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

 

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 5TH MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

 

The 5th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on July 26-28, 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 3rd & 4th Meeting.

The minutes of the 3rd & 4th meetings were confirmed as circulated. 

 

Item No. 2: Consideration of the Proposals listed in the Agenda :

 

2.1          Bethali Limestone Mining Project of M/s Bharat Chemical Industries located in village Bethali, Veraval Taluka, District Junagadh, Gujarat (Consultant M/s Udaipur Min-Tech Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur)

        

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on September 23-25, 2008 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Subsequently, it was included in the agenda of the EAC(M) held on January 20-22, 2010; however, it was decided to return the proposal because of its location critically polluted area as identified by CPCB and in accordance with the office memorandum No. J-11013/5/2010-IA.II(I) dated 13.01.2010. The proponent had subsequently submitted that the said mine does not fall in critically polluted area, keeping in view the office memorandum of MOEF dated 15.03.2010. Accordingly, the proposal was considered further. The Committee took note of the fact that the land use of the area has been changed from grazing land to wasteland vide order dated 01.04.2002. Further, that no court case is pending relating to change of land use. It was noted that the mine lease is located beyond 10km from the Gir Sanctuary and that the mine lease area does not fall in the migratory route of wildlife. A map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden was also submitted in this regard. The issues raised during public hearing and the action plan to address the same was also considered and discussed by the Committee.   

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

 

2.2          Lalpur Limestone Mine of M/s Shri Marutaye Balaji Steels Ltd. located at village Lalpur, District Satna, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: Bhagwati Anna Lab, 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 1,25,000 TPA of limestone. The mine is reported to have been worked earlier by some other lessee. The terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study were prescribed on 10.9.2009. The public hearing was held on 17.2.2010.  The mine lease area is 69.307 ha.  No grazing land and no forestland is involved. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized. The ultimate working depth will be 9 m from surface. The groundwater table is reported to be 15–18 m below the general surface level. Although, as per the information relating to depth of mining and groundwater table, it prima-facie appeared that the mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  However, during discussion in the meeting it emerged that during monsoon and post monsoon seasons, the mine working will intersect groundwater table and therefore, it would be desirable to have detailed hydro-geological study.  Further, it was also felt that all the information relating to site elevation, working depth, groundwater table and its variation should be given in mRL/AMSL.  The life of the mine is 11 years.  It is estimated that 75,000 TPA of waste will be generated.  It was, however, observed that the data on waste generation needs to be rechecked and reconfirmed.  The water requirement for the project is estimated as 16 kld, which will be obtained partly from groundwater and partly from mine sump water.  The ambient air quality data was seen to be within prescribed limits.  The noise level data; however, needs to be rechecked.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case pending against the project.  However, there is reported to be some litigation relating to the other lessee.  This matter needs to be further clarified and a clear and unambiguous certification from the Competent Authority in the State Government needs to be furnished that the said litigation has no bearing with the present lessee and working of the mine.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 7.15 ha will be backfilled and reclaimed. Plantation will be raised in an area of 16.307 ha at the end of mine life.  An area of 30 ha will be converted into water body. 

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

(i)  Information relating to site elevation, working depth and groundwater table and its variations should be given in meter AMSL / mRL.

(ii)    Detailed hydro-geological study to be undertaken and report furnished. 

(iii)        Information in respect of question no. 31 of the Questionnaire to be corrected and re-submitted. 

(iv)   The data relating to ambient noise levels should be rechecked and reconfirmed. 

(v)    Details of project affected people and the R&R / compensation plan for the PAPs including land oustees should be furnished. 

(vi)        Occupational health baseline data should be furnished. 

(vii)  Action Plan for addressing the issues relating to public health and hygiene should be provided. 

(viii) Plan for water management of the catchment area should be provided. 

(ix)        Certification from the Competent Authority in the State Government should be provided that the ongoing litigation in respect of the earlier lessee has no bearing with the present lessee and working of the mine.

(x)    Data on waste generation during the entire mine life should be rechecked and reconfirmed along with its management plan. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 7th September, 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 later in September, 2010.  

 

2.3          Bathia Kala Limestone Mine of M/s Marutaya Balaji Steels Ltd. located at village Bathia Kala, District Satna, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: Bhagwati Anna Lab, 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 1,50,000 TPA of limestone.  The terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study were prescribed on 10.9.2009.  The public hearing was held on 13.2.2010.  The mine lease area is 107.785 ha spread into three blocks.  No grazing land and no forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized.  The ultimate working depth will be 11 m from surface.  The groundwater table is reported to be 16 – 18 m below the general surface level.  Although, as per the information relating to depth of mining and groundwater table, it prima-facie appeared that the mine working will not intersect groundwater table, however, during discussion in the meeting, it emerged that during monsoon and post monsoon seasons, the mine working will intersect groundwater table and therefore, it would be desirable to have detailed hydro-geological study.  Further, it was also felt that all the information relating to site elevation, working depth, groundwater table and its variation should be given in mRL/AMSL.  The life of the mine is 38 years.  It is estimated that 75,000 TPA of waste will be generated.  It was, however, observed that the data on waste generation needs to be rechecked and reconfirmed.  The water requirement for the project is estimated as 17 kld, which will be obtained partly from groundwater and partly from mine sump water.  The ambient air quality data was seen to be within prescribed limits.  The noise level data; however, needs to be rechecked.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case pending against the project.  However, there is reported to be some litigation relating to the other lessee.  This matter needs to be further clarified and a clear and unambiguous certification from the Competent Authority in the State Government needs to be furnished that the said litigation has no bearing with the present lessee and working of the mine.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 1.0 ha will be backfilled and reclaimed.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 6.943 ha at the end of mine life.  An area of 55.692 ha will be converted into water body. 

