Minutes

 

 The Minutes of the 104th Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Building/ Construction Projects/ Township and Area Development Projects, Coastal Regulation Zone, Infrastructure Development and Miscellaneous Projects held on 17th –19th August, 2011 at Fazal Chamber, Scope Complex, New Delhi.

 

1.                 Opening Remarks of the Chairman.

 

The Chairman welcomed the members to the 104th meeting of the EAC. Member Secretary informed about the action taken on the decisions of the 103rd meeting held on 13th –15th July, 2011 in New Delhi.

         

2.           Confirmation of the Minutes of the 103rd Meeting of the EAC held on 13th –15th July, 2011 at New Delhi.

 

          Minutes of the 103rd Meeting of the EAC held on 13th – 15th July, 2011 at New Delhi were confirmed with the following corrections/ amendments.

 

(i)       In item No. 4.7 - CRZ clearance for construction of seawater intake and outfall pipeline facilities, coal corridor, bridge over Buckingham Canal, power evacuation corridor and approach road from Painapuram, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh by M/s NCC Power Projects Ltd [F.No. 11-44/2011-IA-III].

 

          In Para, 5, the water requirement shall be read as 12, 870 Cum per hour instead of 11,370 Cum per hour. Also following additional conditions are added.

         

i)                   Effluent from the ash pond shall not be discharged into the marine or any other recipient system and it will be recycled/ reused completely.

 

ii)                Online monitoring facilities to monitor parameters such as temperature, salinity, residual chlorine shall be provided for the effluent discharged through marine out fall.

 

iii)              Greenbelt of 50 –150 meters width shall be developed all around the plant.

 

iv)               The PP shall submit the details of MOUs entered with cement units shall be submitted to RO of MoEF and SPCB with in six months.

 

v)                  The PP shall submit specific action plan for of the engineering tools for to be used for trenching and installation of the pipes/ controlled method of dredging with latest techniques, to the RO of MoEF and to SPCB with in two months.

 

vi)               The budget committed by the project proponent of Rs 33.29 crores towards CSR in fixed time frame activities shall be maintained. The implementation of CSR shall be submitted to Ministry and regional office of MoEF every 6 months.

 

vii)             The outfall shall have proper diffuser of necessary configuration and length with well separated ports to achieve non-mixing plumes, required initial dilution and marine water quality under maximum discharge condition. The sea water intake shall have appropriate filter so that marine organisms are not sucked in and fishes can escape from its flow field.

 

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

 

          The Committee recommended addition of the above conditions.

 

(ii)      In item No. 4.18 of the minutes of the EAC meeting held on 5th –6th April, 2011, Environmental Clearance for the project (i) development of East quay –IA (EQ-1A) berth on south side of EQ-1 (ii) development of East quay –1 (EQ-1) by replacing the existing EQ-1 berth and part of EQ-2 berth at Visakhapatnam Port by M/s Visakhapatnam Port Trust.

 

          The proponent vide letter dated 03.06.2011 has requested for the following amendment in condition no. (xii):

 

Conditions stipulated by EAC.

Amendment requested

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

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

 

The Committee recommended amendment in the minutes subject to the condition that adequate and proper dust suppressiion measures will be provided and their effective operation will be ensured.

 

(iii)     In item no. 4.8 of the minutes of 95th EAC meeting held on 18th – 20th January, 2011- Finalization of ToR for rehabilitation and upgrading of existing carriageway to 4-lane with paved shoulders configuration of NH-6 from Aurang to Saraipalli in the state of Chhattisgarh [F. No. 10-80/2010-IA.III].

 

The EAC considered the above-mentioned project wherein NHAI presented the salient features of the project as 4-lane with paved shoulders configuration. MoEF vide letter dated 28.2.2011 finalized the TOR of the said section for up-gradation to 2-lane with paved shoulder. NHAI requested to amend the ToR to 4-lane with paved shoulder instead of 2-lane with paved shoulder.

 

The Committee recommended acceptance of the above amendment.

 

3.          Consideration of Old Proposals:

 

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

 

The Committee recommended to defer the project as requested by the Project Proponent.

