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

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 3RD MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

The 3rd meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on June 28-30, 2010.  The list of participants is annexed. 

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

Item No. 1:          Confirmation of the minutes of the 2nd Meeting.

The minutes of the meeting were confirmed as circulated. 

Item No. 2:          Consideration of Projects:

2.1          Thimmappanagudi Iron Ore Mine of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd at           Thimmappanagudi Village, Sandur Taluk, District Bellary, Karnataka           (Consultant: M/s Geo-Tech & Environment (India) Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 2.5 million TPA to 4.0 million TPA and production of 1.0 million TPA of BHQ/BHJ.  No beneficiation is proposed as part of this project. Terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 25.8.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 30.7.2009.  The mine lease area is 621.59 ha, which is a forestland.  In addition, 10 ha of land for road outside the mine lease would also be required.  Forestry clearance has been obtained for 146.964 ha and for the remaining 474.626 ha, the proposal has been submitted for obtaining forestry clearance. Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine at the proposed capacity will be 6 years for iron ore and 94 years for BHQ.  Water requirement for the project is estimated as 365 kld.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  It was stated by the proponent that the water requirement for this project will be met out of the water allocation made to JSW from Tungbhadra Reservoir.  The Committee observed that since the State Irrigation Department is the Competent Authority for allocation of water, necessary water allocation may be obtained from them and furnished.  It was also observed that the RSPM (PM10) levels in the area are on the higher side, necessary mitigation measures need to be provided for control of the same.  It was also noted that no AAQ station has been taken in the pre-dominant down wind direction.  It was stated that 65,35,440 tonnes of waste will be generated during the plan period.  An area of 43.4 ha has been earmarked for dumping of waste for the conceptual period.  Out of which, 12.5 ha has already been reclaimed.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that no litigation is pending against this project.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  The Committee also noted the concerns raised by the public during public hearing especially, the impact due to blasting, impact on wildlife, forests, sub-soil water, adverse health effect due to dust and lack of adequate CSR activities in the area, as also the demand for more jobs and the project proponent response to address the same. 

It was also noted that the earlier environment clearance for 2.5 million TPA capacity was granted on 20th December, 2006.  As per the said letter the mine lease area was stated to be 295 ha; however, as per the present proposal the mine lease area is stated to be 621.59 ha.  This discrepancy in lease area could not be satisfactorily clarified by the proponent during presentation.  

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

(i)                     The discrepancy relating to the mine lease as mentioned above should be looked into and clarified with supporting documents. 

(ii)                   Confirmation should be obtained from the Competent Authority regarding availability of requisite quantity of water and permission to tap water for the project and copy furnished. 

(iii)                 Specific safeguards to control the RSPM levels in the area and their effectiveness should be provided. 

(iv)                 Time bound action plan should be prepared and submitted to address the issues raised during public hearing along with financial allocation. 

(v)                   Compliance of the earlier EC conditions may be ensured and report furnished with supporting documents.

(vi)                 Short term AAQ data (one week data) in the pre-dominant downwind direction to be collected after monsoon and submitted. 

(vii)               Air quality predictions should be rechecked and details furnished. 

(viii)             Details of occupational health survey in the area and the requisite plan to address this aspect during operation of the project should be provided. 

(ix)                 Copy of the approved mine plan should be furnished. 

(x)                   Filled in Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects may be furnished. 

(xi)                 Copies of the advertisement of public hearing may be furnished. 

(xii)               Details of waste generation and its management should be spelt out. 

 

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

 

2.2   Daitari Iron Ore Mine of M/s Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd., District Jajpur and Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: M/s MECON Ltd., Ranchi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production of iron ore to 3.0 million TPA. No beneficiation is proposed as part of this project; however, crushing and screening is proposed.  The mine is reported to be closed presently since January, 2010.  It is a violation case since the proponent has enhanced production post 1994 without obtaining prior environmental clearance.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 12th May, 2009.  Public hearing has been held on 7th April, 2010 in District Keonjhar as well as in District Jajpur.  Mine lease area is 1,812.99 ha, which includes 1619.937 ha of forestland.  Forestry clearance has been obtained for 190.02 ha.  Mine working will be restricted to 95 ha. Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting. Life of the mine is 23 years.  Peak water requirement is estimated as 1490 kld.  The ultimate working depth will be 700 m AMSL.  The groundwater table is reported at 380 m AMSL. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. It was categorically stated by the proponent that no litigation is pending against the project.

The Committee took note of the letter dated August, 2003 from Chief Wildlife Warden addressed to Principal Secretary, Environment & Forests, Govt. of Orissa with a copy addressed to the proponent, wherein it has been stated that “however, the Daitari mine is located on the top of a steep ridge which runs east-west from Tomka to Sindurmundi over a distance of about 13.5 km.  Because of precipitous slope on both sides of this ridge the mining areas is inaccessible to elephants, the ridge acting as a wall against movement of elephants.  As such, the mining excavation area does not come across any elephant migration path”.  The Committee also took note of the letter of DFO, Wildlife Division, Keonjhar dated 15.4.2009, wherein it has been stated that the area of operation is coming under elephant corridor. During discussion on the subject, the proponent clarified that the area of operation referred therein is the total study area including the buffer zone of 10 km and not the mining excavation area alone.  The Committee agreed with the observations / recommendations of the Chief Wildlife Warden. 

The baseline AAQ data showed that the RSPM levels are generally on higher side but within prescribed limits except at Bali Parbat which is at a distance of 3 km in the north direction.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.   

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

(a)         Effective safeguard measures should be taken to control fugitive emissions so as to ensure that RSPM (PM10) levels are within prescribed limits. 

(b)         Door to door sample survey should be undertaken within the impact zone to access the family based need of the tribals and it should the appropriately addressed in the CSR activities to be undertaken in the area.  An action plan in this regard should be prepared and submitted. 

(c)          NOC from the Competent Authority should be obtained for drawl of requisite quantity of water. 

(d)         Wildlife Management Plan should be prepared and implemented in consultation with State Wildlife Department. 

 

2.3     Maldi – Mopar Limestone Mines of M/s Ambuja Cements Ltd., Village Rawan, Tehsil Baloda Bazar, District Raipur, Chhattisgarh (Consultant: Vimta Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 2.0 million TPA of limestone.  Terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 13th May, 2008.  Public hearing has been held on 6th August, 2009. The mine lease area is 553.656 ha.  The limestone produced from this mine will be for their captive use in the cement plant at a distant of about 3 km from the mine lease and about 1.5 km from the crusher.  Transportation of mineral from crusher to the cement plant will be by conveyor.  No forestland is involved.  There will be two blocks, called north and south block. The ultimate working depth will be 32 m bgl (225 mRL).  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 105 years.  The water requirement is 100 kld, which will be met from mine sump water.  The groundwater table in the buffer zone during post monsoon varies between 4 – 7 m bgl (250 – 265 m AMSL). Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  Hydro-geological studies have been carried out.  Based on the same, it has been shown that the stage of groundwater development in the area is 64.64%. The baseline AAQ data shows that the RSPM (PM10) levels are within permissible limits. An area of 54.15 ha will be covered under plantation and an area of 497.396 ha will be converted into water body, at the conceptual stage. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed, which essentially related to land acquisition and compensation, employment generation and pollution due to mining activity and its impact on agriculture area.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that no litigation is pending against the project. 

