Minutes

 

          The Minutes of the 101st Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Building/ Construction Projects/ Township and Area Development Projects, Coastal Regulation Zone, Infrastructure Development and Miscellaneous projects held on 31st May, 2011 in Fazal Chamber, Scope Complex, New Delhi.

 

1.                 Opening Remarks of the Chairman.

 

Shri Naresh Dayal, Chairman, could not attend the meeting due to illness; hence Shri M.L.Sharma Vice-Chairman of EAC chaired the meeting in his absence. Shri Sharma welcomed the members to the 101st meeting of the EAC. Member Secretary informed about the action taken on the decisions of the 100th meeting held on 11th –12th May, 2011 in New Delhi.

 

2.      Confirmation of the Minutes of the previous meeting

 

          Minutes of the 100th meeting held on 11-12th May, 2011 at New Delhi were confirmed with the following corrections:

 

(i)       In the minutes of the EAC meeting held on 21st-23rd July, 2010, item No.4.20 “CRZ clearance for modernization of Nagapattinam Fishing Harbor, Nagapattinam District by M/s Dept. of Fisheries, Government of Tamil Nadu [F. No. 11-28/2010-IA.III]’,  the location of uppanar is to be added and the dredging depth  shall be read as –3.0 instead of –0.3.

 

(ii)      In item No.4.14 ‘Environmental Clearance for widening and improvement of 4/6 laning of Nagpur-Saoner-Baitul road section of NH-69 from km 3.000 to km 59.300 in  State of Maharashtra and km 137.00 to km 257.400 in State of Madhya Pardesh by M/s. NHAI [F.No. 10-30/2010-IA.III]’, following project component of Madhya Pradesh is to be added.

          The project road starts from Km. 137.000 near Betul in Madhya Pradesh and ends at Km. 3.000 at Nagpur in Maharashtra of NH-69. Km 137.000 at Betul to Km 257.000 at the Border of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh exist in the state of Madhya Pradesh and Km.3.000 to Km. 59.600 of NH-69 exists in the state of Maharashtra. The total design length of road is 174.20Km. The road falls in Betul & Chindwara District in the state of Madhya Pradesh and Nagpur District in the state of Maharashtra. Project road passes through Pankha, Bhelai, Tigaon, Seoni and Aajangaon in the state of Madhya Pradesh and Jaripatka, Mankapur, Zingabai, Takali, Nara, Bokhara, Panjara, Mahadula, Koradi, Nanda, Pardi Rithi, Hetti Surla, Bhagemari, Pipla Bhadi and Khapa in the state of Maharashtra. Land use pattern within 10 km on either side of project area is predominantly agriculture, built up, barren land and forest land. The land use pattern along the proposed ROW is predominantly agriculture, 12.32 % of barren land and 5.58% of forest land. Existing ROW of Project Road is 13-45m. The proposed ROW is 45-60m. 707.22 Ha. of land is proposed to be acquired for the improvement of project road. This comprises 566.537 ha. of agriculture land, 12.07 ha. of built-up, 87.2 ha. of Barren land, 9.69 ha. of protected forest and 31.723 ha. of revenue forest. The project does not pass through the any RF / National Park / Wild Life Sanctuary. 13,579 trees proposed to be felled for improvement of project road, against 40,737 trees shall be planted as avenue plantation apart from the statutory requirement. There are existing 52 Minor Bridge, 3 Major Bridge & 200 culverts.  There are proposed 59 minor bridges, 9 major bridge and 6 Grade separators including the improvement of existing.

          There are 6 ROB, 2 new proposed on Bypass, 3 new on existing level crossings and 1 existing ROB to be widened. There are 155 nos. of intersections on the project road which have been proposed for improvement.  2x22.8 kms of Service road is proposed at 10 locations. 10 nos of Vehicular Underpasses & 18 nos. of Pedestrian & Cattle Underpasses are proposed. Bus Bays have been provided at 67 locations on both sides. Truck Lay Bye have been proposed at 5 locations on both sides. 2 Wayside amenities and 3 toll plaza have been provided. Medical facilities and ambulance for locals have been proposed at the toll plaza locations.

 

There are 2660 PAPs due to improvement of project road. The entitled persons would be compensated according to the provisions of NH Act 1956.  High Mast lighting arrangements/ solar lighting has been proposed at the required locations. Average demand of water would be approximately 660 KLD during construction. Fly Ash shall be used for construction of embankment as per IRC guidelines.  Capital cost of the project is 2498.76 Crores, Cost of R&R is 36.75 Crores, Cost of environment mitigation plan is 20.46 Crores, Land Acquisition and others is 283.368 Crores. Total- 2839.338 Crores.’

 

In item no. “4.24 Environmental Clearance for a Residential Project (Condor Cyber Gardens) at Village Attipra, Thiruvananthpuram District, Kerala. M/s Condor Builders Pvt. Ltd [F.No:21-11/2011-IA.III]” of the minutes of the EAC  meeting held on 11th –12th May 2011, the project components  shall be replaced with the following:-

 

“The project involves the construction of group housing project on a total plot area is 2.297 hectares. The total built-up area is 1,00,876.64 Sq. m. It is proposed to construct 522 units (2BR-154; 2BR+study-362 and 4BR-6 with Basement+Stilt+19 floors) with club facility & swimming pool. The total water requirement is 238.46 KLD (freshwater requirement is 177.65 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 260 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing 60.81 KLD; horticulture-18 KLD & nearby plantation-114.34 KLD. Total solid waste generation will be 1044 Kg/day. The power requirement is 7040 KVA. The total parking proposed for 997 cars + 296 two wheelers. Total cost of the project is Rs 201.54 Crore”

 

3.      Reconsideration of Old Projects

 

3.1  Environmental Clearance for the Development of Hill Station Township at Village Mulshi and Velhe Talukas, District Pune, Maharashtra by M/s. Lavasa Corporation Ltd [F.No. 21-9/2011-IA.III].

 

          The minutes of the project as submitted in the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay on 15th June, 2011 are as under:

 

          On the basis of complaints received about the development of a Hill Station TownshipLavasa City” at Taluka Mulshi and Velhe, District Pune and after getting a preliminary report from Department of Environment, Government of Maharashtra, Ministry issued a “Show Cause Notice on 25th November 2010 to M/s Lavasa Corporation Limited (LCL).

 

2.       LCL filed a Writ petition in the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay on 28th Novembers 2010. The Hon’ble High Court in its order dated 22nd December, 2010 directed for a site visit of the project by State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority or the Central Level Committee. Accordingly, a site visit of the project site was undertaken by the Committee along with officers of MoEF under the Chairmanship of Shri Naresh Dayal from 5th – 7th January, 2011. On the basis of the site visit report and hearings undertaken, Ministry issued final directions on 17th January, 2011.

 

3.       LCL submitted a proposal for obtaining environmental clearance for 1st phase (2000ha) on 2nd February 2011. The proposal was put up for appraisal in the Expert Appraisal meetings (EAC) held on 14th – 15th February 2011, 3rd – 4th March 2011, 5th – 6th April 2011 and 11th – 12th May 2011. During the appraisal in the earlier meetings, the Committee had made a number of observations on the environmental concerns about the location of the hill station township, cutting of hill slopes, concentration of metals and the pH of soil, construction of Bandharas, impact on water quality and availability of water for the down stream areas including water supply to Pune city. The Committee also suggested to re-examine the EIA reports prepared in the year 2004 and 2009 by NEERI specially regarding the concentration of metals in the soil and  surface waters, mapping of hill slopes steeper than 1:3, 1:3 to 1:5 and flatter than 1:5, use and disposal of soil resulting from digging/excavation for the construction of villas and roads, use of treated waste water and saving in energy by using alternative source of energy and provision of health and education facilities as per norms.

 

4.       In the later meetings, the committee discussed the clarifications submitted by LCL in the light of observations made during the meetings as also representations received for and against the project. During presentations before the expert committee, it was informed by LCL that:

 

(i)                       Government of Maharashtra (GOM) permitted LCL to develop a Hill Station on the lands from 18 villages from Mulshi and Velhe Taluka of Pune district under the provisions of the special Regulations for Development of Tourist Resorts/ Holiday homes/ Township in Hill Station Type Areas, 1996.

 

(ii)                    The site is situated on the hill slopes of Sahyadri surrounding the back-waters of Warasgaon dam.

 

(iii)                  The altitude of the site is 639.5m to 1050m from the mean sea level (MSL). It is about 60 Km from Pune City on its southwest.

 

(iv)                   The area notified as a hill station is 7700 ha, LCL is permitted to privately purchase 6671 ha. The LCL has so far purchased 3830 ha and is in the process of purchasing the balance land.

 

(v)                      A Master plan has been prepared for an area of 5000 ha. The 1st phase of development is comprising mainly in Dasve (763.2808 ha), Bhoini (259.2641 ha), Mugaon (837.691 ha), Padalghar (12.0392 ha) and KaloshiUgavali (176.4791 ha) – Total 2048.75 ha.

 

(vi)                   The development plan for the 1st phase is from year 2004 to 2015 and the 2nd phase will be from year 2014 to 2021. The projected population for the 1st phase is 1.1 Lakhs and when fully developed on 5000 ha, the hill station will have a resident population of 2.2 Lakhs in addition to the floating tourist population.

 

(vii)                 The land use breakup of the 1st phase (2048.75 ha) is Residential 618.24 ha (30.4%), commercial 33.74 ha (1.7%), Hotel 72.77 ha (3.3%), Institutional 207 ha (10.1%), open space 908 ha (38.58 ha) and others 209 ha (15.90 ha).

 

(viii)              The slope analysis of 1st phase area indicate slopes steeper than 1:3 is 1051.10ha (55%), between 1:3 to 1:5 is 426.67 ha (22%) and flatter than 1:5 is 448.51 ha (23%).

 

5.       The committee also noted that:-

 

(i)                 No Objection Certificate was granted to the Lake City Corporation by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board for an area of 6181.3743 ha vide letter No. BO/TB/RO (HQ)/PUNE/ 63/444 dated 30th May, 2002.

 

(ii)              Department of Environment, Government of Maharashtra vide letter No. ENV/CLE/ 765/CR.105/TC1 dated 18th March, 2004 issued a letter stating environmental clearance for an area of 2000 ha. No details of process adopted for appraisal or under which rules/regulations the clearance is issued was not mentioned.

 

(iii)            Consent to Operate was issued for an area of 6181.3743 ha by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board on 5th January, 2005 which is valid upto 30th April, 2014. 

 

(iv)             First layout plan of the area measuring 585.0 ha in village Dasave, Padalghar and Bhoini of Mulshi Taluka was approved on 31st August, 2006 by Collector, Pune vide order No. PRA/NA/SR/ 69/2006.

