furnished. 

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.50       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 24) Project of M/s Amit Jain & Naseem, Village Jayantipur Bans Ahatmaal, District Saharanpur, U.P. (7.69 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 45,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Kaluwala Rao.  The mine lease area is 7.69 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand at a distance of 8.0 km and Rajaji National Park at a distance of 9.5 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 5 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the Rajaji National Park should also be obtained and furnished. 

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

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

 

1.51       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 17) Project of M/s Amit Jain & Naseem, Village Akbarpur Bans Ahatmaal, District Saharanpur, U.P. (22.67 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

The proposal is for production of 81,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Yamuna.  The mine lease area is 22.67 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Haryana at a distance of 0.1 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 6 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard.

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

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

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

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

e)     Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)       While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

1.52       Minor Minerals (Sand, Bajri & Boulders) (Lot No. 26) Project of M/s Amit Jain & Naseem, Village Mayapur Rooppur, District Saharanpur, U.P. (9.31 ha) (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006. For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for production of 1,08,000 TPA of Sand, Bajri and Boulder put together from the river bed of river Badshahibagh.  The mine lease area is 9.31 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand at a distance of 7.0 km and U.P. and Haryana at a distance of 5 km.  Mine working will be manual; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing loaders.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 7 kld.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtrs.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was reported that collection of baseline AAQ data has started from April, 2010.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                Year-wise production prior to EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force and clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 2006.  It may also be categorically informed whether there had been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force w.r.t. the highest production achieved prior to 2006.

(ii)              All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(iii)            The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

(iv)            The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

(v)              Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

(vi)            Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vii)          Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigative measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard.

(xi)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna especially fresh water turtles and their nesting sites, if any, in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

(xiv)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

(xv)          Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

(xvi)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

(xvii)      Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

(xix)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.

(xxi)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxiii)    Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

(xxv)      Measures of socio economic influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent.  As far as possible, quantitative dimension to be given.

(xxvi)    Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same. 

(xxviii)Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof. 

(xxix)    The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

 

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

b)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

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