                  

3.2          Amendment to the CRZ Clearance issued for the construction of Sea Water Intake facilities and discharge including construction of wharf for internal transshipment of coal, Chillakuru Mandal, Andhra Pradesh by M/s. Simhapuri Energy Pvt. Ltd. (F.No. 11-139/2008-IA.III)

 

As presented by the project proponent that the Environmental Clearrnce for setting up of 540 MW coal based Thermal Power Project at Thammenapatnam and Momidi villages, Chillakuru Mandal SPSR Nellore Districtwas issued by the Ministry vide No.J-13011/17/2008-IA-II(T), dated 03.07.2008 and CRZ clearance was issued for intake and outfall facility. Now, it is understood that the same machineries, the capacity can be enhanced up to MW. However, there will be no additional water drawal and discharge.

 

          The Committee examined the details submitted and presented by the project proponent and noted that the changes proposed are only in the Power plant capacity and there is no change in the CRZ components, intake and outfall etc., On the basis of material presented and after  discussions, the Committee decided that no amendment is required. However, the consequential changes, if any, arising out of increased power plant capacity, to the boundary conditions assumed in the model for the determination of optimum conditions of mixing and dilution of the return water from marine environmental considerations shall be monitored with a view to ensuring that the resulting situation is well within the acceptable parameters, and conform to the prescribed standards. The fact of compliance of this specific aspect reflecting the ground realities shall be reported to the Ministry at the appropriate stage. 

 

 

 

 

 

4.                Consideration of New Proposals:

 

4.1           Environmental Clearance for the development of a green field Airport at Sindhudurg, Maharashtra by M/s IRB Sindhudurg Airport Pvt. Ltd. [F.No. 10-27/2010-IA.III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves development of a green field Airport at Sindhudurg, Maharashtra. The site is located between village Chippi-vadi and village Parul, 23 km west of Kudal, district Headquater of Singhudurg. The airport site reference coordinates are Latitude 16000’ N and Longitude 73032’ E.

 

The first evaluation of an international airport site at Sindhudurg was undertaken by the Airports Authority of India, who after evaluating various locations, recommended a site at Mahapen located approximately 20 km south of Kudal. The above site was examined by RITES, who reported insufficient land for development of an international airport. Another site between village Chippi-vadi and village Parule was located 23 km west of Kudal, it was observed that the site was suitable for development of an airport. MIDC subsequently acquired about 271 ha of land for the proposed airport. The site is located on Lateritic Plateau with small mounds and valleys. In principle approval for the Green field domestic airport project from the Ministry of Civil Aviation has been obtained vide letter dated 29.09.2008 and site approval from DGCA vide letter dated 17.05.2008. NOC from Ministry of Defence has been obtained vide letter dated 09.09.2008.

 

The proposed runway length is 3450 m, width is 45 m to service D type aircrafts. A half length parallel taxiway of 1565m which will be added in phase II and the separation of runway and taxiway will be 176m. ATC tower, Technical building and metrological lab is also proposed. One level terminal building has been designed at a norm of 20 sqm per peak hour passenger. About 61 KLD water is required during construction phase and 350 KLD during operational phase which will be met from Dhampur, which is 20 km away from the site. Power supply will be obtained through dedicated lines of Kudal and Dhampur. Standby DG set of 3X1500 KVA are proposed. Expected sewage generated will be 180 KLD. No eco sensitive area is within 10 km. radius.  Sea coast is appox. at 4 km  distance and creek is about 1 km from the site. The total project cost is 186 Crores.

 

ToR for the project was finalized by the EAC in its meeting held on 21st – 23rd July, 2010 and Public hearing was conducted on 15th December, 2010 at Chippiwadi, Parule, Tehsil Venguria, District- Sindudurg.

 

There is a moratorium for the consideration of projects in Sindhudurg District, however, since the project was received prior to the imposing the re-examine with reference to OM. Moratorium in August, 2010, the project is considered as per OM dated 04.07.2011.

 

          The Committee examined the details submitted and presented. During the discussions, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   Proponent shall examine the demand/ feasibility of the project taking into consideration of the proposed Airport in Goa which is at about 100 km distance.

 

ii)                 The waste water generated from the aircraft maintenance hangers may contain hazardous materials like lead, chromium, Sulphates, Phenolic compounds, V.O.C’s etc. The surface runoff from the airport area shall also contain oils, grease, Sulphates etc, which cannot be sent directly to sewage treatment plant for the treatment. A separate treatment plant for managing the waste water shall be specified and adopted.