 

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

(i)  Information relating to site elevation, working depth and groundwater table and its variations should be given in meter AMSL / mRL.

(ii)    Detailed hydro-geological study to be undertaken and report furnished. 

(iii)        Information in respect of question no. 31 of the Questionnaire to be corrected and re-submitted. 

(iv)   The data relating to ambient noise levels should be rechecked and reconfirmed. 

(v)    Details of project affected people and the R&R / compensation plan for the PAPs including land oustees should be furnished. 

(vi)        Occupational health baseline data should be furnished. 

(vii)  Action Plan for addressing the issues relating to public health and hygiene should be provided. 

(viii) Plan for water management of the catchment area should be provided. 

(ix)        Certification from the Competent Authority in the State Government should be provided that the ongoing litigation in respect of the earlier lessee has no bearing with the present lessee and working of the mine.

(x)    Data on waste generation during the entire mine life should be rechecked and reconfirmed along with its management plan. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 7th September, 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.  

 

2.4          Kaima Kothar Limestone Mine of M/s Mrutaye Balaji Steels Ltd. located at village Kaima Kothar, District Satna, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: Bhagwati Anna Lab, 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 1,50,000 TPA of limestone.  The mine is reported to have been worked earlier by some other lessee.  The terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study were prescribed on 11.9.2009.  The public hearing was held on 10.2.2010.  The mine lease area is 128.770 ha.  No grazing land and no forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized.  The ultimate working depth will be 8 m from surface.  The groundwater table is reported to be 15 – 18 m below the general surface level.  Although, as per the information relating to depth of mining and groundwater table, it prima-facie appeared that the mine working will not intersect groundwater table, however, during discussion in the meeting it emerged that during monsoon and post monsoon seasons, the mine working will intersect groundwater table and therefore, it would be desirable to have detailed hydro-geological study.  Further, it was also felt that all the information relating to site elevation, working depth, groundwater table and its variation should be given in mRL/AMSL.  The life of the mine is 16 years.  It is estimated that 1,25,000 TPA of waste will be generated.  It was, however, observed that the data on waste generation needs to be rechecked and reconfirmed.  The water requirement for the project is estimated as 20 kld, which will be obtained partly from groundwater and partly from mine sump water.  The ambient air quality data was seen to be within prescribed limits.  The noise level data; however, needs to be rechecked.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case pending against the project.  However, there is reported to be some litigation relating to the other lessee.  This matter needs to be further clarified and a clear and unambiguous certification from the Competent Authority in the State Government needs to be furnished that the said litigation has no bearing with the present lessee and working of the mine.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 7.5 ha will be backfilled and reclaimed.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 17.22 ha at the end of mine life.  An area of 47 ha will be converted into water body. 

 

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

(i)  Information relating to site elevation, working depth and groundwater table and its variations should be given in meter AMSL / mRL.

(ii)    Detailed hydro-geological study to be undertaken and report furnished. 

(iii)        Information in respect of question no. 31 of the Questionnaire to be corrected and re-submitted. 

(iv)   The data relating to ambient noise levels should be rechecked and reconfirmed. 

(v)    Details of project affected people and the R&R / compensation plan for the PAPs including land oustees should be furnished. 

(vi)        Occupational health baseline data should be furnished. 

(vii)  Action Plan for addressing the issues relating to public health and hygiene should be provided. 

(viii) Plan for water management of the catchment area should be provided. 

(ix)        Certification from the Competent Authority in the State Government should be provided that the ongoing litigation in respect of the earlier lessee has no bearing with the present lessee and working of the mine.

(x)    Data on waste generation during the entire mine life should be rechecked and reconfirmed along with its management plan. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 7th September, 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.  

2.5          Bahadurpur Sand Stone (minor mineral) Mine of M/s Thekedar Jhoomar Lal Agarwal located at village Bahadurpur, Tehsil Sapotra, District Karauli, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fall due since November, 1999 and enhancement of production of sand stone (minor mineral) to 24,000 TPA.  The mine lease area is 8.90 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The Kela Devi Wildlife Sanctuary is at a distance of about 4 km from the mine lease and accordingly the proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ project.  Terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study was prescribed on 3.1.2008.  Public hearing was held on 24.2.2009.  Mine working will be opencast manual.  Life of mine is 10 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 294 m AMSL.  The groundwater table varies between 260 – 266 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The ambient air quality data although showed higher values of RSPM (PM10), however, these were found to be within prescribed limits.  Water requirement for the project is estimated as 3 kld, which will be obtained from nearby villages and mine sump water.  It is estimated that 1,31,300 m3 of waste will be generated, which shall be backfilled.  There will be no waste dump at the end of the mine life.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 5.74 ha and an area of 3.16 ha will be converted into water body at the end of the mine life.  It was stated that the mine lease does not fall in Aravalli as per the definition of the State Government.  A letter dated 1.4.2010 from Assistant Mining Engineer, Karauli has been submitted in this regard.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case pending against the project. 

Since, Kela Devi Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of about 4 km from the mine lease, the Committee deferred its recommendations on the project till the NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine in the proximity of sanctuary is obtained and submitted. 