 

(v)                Urban Development Department, Government of Maharashtra made an amendment in the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966 vide dated 7th June, 2007 regarding Special Development Control Regulations for development of Tourist Resort/ Holiday Homes/ Townships. The amendments were:-

 

(a)      The development contemplated as far as possible shall not involve the cutting of the mountains, however the construction on slopes having gradient between 1:3 to 1:5 shall be allowed preferably by using the stilts.

 

(b)      Out of the total permissible residential Floor Space Index (FSI) of 0.30, 25% residential Floor Space Index may be allowed to be utilised for ground + two storied structures.  Remaining FSI shall be allowed to be utilised for ground floor or ground + one storey structure. (Note: In the layout of Residential area, maximum 25% plots may be allowed for ground + two storied structures, provided that area under such plots shall not exceed 25% of total residential area)

 

(vi)             The Collector, Pune granted building permission on the plot measuring 10,000 sq.m of the above sanctioned layout constituting S.No.8/1 of Padalghar for construction of Lodge & Hotel for built up area of 1725.42 sq. m vide Order No.PRA/  NA/SR/300/2006 dated 30th August, 2007. 

 

(vii)           The revised layout plan for an area of 613.94 ha. was approved by vide order No. PRA/NA/SR/ 262/2007 dated 7th June, 2008 and also granted building permission for residential buildings having built up area 1,16,248.68 sq. m (cottages -42 nos., P3 DN -65 nos., P5 DH – 28 nos., P5 UH -6 nos., Villa 12 UH -24 nos., Villa 13 UH -46 nos., Villa 6 UH -135 nos., Villa 8 DH -35 nos., Villa 9 DN -90 nos., total 471 number of buildings.) The above sanction was only for ground + one storey buildings.

 

(viii)        The revised layout plan for non-agricultural permissions granted by the Collector, Pune on 7th June, 2008 was for an area of 613.94 ha.

 

(ix)            11 type of 935 residential buildings were approved for a total built up area of 2,47,377.028 sq.m with ground + 1 floors/ ground + 2 floors. Out of 935 residential buildings, 131 buildings are almost completed, 257 buildings are under construction above plinth level and the construction for 547 buildings are is yet to be started.

 

(x)               LCL was declared as Special Planning Authority for the area under their jurisdiction under the Section 40(1)(B) of MR & TP Act, 1966 vide Government Notification dated 12th June, 2008 with certain conditions.  The total area of 3656.28 ha was notified for LCL as Special Planning Authority (SPA).

 

(xi)            Subsequently, the layout approved by Collector, Pune was revised by SPA for 681.27 ha with a total built up area of 4,55,605.60 sqm. on 16th November, 2010.

 

(xii)          Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation (MKVDC) has leased 141.15 ha area for the construction of Dasve Bandhara and Gadale Bandhara on 30 years lease on 22nd September 2002 under MKVDC Act 1996, out of which 128.79 ha is under submergence (100 ha at Gadale and 28.79 ha at Dasve) of Warasgaon dam and only 12.36 ha at Dasve is above submergence. LCL has constructed a Hotel, Service apartments, Retail shopping, International convention centre and Country club on the 12.36 ha area.

 

(a)         LCL was permitted to construct 8 bandharas within the catchment area of Warasgaon dam for a total storage capacity of 24.66 MCM within 5000 ha. (5 bandharas in 2000 ha of 12.80 MCM + 3 bandharas in 3,000ha of 11.86 MCM), with a condition that appropriate arrangement will be made to discharge water from the bandharas in extraordinary circumstances for down stream areas.

 

(b)        According to the revised proposal submitted and being approved by MKVDC, it is proposed to construct 7 bandharas with a total storage capacity of 10.94 MCM.

 

(c)         The total daily fresh water requirement for 1st phase is 11.62 MLD. Total annual water requirement will be 4.24 MCM.

 

6.       The committee earlier pointed out the inconsistency and incorrect data and its analysis in the EIA reports prepared in 2004 and 2009 by NEERI. Based on the observations, LCL revised the reports. The revised report submitted is prepared by M/s Environmental Engineers & Consultants Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi and M/s Team Labs and Consultants, Hyderabad and the consultants have collected and re-examined the samples for concentration of heavy metals including Mercury and Arsenic in the soil and surface waters. As per the revised report of 1st phase:

 

(i)                 The results of concentration of the heavy metals including Mercury and Arsenic in the soil are within the trigger values as specified for soil human health path ways (IAEA-TECDOC-1415).

 

(ii)              There are 3 quarries located in the project site at Bhoini, Mugaon and Koloshi. The coarse aggregate and sand is produced from the quarries/Crushers. The quarry at Bhoini is not in operation since 2007 and other 2 quarries are functional. Permissions were obtained from Collector Pune under the Mumbai Minor Mineral Extraction Acts 1955.

 

7.       LCL also revised the proposal based on the discussions in the meetings and observations raised by the Committee. As per the revised details of the 1st phase of the project, the total water requirement will be 15.29 MLD (fresh water requirement will be 11.62 MLD, Source – Bandharas). The total Capacity of 30 Nos. decentralised STPs will be 14.70 ML. The treated waste water will be used for flushing of toilets 3.83 MLD, and balance 7.19 MLD will be stored in holding ponds and will be used for construction purposes, makeup water for cooling towers attached to DG sets and HVAC and horticulture purposes. The total quantity of solid waste generation will be 70,030.19 Kg/day. Bio-degradable waste will be disposed at site and also sludge from STP. The manure produced will be used for horticulture purposes and biogas will be used within the township. The non-biodegradable wastes like empty bottles, plastic bags etc. will be sold to vendors. The hazardous waste/electronic waste will be stored separately and would be disposed as per EPA norms. The bio medical waste would be collected and would be disposed through authorised agency of MPCB. The total power requirement will be 240 MW. It is targeted to save energy by adopting energy conservation measures including non-conventional energy to target a saving of 28%-32%. The total cost of the project will be Rs 2,824.00 crores.

 

8)       LCL also engaged the services of Remote Sensing & GIS Wing of Science & Technology Park Pune, for the purpose of preparation of a contour map of entire project area in 2005-2007. The contour map prepared and reconfirmed with the contour pattern of Survey of India topo-sheets.

 

9)       The committee noted that LCL has also given their commitment to the following:

 

(i)                 All the construction and developmental works will be within the Special Regulations for Hill Station dated 26th November, 1996 and the amendments made there under from time to time under Maharashtra Regional & Town Planning Act, 1966 and the DCR’s of the SPA.

 

(ii)              All the Govt. Orders by Urban Developmental Department (UDD), Govt. of Maharashtra will be followed in all developmental works. All the standardized building byelaws and Development Control Regulations for ‘B’ and ‘C’ Class Municipal Councils of Maharashtra will be followed.

 

(iii)            The Hill Station Regulations and the subsequent permissions will continue to be followed in toto including the land use, slopes, the FSI and the number of storyes. The permissions wherever required will be taken and will approach the appropriate authority under Law for any interpretation of development control norms.

 

(iv)             All the areas falling within slope steeper than 1:3 will be excluded from any building construction. The contour map prepared and re-confirmed by the above agencies will be followed in identifying the areas falling within slopes steeper than 1:3. All the areas falling within slopes between 1:3 and 1:5, building construction will be carried out with stilt preferably. Hill cutting would be avoided as far as possible.

 

(v)                The areas falling within water bodies would be excluded from the total area in the computation of Global FSI.

 

(vi)             All the Rules and Regulations under Environmental Protection Act, 1986, Water Pollution (Prevention & Control )  Act, 1974 & Air Pollution (Prevention & Control)  Act, 1981, Bio-medical waste (Management & Handling Rules), 1998, Hazardous waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2003, Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2000, The Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 / 2009 will be followed strictly.

 

(vii)           All the directions of Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India, Government of Maharashtra and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board will be followed in letter and spirit.

(viii)        All the conditions of the agreement with Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation (MKVDC) will be followed in regard to the storage of water in bandharas and the discharge of water in extra ordinary circumstances in down stream areas. Permissions will be sought from MKVDC for construction of any additional bandharas. Measures will be adopted for the enhancement of aquatic flora and fauna within the bandharas.

 

(ix)            The entire project area will be cleaned and checked before the on-set of monsoon so that the run-off is devoid of any pollutant from non-point sources.

 

(x)               Heavy metals concentration to surface and ambient air would be closely monitored during construction phase and at least 3 years there after followed by the monitoring of all aspects as per EMP. No chemical pesticides will be used in the project area.

 

(xi)            Solid waste segregation and installation of bio-gas plant and organic waste converter unit for bio-degradable waste and sludge from STP. The bio-gas produced and the manure will be used within project area. The bio-medical waste will be outsourced to the approved agency of MPCB and will be disposed within 48 hours. The hazardous waste will be sold to approved re-refiners registered with CPCB / MPCB. 

 

(xii)          Installation of sound proof D.G. Sets and stack height as per EPA norms will be followed.

 

(xiii)       Mass tree plantation will be carried out within the project area and the target is to plant a total of 10.0 Lakhs trees. Planted trees will be protected and maintained for their survival.

 

(xiv)         Holding ponds to store the treated water from STP would be constructed to store the excess treated waste water in rainy days. The transfer of sewage will be through DI – K9 and RCC – NP3 pipes and the treated sewage transfer by DI-K9 pipes only. In case of road – crossings, use of RCC pipes will be avoided or sufficient casing will be provided.

 

(xv)           Treated waste water from STP from the project site will only be used to meet construction requirements. Recycling of treated waste water for flushing, horticulture purposes and cooling tower make-up so as to achieve zero discharge. The fresh water from bandharas will only be used to meet the non-flushing requirement. No STP or treated water storage pond will be constructed near the water bodies. Installation of De-centralized STP’s distributed in the entire project area. 

 

(xvi)         Installation of Efficient sanitary fixtures for reduction and conservation of water. The global good practices for conservation of water will be adopted.

 

(xvii)      All the slope protection and soil erosion control measures will be strictly followed. The excavated/ cut earth will be stored scientifically to prevent any erosion and to avoid siltation in the water body. The excavated earth will be used for landscaping, road construction, back fill, as a building material and also the excess earth will be disposed only in the identified dump yards away from water bodies.

 

(xviii)    The quarries and the crushers within the site would follow all norms and the abandoned quarries will be converted as lakes/playgrounds in the landscape developmental plan.

 

(xix)        The continuous weather data and the seasonal ambient air quality data will be closely monitored.

 

(xx)          Proper transport and traffic management plan will be followed specially in traffic intense areas. Adequate parking provisions including Multi Level Car Parks will be made within the project area.