 

iii)              Standard instrument arrival and departure procedure shall be designed to minimise the noise levels within the permissible limits for the area falling in the funnel near the airport on either side.

 

iv)                Energy conservation to the extent of 20% shall be incorporated including water conservation (reuse/recycle, rain water harvesting and water efficient fixtures) and other green building practices for various buildings proposed within the airport complex. The Company shall adopt ECBC Guidelines 2009 to achieve the energy – efficient design.

 

v)                  The Company shall prepare a detailed traffic management plan to take care of increased vehicular traffic which should also cover/ clearly delineate widening/ increasing the existing roads and associated road infrastructure approving/ installation of road safety features/ pedestrian facility/FOB/under passes etc (that can be done by carrying out road safety audits). Measures shall be taken to prevent encroachment along/within the ROWs on connecting/ main arterial roads. Parking requirements shall be re-examined and worked out along with circulation plan before the start of construction work.

 

vi)                Traffic Management during construction phase shall be clearly planned so that the traffic situation is not worsened on the existing connecting roads. Installations of Noise barrier/ Green Belts should be clearly indicated in the plan (After identifying critical locations).

 

vii)              In addition to the above the proponent shall ensure that all the risks (such as fire, hazardous material waste handling, oil spills and waste – both liquid/solid wastes) associated/ resultant risks during various stages of development (like planning, construction, operation) are managed within the airport area. In case of any unforeseen event as stated above the liability – environmental and social will rest with the proponent, the decision of the high level Committee, stipulated below will be full and final for liability fixations.

 

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

 

ix)               Environment Management Plan or associated monitoring plan shall ensure that mitigation measures detailed out in terms of role, responsibility, budgetary provisions, timeline for completion, frequency of monitoring and compliance etc. 

 

x)                 The Proponent shall review recommendations of ‘Gadgil Committee” and implement the related/ applicable recommendations if any.

 

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

 

4.2           Environmental Clearance for the extension/modernization of Agatti Airport, Lakshadweep Islands by M/s Airport Authority of India. (F. No. 10-70/09-IA III)

 

Project proponent informed that the Public Hearing could not be conducted and requested for deferment.

The committee deferred the project.

4.3           Environmental Clearance for the development of Phase -II of Gangavaran Port, Visakhapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh by M/s Gangavaram Port Ltd. [F.No.11-91/2010-IA-III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, Gangavaram Port is developed as all weather multipurpose deepest port in India to handle super cape size vessels located on the East coast of India approximately 15 km south of Visakhapatnam Port and acting like gateway port to the existing and green field projects in the hinterland. At Gangavaram Port presently five berths are under operation to handle variety of cargoes such as Coal / Iron ore, Fertilizer, Limestone, Food Grains, and Steel Products etc.

 

          It is proposed to expand the port facilities from 16.54 MTPA to 41 MTPA to cater for future cargo within the existing port premises at Gangavaram Village, Pedagantyada mandal, Visakhapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh. The existing Project already received Environmental Clearance under EIA & CRZ notifications vide letter No.10-14/2009-IA.III dt.19th March, 2010. The following facilities proposed to be planned at Gangavaram port to handle the above mentioned future traffic up to year 2015, (i) One mechanized coal berth to handle cape size coal carrier and (ii) Three multipurpose berths to handle multipurpose/General cargo.

 

          Dredging to the extent of 4.88 million cubic meters will be carried out in front of the berths and near the turning basin.  The dredged material will be pumped onshore for reclamation of the port backup areas.The other associated facilities like Buildings, Storage, roads, railways, water, power, drainage, sewage, pollution control including Dust suppression system, greenery fire fighting system etc. are planned to be provided.

 

          Additional Rail sidings will be developed within port premises to take on additional cargo evacuation. No additional land requirement as sufficient land is available within existing port premises. The water requirement will be 1000 m3/day in addition to existing 600 m3/day of Phase I and will be sourced from Visakha International Water Supply Company. The Power requirement will be 5 MVA in addition to 9 MVA of existing Phase – I and will be sourced from APTRANSCO. Adequate dust suppression measures will be installed in addition to existing sprayers. Zero waste water discharge shall be maintained by utilising treated waste water for dust suppression & green belt development. Total development green belt is 106 acres and further 40 acres will be developed before January, 2011. The total cost of the project is Rs. 800 crores.