As the said project is located in Raipur District, an identified `severely polluted area` as per the Office Memorandum dated 13.1.2010, the comments of State Pollution Control Board were sought. The Committee took note of the letter dated 26.5.2010 from Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board, wherein it was stated that “the proposed Maldi – Mopar Limestone Mines of M/s Ambuja Cements Ltd. is located at more than 50 km away from the Industrial Cluster of Urla, Siltara and Borjhara areas of Raipur. Therefore, it does not seem that above mentioned industrial cluster of Raipur will have any significant environmental impact on the proposed Maldi Mopar Limestone mining project”. In view of the observation made by the SPCB, the project was considered further.

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

 

2.4          Talangi Chromite Mine ‘B’ of M/s IDCOL Ferro Chromite & Alloys Ltd. located at District Jajpur, Orissa (Consultant: MECON Ltd., Ranchi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production 0.1 million TPA of chrome ore.  The TOR for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 19.5.2008.  The public hearing was held on 10.6.2009.  The mine lease area is 155.537 ha, which includes 137.516 ha of forestland.  No beneficiation is proposed as part of this project.  Life of mine is 21 years.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized using shovel dumper combination involving drilling and blasting.  Peak water requirement is 296 kld, which will be met from surface water, recycled water and mine sump water.  Ultimate working depth will vary in all the three pits and will be 39 m bgl (115 m AMSL), 119 m bgl (57 m AMSL) and 44 m bgl (122 m AMSL) in pits 1, 2 and 3 respectively.  Groundwater table varies between 135 – 155 m AMSL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  It was reported that elephant movement area is about 6.1 km from project area and there is no likelihood of mining activities coming in the way of elephant movement.  A letter dated 22.12.2009 from DFO cum Wildlife Warden, Cuttack has been submitted in this regard.  It is estimated that 5.5524 million m3 of OB will be generated during mine life.  Out of this, about 0.844 million m3 of waste generated during 1st five years will be backfilled in Talangi ‘A’ mine. The Committee observed that backfilling of waste from Talangi ‘B’ mine to Talangi ‘A’ mine would require modification in mine plan of both the mines and the proponent should take action accordingly. Besides, there will be 6 external OB dumps. Based on the hydro-geological studies, it has been reported that the stage of groundwater development is 6.49% and the radius of influence is 416 m.  The RSPM levels were observed to be on higher side and would require special safeguard measures to control the same. It was reported that at the conceptual stage an area of 65.925 ha will be covered under plantation and an area of 41.474 ha will be converted into water body. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no litigation pending against the project. 

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

(i)      All the 6 external OB dumps should not be worked or kept active simultaneously. The dump on the nallah side should be lined with coir matting for its effective stabilization and avoiding erosion. 

(ii)         The mine plans for both the mines i.e. Talangi ‘A’ Talangi ‘B’ should be modified to provide for backfilling of waste from Talangi ‘B’ into Talangi ‘A’ and necessary prior approval should be obtained from Indian Bureau of Mines in this regard. 

(iii)       Specific safeguard measures should be taken to control the fugitive emissions from the mine so as to ensure that the RSPM (PM10) levels do not exceed the prescribed limit.  

(iv)       The mine workers should be monitored for urinary chromium.  It should be ensured that the WHO standards prescribed in this regard are followed.  

 

2.5          Bahadurpur Sand Stone Mine of M/s Thekedar Jhoomar Lal Agarwal           located at village Bahadurpur, Tehsil Sapotra, District Karauli, Rajasthan.

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

 

2.6          Nathara Ki Pal 1-A Soapstone Mine (ML No. 24/78 old and 06/98 new) of      M/s Nalwaya Mineral Industries Pvt. Ltd., village Nathara Ki Pal, District           Udaipur, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production of soapstone to 10,800 TPA.  The mine lease area is 97.13 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 15 years.  It is estimated that 4,25,000 m3 of waste will be generated at the end of the mine life, which will be disposed as external OB dump.  Ultimate working depth will be 375 mRL. Groundwater table is at 355 mRL. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. Water requirement is 12 kld, which will be obtained from nearby villages and mine sump water. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(vii)               A confirmation may be adduced, duly authenticated by the competent authority in the State Government to the effect whether the project falls in Aravalli and whether it is covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 8.4.2005 in the contempt petition (c) 412/2004 in writ petition 202 of 1995 in the matter of Godavarman vs Union of India.  This being a case of lease renewal, the applicability of the latest order dated 25.2.2010, in this regard should also be clearly stated. 

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

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

(x)                   Impact of change of land use should be indicated.  

(xi)                 R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people shall be worked out. While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxix)         Measures of socio economic significance to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent, should be furnished.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

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

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

(xxxii)       Details of litigation pending against the project if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be furnished.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.7          Telighana Limestone & Dolomite Mine of M/s Om Ganesh Minerals, village Telighana, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: Sun Consultancy & Services, Bhubaneswar)

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 3993.45 TPA to 1,63,800 TPA.  The said mine was earlier in the name of M/s United Mineral and has now been transferred in the name of M/s Om Ganesh Minerals, the applicant.  The mine lease area is 106.883 ha.  No forest land is involved.  No working on dolomite reserve is proposed as part of this mining scheme.  Life of mine is 14 years.  It is estimated that 13,000 m3 of OB will be generated during mine life, which will be dumped as OB dumped in an area of 0.3 ha.  The ultimate working depth is estimated as 243 m AMSL.  The water table is reported at 180 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(ix)                  Impact of change of land use should be indicated.  

(x)                    R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

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

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

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

(xiv)              Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be obtained and copy furnished. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxi)    Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be furnished.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.8     Deh Ball Clay Mine (ML no. 04/89) of Smt. B.K. Singhvi, District Bikaner, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultant, Jodhpur)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fall due in January, 2012 and enhancement of production of ball clay from 2,800 TPA to 50,000 TPA.  Mine lease area is 64.43 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised.  No blasting is involved.  Life of the mine is 7 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 15 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 5 kld, which will be obtained from nearby villages and mine sump water. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(vii)       A confirmation duly authenticated by the competent authority in the State Government to the effect whether the project falls in Aravalli and whether it is covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 8.4.2005 in the contempt petition (c) 412/2004 in writ petition 202 of 1995 in the matter of Godavarman vs Union of India.  This being a case of lease renewal, the applicability of the latest order dated 25.2.2010, in this regard should also be clearly stated. 