 

2.6          Gotan-I Limestone (minor mineral) Mine of M/s RSMML located at District Nagaur, Rajasthan (Consultant: Vogue Construction and Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on June 28-30, 2010 wherein the consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent.  The project was considered further by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 0.076 million TPA to 0.5 million TPA.  The terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study were prescribed on 9.2.2009.  The public hearing was conducted on 9.10.2009.  The mine lease area is 938.23 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised.  Life of the mine is 13 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 15 m bgl.  The groundwater table varies between 63 – 64 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The RSPM levels were observed to be on higher side requiring specific safeguard measures.  The water requirement for the project is estimated as 16 kld, which will be obtained from PHED supply.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 216 ha would be covered under plantation and an area of 96.63 ha will be converted into water body.  It was stated that the area does not fall in Aravalli.  A letter from Assistant Mining Engineer, Gotan dated 25.6.2010 has been submitted in this regard.  It was categorically stated that no court case is pending against the project.  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 condition:-

(i)                Adequate safeguard measures shall be taken to ensure that the ambient air quality is within prescribed limits. 

 

2.7          Basani Limestone (minor mineral) Mine of M/s RSMML located at District Nagaur, Rajasthan (Consultant: Vogue Construction and Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on June 28-30, 2010 wherein the consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent. The project was considered further by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 0.448 million TPA to 1.0 million TPA.  The terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study were prescribed on 9.2.2009.  The public hearing was conducted on 9.10.2009.  The mine lease area is 2084.1 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised.  Life of the mine is 9 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 15 m bgl.  The groundwater table varies between 62.3 – 63.8 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The RSPM levels were observed to be on higher side requiring specific safeguard measures.  The water requirement for the project is estimated as 20 kld, which will be obtained from PHED supply.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 368 ha would be covered under plantation and an area of 328 ha will be converted into water body.  It was stated that the area does not fall in Aravalli.  A letter from Assistant Mining Engineer, Gotan dated 25.6.2010 has been submitted in this regard.  It was categorically stated that no court case is pending against the project.  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 condition:-

(i)                Adequate safeguard measures shall be taken to ensure that the ambient air quality is within prescribed limits. 

 

2.8     Sanu-III Limestone Mine of M/s Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Ltd., near village Sanu, Tehsil Ramgarh, District Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

 

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 1.0 million TPA of steel grade limestone.  A screening and crushing plant will be part of the project; however, there will be no beneficiation as part of the project.  Mine lease area is 1,000 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be restricted to 8 m from the surface.  Groundwater table is reported to be at a depth of 100 m.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 14 years. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

(vi)            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.

(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 given.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxiv)    Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

(xxv)      Conceptual post mine land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

(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.

(xxvii)  Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

(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 should be included in the report.  

(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 should be provided. 

(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 should also be followed:-

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

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

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

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

e)     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            Naniber Limestone Mining Project of M/s ABG Cement Ltd. located in village Naniber, Tehsil Abdasa, District Kutchh, Gujarat (Consultant: Min-Mec Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on September 23-25, 2008 wherein the Committee had deferred recommendations on the project due to location of the mine at a distance of about 5.47 km from the Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary and keeping in view the order of the Supreme Court in this regard. The proponent have now submitted a copy of the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 7.5.2010 directing that there shall not be any mining operation within the radius of the 3 km from the outer boundary of the Narayan Sarovar Chinkara Sanctuary.  Taking note of the said order and that the proposed mining project is at a distance of 5.47 km from the Sanctuary, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance. 

 

2.10          Pakhar Bauxite Mine (109.507 ha) of M/s Mineral & Minerals Ltd., village Pakhar, District Lohardaga, Jharkhand (Consultant: Vimta Labs, Hyderabad) 

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on March 17-19, 2010 wherein the consideration of the proposal was deferred as the data contained in the project document was not mutually consistent. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further. The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.28 million TPA of bauxite.  Mine lease area is 109.507 ha. No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized involving drilling and blasting. Ultimate working depth will be 1050 m AMSL.  The groundwater table is at 971 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Backfilling is proposed, which will start after one year. There will be no waste dump at the end of the mine life. Water requirement is 15 kld.  Life of mine is 9 years.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  At the end of the mine life, plantation will be raised in an area of 2.2 ha and an area of 0.41 ha will be converted into water body.  The Committee observed that the area under plantation needs to be increased.  The ambient air quality data showed that the levels are within prescribed limits.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case pending against the project.  The proponent has prepared a Wildlife Conservation Plan for which Rs 48.24 lakhs as capital cost and Rs 10 lakhs as annual recurring expenditure has been earmarked. 

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

(i)            The area under plantation shall be increased.

 

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

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Committee during its meeting on May 24-26, 2010, wherein the consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of clarification relating to grant of mine lease and lessee.  The Committee took note of the letter dated 25.5.2010 from Orissa Mineral Development Corporation Ltd along with its enclosures containing correspondence between various Ministries as well as State Government of Orissa which made it amply clear that the said lease would be transferred in the name of OMDC, while renewing the same for which grant of environmental clearance is a pre-requisite.  Accordingly, the proposal was considered.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which has fallen due since 30.9.2004 and enhancement of production of iron ore to 3.0 million TPA and manganese ore to 0.06 million TPA along with crushing facility.  The mine lease area is 778.762 ha spread into four blocks, which includes 402.899 ha of forestland.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting. The life of the mine is 30 years of iron ore and 20 years for manganese ore.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxii)  Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

e)     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          Biramitrapur Limestone & Dolomite Mine of M/s Bisra Stone Lime Company Ltd., District Sundargarh, Orissa (Consultant: Earth and Environment, 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 feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which has fallen due since 2000 and enhancement of production of limestone and dolomite to 5.2 million TPA put together.  The earlier environmental clearance for 80,000 tonnes per month was granted in August, 1994.  The mine lease area is 1099.303 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 90 m at 194 mRL.  Life of the mine is 65 years.  Water requirement will be 60 kld, which will be met from mine water.  The groundwater table is at 179.5 mRL. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

(v)              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.  While planning the surface layout it should be ensured that the waste dump is away from the river and there should be no dump on the west side.   