 

(xxi)        All energy conservation measures as per MoEF norms and ECBC will be followed.

 

(xxii)     Locally available building materials will be used for construction. Cement concrete blocks mixed with Fly ash will be locally made and used.

 

(xxiii)   All fire fighting measures as per National Building Code of India will be followed.

 

(xxiv)    The budgetary allocation made in EMP and Monitoring Plan will be adhered to.

 

(xxv)       The social obligations to the local villagers with respect to their health, education, employment opportunity and their dwellings will be complied.

 

(xxvi)    The emergency rescue preparedness plan will be adopted.

 

10)     The deliberations of the Committee inter-alia covered the matters in the earlier minutes of the expert appraisal committee meeting held on 11th – 12th May 2011 (past minutes enclosed for ease of reference) in particular the details received from state Government of Maharashtra regarding the compliance of LCL with regard to the hill station development policy and regulations, requirement of Non-Agriculture (NA) approval and construction on MKVDC leased land etc. The details sent by the Principal Secretary, Department of Urban Development, Govt. of Maharashtra dated 9th May, 2011 were also discussed. A brief point-wise detail is as under:

 

i)        Hill Station Policy:-

 

(a)               The Government in Urban Development Department vide Notification dated 26th November, 1996 has modified the sanctioned Regional Plan of Pune District to include Special Regulations for Development of Tourist Resorts/Holiday Homes/Townships in Hill Station Type Areas under the provisions of Section 20(4) of the Maharashtra Regional & Town Planning Act, 1966.  As per the sanctioned policy of the Regional Plan, slopes which are steeper than 1:5 are not allowed for development. However, the Government of Maharashtra vide its Notification No.TPS-1806/203/CR-434/06/UD-13, 7th June, 2007 modified the Regulation No.22 of Hill Station development and development on slopes, which are as steep as 1:3.  The development contemplated, however, shall in no case involve the cutting of the mountains.  

 

(b)              The development/constructions in hill station area are regulated and allowed according to Annexure-A as mentioned in Regulation No.26 of Hill Station Policy.

 

(c)               Subsequently, the Government of Maharashtra vide Notification No.TPS-1807/1544/CR-821/07/UD-13, 28th February, 2008 has inserted a note that “With prior approval of the Government, global FSI of development shall be considered sector-wise and shall be used in the same sector.” Accordingly, the Government of Maharashtra vide letter No.TPS-1808/449/CR-93/08/UD-13, 7th April, 2008 has given approval to allow global FSI sector-wise.

 

(d)              The Lavasa Corporation Ltd., the Special Planning Authority vide their letter dated 29th March, 2011 had communicated to the Government that they have sanctioned as Special Planning Authority an FSI of 0.06 i.e. on a buildable area of 681 hectares, 41.57 hectares of buildable area has been sanctioned. The above FSI has been worked out on the entire area of 681 hectares, but it is necessary to work out the global FSI on the developable/buildable land, which means that the areas which are steeper than 1:3 cannot be counted while calculating the global FSI. It will, therefore, be necessary for the Special Planning Authority to demarcate the areas where the slopes are steeper than 1:3, get the same verified through the Director of Town Planning and then calculate the global FSI on the basis of developable/buildable land only.

 

ii)       Water availability:-

 

          The LCL vide their application dated 29th October,2001 had requested for permission to construct 8 Bandharas in catchment areas of Varasgaon dam and 2 Bandharas on nallas following West ward (i.e. in Konkan area). Permission to construct 8 Bandharas was given by MKVDC vide letter No.4148 dated 29th May, 2002. The storage capacity of 2 Bandharas in Varasgoan submergence is 8.04 Mm3 and 16.63 Mm3 of remaining 6 Bandharas in catchments of Varasgaon dam.  As per clause No.10 of agreement 8.04 Mm3 water is to be released by LCL in Varasgaon dam as per the demand and instruction of Water Resources Department every year.

          The permission to utilise 66.63 Mm3 water is given by MKVDC vide letter No.6843 dated 27th August, 2002.  The water requirement for LCL considering projected population of 2.55 lakh with standard norms (175 ltr./capita/day) shall be 16.3 Mm3. As per Water Resources & Investigation Circle, Pune report vide letter No.1465 dated 22nd April, 2002 there is balance of yield available in Khadakwasla system at 75% dependability to the tune of 178.13 Mm3.

          The requirement of Lavasa is 16.3Mm3 and balance yield available is 178.13 Mm3.  Hence it will not affect the utilization of Khadakwasla system, but construction of Bandharas will marginally affect the utilization of Ujjani dam which is at downstream of Khadakwasla. Also the domestic water requirement of Pune city is 325.68 Mm3 which is considerably higher than requirement of Lavasa city as per the state water policy, domestic water use has priority area irrigation use, hence the marginal diversion shall affect the downstream irrigation use but there will not be any effect on domestic water.

iii)      MKVDC land leased:-

          The land leased to Lavasa company given by MKVDC is as per provisions of MKVDC Act, 1996 Sr. No.18(i) and 18 (j). The agreement of leased land is executed on dated 23rd September, 2002 for a period of 30 (thirty) years. The total leased land is 141.15 ha out of which 128.79 ha land is under submergence of Varasgaon and only 12.36 ha land is out of submergence.

          As Lavasa is authorized as SPA by the State Government, Lavasa has permitted the construction of building & structures on leased land in their jurisdiction.

iv)      Special Planning Authority:-

          On the request of Lavasa City corporation, LCL has been declared as Special Planning Authority (SPA) for the area under their jurisdiction under the Section 40(1)(b) of MR & TP Act, 1966 vide Government Notification No.TPS-1808/449/CR-493/08/UD-13 dated 12th June, 2008 with certain conditions. As per the regulation No.28 of the Hill Station Development Policy, Development Control Regulation of C class Municipal Councils shall be applicable mutatis mutandis except those expressly provided in the Policy. Also, while granting status as a SPA; the Government has incorporated certain conditions as below :

          Conditions No.2 – “The SPA has no right to grant any relaxation in the present DCR applicable to notified area.”

          Conditions No. 5 – “The SPA shall follow the DCR and the provisions of sanctioned regional plan and amendment made to it from time to time.  Any violation in DCR and provision of regional plan shall be liable for legal action by the Collector, Pune.”

v)       Requirement  of NA approval:-

          As informed by the Govt. of Maharashtra regarding the requirement of NA approval for layout and building plan even if approved by SPA, it is mentioned that:

          “The person who has intended to change the use of land, should obtain the NA permission as per section 44 of MLR code 1966.  As per the Hill Station Policy Regulation No.25, hill station development shall be treated as an industry.   As per the policy Regulation No.20 of Hill station development that being an industry shall not require NA permission, but as per Section 44 (A) (2) of M.L.R. Code, 1966 where permission is required for bonafide industrial user they shall be required to give intimation of the date on which the change of user of land has commenced within 30 days from such date to the Collector.” 

          Lavasa City Corporation as SPA has not communicated within 30 days the change of use to the Collector.

vi)      Approvals by SPA and submission to the State Government:-

          As stated above, the Government has granted SPA status to Lavasa City Corporation vide Notification dated 12.6.2008 with certain conditions.  The relevant ones are:

a)       All development permissions granted by the SPA shall be brought to the notice of ADTP, Pune within a period of 3 months from the date of grant of permissions.

It is seen that two permissions given by the Special Planning Authority have been brought to the notice of ADTP, after a period of two years.

b)       The provisions of Section 115 and other provisions of the said Act shall be fully applicable to the said notified area.

It was expected that the Special Planning Authority would prepare the planning proposal (Development Plans and Development Control Regulations) before sanctioning the development of the various sectors, which does not seem to have been done.  Now, the Lavasa Corporation has published planning proposal and DC Regulations on 21st April, 2011. This will now go a through a process of public referendum through hearing of objections & suggestions and final sanction by the State Government.

11)     Senior officer from Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation (MKVDC) also attended the meeting to assist the committee in the appraisal process. The details presented in the meeting are:

 

(i)       Overall water availability based on last 20 years data:

 

          Water Resources Dept. of Government of Maharashtra acquire daily data for all the reservoirs in the Khadakwasla System for every year.  The data for the last 20 years is available with the Deptt. The water availability study for Khadakwasla System was carried out in the year 1993 based on earlier 20 years data.  This study was carried out by Central Design Organisation, Nasik which is a nodal agency to carry out hydrological studies for various basins. The Central Design Organisation, Nasik vide their letter No.GDO.GO.II.71 dated 16.1.93 submitted a report for the revised yield study of Khadakwasla Irrigation Project complex.  According to this study, the 75% dependable yield for various dams in Khadakwasla Irrigation Project complex is as below :-

 

Project

75% Dependable yield (MM3)

Khadakwasla Dam

1042

Panshet

329.71

Warasgaon

423.267

Temgnar

105.45

 

          Khadakwasla Dam is at the down stream hence 75% dependable yield includes the yields of other dams also. So, the 75% dependable yield for Khadakwasla complex is 1042 MM3. 

 

(ii)      Water consumption for Pune city, present and projected for 20 years:

 

          At present the water consumption by Pune city is 398 MM3 (14.02 TMC).  The standard water use for present population of 40 lakhs with standard use of 175 litres/capita/day is expected at the level of 255.46 MM3. Projected use of water after 20 years shall be for the population of 70 lakhs. With standard use of 175 litres/capita/ day the water requirement for drinking shall be 447 MM3.

 

                   At present Pune City is sanctioned 328.33 MM3 of water from Khadakwasla Complex and 9.92 MM3 from Pawana Reservoir.  Thus the total sanction is 338.25 MM3 as against this the present use of Pune Municipal Corpn. is about 398 MM3. The Pune Municipal Corporation has also requested for additional water from BhamaAskhed Dam in another valley. The Water Resources Dept. is planning to accord the sanction for 51.28 MM3 of water from this dam. Thus the total sanctions which shall be immediately available with Pune Municipal Corpn. will be about 389.53 MM3. The future requirement after 20 years shall be about 447 MM3.  Thus after 20 years there will be shortage of 447 – 389.53 = 57.47 MM3 which will be met by diverting irrigation water to domestic. 

 

(iii)     Water availability for irrigation purposes present and projected 20 years:

 

                    At present from the Khadakwasla System the irrigation water is provided for new Mutha Canal and JanaiShirsai schemes.  Present plan use for Khadakwasla Canal is 440.56 MM3 and for JanaiShirsai Lift Irrigation Scheme is 102.06 MM3, Temghar reservoir irrigation use is 7.09 MM3.  Thus the total planned use is 549.71 MM3. However, due to more use by Pune Municipal Corpn. in place of sanctioned 328.33 MM3 the water used  by the Pune Municipal Corpn. in the year 2008-09 and 2009-10 is about 393.27 MM3 and the present irrigation use  is about 360.41 MM3.

