Minutes

 

The Minutes of the 102nd 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 23rd -24th June, 2011 in Fazal Chamber, Scope Complex, New Delhi.

 

1.           Opening Remarks of the Chairman.

 

 The Chairman welcomed the members to the 102nd meeting of the EAC. Member Secretary informed about the action taken on the decisions of the 101st meeting held on 31st May, 2011 in New Delhi.

 

2.           Confirmation of the Minutes of the 101st Meeting of the EAC held on 31st May, 2011 at New Delhi.

 

Minutes of the 101st meeting held on 31st May, 2011 at New Delhi were confirmed with the following amendments.

 

(i)       In item No. 4.18 of the minutes of the EAC meeting held on 5th –6th April, 2011, “Environmental Clearance for the project (i) development of East quay –IA (EQ-1A) berth on south side of EQ-1 (ii) development of East quay –1 (EQ-1) by replacing the existing EQ-1 berth and part of EQ-2 berth at Visakhapatnam Port by M/s Visakhapatnam Port Trust”. The proponent vide letter dated 03.06.2011 has requested for the following corrections:

 

Conditions stipulated by EAC.

Amendment requested

(xi) Proponent shall explore providing screw conveyor system for transportation of coal from ship to belt conveyor in-place of grab loader and shall submit to MoEF and to SPCB to minimize the fugitive dust emissions at the time of ship unloading.

 

Proponent shall explore providing screw conveyor system/any other suitable mechanism for transportation of coal from ship to belt conveyor in-place of grab loader to minimize the fugitive emissions and shall submit to MoEF and to SPCB within 3 month to minimize the fugitive dust emissions at the time of ship unloading.

(xii) The coal storage shall be in closed shed to minimize the fugitive emissions and the drawings shall be submitted to MoEF and to SPCB

The coal storage shall be in enclosed shed to minimize the fugitive emissions and the drawings shall be submitted to MoEF and to SPCB

 

The Committee recommended for the corrections.

 

(ii)      In item no, 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]” in the condition-“ The northern side breakwater shall be shifted at least 200m distance towards west from the river mouth.” The proponent requested that the distance be reduced to 100 m as presented before the EAC.

 

          The committee did not agree to reduce the distance and recommended to maintain a distance of at least 200m from the river mouth.

 

(iii)         In item “CRZ clearance for construction and operation of RO RO Ferry Service Terminals at Ghogha and Dahej, Gujarat by M/s. Gujarat Maritime Board”, the dreding quantity 1 cum in Ghogha and 3 cum at Dahej shall be read as 1 Mcum and 3 Mcum respectively since it was typographical errors.

 

          The committee recommended for corrections.

 

Consideration of Old Proposals:

 

3.1           CRZ clearance for establishment of conveying system of cement storage facility at New Mangalore Port by M/s Ultra Tech Cement Ltd. [F. No. 11-78/2010-IA-III].

 

             As presented by the project proponent, M/s Ultra Tech Cement Ltd. is operating a Cement Bulk Terminal of 1 MTPA capacity along with its handling and conveying system, in 1.67 Ha land obtained from New Mangalore Port Trust on a lease basis, for storing, packing and dispatching cement. There are three cement storing silos of capacity 6000 ton each which are of 75 mtrs height. Environmental Clearance was obtained from the Department of Ecology & Environment, Government of Karnataka in 1998. The present proposal is for the CRZ Clearance of 150 mtrs. closed conveyer belt.

 

               As per the Karnataka State Coastal Zone Management Authority (KSCZMA), the site falls in CRZ-II. The Department of Ecology & Environment, Government of Karnataka (KCZMA) recommended the project to Ministry vide letter No. FEE 54 CRZ 2009 dated 16.07.2010.

 

The EAC earlier considered the project in its meeting held on 14th-15th February, 2011 and noted that the conveyor was established prior to the clearance obtained; hence it amounts to violation of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. The Committee suggested that the Ministry should initiate action against violation. 

 

During discussions, it was informed that:

 

(i)                The area belongs to the New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) and it has been given on lease basis to the Ultra-tech Cement. The NMPT should have taken the CRZ clearance long back.

 

(ii)              14 pillars of the conveyor in CRZ-II were constructed and operational since 1998. New Mangalore Port Trust has issued a NOC to Ultra Tech to obtain CRZ clearance.

 

Member Secretary informed that as per the OM dated 16th November 2010, after the recommendation of the EAC for the clearance and the approval of Competent Authority, the proponent will be addressed to submit a resolution passed by the Board of Directors to the effect that such violations will not be repeated.

 

The committee recommended that action should be taken against the defaulter. The Committee also further recommended for the CRZ clearance, and suggested to proceed as per OM dated 16.11.2010 against the violation.

 

3.2    CRZ and EC for the construction of residential building ‘Cochin Residential Development Project’ at Sy. No. 843 of Ernakulam Village Kerala by M/s TRIF Kochi Projects Ltd [F.No.11-11/2011-IA-III].

 

As presented by the project proponent the project involves construction of residential project on a plot area of 3.4151 Ha. The total built-up area proposed is 1,49,325 Sq.m. It is proposed to construct 621 dwelling units (2 B.R. = 186 Nos., 3 B.R. = 352 Nos. and 4 B.R. = 83 Nos.) with club facility in 6 towers (Podium 1, 2, 3 + Ground + 24 Floors). The total water requirement is 282.03 KLD (fresh water requirement is 206.83 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 300 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets 75.20 KLD & horticulture 35 KLD. Total solid waste generation will be 1,242 Kg/day. The power requirement is 6.0 MVA. The total parking spaces proposed are for 1,383 cars + 296 two wheelers. Total cost of the project is Rs. 431.35 Crores.

 

          The project is falling in CRZ-II and the Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority considered in its 41st and 42nd meetings and recommended the project to MoEF for CRZ clearance.

 

The proposal was considered by the EAC in its 100th meeting held on 11th–12th May, 2011 and sought additional information. The details submitted and presented by the proponent were examined by the Committee.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)       The Committee noted that proponent applied for the NOC from Ministry of Defence (Indian Navy) as per the observation of EAC since the project is located within 10 km (4.5Km) from the Naval establishment and yet to receive. The Committee suggested the proponent to submit a copy of the NOC.

 

ii)     Submit the correct contour Plan as the contour plan submitted appears to be wrong.

 

iii)  Considering the land elevation of the area, storm water channels to the backwaters as openings and height of the road along the bank of the backwater, the area and the proposed structure is vulnerable to tsunami and sea water rise due to climate change in long term perspective. Existence of fault line in the Arabian Sea is good enough reason for possible tsunami in the area. Raising of the road height and construction of gates at the channel openings shall be considered to avoid the above situation.

 

iv)    As the total height of the building is above 60m, the proponent agreed to revise the plans. Submit a revised plan in accordance with the fire fighting facilities available. The total height shall not be more than 60m.

 

v)      Submit revised parking and circulation plans.

 

In view of the foregoing observations, the committee deferred the proposal and shall be reconsidered after the above observations are addressed and submitted.

 

3.3           Environmental and CRZ Clearance for the Mega container terminal at Chennai Port by M/s Chennai Port Trust [F.No.10-127/2007-IA-III]

 

This relates to issue of Environmental Clearance and CRZ clearance for Mega Container Terminal at Chennai Port.  The project was appraised in EAC held on 20th- 22nd October, 2010 under EIA Notification 2006. Proponent claimed that the site is beyond LTL towards Sea and hence project wouldn’t attract CRZ 1991. The additional information sought by the EAC was discussed on 18th – 20th January, 2011 and 11th -12th May, 2011 and recommended.

 

The CRZ Notification, 2011 includes water portion of Sea up to 12 nm hence the project attracts CRZ Notification, 2011. As per the Sl. No. 4 of the OM dated 08.02.2011, the project need to be considered under CRZ, 2011. The issue of CRZ clearance requires recommendation of SCZMA and HTL map superimposing the site in 1: 4000 scale.

 

Since the EAC has already appraised all Environmental aspects, including the Marine Impact etc, only the project needs to be examined in line with the provisions of CRZ Notification, 2011.  Dr Srinivasamoorthy, Director, Environment/ Member Secretary, Tamil Nadu Coastal Zone Management Authority attended the meeting. Dr Moorthy informed that since the activity is permissible under the CRZ Notification, 2011, TCZMA has no objection if Ministry accord environmental clearance to the project subject to condition that no work shall be commissioned prior to the recommendation of the TCZMA/CRZ clearance.

 

The Chairman, CPT informed that the demarcation of HTL /LTL has been assigned to the IRS, Anna university and will be submitting the same to TCZMA for their recommendation. He requested to accord EC as per the earlier recommendations of the Committee so that the administrative works can be initiated for the project. He also informed that they will come for the CRZ clearance separately and assured that the work will not be commenced prior to the obtaining CRZ clearance.

 

The Committee discussed all the issues related to environment and CRZ and resolved that as all the issues are inter-related and can not be examined separately. The Committee asked TCZMA to examine the project on priority after getting complete details and CRZ map.

 

In view of the above, the committee deferred the proposal and shall reconsider after the above details/ recommendations are submitted.

 

3.4           Environmental Clearance for development of multi product SEZ at Nanguneri Taluk of Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu by M/s. Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. & M/s. AMRL International Tech City Ltd. (F.No.21-354/2008-IA.III).

 

          The project involves construction of multi-product SEZ on a plot area of 1019.225 ha.   The processing zone will be developed on 701.38 ha (68.81%) and Non-processing zone on 317.85 ha (31.19%). The SEZ will have Electronics and Hardware, IT, Auto-components, Electronic components including Category-A industries.   There will be 259 plots for different size of industries.  The total water requirement will be 42.08 MLD (Fresh water requirement will be 17.45 MLD and Treated & Recycled water demand will be 24.63 MLD).  The STP capacity will be 20 MLD for processing zone and 10 MLD for Non-processing zone.  Municipal Sold Waste general will be 5000 TPA. The power requirement is 126 MW. Total cost of the project is Rs. 614 Crores.

 

          The TOR was issued on 30.09.2008. Public hearing was conducted on 13.10.2009.  The proposal was earlier considered in the 86th meeting held on 25th -26th March, 2010.

 

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 There is great danger of the three ponds and adjoining large reservoirs to be polluted since the connecting drain passes through the Processing Area of the SEZ. This can only be avoided if utmost care of wastewater and runoff management is practiced by the SEZ Management. The ponds shall be deepened and made permanent water bodies by storing runoff. The three ponds being in the Processing Area, polluted runoff water from surface drains shall be intercepted and treated appropriately before they are released to the ponds.  Pond boundary shall be fenced and water use shall be guarded. Fish cultivation shall be practiced. Green belt around the ponds shall be developed as also suggested along the Nalhas. Nalhas must not receive any runoff through drain or otherwise from the industrial area.

 

(ii)              Since there is no final recipient of the treated wastewater and it will not be possible for making zero discharge from Agro, Pharma, textile categories, proponent shall not allow Red Category water polluting potential Industries.

 

(iii)            There will be substantial bio degradable waste from the residential area if waste segregation is practiced. Further such waste may come substantially from Food Processing, Agro, Biotechnology and Pharma industries. So biodegradable waste estimate and possibility for biomethanation shall be investigated and submitted within 3 months to the Ministry/State Pollution control Board.

 

(iv)             The Hospital wastes shall be collected and sent to the nearby common Bio-Medical Waste management Facility at Thirunelveli.

 

(v)                An Environmental Management Cell with appropriate lab facility shall be created as the project starts. It shall monitor all necessary parameters and activities during construction and operational phases from day one.

 

(vi)             All commitments including R&R provisions must be made public on permanent basis and detailed yearly report on environmental quality/measures and expenditure statements may be published in the SEZ bulletin.

 

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

 

4.    Consideration of New Proposals:

 

4.1           Environmental Clearance for of all weather Multi purpose near Subarnarekha River at Choumukh Village, Balasore District Orrisa by M/s Subarnarekha Port Pvt Ltd [F.No. 10-33/2007-IA-III]

 

As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves development of all weather deepwater port (Phase I and Phase II only) at Subarnarekha River, Blasore District, Orissa. The Government of Orissa (GoO) executed a Concession Agreement with Creative Port Development Private Limited (CPDL) on January 11, 2008 for development of Subarnarekha Port near Subarnarekha River mouth, Balasore District, Orissa on BOOST (Build, Own, Operate, Share and Transfer) basis. As per the provisions of concession agreement, Subarnarekha Port Private Limited (SPPL) a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) was incorporated on October 10, 2008. The site proposed for development of Subarnarekha Port is located at Latitude 21032’58” N and Longitude 87021’58”E.

 

Phase I development will handle 25 MTPA and Phase II development will handle 35 MTPA and development comprises of Two(2) Barge berths and Seven (7) berths for handling dry bulk cargo (such as Iron Ore, thermal Coal, Cooking Coal and Lime Stone), containerized and general cargo. The proposed site of 915 Acres (~370 Ha) of land comprises mainly inter-tidal land (Coastal sand), partly land with/without scrub and casuarinas. In addition to that, an area of 750 Acres (~303 Ha) of land will be reclaimed for port development purpose. A dedicated rail/road corridor will also be developed on an area of 1565.93 acres (633.72 Ha).

 

The project development consists of 2310 m of eastern breakwater and 3155 m of western breakwater. Length and width (inner/outer) of approach channel are 26,000 m and 175/200 m during phase I and will be extended to 29,000 m and 175/220 m in phase II. The diameter and depth of turning circle is 520 m and (-) 15 m depth during phase I and will be extended to 600 m and (-) 18 m depth in phase II. The capital dredging quantity estimated for the Phase I is 47.0 MCM and Phase II development is estimated at 60.0 MCM (Cumulative). It is proposed to use the 12 MCM of material (dredge spoil) for reclaiming the backup area and remaining material will be dumped into sea at the designated dumping areas. Two disposal locations/dumping ground have been identified based on mathematical model studies towards eastern side of the proposed approach channel between (-) 10 m and (-) 20 m contours. The area of each dumping ground is 8000 m x 7000 m with an average depth of filling of <30cms. The same disposal grounds shall be used for phase II dredge spoil disposal. The total maintenance dredging quantity is estimated to be around 1,20,000 m3/annum.