(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 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. 

(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 project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided.    

(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, occupational health impacts 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 should be provided. 

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

(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 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          Dolomite Mine of Sri Y. Yerikal Reddy, village Nandimandalam, Pendlimarri, District Kapada, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: M/s Global Enviro Labs, Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  At the outset, it was stated by the proponent that they had engaged M/s Southern Consultants, Gudur as their environmental consultant who had prepared the EIA/EMP report. As the said consultant could not continue with the proposals, they had changed the consultant to M/s Global Enviro Labs, Hyderabad who will be assisting them and making presentation for the project.  M/s Global Enviro Labs also gave a written commitment that they would be responsible for the data contained in the report.

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 9975 TPA of dolomite.  The mine lease area is 80.97 ha. It was observed that the data contained in the EIA report is only for five years. The mine plan has also been prepared only for five years.  The Committee, therefore, desired that the EIA report should be revised to provide data for the entire lease period and the mine plan should also be prepared for the lease period, of course, the mining scheme will be for five years period within the overall framework of the mine plan.  It was also desired that the Form-I (as revised on 1.12.2009) should also be filled and submitted. 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee deferred consideration of the proposal till the revised documents have been submitted.  Further, as the revision of documents may take long time, the Committee also recommended for closure of the project file. 

 

2.14          Dolomite Mine of Sri G.V. Anil Kumar Reddy, village Nandimandalam, District Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: M/s Global Enviro Labs, Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  At the outset, it was stated by the proponent that they had engaged M/s Southern Consultants, Gudur as their environmental consultant who had prepared the EIA/EMP report.  As the said consultant could not continue with the proposals, they had changed the consultant to M/s Global Enviro Labs, Hyderabad who will be assisting them and making presentation for the project.  M/s Global Enviro Labs also gave a written commitment that they would be responsible for the data contained in the report.

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 10,526 TPA of dolomite.  The mine lease area is 80.97 ha.  It was observed that the data contained in the EIA report is only for five years.  The mine plan has also been prepared only for five years.  The Committee, therefore, desired that the EIA report should be revised to provide data for the entire lease period and the mine plan should also be prepared for the lease period, of course the mining scheme will be for five years period within the overall framework of the mine plan.  It was also desired that the Form-I (as revised on 1.12.2009), should also be filled and submitted. 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee deferred consideration of the proposal till the revised documents have been submitted.  Further, as the revision of documents may take long time, the Committee also recommended for closure of the project file. 

 

2.15          Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Balaji Electro Smelters Ltd., village Bhoraj, District Adilabad, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: M/s Global Enviro Labs, 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 4,000 TPA of manganese ore.  The mine lease area is 122.65 ha.  It was observed that the data contained in the EIA report is only for five years.  The mine plan has also been prepared only for five years.  The Committee, therefore, desired that the EIA report should be revised to provide data for the entire lease period addressing adequately all the prescribed TORs and the mine plan should also be prepared for the lease period, of course the mining scheme will be for five years period within the overall framework of the mine plan.  It was also desired that the Form-I as revised on 1.12.2009 should also be filled and submitted.  It was also desired that baseline AAQ data for one month during post monsoon should be generated afresh and compared with the earlier data.   

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee deferred consideration of the proposal till the revised documents have been submitted.  Further, as the revision of documents may take long time, the Committee also recommended for closure of the project file. 

 

2.16          Mevasa-I of M/s GMDC located at village Mevasa, District Jamnagar, Gujarat

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Committee during its meeting held in October 29-30, 2009, however, consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of approved mining scheme beyond November, 2009.  The proponent have now submit the approved mining plan and accordingly the proposal was considered further.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fall due since June, 1999 for production of 0.125 million TPA of bauxite.  The mine lease area is 186.96 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that no part of the mine lease falls within CRZ.  The mine is reported to be located at a distance of 3.44 km from Marine National Park and accordingly the proponent have obtained NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden vide their letter dated 27.10.2009.  The mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 6 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 5 m from surface.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  It was also stated that the site elevation is higher than the sea level and the direction of flow of groundwater is towards the sea.  There is no possibility of ingress of seawater due to the proposed mining activity.  It was observed that the baseline AAQ data although within prescribed limits, however, the values are on a higher side and requires mitigation measures for their control.  It was stated that an area of 27.22 ha will be covered under plantation and an area of 55.77 ha will be converted into water body post mine.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was stated by the proponent that 9.1 ha of backfilled area will be developed as pasture land.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that no court case is pending against the project. 

 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to the conditions stipulated by Chief Wildlife Warden besides other usual conditions and environmental safeguards. 

 

 

2.17          Bhulbeda Iron Ore Mine of M/s Mineral Trading Syndicate, Bhulbeda, District Keonjhar, Orissa (TOR)

 

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

 

2.18          Quartz Mine of M/s Sri P. Abdul Rawoof Khan, village Hatti Belagal, District Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: M/s Global Enviro Labs, 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 50,000 TPA of quartz.  The mine lease area is 69.474 ha.  It was observed that the data contained in the EIA report is only for five years.  The mine plan has also been prepared only for five years.  The Committee, therefore, desired that the EIA report should be revised to provide data for the entire lease period and the mine plan should also be prepared for the lease period, of course the mining scheme will be for five years period within the overall framework of the mine plan.  It was also desired that the Form-I (as revised on 1.12.2009) should also be filled and submitted. 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee deferred consideration of the proposal till the revised documents have been submitted.  Further, as the revision of documents may take long time, the Committee also recommended for closure of the project file. 

