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

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 2ND MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

The 2nd meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on May 24-26, 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: Confirmation of the minutes of the 1st Meeting.

The minutes of the meeting were confirmed as circulated. 

Item No. 2: Consideration of Projects:

 

2.1     Maldi – Mopar Limestone Mines of M/s Ambuja Cements Ltd., Village Rawan, Tehsil Baloda Bazar, District Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

The consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of comments from State Pollution Control Board as the said project is located in severally polluted area as per the Office Memorandum dated 13th January, 2010 issued by MoEF and the procedure to be followed for consideration of such projects.  It was decided that the project will be listed for consideration in the next meeting of EAC to be held in June, 2010. 

2.2     Expansion of Limestone Mine (ML no. 9/79, renewal no. 3/03) of M/s JK Cement Works at village Karunda, District Chitorgarh, Rajasthan (240.86 ha) (Consultant: Aqura Labs Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 1.09 million TPA to 2.0 million TPA for their captive use.  The terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study were prescribed on 5th February, 2009. The public hearing was held on 29th June, 2009. The mine lease area is 240.86 ha, which includes 95.86 ha of agriculture land and 70 ha of grazing land.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 38 years.  The ultimate working depth will be 32 m bgl.  The groundwater table varies between 50 – 55 m bgl during pre-monsoon and 38 m bgl during post monsoon.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The peak water requirement is estimated as 92 kld, which will be met from mine sump water and 1 kld from groundwater.  It was stated that the project does not fall in Aravali, a letter from Assistant Mining Engineer, Nimbahera dated 26.2.2009 was submitted in this regard. It is estimated that 11,32,000 m3 of waste (interstitial clay) will be generated during life of the mine.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 27 ha post mine and the entire excavated area of 115 ha will be converted into water body. Issues raised during public hearing were also considered and clarified by the proponent.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case pending and no directions have been passed by any court of law against this project. 

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

 

2.3     Expansion of Limestone Mine (ML no. 4/81 and renewal no. 4/03) of M/s JK Cement Works at village Maliakheda, District Chittorgarh, Rajasthan (320 ha) (Consultant: Aqura Labs Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 2.2 million TPA to 3.2 million TPA for their captive use.  The terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study were prescribed on 5th February, 2009.  The public hearing was held on 29th June, 2009.  The mine lease area is 320 ha, which includes 154 ha of agriculture land and 38 ha of grazing land.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 29 years. The ultimate working depth will be 36 m bgl.  The groundwater table varies between 50 – 55 m bgl during pre-monsoon and 38 m bgl during post monsoon.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The peak water requirement is estimated as 142 kld, which will be met from mine sump water and 1 kld from groundwater.  It was stated that the project does not fall in Aravali, a letter from Assistant Mining Engineer, Nimbahera dated 26.2.2009 was submitted in this regard. It is estimated that 6,11,221 tonnes of waste (interstitial clay) will be generated during life of the mine.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 19.64 ha post mine and the entire excavated area of 208.76 ha will be converted into water body. Issues raised during public hearing were also considered and clarified by the proponent. It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case pending and no directions have been passed by any court of law against this project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for Environmental Clearance. 

 

2.4     Expansion of Limestone Mine (ML no. 26/08) of M/s JK Cement Works at village Mangrol, District Chittorgarh, Rajasthan (132 ha) (Consultant: Aqura Labs Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 1.5 million TPA of limestone for their captive use. The terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study were prescribed on 6th February, 2009.  The public hearing was held on 29th June, 2009.  The mine lease area is 132 ha, which includes 95.5 ha of agriculture land and 21.28 ha of grazing land.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 20 years.  The ultimate working depth will be 32 m bgl.  The groundwater table varies between 50 – 55 m bgl during pre-monsoon and 38 m bgl during post monsoon. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. The peak water requirement is estimated as 81 kld, which will be met from mine sump water and groundwater. It was stated that the project does not fall in Aravali, a letter from Assistant Mining Engineer, Nimbahera dated 26.2.2009 was submitted in this regard.  It is estimated that 2,20,000 m3 of waste (interstitial clay) will be generated during life of the mine.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 14 ha post mine and the entire excavated area of 88.55 ha will be converted into water body.  Issues raised during public hearing were also considered and clarified by the proponent.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case pending and no directions have been passed by any court of law against this project. 

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

 

2.5     Kaladgi Limestone Mine of M/s Bagalkot Cement & Industries Ltd., village Kaladgi, District Bagalkot, Karnataka (Reconsideration Case)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on March 25th, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further. It was observed that the documents submitted were not mutually consistent.  It was noted that the public hearing was held for lease area of 223 ha, whereas the EIA report mentions lease area of 453.25 ha.  The issues raised during last meeting were also not clarified satisfactorily. 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee deferred further consideration of the proposal till all the documents inter-alia EIA report, public hearing and approved mine plan are made mutually consistent and submitted.

 

2.6     Harwar Soapstone Mine (ML no. 231/08) of M/s Rose Marbles Ltd. located at Udyog Vihar, District Dungarpur, Rajasthan (Consultant: Udaipur Min-Tech Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production of soapstone from 756 TPA to 25,000 TPA.  Terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 24.3.2009.  Public hearing was held on 27.1.2010.  Mine lease area is 113.736 ha.  No forestland and no grazing land is involved in the project.  Mine working will be both opencast and underground. Ultimate working depth will be 147 m bgl (41 mRL) in underground mining and in opencast it will be 61 m bgl (127 mRL).  Water requirement is estimated as 20 m3/day, which will be obtained from mine pit water and groundwater. It is estimated that 7,11,000 m3 of waste will be generated, which will be dumped in the form of external OB dump. No back-filling is proposed.  It was stated that dolomite will be generated as waste, which will be sold based on short term permits.  At the end of the lease period an area of 15.24 ha will be covered under plantation.  Water reservoir is proposed in an area of 14.99 ha.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  It was stated that the said mine lease does not fall in Aravali. A letter from Assistant Mining Engineer, Dungarpur dated 5.10.2009 was submitted in this regard.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case and no directions has been passed by any court of law against the project. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and clarified. 

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

(i)        A confirmation from the Competent Authority in the State Government that the mine lease falls only in District Dungarpur for which public hearing was held on 27.1.2010 and that no portion of the mine lease falls in Pratapgarh District. 

(ii)      Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining project to be refilled with proper data and submitted. It may be noted that the Questionnaire as prescribed by MoEF should be used without making any amendments therein. 

(iii)     The application form in the revised format (as revised on 1.12.2009) to be submitted.

(iv)     Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing. 

 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, it was decided to consider the proposal further after the requisite information as mentioned above has been received. 