 

     ToR for the project was finalized by the EAC in its 94th Meeting held on 30 November, 1st –2nd December, 2010.

 

There is a compliant from Forum for Sustainable Development alleging that GPL has not obtained any change of land use as per the provisions of VUDA Master Plan, no permission from Greater Municipal Corporation for construction.  No public Hearing was held, the project is part of cluster of industrial projects, Cumulative EIA to be conducted, water courses have been affected duo to construction and resulting flooding. Failed to comply with consent conditions- cleaning/ dust control along road.

 

Proponent has responded to the above issues and submitted the copy of the compliance status which was submitted to Regional Office of the Ministry at Bengaluru. Public Hearing was conducted on 12.05.2011 near the main Gate of the Port, Gangavaram.

 

          The details submitted and presented were examined by the Committee. During the discussions, the following points emerged:

 

i)                   The Environmental parameters monitored reveals that all the parameters are within the permissible limits. However, the proponent has not compared the present environmental parameters with the data prior to the commissioning of the Port. Proponent shall submit the details of the incremental environmental parameters due to operation of the Port with reasons for such increment, to the Ministry.

 

ii)                 As the development is conceived in several stages to reach the full designed/planned capacity of the port, it shall be necessary to prepare and put in place a master EMP for the full scale development and fit in the phase-wise creations as modules forming part of the entire system. This shall facilitate a harmonious planning of environmental requirements to be put in place in a phased manner in accordance with preset goal and objective as outlined in the overall environmental plan for the port in its totality. 

 

iii)              The 4.88 million cum of dredged material shall be used for shore reclamation subject to its suitability.  Any unsuitable/ excess dredged material shall be disposed at dumpsite. Port shall identify suitable dumping spot for disposal of unsuitable material offshore on the basis of appropriate modeling study. 

 

iv)                The green belt area proposed is about 10 % only. Proponent shall enhance the area of green belt. Width of the green belt shall be minimum 50 m. The present stage of development of 40 acres of land for green belt which should have been completed before January 2011 shall be reported to the Ministry together with the programme adopted for implementation.

 

v)                  The Committee observed that there will be a quantum jump of port traffic from the existing level of 16.54 MTPA to 41 MTPA after completion of the proposed developments and this is likely to register further leap when full scale planned capacity is reached later; it is therefore necessary even now to plan appropriate measures to ensure that will be no mismatch between the planned capacity and the external logistic requirements in the overall transportation chain/network commensurate with the demand.  A long range vision would be necessary to achieve a smooth flow of cargo traffic both within and outside port limits.

 

vi)                Submit the Risk Assessment and Disaster Management Plan for handling the liquid caustic soda for all scenario including leakages and accidental spillages, to the Ministry.

 

vii)             The Company shall enhance the allocation for the CSR activities from 2. 5 to 5 % of the total cost and item-wise details along with time bound action plan shall be prepared and submitted to the Ministry’s Regional Office at Bangalore. Implementation of such program shall be ensured accordingly in a time bound manner.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ and Environmental Clearance with the above conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent after submission of the information as required above.

 

4.4           CRZ clearance for reconstruction of Madre-De-Deus Church, at survey no. 2701 of Kadakampalli village, Vettucaud, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala by M/s. Parish Pariest, Madre-De-Deus Church, Vettucaud Ltd. (F.No. 11-118/2010 – IA.III).

 

As presented by the project proponent the proposal is for reconstruction of Madre-De-Deus Church, Vettucaud Thiruvananthapuram. The church was more than 2 centuries old and was in dilapidated condition; hence it was decideded to reconstruct the same. The existing church was demolished and construction was started. Based on a stay from the Hon’ble Munsiff Court, the construction was stopped.