 

 

2.19   New Captive Limestone Mine of M/s Lafarge India Pvt. Ltd., Chilhati, Tehsil Masturi, District Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh (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 opening of a new mine for production of 4.0 million TPA of limestone for their cement plant having a capacity of about 2.4 million TPA located at a distance of 25 km from cement plant.  It was stated by the proponent that there are other mines also which are linked to this cement plant and the total production of limestone from all the mines put together will not exceed 4.8 million TPA.  The mine lease area is 1236.479 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No Wildlife Sanctuary / National Park is located within 10 km of the mine lease.  Life of the mine is 43 years.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  A crusher will also be installed in the mine lease area.  Ultimate working depth will be 211 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. 

 

It was stated by the proponent that transportation of mineral to the cement plant will be by conveyor belt.  As construction of conveyor belt will take some time therefore, during the intervening period of 3 years, the mineral transportation will be by road and thereafter, it will be totally by conveyor belt.  During the presentation it also emerged that the component of conveyor belt has neither been included in the cement plant proposal nor it has been included in the mining proposal.  The proponent categorically mentioned that they would include the conveyor belt component in the cement plant proposal and accordingly approach the Ministry for seeking modification, if any required, in the TORs already prescribed for the cement plant. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

(vi)            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.

(vii)          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. 

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

(ix)            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. 

(x)              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.  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. 

(xi)            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.

(xii)          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.  

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

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

(xv)          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.

(xvi)        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.

(xvii)      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. 

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

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation 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.).  

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

(xxii)      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.

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

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

(xxv)      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.

(xxvi)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

(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 significance 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 should be provided. 

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

(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. 

 

2.20   Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s J.P. Ferrous Ltd. at village Gobareswar, PO Mohisara, 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 setting up of a iron ore beneficiation plant of 1.2 million TPA through put capacity.  The waste from the sponge iron plant in the nearby areas will be used as raw material for the beneficiation plant.  Filter press technology will be adopted.  The land requirement 35 acres, out of which 25 acres has already been acquired.  Water requirement for the project is 36 m3/hour, which will be obtained from groundwater / Brahamani river.  It was observed that the proponent have already generated baseline AAQ data; however, the location of the AAQ stations has not been selected properly.  There was no station in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The Committee, therefore, desired that at least one month data during the post monsoon season should be generated afresh with proper selection of AAQ stations covering the downwind direction as well.  The data so collected along with the earlier data will be used for preparing the EIA report. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            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. 

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

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

(vi)            Details of the solid waste to be generated and its management.  Adequacy of the tailing pond for the life of the beneficiation plant should be provided with supporting data and documentation.  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.  Management of fines and mitigation measures to control these fines from getting airborne should also be discussed. 

(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 beneficiation plant.

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

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

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

(xiv)        Detailed material balance to be provided.  

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

(xvi)        Management and disposal of tailings and closure plan of the tailing pond, if any, after the project is over. 

(xvii)      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. 

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

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

(xx)          R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people, if any. 

(xxi)        Collection of 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.  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.  The already collected data along with one month new data to be generated afresh with proper selection of monitoring stations should be used for preparing the report. 

(xxii)      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.

(xxiii)    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. 

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

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

(xxvi)    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.

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

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

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

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

(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 project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided.   

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

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

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

(xxxvi)Risk assessment and disaster management plan, which should inter-alia include breach of tailing pond, if any, pipeline failure and over flow from the tailing pond etc., if any, proposed in the project.

(xxxvii)          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 provided. 

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

(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)     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, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

 

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

 

2.21   Silica Sand Mine of M/s Sri Ram Minerals, village Pudicherla, Orvakal Mandal, District Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: Global Enviro Labs, Hyderabad)

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 21,000 TPA of silica sand.  The mine lease area is 84.028 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 6 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The water requirement is 8.5 kld, which will be obtained from bore well. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

(vi)            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.

(vii)          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. 

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

(ix)            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. 

(x)              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 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.  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. 

(xi)            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.

(xii)          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. 

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

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

(xv)          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.

(xvi)        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.

(xvii)      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. 

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

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

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation 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.).  

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

(xxii)      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.

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

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

(xxv)      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.

(xxvi)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

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

(xxviii)Measures of socio economic significance 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, occupational health impacts 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 should be provided. 

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

(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. 

 

 

2.22          Tantra Bauxite Mine of Shri Prabhudayal Agrawal, village Tantra, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: Earth & Environment, 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 feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production from 1,20,000 TPA to 1.0 million TPA of bauxite.  Earlier, the proponent had obtained TOR on 11.9.2009 for production of 1,20,000 TPA.  Since the proponent have now proposed to enhanced production to 1.0 million TPA, the present proposal is being considered afresh.  The mine is reported to be closed since 2004.  It is a violation case.  The mine lease area is 106.138 ha, which includes 91.76 ha of forestland.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized.  Life of the mine is 26 years.  Water requirement is 15 kld. 

 

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 should be indicated.

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

(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 and submitted. 

(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 and details furnished. 

(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 given.  

(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 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.  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 should be given.

(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 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.

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

(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 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. 

(xxxii)  Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

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

(xxxiv)Measures of socio economic significance 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. 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

c)     Where the documents provided 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       Sivaganga Graphite Mine of M/s Tamil Nadu Minerals Ltd., village Kumarapatti, Senthiudayanathapuram & Pudupatti, District Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu (Consultant: Creative Engineers & Consultants, Chennai)

 

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 renewal of mine lease, which fall due since 2007 for production of 60,000 TPA of graphite.  The mine lease area is 236.85 ha.  In addition, 82.16 ha of area for waste dump outside the mine lease also forms part of the project area.  Thus, the total project area will be 319.01 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised. Water requirement is 40 kld.  No beneficiation plant is proposed as part of this project. 