 

2.7     Ballar-II Gypsum Mining Project of Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Ltd., Village Ballar, District Bikaner, Rajasthan (Reconsideration Case) (Consultant: WAPCOS LTD., Gurgaon)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on February 17-18, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further. The meteorological data and the air quality modeling results were presented. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and clarified.  It was noted that as per the approved mining scheme submitted by the project proponent, its validity is up to 2009-10 only. However, the proponent stated that its validity is upto 2013. No document in support of the same was submitted. The Committee desired that a letter from the Competent Authority confirming the validity of the approved mining scheme beyond March, 2010 and specifying the period upto which it is valid should be submitted. 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee deferred its decision till the requisite confirmation regarding validity of approved mining scheme beyond 2010 has been submitted. 

 

2.8     Bhurasar Gypsum Mining Project of M/s Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Ltd., near village Bhurasar, Bikaner, Rajasthan (Reconsideration Case) (Consultant: WAPCOS LTD., Gurgaon)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on February 17-18, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further. The meteorological data and the air quality modeling results were presented. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and clarified.  

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

 

2.9     Larawala Gypsum Mining Project of Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Ltd., Village Larawala, District Bikaner, Rajasthan (Reconsideration Case) (Consultant: WAPCOS LTD., Gurgaon)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on February 17-18, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further. The meteorological data and the air quality modeling results were presented. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and clarified.  

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

 

2.10   Integrated mining and Mineral Beneficiation Plant of Iron Ore, Copper and Associated Minerals of M/s Jindal Saw Ltd., District Bhilwara, Rajasthan (Reconsideration Case) (Consultant: Enkay Enviro Services, Jaipur)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meetings held on January 20-22, 2010 and March 17-19, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further. It was stated by the proponent that the said project does not fall in Aravali and in the context of the order dated 19.2.2010 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, it was stated that it refers to survey of the Aravali Hill Range and is not applicable to projects outside the Aravali. The instant proposal is not covered in the Aravali as per the definition of Aravali Hill Range given by Directorate of Mines, Govt. of Rajasthan. A letter dated 8.4.2010 from Mining Engineer, Bhilwara was submitted in this regard. The required NOC from Central Ground Water Authority dated 14.5.2010 permitting drawl of 12 m3-day of groundwater and dewatering of 256 kld of accumulated water in the mine pit due to intersection of groundwater table subject to various conditions contained therein was submitted.  As regards the back-filling, it was stated that it will be undertaken after the mineral reserves are exhausted at conceptual stage. The waste will be disposed in the form of four external OB dumps at identified sites. The issues raised during public hearing were considered and clarified. The other issues raised by the Committee were also clarified. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to the conditions specified by CGWA in their NOC. 

 

2.11   Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s Shivom Minerals Ltd., village Kusumdihi, Tehsil Bonai, District Sundargarh, Orissa (Consultant: S.S. Environics (India) Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

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

The proposal is for setting up of a iron ore beneficiation plant having a capacity of 0.63 million TPA of throughput.  The land requirement for the project is estimated as 30.56 acres.  Additionally, an area of 8.79 acres is earmarked for solid waste disposal outside the project area.  The iron ore rejects from the nearby mines within 50 km of the area will be used as raw material.  The process involves washing and removal of impurities.  The plant will be based on zero discharge outside the plant.  The waste water will be recovered and re-circulated.  No tailing pond is proposed as part of the project; however, there will be slurry pond.  The rejects after filter press will be disposed to the disposal section. The makeup water requirement is estimated as 725 m3/day, which will be met from Karo river. The power requirement is estimated as 1,000 KVA, which will be met from WESCO.  However, for emergency purpose two generator sets of 500 KVA capacity will be installed. 

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

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

(ii)           The land requirement for the project should be optimized.  It should be examined to reduce land for waste disposal.  Details in this regard, should be furnished. 

(iii)          Details of the technology and process involved in the project may be provided. 

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

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

(vi)          Measures to manage the under size / over-size waste from the feed ore shall be provided. 

(vii)        Details of the solid waste to be generated and its management may be provided. It is seen that the proposed technology relating to waste management does not provide for any tailing pond. The efficacy of the system and case studies, if any of successful application of the same may be furnished. The related environmental issues associated with such technology including the requirement of power in adopting such technology vis-a-vis other technologies should also be discussed in the EIA report.  Management of fines and mitigation measures to control these fines from getting airborne should also be discussed. 

(viii)       The power requirement for the project and its availability and source should be clearly given in the report. 

(ix)         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 may be provided.

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

(xi)          Location of the proposed plant w.r.t. the source of raw material and mode of transportation of the ore from mines to the beneficiation plant.

(xii)         Treatment of run of from the fines/waste dump. 

(xiii)        Estimation of the fines going into the washings and its management.

(xiv)        Details of the equipment, settling pond etc. 

(xv)         Detailed material balance to be provided.  

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

(xvii)      Management and disposal of slurry and closure plan of the slurry pond(s), if any, after the project is over. 

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

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

(xx)         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. 

(xxi)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people, if any.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

(xxii)      Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality, 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.

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

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

(xxv)      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. 

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

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

(xxviii)     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.

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

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

(xxxi)     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.

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

(xxxiii)     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. 

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

(xxxv)    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. 

(xxxvi)     Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts due to the project. 

(xxxvii)  Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same. 

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

(xxxix)     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 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)     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 surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features and drainage.

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

 

2.12   Iron Ore Mining Project of M/s Neelachal Ispat Nigam Ltd., Districts Keonjhar and Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: Vimta Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

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

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 2.0 million TPA of iron ore. The mine lease area is 874.29 ha, which includes 806.153 ha of forest land.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Life of the mine is 37 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 30 m bgl. Ground water table is at 40 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. The request of the proponent for exemption of public hearing on the grounds that it was earlier done on 20.10.2006 (Keonjhar) and 15.2.2006 (Sundergarh) was not agreed to by the Committee as the earlier public hearing was done in terms of the EIA Notification, 1994.  The Committee also desired for generation of AAQ data afresh. 

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

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

(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 and should be in the name of the lessee. 

(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)        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.

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

(vi)        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. 

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

(viii)      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. 

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

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

(xi)        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.

(xii)       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. 

(xiii)      Impact of change of land use.  

(xiv)      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.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

(xv)       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. 

(xvi)      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.

(xvii)    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. 

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

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

(xx)       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.

(xxi)      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.

(xxii)    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. 

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

(xxiv)   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. 

(xxv)    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.).  

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

(xxvii)  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.

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

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

(xxx)    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.

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

(xxxii)  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. 

(xxxiii)                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. 

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

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

(xxxvi)                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. 

 

 

2.13   Thakurani Iron and Manganese Ore Mines of M/s The Orissa Minerals Development Co. Ltd., District Keonjhar, Orissa  (Consultant: Geomin Consultant, 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 mine plan. 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production of iron ore to 3.0 million TPA and manganese ore to 0.06 million TPA.  It was noted that the proposal has been submitted in the name of M/s Orissa Minerals Development Co. Ltd. while the mine lease is reported in the name of Bharat Process and Mechanical Engineers Ltd.  During discussion, the proponent could not clarify the relationship between the lessee and applicant. The Committee, therefore, desired that a clarification from the competent authority in this regard should be provided along with a letter of intent relating to issue of mine lease for further consideration of the proposal.  The proponent requested for consideration of their proposal in the EAC meeting to be held in July, 2010.  The Committee agreed to the request of the proponent. 