 

Mathematical model studies were carried out for sediment transport using Mike-21 ST module and estimated maintenance dredging quantity is found to be about 1,20,000 m3/annum. Material will be collected using sand trap and material required will be pumped to the eastern shores towards protection of the beach profile, if required and the rest will be dumped in the identified disposal ground. In order to assess the long term behaviour of the shoreline GENESIS Shoreline change model was used and shoreline evolution study indicates the accretion (five year average) rate of 2.36 m/year within 100 m stretch adjacent to eastern and western breakwaters and less than 0.18m/year within 800m adjacent to eastern breakwater and within 600m adjacent to western breakwater respectively. Fugitive dust modelling studies for coal/iron ore handling and storage areas were carried out using the Industrial Source Complex, Short Term (ISCST3) dispersion model which reveals that the resultant ground level concentrations are found to be well within the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

 

National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), an authorised agency was engaged for demarcation of HTL, LTL and CRZ areas. As per the NIO report, project site falls on the sandy beach near the river mouth. The project development area does not fall or contain any environmentally sensitive areas as specified in CRZ Notification and that the project area meets the requirements of CRZ-I(ii) and CRZ-III.

 

 Terms of Reference (TOR) were approved vide letter No: 10-33/2007-IA.III, dated May 31, 2007 and public hearing was conducted on December 30, 2010.

 

          The proposal was considered by the EAC in its 100th meeting held on 5th –6th April, 2011 and sought additional information.

 

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                The project proponent has made his own criteria for selection of the site of this port (page 8) and the criteria set out has the “Best Integrated Logistic Solution” in terms of cost and utilization of rail- cum- road infrastructure as its main components. There is no scientific methodology adopted for selection of a suitable site in the context of the sustainable development. It may be further mentioned here that the examination of environmental aspects carried out by the proponent is limited to the site selected and not any comparison of the merits and demerits of different possible sites from Environmental angle. The entire proposal appears to be based on the proponent having only already selected the Subarnarekha site and trying to justify the suitability of the site on the basis of non-environmental aspects such as logistics, road-rail connectivity etc.

 

(ii)              There are many issues which are evidences in themselves in support of the observations given under para (i) above. Some of the important ones are as follows:

 

(a)         The entire port activity is planned on the basis of the 2m tidal depth advantage which means just 6 hours per day movement of vessels that too involving a long approach channel of 26 kms.

 

(b)        The predominant wind direction given as per wind rose is mainly from the North-West side which is just opposite to the direction of the vessels approaching the port. Finalization of 4.5B (beam) as the width of the channel is just on the basis of a limited desk work. It is not at all tailored to meet the weather conditions and other emergency situations (eg: engine breakdown) while the vessels are passing through the channel. Furthermore, it is not evident from the report whether the opinion of navigational experts was obtained to assess the navigational issues arising out of a long approach channel (26km and above) in a less optimum channel width that too fully exposed to vagaries of nature in terms of wind, waves, currents etc both at the entry conditions under ballast and exit in fully loaded conditions.  A mere desk study alone may not be sufficient in view of the peculiar conditions that go with the project in its present form.

 

(c)         There is no study of the borehole sediments from the point of the technique to be used for the capital dredging, its impact on the surroundings and the quality of the dredged material in the sense of environmentally safe disposal. Since the quantity involved is quite huge all aspects pertaining to sediment characteristics, suitability as a fill material, disposal methods, backflow, shallowing of the seabed, sediment  deposition possibilities from the nearby region e.g Ganga river, and other sandheads etc in the close vicinity are worth examining in totality instead treating every issue in isolation.

 

(d)        The disposal of the dredged material (capital as well as maintenance) close to 10m or 20 m contour is simply not acceptable in view of the comments made above.

 

(iii)          The selected site is on the narrow projected land adjoining zigzag estuary of the Subarnarekha creek. All along the coast line, after approximately 100m of beach area, there exists a thick well developed mangrove forest which is around 250m wide. This natural protection system from storms, cyclone, tsunami etc. is extremely beneficial for the coastal area. The proposed project with 9km stretch along the coast will open the land side to these natural calamities. The port location and breakwater structure are very close to the river mouth. The rail and road connectivity to the main lines are away from the port. The committee suggested that:

 

(a)               Destruction of mangrove barrier must be drastically reduced.

 

(b)              Reduce the distance from port to the rail and road junction to minimum.

 

(c)               Locate the port away from beaches and eco-sensitive places (Kashafal, Chandipur beach).

 

(d)              Locate the port away from any large/small river mouth.

 

(e)               The claims made in the report that ‘no fishing activity’, ‘no impact due to dredging’ etc. are not felt acceptable questioning the base line and modelling exercises. Long term impacts/features including erosion are not comprehended in the study.

 

(f)                 Approach channel geometry was felt inadequate and does not appear to conform to practical requirements as is normally insisted by navigational experts.

 

(iv)             The effects of coastal line change due to construction of breakwater have not been studied properly. In a study conducted by another party, it stated that there will be accumulation on the southern side of the break water due to the blockage of littoral drift. The coast line close to the southern break water will move approximately 140 m offshore during the first year after the construction. The coastline north of breakwater would have an annual retreat of approximately 20 m. The effect of sediment discharge to the tune of 0.5 million m3 from the river have to be studied. The annual littoral sediment transport along Subarnareka sand spit may be studied using appropriate model. The maintenance dredging calculated appears to be on the lower side.

 

(v)               It is noticed that the calculated width of 200m has been reduced to 175 m for outer channel, the reason is not known.
 For a port proposed to be set up by another party in the vicinity of Subarnareka port it is seen that they have calculated a width of 5.3 times the beam of the Design vessel. The proponent may conduct a Ship manoeuvring study for the channel and the result reported.

 

(vi)             The basis for selecting the size Design Vessel for dry bulk
cargo. The size of the design vessel should be the size of the
largest ship likely to enter the port. Most of the 1200000 DWT vessel is having draft more than 15 m. (From the graph it is difficult to determine the Draft). As per Indian standard the depth of water shall be 1.2 times of the draft of the vessel at the entrance of the channel.

 

(vii)          Submit the details of the vessels and calculation for providing 14.8m draught.

 

(viii)        The type of equipment proposed may be clearly spelt out. Loading/ unloading of coal with grab will cause spill over. Open conveyor will create dust nuisance.

 

(ix)            A certificate from the fisheries department (appropriate
department) that the proposed site is not a Turtle Nesting Ground may be produced for record.

 

(x)              The prediction of maximum GL incremental level of PM10 and PM 2.5 in the ambient air are  reported as  3.20 & 2.10  micro grams / Cu.m, which is not realistic. The emission factors will depend on various factors such as properties of the cargo / met conditions and mitigation system. The details along with reference shall be submitted.   Re-do the modelling and submit the details in complete. The mitigation measures mentioned at 6.3.2.4 of the report shall be updated and Best Available Technology options for handling cargo and storage shall be discussed. Air pollution due to road dust, from the vehicles and from the spilled materials was not considered in the predictions.

 

(xi)            Necessary budgetary provisions shall be made for plantation and conservation of the mangroves.

 

(xii)         Submit the written confirmation that there are no forests land involved in the project.

 

(xiii)       The Disaster Management Plan submitted does not address the likely emergency for Tsunami; the DMP shall be revised and submitted.

 

(xiv)        The Committee observed that there is a strong need to go for a site selection away from the mouth of the river and the criteria should have environmental aspects as its main components in the selection process. In other words the commercial aspects should be applied to only those possible alternate sites which are possible for such a development from the environmental angle.

 

(xv)           In view of the above inadequacies, the Committee felt that the very conceptualisation of the port in the present location inducting vast scope for environmental issues (let alone the navigational and operational aspects as highlighted above) requires to be reviewed in totality.

 

In view of the foregoing observations, the committee deferred the proposal and shall reconsider after the above observations are addressed and submitted.  

 

4.2           Finalization of ToR Solid Waste Management Facility for Turu,  Shillong by M/s Meghalaya Urban Development Authority. [F.No.10-19/ 2011-IA-III]

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4.3           Finalization of ToR for Solid Waste Management Facility for Nongpoh, Shillong by M/s Meghalaya Urban Development Authority. [F.No.10-20/ 2011-IA-III]

 

Senior officers from Meghalaya Urban Development Authority Shillong attended the meeting. It was informed that the ToRs for the above projects were issued by the SEIAA, Meghalaya on 22.08.2008 and the Public Hearing has not been conducted due to certain reasons.

 

The Committee deferred the project and asked to get the public hearing conducted through State Pollution Control Board.  

 

4.4           Finalization of ToR for development of proposed Common Effluent Treatment and recovery Plant at Kainduwal, Himachal Pradesh by M/s Baddi Infrastructure [F.No. 10-53/2011-IA-II]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the project involves establishment of common effluent treatment and recovery plant at Baddi, Himachal Pradesh.  The site is located on a flat terrace surrounded by Dharampur range, Surajpur-Haripur-Mandhala range and Shivalik hills.  The nearest town Baddi is 750 mts. The CEPI index is just below 70.  There are about 1262 industrial units/plots in the industrial area of Baddi-Barotiwala. The type of industries are Textile, Dyeing & Spinning -27, Pulp & paper – 3, Pharma – 169, Soap & Detergents – 37, Food & Beverages – 30, Electroplating & Pickling – 9 and Miscellaneous – 987.  The total sewage load is 4102.4 KLD.  The Bio Sludge is 6 tonnes/ day and Inorganic Sludge is 24 tonnes/ day. The total cost of the project is Rs.60 crores.

 

During presentation, the Committee noted that:

 

(i)           The justification of CETP with required factual data including basis for calculating the CETP capacity of 25 MLD was not submitted. The details of the existing industries and the consented effluent loads / disposal point as per the consents issued by SPCB, List of industries who are willing to become member in the CETP along with the loads shall be submitted. There is no justification for selecting the site just adjacent to the river. 

 

(ii)         The proposal of the CETP in its present form has been prepared taking into account the entire effluent generation in the Baddi industrial area which has many industries that require complete treatment of effluents and compliance to the discharge standards at their respective unit level. In addition to this there is no proper effluent conveying system from industries to the proposed CETP.

 

(iii)      The application form, proposed treatment process, and draft ToRs are incomplete/ technologically proposed is not feasible for the type of wastes and the effluent generated. The proposal is prepared without any preliminary survey and location of the plant is also adjacent to a river. The document was prepared by the EIA consultant in a very casual manner and the committee viewed it seriously.

 

(iv)       Water requirement was reported as 50 kld, Justify the quantity.

 

(v)          Para No 3.1 – It was reported that “ As discussed in the treatability study on the actual sampling done by the vendor the combination of textile, food & paper have been found to be the ideal one in controlling the BOD, TDS and refractory levels” – the PP / EIA failed to give any information on treatability studies conducted by them.

 

(vi)        Table AI: Appearance – Nil; Table A2: Hexavalent Chromium – less than zero – The PP and EIA consultant failed to clarify these type of data.

 

(vii)     It was reported that the treated effluent will be recycled. List of the industries identified for reuse the treated effluent along with quantities were not submitted in the pre-feasibility report.

 

(viii)  A comprehensive proposal is required to be prepared excluding the industries that are required to treat their effluent from their own, steps to be taken in case of the failure of such industries to comply with the standards, and whether the treated effluents from such industries can be permitted to be discharged in to the same drain coming to the CETP. Proper drainage system is also to be provided for transport of the effluent from small scale industries to the CETP, and the design of the CETP on the basis of the quality and quantity of the effluent that is expected to be generated from such small scale industries. A revised TOR for the development of CETP as well as providing of a proper drainage system is to be prepared keeping in mind the comments made under para (ii) above.

 

          In the report it was stated that Kalta Nala, Pula Nala, Sandhoil Nallah etc which are tributaries to river Sirsa are polluted with effluent. In view of the above EAC suggested that MoEF may obtain a status report from its Regional Office and/ or from SPCB and review the situation.

 

 The committee deferred the project and asked the proponent to re-examine the details and change the location of the project site.

 

4.5           Environmental Clearance for proposed expansion plan of Pipavav Port, Taluka, Rajula distt. Amreli M/s. Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd. (F.No.11-91/2009-IA.III).

 

The Committee deferred the project, since proponent requested for postponement stating that they did not receive the recommendations of the SCZMA.

 

4.6           CRZ clearance for Kakinada – Haldia Pipeline Project by M/s. Relogistics Infrastructure Ltd. Mumbai (F.No. 11-9/2011-IA. III)

 

As presented by the Project proponent the proposal is for laying pipeline from Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh to Haldia, West Bengal for transport of Natural Gas. The proposed 940 km long Kakinada–Haldia pipeline will originate from the Onshore Terminal located near Kakinada in the State of Andhra Pradesh and terminate at Sutahata tehsil of Midnapur district in the State of West Bengal. The pipeline will traverse through East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam Districts in the State of Andhra Pradesh, Ganjam, Khordha, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajapur, Bhadrak, Dahankanal, Baleshwar and Mayurbhanj Districts in the State of Orissa and Midnapur District in the State of West Bengal. Based on the preliminary assessment and design, pipeline will have diameter up to 48" and shall have a capacity to transport up to a maximum of 80 Million Metric Standard Cubic Meters per day (MMSCMD) of Natural Gas. Tentatively, Six Compressor stations are proposed to be installed along the pipeline route. Location of the Compressor Stations will be determined and finalized based on final hydraulic and optimization studies during the detail design phase.

 

The proposed project does not pass through any eco-sensitive areas. Consequently, it is anticipated that Environmental Clearance for the project will not be required. However, the pipeline will cross sixteen water bodies situated within Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ). Out of these, six water bodies are located in the State of Andhra Pradesh and ten in the State of West Bengal. The Coastal Zone Management Authorities of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have recommended the project for CRZ clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).

 

The proposed pipeline encounters forest area for a length of 13.2 km in the state of Orissa. Applications for obtaining clearance for diversion of forest land have been submitted to eight Forest divisions in Orissa and are under process.

 

Relogistics Infrastructure Limited (RELOG) has already obtained No Objection Certificate/Consent for Establishment (CFE) for the project from Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal State Pollution Control Boards. CFE from Orissa State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) is under process.  Presentation has already been made to OSPCB on 17th March 2011.