 

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

 

(i)                A copy of the relevant Rules and Guidelines issued by the State Government in relation to distance w.r.t. rivers and other water bodies and how these Rules and Orders are relevant to the instant proposal.  Details of the restrictions / conditions, if any, imposed by the State Government for operating the said mine keeping in view the location of the river. 

(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 should be indicated.

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

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

(ix)            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 given.  

(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)        The ore should be tested for heavy metals including uranium and results provided.  

(xiv)        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 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. 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. 

(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 given.

(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 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.

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

(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 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. 

(xxx)      Health history of workers should be provided.  It should also includes those who have left the company and the reasons for leaving the company i.e. health problems or otherwise. 

(xxxi)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

(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 significance 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. 

(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, occupational health impacts including that due to lead poisoning, 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. 

 

 

2.24       Dolomite & Blockable Dolomite (Marble) Mining Project of M/s Andhi Marble Pvt. Ltd., village Rayawala, District Jaipur, Rajasthan

 

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

 

2.25         Umpavalley Limestone Mine of M/s The Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd., Nandapur Sub-Division, District Koraput, Orissa (Consultant: Ecomen Laboratories Pvt. 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 mining scheme. 

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fall due since 1994 for production of 0.21 million TPA of limestone and 3,000 m3 of off grade limestone as slab.  The mine is reported to be closed since 2001-02.  The mine lease area is 859.99 ha, out of which 215.79 ha is forestland.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised.  Water requirement is 160 kld, which will be obtained from surface water and groundwater.  Backfilling is proposed. 

 

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 should be indicated.

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

(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 and submitted. 

(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 and details furnished. 

(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 given.

(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 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.  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 should be given.

(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 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.

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

(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 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. 

(xxxii)  Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

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

(xxxiv)Measures of socio economic significance 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. 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

c)     Where the documents provided 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. 

 

2.26       Kasia Iron Ore & Beneficiation Plant of M/s Essel Mining & Industries Ltd. located at village Kasla, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: M/s B.S. Envitech Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 3.6 million TPA to 7.5 million TPA and setting up of a iron ore beneficiation plant with a through put capacity of 0.7 million TPA.  The terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study for this project were prescribed on 25.6.2008.  Public hearing was held on 16.3.2010.  The mine lease area is 194.196 ha, out of which 173.039 ha is forestland.  The forestry clearance is reported to have expired on 19.12.2009 and the renewal proposal for diversion of forestland has already been submitted.  The life of the mine is 15 years.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized.  The ultimate working depth will be 440 m AMSL.  The groundwater table is at 432 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The total water requirement is estimated as 4,000 kld.  It is proposed to recycle the process water.  The stage of the groundwater development in the area is reported to be 36.39%.  As per the NOC from Central Ground Water Authority dated 6th December, 2007, the area falls in safe category and permission has been granted for withdrawal of 2,000 kld of groundwater.  The tailings will be disposed in the abandoned quarry, which will be used as tailing pond at a distance of about 900 m from the beneficiation plant.  It was stated that lining is not required.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was also stated by the proponent that no court case is pending against the project. 

 

The Committee also took note and discussed the issues raised in the letter dated 10th May, 2010 from Shri Naba Kishor Das, Hon’ble Member of Orissa Legislative Assembly.  It was noted that while the response of the State Government on the same is awaited, the project proponent has given their response on each of the issues raised therein and the same was considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was stated by the proponent that the said mine lease is under operation as per ‘deemed extension provision’ and as such, the proponent has the legal locus standi to operate the mine.  The said lease was granted by State Government order no. 335 dated 9.1.1991 for an area of 194.196 ha.  They have got the mine plan approval from IBM and ‘Consent to Operate’ from State Pollution Control Board. The proponent have undertaken various welfare activities as part of its CSR programme.  With regard to water, it was stated that they have got NOC from Central Ground Water Authority for drawl of 2,000 kld of water.  They have also made application through IPICOL to draw surface water from Karo river to the extent of 4192.5 kld and on the recommendations of IPICOL, Water Resources Department, Govt. of Orissa has approved for drawl of 1.16 cusecs of water vide their letter no. 3467/WR dated 24.4.2009. 

 

The Committee having satisfied itself with the response of the project proponent and clarifications on the issues raised during the presentation, recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to taking additional safeguard measures for control of dust level in the area which are reported to be on higher side. 

 

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

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Committee during its meeting on May 24-26, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information / clarifications on various issues.  Based on the response received from the proponent the proposal was considered further.  The Committee took note of the letters dated 3.7.2010, 7.3.2008 and 16.8.2007 from Chief Wildlife Warden, Ranchi submitted by the project proponent.  It was stated in the letter of 16.8.2007 that the applied lease area does not fall in the prohibited area proposed by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests. Further, the letter dated 7.3.2008 states that the mine lease area is located within the core zone of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve; however, no National Park / Sanctuary / Elephant Corridor is located within 10 km of the mine lease. The letter dated 3.7.2010 states that the proponent have committed to contribute towards implementation of the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan and that there is no provision to grant approval under Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.  In view of the contents of these letters the Committee was of the view that the Chief Wildlife Warden has not made any objection to the proposed mining in the said mine lease; more so when it is an existing mine and there are other operating mines around this mine.  Based on the hydro-geological study it has been shown that the stage of groundwater development in the area is 24.37% and the area is categorized as safe zone.  It was committed that only jack hammer will be used.  The baseline AAQ data showed that RSPM levels were on a higher side though within permissible limits.  During the conceptual period 2,95,477 m3 of waste will be generated which will be partly backfilled.  Backfilling will start after 5th year.  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.