 

                   While sanctioning the higher quantities to Pune Municipal Corpn., it was instructed as a part of agreement that 6 TMC (170.1 MM3) of water shall be treated and recycled for irrigation purpose by delivering the treated water into existing canal system.

 

11)     Member Secretary informed the EAC about the Status of Court cases pending in the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay. The next date fixed in the matter is 15th June, 2011.

 

12)     After examining the details submitted by LCL and the information made available by Govt. of Maharashtra and discussions with the senior officers from the departments of Town Planning and MKVDC of State Government, the EAC concluded that:

 

(i)                 The constructions/development carried out in Dasve sector (681.27 ha) was carried out without obtaining prior Environmental Clearance under EIA Notification 1994 as amended in 2004 and also EIA Notification 2006.

 

(ii)              The development/constructions were started without examining the environment issues e.g. Slope analysis, Soil investigation, physiography, geological, hydrological and geographical details and other vital parameters.

 

(iii)            The above constructions/ development are a violation of Environmental (Protection) Act 1986. The violation has to be dealt as per OM No. No.J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 16th November 2010. As per 4(ii) of the above OM, LCL shall submit a written commitment within 90 days, in the form of a formal resolution from Board of Directors of the company or to the Managing Committee/CEO of the Society, Trust, Partnership/individually owned concern for consideration of its environment related policy/plan of action to the Ministry to ensure that violations of the Environment (Protection) Act etc. shall not be repeated. Further as per 4 (iii) of the. OM, the State Government shall be informed for initiating legal action.

 

(iv)             The scale and intensity of development of the hill town shall be as per Hill Station Regulations and shall be  revised based on developable/ buildable area. A clear demarcation of “no development/ construction zone/ area” shall be identified comprising of (a) all water bodies (b) forest lands/forest like lands and (c) areas steeper than 1:3. The developable/buildable areas shall be verified through State Government/Director Town Planning and the calculation of FSI shall be made accordingly.

 

(v)                The FSI calculation shall be worked out separately based on land uses and shall not be averaged for the calculation of FSI.

 

(vi)             As far as possible, no hill cutting, digging, excavation, or any other activity involving generation of soil or its use or its transportation/ disposal will be carried out.

 

(vii)           The water conserved through bandharas shall be used for potable purposes only, putting lesser burden on the main Warasgoan reservoir. For all other secondary purposes, the treated waste water shall be used with dual plumbing system. Decentralised treatment (and reuse) of waste water shall be built into overall water/ waste water planning.

 

(viii)        There shall be a provision for discharge of water from these bandharas as and when required by the Irrigation dept. other than natural over flow in the monsoon season to meet the water requirement of down stream areas including Pune city.

 

(ix)            Sediment and organic loading through runoff to the bandharas during monsoon shall be checked and computed more conservatively to assess the water quality.

 

(x)               Continuous ecological monitoring of all the water bodies including bandharas within the project area shall be carried out and suitable mitigation measures shall be adopted. Appropriate measures shall be taken to restore the aquatic flora and fauna in the water bodies. Suitable fish species shall also be stocked based on the soil and water quality and in consultation with fisheries experts.

 

(xi)            There shall be no discharge of any kind of effluents from any facilities, including the treated waste water, from the STP / ETP. The entire treated waste water from STP/ETP shall be recycled.

 

(xii)          The surface water qualities shall be monitored at all the locations shown in the EIA Report, for pH, BOD, COD, Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Chromium (VI), Arsenic, Nickel, Cobalt and Iron on six monthly basis and the reports shall be sent to MoEF and  MPCB.

 

(xiii)       Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) shall be installed for treatment of the liquid effluents generated from the Hospital. All the other biomedical wastes generated from the hospital shall be sent, within 48 hours, to the Common Biomedical Waste Treatment Facility indicated by the MPCB in the authorization issued under the Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998.

(xiv)         The cleaning of all the open/covered facilities, including pavements, walkways, etc. which are not connected to sewers, shall be restricted to only sweeping and there will be no water washing of such facilities.

 

(xv)           The sludge generated in S.T.P’s shall be suitable managed. Suitable sanitation measures must be adopted while pumping raw sewage.

 

(xvi)         The Hazardous Wastes, namely used oil and electronic waste will be stored in close containers under a covered shade/room and sold to the recyclers registered with the CPCB / SPCB as per the Hazardous Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2008 after taking authorization required under these Rules from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB).

 

(xvii)      The soil quality shall be monitored at all playgrounds (Including those of schools, colleges, etc), gardens, parks and lawns and for Lead, Cadmium and Mercury on six monthly basis and the reports should be sent to MoEF and MPCB.

(xviii)    A detailed management plan related to prevention of soil erosion and loss of road side plantation shall be delineated.

(xix)        The ambient air quality shall be monitored at all the locations shown in the EIA Report for the relevant parameters on six monthly basis and the reports shall be sent to MoEF and MPCB.

(xx)          Regular air pollution monitoring shall be done around the hot mix plants/stone crushers to know their adverse impacts (if any) due to these activities. The locations shall be decided only after the consultation with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board.

 

(xxi)        The energy consumption should aim to target minimum saving of at least 28-32% by adopting energy conservation methods including non-conventional energy. All the commercial buildings shall adhere to the mandatory ECBC code.

 

(xxii)     The intensity of educational/ health facilities shall be developed keeping in view the requirements of locals/ tourists and without much stress on environmental resources in the fragile ecosystem.

 

(xxiii)   All the construction of roads and related infrastructure shall be carried out following the relevant IRC guidelines/protocols.

 

(xxiv)    Road Safety auditing of the various roads/road section shall be carried out. Further, based on the safety auditing report, various safety measures (improvement in the geometric design, display of sign Boards, speed limits etc.) shall be implemented. Further, contingency plans to deal with road traffic mishaps/accidents etc. shall also be clearly delineated with the budgetary allocation.

 

(xxv)       Use of the (appropriate) less polluting road construction techniques (e.g. Cold Mix technology for bituminous roads etc.) shall be used. Further, use of locally available road construction materials (including marginal materials) shall be used after detailed technical studies in consultation with local authorities.

 

(xxvi)          A well worked out disaster management plan (fire, accidents, land slides, earthquakes etc.) for the entire township shall be prepared with provision for emergency evacuation routs, space for assembly and other measures.

 

(xxvii)        LCL shall submit within 3 months their policy towards Corporate Environment Responsibility (CER) which should inter-alia  address (i) Standard operating process/ procedure to being into focus any infringement/ deviation/violation of environmental or forest norms/conditions, (ii) Hierarchical system or administrative order of the Company to deal with environmental issues and ensuring compliance EC conditions and (iii) System of reporting of non compliance/violation environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and/or stakeholders or shareholders.

 

(xxviii)     As part of CSR programme, LCL shall conduct need based assessment for the nearby villages to study economic measures with action plan which can help in upliftment of poor section of society. Income generating projects consistent with the traditional skills of the people besides development of fodder farm, fruit bearing orchards, vocational training etc. can form a part of such programme. LCL shall provide separate budget for community development activities and income generating programmes. This shall be in addition to vocational training for individuals imparted to take up self employment and jobs.

 

(xxix)         At least 5% of the total cost of the project shall be earmarked towards the corporate social responsibility and item-wise details along with time bound action plan shall be prepared and submitted to the Ministry’s Regional Office at Bhopal. Implementation of such program shall be ensured accordingly in a time bound manner.

 

(xxx)            A high level Verification and Monitoring Committee shall be constituted with inclusion of eminent experts, representatives of MoEF and District Administration etc. The committee shall examine verify and monitor at various stages (planning, construction, operation) of the project for compliance of the Conditions Budgetory provisions shall be made to the satisfaction of the committee.

(xxxi)         LCL shall submit an undertaking/commitment to earmark necessary/adequate funds as per report to be submitted shortly regarding the quantum of penalty/re-compense and creation of Environmental Restoration Fund. 

 

(xxxii) Other conditions as stipulated by MoEF/ other State agencies of State Government shall also be complied with.

 

          In the aforesaid factual matrix and noting pendency of some issues of M/s LCL before Hon’ble High Court of Bombay, the committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance with the above conditions for strict compliance and acceptance of conditions at (iii), (xxvii), (xxviii), (xxix), (xxx) and (xxxi) listed above.

 

3.2    CRZ Clearance for laying of crude oil pipeline from Chennai Port Trust to CPCL Refinery at Manali, Tamil Nadu by M/s. Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited (F.No.10-78/2008-IA.III)

 

As presented by the project proponent, a new crude oil pipeline of 42’ dia. was proposed to be laid to bring crude oil from Chennai Port to Manali refinery for a distance of about 17 Km. This pipeline was to originate from Bharathi Dock III of Chennai Port and routed along the Chennai-Ennore Port connectivity road. Since there was abnormal delay in obtaining the right of way for the pipeline from Chennai Port to refinery, an SPM was proposed. TOR was finalized by EAC in its 75th meeting held on 23rd -24th April, 2009.

 

          The crude oil requirement of the Manali Refinery is being handled through Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) through a 30’ dia, 8mm thick, 7.5 Km long pipeline commissioned in 1969. This pipeline traverses 6.8 Km underground and 0.7 Km above ground through metalled roads, railway tracks, marshy areas and highly inhabited colonies. A number of structures including petrol bunks have come up above this underground pipeline system over a period of time. The coating condition of the pipeline is not satisfactory.  The present 30’ dia underground pipeline was laid when the refining capacity was 2.5 MMTPA. The capacity of the Manali refinery has been enhanced to 9.5 MMTPA at present and this has increased the number of tankers unloaded through Chennai Port. Presently the pressure head for pumping is restricted at 7 Kg/Sq.cm considering the age of the pipeline. The existing 30’ Dia pipeline has not only become vulnerable with regard to its external coating, but also has a limitation to handle tankers within stipulated time.

 

          A new crude oil pipeline of 42’ dia. is proposed to be laid to bring crude oil from Chennai Port to Manali refinery for a distance of about 17 KM.  The line size is so decided that it is optimum for unloading a parcel size of about 130,000MT crude oil from a Suez max tanker within the stipulated time. The pre project activities viz. Topographical survey of pipeline alignment, Soil stratification and corrosion survey, Risk analysis study and Disaster Management Plan and Environment Management Plan have been completed.

 

The project has been earlier appraised by the EAC in its meeting held on 27- 29th Jan. 2010 and certain observations were made.  The proponent has submitted the desired information. The details submitted and presented by the proponent were discussed. The proponent submitted a copy of the minutes of Tamil Nadu CZMA for the proposed new route.