 

During discussions, the following points emerged:

 

i)       Permission shall be obtained for tree cutting and Compensatory plantation (10 times as proposed) in consultation with local Forest Authority.

 

ii)     There shall be no stoppage of flow of water in the water bodies for laying the pipeline. Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) shall be employed where it is likely to affect the flow of water / cause damage to the ecosystem.

 

iii)  All the recommendations of the EMP, DMP and post monitoring of the performance and maintenance of the system in terms of leak detection methods through online systems adopting the latest technology etc shall be strictly complied with.

 

iv)    The remaining clearances from the concerned departments such as i) diversion of forest lands in Orissa, ii) CFE from Orissa State Pollution Control Board etc shall be obtained before implementation of the project and reported to MOEF.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ Clearance after the receipt of the Forest Clearance as per OM dated 31.03.2011 with the above conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.7           CRZ clearance for the alteration and additional construction in Silk & Art Silk Mills Research Institute at C,S No. 972 Worli Division at Sasmira Dr. A.B road, G/S ward, Mumbai by M/s Sasmira –the  Synthetic & Art  Silk Research Association (F.No. 11-27/2011-IA.III)

                  

                    As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for alteration and additional construction in Silk & Art Silk Mills Research Institute at C, S No. 972 Worli Division at Sasmira Dr. A.B road, G/S ward, Mumbai. “SASMIRA” is a institute of learning Silk and Art Silk mills research running since 1965. The land is allotted for educational building on land bearing C.S No. 972 in Worli Division, Mumbai in year 1963. There are two existing wings out of which one wing shall be demolished. The total plot area is 11,811.17 sqm. The Government of Maharashtra has sanctioned additional FSI as per DCR, 1967 hence the proposed FSI will be 2.0. The proposed built up area will be 20576.73 sqm.  The no. of students will be 1500, staff – 250 and no of visitors will be 40 approximately. The total water requirement will be 82 KLD which will be met from Brihan Mumbai Nagar Mahapalika. The wastewater generated will be about 70 KLd which will be treated in STP of 80 KLD capacity. About 26 KLD of the treated wastewater will be used for flushing and gardening and rest will be discharge in to the sewer line.

 

                    During discussions, the following points emerged:

        

i)                   Submit HTL/LTL map prepared by an authorised agency on 1:4000 scale superimposed with project layout.

 

ii)                 The parking proposed is not sufficient, increase and submit the revised parking plan.

 

iii)              Submit the details of traffic survey and circulation plan

 

iv)                The built up area is more than 20,000 sqm, hence attracts the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006. Proponent is advised to obtain Environment Clearance separately from SEIAA, Maharashtra.

 

In view of the foregoing observations, the committee deferred the proposal and shall reconsider after the above observations are addressed and submitted.  

 

4.8           Finalisation of ToR for developing shipyard at Dabol, Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra by M/s JSW Shipyard Pvt. Ltd. [F.No. 11-25/2011-IA-III]

 

The Proponent attended the meeting however, the Committee decided to defer the project, since there is moratorium for the consideration of the projects in Ratnagiri District up to 30th June, 2011.

 

4.9           Finalization of ToR for proposed captive Jetty for Handling of Bulk Cement on Vasai Creek, Ghodbundar, Thane District, Maharashtra by M/s. Ultra Tech Cement Limited (F.No. 11-26/2011-IA.III).

 As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for establishing captive Jetty for Handling of Bulk Cement on Vasai Creek, Ghodbundar, Thane District, Maharashtra.  Ultra Tech Cement Limited manufactures and markets Ordinary Portland Cement, Portland blast furnace slag cement and Portland Pozzolana Cement of 48.8 million tonnes. UltraTech Cement Company (UTCL), is proposed to develop a bulk cement unloading facility on a waterfront in the Vasai Creek, just downstream of the NH 3 Ghodbunder Bridge in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The proposed capacity will be 1 MTPA of cement in the first phase and extendable to 2 MTPA in second phase. The site is upstream of the Railway Bridge, and as such special specification barges would have to be built. At present there are 3 railway bridges running across the Vasai Creek on alignments more or less parallel to one another. The Lowermost (i.e. most sea ward or downstream) bridge is the oldest and is now defunct. Upstream of the defunct bridge there are two new railway bridges. For handling a cargo of 1 million tonnes of cement per annum, in the first phase, a capacity of 4000 tonnes (2 barges with around 2000 tonnes capacity) of cargo per day is contemplated. For unloading the cement, a pneumatic evacuator of around 500 tonnes per hour will be employed if facility is used for a minimum of 7-8 hours (including berthing/de-berthing time) in 365 days (1 year) at the berthing facility.  These barges have LOA of 80 m, beam of 12 m and draft of 3 m. The navigation of these barges may require dredging, as mentioned above. However, special flat bottomed barges could be custom made for this operation, which would be having higher carrying capacity up to say 2200 DWT. For planning purposes for this study, it is assumed that 2200 DWT barges would be considered.

 

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

 

(i)                 Vasai, Thane is a hot spot; shore line changes study shall be conducted.

(ii)              Submit HTL/LTL map prepared by an authorised agency on 1:4000 scale superimposed with project layout.

 

(iii)            Submit the recommendations of SCZMA.

 

(iv)             Details of the activities to be undertaken in the CRZ area.

 

(v)                Details of the fishing activities in the area and impact of the fishing activities.

 

(vi)             Details of wind, wave and current integrated and combined effect shall be studied on the stability.

 

(vii)           Details of physical model shall be carried out to study the impacts.

 

(viii)        Submit the likely impacts on Traffic and mitigating measures

 

(ix)            Submit the likely impacts on fishing activity and mitigating measures.

 

(x)               Submit details of unloading, transportation and handling of the cement and the measures to reduce the spills.

 

(xi)            Submit details of the green belt in the Coastal Regulation Zone area.

 

(xii)          Details of the ecologically sensitive areas. Sanjay Gandhi National Park is 8.5 Km. Recommendation of Chief Wildlife warden as per MoEF office memorandum shall be submitted.

 

(xiii)       Submit details of the water requirement.

 

(xiv)         Extent of dredging, dumping/disposal, maintenance and the sediment characteristics shall also be studied.

 

(xv)           Details of purpose built barge to match with the two new railway bridges on the upstream side of the Vasai creek shall be provided.

 

(xvi)         Details of barge maintenance facility and consequential impact on marine environment shall be studied.

 

(xvii)      Details of the social measures to be under taken.

 

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. 

 

4.10      Finalization of ToR for the proposed Captive Port at Bichitrapur Baleshwar, Orissa By M/s. JSW Infrastructure Limited. [F.No. 11-29/2011-IA-III]

 

The Committee decided to defer the project, since the Additional Resident Commissioner, Odisha has informed that no MoU / concession agreement has been singed by the Government of Odisha with the proponent.

 

4.11      Finalization of ToR for setting up of an LNG import Terminal at Ennore By M/s. Indian oil Corporation Ltd. [F.No. 11-30/2011-IA.III]

 

The Committee decided to defer the project, since the project proponent did not attend the meeting.

 

4.12      Finalization of ToR for 4-lane divided carriageway of Garh-Meerut-Baghpat of SH-14, in the State of Uttar Pradesh by M/s. Uttar Pradesh State Highway Authority. (F.No. 10-30/2011-IA- III).

 

     The Committee decided to defer the project, since the project proponent did not attend the meeting.

 

2nd Day: 24th June, 2011:

 

4.13      Finalization of ToR for upgrading the existing non- commercial airstrip by increasing length and addition of ATC and Shed for Mobile Fuel Bowser at Angul, Orissa BY M/s Jindal Steel & power Ltd. [F.No. 10-33/2011-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for upgrading the existing non- commercial airstrip by increasing length and addition of ATC and shed for Mobile Fuel Bowser at Angul, Orissa. Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL) is setting up a 6.0 MTPA Integrated Steel Project with 1142 MW coal based power plant at Angul, Orissa. Environmental Clearance of the said project has been accorded by MoEF vide letter no. J-11011/365/2006-IA II(I)   dated 27 Feb 2007 and subsequently revised on 14th November, 2008. JSPL has acquired 66.56 acres of Govt. land and 59.47 acres of private land from Industrial Development Corporation (IDCO), Govt. of Orissa on lease basis. The proposed site located at about 4 km from the Steel & Power Project. JSPL has developed the Airstrip earlier having length of 1350 m and 30 m width, apron of 100 m x 68 m, a hanger of size 50 m x 38 m x 12.6 m height with office cabins. Proposed New facilities for additional safety features proposed are: 

 

(i)                 ATC complex with a tower of 12.69 m x 11.23 m x 14 m  height & parking of fire tender and ambulance during flight movement.

 

(ii)              A shed for mobile fuel Bowser for emergency refuelling size 18 m x 6.9 m x 6.5 m height.

 

(iii)            Increase the Airstrip  to 2000 m length.

 

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

 

(i)                Examine details of land use around 10 km radius of the site. Submit a copy of the contour plan with slopes, drainage pattern of the site and surrounding area.

 

(ii)              Describe the project site, geology, topography, climate, transport and connectivity, demographic aspects, socio cultural and economic aspects, villages, settlements and meteorological data.

 

(iii)           Environmental data to be considered in relation to the development would be (a) land, (b) groundwater, (c) surface water, (d) air, (e) bio-diversity, (f) noise and vibration, (g) socio economic and health.

 

(iv)             Examine details of Solid waste generation treatment and its disposal.

 

(v)               Examine the anticipated environmental impacts of the project and mitigations measures.

 

(vi)             Examine baseline environmental quality along with projected incremental load due to the project shall be studied.

 

(vii)          Examine and submit details of Air quality monitoring as per latest National Ambient Air Quality standards as notified by the Ministry on 16th November, 2009.

 

(viii)        Examine and submit the details of road connectivity and impacts on the traffic.

 

(ix)            The air sampling shall be selected keeping the JSPL unit and predominant wind direction.

 

(x)              Examine and submit the details of Noise modeling studies and mitigative measures.

 

(xi)            Examine the details of water requirement, treatment, use of treated waste water and prepare a water balance chart.

 

(xii)        Rain water harvesting proposals should be made with due safeguards for ground water quality. Maximise recycling of water and utilisation of rain water.

 

(xiii)       A thick green belt should be planned all around the nearest settlements to mitigate noise and vibrations. The identification of species/plants should be made based on the botanical studies.

 

(xiv)        Submit details of a comprehensive Disaster Management Plan including emergency evacuation during natural and man-made disaster.

 

(xv)          Examine separately the details for construction and operation phases both for Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan with cost and parameters.

 

(xvi)        Submit the details of CSR activities.

 

(xvii)      Examine impacts on the wildlife.

 

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. 

 

4.14      Amendment for the Environmental Clearance issued for 2/4 lanning of Trichy- Karur section of NH- 67 of M/s NHAI [F.No. 5-24/2007-IA-III]

 

The environment clearance for the widening and strengthening of existing 2 lane to 4/6 lane of selected stretches/ corridors of National Highways under NHDP Phase-III, Group – F, Tiruchchirppali was issued vide MoEF Ref No. 5-24/2007-IA-III, dated 16.05.2007.  As per the information from the Project Director, the alignment of the said road has been changed for the length of 4.25 km to avoid the road passing through the middle of a tank as suggested by a committee constituted by the Madras High Court.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                The committee noted that the alignment is still passing through two water tanks, hence the committee suggested to change alignment to avoid water bodies and resubmit the proposal.

 

(ii)              Clearly list out (in tabular form) various details (e.g. location (e.g. chainage), size, type (seasonal or perennial), existing usage, regarding the existing/proposed/upgraded  highway/ expressway (as the case may be) passes through or will cut across  any water body (e.g., Pond, lake, river etc.) or well(s) (owned by private, government ownership  or a part of Common Property Resource (CPR).

 

(iii)           The above information may also be clearly and invariably shared at the time of public hearing by the project proponent.

In view of the foregoing observation, the proposal for amendment is deferred and shall be considered after the above observation is addressed and submitted for reconsideration.  

 

4.15      Environmental Clearance for widening & improvement of the existing 2 lane to 4-laning of Reengus- Sikar section of NH-11 in the state of Rajasthan, M/s NHAI [F.No.10-59/2009-IA.III.]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves widening & improvement of the existing 2 lane to 4-laning of Reengus- Sikar section of NH-11 in the State of Rajasthan. The project road starts from Km. 298.075 and ends at Km. 341.962. Total length of the project road is 43.887 Kms. Predominantly the road is passing through plain terrain. The land use pattern of the project area is agriculture, built-up, govt, barren and Protected Forest. Project Road passes through 25 villages. The Project Road does not pass through any National Park/ Sanctuary/ Wild Life Area. The existing right of way is 45m. The proposed right of way is 60 m. Total 100.43 ha of land is proposed to be acquired for the improvement of the project, out of which agricultural land are 78.90 ha, residential & commercial Land is 7.00 ha, Government land is 2.20 ha and fallow & barren land is 12.33ha. Additionally 84.13 ha of Protected Forest land within existing RoW proposed for diversion for widening of the project road. There is existing 1 major bridge, 3 Minor bridges, 11 nos. of culverts. 1 major bridge, 3 minor bridges, 47 culverts, 3 vehicular underpass, 4 pedestrian/ cattle underpass, 1 no Grade Separator,  22 Bus shelters, 1 bypass and 1 Toll Plaza has been proposed. Service road of 23.35 km has been proposed along the project road at 20 nos. of locations. Total 280 KLD water shall be required for construction and other purposes. There is no provision of Fly Ash as there is no thermal power plant in 100 Km radius of the project road.

 

No major water-bodies are found along the road stretch except the location of 1 major & 3 minor bridges. 9,374 trees are affected due to proposed road, against which avenue plantation of 21,280 trees along the road side is proposed apart from the statutory requirement.  There would be about 460 project affected families due to the improvement of project road. The entitled person shall be compensated according to the provision of NH Act 1956. The budget for environmental management works and operation phases is Rs. 2.80 crore. The total construction cost of the project is Rs. 266.81Crores. The total cost for Land & Resettlement and Rehabilitation is Rs. 47.00 crore.

 

The proposal was considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 27th -28th August, 2009 and finalised additional ToR including conduct of public Hearing.