 

2.28            Chedwai Limestone Mining of M/s Murli Industries Ltd. at village Chedwai, Tehsil Rajura, District Chandrapur, Maharashtra (Consultant: Enviro Techno Consult, Nagpur)

 

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 4.5 million TPA of limestone.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that the said mine lease does not fall in critically polluted area / industrial cluster as identified by CPCB and mention in MoEF O.M. dated 13.1.2010 and 15.3.2010.  The mine lease is at a distance of 40 km from Chandrapur city.  The terms of reference for undertaking detailed EIA study were prescribed on 11.4.2008.  Public hearing was held on 30.11.2009.  The mine lease area is 695.72 ha, which includes 527.48 ha of forestland.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  It was observed that the baseline AAQ data for one season has not been provided rather there has been mixing of season.  Application for diversion of forestland is also not yet submitted. The Committee was concerned whether as per the policy for diversion of forestland, waste dumps can be permitted in the forest area as envisaged in the project. 

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

(i)           A copy of the lease letter / letter of intent in the name of the lessee.

(ii)         Document in support of change of name of the company from Murli Agro Products Ltd to Murli Industries Ltd. 

(iii)       A copy of the proposal submitted for forestry clearance should be furnished.  Based on the surface layout map, location of the waste dump w.r.t. the forest area may be shown. 

(iv)       Authenticated list of flora and fauna separately for core and buffer zone, based on primary survey. 

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

(vi)       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 and submitted. 

(vii)     Baseline AAQ data for one complete season other than monsoon.  It may be ensured that no mixing of season is done.  While, collecting baseline AAQ data, location of monitoring stations should be carried out keeping in view the pre-dominant down wind direction, sensitive receptors and habitation. 

(viii)   Details of brake up of lease area to be provided. 

(ix)       Occupational health impact of the project and plan for mitigating the same should be given. 

(x)         While making prediction of impacts, contribution due to DG sets for worst case scenario should also be presented. 

(xi)       Complete set of public hearing proceedings along with copies of the press advertisement, video recording and action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing (time frame and financial allocation) should be submitted. 

(xii)     The data contained in the EIA report should be for the conceptual period / period of the mine lease and all other documents should be mutually consistent in terms of data on mine lease area, waste generation and its management, production etc. 

(xiii)   The EIA report should clearly bring out compliance with the prescribed TORs providing cross referencing of relevant sections / pages. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee deferred further consideration of the proposal till the revised report incorporating the above mentioned points has been submitted.  The Committee also observed that till such time the file may be closed. 

 

2.29  Limestone Mining Lease of Shri Chandan Singh located at village Borunda/Hariyadhana, District Jodhpur, Rajasthan (EC)  (Consultant: )

 

The consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of approved mine plan / eco development plan. 

 

2.30          Gonua Iron & Manganese Mine of M/s Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia, Village Gonua & Patabeda, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: ERS(I) 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 renewal of mine lease which will fall due with effect from October, 2010 and enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.36 million TPA to 1.2 million TPA.  A screening and crushing plant will be part of the project; however, no beneficiation is proposed.  The earlier environmental clearance for 0.36 million TPA capacity was granted in October, 2005.  Mine lease area is 86.886 ha, which include 76.882 ha is forestland.  Forestry clearance has been obtained for 54.4 ha.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized.  Life of the mine is 13 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 575 m AMSL.  Groundwater table is at 565 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement for the project is 75 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)                Status of compliance of the earlier EC conditions along with supporting documents and photographs should be submitted. 

(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 should be indicated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xvi)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based 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. 

(xvii)      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.  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. 

(xviii)    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxvii)  Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste 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.).  

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

(xxix)    Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project 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.

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

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

(xxxii)  Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation 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. 

(xxxiii)Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

(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 significance 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. 

(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, occupational health impacts 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 should be provided. 

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

(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 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. 

 

 

 

 

2.31  Sand Mine (61.0 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Sherpur Bahatian, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., 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 pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas and within next 10-15 days, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective `project proponent` on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking the contracted mining activities. 

 

The proposal is for extraction of 18,30,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Choe near village Sherpur Bahatian, District Hoshiarpur.  The mine lease area is 61.0 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

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

(xxvi)    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.

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

(xxviii)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 provided. 

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

(xxx)      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 surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining 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. 

 

2.32  Sand Mine (58.43 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Mahelanwalli, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi)

 

          The project proponent informed during the meeting that the mine lease area has been reduced to less than 50 and accordingly the project qualified in Category ‘B’.  As such, the proposal may be treated as withdrawn. 

 

2.33  Sand Mine (56.98 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Nasrala, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi)

 

          The project proponent informed during the meeting that the mine lease area has been reduced to less than 50 and accordingly the project qualified in Category ‘B’.  As such, the proposal may be treated as withdrawn. 

 

2.34       Sand Mine (52.0 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Dagana Khurd, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., 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 pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself.  The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas and within next 10-15 days, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

 

The proposal is for extraction of 15,60,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Choe near village Dagana Khurd, District Hoshiarpur.  The mine lease area is 52.0 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided.

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

(xxvi)    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.

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

(xxviii)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 provided. 

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

(xxx)      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 surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining 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. 

 

2.35       Sand Mine (52.67 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Bahaderpur, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi)

 

          The project proponent informed during the meeting that the mine lease area has been reduced to less than 50 and accordingly the project qualified in Category ‘B’.  As such, the proposal may be treated as withdrawn. 