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

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

(x)          Impact of change of land use to be given.  

(xi)                 R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxii)  Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be furnished.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.9          Rajashree Limestone Mine (01/91) of M/s Grasim Industries Ltd. near village Dhanappa, Tehsil Merta, Nagaur, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultant, Jodhpur)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fall due in December, 2011 for production of 1,50,000 TPA of limestone and installation of crusher of 200 TPH.  The project was earlier environmental clearance on 17.11.2005.  The mine lease area is 232.8 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No enhancement in production is proposed.  Life of mine is 16 years.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(viii)            A confirmation duly authenticated by the competent authority in the State Government to the effect whether the project falls in Aravalli and whether it is covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 8.4.2005 in the contempt petition (c) 412/2004 in writ petition 202 of 1995 in the matter of Godavarman vs Union of India.  This being a case of lease renewal, the applicability of the latest order dated 25.2.2010, in this regard should also be clearly stated. 

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

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

(xi)                Impact of change of land use should be furnished.  

(xii)              R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxiii)     Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be furnished.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.10          Barsua-Taldih-Kalta Iron Ore Mine of M/s Steel Authority of India Ltd. at           District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: MECON LTD, Ranchi)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on March 17-19, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was stated that there is an existing beneficiation plant having a capacity of 2.5 million TPA within the mine lease having an area of 7 ha and 50 ha outside the mine lease (total area of 57.0 ha).  In addition, the new beneficiation plant with a capacity of 4.25 million TPA will be setup in an area of 83 ha, out of which 50 ha will be mine lease and 33 ha, outside mine lease.  The pelletisation plant also be outside the mine lease.  The tailing pond is located outside the mine lease in Barsua Valley in an area of 35.88 ha.  No additional land will be acquired for tailing pond for the expansion purpose.  The existing tailing pond will be adequate till the life of the plant.  It is estimated that 91.62 million m3 of OB will be generated during expansion of mine.  Out of this, 42.58 million m3 will be used for backfilling and the remaining will be dumped as external OB dump.  At the end of the mine life, there will be 9 external dumps, which include 5 existing and stabilized dumps.  The water requirement for the project is estimated as 11645 kld, which will be obtained from surface water body.  With regard to high level of RSPM in the area, it was clarified that it is due to heavy truck traffic on NH 215-A; however, the ore produce at SAIL mine is dispatched through rail route.  The issues raised during public hearing and action plan to address the same was also discussed and clarified by the proponent. 

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

 

2.11          Balda-Palsha-Jajang Iron Ore Mine of The Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd.,           Barbil, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: Ecoman Laboratories Pvt.           Ltd., Lucknow)

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

The proposal is for production of 0.5million TPA of iron ore. The mine lease area is 836.688 ha, out of which 359.28 ha is forestland. Mine is reported to be closed since 07.10.2008. Crushing and screening is also part of the project. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized involving drilling and blasting. There is an existing dump in an area of 10.44 ha, which will be increased to 14.34 ha at conceptual stage and having a height of 60 m. 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xiv)             Impact of change of land use should be furnished.  

(xv)               R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxvi)     Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be furnished.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.12          Amilia Limestone Mine of M/s KJS Cement Ltd., village Amilia, District           Satna, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: M/s Bhagavathi Anna Lab,           Hyderabad)

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone to 1.25 million TPA for captive use in their cement plant.  The mine is reported to be closed presently.  The lease has earlier been operated by some other lessee and subsequently transferred to M/s Diwan Lime Company Pvt. Ltd., which was changed to M/s KJS Cement Pvt. Ltd. and subsequently changed to KJS Cement Ltd.  The mine lease area is 217.512 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 32 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 32 m from general surface level (320 m AMSL).  Groundwater table is at 305 m AMSL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  Tamas river passes through the mine lease. 

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

(i)                     History of mine should be given. 

(ii)                   Details of the cement plant in terms of its location, capacity, other feeding mines, if any, various statutory clearances including environment clearance obtained should be given.  

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

(iv)                 A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xi)                 Impact of change of land use should be furnished.  

(xii)               R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxvi)         Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be indicated.

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxii)       Risk associated with inundation of mine due to Tamas river passing through the mine lease area should be discussed in detail and the required Disaster Management Plan should be provided. 

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

(xxxiv)Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be furnished.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.13          Gagrana Limestone (minor mineral) Mine (M.L. No. 154/90) of M/s           Jodhpur Chemical and Minerals, village Gagrana, Tehsil Merta, District           Nagaur, Rajasthan (Consultant: Ramji Mine Envirotech, Jaipur)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production of limestone (minor mineral) from 63,000 TPA to 0.45 million TPA.  The TOR for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 25.11.2008.  Public hearing for this project was held on 19.6.2009. The said lease was transferred in the name of the present lessee on 22.3.2007. The mine lease area is 100 ha.  No forestland is involved. Life of the mine is 81 years. Mine working will be opencast by semi-mechanized method involving drilling and blasting. Ultimate working depth will be 286 mRL.  Groundwater table varies between 214–220 mRL. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. Water requirement is estimated as 40 kld. It is estimated that 1824344 m3 of waste will be generated during mine life, which will be dumped at the earmarked site within the mine lease.  Part of the waste will be backfilled in an area of 13.68 ha.  Maximum height of the dump will be 15 m. An area of 14.8 ha will be converted into water body.  It was stated that the mine lease does not fall in Aravali as per the definition of the Directorate of Mines.  A copy of the letter dated 17.3.2009 from Assistant Mining Engineer, Gotan was submitted in this regard.  The AAQ data presented showed the RSPM levels (PM10) within permissible limits. It was, however, observed that the fluoride levels in some of the water samples were on higher side. The proponent committed to control of fluoride in drinking water through use of RO system. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed. It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no litigation against the project. 

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

(i)            It shall be ensured that the fluoride level in the water to be used for drinking purpose in this area are within prescribed limits by making provision of RO System. 

(ii)          Rainwater harvesting shall be practiced. 

(iii)        There shall be only one dump at the end of the mine life.