 

The Committed noted that the proposal for forest Clearance was considered by FAC on 21.06.2011 and it is expected that the stage I clearance will be issued shortly.

 

The Committee deferred the project asked to submit the forestry clearance as per the OM dated 31.03.2011. The project will be considered after the submission of FC.

 

4.16      Environmental Clearance for widening and improvement of existing carriageway to 4 laning of Sambalpur- Baragarh-Orissa/Chhattisgarh Border from km.0.000 to km.88.000  section of NH-6 in the States of Orissa, M/s NHAI [F.No.10-57/2010-IA.III.]

 

As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves four laning of Sambalpur – Bargargh to Orissa/Chattishgarh Border Section of NH- 6 in the State of Orissa. The total length is 88 km. 7.3 km bb pass at  Bargarh. Passess through River Mahanadhi. The project road starts at Sambalpur (km 0.000) and ends at Orissa/Chattisgarh Border (km 88.000) on NH-6 in the state of Orissa. The project road passes through Sambalpur and Bargarh districts. The project road passes through plain and rolling terrain except from km 5.30 to km 7.0 in hilly terrain. Existing ROW varies from 13.5 to 72 m. The proposed ROW is 60 m except at urban area where it is restricted to 45 m. The project road does not pass through any protected area like wildlife sanctuary, national park, bio reserve, etc. There is no sensitive location within 10 km distance from the project road. The project road crosses Mahanadhi River (Km 7.200), Power Channel (Km 8.800), Jain Jore River (Km 27.300), Danta River (Km 39.600), Jeera River (Km 50.000), Nalla near Sohila (Km 72.000).

 

The project is passing though Lakshmidungri Reserve Forest from km 5.5 to km 7.0. Diversion proposal of 2.631 ha reserve forest land is recommended by state govt.  15497 nos. of trees are with in existing ROW however 13443 trees are likely to be felled for four laning of the project road. 

 

Bargarh bypass of 7.3 km from km 43.700 to km 51.000 has been proposed to avoid the structures.   There are 6 major bridges, 12 minor bridges and 103 culverts in the existing road. In the 4 lane road including bypass, 5 existing major bridges, 10 existing minor bridges, 94 existing culverts will be retained and widened/reconstructed, while 1 new major bridge, 3 new minor bridges and 19 new culverts will be constructed. In the 4 laning of the project road, 4 vehicular underpasses and 3 pedestrian/cattle underpasses have been provided. There is 1 ROB on the project road. Two new ROBs have been proposed in the alignment.  The service road has been provided in the aggregate length of 27.80 km both side.  Bus Bays have been provided at 30 locations and truck lay byes at 6 locations. Rest area has been proposed at one location. All major junctions (3) and minor junction (4) will be improved in the project road. One Toll plaza is proposed in the project road before start of Baragarh bypass at km 42.  Approximately 435 ha land will be acquired for four laning and Bargarh bypass on the project road. Out which 142 ha land will be private land. Total 1037 structures (residential and commercial structures) are likely to be affected due to 4 laning of project road. Affected families will be compensated as per National Highways Act. The budget for environment management and monitoring has been earmarked as approximately Rs. 8.5 Crores. The estimated cost for Resettlement & Rehabilitation is approximately Rs. 98 Crores. The capital cost of the project is approx Rs. 1050 Crores.

 

The proposal was considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 18th -20th August, 2010 and finalised additional ToR including conduct of public Hearing. 

 

The Committee deferred since the project involves the forest land and stage–I forestry clearance was not submitted by the Proponent as per the OM dated 31.03.2011.

 

4.17      Environmental Clearance for widening of existing 2-lane to 4/6 lane of Patna-Bakhtiyarpur Section of NH-30 from km 181.300 to km 231.950 in the State of Bihar by M/s. NHAI. [F.No. 10-54/2010-IA.III].

 

The proposal involves widening of existing 2-lane to 4/6-lane of Patna – Bhakhtiyarpur section NH-30 from km 181.300 tp l, 231.950 in the State of Bihar. The project road starts at Km 181.300 and ends at Km 231.950. Total length of the project is 50.650 Km. Predominantly the Road is passing through plain terrain. The Land use pattern of the project area is mainly agricultural. Project Road passes through 55 villages. The project road does not pass through any National Park/Sanctuary/Wild Life Area within 10 km. The existing right of way for the existing project road varies from 12-30m expect for first 14 Km where the right of way is 60m. The proposed right of way is 60m. Total 237.6 ha of land is proposed to be acquired for the improvements of the project. Most of the land required is privately owned agricultural land. In the existing road there are two major bridges, 4 minor bridge, 4 culverts  and 2 RoBs, while 1 major bridge, 11 minor bridge, 58 culverts, 2 ROB’s, 2 flyovers, 1 vehicular underpass, 7 pedestrian/cattle underpasses, 6 bus bays, 1 toll plaza and 1 rest area have been proposed in the project road. One bypass 36.650 km has been proposed at Fatua and Bakhtiyarpur jointly. Service road has been proposed in the length along of 8.5 km. at 5 nos. of locations. Total 360 KLD water shall be required for the project. There is no provision of fly ash as there is no thermal plant in 100 km radius of the project road. There is one major water-body, namely, Punpun River at the location of 1 major bridge. 1555 trees are affected due to proposed road, against which avenue plantation of 4665 trees along the road side is proposed to be planted. There would be about 2128 project affected families (most of them are agricultural land looser) due to improvement of project road. The entitled person shall be compensated according to the provision of NH Act 1956. The budget for environmental management works and operation phase is 1.07 Crores. The total construction cost for the project is 600.54 Crores. The total cost of Land and Resettlement and Rehabilitation is 31.1 crores

 

The proposal was considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 21st –23rd September, 2010 and finalised additional ToR.  Public hearing was conducted at Jalla Village, Patna District on 12.02.2011.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 The project indicates cutting of 1555 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)              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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(vi)             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.

 

4.18      Environmental Clearance for widening and upgradation of existing carriageway 2-lane with paved shoulders in Jhalawar- Biaora Section of NH-12 in the State of Rajasthan by M/s NHAI (F.No. 10-70/2010-IA. III)

 

As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves widening and upgradation of existing carriageway 2-lane with paved shoulders in Jhalawar- Biaora Section of NH-12 in the State of Rajasthan. The Project Road takes off from km 346.540 on NH 12 at Teendhar junction and ends at Rajasthan/Madhya Pradesh border at km 412.  The length of existing project road is 63.240 km. The corridor passes through Jhalawar district. Existing Row ranges from 14.5 – 80 m. Proposed ROW is mostly 30m. (60m in Ghat section realignment, 45m in other 3 small realignment stretches). Land use pattern along the corridor comprises Agricultural (52%), Settlements (24%), Barren land and water bodies (15%), forest (9%). Project road passes mainly through plain terrain except the Ghat section which runs for 3 km. Reserve & protected Forest along the project road proposed to be diverted is 23.67 ha. No National Park or Biosphere Reserve exists within 10 km radius of the carriageway on either side. There is 5110 nos. of trees with in proposed ROW however 2760 trees are likely to be felled for four laning of the project road.  Main river in project area is Kalisindh, which crosses NH 12 just before the project road section starts. Besides, there are a number of streams. Four realignment stretches have been proposed for a total length of 5.1 Km. The existing road has no flyovers, underpass, service roads, truck lay byes or Toll Plaza. There are 3 major bridges and 8 minor bridges. The proposed road would include 3 major bridges (1 to be newly constructed), 8 minor bridges (1 newly constructed). 6.4 km service road (including both sides), truck lay bye at 1 location and 64 number of bus stops (both sides combined) are proposed. There are 13 educational institutes & 2 hospitals along the project road. Only two schools partially affected. 7 religious structures present along the project road, 3 are affected. These will be relocated. The total land acquisition for widening of the project road is 47.33 ha (Forest land: 23.67 Ha, Non forest: 23.66 Ha). Total 493 families will be affected due to the proposed project.  The project cost is 2135 million, the environmental cost is 38.28 million and social cost is 914.3 million.

 

The proposal was considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 20th – 22nd October, 2010 and finalised additional ToR including conduct of public Hearing. 

 

The Committee deferred since the project involves the forest land and stage –I forestry clearance was not submitted by the Proponent as per the OM dated 31.03.2011.

 

4.19      Finalization of ToR for rehabilitation and upgrading of existing NH- 211 to 2 lane with paved shoulder from km 290.200 to km 370.875 and km 390.000 to km 452.800 including 4 lane of  Aurangabad & Daultabad by pass in the State of Maharashtra  by M/s NHAI [F.No. 10-34/2011-IA-III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves rehabilitation and upgrading of existing NH- 211 to 2 lane with paved shoulder from km 290.200 to km 370.875 and km 390.000 to km 452.800 including 4 lane of Aurangabad & Daultabad bypass in the State of Maharashtra. The proposed road is from Km 290.200 to Km 370.875 of NH-211 and from Km 390.000 to Km 452.800 of NH-211 including 4 lane Aurangabad & Daultabad bypasses. The Project road passes through major locations such as Aurangabad, Daulatabad, Ellora, Kannad, Chalisgaon and Dhule in the district Aurangabad, Jalgoan and Dhule of Maharashtra. The total existing length of the project is 143.475 Km and the design length is 149.680 Km. Land use pattern on either side of project area is predominantly agriculture, barren and built-up area.  Existing ROW of Project Road is 30-50 m except at few village and Daultabad. The proposed ROW is 60 m for all bypasses. Remaining stretch of the project shall be developed within the existing ROW. 659 Ha of land is proposed to be acquired for the improvement of project road.  The existing NH-211 is passing through Gautala Autram Ghat Wild Life Sanctuary. The nearest distance of Gautala Autramghat Wild Life Sanctuary at Ch. Km 370.875 (i.e. Start of the Ghat section) of NH-211 is 2 Km and at Ch. Km 390.000 of NH-211 (i.e end of the Ghat section) is 8 Km. There will not be any impact on this Sanctuary due to the proposed widening of the project road, as the section Km 370.875 to Km 390.000 of NH-211 is excluded from the project road.  The project road is passing through Reserve Forest for a length of 6.2 Km and about 8.0 ha of forest land will be acquired due to proposed widening. About 1200 trees proposed to be felled for improvement of project road, against 3600 trees shall be planted as avenue plantation apart from the statutory requirement. The Industrial Clusters identified by CPCB within 15 km from the project corridor are MIDC Aurangabad, MIDC Chikhalthana, MIDC Shendra and MIDC Waluj.  There is 1209 nos. of structures and 99 nos. of common properties are affected due to proposed widnening. There are existing 5 Major Bridge, 56 Minor Bridge and 285 culverts.  All the existing major bridges will be retained and 56 Minor Bridge are proposed to be widended/ improved. There is no existing ROB, however, 2 no. of ROB is proposed. There are 16 nos. of intersections on the project road, which have been proposed for improvement.  There are 6 bypasses proposed to avoid congestion along the project road. 23.780 Km Service road is proposed along the project road. There are 11 nos. of Vehicular under passes & 7 nos. of Pedestrian & Cattle under passes have been proposed along the project road. Bus Bays have been provided at 15 locations both ways. Truck Lay Bye has been proposed at 2 locations. 2 rest area and 3 toll plaza have been proposed. Adequate lighting arrangement has been proposed in-habitation areas. Peak demand of water would be approximately 500 KL/day during construction. There is no provision of using fly ash. Water harvesting structures shall be provided at the interval of 500 m. The budget for – Environmental cost is Rs. 1.71 Crores,  Resettlement cost Rs. is 70.62 Crores, Shifting of Utilities cost Rs. is 15.43 Crores. Total Project Cost is Rs. 835.00 Crores.

 

          The Committee noted that as per (A) of OM dated 31.03.2011, the proponent has applied for stage-I forestry clearance.

 

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

 

(i)                      The proposal indicates the acquisition of 8.0 ha forest land. Necessary stage –I forestry clearance shall be obtained as per OM dated 31.03.2011 and submitted along with final EIA report.

           

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

 

(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 1:25000 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)                It is indicated that 1200 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.

 

(viii)              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.

 

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

 

(x)                    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).

 

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

 

(xii)               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.

 

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

 

(xiv)              Clearly indicate/provide details regarding the location, date (along with site photographs with the background of monitoring equipments and/or sample collection in process) and  protocol adopted for sampling and analysis of various environmental parameters as a part of the baseline  data collection.

 

(xv)                 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.

 

(xvi)              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.

 

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

 

(xviii)         Examine and submit the water bodies including the seasonal ones within the corridor of impacts along with their status, volumetric capacity, quality likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

(xix)             Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water including water requirement during the construction stage with supporting data and also classification of ground water based on the CGWA classification.

 

(xx)                Examine and submit the details of the criteria followed by NHAI/ implementing agency to assess the necessity of providing – FOBs/Underpass/ by pass/ service ducts etc.

 

(xxi)             Institutional frame work for the review of accidents and plan for corrective measures.

 

(xxii)           Sensitive buildings such as academic institutions, hospitals etc just adjacent to the highway shall be inventorised and examine submit mitigation measures/ traffic safety measures.

 

(xxiii)        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.

 

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

 

(xxv)            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.

 

(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– in case of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

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

 

(xxxii)      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

 

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

 

(xxxiv)     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.

 

(xxxv)        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 in all the Districts separately for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 as amended in 2009 and the issues raised by the public should be addressed in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

                    Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways”.