 

 The plot area of the Church is 1.4271 ha with built up area of 520 Sqm and the proposed construction area is 4180 Sq.m. Maximum Height is 22.1m and the FSI consumed is 0.18. The water requirement is 16.20 KL/day and the source is Municipal Corporation, Thiruvandrum. The Sewage generation is about 14.58 KLD which will be treated in the Existing Treatment Plant and the treated water is used for gardening and flushing. The solid waste generation will be about 180 kg/day. Bio- degreadable waste will be sent to the existing bio- gas generation plant along with the sludge from STP and the bio- gas generated will be consumed in the Kitchen. A D.G set of 62.5 KVA will be located in Sound proof chamber. Total Cost of the project is Rs. 3.69 Crores.

 

The HTL demarcation has been done by the CESS.

 

Member Secretary informed that Ministry has received a complaint from Fr. Laberin Yesu. R alleging that the existing church building is demolished and construction has been started without obtaining prior permission in the protected Zone of CRZ, Hon’ble Munsiff Court vide order dated 8th September, 2010, stayed the demolition and construction until further orders, but the construction is continuing. Proponent informed that they were not aware of the requirement of CRZ clearance. As soon as this fact came to their knowledge, they have stopped the work and will not start without obtaining the clearance.

 

          The details submitted and presented were examined by the committee. During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 The Committee noted that as per the recommendation of the Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority dated 27.06.2011, the site is in CRZ –II and landward side of the imaginary line connecting the existing structure, hence it is a permissible activity under the CRZ Notification, 2011 but the old Church building has been demolished and construction has been started prior to the clearance which is a violation.

 

(ii)              The constructions carried out without obtaining prior CRZ Clearance under CRZ Notification 1991/ 2011. The above constructions/ development are in violation of Environmental (Protection) Act 1986. The violation has to be dealt as per OM No. No.J-11013/41/2006-IA. II (I) dated 16th November 2010.

 

(iii)            Proponent shall incorporate all the necessary architectural features in the building design.

 

(iv)             Proponent shall put in place a Disaster Management Plan including obtaining clearance from the Fire Department in view of the expecting gathering of about 5000 people once in a week for mess prayers.

 

(v)                Submit the details of requirement of water including the treatment of existing and proposed use along with the method of disposal of treated waste water.

 

(vi)             Submit landscape plan including parking and circulation plan etc.

 

(vii)           Submit details / status of the Court case.

 

The Committee recommended the proposal for the CRZ clearance, subject to submission of above information and suggested for action against violation as per OM dated 16.11.2010.

 

4.5           Finalization of ToR for Multipurpose all weather port at Tadadi, Karnataka by M/s Karnataka Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd [F.No. 11-28/2011-IA-III]

 

The proposed Greenfield port is located in Latitude 140 13.50’ N. The Aghanashini river flows adjacent to the project area and proposed port is situated on the estuarine zone of the Aghanashini River at a distance of about 50 km from Karwar, 24 km from Belekeri and 35 km from Honnnavar. A major portion of the development falls under CRZ-III. The proposed site is not prone to earthquake, subsidence, landside, etc but erosion & flooding may occur occasionally.  No adverse or extreme climatic conditions are expected based on the climatic history.  This land does not fall in the “Hot Spot”. A preliminary study of three alternative sites has been carried out, considering both the inner and outer locations viz. (i) an inner harbour in the Aghanashini Estuary, (ii) an outer harbour on the northern side and (iii) an outer harbour on the southern side.  A multi criteria analysis of the three locations has confirmed that the alternative location in the Aghanashini estuary is most suitable. 

 

The nearest railway station to Tadadi is at Gokarna which is 5 km from Tadadi on Konkan Railway. The Konkan Railway line passes through the project site, but does not connect Tadadi to the hinterland.  The National Highway 17 passes very close to the proposed port area.  National Highway 63, State Highway 69 and the proposed Hubli Ankola Railway lines are other infrastructure facilities that will support all round development of the port and the region. The air connectivity is through the airports located at Mangalore & Goa. The port is being designed to initially handle about 34.25 million tonnes of cargo. Major cargo expected to be handled by the port is export of iron ore, finished steel products, fertilizers, etc. and import of coal.

 

The total project area is approximately 610 hectares (1400 acres). The land identified for the project has been acquired for industrial/ infrastructure purpose, quite some time ago and now vests with the Government. This land is a barren land presently inundated, which can be utilized for development of sea port and related facilities. The port envisages facilities for storage and handling of cargo, like warehouses, open storage yards, etc. Dredging for channel, turning circle & basin is proposed, with minimum of 18m of water depth below chart datum at the entrance channel, 16 m in the turning circle and 15.5 m at berth locations. Major portion of the dredged material will be used for reclamation of land/ low lying area/ land and remaining will be discharged at the outer sea as per MoEF notification/ guidelines.