 

2.14   Mining and Processing of Gold Ore ROM 0.4 MTPA and Ore Processing Plant of 0.3 MTPA of M/s Geomysore Services (India) Pvt. Ltd. located at Jonnagiri village, Tuggali Mandal, Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: B.S. Envi-Tech Pvt. Ltd, Hyderabad)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.4 million TPA (ROM) of gold ore and setting up of processing (beneficiation) plant with a capacity of 0.3 million TPA throughput. The terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 28.11.2008.  Public hearing was held on 9.12.2009. The mine lease area is 597.82 ha. No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be both opencast and underground.  The ultimate working depth for opencast working will be 345 mRL (75 m bgl) and for underground working it will be 230 m bgl.  Life of the mine is 12 years. The total water requirement of the project is estimated as 1640 kld, while the makeup water requirement of the project is estimated as 600 kld, which will be obtained from mine water and bore well.  The groundwater table varies between 30 – 40 m bgl.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table. Based on the hydro-geological study, it has been shown that the stage of groundwater development in the area is 46% and the zone of influence due to pumping of water from the mine pit is stated to be 82 m.  The area is reported to be in the safe zone. The baseline AAQ data presented showed the AAQ levels within prescribed limits.  It is estimated that 7.8 million TPA of OB will be generated during life of the mine, which will be disposed in the form of two external OB dump. The processing plant will generate about 1,000 tonnes of tailings, which will be pumped to a tailing thickener pond. The over flow will be recycled in the mill system and the under flow will be pumped into a tailing treatment tank and treated to minimize levels of cyanide.  The thickened tailing will be pumped into a designated tailing dump area of 4 ha earmarked for the purpose.  The height of the tailing ponds will be 30 m. To avoid any subsidence in the underground mining, stoping is proposed by cut and fill method.  The Committee was concerned about the cyanide poisoning due to the project and therefore desired that stringent safeguards should be taken and the proponent committed to adopt international cyanide management code in this regard. 

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

International cyanide management code should be adopted and all necessary safeguard measures shall be taken to avoid any incidence of cyanide poisoning due to this project. 

(i)           The proponent should maintain cyanide kits at the project site and provide necessary training for its usage to the workers involved in handling of cyanide. 

(ii)          Necessary remedial measures including provision of de-fluoridization will be made in the project to ensure that fluoride content in the water is well below the prescribed standards. 

(iii)        The tailing storage area shall be lined with LDPE lining on all sides including bottom to ensure that there is no leaching into groundwater. 

(iv)        Monitoring of groundwater shall be carried out regularly around the tailing storage area and records maintained.  In case, any leaching is observed at any point of time necessary corrective measures shall be taken immediately and matter shall be reported to the competent authority. 

(v)          Necessary safeguard measures shall be taken to ensure that the resultant particulate level in the area is well within the prescribed limits. 

(vi)        The project affected people shall be rehabilitated and compensated as per applicable R&R Policy and guidelines in consultation with the State Government.

 

2.15   Consideration in terms of the order of the Hon’ble National Environment Appellate Authority dated 10.5.2010 relating to Pirna Iron Ore Mine, Goa. 

The matter was considered at length in the light of the orders dated 10.5.2010 of the Hon’ble NEAA directing the Ministry to constitute a Sub Committee of EAC to visit the area and examine the reasons for whole sale public opposition to the mining and re-examine its impact on agriculture, horticulture, school children, health, habitation, river and groundwater etc. and also in the light of the fact that the Ministry has imposed a moratorium on consideration of mining proposals in Goa. The Committee after deliberations of the whole matter constituted a Committee comprising the following:

1.  Dr. Rajesh Srivastava,

2.  Dr. Tushar Kant Joshi,

3.  Dr. L. Ajay Kumar,

4.  Dr. B.K. Mishra

5.  A representative of MoEF

It was decided to undertake the visit tentatively during June 23-24, 2010 and discuss the visit report during the next meeting to be held on June 28-30, 2010.  

 

2.16   Chrome Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s Ferro Alloys Corporation Ltd., Village Kathpal, District Dhenkanal, Orissa

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

 

2.17   Balaji Iron Ore Mine of M/s Anil Khirwal, West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: Envomin Consultant Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in 2002 and enhancement of production of iron ore from 39,000 TPA to 74,000 TPA.  The TOR for this project were prescribed on 31st July, 2007.  Public hearing was held on 5.9.2008. The mine lease area is 19.331 ha, which is a forestland. Forestry clearance has been obtained for the broken up area of 8.242 ha. The project is located within core zone of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve. As the said project is located in West Singhbhum District, an identified severely polluted area as per the Office Memorandum dated 13.1.2010, the comments of State Pollution Control Board were sought. The Member Secretary of SPCB attended the meeting and clarified that the environmental status of the area has improved due to the stringent conditions imposed on mines, crushers and the transportation of ore, as also stated in their letter dated 29.4.2010.  It was also stated that the baseline data is not alarming and the project could be considered on its merits. Accordingly, the project was considered further. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized using jack hammer involving drilling and blasting.  The water requirement is estimated as 33 kld, which will be obtained from dug wells and tube wells. The ultimate working depth will be 475 m AMSL.  Groundwater table varies between 492 – 487 m AMSL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  Life of the mine is 28 years.  It is estimated that 2,95,477 m3 of waste will be generated during life of mine.  It was categorically stated by the proponent there is no court case and no directions have been passed by any court of law against this project.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered.

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

(i)           NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for locating the project in Singhbhum Elephant Reserve. 

(ii)          Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing.

(iii)     Detailed hydro-geological study and NOC from CGWA for de-watering of mine water. 

(iv)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining project to be properly filled in providing relevant information against various columns and submitted. 

(v)          Commitment that only jack hammer will be used. 

(vi)        Baseline AAQ data for 10 km study area around the project. 

(vii)       Details of waste generation and its management. 

(viii)     Details of transportation of mineral and specific safeguard measures for fugitive dust. 

(ix)        Biological study as per TOR no. (v). 

(x)         Year-wise production showing the highest production achieved prior to 1994. 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30th June, 2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in July, 2010.  