 

4.20     Finalization of ToR for rehabilitation & upgaradation of existing Carriageway 4-lanning from Amravati to Maharashtra/ Gujarat Border section from Km. 166.000 to km 649.000 of NH-6 in the State of Maharashtra by NHAI (F.No. 10-35/2011-IA-III)

 

          The project road starts near Amravati at km 166.000 and ends at Maharashtra/Gujarat Border at km 649.000 on NH-6. The terrain along the project road is plain except from Km 557.00 to Km 561.000 which is rolling and from Km 601.150 to Km 608.00 is in hilly terrain. The proposed length of the project road is approx. 485.30 km. The project road passes through the Amravati, Akola, Buldhana, Jalgaon, Dhule and Nandurbar districts of Maharshtra State.  Existing ROW width varies from 25 to 30 m. The proposed ROW width is 45 m and 60 m. Approximately, 52700 trees are likely to be felled for 4 laning of the project road.  For 4 laning of the project road, approx. 70 ha reserved forest land diversion is likely to be involved. There is no wildlife sanctuary, national park within 10 km distance from the project road. Fifteen (15) bypasses are proposed in the project road, namely, Borgaon Manju (Km 229.100 to Km 233.800),  Khamgaon (292.900 to 306.770), Nandura (Km 315.800 to          Km 21.800), Varangaon (Km 387.300 to Km 390.900), Jalgaon (Km 423.600 to Km 441.300), Parola (Km 482.200 to Km 487.100), Mukti (Km 502.600 to Km 505.500), Dhule & Fagna (Km 514.000 to Km 531.600), Kusumbe (Km 543.300 to Km 546.800), Ner (Km 554.600 to Km 556.200), Shewali & Sakri (Km 572.700 to Km 581.600), Visharwadi (Km 623.300 to Km 625.200), Chinchpad (Km 628.400 to Km 631.900), Sarvad (Km 633.300 to Km 634.700), Nawapur (Km 639.100 to Km 648.300). Approximately 1830 ha land will be acquired for widening and bypasses on the project road. Out which, agricultural area is approx. 1390 ha, barren & waste land approx. 210 ha, built up area approx. 160 ha and forest land approx. 70 ha. There will be 32 nos. of major bridges, 226 minor bridges and 654 culverts in the project road. In the 4 laning of the project road, 60 vehicular underpasses and 62 pedestrian/cattle underpasses have been provided.  There will be 9 ROBs on the project road. The service roads have been provided in the length of 100.325 km. Bus Bays have been provided at 115 locations and truck lay byes at 12 locations.   All major junctions (62) and minor junction (722) will be improved in the project road. Toll plaza is proposed at 7 locations in the project road.  About 2317 (Residential), 2122 (Commercial structures) and 212 (Residential cum Commercial structures) may be affected due to 4 laning of project road. Affected families will be compensated as per NHAI Policy. The budget for environment management and monitoring has been earmarked as approximately Rs. 82 Crores. The estimated cost for Resettlement & Rehabilitation is approximately Rs. 788 Crores. The capital cost of the project is Rs. 3960 Crores.

 

          The Committee noted that as per (A) of OM dated 31.03.2011, the proponent has applied for stage-I forestry clearance.

 

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

 

(i)                            The proposal indicates the acquisition of about 70 ha forest land. Necessary stage –I forestry clearance shall be obtained as per OM dated 31.03.2011 and submitted along with final EIA report.

 

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

 

(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 1:25000 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)                      It is indicated that 52, 700 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.

 

(viii)                    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.

 

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

 

(x)                          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).

 

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

 

(xii)                     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.

 

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

 

(xiv)                    Clearly indicate/provide details regarding the location, date (along with site photographs with the background of monitoring equipments and/or sample collection in process) and protocol adopted for sampling and analysis of various environmental parameters as a part of the baseline data collection.

 

(xv)                       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.

 

(xvi)                    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.

 

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

 

(xviii)               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.

 

(xix)                   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.

 

(xx)                      Examine and submit the water bodies including the seasonal ones within the corridor of impacts along with their status, volumetric capacity, quality likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

(xxi)                   Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water including water requirement during the construction stage with supporting data and also classification of ground water based on the CGWA classification.

 

(xxii)                 Examine and submit expected fuel savings due to the project.

 

(xxiii)              Examine and submit the details of the criteria followed by NHAI/ implementing agency to assess the necessity of providing – FOBs/Underpass/ by pass/ service ducts etc.

 

(xxiv)                Institutional frame work for the review of accidents and plan for corrective measures.

 

(xxv)                  Examine and submit the legal frame work to tackle the illegal encroachments along the highway.

 

(xxvi)                Sensitive buildings such as academic institutions, hospitals etc just adjacent to the highway shall be inventorised and examine submit mitigation measures/ traffic safety measures.

 

(xxvii)             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.

 

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

 

(xxix)               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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxxiii)          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.

 

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

 

(xxxv)              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.

 

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

 

(xxxvii)         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

 

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

 

(xxxix)          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.

 

(xl)                        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 in all the Districts separately for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 as amended in 2009 and the issues raised by the public should be addressed in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

                   Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways”.

 

4.21      Finalization of ToR for rehabilitation & upgradation of existing 4-lane to 6-lane form Agra (199.660) to Etawah Bypass (Km 323.525) section of NH-2 including Firozabad Bypass in the State of U.P. by NHAI (F. No. 10-36/2011-IA-III)

 

The proposed six laning of existing 4 lane highway starts at Agra (km 199+660) and ends at Etawah bypass (Km 323+525) on NH -2. The terrain along the project road is plain. The length of the project road is approx. 124.520 km. The project road passes through Agra, Firozabad, Manpuri and Etawah Districts of Uttar Pradesh. Existing ROW width varies from 30 to 70 m. The proposed ROW width will be 60 m. The project road is passing through Reserve Forest between Km. 204 to Km 206. However, no reserved forest land will be diverted as in Reserve Forest Area, the project road is already six lanes.  There is no wildlife sanctuary or national park within 10 km distance from the project road. The part of the project road is located Taj Trapezium Zone.  Approx. 4976 trees may needs to be cut during 6 laning of the project road. Firozabad bypass is proposed in the project road, which starts from km 232.620 to Km 252.250. The length of bypass is 20.250 Km. Approximately 182 ha land may be acquired for six lanes up-gradation including Firozabad bypass. There will be one major bridge, 9 new minor bridges and 32 new culverts in the project road. In the 6 laning of the project road, 2 new flyovers, 14 new vehicular underpasses and 17 new pedestrian/cattle underpasses have been provided. Additional service roads have been provided in the length of 46.6 km at 16 locations. New Bus Bays have been provided at 20 locations and additional truck lay byes at 2 locations.  All major junctions (6) and minor junction (218) will be improved in the project road. Toll plaza is proposed at 2 locations in the project road.   Approximately 93 residential, 610 commercial structures and 112 residential cum commercial structures may be affected due to 6 laning of the project road. Affected families will be compensated as per NHAI Policy. The budget for environment management and monitoring has been earmarked as approximately Rs. 6.63 Crores. The estimated cost for Resettlement & Rehabilitation is approximately Rs. 130 Crores. The capital cost of the six lanes project road is estimated as Rs. 950 Crores.

 

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

 

(i)                      Submit the details of the various norms/conditions stipulated Taj- trazom along with compliance. 

 

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

 

(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 1:25000 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)                It is indicated that 4976 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.

 

(viii)              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.

 

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

 

(x)                    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).

 

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

 

(xii)               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.

 

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

 

(xiv)              Clearly indicate/provide details regarding the location, date (along with site photographs with the background of monitoring equipments and/or sample collection in process) and  protocol adopted for sampling and analysis of various environmental parameters as a part of the baseline  data collection.

 

(xv)                 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 modelling at different representative locations.

 

(xvi)              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.

 

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

 

(xviii)         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.

 

(xix)             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.

 

(xx)                Examine and submit the water bodies including the seasonal ones within the corridor of impacts along with their status, volumetric capacity, quality likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

(xxi)             Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water including water requirement during the construction stage with supporting data and also classification of ground water based on the CGWA classification.

 

(xxii)           Examine and submit expected fuel savings due to the project.

 

(xxiii)        Examine and submit the details of the criteria followed by NHAI/ implementing agency to assess the necessity of providing – FOBs/Underpass/ by pass/ service ducts etc.

 

(xxiv)          Institutional frame work for the review of accidents and plan for corrective measures.

 

(xxv)            Examine and submit the legal frame work to tackle the illegal encroachments along the highway.

 

(xxvi)          Sensitive buildings such as academic institutions, hospitals etc just adjacent to the highway shall be inventorised and examine submit mitigation measures/ traffic safety measures.

 

(xxvii)       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.

 

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

 

(xxix)         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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxxiii)    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.

 

(xxxiv)     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.

 

(xxxv)        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.

 

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

 

(xxxvii)   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

 

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

 

(xxxix)    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.

 

(xl)                  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 in all the Districts separately for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 as amended in 2009 and the issues raised by the public should be addressed in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways”.

 

4.22     Finalization of ToR for rehabilitation & upgradation of existing carriageway of Kishangarh – Udaipur – Ahmedabad section of NH-79A, NH-76 and NH-8 for km. 0.830 on NH-79 at Kishangarh and ends near Ahmedabad Km 509.259 on NH-8 including Udaipur Bypass in the State of Rajasthan and Gujarat by NHAI (F.No. 10-37/2011-IA-III).

 

          The proposed road Six Laning of Kishangarh Udaipur Ahmedabad Section of NH-79A, 79, 76 And NH-8 including New Udaipur Bypass in the State of Rajasthan and Gujarat (approx. Length 555.50 Km) on DBFOT Toll under NHDP Phase V. The project road comprises two packages in the state of Rajasthan and Gujarat, namely,  Kishangarh – Udaipur Section (km 0.830 to km 309.405) of NH-79/A, NH-79, NH-76 including Proposed Udaipur Bypass and from end of Udaipur Bypass (Kaya) to Ahmedabad (Km 309.405 to Km 509.295)  Section of NH-8. The terrain along the project road is plain and partly rolling and hilly. Total length of project road is about 555.50 km. The project road passes through Ajmer, Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Udaipur and Dungarpur districts in Rajasthan State & Sabarkantha and Gandhinagar districts in Gujarat State.  Existing ROW width varies from 32.5 to 120 m. The proposed ROW width will be 60.0m minimum for existing alignment to six lanes configuration  and 60.0m minimum for proposed bypass/realignment. For six laning of the existing project road, 46.6292 ha of reserve forest land diversion shall be required. There is no wildlife sanctuary or national park within 10 km distance from the project road. For six laning of the project road, from Kishangarh to Udaipur including Udaipur Bypass about 14572 trees may need to be felled while from end of Udaipur Bypass to Ahmedabad, about 4258 trees may need to be felled. Approximately 18830 trees need to be cut for the entire project road. Udaipur bypass (km 309.405 to km 333.185) is proposed in the length of 23.500km connecting NH 76 and NH 8. Realignment is proposed at Mangalwar (254.020 to km 256.400) in the length of 2.380km.  Total additional land of 378.31ha to be acquired for six laning of entire project including for Udaipur bypass. There are 9 nos. of existing major bridges which will be widened or repaired while 7 new bridges will constructed. Existing 249 minor bridges will be widened or repaired while 20 new minor bridges will be constructed in the project road. Existing 964 culverts are in the project road which will be widened or repaired while 111 new culverts will be constructed on the project road. In the 6 laning of the project road, 38 new vehicular underpasses and 114 new pedestrian/cattle underpasses have been provided. In the project road, flyovers have been proposed at 27 locations and interchange will be constructed at 2 locations. The service roads have been provided in the length of 510 Km (both side) at 329 locations. Bus bays have been provided at 85 locations and truck lay byes at 29 locations.  All major junctions (64) and minor junctions (425) will be improved in the project road. Toll plaza is proposed at 8 locations in the project road length.  About 467 residential, 1373 commercial structures and 176 residential cum commercial structures may be affected due to 6 laning of the project road. Affected families will be compensated as per NHAI Policy. The budget for environment management and monitoring has been earmarked as approximately rupees 12.40 Crores. The estimated cost for Resettlement & Rehabilitation (excluding land acquisition cost) is approximately rupees. 510 Crores. The estimated total project cost (TPC) is rupees 5387Crores.

 

The Committee noted that as per (A) of OM dated 31.03.2011, the proponent has applied for state-I forestry clearance.

 

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

 

(i)                      The proposal indicates the acquisition of 46.6292 ha forest land. Necessary stage –I forestry clearance shall be obtained as per OM dated 31.03.2011 and submitted along with final EIA report

 

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

 

(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 1:25000 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)                It is indicated that 18830 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.

 

(viii)              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.

 

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

 

(x)                    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).

 

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

 

(xii)               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.

 

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

 

(xiv)              Clearly indicate/provide details regarding the location, date (along with site photographs with the background of monitoring equipments and/or sample collection in process) and protocol adopted for sampling and analysis of various environmental parameters as a part of the baseline data collection.

 

(xv)                 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 modelling at different representative locations.

 

(xvi)              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.

 

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

 

(xviii)         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.

 

(xix)             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.

 

(xx)                Examine and submit the water bodies including the seasonal ones within the corridor of impacts along with their status, volumetric capacity, quality likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

(xxi)             Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water including water requirement during the construction stage with supporting data and also classification of ground water based on the CGWA classification.

 

(xxii)           Examine and submit expected fuel savings due to the project.

 

(xxiii)        Examine and submit the details of the criteria followed by NHAI/ implementing agency to assess the necessity of providing – FOBs/Underpass/ by pass/ service ducts etc.

 

(xxiv)          Institutional frame work for the review of accidents and plan for corrective measures.

 

(xxv)            Examine and submit the legal frame work to tackle the illegal encroachments along the highway.

 

(xxvi)          Sensitive buildings such as academic institutions, hospitals etc just adjacent to the highway shall be inventorised and examine submit mitigation measures/ traffic safety measures.

 

(xxvii)       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.

 

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

 

(xxix)         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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxxiii)    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.

 

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

 

(xxxv)        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.

 

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

 

(xxxvii)   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

 

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

 

(xxxix)    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.

 

(xl)                  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 in all the Districts separately for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 as amended in 2009 and the issues raised by the public should be addressed in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways”.