 

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

 

i)                   Submit the details of the site selection studies with justification pertaining all the three alternate sites examined with particular focus on environmental issues,

 

ii)                Submit the details of the eco-sensitive areas, if any.

 

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

 

iv)               Submit the details of the fishing activity and likely impact due to the activity.

 

v)                  Submit the details of the Hydrodynamic study with particular reference to the estuarine location and its stability due to natural processes.

 

vi)               Submit the details of anticipated impact due to the growth scenario/ induced developments because of the green field Port. Impact due to influx of people due to port and all other associated activities or otherwise may be carefully projected and estimated. Commitments for environmental and ecological protection shall be made quantitatively and chronologically.

 

vii)             Submit details of Risk Assessment, Disaster Management Plan including emergency evacuation during natural and man-made disaster like floods, cyclone, tsunami and earth quakes etc.

 

viii)          Submit the details of Oil Spill Contingent Management Plan.

 

ix)              The possibility of transplanting the existing oyster bed in case disturbance on account of port activity.

 

x)                 Submit the details of dredging sludge quantity quality in terms of its toxic metals (atleast Cr+6, Arsenic, Mercury, and lead) and its disposal with quantity (reclamation/ dredging disposal site) If disposal is in sea, location, the justification for selecting such location, the dispersal of dumping material, its effect on marine environment, effect of fishes.

 

xi)              Submit the details of change in estuarine environment such as salinity intrusion, existence of saline wedge phenomenon etc.

 

xii)            Submit the details of study on connectivity and its carrying capacity (both road and railway).

 

xiii)         Submit the details of existing port and proposed new ports in west cost on either side of Tadadi with in a distance of 200 Km.

 

xiv)           Submit the details of impact on salt pan existing on the surrounding area.

 

xv)             Confirm that the proposed development does not involve court cases.

 

xvi)           The mangrove exists about 10 km from the project site. Because of the anthropogenic activities and human settlement, mangroves are likely to spread in the area. A study on possible alteration of flora and fauna over long term may be taken up.

 

xvii)        Although it was mentioned that there is no forest land in the project area but the area is very green. No of trees to be cut may be estimated with photographic record.

 

xviii)      Quantitative and chronological CSR plan shall be delineated in detail.

 

 

 

General Guidelines

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

 

 

 

4.6           Finalization of ToR for setting up of LNG terminal at Ennore, Tamil Nadu by M/s Indian Oil Corporation [F.No. 11-30/2011-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves setting up of LNG terminal at Ennore.  As a part of diversification strategy to provide complete fuel solutions to it’s customers, IOCL started RLNG marketing in the year 2004, as one of the major off takers of RLNG from Dahej LNG import terminal of Petronet LNG Limited (PLL- a Joint Venture Company of IOCL, BPCL, GAIL and ONGC). IOCL is marketing around 2.25 MMTPA of LNG on long term contract from PLL’s Dahej terminal and additional RLNG through short term contracts and spot cargos also from time to time based on market demand. IOCL also has a marketing share of 30% of RLNG in the upcoming PLL’s Kochi LNG terminal which is expected to be operational by end 2012. Ennore Port is an all weather port with all the infrastructure facilities already in place. Ennore Port has already earmarked water front for LNG Jetty and land for LNG storage and re-gasification terminal with in the port premises in their master plan. On completion of the project RLNG would reach the gas starved Southern states of India particularly Tamil Nadu and some parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

 

RLNG from the terminal is proposed to be supplied to customers through extensive pipeline network to the existing and new power plants, Fertilizer plants, existing and new industries, CNG/LCNG, CGD etc. LNG would also be supplied by road through cryogenic LNG road tankers to customers who are far away and not connected with gas pipeline networks.