 

2.18   Noamundi Iron Ore Mine of M/s Mitra Ghose and Samir Kumar Ghose, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (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 iron ore to 52,563 TPA.  It is a violation case. The mine lease area is 20.072 ha, which is a forestland.  The project is located in core zone of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve.  The TOR for this project were prescribed on 8.6.2009. Public hearing was held on 17.1.2010.  As the said project is located in West Singhbhum District, an identified severely polluted area as per the Office Memorandum dated 13.1.2010, the comments of State Pollution Control Board were sought. The Member Secretary of SPCB attended the meeting and clarified that the environmental status of the area has improved due to the stringent conditions imposed on mines, crushers and the transportation of ore, as also stated in their letter dated 29.4.2010. It was also stated that the baseline data is not alarming and the project could be considered on its merits.  Accordingly, the project was considered further.  The mine is reported to have been worked upto 20.7.2008 and is reported to be closed presently.  The water requirement is 20 kld, which will be obtained from nearby area.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised.  Ultimate working depth will be 30 m bgl (460 mRL).  Groundwater table is reported to be 440 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Life of the mine is 40 years.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case and no directions have been passed by any court of law against this project.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered.  It is estimated that 20,06,107 m3 of waste will be generated during the mine life which will be partly back-filled. The external OB dumps will be stabilized using geo-textile. 

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

(i)           Copy of the approved mining scheme.

(ii)          NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for locating the mine within core zone of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve. 

(iii)        Questionnaire of environmental appraisal of mining project to be filled properly providing relevant information against various columns and submitted. 

(iv)        Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing. 

(v)          Details of waste management clearly showing the feasibility of backfilling as stated during presentation. 

          It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 31st July, 2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in August, 2010.  

 

2.19   Baraiburu Tatiba Iron & Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Rameshwara Jute Mills Ltd. located in Village Baraiburu and Tatiba, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (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 enhancement of production of iron ore from 30,000 TPA to 2.26 million TPA and manganese ore from 300 TPA to 4,000 TPA.  A crushing and screening plant will also form part of the project. The TOR for this project were prescribed on 18.7.2008 and 10.7.2009.  Public hearing was held on 13.1.2010. The mine lease area is 258.98968 ha, which includes 18.29068 ha of agriculture land and remaining area is forestland.  The mine is located in core zone of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve.  As the said project is located in West Singhbhum District, an identified severely polluted area as per the Office Memorandum dated 13.1.2010, the comments of State Pollution Control Board were sought. The Member Secretary of SPCB attended the meeting and clarified that the environmental status of the area has improved due to the stringent conditions imposed on mines, crushers and the transportation of ore, as also stated in their letter dated 29.4.2010.  It was also stated that the baseline data is not alarming and the project could be considered on its merits.  Accordingly, the project was considered further.  The mine working will be opencast mechanized for iron ore and manual for manganese ore.  The life of the mine is 20 years for iron ore and 282 years for manganese ore.  Water requirement is 114 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater. The ultimate working depth will be 414 mRL.  Groundwater level varies between 402.5 m AMSL – 408.5 m AMSL. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. The Committee was concerned about the manganese poisoning and desired that the requisite safeguard measures in this regard should be taken and the workers should be given appropriate training and also sensitized to the hazards of manganese poisoning. 

The issue of location of this mine within core zone of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve was discussed and deliberated by the Committee.  The Committee took note of the letter of the Chief Wildlife Warden submitted by the proponent. The letter indicated that the elephant corridor was at a distance of 9.5 Kms from the project site, but the mine itself was in the core-zone of the Elephant Reserve. The letter did not express any views on whether mining activity could be permitted in such an area or not. Being aware of the facts relating to the mine, prima facie objections if any, could have been expressed in the letter. In the absence thereof, and also in view of the fact that the proponent have prepared a wildlife conservation plan, the Committee observed that under the circumstances, the project could be considered further for EC subject however, to a policy decision being taken in MoEF as to whether the core zones of any demarcated animal reserve areas are to be treated ab-initio as `no-go` areas in general or they could be considered for mining projects on a case to case basis, subject to specific wildlife conservation action plans (prepared in consultation with the concerned Wildlife Authorities) being put in place and subject however, to securing prior clearance of the concerned Dept of MoEF.  

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to the following conditions and subject to MoEF taking a decision relating to mining in Elephant Reserve as mentioned in the para above:-

(i)           A plan for diversion of second order stream to minimize the adverse impact on hydrological regime of the area should be prepared and implemented.

(ii)          The charge per delay should be reduced so as to ensure that the peak particulate velocity is well within the prescribed limits as per DGMS circular / guidelines in this regard. 

(iii)        Requisite health and safety measures should be taken to avoid any incidence of manganese poisoning.  Training for the workers should be organized so as to sensitize them to recognize these hazards.

(iv)        Wildlife Conservation Plan as above is fully implemented under the supervision of the Wildlife Authorities.

 

2.20   Bihar Iron Ore Mines of M/s Nirmal Kumar Pradeep Kumar, village Merelgara, Chaibasa, West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: Eco Care, Asansol)

As the said project is located in West Singhbhum District, an identified severely polluted area as per the Office Memorandum dated 13.1.2010, the comments of State Pollution Control Board were sought.  The Member Secretary of SPCB attended the meeting and clarified that the environmental status of the area has improved due to the stringent conditions imposed on mines, crushers and the transportation of ore, as also stated in their letter dated 29.4.2010. It was also stated that the baseline data is not alarming and the project could be considered on its merits. 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due in 2011 and enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.062 million TPA to 0.343 million TPA.  The mine lease area is 66.781 ha, which includes 51.686 ha of forestland.  Additionally, 10 ha of land outside the mine lease will be required for waste dump.  The mine is located at 4 km from Orissa State boundary.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized.  Life of the mine is 52 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 70 m bgl.  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)           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)       Details of the land for OB dump outside the mine lease such as extent of land area, distance from mine lease, its land use, R&R issues, if any should be given. 

(viii)      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. 

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

(x)          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. 

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

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

(xiii)      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.

(xiv)      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. 

(xv)       Impact of change of land use.  

(xvi)      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.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

(xvii)    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. 

(xviii)   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.

(xix)      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. 

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

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

(xxii)    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.

(xxiii)   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.

(xxiv)   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. 

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

(xxvi)   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. 

(xxvii)  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.).  

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

(xxix)   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.

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

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

(xxxii)  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. 

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

(xxxiv)                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. 

(xxxv)  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. 

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

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

(xxxviii)  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. 

 

2.21   Ajitaburu Iron Ore Mine of M/s SAIL in village Chiria, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Reconsideration Case) (Consultant: NEERI, Nagpur)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on 17th September, 2009 wherein the consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of approved mine plan.  Based on the information submitted the proposal was included in the agenda for consideration of EAC.  Further, as the said project is located in West Singhbhum District, an identified severely polluted area as per the Office Memorandum dated 13.1.2010, the comments of State Pollution Control Board were sought. The Member Secretary of SPCB attended the meeting and clarified that the environmental status of the area has improved due to the stringent conditions imposed to mines, crushers and the transportation of ore, as also stated in their letter dated 29.4.2010.  It was also stated that the baseline data is not alarming and the project could be considered on its merits.  Accordingly, the project was considered further. 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due since December, 2007 and enhancement of iron ore to 2.8 million TPA.  The mine lease area is 323.887 ha, which is a forestland.  Mine is reported to be closed presently since 1995.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Life of the mine is 172 years.  Peak water requirement is 2570 kld.  The AAQ data presented was seen to be within prescribed limit.  The mine is located in the core zone of the Singhbhum Elephant Reserve.  The ultimate working depth will be 500 m AMSL. The groundwater is at 400 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. There is one existing OB dump which has already been stabilized.  It is estimated that 4.855 million tonnes of waste will be generated during lease period which will be disposed in an area of 12 ha in the form of external OB dump having a height of about 34 m.  It was categorically mentioned that there is no court case and no directions have been passed by any court of law against the project.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed. 