 

4.23     Finalisation of ToR for upgradation of existing carriageway to 4/6 lanning of Hospet to Karnataka Andhra Pradesh Border from Km 280.300 to km 375.740 section of of NH-63 in the State of Karnataka, M/s NHAI [F.No. 10-40/2011-IA-III]

 

As presented by project proponent, the project road starts from Km. 296.000 of NH-13 and joins the existing NH-63 at Km 288.000 near Hospet and ends at Km 368.920 on existing NH-63, at Karnataka Border. Total existing length of the project road is 112.120 Km. The proposed starting point is Km 280.300 at Hospet Bypass and end point is Km 375.740 on existing NH-63. The total proposed length of the project road is 95.440 Km. Predominantly the road is passing through plain terrain with some rolling terrain for 3 Km. The land use pattern of the project area is agriculture, built-up, govt, barren and Reserve Forest. Project Road passes through 13 villages. The Project Road does not pass through any National Park/Sanctuary/Wild Life Area. However Daroji Bear Sanctuary is at a distance of 190 m. The existing right of way varies from 15 to 25m. The proposed right of way is 45 in built up & 60 m in rural area. Total 421.323 ha of land is proposed to be acquired for the improvement of the project, out of which Bypasses & realignments is 270.12 Ha., Road improvements & Service Road is 131.54 Ha., Toll plaza, Truck Lay byes, rest areas etc. is 19.66 Ha. Additionally 3.320 ha of Reserve Forest land within the proposed RoW proposed for diversion for widening of the project road. The forest proposal is considered by Bellary Forest Division, GoK. There are existing 2 major bridges, 25 Minor bridges, 131 nos. of culverts. 2 major bridge, 54 minor bridges, 150 culverts, 8 vehicular underpass, 2 pedestrian & 1 cattle underpass, 1 Grade Separator,  27 Bus shelters, 3 bypasses and 2 Toll Plaza has been proposed. Service road of 11.050 km has been proposed along the project road at 9 nos. of locations. 3 Bypasses for Hospet (7.700 Km), Torangallu (4.200 Km) & Bellary (28.400 Km) and 1 realignment at Joladarsi (2.300 Km) are proposed. Total 223.30 KLD water shall be required for construction and other purposes. There is no provision of Fly Ash as the Bellary Super Thermal power plant is yet to be operational. No major water-bodies are found along the road stretch except the location of bridges. Approx 2759 trees are affected due to proposed road, against which avenue plantation along the road side is proposed apart from the statutory requirement.  There would be about 680 project affected families due to the improvement of project road. The entitled person shall be compensated according to the provision of NH Act 1956. The budget for environmental management works and operation phases is Rs. 50.563 crore. The total Non Civil Works cost (Land Acquisition, Environmental Cost, Relocation of utilities and R & R cost) is Rs. 123.49 Crore. The total civil construction cost is 752.15 Crores. The total project cost of the project is Rs. 917.01Crores.

 

The Committee noted that as per (A) of OM dated 31.03.2011, the proponent has applied for state-I forestry clearance and copy of the application submitted.  

 

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

 

(i)                The proposal indicates the acquisition of 3.320 ha forest land. Necessary stage–I forestry clearance shall be obtained as per OM dated 31.03.2011 and submitted along with final EIA report.

 

(ii)              The Daroji Bear Sanctuary is at a distance of 190 m from the project road. Submit the NOC from the Wildlife Authority and also submit the likely impacts to the sanctuary and mitigation measures.

 

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

 

(iv)             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.

 

(v)               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.

 

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

 

(vii)          Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1:25000 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.

 

(viii)        It is indicated that 2759 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 sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xiii)       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.

 

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

 

(xv)           Clearly indicate/provide details regarding the location, date (along with site photographs with the background of monitoring equipments and/or sample collection in process) and  protocol adopted for sampling and analysis of various environmental parameters as a part of the baseline  data collection.

 

(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 modelling 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 the water bodies including the seasonal ones within the corridor of impacts along with their status, volumetric capacity, quality likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

(xxii)     Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water including water requirement during the construction stage with supporting data and also classification of ground water based on the CGWA classification.

 

(xxiii)  Examine and submit expected fuel savings due to the project.

 

(xxiv)    Examine and submit the details of the criteria followed by NHAI/ implementing agency to assess the necessity of providing – FOBs/Underpass/ by pass/ service ducts etc.

 

(xxv)      Institutional frame work for the review of accidents and plan for corrective measures.

 

(xxvi)    Examine and submit the legal frame work to tackle the illegal encroachments along the highway.

 

(xxvii) Sensitive buildings such as academic institutions, hospitals etc just adjacent to the highway shall be inventorised and examine submit mitigation measures/ traffic safety measures.

 

(xxviii)     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.

 

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

 

(xxx)     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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxxiv)     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.

 

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

 

(xxxvi)     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.

 

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

 

(xxxviii)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

 

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

 

(xl)            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.

 

(xli)         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 in all the Districts separately for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 as amended in 2009 and the issues raised by the public should be addressed in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways”.

 

4.24     Finalisation of TOR for the development of Port at Perunthottam Village, Sirkali Taluk, Nagapattinam District, Tamilnadu. M/s. by Sirkazhi Port Private Limited (F.No. 11-37/2011-IA.III).

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for development of Port at Perunthottam Village, Sirkali Taluk, Nagapattinam District, Tamilnadu. M/s. Sindya Power and M/s.EMPEE Power together formed a company M/s SIRKAZHI PORT PVT LTD (SPPL) to develop Sirkazhi Port, which will essentially cater to the coal demand of these two power plants. The proposed site for the port is in Peruntthottam village, Sirkazhi Taluk, Nagapattinam District of Tamil Nadu. The project site is located at 11011’ 30” N Latitude; 790 51’ 10” E Longitude. The site is located at about 220 km South of Chennai and 25 km north of Karaikal. The port is proposed to be developed in an area of 68 Ha. The captive Port  facility is to be planned for handling 14 MTPA initially and 22 MTPA of coal for its operation in the final phase. The selected port area lies beside the power plant of Sindya Power towards the east and  the EMPEE Power plant site is about 2.5 km south of the port area. The Uppanar river ( Rain water  Drainage Canal) runs along the western boundary of the port area which is also influenced by tidal action. The area selected is predominantly barren with few casuarinas along the water front. This port site has a water frontage of about 1200m long which is suitable for the development of the marine facilities of the port.

 

The project development consists of 1360 m of northern breakwater and 785 m of southern breakwater. Length and width of approach channel are 2265 m and 180 m respectively, dredged to (-) 17.2m. The diameter of turning circle is 510 m dredged to (-) 17.2 m depth.  The capital dredging quantity estimated for the Phase I is about 3.2 million m3 and Phase II development is estimated an additional 1.1 million m3. It is proposed to use about 2.3 m3 of dredge material beneficially for reclaiming the backup area and the remaining unusable material will be dumped into sea at the designated dumping areas to be finalised after dredge disposal studies. The port development includes construction of three (3) berths with a total berth length of 870m long. The Port facilities i.e. stackyard, operation buildings, roads etc. will be developed in an area of 68 Ha. All details regarding channel width, channel depth, berthing facilities, cargo handling equipment, turning circle, vessel traffic etc. have been worked out. The port will handle vessels up to 1,20,000 DWT.

 

Both Sindya Power and EMPEE Power have proposed to develop 2x660 MW capacity coal-based Thermal Power plants at Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu. Both the power plants will use a mixture of Indigenous Coal and Imported Coal blended in the ration 70:30 to get the required calorific value. Initially both the power plants will operate with 2x660 MW capacity which will be increased by another 1x660MW capacity each in the future. Thus the initial coal requirement is estimated to be around 14 MTPA and in the future will be about 22 MTPA when both the power plants are operating at full capacity.

 

Institute of Remote Sensing, Anna University, an authorised agency was engaged for demarcation of HTL, LTL and CRZ map for the Port. The project development area does not fall or contain any environmentally sensitive areas as specified in CRZ Notification and that the project area meets the requirements of CRZ-I (ii) and CRZ-III.

 

During the discussions, the following points emerged:    

 

(i)                 It appears that the site is selected because of close proximity to the power plants. Further, there are many drainage channels/ canals and any attempt to block their natural course will change the hydraulic regime/coastal stability of the area thereby resulting in adverse environmental impacts on the areas bordering the proposed development, reclamation, coastline, river mouth etc. Examine and submit a detailed report on the selection of suitable alternative site(s) from environmental considerations devoid of the above problems noticed in the present proposal.

 

(ii)              Major Coal storage is proposed within the port area. It is suggested that major storage should be shifted within the power plants. Examine and submit the details along with the safety, impacts, and mitigation measures.

 

(iii)            The dredging is proposed in phase wise. Examine the dredging at one stage. Submit the details of dredging, quantity, quality and method of disposal.

 

(iv)             A plan showing the port limits approved by the State Government authorities shall be supplied.

 

(v)                The parameters pertaining to approach channel in terms of width, depth etc required for 120000 DWT vessel (generally available in the freight market) appear on the low side and do not seem to reflect the standards normally followed and this may be reviewed.

 

(vi)             A detailed Environmental Impact Assessment study after the finalisation of site will be conducted to assess the current status of various environmental parameters (water quality and sediment quality) and the possible impacts of the project during construction and operation phases. Wherever necessary, appropriate mitigation measures will be suggested. An Environmental Management Plan (EMP) will be prepared.

 

(vii)           The EIA study should cover other power plants within the close proximity so as to assess the cumulative impact and the proposed mitigation measures.

 

(viii)        A separate study shall be made on the selection of suitable alternative site away from the river mouth devoid of environmental issues associated with the present proposal in terms of  i) locating the port at the draining  basin  ii)  reclaiming the area confined between HTL/LTL close to the river mouth affecting the drainage pattern of the area and inducting possible closure of the river mouth and iii) overall, the present location affecting the natural hydraulic regime and equilibrium conditions of the river (the effect of which will have serious consequences on the marine environment) 

 

In view of the foregoing observations, the committee deferred the proposal and shall be reconsidered after the above observations are addressed and submitted for finalisation of ToR.  

 

4.25     Environmental Clearance for the development of SEZ for Oil & Gas, including Petrochemical and proposed non SEZ Industrial area for energy including New and Renewable energy sector at GIDC – Vilayat (Vagra) Industrial Estate, Vilayat, Bharuch District, Gujarat by M/s Gujarat Hydrocarbons and Power SEZ Ltd (No. 21-16/2009-IA.III)

 

The project involves development of SEZ for production of machineries, equipments, oil drilling rigs, special chemicals for Oil & Gas, Petrochemical Sector on a plot area of 248 ha. The SEZ will have 2 components- Zone-I (210 ha) will have processing zone, utilities, infrastructure corridor etc. and Zone-II (38 ha) will have non-processing (administrative complex, club/guesthouse, training centre, commercial complex to support SEZ activities, greenbelt, roads). The total water requirement is 3 MLD. The capacity of STP proposed is 2 MLD. A total solid waste generation is 1103.95 Kg/day. The power requirement is—6.25 MVA. Total cost of the project is Rs. 1735 Crores.       

The ToR for the project was issued on 25th May, 2009.

 

The revised proposal will have 140 ha for Hydrocarbons SEZ and 108 ha for Non SEZ Industrial area. The Hydrocarbon SEZ will have processing area on 72.2 ha which will include Carbon Black Units, PTA Units, Dual Feed Petrochemical complex, Ethylene Oxide derivatives – MEG etc, Polyethylene derivates, n-Butanol, Propylene derivatives, Polypropylene, Xylene & Ortho Xylene, PET, Styrene, Specialty Chemicals/Refinery Catalysts/Synthetic Lubricant/products and R&D/Laboratory Testing Service. The non processing area will be 50 ha and Green belt on 50 ha, CEPT, Common Incinerator on 3 ha. The Non SEZ area will have a power plant (1050 MW) on 90 ha, Green belt on 10 ha and Engineering/ancillary units on 8 ha. The total water requirement will be 3000 KLD and liquid effluent will be 2083 KLD. There will be a CEPT of 1.2 MLD capacity. The final treated effluent will be discharged into deep sea via existing conveyance & disposal system of GIDC drainage. Domestic waste water (750 KLD) shall be used for green belt development.

 

During discussions, following points emerged:

 

(i)                 The area of the SEZ has been reduced to 140 ha, whereas ToR was issued for 248 ha.

 

(ii)              Public hearing has to be conducted as per EIA Notification 2006.

 

                In view of the foregoing observations, the Committee deferred the project and shall be reconsidered after the above observations are addressed and submitted.

 

4.26     Environmental Clearance for the expansion of Games Village at Dag, Mouza – Beltalg, Village, Basistha, Guwahati, Assam by M/s Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority. [F.No.21-25/2010/IA-III]

 

The project involves construction of residential complex at Dag No. 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 38, 31, 32, 49, 18, 14, 12, 30, 33 at Mouza Beltola, Village Basistha, Guwahati, Assam. The existing development includes 700 residential apartments in 25 towers of G+6 in first phase. The 2nd phase project involves expansion of games village project on a plot area of 36957 Sq.m. The total plot area of phase I and II is 93645.45 Sq.m. The total built-up area is 2,29,725.24 (Existing Phase-I – 74,321.81 Sq.m and proposed Phase-II- 1,55,403.43) total number of units proposed in the II-phase is 675. The total water requirement is 1201 KLD (fresh water requirement 767 KLD). The capacity of 4 modular STP proposed is 200 KLD each. The treated waste water to be used for flushing 152 KLD, horticulture 170 KLD & HVAC cooling 112 KLD. A total solid waste generation is 2.5 T/day + e-waste 2491 kg/day. The power requirement is 10,066 KW. The total parking spaces provided for 1749 cars.  Total cost of the project is Rs. 269.81 Crores.

 

          The TOR was issued on 12.5.2011.

 

          During discussions following points emerged:

 

(i)                The Ist phase construction was carried out between the year 2004 and 2006 and no environmental clearance was obtained. The houses/apartments are allotted and occupied by GMDA. The committee recommended that action should be initiated against the violation of the Environment (Protection) Act.

 

(ii)              The water requirement has been calculated at 150 lpcd. Revise the water requirement based on not more than 135 lpcd.

 

(iii)           Provision should be made for double piping system for use of treated waste water for Ist phase of the project.

 

(iv)             Re-examine the parking provisions, including the phase I also.

 

          In view of the foregoing observations, the Committee deferred the project and shall be reconsidered after the above observations are addressed and submitted.

 

4.27     Expansion of IT Park at Sector-27D Village Sarai Khawaza Faridabad, Haryana by M/s Larsen & Toubro Ltd. SEAA/HR/2011/433.