 

The EAC examined the proposal in its meeting held on 19th –20th April, 2010 and sought additional information viz.  i)  permission from NHAI for laying of pipeline, ii) Certified Map on the New pipeline route along with the details of habitation area, demarcating the minimum distance between the pipeline and habitation, recommendation of the SCZMA.  The information submitted by the Proponent was discussed by the Committee. The Tamil Nadu Coastal Zone Management Authority has sent a detailed report on the Complaint from the Kasimedu Fishermen’s Development Association after inspection of the site through a sub-Committee. As per the Sub- Committee and TCZMA, the proposed pipeline is laid along the berm of NHAI proposed road from Chennai Port to Ennore Expressway and Kasimedu fisherfolk inhabitations is significantly away from the proposed pipeline. In the route suggested by  KFDA that is Ennore Port- Ennore Highway-Manli Highway- SH- 104 has habitations / industries.

 

 

          The Committee considered the numerous complaints from Kasimedu Fishermen’s Development Association. The map produced by both the proponent and Complainant showing the pipeline route is examined. The main allegation is that the pipe line is passing through the thickly habitation areas and sought Public Hearing prior to the clearance as per the provisions of the CRZ Notification, 2011.  

 

The pipeline will be made up of Carbon steel of 12. 5 mm thickness.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

         (i)        The Committee noted that the pipeline route shown by complainant is different from the one proposed by the proponent. According to the proponent, the pipeline is about 80 to 100 m from the Kasimedu area and the pipeline will be laid about 1.5 m below ground level all along the right of way (ROW) of the proposed National Highway. The habitation is on the other side of the Road. The part of habitation along the ROW was rehabilitated and remaining being done by NHAI as part of the Road project. The Minimum distance between the pipeline to the nearby habitation will be about 30-40 m.  The alignment of the new pipeline appears to be close to the habitation and requires site verification.  The Committee asked for site verification through Member Secretary, Tamil Nadu Coastal Zone Management Authority and Director, Regional Office at Bangalore to ensure that the alignment of pipeline claimed in the proposal of CPCL is away from the habitation.

       (ii)       The HTL/LTL map prepared by authorised agency showing the location of the proposed pipeline route and its coordinates and the immediate surroundings of habitation area shall be submitted

 

      (iii)      Proposal if any for the eventual shifting of crude handling facilities to Ennore Port and/or possible integration of both the facilities (Chennai Port and Ennore Port) shall be indicated, and if so, how this will be achieved and with what environmental concerns/mitigation measures.  A long range planning would be desirable.  This may be clarified and if necessary in consultation with the Ennore Port authorities also.   

       (iv)       Approval of the Chennai Port authorities shall be obtained for replacement of pipeline within the port premises.

 

        (v)        The smooth and safe operation of the system shall be ensured by incorporating a computerized SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Automation) system. Any leakage in the pipeline shall be immediately detected by the Computer system and product pumping shall be immediately cut off.

 

       (vi)       Extra encasement for the stretch passing near the habitation and other sensitive places shall be provided so that no spillage under any accidental scenario including tsunami, earth quake, terrorist activity etc. is prohibited.

 

      (vii)     The requirement of Public Hearing may be decided by the Ministry as per the CRZ Notification, 2011.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ Clearance subject to confirmation of the site suitability on the basis of site visit mentioned in item (i) above and submission of missing information and undertaking by the project proponent for the strict compliance of the above conditions in the Clearance letter.

 

4.      Consideration of New Projects

 

4.1            Environmental clearance for Development of Heliport at Rohini, New Delhi by M/s. Ministry of Civil Aviation, New Delhi (F.No. 10-20/2010-IA.III)

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for the construction of a heliport at Rohini in Delhi on an area of 25 acres land.  The plot is allotted by Delhi Development Authority as per the Master Plan of Delhi. The proposed site is barren land and there is no habitation exists up to 2.5km distance.

The proposal will include the construction of an ATC Building, Fuel Tanks and Fuel System, and Navigational Aids. ATC building will house the control tower on the top floor with clear visibility of the approaches and a ground floor to accommodate the met briefing room. 200 sqm area of building with 25 sqm tower area is therefore proposed for ATC building. The Fuel Services to comply with Aircraft Fuel storage, Handling, and Dispensing on Airports. Fuelling of helicopters would be through fuel tankers. 4 nos of hangars of 30 X 30 m capable of maintaining the largest helicopter Mi 172 are proposed. The passenger terminal facilities will accommodate public and private activities for helicopter operator. Based on the initial estimates, an area of 2000 sqm of terminal building with administrative area is envisaged at the immediate stage with future expansion possibilities. The ground access requirements will include terminal curbside, roadways, and vehicle parking for employees and visitors. Car parking area for 100 cars is proposed.

The heliport would require a wind sock to show the direction and magnitude of the wind, heliport lighting of FATO, TLOF and taxiways, and a heliport identification beacon to aid in locating the heliport in accordance with ICAO. Lighting aids such as Heliport beacon; Approach lighting system; Alignment guidance system; approach slope indicator; final approach and take-off area lights; aiming point lighting; touchdown and lift off area lighting; taxiway lighting; and Obstacle lighting are proposed to be provided for night operations. For providing approach lights, 90 m length of land is required beyond FATO for non-instrument FATO and at least 210m length for Non-Precision FATO.  Total cost of the project is Rs. 64.00 Crores.

The Committee examined the project in its meeting held on 19th –20th April, 2010 and finalized the additional TOR for further study including the Public Hearing.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   The Committee noted that the project involves Cutting/ pruning of about 59 trees out of which 37 are outside the project site, which are not under the control of the proponent. Necessary permission shall be obtained for cutting/pruning of the trees both inside and outside of the project site.

 

ii)                 Recompensatory forestation shall be carried out at the rate of 1:10. The proponent is also required to provide details of the areas where the reforestation is to be done.

 

iii)              Water balance chart has not been submitted.  Submit water balance chart with complete details of water supply/water conservation measures and use of treated waste water.  Treated waste water shall be used for flushing of toilets, air conditioning and horticulture purposes. 

 

iv)                Noise modeling does not present the actual values. Re-examine and submit the details of noise modeling.

 

v)                  Submit details of the solid waste management including collection, treatment and disposal.

 

vi)                The EIA needs to be revised following the MoEF’s guidelines document on airports and the above mentioned observations of the committee.

 

In view of the above observations, the proposal is deferred and shall be reconsidered after the above observations are addressed and submitted for reconsideration.  

 

4.2            Environmental clearance for development of a green field Airport in Sindhudurg, Maharashtra by IRB Sindhudurg Airport Pvt. Ltd. [F.No. 10-27/2010-IA.III].

 

Project proponent requested for postponement of the project, because of the receipt of late information.  The Committee also noted that there is moratorium for consideration of the project located in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra upto 30th June, 2011.

 

In view of the above, the Committee deferred the project.

 

4.3            CRZ clearance for the construction of Rajkkamangalam Fishing Harbour at Neendakarai B village, Agastheeswaram Taluk, Kaniakumari Dist. Tamil Nadu by M/s Rajakkamangalm Thurai Fishing Harbour Pvt. Ltd. [F. No. 11-67/2010-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves the construction of Fishing harbour at Rajkkamangalam, Kanniyakumari. The total area is 16.69 ha. The proposed fishing harbour will be a Harbour complex and will be serving the berthing needs of all types of fishing vessels about 400 in number consisting of both traditional and modern mechanized fishing boats with drafts ranging from 4m to 8mtrs. The handling capacity of the Harbour will be 8,500 tons/annum.

          The project components includes construction of Break waters:- Western b/w : 875mtr long with 64m round head & Eastern b/w : 470mts long with 64m rounded, Approach channel with a width of 72 mts at entrance, RCC wharf of 500mts length and 30 mts width, RCC finger Jetties of 150mts length and 10 ms width – 5 nos in Phase-I, Slip way of 60 mts long with 12 m width, Boat building, repair and maintenance, Dredging of Harbour Basin to maximum (-) 8 mts. Level from Chart Datum, Development of land based Harbour facilities, Construction of RCC bridge across “Pantri Vaickal” for access.

          The water requirement will be 150 KLD which will be met through bore well located outside CRZ. Out of 150 KLD about 50 KLD will be supplied to the boats as drinking water. About 50 KLD sewage and 50 KLD of trade effluent will be generated during the operation phase and to treat them both STP and ETP have been proposed. The project cost is Rs. 80 Crores.

          The site is falling in CRZ-I (ii) and CRZ-III. The proposal was discussed by TNSCZMA in its 59th meeting held on 28.05.2010 and recommended vide letter no. 11546/EC-3/2010-1, dated 29.06.2010.

The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 91st meeting held on  21st –23rd September, 2010 and 5th -6th April, 2011 and suggested to  shift the breakwater from the mouth of the river and submit the likely impacts of the proposed training wall and Northern breakwater on the river mouth along with the remedial measures.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   The northern side breakwater shall be shifted at least 200m distance towards west from the river mouth.

 

ii)                 Regular dredging shall be carried out at the mouth of the river to ensure free flow of water and sufficient budget shall be provided for this purpose and method of disposal of dredged spoil shall also be indicated.

 

iii)              Oil waste shall be separately collected, treated and recycled.

 

iv)                Sewage shall be treated and the Treatment Facility shall be provided in accordance with the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011. The disposal of treated water shall confirm the regulation of State Pollution Control Board.

 

v)                  Solid waste Management shall be as per Municipal Solid (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000.

 

vi)                All the recommendations of the EMP shall be strictly complied with.

 

vii)             Incidence of littoral drift if any consequent on the creation of man-made barriers (breakwater) shall be monitored to ensure that the coast line is not unduly subjected to natural causes resulting in environmental degradation; if so, appropriate mitigation measures shall be provided to ensure coastal stability.

 

viii)           A copy of the final DPR showing the full scale development in phases shall be submitted to the Ministry for necessary follow-up in future.

 

ix)               Construction activity shall be carried out strictly as per the provisions of CRZ Notification, 2011. No construction work other than those permitted in Coastal Regulation Zone Notification shall be carried out in Coastal Regulation Zone area.

 

x)                 The consideration and recommendation of the project is subject to final orders of the Hon’ble High Court of Tamil Nadu in WP No.2/2009 and WP No.2206/2009.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ Clearance with the above conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.4            Finalization of TOR for the proposed Multi modal, multipurpose all season Greenfield Port at Vijaydurg, Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra. (F.No. 11-12/2011-IA-III)

 

The Proponent attended the meeting however, the Committee decided to defer the project, since there is moratorium up to 30th June, 2011.