The issue of location of this mine within core zone of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve was discussed and deliberated by the Committee.  The Committee took note of the letter dated 15.9.2009 of the Chief Wildlife Warden submitted by the proponent wherein it was stated that the lease is located within core zone of the elephant reserve; however, no national park / sanctuary and elephant corridor is located within 10 km of the lease. The Committee also took note of the letter dated 23.9.2009 from Chief Wildlife Warden addressed to Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Acting Director, Wasteland Development Board, Jharkhand relating to mitigation of adverse impacts on wildlife due to diversion of forestland for various projects located in Elephant Reserve, submitted by the project proponent.  It was also observed that the proponent is committed to contribute towards the Wildlife Conservation Plan to be prepared by the State Government.  The Committee observed that since the facts relating to this mine are in the knowledge of the Chief Wildlife Warden, and they have not indicated any objection or reservation on the mining activity, the conditional approach of a comprehensive wildlife conservation plan being adopted as a pre-condition to undertaking any mining activity in this area, merits consideration.  However, MoEF may take a final view in this regard as to whether the core zones of any demarcated animal reserve areas are to be treated ab-initio as `no-go` areas in general or they could be considered for mining projects on a case to case basis, subject to specific wildlife conservation action plans (prepared in consultation with the concerned Wild Life Authorities) being put in place under their supervision. 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to MoEF taking a decision relating to mining in Elephant Reserve as mentioned in the para above.

2.22   Ghatkuri Iron Ore Mines of M/s Nirmal Kumar Pradeep Kumar, village Tatiba, Chaibasa, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: Eco Care, Asansol)

 This proposal was earlier considered by the EAC during its meeting held on February 17-18, 2010 wherein the Committee had recommended the rejection of the proposal in view of the comments received from State Pollution Control Board vide their letter dated 17.2.2010, it being located in severely polluted area.  Before a formal approval for rejection of this proposal was obtained from the competent authority, another communication dated 17.3.2010 was received from SPCB informing that they were undertaking detailed study and requested to consider the proposals of West Singhbhum after the study report.  Accordingly, a decision on the proposal was deferred awaiting the report of the SPCB.  Subsequently, another letter dated 29.4.2010 was received from SPCB wherein it was reported that the situation in the area has improved due to various stringent conditions imposed by SPCB. The proposal was accordingly placed before EAC.  

The Member Secretary of SPCB attended the meeting and clarified that the environmental status of the area has improved due to the stringent conditions imposed on mines, crushers and the transportation of ore, as also stated in their letter dated 29.4.2010.  It was also stated that the baseline data is not alarming and the project could be considered on its merits.

The proposal was accordingly 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 mining scheme. 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.044 million TPA to 0.403 million TPA. The mine lease area is 149.7343 ha, which is a forestland.  Additionally, 8.24 ha of land outside the mine lease will be required for waste dump.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized.  Life of the mine is 72 years. Ultimate working depth will be 448 m AMSL. 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)       Details of the land for OB dump outside the mine lease such as extent of land area, distance from mine lease, its land use, R&R issues, if any should be given. 

(viii)      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. 

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

(x)          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. 

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

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

(xiii)      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.

(xiv)      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. 

(xv)       Impact of change of land use.  

(xvi)      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.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

(xvii)    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. 

(xviii)   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.

(xix)      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. 

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

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

(xxii)    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.

(xxiii)   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.

(xxiv)   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. 

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

(xxvi)   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. 

(xxvii)  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.).  

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

(xxix)   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.

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

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

(xxxii)  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. 

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

(xxxiv)                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. 

(xxxv)  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. 

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

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

(xxxviii)  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. 

 

2.23   Sosopi Iron Ore Mine of M/s Khushal Arjun Rathore, Village Sosopi Hamlet, Singhbhum West, Jharkhand (Consultant: Eco Care, Asansol)

 The proposal was earlier prescribed TOR vide this Ministry’s letter dated 23th September, 2008.  Since, there were certain changes in the project profile such as broken up area, area to be acquired outside mine lease, life of the mine etc., the proponent submitted a revised proposal with a request to allow them to prepare the EIA for the modified project profile with the TORs already prescribed. 

This revised proposal was earlier considered by the EAC during its meeting held on February 17-18, 2010 wherein the Committee had recommended the rejection of the proposal in view of the comments received from State Pollution Control Board vide their letter dated 17.2.2010, it being located in severely polluted area.  Before a formal approval for rejection of this proposal was obtained from the competent authority, another communication dated 17.3.2010 was received from SPCB informing that they were undertaking detailed study and requested to consider the proposals of West Singhbhum after the study report.  Accordingly, a decision on the proposal was deferred awaiting the report of the SPCB.  Subsequently, another letter dated 29.4.2010 was received from SPCB wherein it was reported that the situation in the area has improved due to various stringent conditions imposed by SPCB. The proposal was accordingly placed before EAC.  

The Member Secretary of SPCB attended the meeting and clarified that the environmental status of the area has improved due to the stringent conditions imposed on mines, crushers and the transportation of ore, as also stated in their letter dated 29.4.2010.  It was also stated that the baseline data is not alarming and the project could be considered on its merits.

The Committee, based on the consideration of the proposal and presentation made reiterated the earlier TORs and the following additional TORs:

(i)           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. 

(ii)          Details of the land for OB dump outside the mine lease such as extent of land area, distance from mine lease, its land use, R&R issues, if any should be given. 

(iii)        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. 

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

(v)          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. 

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

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

(viii)      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.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

 

2.24   Karampada Iron Ore Mine of M/s The General Produce Co. Ltd., District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: Bhagavathi Ana Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

This proposal was earlier considered by the EAC during its meeting held on February 17-18, 2010 wherein the Committee had recommended the rejection of the proposal in view of the comments received from State Pollution Control Board vide their letter dated 17.2.2010, it being located in severely polluted area.  Before a formal approval for rejection of this proposal was obtained from the competent authority, another communication dated 17.3.2010 was received from SPCB informing that they were undertaking detailed study and requested to consider the proposals of West Singhbhum after the study report.  Accordingly, a decision on the proposal was deferred awaiting the report of the SPCB.  Subsequently, another letter dated 29.4.2010 was received from SPCB wherein it was reported that the situation in the area has improved due to various stringent conditions imposed by SPCB. The proposal was accordingly placed before EAC.