 

          As presented the project proponent, the proposed Project is an expansion of Office Complex “IT Park” Project. The Project site is located at 12/4, Delhi Matura Road, Near Sarai Khawaja Chowk, Faridabad, Haryana. The total plot area of the project 37468.75 sq. m. The Ground coverage of the existing block is 3101.94 sq.m. and shall not exceed 9180.68 Sq.m. after expansion. The FAR of the existing block is 15068.84 sq.m. and 74305.54 sq.m. of the proposed expansion and the total FAR after expansion will be 89374.38 sq.m. The Built up area of existing block is 15248.56 sq.m. and 121876.76 sq.m. for proposed expansion,  the total built up area of existing and proposed is 137125.32 sq.m. Maximum No. of Floors will be 2 Basements + G + 17 floors. The Maximum Building height shall not exceed 73.2 meters from ground level. The total Required Parking FAR / 50 is 1788 ECS and the total parking provided shall be 2312 ECS. Total 1631 ECS will be provided in basement level parking. About 36 ECS will be provided as Stilt Parking, and 645 ECS for the surface parking. The power requirement for the project will be 10995 Kw it shall be sourced from Haryana State Electricity board. The power backup shall be proved with 7 DG Sets of total capacity 10,500 KVA (1000 KVA + 2 x 1500 KVA + 2 x 2000 KVA + 2 x 1250). The DG stack shall be provided as per CPCB guidelines.  The Water requirement for the existing building is 88 KLD & 490 KLD for proposed expansion and the total water requirement shall be 578 KLD. The fresh water required will be 232 KLD and recycled water required will be 346 KLD. The fresh water will be sourced from existing registered bore wells. The total Waste water generation from the project will be 365 KLD which will be treated in 450 KLD capacity STP. Treated water shall be use in Flushing of toilets, Green area development and cooling purpose. Requirement of water during the construction period will be 50 KLD. The total population involved in 9138 persons (floating population & working staff). The total Solid waste generation from the project shall be 2284.5 kg /day, which shall be segregated at site and disposed as per MSW Rules. The total 10 numbers of Rain water harvesting pits shall e proposed to recharge ground water through rain water harvesting. Green area development will be done on 9537.041 sq. m (25.45%) of the plot area out of which 5620.31 sq. m (15%) of the plot area will be develop as Shelter belt along with avenue plantation on both sides of road and 3916.731 sq. m (10.45%) of the plot area will be develop as Landscaping lawns area including plantation of herbs & shrubs. The estimated quantity of excavated earth material is 122,350 cu. m. Out of which approx. 36,704.52 cu. m. shall be utilized at site for the purpose of back filling, green area development and other site development activities. Approx. 85, 645.48 cu. m. shall be disposed to Yamuna Express Way project. The total project cost is Project cost 180 Crores (Existing 35.73 Crores + Proposed expansion 144.27 crores).

 

During discussions following points emerged:

 

(i)    Submit details of traffic survey and impact of increased traffic on NH-2 due to the project.

 

(ii)  Submit the measurers to reduce parking requirement. Provision should be made for bus parking etc.

 

(iii)      Submit parking, circulation and landscape plan.

 

(iv) Re-examine the water requirement with water balance chart.

 

(v)   Submit details about electronic waste and its disposal.

 

          The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance subject to submission of the above to the Ministry.

4.28     Environmental Clearance for Housing Project at S.N. No. 484, 483/2 Village Nadama, Thripunithura Municapality, Taluk Kanayannur, Ernakulam, Kerala by M/s Army Welfare Housing Organisation [F.No. 21-21/2011-IA-III]

 

The project involves construction of Housing Project at Sy. No. 484, 483/2, Village Nadama, Ernakulam District, Kerala. The project involves construction of housing project on a plot area of 1.733 ha. The total built-up area is 46,303.18 Sq.m. Total number of apartments are 264 with club house & swimming pool.  The housing project will have 3 towers ( Basement+ Ground floor + 27 floors). The height of the building is 96.50 meters. The total water requirement is 123.52 KLD (fresh water requirement 91.80 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 134 KLD. The treated waste water to be used for flushing 31.72 KLD, horticulture 6.32 KLD and nearby plantation---61.96 KLD. Total solid waste generations is 528 kg/day. The power requirement is—1800 KVA. The total parking spaces provided for 405 cars + 170 two wheelers.  Total cost of the project is Rs. 92.843 Crores.

During discussions following point emerged:

 

(i)  The height of the towers is 96.50 m whereas Ministry has restricted the permissible maximum height as 60.0 m due to non-availability of fire fighting facilities. The proponent has agreed to revise the plans keeping the maximum heights at 60.0 m and number of apartment units at 264. Submit a copy of the revised layout/ site plan, parking circulation and landscape plan indicating the services etc.

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance subject to submission of the above to the Ministry.

4.29     Environmental Clearance for “Harmony Aqua Greens” Residential Complex, Guwahati at Village Dharapur and Mikirpara Chakardoi, distt. Kamrup by M/s SKRE Building Future Pvt. Ltd. [F.No. 21-22/2011-IA.III]

 

The project involves construction of residential complex at Patta No. 138, 109, 163, 29, 165, 139 and 16 at Mikirpara Chakardoi, Kamrup District, Assam. The project involves construction of residential complex project on a plot area of 32,020 Sq.m. The total built-up area is 64,952.34 Sq.m. Total blocks-20 (798 flats – 1 BHK – 96, 1BHK + Study – 384, 2 BHK – 24, 2BHK + Study – 216 and 3 BHK – 48) + ROW houses- 30 nos. The total water requirement is 479.2 KLD (fresh water requirement 330.7 KLD + treated water-148.5 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 400.95 KLD. The treated waste water to be used for flushing 148.5 KLD, horticulture 31.7 KLD and balance shall be discharged into nearby drain-176 KLD. A total solid waste generation is 2468 T/day. The power requirement is 2.7 MW. The total parking spaces provided for 463 cars (covered-314 + 149 open parking).  Total cost of the project is Rs.56 Crores.

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance.

4.30     Environmental Clearance for City Centre Shopping Mall cum office building at village Dispur,  Mouza Beltora, Distt Kamrup M/s Brahmaputra Infrastructure Ltd [F.No. 21-23/2011-IA.III].

 

The project involves construction of shopping Mall at Dispur, Mouza Beltola Tehsil, Kamrup District, Assam. The project involves construction of city centre shopping mall-cum-office complex project on a plot area of 12,352.36 sq.m. The total built-up area is 46,175.32 Sq.m. (Basement + ground floor + 7floors). The total water requirement is 239 KLD (fresh water requirement 150 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 202 KLD. The treated waste water to be used for flushing 75 KLD, horticulture 11 KLD balance 96 KLD is proposed to discharge into drain. A total solid waste generation is 0.75 T/day. The power requirement is—3750 KVA. The total parking spaces provided for 435 cars (basement-394 + 41 surface parking).  Total cost of the project is Rs. 134.4 Crores.

          During discussions following points emerged:

 

(i)                The proposal in the present form has been prepared for maximum coverage of the area for construction without any proper consideration of the minimum requirements for car parking, movement of vehicles including fire tender movement within and outside the mall premises.

 

(ii)              No provision has been made for loading/unloading and parking of commercial vehicles.

 

(iii)           Parking provisions are inadequate. Provisions should be made @ IECS for every 50 Sq.m of FAR area for office space.

 

(iv)             The conceptual plan needs complete revision incorporating the above comments as well as the type of shops, stores activities/facilities that are expected in the mall.

 

          In view of the foregoing observations, the Committee deferred the project and shall be reconsidered afresh after the above observations are addressed and submitted.

 

4.31      Finalisation of ToR for Model Economic  Township at Jhajjar, Haryana by M/s Reliance Haryana SEZ Ltd [F. No. 21-39/2011-IA-III]

 

          The project involves construction of Industrial Colony Project at Jhajjar, Haryana. The project involves construction of Industrial colony project on a plot area of 752.72 ha.  The proposed land use break up is industrial 383.89 ha (51%), residential 75.27 ha (10%), commercial 30.11 ha (4%), transport & communication 112.91 ha (15%), open spaces/Green 75.27 ha (10%), utilities 37.64 ha (5%) and public/semi public 37.64 ha (5%).  The industrial township will have Engineering & Fabrication, Auto & Auto ancillary, Electrical & Electronics Goods, Food Processing, Logistics & Warehousing and Apparel.  The total water requirement is 36 MLD Total domestic waste generation will be 36 T/day, industrial area-243 MT/month; open area-63 MT/month and waste from roads sweeping etc-314 MT/month. The power requirement is—249 MW. Total cost of the project is Rs. 1860 crores.

 

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

 

(i)                 Alternative sites evaluated on relevant parameters in which impact on the nearby villages should be included and also examine the agricultural productivity of land; to examine whether it is a correct choice.

 

(ii)              Examine in detail the proposed site with reference to impact on infrastructure covering water supply, storm water drainage, sewerage, power, etc., and the disposal of treated/raw wastes from the industrial estate on land/water body and into sewerage system.

 

(iii)            Study the socio-economic situation of the project area and its surroundings and their impact on the project design and operation.

 

(iv)             Study the existing flora and fauna of the area and the impact of the project on them.

 

(v)            Study the hydrological and geo-hydrological conditions of the project area. Include a contour plan indicating slopes and showing drainage pattern and outfall.

 

(vi)             Examine and submit details about the resettlement and rehabilitation of project-affected persons in the nearby villages, in accordance with the National Resettlement and Rehabilitation policy.

 

(vii)           Consider the application of industrial ecology concept for planning.

 

(viii)        Submit development strategy. Industries should be grouped on the basis of their nature e.g. water polluting near STP, air polluting according to metrological consideration with respect and large size industries.

 

(ix)            Storm water drainage and outfall may be described.

 

(x)               Rain water harvesting proposals should be made with due safeguards for ground water quality. Maximise recycling of water and utilisation of rain water.

 

(xi)            Examine soil characteristics, topography, rainfall pattern and soil erosion.

 

(xii)          STP and water treatment plant should not be near each other.

 

(xiii)       Application of renewable energy/alternate energy, such as solar energy, wind energy may be described.

 

(xiv)         Management of wastes discharged by the industrial units and the service facilities, especially the CETP may be described.

 

(xv)           Identification of recyclable wastes and waste utilisation arrangements may be made.

 

(xvi)         Explore possibility of generating biogas from decomposable wastes.

 

(xvii)      Arrangements for hazardous waste management may be described.

 

(xviii)    Common facilities for waste collection, treatment, recycling and disposal (all effluent, emission and refuse including MSW, biomedical and hazardous wastes)

 

(xix)        Provisions made for safety in storage of materials, products and wastes may be described.

 

(xx)          Risk assessment and disaster management plan should also include Fire, Earthquake and local floods, if any.

 

(xxi)        Traffic management plan including parking and loading/unloading areas may be described. Traffic survey should be carried out on week days and week end.

 

(xxii)      Examine and submit details of Air quality monitoring as per latest National Ambient Air Quality standards as notified by the Ministry on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xxiii)   Odour mitigation plan may be described. Also make provision of green belt as a measure for mitigation of dust and noise and buffer between habitation and industry.

 

(xxiv)    Examine water quality with reference to Persistent Organic Pollutants.

 

(xxv)       Make provision for guard pond and similar provisions for safety against failure in the operation of wastewater treatment facilities. Identify acceptable outfall for treated effluent.

 

(xxvi)    EMP should include technical and institutional aspects for pre-treatment by constituent units.

 

(xxvii)  Use of local building materials should be described. The provisions of fly ash notification should be kept in view.

 

(xxviii)     Landscape plan, green belts and open spaces may be described.

 

(xxix)         Environmental Management Plan should be accompanied with Environmental Monitoring Plan and environmental cost and benefit assessment.

 

(xxx)      Examine separately the details for construction and operation phases both for Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan.

 

(xxxi)   Provide for conservation of resources, energy efficiency and use of renewable sources of energy in the light of ECBC code.

 

(xxxii) The facilities to be provided in the industrial estate should be detailed out.

 

(xxxiii)    Make assessment of any regulatory measure in view of the environmental and social impacts of the project (such as unauthorised development around the estate).

 

(xxxiv)      Submit the details of CSR activities.

 

(xxxv)        Other details as indicated in Appendix III of EIA Notification 2006 should also be attended.

 

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 ToR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the Notification.

 

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

 

          The proposal involves construction of an electronic goods assembling unit on a plot area of 33 hac. (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, 4,26,000 washing machines and 20,640 welding machines. 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 (Freshwater requirement -223 KLD + recycled water-53 KLD). 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.

         

     The project was considered during 101 EAC meeting held on 31st May, 2011. During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

During discussions following points emerged:

 

(i)                The unit shall provide dual plumbing system for use of the treated wastewater for toilet flushing and also make suitable arrangements for the storage/disposal of the treated surplus water during rainy season.

 

(ii)              A well worked out disaster management plan (fire, accidents, earthquakes etc.) shall be prepared with provision for emergency evacuation routes, space for assembly and other measures.

 

(iii)           Panasonic 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.

 

(iv)             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 Chandigarh. Implementation of such program shall be ensured accordingly in a time bound manner.

 

(v)               As part of CSR programme, Panasonic 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. Panasonic 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.

 

(vi)             Any condition stipulated by the Expert Committee/Ministry at the time of issue of Environmental Clearance to Model Economic Township proposal submitted by Reliance Haryana SEZ Ltd. shall be acceptable and implemented by the proponent.

 

          The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance subject to submission of the above to the Ministry.

4.33     Environmental Clearance for construction of Medical College at S.No. 64/2, Muppainad Village, Vythiri Taluk, Wayanad District, Kerala by M/s D.M Education and Research Foundation [F.No.21-24/2011-IA-III]

 

The project involves construction of Medical College Project at Sy. No. 64/2, Muppainad Village, Vythiri Taluka, Wayanad District, Kerala on a plot area of  20.243 ha. The total built-up area is 1,24,771.18 Sq.m. Total number of beds are 1100 with total number of residential units are 288. hostel facility for 860 students and accomodation for 110 attendents. The height of the building is 35.35 meters. The total water requirement is 603.67 KLD (fresh water requirement 474.80 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 652 KLD. The treated waste water to be used for flushing 128.87 KLD, horticulture 345.10 KLD, boiler requirement-15 KLD. Total solid waste generations is 2175 kg/day. The power requirement is--3 MVA. The total parking spaces 1351 cars (including 50 taxis) + 200 two wheelers+ 10 ambulances.  Total cost of the project is Rs. 150 Crores.