 

2.14          Dhanappa Limestone Mine of M/s JK White Cement Works, Village           Dhanappa, District Nagaur, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultant,           Jodhpur)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 0.25 million TPA to 0.5 million TPA.  The earlier clearance for 0.25 million TPA was granted on 12.7.2007.  The TOR for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 24.3.2009.  Public hearing was held on 3.9.2009.  Mine lease area is 400 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 22 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 285 m AMSL.  The groundwater table varies between 222 – 220 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The baseline AAQ data presented showed that the RSPM (PM10) levels are within prescribed limits. It was, however, observed that the fluoride level in some of the water sample was high.  It is estimated that 2.88 million m3 of waste will be generated during mine life, which will be backfilled. Backfilling is already started.  There will be no dump after 7th year.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 172.2 ha at the end of the mine life.  It was stated that as per the definition of Directorate of Mines, the said mine does not fall in Aravali.  A letter dated nil from Assistant Mining Engineer, Gotan was submitted in this regard.  It was also observed that the compliance of the conditions stipulated in the earlier clearance need to be improved.  The project proponent committed to implement all the conditions effectively. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no litigation against the project. 

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

(i)            Blast vibration study should be carried out.  Based on the same, charge per delay should be so adjusted that there is no adverse impact in the surrounding area due to vibration. 

(ii)          It shall be ensured that the fluoride level in the water to be used for drinking purpose in this area are within prescribed limits by making provision of RO System. 

(iii)        Rainwater harvesting shall be practiced. 

(iv)        Specific safeguard measures should be undertaken to control RSPM levels in the area. 

 

2.15          Chattuburu Iron & Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Bhushan Power & Steel           Ltd. located at village Chatuburu, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand           (Consultant: Bhagavathi Anna Lab Ltd., Hyderabad)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 1.65 million TPA of iron ore.  A crushing and screening plant is also part of the project.    The TOR for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 24.3.2009.  Public hearing was held on 15.10.2009.  As the said project is located in West Singhbhum District, an identified severely polluted area as per the Office Memorandum dated 13.1.2010, the comments of State Pollution Control Board were sought.  The Committee took note of the letter dated 26.6.2010 from Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board, wherein it was stated that the SPCB has conducted study of ambient air quality of nearby area at Nuia village in the month of March, 2010. Average value of RSPM have been found within prescribed limit. The unit has proposed to treat waste water before disposal outside properly by providing garland dams, check dams, settling ponds etc.  Hence, there will be minimum impact of water pollution on river Karo and Koina.  The solid waste of the mine will be kept on dump sites in the mine lease area.  The waste oil / used oil will be managed as per rules. Taking note of the contents of the letter of SPCB, the proposal was considered further. 

The mine lease of the project is 422.75 ha, which is a forestland. The mine lease area forms part of the core zone of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve.  A copy of the letter from Chief Wildlife Warden submitted by the proponent state that the mine lease area is located within core zone of the elephant reserve, however, there is no national park / sanctuary / elephant corridor within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth during plan period will be 20 m bgl from 510 m and 550 m AMSL.  Life of the mine is 29 years.  It is estimated that 4.53 million m3 of waste will be generated during life of the mine.  Water requirement is estimated as 490 kld, which will be obtained from north Karo river. The ambient air quality data presented shows that the RSPM (PM10) levels are within prescribed limits.  It was noted that some of the 1st and 2nd order streams passes through the lease area would need to be diverted.  A plan for diversion of these streams would therefore, be required.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no litigation pending against the project.  It was also noted that a conveyor of 4.9 km length will be constructed up to railway siding and the entire material from the mine lease after 3rd year will be transported through this conveyor and no transportation of mineral through road will be done. 

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

(i)           NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for locating the mine within core zone of the Elephant Reserve, it being a new mine. 

(ii)         Status of forestry clearance. 

(iii)       Plan for diversion of water streams passing through the lease area so that the hydrology of the area is not adversely affected. 

(iv)       Blast vibration study to be furnished providing information with regard to vibration versus charge per delay such that the temple is not damaged / affected due to mining activities. 

(v)         Baseline data on disease in the area (disease profile of the people in the impact zone) and plan for controlling the same. 

(vi)       Information relating to ultimate depth of mining at the conceptual stage. 

(vii)     Details of waste generation and its management (at the conceptual stage). 

(viii)   Information relating to public health and hygiene specifically the plan for addressing the issue of clean water, immunization, waste disposal, sanitation and nutrition in the area (impact zone). 

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

It was decided that the proposal may be brought back before the Committee after the requisite information as mentioned above has been submitted. 

 

2.16          Ghatkuri Iron Ore Mine of M/s Orissa Manganese & Minerals Pvt. Ltd.           located at Village Ghatkuri, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand           (Consultant: Sun Consultancy and Services, Bhubaneswar)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.6 million TPA to 2.0 million TPA.  Earlier, clearance was granted on 20.2.2009.   The TOR for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 24.3.2009.  Public hearing was held on 18.1.2010.  As the said project is located in West Singhbhum District, an identified severely polluted area as per the Office Memorandum dated 13.1.2010, the comments of State Pollution Control Board were sought.  The Committee took note of the letter dated 26.6.2010 from Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board, wherein it was stated that the SPCB has conducted study of ambient air quality of nearby area at Nuia village in the month of March, 2010.  Average value of RSPM have been found within prescribed limit.  The unit has proposed to treat waste water before disposal outside properly by providing garland dams, check dams, settling ponds etc.  Hence, there will be minimum impact of water pollution on river Karo and Koina.  The solid waste of the mine will be kept on dump sites in the mine lease area.  The waste oil / used oil will be managed as per rules.  Taking note of the contents of the letter of SPCB, the proposal was considered further. 

The mine lease area is 275.52 ha, which is a forestland.  Forestry clearance has been obtained for 141.147 ha.  The mine lease is spread into two blocks.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 25 m (510 m AMSL) from surface level.  Ground water table is at 360 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  No national park / sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  However, the mine is located within core zone of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve.  It being a case of expansion was considered by the Committee.  The proponent has submitted a site specific Wildlife Conservation Plan.  The baseline AAQ data presented showed that the RSPM (PM10) levels are within permissible limits.  Water requirement estimated as 60 kld, which will partly be met from PHED and partly from mine waste water of SAIL and TISCO.  It is estimated that 3219120 m3 of waste will be generated during mine life, which will be partly backfilled and partly disposed in the form of OB dump.  An area of 263.02 ha will be covered under plantation.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was categorically stated that there is no litigation is pending against the project. 

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

 

2.17          Laterite Mine (ML area 51.56 ha) of Sri S. Laxman Reddy, village           Chintaluru, Pratipadu Mandal, East Godavari District, A.P (M/s           Bhagavathi Anna Lab, Hyderabad)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on September 29-30, 2009 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  The proponent submitted the coordinates of the mine lease duly certified by the State Department of Mine & Geology.  It was clarified that the mining will be opencast semi-mechanised. The ore waste will be transported through trucks.  The cultivable waste land available in the three villages will be converted into grazing land in phases.  The list of flora and fauna was also provided.  It was categorically stated that there is no litigation pending against the project. The other issues raised by the Committee were also clarified.  