  The Member Secretary of SPCB attended the meeting and clarified that the environmental status of the area has improved due to the stringent conditions imposed on mines, crushers and the transportation of ore, as also stated in their letter dated 29.4.2010.  It was also stated that the baseline data is not alarming and the project could be considered on its merits.

The proposal was accordingly 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 opening of a new mine for production of 0.67 million TPA of iron ore.  The lease for this mine was earlier granted in 1976 for 30 years; however, it has never been worked and is presently due for renewal since October, 2006. The mine lease area is 70.68 ha, which is a forestland.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized involving drilling and blasting. Life of the mine is 10 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 545 mRL. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.     

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

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

(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 and should be in the name of the lessee. 

(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)        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.

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

(vi)        Details of the land for OB dump outside the mine lease such as extent of land area, distance from mine lease, its land use, R&R issues, if any should be given. 

(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, it being a new mine, 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.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

(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. 

(xvii)    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.

(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. 

 

2.25   Ghatkuri Iron Ore Mine of M/s Rungta Mines Ltd., District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: Ecomen Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Lucknow)

As the said project is located in West Singhbhum District, an identified severely polluted area as per the Office Memorandum dated 13.1.2010, the comments of State Pollution Control Board were sought.  The Member Secretary of SPCB attended the meeting and clarified that the environmental status of the area has improved due to the stringent conditions imposed on mines, crushers and the transportation of ore, as also stated in their letter dated 29.4.2010. It was also stated that the baseline data is not alarming and the project could be considered on its merits.  Accordingly, the project was considered further. 

The proposal was for determination of 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 mining scheme. 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 1.8 million TPA to 7.552 million TPA.  The mine lease area is 138.848 ha, which is a forestland.  The earlier clearance was granted in April, 2008. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Water requirement is 153 kld, which will be obtained from karo river.  It is estimated that 17.8 million m3 of waste will be generated during the mine life, which will be partly back-filled and remaining will be disposed in three external OB dumps.    

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 may be given. 

(ii)          Year-wise production details since 1994 onwards and clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 1994 may be furnished.  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 may be given. 

(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)          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. 

(vi)        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.

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

(viii)      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. 

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

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

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

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

(xiii)      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.

(xiv)      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. 

(xv)       Impact of change of land use.  

(xvi)      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.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

(xvii)    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. 

(xviii)   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.

(xix)      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. 

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

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

(xxii)    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.

(xxiii)   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.

(xxiv)   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. 

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

(xxvi)   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. 

(xxvii)  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.).  

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

(xxix)   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.

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

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

(xxxii)  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. 

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

(xxxiv)                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. 

(xxxv)  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. 

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

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

(xxxviii)  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. 

 

2.26   Karampada Iron Ore Mine of M/s Shah Bors., Chaibasa, West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: Eco Care, Asansol)

As the said project is located in West Singhbhum District, an identified severely polluted area as per the Office Memorandum dated 13.1.2010, the comments of State Pollution Control Board were sought.  The Member Secretary of SPCB attended the meeting and clarified that the environmental status of the area has improved due to the stringent conditions imposed on mines, crushers and the transportation of ore, as also stated in their letter dated 29.4.2010. It was also stated that the baseline data is not alarming and the project could be considered on its merits. 

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.1 million TPA to 0.93 million TPA.  The mine lease area was originally 233.99 ha, out of which 43.796 ha has been surrender and the present proposal is for the remaining lease area of 190.221 ha, which is a forestland.  In addition, an area of 6.13 ha outside the mine lease at a distance of 4-5 km will also be required for waste disposal.  Life of the mine is 26 years.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized.  Ultimate working depth will be 636 m AMSL.  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)           Status of compliance of the earlier EC conditions may be given. 

(ii)          Year-wise production details since 1994 onwards and clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 1994 may be furnished.  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 may be provided. 

(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)          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. 

(vi)        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.

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

(viii)      Details of the land for OB dump outside the mine lease such as extent of land area, distance from mine lease, its land use, R&R issues, if any should be given. 

(ix)        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. 

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

(xi)        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. 

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

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

(xiv)      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.

(xv)       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. 

(xvi)      Impact of change of land use be provided.  

(xvii)    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.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

(xviii)   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. 

(xix)      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.

(xx)       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. 

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

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

(xxiii)   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.

(xxiv)   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.

(xxv)    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. 

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

(xxvii)  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. 

(xxviii)                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.).  

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

(xxx)    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.

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

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

(xxxiii)                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. 

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

(xxxv)  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. 

(xxxvi)                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. 

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

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

(xxxix)                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. 

 

2.27   Sanindpur Iron Ore & Manganese Ore Mine of M/s National Enterprises at P.O. Barbil, Keonjhar, Orissa

The consideration of the proposal was deferred as the public hearing was observed to have been done on 27.02.2007 i.e. prior to the date of prescribing the TORs. As such the public hearing could not be accepted and needs to be done afresh based on the EIA prepared in accordance with prescribed TORs.   

 

2.28   Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s Ispat Industries Ltd. located at Geetapuram village, District Raigad, Maharashtra (Consultant: Vimta Lab Ltd., Hyderabad)

The proposal was considered by the Committee.  It was observed that the TORs were undertaking detailed EIA study were prescribed by MoEF on 23.3.2009, wherein public hearing was exempted. This issue was raised by the Member Secretary keeping in view the latest circulars and guidelines issued in this regard.  The Committee observed that the public hearing has been exempted by MoEF based on recommendations of the then EAC.  Further, it was also observed that the site is located in coastal area near Amba river, a tidal influence water body; however, CRZ map duly demarcated by one of the authorized agency showing location of the project area w.r.t. CRZ was not furnished.  In the absence of the CRZ map, it could not be established whether the site is in CRZ or outside CRZ.  Since, location of industries and or their expansion is a prohibited activity within CRZ, it would be desirable to first ensure that the site is outside CRZ before consideration of the proposal.  In view of the same consideration of the proposal was deferred till CRZ map superimposing thereon the project location is submitted. 

 

 

 

2.29   Khada Flagstone (Minor Mineral) Mine of M/s Madhya Pradesh State Mining Corporation Ltd. at village Khada, District Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: Creative Enviro Services, Bhopal)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine which has earlier been worked and lease area already have 22 quarries for production of 1,35,000 TPA of flag stone. The TOR for this project were prescribed on 15.12.2009.  Public hearing was held on 26.2.2010.  Mine lease area is 90.650 ha, which is a forestland.  Mine working will be opencast.  Ultimate working depth will be 90.5 mRL (14.5 m bgl).  Ground water table is at 95 mRL (20 m bgl).  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Life of the mine is 268 years. It is estimated that 80,000 m3 of OB and 46,980 m3 of mine waste will be generated during quarry period.  It is proposed to re-handle the dumps.  The Committee noted that as per the ambient air quality data submitted for the period for the March – June, 2009 shows air quality within prescribed norms.  As regards approval of mine plan, it was stated that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor mineral in the State Government and a letter dated 6.8.2009 from Government of Madhya Pradesh in this regard.  Further, a letter dated 5.4.2010 from Mineral Resources Department, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh confirming the mine lease area for this mine as 90.650 ha was also submitted.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case and no directions has been passed by any court of law against this project.  The issue raised during public hearing were also considered and clarified. 