 

4.5            Environmental clearance for Widening and Upgradation of existing 2 lane to 4/6 laning of divided carrigeway configuration of Patna to Buxuar section of NH-30 and NH-84f in the State of Bihar and UP by M/s. NHAI. (F.No. 5-10/2009-IA.III) 

 

As presented by the project proponent, the project road starts from Km. 178.600 of NH -30 near Anisabad in Patna and ends at Bharauli on NH-19 in Uttar Pradesh after crossing Ganga River near Buxar, covering a total length of 125.44 km. The road falls in Patna, Bhojpur and Buxar district of Bihar and Ballia district of UP. The land use pattern of the project area is mostly agricultural (76.2%), built up (14.8%) and barren (1.7%) and Forest (2.0%). The existing Right of Way (RoW) varies from 30-60 m. The proposed RoW is 60m. Approximately 625.36 ha of land is being acquired; which includes 202.72 ha for widening, and 402.48 ha for realignments bypasses and CPR relocations. There are 12 major bridges, 18 minor bridges, and 179 culverts. 20 Vehicular underpasses, 77 pedestrian and cattle underpasses, service roads at 26 locations and 30.77 km in total length have been provided. Bus bays have been proposed at 34 locations. Truck lay byes have been provided at 5 locations, and way side amenities at three locations.

 

The project road passes through 34 villages, out of which 9 villages are in Patna district, 20 in Bhojpur and 5 m in Buxar district. There is no village in UP portion as project road length in UP is 1.25 km which is the approach of Ganga Bridge.

 

There are 11 congested areas where bypass/ realignments have been proposed. They are (i) Patna- Bihita section Bypass, length -29.7 km (ii) Realignment at Koilwar for geometric improvement of new bridge at Sone River- 3.550 km (iii) Ara town Bypass- 11.70 km (iv) Realignment for Bibiganj- 1.13 km (v) Gajraj Ganj Bypass- 2.5 km (vi) Bihiya Realignment- 1.9 km (vii) Saraiya/ Bilouty Realignment- 1.8 km (viii) Sahpur/ Ranisagar Bypas- 8.0 km (ix) Barhampur Bypass- 1.8 km (x) Naya Bhojpur Bypass- 1.9 km and (xi) Purana Bhojpur Bypass- 3.1 km.

 

The project road does not pass through any reserved forest. However, road side plantation in Ara Buxar portion of NH 84 has been declared as protected forest. Hence forest clearance is being processed by the DFO office of Ara.  About 15711 trees are going to be cut for the project area, against which about 471333 trees are proposed to be planted. About 1562 households and 8307 persons are going to be affected due to the project. The entitled persons will be compensated and assisted as per the Resettlement and Rehabilitation plan. The total cost for Resettlement and Rehabilitation is approximately Rs. 121.356 Crores. The budget for environmental management works during construction and operation phases works out to be Rs. 3.2584 Crores. The capital cost of the project is 1738.744 Crores.

 

The Committee examined the project in its meeting held on 25th - 26th June, 2009 and finalized the additional TOR for further study. Public Hearing was conducted on 28.08.2010 at Ballia, UP, 30.11.2009 at Bhojpur, Bihar,  03.12.2009 at Buxar, Bihar and 26.02.2010 at Patna, Bihar.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   All necessary clearances from the concerned authorized including forest clearance shall be obtained before initiating the project.

 

ii)                 Necessary prior permission shall be obtained for diversion of 53.663 ha forest land and for cutting of trees from the competent authority. Compensatory afforestation shall be carried out as per stipulated conditions of MoEF and State Forest Division.

 

iii)              Rain water harvesting including oil and grease trap shall be provided. Water harvesting structures shall be located at every 500 mts along the road. Vertical drain type rainwater harvesting structures shall be set up to minimize surface runoff losses of rainwater.

 

iv)                R& R shall be as per the guidelines of State/Central Government.

 

v)                  IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

vi)                The responses/commitments made during public hearing shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

vii)             All the recommendation of the EMP shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental  Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.6            Environmental clearance for widening and improvement of 4 lane to 6 lane of NH-8 from Ahmedabad to Vadodara in the State of Gujarat by M/s. NHAI [F.No. 10-34/2010-IA.III].

 

The project was already considered in the 100th meeting of EAC held on 11th-12th May, 2011.

 

4.7            Finalization of ToR for the proposed Multipurpose Terminal and Ship Repair Facility at Village Change Dist. Raigad. Maharashtra By M/s. Karanja Terminals & Logistics Private Limited (F.No. 11-59/2010-IA.III)

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves development of foreshore facilities for establishing a Multipurpose Terminal and Ship Repair facility at Chanje, Distt Raigad, Maharashtra. The site was approved by MMB for development of a “Multipurpose Terminal and Ship- Repair Yard’ along 1000 meters of water front at Karanja creek is strategically well located for the envisaged development.

 

     The site is located just beyond the eastern limits of Mumbai Port consists of tidal ‘mud flats’ along the eastern bank of Karanja creek. Geotechnical data available indicates very soft marine clay varying in depth from 3m to 13m. It is proposed to develop the ‘Multipurpose terminal and Ship-repair yard in the intertidal zone about 300 meters off the existing saline bund - ‘Khar bund’. The land required for the purpose (80ha) would have to be reclaimed and suitably treated to provide stability and strength to accommodate the envisaged facilities. The total fill required is estimated to be about 3.8 million cum. The water-front and back-up land are sufficient to develop 10 cargo berths to accommodate 4000 Dwt. barges, a ship repair yard to service barges, offshore supply vessels and port craft, as well as a boat parking facility. Dredging of the approach channel and other navigational areas may be reduced by taking advantage of the tidal window available in Mumbai harbor. The initial development (phase-1) of the project comprising 2 cargo berths and a ship repair yard with a cost of Rs. 575.00 crores.

 

          The site is close to State and National highways. A link road would be less than 2 Km. The nearest rail terminal is around 2.5 km.

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 21st - 23rd September, 2010 and 20th – 22nd October, 2010  in which the proposal was deferred as the project proponent could not explain clearly the location of the project site and other project details. The committee felt that the location is not suitable since there are mangroves located within the site and adjacent to the site and the proposal will damage them. The proposed reclamation is likely to occupy about 50% of the creek width. Also the proposal is located in the Raigad district which is identified as hot-spot area. In view of the above the Committee sought,

a bathymetric study, details of the communication made with the other ports and their requirement/ commitments, submit the details of existing/upcoming and under construction nearby port projects, copy of the 1:4000 scale map prepared by an authorized agency superimposing the layout of the project including the mangroves and its density and the details of the existing and proposed foreshore facilities at the vicinity and details of erosion at the proposed site.

 

The details submitted by the proponent were examined by the Committee.

 

            During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional TOR for further study:      

 

(i)           The proposed layout plan is occupying almost half of the width of the creek which will have a significant adverse effect on the mangroves in the upper reaches of the creek. The entire project facilities are in the inter-tidal zone and there is a patch of mangroves on the landward side of the layout plan. The present free inter-tidal water availability for these mangroves will therefore be influenced and become limited to water movements through culverts proposed under the approach roads. The location of the site therefore does not seem to be suitable for this kind of activity. This is the main issue which needs to be studied along with other possible alternative sites (see also comments on item (iii) below.

 

 

(ii)        Proposed reclamation/ construction in the creek will affect the flow of water to mangroves, submit the details of impacts and proposed mitigation

 

(iii)      The Committee wanted to know the reasons for selecting the site with details of alternative sites examined earlier and rejected/selected on merits with a comparative statement.  The Committee also wanted to know if any other site within a radius of 50 kms from the present site has been examined with scientific studies with a check list for selection or rejection and if so the details of the sites and if not why, and ask to submit a map of all the short listed sites on the latest satellite imagery.

 

(iv)       Though the proponent submitted that the site is not a hot spot as per the ICMAM study, the Committee suggested to conduct the shore line change study to know the erosion status. If site fall in high erosion zone, the project is not permissible as per the CRZ Notification, 2011.

(v)          Study and submit the details of the feasibility of the project without the repairing works

 

(vi)       The water quality data in the preliminary EIA report circulated indicate very high levels of oil & grease, toxic metals & TOC. The activities like ship repairing and painting will therefore further aggravate water quality problems in the creek.

 

(vii)     The comprehensive EIA to be conducted in case of the site suitability should incorporate the above observations and the monitoring should include representative sampling of the air, water, sediments, borehole sediments and their analysis for all parameters (including toxic metals) relevant to the activity.

 

(viii)  The comprehensive EIA should also submit the complete details in respect of the quality and the toxic metal contents of the dredged material and its use/disposal based on its composition.

 

(ix)      Submit the details of dredging, quality, method of disposal.

 

(x)         Submit the details of Tide gauge and velocity profile to check the model calculations. Tide and Velocity measurement shall be simultaneous.

 

(xi)      Selection of the sampling location shall be based on the wind rose.  Submit the details.

 

(xii)    Marine Traffic should not affect others, submit the analysis.

 

(xiii) Submit the recommendations of the SCZMA,

 

(xiv)   Study the likely impact on Marine environment and submit EMP with budgetary provisions.

 

(xv)     Submit the likely impact on Mangroves and proposed mitigation.

General Guidelines

 

         (i)              The EIA document shall be printed on both sides, as for as possible.

 

         (i)              The status of accreditation of the EIA consultant with NABET/QCI shall be specifically mentioned. The consultant shall certify that his accreditation is for the sector for which this EIA is prepared.

 

         (i)              On the front page of EIA/EMP reports, the name of the consultant/consultancy firm along with their complete details including their accreditation, if any shall be indicated. The consultant while submitting the EIA/EMP report shall give an undertaking to the effect that the prescribed TORs (TOR proposed by the project proponent and additional TOR given by the MoEF) have been complied with and the data submitted is factually correct (Refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009).

 

         (i)              While submitting the EIA/EMP reports, the name of the experts associated with/involved in the preparation of these reports and the laboratories through which the samples have been got analysed should be stated in the report. It shall clearly be indicated whether these laboratories are approved under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the rules made there under (Please refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009). The project leader of the EIA study shall also be mentioned.

 

         (i)              All the TOR points as presented before the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) shall be covered.

 

Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addressed in the Environmental Management Plan.

         

          A detailed draft EIA/EMP report should be prepared as per the above additional TOR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the Notification. 

 

4.8            Environmental clearance for Rehabilitation and up-gradation and strengthening of SH-91 (Birpur - Udalishanganj) in State of Bihar by M/s Bihar State Road Development Corporation Ltd. [F. No. 10-48/2010-IA.III].