 

2.36       Sand Mine (17.03 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Tepla, District Patiala, Punjab (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., 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 pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself.  The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas and within next 10-15 days, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

 

The proposal is for extraction of 7,57,460 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Ghaggar near village Tepla, District Patiala.  The mine lease area is 17.03 ha.  It has been treated as Category ‘A’ because of inter-state boundary within 10 km.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

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

(xxvi)    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.

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

(xxviii)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 provided. 

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

(xxx)      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 surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining 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. 

 

2.37       Sand Mine (5.37 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Rampur, District Patiala, Punjab (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., 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 pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself.  The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas and within next 10-15 days, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

 

The proposal is for extraction of 2,38,846 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Ghaggar near village Rampur, District Patiala.  The mine lease area is 5.37 ha.  It has been treated as Category ‘A’ because of inter-state boundary within 10 km. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

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

(xxvi)    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.

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

(xxviii)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 provided. 

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

(xxx)      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 surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining 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       Sand Mine (17.02 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Rajgarh, District Patiala, Punjab (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., 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 pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself.  The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas and within next 10-15 days, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

 

The proposal is for extraction of 7,57,015 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Ghaggar near village Rajgarh, District Patiala.  The mine lease area is 17.02 ha.  It has been treated as Category ‘A’ because of inter-state boundary within 10 km.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

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

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

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

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

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any.  Details in this regard should be given.     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

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

(xxvi)    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.

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

(xxviii)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 provided. 

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

(xxx)      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 surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining 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. 

 

2.39       Sand Mine (6.29 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Bhambua, District Patiala, Punjab (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi)

 

          The project proponent informed during the meeting that the proposal may be treated as withdrawn. 

 

 

2.40       Sand Mine (3.58 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Badla, District Patiala, Punjab (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., 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 pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the original proposal as submitted by the State Government was for the lease area of 5.72 ha which has now been reduced to 3.58 ha and hence does not attract the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006.  Accordingly, the proposal was not discussed. 

 

2.41       Sand Mine (15.11 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Nanheri, District Patiala, Punjab (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., 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 pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself.  The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas and within next 10-15 days, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

 

The proposal is for extraction of 6,72,062 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Ghaggar near village Nanheri, District Patiala.  The mine lease area is 15.11 ha.  It has been treated as Category ‘A’ because of inter-state boundary within 10 km.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

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

(xxvi)    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.

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

(xxviii)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 provided. 

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

(xxx)      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 surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining 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. 

 

2.42       Sand Mine (104.02 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Malikpur, District Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., 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 pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself.  The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas and within next 10-15 days, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

 

The proposal is for extraction of 31,20,600 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Satluj near village Malikpur, District Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar.  The mine lease area is 104.02 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

(iii)            Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

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

(xxvi)    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.

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

(xxviii)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 provided. 

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

(xxx)      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 surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining 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. 

 

 

2.43       Sand Mine (54.81 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Saidpur Khurd, District Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi)

 

          The project proponent informed during the meeting that the mine lease area has been reduced to less than 50 and accordingly the project qualified in Category ‘B’.  As such, the proposal may be treated as withdrawn. 

 

 

2.44       Sand Mine (66.24 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Begowal, District Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi)

 

          The project proponent informed during the meeting that the mine lease area has been reduced to less than 50 and accordingly the project qualified in Category ‘B’.  As such, the proposal may be treated as withdrawn. 

 

2.45       Sand Mine (135.42 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Raipur Araian, District Jalandhar, Punjab (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi)

 

          The project proponent informed during the meeting that the mine lease area has been reduced to less than 50 and accordingly the project qualified in Category ‘B’.  The TORs as Category ‘B’ project has been obtained from SEIAA, Punjab.  As such, the proposal may be treated as withdrawn. 

 

Next Meeting:

It was decided that the next meeting will be held on August 25-27, 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.       Shri Sunil Peshin     -     Member

7.       Shri S.B.S. Chauhan     -     Member

8.       Shri K.S. Anandan     -     Member

9.       Dr. B.K. Mishra     -     Member

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

11.     Dr. Satish C. Garkoti,      -     Addl. Director

12.     Shri Om Prakash,     -    Dy. Director

13.     Representative of M/s Bharat Chemical Industries

14.     Representative of M/s Mrutaye Balaji Steels Ltd.    

15.     Representative of M/s Thekedar Jhoomar Lal Agarwal

16.     Representative of M/s RSMML

17.     Representative of M/s ABG Cement Ltd.

18.     Representative of M/s Mineral & Minerals Ltd.

    19.    Representative of M/s The Orissa Minerals Development Co. Ltd.

20.     Representative of M/s Bisra Stone Lime Company Ltd.

21.     Representative of M/s Sri Y. Yerikal Reddy

22.     Representative of M/s Sri G.V. Anil Kumar Reddy

23.     Representative of M/s Balaji Electro Smelters Ltd.

24.     Representative of M/s Sri P. Abdul Rawoof Khan

25.     Representative of M/s Lafarge India Pvt. Ltd.

26.     Representative of M/s J.P. Ferrous Ltd.

27.     Representative of M/s Sri Ram Minerals

28.     Representative of M/s Prabhudayal Agrawal

29.     Representative of M/s Tamil Nadu Minerals Ltd.

30.     Representative of M/s The Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd.

31.     Representative of M/s Essel Mining & Industries Ltd.

32.     Representative of M/s Murli Industries Ltd.

33.     Representative of M/s Shri Chandan Singh

34.     Representative of M/s Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia

35.     Representative of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, Govt. of Punjab

 

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