 

          During discussions, following point emerged:

 

(i)    Bio-Medical waste shall be handled and disposed according to Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules. MoU with the authorised agency for disposal of Bio-Medical waste shall be submitted prior to the commencement of operation.

 

     The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance subject to submission of the above to the Ministry.

Extra items.

 

4.34          Finalization of site specific ToR for the Vizhinjam International Container Transshipment Terminal at Vizhinjam by M/s Vizhinjam Port Ltd [F.No. 11-122/2011-IA-III]

 

          The proposal was considered by the EAC earlier on 18th –20th January, 2011, 11th –12th May, 2011 and 31st May, 2011 and finalized a ToR with a condition that “the proponent shall re-examine 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”.

 

          The Proponent submitted and presented details of site selection exercise undertaken in 2004 though L&T Ramboll consultants. 

 

          As per the details, the northern side of the Vizhinjam has high erosion hence three sites were examined on southern side. The weightages are given on various parameters viz, location, depth, designs requirements, shoreline change, Environment Impact etc. The site ‘B’ has thick population, the Site C has low lying marsh areas and more filling required and also a river meets the sea hence it will lead to shifting of the river. Considering various aspects including location, depth, designs requirements, shoreline change, Environment Impact etc. the site at Vizhinjam has been selected as the best site for the Port.

 

During the discussions, the Committee agreed on the Vizhinjam site and finalized the following additional site specific TOR for further study:

         

(i)                 The gap between the fishery harbour and the proposed breakwater is less and the wave movement may cause turbulence in the entrance of Fishery harbour. The likely impacts and mitigation measures shall be examined and be submitted. The Mitigation may include the shifting the breakwater further on southern side.

 

(ii)              Examine the impacts on marine environment & biological environment at the Fisheries Harbour due to the development of proposed Harbour.

 

(iii)            Examine and submit details of origin of Bed Sediments.

 

(iv)             Examine the Tranquillity condition in the fisheries harbour with and with out the proposed Commercial harbour on account of wave and tide.

 

(v)                Submit details of maintenance dredging at the fisheries Harbour, if any.

 

(vi)             Examine and submit details of wave modelling and Siltation analysis.

 

(vii)           Examine the impact on the fishing activity due to the development of the port.

 

(viii)        Examine Social impact of the project on the nearby fishing habitations.

 

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.

 

The proponent shall carry out EIA report based on the ToR issued earlier vide letter dated 10 June, 2011 and also above additional ToR.

 

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 ToR issued earlier including above additional TOR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the Notification.

 

4.35          Finalisation of ToR for 4 lane road with paved shoulder of 83 Km length in an around city of Madhya Pradesh by M/s NHAI. [F.No.11-6/2011-IA-III].

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is to construct 4 lane roads to connect NH3, NH59, NH 59A & NH3 under NHDP phase VII in the State of Madhya Pradesh. The proposed Road has been divided into two segments, Western Side Ring Road (WSRR) & Eastern Side Ring Road (ESRR). The total length of the project road is 84 Km. Length of WSRR is 40.10 Km & it starts from km 591/000 of NH-3 and ends at Km 19/680 of Indore-Khalghat section of NH-3.  Length of ESRR is 43.90 Km & it starts at km 589/600 of NH-3 and ends at Km 17/400 of Indore-Khalghat section of NH-3. The project road falls in the Tehsils of Sanver, Hatod, Depalpur, Indore & Mhow of District Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Land use pattern within 10 km on either side of project area is agriculture, barren areas, semi urban & villages and land use along the project road corridor (75 meter) is predominantly agriculture land.  It is a green field project and the proposed right of way (RoW) is kept as 75m for general & 110m at Flyover/Interchange locations. Approximately 540 hectares of land is proposed to be acquired in which mostly is agricultural land. There are no wild life/bird sanctuaries or national parks along the project road corridor or it’s COI.  The project does not involve acquisition of forest land.

 

About 5800 trees are required to be felled on the project corridor. Two (02) major bridges, Twenty Four (24) minor bridges, Four (04) ROB’s, Two (02) Interchanges (Trumpet type), Six (06) Flyovers, Fifteen (15) Vehicular Underpasses, Two (02) Major junctions, Thirty Six (36) Pedestrian underpasses and Two (02) Toll plazas are proposed.  Sixty (60) Box culverts & Sixty five (65) Hume pipe culverts are proposed and it can also facilitate the crossing of pedestrian and cattle in dry season. Service Road have been provided for 12 Km. W-Beam crash barriers/stone masonry guard wall be proposed. Approximately 3200 families are going to affect because of land acquisition & resettlement. Peak demand of water would be approximately 850 KLD during construction.  Plantation will be done on the available spare RoW.  The approximate budget for environmental management works worked out to Rs. 8.0 Crores. Land Acquisition including acquisition of structures and R & R Costs for resettlement and compensation is estimated as Rs. 187 Crores. The total civil cost of the project is approximately Rs. 1044 Crores for 84 Km of stretch.

 

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)                    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.

 

(iii)                 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.

 

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

 

(v)                     Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1:25000 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.

 

(vi)                   It is indicated that 5800 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.

 

(vii)                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.

 

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

 

(ix)                  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).

 

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

 

(xi)                  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.

 

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

 

(xiii)             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.

 

(xiv)              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.

 

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

 

(xvi)              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.

 

(xvii)            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.

 

(xviii)         Examine and submit the water bodies including the seasonal ones within the corridor of impacts along with their status, volumetric capacity, quality likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

(xix)             Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water including water requirement during the construction stage with supporting data and also classification of ground water based on the CGWA classification.

 

(xx)                Examine and submit expected fuel savings due to the project.

 

(xxi)             Examine and submit the details of the criteria followed by NHAI/ implementing agency to assess the necessity of providing – FOBs/Underpass/ by pass/ service ducts etc.

 

(xxii)           Institutional frame work for the review of accidents and plan for corrective measures.

 

(xxiii)        Examine and submit the legal frame work to tackle the illegal encroachments along the highway.

 

(xxiv)          Sensitive buildings such as academic institutions, hospitals etc just adjacent to the highway shall be inventorised and examine submit mitigation measures/ traffic safety measures.

 

(xxv)            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.

 

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

 

(xxvii)       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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxxi)         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.

 

(xxxii)      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.

 

(xxxiii)    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.

 

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

 

(xxxv)        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

 

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

 

(xxxvii)   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.

 

(xxxviii)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 in all the Districts separately for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 as amended in 2009 and the issues raised by the public should be addressed in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on carrying out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways”.

 

 

 

5.      Recommended Projects

 

5.1.          Environmental Clearance for construction of residential complex at TS. No. 2-9-408, Ward No.2, Kacher, Kozhikode, Kerala by M/s. P.K & Sons [F. No: 21-14/2011- IA.III]

 

The project involves construction of residential apartments on a total plot area is 26,667.75 Sq.m. The total built-up area is 1,07,171.25 Sq.m (existing -10,443.66 Sq.m and proposed is 96,727.59 Sq.m).  The total water requirement is 423 KLD (existing -43 KLD & proposed -380 KLD) The freshwater requirement is– 288 KLD. The capacity of STP proposed is 425 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets 123 KLD; horticulture - 9 KLD; DG cooling-3 KLD and balance 147 KLD will disposed in the external drainage. Total solid waste generation will be 1546 kg/day (existing -161 kg/day). The power requirement is approximately 3230 KVA. Total cost of the project is Rs. 112.14 Crores. The total parking spaces proposed are for 312 ECS (Basement + surface).

 

 The proposal was considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meetings held on 18-20th January, 2011 and 14-15th February, 2011. The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details submitted by the project proponent were examined by the Committee.

 

During discussions following points emerged:

 

(i)                The total height of the building shall not be more than 60 m, due to the non-availability of sufficient fire fighting facilities in the area.

 

(ii)              The storm water drainage shall be worked out after analyzing the contour levels of the site and the surrounding area and the capacity of storm water drainage.

 

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

 

5.2          Environmental clearance for proposed Establishment of Employees State Insurance Corporation Medical College and Hospital at plot No. 199/1 and 190/17, Parippally Revenue village, Kalluyathukkal Panchayat district, Kerala by M/s Employees State Insurance Corporation, Kollam. [F. No 21-10/2011- IA.III]

 

The project involves construction of Medical College and Hospital project on a plot area of 1,22,381.80 sq.m. The total built-up area is  1,37,649.80 sq.m. It is proposed to construct a 100 bedded hospital and a medical collage for 500 students. The total water requirement is 668 KLD (domestic water requirement 448 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 600 KLD. The treated waste water to be used for flushing 182 KLD, gardening 243 KLD and HVAC cooling 57 KLD. The total solid waste generation is 1763 kg/day + Bio-medical waste 83 kg/day. The total parking spaces provided for 403 cars + 1000 two wheelers/cycles. The total cost of the project is Rs. 480.50 Crores.

 

The proposal was considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meetings held on 5-6th April, 2011. The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details submitted by the project proponent were examined by the committee.

 

During discussions following points emerged:

 

(i)                The total height of the building shall not be more than 60 m., due to the non-availability of sufficient fire fighting facilities in the area.

 

(ii)              The storm water drainage shall be worked out after analyzing the contour levels of the site and the surrounding area and the capacity of storm water drainage.

           

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance.

5.3           Environmental clearance for laying Kochi-Kayankulam subsea pipeline project to transport R-LNG from PLL, LNG terminal, Vyapeen, Kochi to NTPC, Kayankulam, Kerala by GAIL (India) Ltd [F. No. 10-33/2010-IA.III].

 

The proposal involves for laying Kochi-Kayankulam subsea pipeline to transport re-gasified LNG from proposed PLL LNG re-gasification terminal at Vyapeen Kochi to NTPC, Kayamkulam, Kerala. NTPC has planned to setup a 1050 MW gas based power plant at Kayamkulam for which GAIL has to supply R-LNG from PLL terminal at Kochi. The pipeline will be laid from GAIL terminal in the vicinity of nearby area of PLL terminal for around 1.2 km onshore and thereafter it will take offshore route to Kayankulam. The cordinate for the LFP-1 at starting point from PLL LNG terminal Vyapeen is Latitude 9’ 58” 54.9 N Longitude 76’ 13” 20.59 E and LFP-2 at end point of NTPC Kayamkulam is latitude 9’ 14” 18.9 N and Longitude 76’ 24” 57.52 E. Pipeline from dispatch terminal at Kochi is aligned westwards toward Vyapeen seashore and is located onshore. It crosses the shore approach area up to a water depth of (-)30 to (-)35 meter and then southward. Pipeline then runs parallel to the shore up to Kayamkulam. It then turns eastward till Kayamkulam coast. Beyond coast line the pipeline continues in the same direction till it reaches NPTC-Kayamkulam Power Plant. Pipeline length is estimated to be 93.5 km (based on desk top study). Out of this length on-shore portion in each coast is approx. 3.5 km and balance is located onshore (including 2.0 km HDD to cross Kochi shipping channel). The Kayamkulam LFP will further traverse through the National Waterways – III to NTPC. The total cost of the project is Rs. 906.44 Crores.

 

The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 89th meeting held on 21st-23rd July, 2010 and the Committee finalized the additional TOR for further study. Public Hearing was conducted on 20.12.2010. The Kerala CZMA has recommended the project vide letter No. 965/A2/10/KCZMA dated 31.01.2011.

 

The EAC examined the proposal in its meeting held on 3rd- 4th March, 2011 and recommended the project subject to submission of certain information viz. Applicability of various rules of safety requirements under MSIHC and plan of action for compliance and details of likely impacts to marine life in case of leakage along with the proposed mitigation measures. The details submitted by the proponent were examined by the committee.

 

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           It is noted that the likely impacts to the fish in case of leakage will be instant impact on fish gills, fish skin and some other chemoreceptor, the high speed of behavioural response is most likely associated with the similarly rapid impact on the central nervous system. An accidental rupture would cause loss of less than a tonne of fish. No mitigation measures on this scenario were submitted.

 

In view of the foregoing observations, the committee recommended to defer the proposal. The proposal shall be reconsidered after the above observations are addressed and submitted.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

102nd Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Infrastructure Development, Coastal Regulation Zone and Miscellaneous projects held on 23rd -24th June, 2011 at Fazal Chamber, Scope Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

 

List of Participants/ Expert Committee

 

1.     Shri Naresh Dayal                               Chairman

2.     Dr. M.L. Sharma                                           Vice Chairman

3.     Dr. Apurba Gupta                            Member

4.     Shri V.G.Koshy                                Member

5.     Shri G Bala Subramanyam               Member

6.     Dr. S.P. Bansal                                     Member

7.     Dr. H.S. Ramesh                                             Member

8.     Dr. Y. Basavaraju                                         Member                          

9.     Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla                  Member

10.      Dr. Niraj Sharma (Rep. of CRRI)          Member

11.      Dr. R.S. Mahawar (Rep. of CPCB)           Member

12.      Shri Bharat Bhushan                               Member Secretary

 

Supporting Staff           

 

13. Shri E. Thirunavukkarasu                  Dy. Director, MoEF

14. Dr. P.V. Subba Rao                       Research Officer

 

Project Authorities:

 

Representatives from M/s. Ultra Tech Cement Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. TRIF Kochi Projects Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Chennai Port Trust

Representatives from M/s. TIDC and AMRL International Tech City Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Subarnarekha Port Pvt Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Meghalaya Urban Development Authority.

Representatives from M/s. Baddi Infrastructure

Representatives from M/s. Relogistics Infrastructure Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Sasmira

Representatives from M/s. Jindal Steel & power Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. NHAI

Representatives from M/s. Sirkazhi Port Private Limited

Representatives from M/s. Gujarat Hydrocarbons and Power SEZ Ltd

Representatives from M/s. Guwahati Metropolitan Dev. Authority

Representatives from M/s. Larsen & Toubro Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Army Welfare Housing Organisation

Representatives from M/s. SKRE Building Future Pvt. Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Brahmaputra Infrastructure Ltd

Representatives from M/s. Reliance Haryana SEZ Ltd

Representatives from M/s. Panasonic India Ltd

Representatives from M/s. D.M Education and Research Foundation

 

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