 

The proposal involves upgradation of the State Highway-91 in Supaul and Madhepura districts of Bihar. It takes off at 5-legged intersections near Birpur bus stand and terminates at NH-106 (BihopurMadhepura Road) near Madhepura, which is a 3-legged junction at Udakishanganj covering a total length of 104.00 kms. The design length is 101.70 km. Community settlements along the project road are: Birpur, Basantpur, Bhawanipur, Bishanpur, Balua, Chainpur, Chapin, Vhimpur, Jibashpur, Bhagawathpur, Rampur, Lalganj, Chattapur, Manganj, Kariapatti, Jadiya, Fulkaha, Bishunpura, Tikulia, Kumarkhand, Laxmipur, Rahata, Mirganj, Murliganj, Bishanpur, Laxmipur, Udakishanganj

 

The sub-project road provides strategic linkage for traffic originating locally as well as long distance traffic from Nepal border to south Bihar and beyond. It connects 2-National Highways, several state highways and major district roads. The Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) in base year (2009) is about 3,900 PCU near Muraliganj, 2,800 PCU near Gorpar and 1,600 PCU near Jadia. The projected AADT in year 2030 considering diverted traffic at all the three locations will be about 8,377 PCU, 23,545 PCU and 12,658 PCU, respectively. The sub-project road improvement is programmed to be implemented through ADB assistance under BSHP II. The existing Right of Way (RoW) along the whole stretch varies between 12 m to 15 m with exception near the existing bridge approaches, where it exceeds to approximately 25 m. The average width of the carriageway throughout the stretch varies between 2.80 m and 2.90 m

 

Key up-gradation components involve widening of exiting single lane/intermediate lane road into a 2-lane carriageway with paved shoulders of 1.5 m on both sides, improved road geometry, proper and adequate embankment, rehabilitated and new bridges, adequate cross drainage structures and side drains, improved junctions/intersections and way side amenities.  Proposed ROW is varying from 25 m at Built Up section & 30 m in Open area including the bypass stretch. New construction/improvement of 2 major bridge, 29 minor bridge and 273 culverts have been proposed. One bypass of approximately 3.22 km length has been proposed to avoid demolition of large number of commercial and residential structures in an extremely congested Bihariganj Market area (km 96.200-99.420).

 

The total land acquisition involved is 146.78 Ha. Out of which 145.8 is Pvt. land and remaining 0.98 Ha is govt. land. There is no forest in the vicinity of the project road. Approximately 3120 trees are likely to be affected due to the project. The estimated cost is 592.277 Crores.

 

The Committee examined the project in its meeting held on 21st –23rd September, 2010 and finalized the additional TOR for further study. Public Hearing was conducted on 12.03.2011 at Birpur, Supaul and on 13.03.2011 at Kumarkhand, Madhepura Districts.    

 

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 The project indicates cutting of 3120 trees for the widening of the road. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained for cutting of trees from the competent authority. Compensatory afforestation shall be carried out as per stipulated conditions of MoEF and State Forest Division.

 

(ii)              R&R shall be as per the guidelines of State/Central Government.

 

(iii)            IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(iv)             The responses/commitments made during public hearing shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

(v)                All the recommendation of the EMP shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.9            Environmental clearance for Rehabilitation up-gradation and strengthening of SH-78 in the state of Bihar By M/s Bihar State Road Development Corporation Ltd. (F.No. 10-76/2010-IA-III)

 

As presented by the project proponent, the project road (SH -78) is located in Patna and Nalanda Districts, Bihar. It is distinctively divided into 2 segments separated by NH 30 A. The first segment, BihtaDaniyawan is in Patna District and the other section ChandiSarmera is in Nalanda District. The first segment starts at junction of NH -30 near Bihta and ends at junction of NH – 30A near Daniyawan totaling 52.3 Km. The construction of this section will start from Kanauli 4.5th Km of this section.  The other section starts at Junction of NH – 30A near Chandi and ends at Junction of NH – 82 near Sarmera totaling 48.014Km. The existing right-of-way is 7 to 20 m except in some sections where it is 20 to 30 m. Carriageway width is limited to 3.59 (single lane) to 5.5 m (intermediate lane). The project State Highway will be constructed to   2-lane carriageway with provision of the future widening into 4-Lane. The total length of the project road is 100.300 Km (design length).The construction length is 95.800 Km. Proposed ROW is 60 m.

Realignment and bypasses has been proposed for 80.65 km due to limited availability of ROW, poor geometrics and R&R issues. Bypasses are proposed at Sadisopur (0.750 km), Naubatpur, Punpun, Dumri, Kansari,Rahui, Bind and Gopalbad. One major bridge (on river Punpun), 17 minor bridges and 206 culverts are proposed in this project corridor. Three ROBs are proposed at Sadisopur (Ch 67.00), Jat Dumri (Ch. 31.300) in BihtaDaniyawan section and at Kadibigha (Ch 17.230) in ChandiSarmera section. There are nine major intersections with national and state highways and major district roads (MDRs)  

 

The project road falls in Seismic Zone-IV. There is no wildlife sanctuary, reserve forest or national park along the project road. Total land requirement is estimated to be 458 Ha covering 86 villages. Out of which 366.4 Ha is private land and remaining is government land. No forest land is involved. Approximately 1782 trees are likely to be affected.

 

The Committee examined the project in its meeting held on 30th November, 1st – 2nd December, 2010 and finalized the additional TOR for further study. Public Hearing was conducted on 08.04.2011 at Patna  and 09.04.2011 at Nalandha.  

 

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   The project indicates cutting of 1782 trees for the widening of the road. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained for cutting of trees from the competent authority. Compensatory afforestation shall be carried out as per stipulated conditions of MoEF and State Forest Division.

 

ii)                 R&R shall be as per the guidelines of State/Central Government.

 

iii)              IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

iv)                The responses/commitments made during public hearing shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

v)                  All the recommendation of the EMP shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental  Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.10       Finalization of ToR for development of Visakhapatnam –Kakinada Corridor for the establishment of Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (VK-PCPIR), Andhra Pradesh by M/s VK- PCPIC Special Development Authority [F.No. 21-8/2011-IA-III].

 

Project proponent requested vide letter dt. 26th May, 2011 informing that VK PCPIR SDA has decided to submit a revised TOR for  the project within a short time and requested for deferment of the project.

 

In view of the above, the Committee deferred the project.

 

4.11       Environmental Clearance for construction of industrial building for at Jhajjar, Haryana by M/s Panasonic India Ltd [F.No. 21-28/2011/IA-III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves construction of an electronic goods assembly unit on a plot area of 79 acers at villages of Bid Dadri and Dadri Toe of Tehsil and District Jhajjar in Haryana State. The unit would have an annual capacity to assemble 1,400,000 air conditioners, 426,000 washing machines and 20,640 welding machines. The site is located along the SH 15A, 13 km from Jhajjar and has access to the SH 26, NH 8 and the proposed KMP Expressway. The total built-up area proposed is 65,682m2, out of which plant facilities and office building would be 45791m2 and 769.5m2 respectively. A green belt of 56,500 m2 would be developed. Total water requirement is 276 KLD out of which 53 KLD will be recycled water. Fresh water requirement has been estimated as 223 KLD which would be drawn from the bore well till the NCR channel comes up. After that substantial quantity of water will be drawn from NCR channel. Process water use is only 7 KLD. 192 KLD water will be used for green belt development. Entire wastewater will be treated and reused within the project site. Total power requirement of the project of 3,950 KVA would be fully met from captive sources such as DG sets and Solar power. The expected cost of the project is about Rs.52,380 lakhs with an allocation of Rs 1,163 lakhs for Environmental Management. The commencement of production is expected in August 2012.

         

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)  The committee noted that the proposed site is the part of a proposed industrial estate to be developed by Reliance Industries. The proponent also informed that Reliance Industries has already submitted an application for obtaining Environmental Clearance under EIA Notification 2006 for this purpose. The infrastructure and activities contained in the proposal of Panasonic are therefore required to be examined with respect to their compatibility with the infrastructure/ activities proposed by Reliance Industries for the whole of industrial area.

In view of the above, the Committee deferred the project.

 

Extra item

 

4.12  Finalization of ToR for Vizhinjam International Container Transshipment Terminal at Trivandrum Kerala, by M/s Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd. [F. No. 11-122/2010-IA.III].

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for development of International Container Transshipment Terminal at Trivandrum Kerala. Government of Kerala (GoK) has appointed the Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited (VISL) as the Nodal Agency to develop a greenfield port at Vizhinjam in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) district. Three alternative sites were studied for the project. The selected project site falls between Latitude 80 22’ N and Longitude 770E. Area to be developed in Phase I: 42.2 ha; Phase II: 68.6 ha; Phase III: 105.6 ha. Container Terminal Capacity will be 820,000 TEU in Phase I, 1,700,000 TEU in Phase II, 2,800,000 TEU in Phase III. Multi –purpose Terminal Capacity will be 107,000 tons in Phase I, 359,000 tons in Phase II, 777,000 tons on Phase III. The Liquid Terminal Capacity will be 518,000 tons in Phase II and 1051,000 tons in Phase III.

 

          Design vessel sizes will be Length-350 m, Beam- 46 m and Draught-14.5m in Phase I and Length-397 m, Beam- 56 m and Draught-16m in Phase-II. Berth length will be 650 m in Phase I, 1250 m in Phase II and 2000 m in Phase III. The Approach channel will be 1850m length, depth: (-) 20.2 m and the turning circle will be 700 m diameter, depth (-) 17.5 m CD. The estimated dredging quantity will be 2.4 Million Cu.m in Phase –I and 3.9 MCM in Phase II & III. Reclamation proposed is 3.3 MCM in Phase I and 3.3 MCM in Phase II & III.

          The proposal was considered in the 95th EAC meeting held on 18th – 20th January, 2011. The Committee observed that the proposal was still at the conceptual stage and that the proponent must submit a concretized, firm and implementable proposal for further consideration in respect of issue of additional TOR.

 

          In response to the comments and observations of the EAC, the Project Proponent submitted the Form 1 & ToR, Technical Feasibility Report March, 2011, Market study November, 2010, Preliminary Project Plan, Strategic Option Study and CRZ Report.

 

          The Committee again examined the proposal in its meeting held on 11th –12th May, 2011 and considering the location of existing fishing harbor adjacent to the site and likely impacts to the harbor due to the project, suggested to examine the suitability of other locations away from the present locations and revert back. Also  suggested to  i) consider the effect of commissioning of Vallarpadam “International Container Transshipment Terminal” at Kochi which is designed and equipped for handling 14.5 meter draft vessels with potential for further deepening,   ii) to revise the Techno- economic Feasibility Study keeping in view the global scenario on container traffic and develop a Cargo Distribution Model for the apportionment of traffic to various competing Indian ports/ neighborhood ports to avoid haphazard/ piecemeal growth of container terminals all along the coast -resulting in not only environmental degradation, slowly but steadily, but also unhealthy competition.