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

 

 

 

2.18          Laterite Mine (ML area 67.57 ha) of M/s S. Soban Babu, village Vantada,           Pratipadu Mandal, District East Godavari, A.P. (M/s Bhagavathi Anna Lab,           Hyderabad)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on September 29-30, 2009 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  The proponent submitted the coordinates of the mine lease duly certified by the State Department of Mine & Geology. It was clarified that the mining will be opencast semi-mechanised. The ore waste will be transported through trucks.  The cultivable waste land available in the three villages will be converted into grazing land in phases.  The list of flora and fauna was also provided.  It was categorically stated that there is no litigation pending against the project. The other issues raised by the Committee were also clarified.  

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

 

2.19          Limestone Opencast Mining Project at Phalangkaruh, Nogtrai, Tehsil Sohra, District East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya of M/s Lafarge Umiam Mining Pvt. Ltd. – Order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India dated 26.4.2010 in the matter of T.N. Godavarman Vs Union of India & Others in I.A Nos. 1868, 2091, 2225-2227, 2380 & 2568 & T.P. (C) No. 277/2010.  

The said project was originally granted environmental clearance on 9.8.2001 for production of 2.0 million TPA of limestone involving mine lease area of 100 ha.  The environmental clearance was in the name of M/s Lum Maushum Minerals Pvt. Ltd subject to effective implementation of various conditions and environmental safeguards contained in the clearance letter.  Subsequently, the environmental clearance was transferred in the name of M/s Lafarge Umiam Pvt. Ltd. on 30.7.2002.  While obtaining environmental clearance, it was reported that no forestland is involved in the project; however, it was later on observed that the mine lease area is a forestland and accordingly the matter got into litigation. Pursuant to the letter of the Learned Attorney General of India, Ministry of Environment & Forests constituted a Committee on 30.3.2010 under the leadership of Regional CCF, Shilong to inter-alia; assess the compliance of the stipulated conditions during the environmental clearance of the said project.  The Committee inspected the site on 2nd and 3rd April, 2010 and submitted its report.  Based on the observations contained in the site visit report, Ministry of Environment & Forests stipulated additional conditions and environmental safeguards vide letter dated 19th April, 2010. 

The matter was heard by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. The Hon’ble Court vide order dated 26.4.2010 directed MoEF to take steps to see that all the relevant reports are made available to the Court by the 3rd week of July, 2010.  The various reports referred therein included (i) Catchment Area treatment plant, (ii) Feasibility of adopting of surface miner technology, (iii) Assessment of flora and fauna and (iv) Biodiversity conservation plan. 

Accordingly, the matter was placed before the Expert Appraisal Committee for mining projects to make an assessment of the project vis-à-vis environment protection and environmental safeguard measures proposed.  The project proponent made a presentation before the Committee and the whole matter was considered and discussed by the EAC.  PCCF (T), Govt. of Meghalaya and AIG(FC), MoEF were also present during the meeting.  The Committee made the following observations:

(i)               The conditions and environmental safeguards stipulated by Ministry of Environment & Forests while according environmental clearance as contained in their letter dated 9.8.2001 and supplemented on 19.4.2010 (based on the report of the Site Visit Committee) are comprehensive enough to mitigate the adverse impacts of the project and to protect the environment, if implemented effectively.  

(ii)             As regards adoption of `Surface Miners`, the Committee agreed with the recommendation of Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research that it is not technically viable to use surface miners in Nongtrai.  The rocks in the ore body are too strong and undulating to lend themselves for excavation by using ‘Surface Miners’, which are suitable for softer mineral bodies in flatter terrain.

 (iii)   The upper Catchment Area Treatment (CAT) Plan for the said Nongtrai Limestone Mine prepared by CIMFR and NEERI, dated May, 2010, submitted by the project proponent, was accepted by the Committee. 

(iii)           As regards the other two reports namely; (i) Flora and Fauna Assessment and (ii) Biodiversity Conservation Plan, since the project proponent have not submitted these reports till then, the Committee did not have the opportunity to consider and discuss these reports and no comments could therefore be given in this meeting. 

 

2.20   Raw Material Processing Plant for Float Glass of M/s Saint Gobain Glass           India Ltd., District Alwar, Rajasthan (Consultant: EQMS, Delhi)

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

The proposal is for enhancement of capacity of raw material processing plant for float glass from 0.144 million TPA 0.216 million TPA.  The land requirement for the project is 18 acres, which is available within the Matsya Industrial Area, RIICO at Alwar.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that the area does not fall in critically polluted areas as identified by CPCB and notified by MoEF in their OM dated 13.1.2010 and 15.3.2010.  Water requirement is 200 kld.  The material will be obtained from Districts of Karoli, Bundi, Jaipur, Tonk etc. within 150 – 250 km of the project area.  The power requirement will be met through the Grid; however, in emergency DG sets will be used.  Material handling through closed conveyor. 

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

(i)                     Details of the technology and process involved in the project may be furnished. 

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

(iii)                 A confirmation duly authenticated by the competent authority in the State Government to the effect whether the project falls in Aravalli and whether it is covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 8.4.2005 in the contempt petition (c) 412/2004 in writ petition 202 of 1995 in the matter of Godavarman vs Union of India.  In case, it is covered under Aravali, simultaneous action should be taken to obtain clearance under the Aravali Notification.  A copy of the Aravali Clearance so obtained, should also be furnished. 

(iv)                 Size distribution of the ore with percentage weight shall also be done to assess the source of fugitive dust emission of the ore feed to the plant and details furnished. 

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

(vi)                 Details of the solid waste to be generated and its management should be furnished.  It may clearly be stated whether the waste generated will go back to the mine from where the ore was obtained.  If so, it should be duly reflected in the mine plan of that mine.  The corresponding copies should also be submitted. 

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

(viii)             The land requirement should be optimized and furnished. 

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

(x)                   Location of the proposed plant w.r.t. the source of raw material and mode of transportations of the ore from mines to the processing plant.

(xi)                 Treatment of run of from the ore dump as well as waste dump should be indicated. 

(xii)               Detailed material balance to be provided.  

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

(xiv)             Details of effluents to be generated in the process and its management.  Recirculation and reuse of treated waste, if any, should also be detailed. 

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

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

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

(xviii)         One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, PM2.5, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna should be collected.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report. There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 and PM2.5 particularly for free silica should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxvi)         Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the workers should be indicated.

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxii)  Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be furnished.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

e)        Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the mines feeding to this project and where it is proposed to disposed back the solid waste.  

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

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage.