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

 

2.30   Budhon-Rajapur Flagstone (Minor Mineral) Mines of M/s Madhya Pradesh State Mining Corporation Ltd. at village Budhon Rajapur, District Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: Creative Enviro Services, Bhopal)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine which has earlier been worked and lease area already have 21 quarries for production of 1,03,680 TPA of flag stone. The TOR for this project were prescribed on 17.12.2009.  Public hearing was held on 25.2.2010. Mine lease area is 81.483 ha, which is a forestland.  Mine working will be opencast. Ultimate working depth will be 82 mRL (7 m bgl).  Ground water table is at 69 mRL (20 m bgl).  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Life of the mine is 139 years.  It is estimated that 2,14,117 m3 of OB and 1,75,342 m3 of mine waste will be generated during quarry period.  It is proposed to re-handle the dumps. The Committee noted that as per the ambient air quality data submitted for the period for the March – June, 2009 shows air quality within prescribed norms.  As regards approval of mine plan, it was stated that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor mineral in the State Government and a letter dated 6.8.2009 from Government of Madhya Pradesh in this regard. It was categorically stated that there is no court case and no directions has been passed by any court of law against this project.  The issue raised during public hearing were also considered and clarified. 

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

 

2.31   Mining Lease (ML No. 8/91) of M/s Oriental Talc Products Pvt. Ltd. located at village Rampura, Tehsil Neem Ka Thana, District Sikar, Rajasthan

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

 

2.32   Presentation of Government of Haryana

The Govt. of Haryana had earlier held a meeting with Additional Secretary, MoEF regarding environmental clearance of projects of the Govt. of Haryana relating to mining of minor minerals particularly keeping in view the directions of Hon’ble High Court of Punjab and Haryana, and the review petitions filed by MoEF in the matter and the appeal case in Supreme Court which are still pending.  During this meeting in MoEF, it was also decided to provide an opportunity to the State Govt. to present the matter before EAC in its next meeting to apprise them of the points of view of the State Govt. and the approaches they propose to take. Accordingly, an opportunity was provided to the State Govt. to make their presentation before the EAC.

During the presentation, the various measures initiated by the State Govt to address the environmental concerns in the mining areas were explained and due to the stringent actions taken, and also in compliance with court directions, there have been quite a few closures/suspensions of mining activities pending remedial actions and securing environmental clearances. As regards mining of building sands and stones (in large number of small mines), where acute shortages of the building materials are being faced, the State Govt. is desirous of having TORs for entire Districts to facilitate advance action for preparation of EIA/EMP at the State level and also in the bidding process for awarding mining contracts, incorporating the EMPs and regulating them in each of their Administrative Zones, the execution responsibilities being entrusted to the successful contractors on a cluster basis. The State Govt. would shoulder the responsibility of preparation of District/Area wise EIA/EMPs from the TORs sought as above, and also supervise the implementation of the same by the Mining Contractors, whose operation at any given time would be restricted to a finite number of individual small mines in a cogent manner, to keep the environmental and local area impacts under control.

While appreciating the proactive environmental thinking of the State Govt. for sustainable mining and their anxiety to restore the problematic mining activities back to health, the Committee explained that in the present scheme of things in processing applications for TOR or EC, the clear recognition of the Project Proponent, the project area and the scope and extent of the proposed mining activity are essential. The EIA /EMPs also need to be for cognizable, coherent mineral bearing areas which can be bound within an unitary core and buffer zone with measurable impacts of air, water and land uses and contiguous broken areas. The proposals could be submitted stretch-wise for river bed mining as is being followed by the States of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Though it is conceivable to have a single EIA / EMP for a cluster of small mines of similar nature, the responsibility sharing among the large number of small miners for execution of some of the EMP activities and common collective action for rest of the EMP execution are all yet to be formalised and legislated for minor or selected major minerals.

Also, considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a state owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. As regards the project areas for each set of TOR, it is necessary that the geological spread of the mineral bearing areas are coherent, contiguous and not spread over large areas in multiple pockets of dissimilar ground realities. Boundaries fixed for administrative convenience like Districts or Tehsils may not fit the bill. Subject to these pre-requisites being satisfied, proposals for prescribing TORs for specific, individual project could be submitted and considering the urgency and need of the hour, a dedicated meeting of the Committee for the purpose could also be requested for.

In any event, it was felt that the specific proposals could be considered after the Hon’ble High Court / Supreme Court have decided the pending matters referred to above. 

 

2.33   Jijlli & Jaldiha China Clay Mine for production of M/s D.C. Dagara located at village Jijili & Jaldiha in Mayurbhanj District, Orissa (Consultant: Kalyani Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for enhancement of production of china clay to 1,00,500 TPA. The mine lease area is 91.520 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised. Life of the mine is 18 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 319 mRL. Groundwater table varies between 5 – 5.5 m bgl (326 mRL).  Mine working will intersect groundwater table. Based on hydro-geological study, it was stated that there is high potential for groundwater for future use.  It is estimated that 27,51,873 m3 of OB will be generated during life of the mine, which will be backfilled in an area of 15.147 ha. The mine is located at a distance of 6.5 km from buffer zone of Simlipal Biosphere Reserve / Simlipal Tiger Reserve. The proponent have submit a letter from DFO cum Wildlife Warden, Rairangpur Division dated 9.12.2009 stating that no NOC / clearance is required for operating the said mine as per Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. 

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

(i)         Prior permission from CGWA will be obtained for pumping of groundwater.

(ii)       Necessary corrigendum from IBM shall be got obtained showing correct coordinates of the mine lease. 

 

2.34   Bhurwa Birki Limestone Mine of M/s Sintra Ltd., village Bhurwa & Birki, District Rohtas, Bihar (Consultant: Bhagavathi Ana Labs Ltd., Hyedrabad)

The proposal was considered by the Committee, it was observed that Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of just 0.5 km from the mine lease.  In view of the same, the Committee declined to prescribe TOR to this project and desired that the proponent should first obtain NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for locating the project so close to the wildlife sanctuary. 

 

2.35   Sand Mining Project of M/s The Singareni Collieries Co. Ltd., village Kudurupalli and Beerasagar, District Karimnagar, A. P. (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 project report. 

The proposal is for mining of 12.5 lakh m3 per year of sand from bed of river Godavari for stowing in their underground mine.  The mine lease area is 208.80 ha.  No national park / sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mining will be done to a depth of 2 m.  It was noted that baseline AAQ data has already been collected during December 2009 – February, 2010.  