 

The details submitted by the proponent were examined by the Committee. During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional TOR for further study: 

 

i)             The Committee wanted to know the reasons for selecting the site with details of alternative sites examined earlier and rejected/selected on merits with a comparative statement. The committee asked to reexamine in detail all the identified sites with equal weightage/criteria on 0 to 100 scale including the financial implications for dredging/filling of the area and impact on surrounding development including fishing harbour/fishing habitations with scientific studies with a check list for selection or rejection and asked to submit a map of all the short listed sites on the latest satellite imagery.

 

ii)           Submit the justification of the sampling location

 

iii)        Conduct the shore line change study to know the erosion status. If site fall in high erosion zone, the project is not permissible as per the CRZ Notification, 2011.

 

iv)          Submit the details of dredging, quality, method of disposal.

 

v)Submit the details of Tide gauge and velocity profile to check the model calculations. Tide and Velocity measurement shall be simultaneous.

 

vi)          Selection of the sampling location for air shall be based on the wind rose.  Submit the details.

 

vii)       Marine Traffic should not affect others, submit the analysis.

 

viii)     Examine and submit details of connectivity to the site through rail/road network.

 

ix)         Submit details of type of cargo expected to be handled in the port.

 

x)           Submit the recommendations of the SCZMA.

 

xi)         Study the likely impact on Marine Environment (MEIA) and submit EMP with budgetary provisions  and Study the impact on the existing Fisheries Harbour due to the proposed New Harbour with the following details:

 

1.     The total number, size and  type of boats (mechanized/motorized /traditional)  engaged and   fishing gear/methods (trawlers, gill netters, purse seiners etc.,) practiced  in the area surrounding the present  fishing harbour.

2.     Number /type of fishing vessels engaged  deep sea fishing – its catch composition.

3.     Economic activity of fishing harbour.

a)Total number and /type of boats using the harbour

b)      Total fish landings of the harbour for the last five years.

c)Total value

4.     Total number of people engaging in fishing /other fisheries related activities in the study area.

5.     Are the beaches in the proposed are used for landing fish.       

6.     What is the Major occupation of people engaged in fishing activities

xii)   Study the present Environmental condition of the Fisheries Harbour

xiii) Details of maintenance dredging in Fishery Harbour and origin of the source of material being silted in the Fishery  Harbour

xiv) Impact on the coastal area on the southern side of the Fishery Harbour (erosion / accretion) after its construction.

          The Committee considering the public interest, decided to issue a project specific ToR (non- site specific) and after the narrowing down the site based on the site selection criteria, shall issue additional site specific ToR.

 

General Guidelines

 

(i)                 The EIA document shall be printed on both sides, as for as possible.

 

(ii)              The status of accreditation of the EIA consultant with NABET/QCI shall be specifically mentioned. The consultant shall certify that his accreditation is for the sector for which this EIA is prepared.

 

(iii)            On the front page of EIA/EMP reports, the name of the consultant/consultancy firm along with their complete details including their accreditation, if any shall be indicated. The consultant while submitting the EIA/EMP report shall give an undertaking to the effect that the prescribed TORs (TOR proposed by the project proponent and additional TOR given by the MoEF) have been complied with and the data submitted is factually correct (Refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009).

 

(iv)             While submitting the EIA/EMP reports, the name of the experts associated with/involved in the preparation of these reports and the laboratories through which the samples have been got analysed should be stated in the report. It shall clearly be indicated whether these laboratories are approved under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the rules made there under (Please refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009). The project leader of the EIA study shall also be mentioned.

 

(v)                All the TOR points as presented before the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) shall be covered.

             Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addressed in the Environmental Management Plan.

          A detailed draft EIA/EMP report should be prepared as per the above additional TOR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the Notification. 

 

4.13. Finalisation of ToR for up-gradation, rehabilitation and widening of the existing  Aligarh to  Kanpur section of NH-91 (km 140.1000- Aligarh to km 418.160-Kanpur) to two-lane with paved shoulders  in the state of Uttar Pradesh. ( Total project length 282.588 km.) [F.No. 10-57/2011-IA-III]

 

The Project Road starts from km. 140.100 on NH-91 and ends at Kanpur at existing km 418.160 covering total length of 282.588 km including new constructions of bypass, realignments for geometrical improvements and approaches of major bridges across Ishan River. The Project Road passes though Tehsils of Aligarh, Hathras, Etah, Mainpuri, Kannauj, Kanpur District in Uttar Pradesh. Project Road passes through 10 towns and 56 villages. The Land use pattern of the Project area is predominantly agricultural 80% followed by barren 20%. There are no wild life sanctuary, bird sanctuary, reserved forests and archeological monuments along the project road. Existing ROW is 20 to 35 m and improvements / up-gradation of the road is proposed in a length of 282.588 km within available land except in the length of bypass and realignments. For proposed bypasses ROW will be 60 m and in the stretches of realignment ROW of 45 m is proposed.  Total land proposed to be acquired for rehabilitation and up-gradation is 160.39 Ha. It is classified as Private Land 46.16 Ha, Govt. Land 2.4 Ha and protected Forest Land 112.83 Ha. Existing road is 2 lane (7.00 m carriageway width) with soft shoulder of 1.50 m to 2.00 m width. Roadway proposed is 2 lane (7.00 m carriageway width) with paved shoulders of 1.50m width and soft shoulders of 2.00m width on either sides. Existing structures on Project Road are 3 major bridges, 40 minor bridges, 199 slab culvert, 125 pipe culverts, Besides these 8 no. new pipe culverts have been proposed. Improvements to structures such as widening, repairs, reconstruction, new construction to structures are proposed including existing structures on Project Road for 3 major bridges, 40 minor bridges, 199 slab / box culverts, 125 pipe culverts.

 

          Bypass is proposed at one locations i.e. Gursahaiganj town of 4.01 km length. Realignment for geometrical improvements is proposed at 4 locations for total length of 6.50 km. Total 11 Major and 369 Minor road junctions including existing are proposed for improvement on Project Road. Facilities proposed on Project Road are wayside amenities at 2 location; bus bays/ bus shelters at 58 locations; and Toll Plaza including administrative building at 4 locations.

 

          Total Protected Forest land of 112.83 Ha is required to be diverted in the proposed alignment in a length of about 288 km . Protected Forest is open type having density less than 0.4 to barren.  Total no. of trees falling within proposed ROW are 73569. However, 1795 nos. of trees will be required to cut. About 85 families of population 520 are going to be affected due to this project. The entitled persons will be compensated and assisted as per NHAI, Act. Water for construction will be drawn from local sources, borewell or supplied by local tankers. Use of fly ash in proposed road will be considered as per provision of IRC. The cost of Resettlement and Rehabilitation of structures including assistance is about Rs. 3.16 crore while the cost of Land Acquisition in about Rs. 24.29 crores. Estimated Project Cost is Rs. 723.68 crores. The budget for Environmental Mitigation Measures during construction and operation phases is Rs.14.47 crores.

 

          During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional TOR for further study:        

 

i)                   Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

ii)                 The proposal indicates the acquisition of forest land 112.83 ha. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained from the Forest Department.

 

iii)              Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

 

iv)                Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

v)                  Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

vi)                Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

vii)             Study regarding the Animal bypasses/underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out. Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

 

viii)           It is indicated that 1795 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

ix)               The proposed route is passing through a city/ town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance etc.

 

x)                 Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

xi)               Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

xii)            Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, since the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

 

xiii)          Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

xiv)           Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

xv)              The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

xvi)           Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any. Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modeling at different representative locations.

 

xvii)         Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

xviii)      Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

xix)          If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/dump site along with necessary permission.

 

xx)             If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

xxi)          Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water.

 

xxii)        Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges. Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

xxiii)     If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

xxiv)       Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

xxv)         If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

xxvi)       Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

xxvii)    IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

xxviii)  Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

xxix)      Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. Road safety audit shall be carried out and report shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

xxx)        Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends– incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

xxxi)      If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

xxxii)   Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

xxxiii) Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

xxxiv)  Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

xxxv)     Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

xxxvi)  Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

General Guidelines

 

(i)                 The EIA document shall be printed on both sides, as for as possible.

 

(ii)              The status of accreditation of the EIA consultant with NABET/QCI shall be specifically mentioned. The consultant shall certify that his accreditation is for the sector for which this EIA is prepared.

 

(iii)            On the front page of EIA/EMP reports, the name of the consultant/consultancy firm along with their complete details including their accreditation, if any shall be indicated. The consultant while submitting the EIA/EMP report shall give an undertaking to the effect that the prescribed TORs (TOR proposed by the project proponent and additional TOR given by the MoEF) have been complied with and the data submitted is factually correct (Refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009).

 

(iv)             While submitting the EIA/EMP reports, the name of the experts associated with/involved in the preparation of these reports and the laboratories through which the samples have been got analysed should be stated in the report. It shall clearly be indicated whether these laboratories are approved under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the rules made there under (Please refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009). The project leader of the EIA study shall also be mentioned.

 

(v)                All the TOR points as presented before the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) shall be covered.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addressed in the Environmental Management Plan.

         

          A detailed draft EIA/EMP report should be prepared as per the above additional TOR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the Notification. 

 


101st Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Infrastructure Development, Coastal Regulation Zone and Miscellaneous projects held on 31st May, 2011 at Fazal Chamber, Scope Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

 

List of Participants/ Expert Committee

  

1.           Dr. M.L. Sharma                                                  Vice Chairman

2.           Dr. Apurba Gupta                                                Member

3.           Shri V.G.Koshy                                                    Member

4.           Dr. S.P. Bansal                                                     Member

5.           Dr. H.S. Ramesh                                                 Member

6.           Dr. Y. Basavaraju                                                  Member                          

7.           Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla                                   Member

8.           Dr. Niraj Sharma (Rep. of Director, CRRI)            Member

9.           Dr. R.S. Mahawar (Rep. of Chairman, CPCB)       Member

10.      Shri Bharat Bhushan                                           Member Secretary

 

Supporting Staff  

 

11. Shri E. Thirunavukkarasu                              Dy. Director, MoEF

 

Representative from MKVDC  

 

12.     Avinash V. Surve                                        Superintending Engineer

 

Project Authorities:

 

Representatives from M/s  Lavasa Corporation Ltd

Representatives from M/s. Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited

Representatives from M/s. Ministry of Civil Aviation

Representatives from M/s. Rajakkamangalm Thurai Fishing Harbour Pvt.                                  Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. NHAI.

Representatives from M/s. Karanja Terminals & Logistics Private Limited

Representatives from M/s. Bihar State Road Development Cor. Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Panasonic India Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd.

                                        

 

 

 

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