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

 

2.21          Pathapur Fire clay Mining Project of M/s Pathapur Fire Clay Mines,           Village Pathapur, District Cuttack, Orissa (Consultant: CIMFR, Dhanbad)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due since 22.4.2007 and enhancement of production of clay to 14,000 TPA.  The mine lease area is 23.925 ha.  Because of the location of Dampada Elephant Sanctuary at a distance of about 200 m from the mine lease.  No forestland is involved. The proposal has been treated as Category ‘A’.  Life of the mine is 22 years. Mine working will be manual.  Ultimate working depth will be 26 m bgl.  Groundwater table is at 40 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Although, the mine is located just at a distance of 200 m from the Dampada Elephant Sanctuary, it being a case of renewal and expansion of an existing mine, the Committee considered the project and prescribed the TORs subject to the condition that before the TORs are formally prescribed and communicated to the proponent, NOC from Wildlife Division of the Ministry may be obtained. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made and subject to obtaining prior NOC from Wildlife Division of MoEF because of the location of the mine at a distance of about 200 m from the sanctuary, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

(i)                     A note on the history of mine should be given in the report. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)                   Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 200 m of the Elephant Sanctuary should also be obtained and furnished. 

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

(xii)               Impact of change of land use.  

(xiii)             R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxvii)       Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be indicated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxiv)Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be furnished.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

2.22          Tigora Rock Phosphate Mine of M/s M.P. State Mining Corporation Ltd.,           Village Tigora, District Sagar, Madhya Pradesh.

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of rock phosphate to 40,000 TPA including recovery from waste dump.  Mine lease area is 52.80 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized.  Life of the mine is 61 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 383 m AMSL.  Groundwater table during post monsoon varies between 372 – 370 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)                   R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxi)    Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be furnished.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.23          Chrome Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s Anand Exports at Nimapalli, P.O.           Golagaon, District Jajpur, Orissa (Consultant: Centre for Envotech &           Management Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

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

The proposal is for enhancement of capacity of chrome ore beneficiation plant from 1,000 TPA to 1,20,000 TPA throughput.  The land requirement of the project is 13.28 acre.  No forestland is involved.  Water requirement is 62.8 m3/hr, which will be obtained from bore well.  The ore will be obtained from various mines within 16 km of the plant and will be transported by road. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(viii)            The land requirement should be optimized and furnished. 

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

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

(xi)                Details of the beneficiation plant process should be furnished. 

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

(xiii)            Treatment of run of from the slimes should be indicated. 

(xiv)            Estimation of the chrome going into the washings and its management should be furnished.

(xv)              Details of the equipment, settling pond etc should be provided.

(xvi)            Details of the plant and process clearly indicating the size and capacity of machine should be provided. 

(xvii)          Detailed material balance to be provided.  

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

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

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

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

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

(xxiii)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people, if any, should be provided. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxiii)    Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the workers should be indicated.

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

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

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

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

(xxxviii)Risk assessment and disaster management plan, which should inter-alia, include breach of tailing pond, pipeline failure and over flow from the tailing pond.

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

(xxxx)      Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be furnished.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features and drainage of the area. 

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

 

2.24          Expansion for Uranium Project at Tummalapalle, Andhra Pradesh of M/s           Uranium Corporation of India Ltd.

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

The proposal is for capacity expansion of the Tummalapalle Uranium Project, which is under construction to mine and process 3,000 TPD of uranium ore which after expansion will have capacity of 4,500 TPD. The earlier clearance for 0.9 million TPA (3,000 TPD) of ROM production and ore processing plant was granted on 21.2.2007. The mine lease area is 813.61 ha. In addition, 60 ha for tailing pond and 100 ha for colony exist. Thus, the total project area is 973.61 ha.  No forestland is involved. The present expansion proposal is only for mining and processing component and not for colony. Mine working will be underground mechanized.  Ultimate working depth will be 275 m bgl.  Water requirement for the project is estimated as 7,500 kld.  Life of the mine is 22 years.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km.  Mine discharge water will be collected in the pond for industrial use.  Decanted water from the tailing pond will be treated and recycled. 

 The request of the proponent for exemption from public hearing under clause 7(ii) was also considered by the Committee. It was stated by the proponent that the earlier public hearing was held on 10.9.2006. The Committee observed that although the project involves only expansion in production capacity without increasing the lease area and without increasing solid waste generation, keeping in view the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006 read with Office Memorandum no. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 3.6.2009 and dated 24.8.2009 issued by MoEF, the request for exemption from public hearing cannot be agreed as the earlier public hearing of 10.9.2006 was held in terms of EIA Notification, 1994.   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(vii)                Details of the process involved, chemicals to be used, their maximum storage inventory should be given. 

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

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

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

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

(xii)                Treatment of run of from the slimes should be given. 

(xiii)              Details of treatment of decanted water from the tailing pond, its recirculation and reuse along with water balance should furnished. 

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

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

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

(xvii)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

(xviii)          One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna should be collected.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  Besides conventional pollutants, background radiation level in the area should also be monitored and results furnished.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report. There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxviii)  Risk assessment and disaster management plan, which should inter-alia include breach of tailing pond, pipeline failure and over flow from the tailing pond.

(xxxix)Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be furnished.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.25          Kalarangi Chromite Mines of M/s The Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd.,           Sukinda, District Jajpur, Orissa (Consultant: Ecoman Laboratories Pvt.           Ltd., Lucknow)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mining lease, which fall due in December, 2006 for production of 30,000 TPA of chrome ore.  Mine is reported to be closed since 1998 due to want of forestry clearance.  Mine lease area is 936.22 ha, which includes 485.02 ha of forestland.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized.  Dumsal nallah is abutting the mine lease.  Water requirement for the project is 250 kld, which will be obtained from surface water and groundwater. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xiv)             Impact of change of land use.  

(xv)               R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.26   China Clay and Soap Stone Mine of M/s Godha & Company, near village           Khakhunda, District Bhilwara, Rajasthan (Consultant: Ramji Mine           Envirotech, Jaipur)

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of china clay and soap stone from 2,361 TPA to 23,000 TPA put together. Mine lease area is 78.116 ha. it is a violation case.  No forestland is involved.  Life of mine is 22 years.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized involving drilling and blasting. Ultimate working depth will be 24 m bgl.  Groundwater table varies between 40–45m bgl. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. Water requirement is 9 kld, which will be obtained from nearby villages.  Backfilling is proposed. There will not be any external OB dump at the end of the mine life. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)                   Impact of change of land use.  