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

(i)           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. 

(ii)          The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease 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.

(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 lease/ contract period. 

(iv)        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.

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

(vi)        Status of forestry clearance for the forest land involved, if any.  A copy of the proposal submitted for forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

(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)] including the aquatic fauna 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. 

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

(x)          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.  Modeling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

(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. The already collected data during winter of 2009-2010 may be used provided it satisfies the monitoring protocol. 

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

(xvi)      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.

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

(xviii)   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.

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

(xx)       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.

(xxi)      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.

(xxii)    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. 

(xxiii)   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.

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

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

(xxvi)   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. 

 

2.36   Sand Mining Project of M/s The Singareni Collieries Co. Ltd., village Gumpenapalli and Ganapavaram, District Khammam, A.P. (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 project report. 

The proposal is for mining of 5.2 lakh m3 per year of sand from bed of river Godavari for stowing in their underground mine.  The mine lease area is 116.25 ha.  No national park / sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mining will be done to a depth of 1 m.  It was noted that baseline AAQ data has already been collected during December 2009 – February, 2010.  

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

(i)           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. 

(ii)          The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease 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.

(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 lease/ contract period. 

(iv)        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.

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

(vi)        Status of forestry clearance for the forest land involved, if any.  A copy of the proposal submitted for forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

(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)] including the aquatic fauna 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. 

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

(x)          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.  Modeling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

(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.  The already collected data during winter of 2009-2010 may be used provided it satisfies the monitoring protocol. 

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

(xvi)      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.

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

(xviii)   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.

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

(xx)       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.

(xxi)      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.

(xxii)    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. 

(xxiii)   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.

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

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

(xxvi)   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. 

g)       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. 

 

2.37   Miragpur Manganese Deposit of M/s Anik Industries Ltd., Village Miragpur, District Balaghat, M.P. (Consultant: Bhagavathi Ana Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

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

The proposal is for opening of a new mine reported to have been worked earlier by some other lessee for production of 50,000 TPA of manganese ore (ROM). The mine lease area is 130 ha, which is forestland.  No national park / sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized. Life of the mine is 11 years. Water requirement is estimated as 15 m3/ day.  Ultimate working depth will be 35 m from surface level. 

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

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

(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 and should be in the name of the lessee. 

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

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

(vi)        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. 

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

(viii)      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. 

(ix)        The vegetation in the RF / PF area may be provided.

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

(xi)        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.

(xii)       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. 

(xiii)      Impact of change of land use should be given.  

(xiv)      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.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

(xv)       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. 

(xvi)      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.

(xvii)    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. 

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

(xix)      Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be provided.

(xx)       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.

(xxi)      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.

(xxii)    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. 

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

(xxiv)   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. 

(xxv)    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.).  

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

(xxvii)  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.

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

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

(xxx)    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.

(xxxi)   Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.  Specific safeguard measures against manganese poisoning should be detailed. 

(xxxii)  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. 

(xxxiii)                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. 

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

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

(xxxvi)                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. 

 

2.38   Expansion of Dillai Parbat Mines of M/s Cement Corporation of India Ltd., village Koilajan, District Karbi, Anglong, Assam (Consultant: Voyants Solutions 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 mine plan. 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 0.28 million TPA to 0.6 million TPA for their cement plant at a distance of 18 km.  The crushing plant will also be enhanced from 200 TPH to 400 TPH.  It is a violation case.  The mine lease area is 171 ha.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized.  Life of the mine is 30 years.  It was stated that mineral transportation will be by ropeway and the details relating to ropeway will form part of the proposal for cement plant.  Water requirement is estimated as 600 kld, which will be obtained from mine sump water and nearby Okahai falls. 

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 should be given.  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 be given. 

(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 should be given.

(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 forest land involved in the project, if any.  In case any forestland is involved then the status of 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 and implementation of status of recognition of forest rights under the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

(viii)      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. 

(ix)        The vegetation in the RF / PF area may be provided.

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

(xi)        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.

(xii)       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. 

(xiii)      Impact of change of land use should be provided.  

(xiv)      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.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

(xv)       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. 

(xvi)      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.

(xvii)    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. 

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

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

(xx)       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.

(xxi)      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.

(xxii)    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. 

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

(xxiv)   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. 

(xxv)    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.).  

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

(xxvii)  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.

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

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

(xxx)    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. 

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

(xxxii)  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. 

(xxxiii)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. 

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

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

(xxxvi)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. 

 

Next Meeting:

It was decided that the next meeting will be held on June 28-30, 2010. 

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

 

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LIST OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (MINING) MEMBERS

 

 

1.            Shri Mukunda Shenoy Nagar                                     -        Chairman

    

2.       Dr. S. Subramaniyan

         

3.       Dr. Rajesh Srivastava

         

4.       Dr. Tushar Kant Joshi

         

5.       Shri Mihir Moitra

         

6.       Dr. S.D. Attri

 

7.       Shri R.K. Sinha, Member Secretary,                            -          Invitee      

          Jharkhand SPCB

         

8.       Shri S.B.S. Chauhan

         

9.       Dr. L. Ajay Kumar

         

10.     Shri K.S. Anandan

         

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

           

12.     Dr. Satish C. Garkoti, Addl. Director

 

13.     Shri Om Prakash, Dy.Director

 

14.     Representative of M/s Ambuja Cements Ltd.

 

15.     Representative of M/s JK Cement Works

 

16.     Representative of M/s Bagalkot Cement & Industries Ltd.

 

17.     Representative of M/s Rose Marbles Ltd.

 

18.     Representative of M/s Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Ltd.

 

19.     Representative of M/s Jindal Saw Ltd.

 

20.     Representative of M/s Shivom Minerals Ltd.

 

21.     Representative of M/s Neelachal Ispat Nigam Ltd.

 

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

 

23.     Representative of M/s Geomysore Services (India) Pvt. Ltd.

 

24.     Representative of M/s Anil Khirwal

 

25.     Representative of M/s Mitra Ghose and Samir Kumar Ghose

 

26.     Representative of M/s Rameshwara Jute Mills Ltd.

 

27.     Representative of M/s Nirmal Kumar Pradeep Kumar

 

28.     Representative of M/s SAIL

 

29.     Representative of M/s Khushal Arjun Rathore

 

30.     Representative of M/s The General Produce Co. Ltd.

 

31.     Representative of M/s Rungta Mines Ltd.

 

32.     Representative of M/s Shah Bors.

 

33.     Representative of M/s National Enterprises

 

34.     Representative of M/s Ispat Industries Ltd.

 

35.     Representative of M/s Madhya Pradesh State Mining Corporation Ltd.

 

36.     Representative of Government of Haryana

 

37.     Representative of M/s Singareni Collieries Co. Ltd.

 

38.     Representative of M/s Anik Industries Ltd.

 

39.     Representative of M/s Cement Corporation of India Ltd.

 

 

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