(xi)                 R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxii)  Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be furnished.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.27   Roida Iron Ore Mine of M/s MESCO Steels Ltd. located at District           Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: S.S. Environics (India) Pvt. Ltd.,           Bhubaneswar)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.5 million TPA to 3.0 million TPA.  TOR for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 14.9.2007.  Public hearing was held on 16.7.2008.  Mine lease area is 104.68 ha, which is a forestland.  Forestry clearance has been obtained for 51.99 ha and proposal for diversion of additional 44.109 ha has been submitted.  It is a violation case as the proponent has enhanced production.  Earlier environmental clearance for 0.5 million TPA was granted on 20.12.2007.  Ultimate working depth will be 532 mRL. The groundwater table varies between 490–480 m AMSL. Mine working is not intersect groundwater table.  Life of mine is 15 years.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting. No beneficiation is proposed as part of this project, however, there will be crushing and screening.  Peak water requirement is 456 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater.  Permission for drawl of 1,000 kld of water has been obtained from CGWA on 11.2.2009.  The AAQ data presented showed that the air quality is within permissible limits.  No national park / sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Karo Karampada Elephant Corridor is reported at 7.6 km from the mine lease. A map duly authenticated by DFO cum Wildlife Warden, Keonjhar has been submitted in this regard. The wildlife conservation plan has been prepared and got approved from Chief Wildlife Warden. An area of 13.557 ha will be covered under greenbelt.  The height of the dump will be 60 m.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  The compliance of the earlier EC conditions was also considered. It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no litigation pending against the project. 

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

(i)           It shall be ensured that the OB dump shall have a factor of safety not less than 1.3.

(ii)         Occupational health programme encompassing identification of hazards, ranking of the risks, plan to handle such risk should be prepared and implemented effectively. 

(iii)       A plan for diversion of nallah / stream shall be so prepared and implemented that the hydrology of the area is not adversely affected. 

 

2.28   Kota Stone Mining Lease (M.L. No. 120/82) of M/s Shreenath Enterprises           Pvt. Ltd. located at village Chechat, Tehsil Ramganjmandi, District Kota,           Rajasthan (Consultant: Ramji Mine Envirotech, Jaipur)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for enhancement of production of kota stone (minor mineral) from 0.2 million TPA to 0.3 million TPA. The TOR for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were granted on 24.3.2009. Public hearing was held on 3.12.2009.  Mine lease area of the project is 8.864 ha.  No forestland is involved.  An area of 7.5 ha is reported to have been acquired outside the mine lease for OB dumps. Dara Sanctuary is reported to be located at a distance of 7.5 km from the mine lease, therefore, the proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ project.  Mine working will be opencast semi mechanized method involving drilling and blasting. The general ground level of the area is 335 mRL. The ultimate working depth of the mine will be 301 mRL.  The groundwater table is reported at 290 mRL. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Peak water requirement is estimated as 29 kld, which will be obtained from nearby villages. It is estimated that 1.29 million m3 of waste will be generated during the life of the mine. The existing waste dump will be stabilized; however, the additional waste to be generated will be backfilled. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed. It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no litigation pending against the project. At the end of the mine life, an area of 4.12 ha will be converted into water body. The baseline AAQ data presented showed that the air quality is within the prescribed limits. It was stated that the said mine lease does not fall in Aravali.  A letter dated 1.6.2010 from Senior Geologist, Govt. of Rajasthan, Kota has been submitted in this regard.  

Based on the presentation made and discussion held and considering that it is an operating mine, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following condition:-

(i)  The dust generated during mining operation will be scavenged. 

 

2.29          Basani Limestone Mine of M/s RSMML located at District Nagaur,           Rajasthan (EC)

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

 

2.30          Gotan-I Limestone Mine of M/s RSMML located at District Nagaur,           Rajasthan (EC)

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

 

2.31          Consideration of the site visit report of the Committee constituted           as per the directions of NEAA (appeal no. 38/2009) in the matter of Pirna           Iron Ore Mine (EC no. 23/55 in village Pirna and Nadora, Bardez Taluka,           North Goa of M/s Sesa Goa Ltd.

As decided in the last meeting of the EAC, a Sub-Committee of EAC (Mining) was constituted as per the orders of the Hon’ble NEAA. The Sub-Committee so constituted, undertook a site visit during June 21-24, 2010 and held discussions with the appellants, people of Pirna and Nadhora villages and their Sarpanch.  Officials of SPCB, Department of Mines & Geology, Forests were also present, besides the project proponent. Based on the site visit, the Sub-Committee submitted its report which was considered by the EAC.  The Sub-Committee apprised the EAC about their observations made during the site visit. 

One of the important observations made by the Sub-Committee during its visit was that the mine lease boundaries have not been demarcated un-ambiguously. The physical location of the mine lease as shown to the Sub-Committee during its visit by the officials of the State Mines Department, the project proponent and the local public were at a variance.  As a result, it has lead to unfounded and avoidable apprehensions in the minds of the public in terms of extent of displacement involved due to the project, involvement of grazing land, agriculture and horticulture fields. It has been reported by the Sub-Committee that there is no school in the mine lease area and that no habitation is reported en-route the transportation corridor from this mine up to 4 - 5 km i.e. Orasso Donger Mine of the proponent (where from the ore is to be transported to Mandovi River loading point).  The two villages and St. Clara School in Asnra village falling on the latter route will have to be duly protected by strictly implementing the provisions of (a) good road and truck maintenance, (b) covering the loaded trucks with tarpaulin etc. as stipulated in the Environment Clearance (condition no. xxii).

It has also been stated by the Sub-Committee that based on the topography of the area, it is unlikely that the mining activity will affect the water quality of the Amthane Dam. Further, the likely impacts of the proposed mining on Chapora river could be minimized by taking adequate measures as proposed by the proponent. 

The apprehension of involvement of CRZ area in the mine lease, if any, would get resolved, based on the demarcation of CRZ and superimposing thereon the mine lease boundary as recommended by the Sub-Committee. 

  As regards, health impacts on the human population, the Sub-Committee has dealt this aspect in detail and has recommended for occupational health surveillance for establishing baseline data of respiratory morbidity and also to identify the Groups vulnerable to dust exposure, particularly the children and the elderly people. 

A close examination of the minutes of the meeting in which the said proposal was first appraised by the erstwhile Expert Appraisal Committee and the conditions and environmental safeguards stipulated in the Environment Clearance letter and the observations now made by the Sub-Committee clearly show that due diligence was done during the project appraisal, based on the project documents, before recommending the project for environmental clearance.  The relevant concerns have duly been reflected and integrated in the stipulated environmental conditions and safeguards.  Particular attention in this regard may be drawn to EC Condition no. (v), (vi), (vii), (ix), (x), (xi), (xii), (xiii), (xiv) and (xxi).  In fact, the information / clarifications, now sought by the Sub-Committee reinforces these concerns and would help to allay any apprehensions in the minds of the public. Some of the issues emerging from the report of the Sub-Committee could be addressed further by making a time bound action plan and implementing the same effectively by the project proponent.  As the mining activity has not yet been started in the said mine lease, it may be appropriate that the project proponent is given some time to prepare these action plans and also provide information on other issues raised by the Sub-Committee, particularly keeping in view the apprehensions raised by the local inhabitants. 

  As regards, the `moratorium` on examination and issue of fresh clearances for mining projects in the State of Goa, this project does not get covered by the moratorium, as it was granted environmental clearance prior to the moratorium coming into force.   

 

2.32   Boria Tibbu Iron Ore Deposit of M/s Jayaswal Neco Industries Ltd.,           District Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh (Consultant: Srushti Sewa, Nagpur)

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

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.3 million TPA of iron ore.  The mine lease area is 47 ha.  In addition, 4 ha is required for approach road.  Thus, a total project area is 51 ha and thereby it has been considered as Category ‘A’ project, which is a forestland.  In principle, forestry clearance is reported to have been obtained.  Mine working will be opencast semi mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 10 years.  No beneficiation is proposed; however, crushing is involved in the project.  It was stated that there was a High Court Case in which status quo was granted, which has since been vacated on 16.3.2010. 

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

(i)                     Details of the Court Case and the present status should be given with relevant documents. 

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

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

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

(v)                   Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water

(vi)                 Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

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

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

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

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

(xi)                 mitigative measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

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

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

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

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

(xvi)             Impact of change of land use.  

(xvii)           R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxviii)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be furnished.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.33          Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Alatage Stone Crushing Industries located           at Karivane village, Taluk Shriwardhan, District Raigadh, Maharashtra           (TOR)

The consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of CRZ map to precisely decide whether the mine lease is falling within CRZ or otherwise. 

 

2.34          Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Ashapura Minechem Ltd. located at Sakhri           village, Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra (TOR)

The consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of CRZ map to precisely decide whether the mine lease is falling within CRZ or otherwise.

 

2.35          Varada-I Bauxite Mine of M/s Orient Abrasive Ltd., village Mewasa,           Taluka Kalyanpur, District Jamnagar, Gujarat (TOR)

As the said mine is at a distance of about 3 km from Marine National Park, the consideration of the proposal was deferred in view of the resolution of the State Government no. VPS-102008-399-C(1) dated 2.4.2008, which requires NOC to be obtained from Forest Department to carryout mining within 5 km of the National Park / Sanctuary. 

 

2.36          Varada-II, Bauxite Mine of M/s Orient Abrasives Ltd., village Mewasa,           Taluka Kalyanpur, District Jamnagar, Gujarat (TOR)

As the said mine is at a distance of about 3.7 km from Marine National Park, the consideration of the proposal was deferred in view of the resolution of the State Government no.VPS-102008-399-C(1) dated 2.4.2008, which requires NOC to be obtained from Forest Department to carryout mining within 5 km of the National Park / Sanctuary. 

2.37          Limestone (Minor Mineral) Mining (ML no. 377/90) Project of M/s Siddhi           Vinayak Cement Ltd., Village Digrana, District Pali, Rajasthan           (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mining lease which fall due in April, 2011 and enhancement of production of limestone (minor mineral) from 0.0146 million TPA to 1.5 million TPA.  The mine lease area is 100 ha. No forestland is involved.  A letter dated 4.3.2010 from Regional Officer, Rajasthan SPCB stating that the said villages where the mine is located is approximately 130 km from Pali City Industrial Area.  Accordingly, the proposal was considered.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 304 mRL.  Groundwater table varies between 230 – 240 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 40 kld, which will be obtained from nearby villages. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)                   Impact of change of land use.  

(xi)                 R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.38   S.M. Block Iron Ore Mine of M/s M. M. Hanumantha Rao, village           Narayanapur, District Bellary, Karnataka (TOR)

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

 

2.39          Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Carborundum Universal Ltd., village Mota           Asota, District Jamnagar, Gujarat (TOR)

As the said mine is at a distance of about 220 m from Marine National Park, the consideration of the proposal was deferred in view of the resolution of the State Government no. VPS-102008-399-C(1) dated 2.4.2008, which requires NOC to be obtained from Forest Department to carryout mining within 5 km of the National Park / Sanctuary. 

 

Next Meeting:

It was decided that the next meeting will be held on July 26-28, 2010. 

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

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Annexure

List of Participants

 

1.                   Shri Mukunda Shenoy Nagar - Chairman

2.       Dr. S. Subramaniyan      -     Member

3.       Dr. Rajesh Srivastava-     -     Member

4.       Dr. Tushar Kant Joshi      -     Member

5.       Shri Mihir Moitra     -     Member  

6.       Dr. S.D. Attri     -     Member

7.       Shri J.S. Kamyotra      -     Member

8.       Shri S.B.S. Chauhan     -     Member

9.       Dr. L. Ajay Kumar     -     Member

10.     Shri K.S. Anandan     -     Member

11.     Shri T.T.C. Marak, PCCF(T),     -      Invitee

          Govt. of Meghalaya, Shillong.

12.     Shri H.C. Chaudhary, AIG, FC Division, MoEF-     Invitee

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

14.     Dr. Satish C. Garkoti,      -     Addl. Director

15.     Shri Om Prakash,     -    Dy. Director

14.     Representative of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd

15.     Representative of M/s Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd.

16.     Representative of M/s Ambuja Cements Ltd.

17.     Representative of M/s IDCOL Ferro Chromite & Alloys Ltd.

18.     Representative of M/s Thekedar Jhoomar Lal Agarwal

19.     Representative of M/s Nalwaya Mineral Industries Pvt. Ltd.

20.     Representative of M/s Om Ganesh Minerals

21.     Representative of M/s Mukesh Kumar Pugalia

22.     Representative of M/s Grasim Industries Ltd.

23.     Representative of M/s Steel Authority of India Ltd.

24.     Representative of M/s KJS Cement Ltd.

25.     Representative of M/s Jodhpur Chemical and Minerals

26.     Representative of M/s JK White Cement Works

27.     Representative of M/s Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd.

28.     Representative of M/s Orissa Manganese & Minerals Pvt. Ltd.

29.     Representative of M/s Sri S. Laxman Reddy

30.     Representative of M/s S. Soban Babu

31.     Representative of M/s Lafarge Umiam Mining Pvt. Ltd.

32.     Representative of M/s Saint Gobain Glass India Ltd.

33.     Representative of M/s Pathapur Fire Clay Mines

34.     Representative of M/s M.P. State Mining Corporation Ltd.

35.     Representative of M/s Anand Exports

36.     Representative of M/s Uranium Corporation of India Ltd.

37.     Representative of M/s Godha & Company

38.     Representative of M/s MESCO Steels Ltd.

39.     Representative of M/s Shreenath Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.

40.     Representative of M/s RSMML

41.     Representative of M/s Jayaswal Neco Industries Ltd.

42.     Representative of M/s Alatage Stone Crushing Industries

43.     Representative of M/s Ashapura Minechem Ltd.

44.     Representative of M/s Orient Abrasive Ltd.

45.     Representative of M/s Siddhi Vinayak Cement Ltd.

46.     Representative of M/s Carborundum Universal Ltd.

 

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