Earlier in August 2010, IOCL had signed an MOU with Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. (TIDCO) for jointly setting up the LNG import and re-gasification terminal including marine facilities, RLNG based Power Plants, Gas Grid in Tamil Nadu in addition to participating in city gas distribution business in the State of Tamil Nadu. Government of Tamil Nadu (GOTN) has granted fiscal incentives and State support for the project including facilitation for setting up City Gas Distribution (CGD) networks and Gas pipeline Networks etc. in the State.

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

 

(i)                 Submit site map showing the existing land use surrounding the proposed facility, layout showing the location/size of the proposed facilities vis a vis the port constructed, approaches to the port, pipe line routing etc.

 

(ii)              Submit the details on the applicability of various rules and regulation and proposed compliance.

 

(iii)            Submit the recommendations of Tamil Nadu CZMA.

 

(iv)             Submit a copy of layout superimposed on the HTL/LTL map demarcated by an authorized agency on 1:4000 scale.

 

(v)                Submit details of Risk Assessment and Disaster Management Plan including emergency evacuation during natural and man-made disaster like floods and other natural causes including cyclone, tsunami and earth quakes etc.

 

(vi)             Submit details of safety aspects associated with handling of LNG vis a vis other cargo in other facilities within the port.

 

(vii)           Submit details of storage and regasification, distribution network etc and vulnerability of human habitation vis a vis LNG associated risks.

 

(viii)        Submit phase-wise development details of the proposed facility in line with the corporate objectives and the implementation plan.

 

(ix)            Type of LNG carriers proposed taking into account the future growth in vessel sizes beyond the present day market trend and the handling aspects of such vessels from environmental considerations.

 

(x)               Submit details of Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan with parameters and costs.

 

(xi)            Submit the details of court cases, if any.

 

(xii)          Submit the details of the compliance to the conditions of the earlier clearance.

 

General Guidelines

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

4.7          Finalization of TOR for the development of all weather Port at Vanagiri, Sirkali, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu by M/s NSL Nagapatinam Power and Infratech P. Ltd [F.No. 11- 98/2008-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves development of all weather Port at Vanagiri, Sirkali, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu. NPIL is developing 2 x 660 MW Coal based Tehrmal Power Plant, 15 MLD Captive Desalination Plant at Thalachangadu Village, Thrangambadi Taluk, Nagapatinam District, Tamil Nadu. Environmental Clearance for the Power plant was obtained vide letter No. J-13012/74/2008-IA-II (T) dated 13.10.2010. Earlier, ToR was obtained on 06.11.2008 for the development of 15 MTPA captive offshore jetty at a distance of 2.4 kms from the coastline.  Present proposal is to develop all Weather Port at the same location with Handling capacity of 30 MTPA including 21 MTPA Coal and export of 9 MTPA Coal Ash.

 

The design vessel size will be up to 120,000 DWT for Coal and 10,000 to 20,000 DWT for Ash. The facility will have approach channel of 3815 x 200 m with 18.6 m depth, Turning Circle of 510 m with 17.8 m, Four nos. of berths with 2 No. of 600 x 25 and 470 x 25m. Northern breakwater of 1450 m and Southern breakwater of 980 m are proposed. Dredging of 11 Mcum is expected out of which 4-5 M cum will be utilized for reclamation and the remaining will be disposed offshore. The Sea water intake location will be South of Southern breakwater and Outfall will be North of Northern breakwater.

 

Tamil Nadu Maritime Board has allotted 864 m of water front and lands available on shore with the water front vide G.O Ms No. 147 dated 29.07.2009. The project site comprises mostly barren lands. It is proposed to provide 6 km long of 2/4 lane road from NH- 45 A to the port site to provide better access to the Power Plant and the Port. There are no Reserve Forests within the project site. The Estimated cost is Rs. 1235 Crores.

 

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

 

(i)                Submit the details of the site selection with justification along with details of alternate sites examined.

 

(ii)              Study the impact of similar facilities coming up in the vicinity so as to evaluate the cumulative impact on this project  and the impact of the proposed development on other projects.

 

(iii)           Submit details of port limits declared by the State Government authorities for the proposed development and any development philosophy imposed by State authorities and the compliance thereon in the planning process.

 

(iv)         Conduct the shore line change study to examine the erosion status. If site falls in high erosion zone, the project is not permissible as per the CRZ Notification, 2011.

 

(v)            Submit the details of dredging, quality including its toxic metals (Cr+Arsenic, Mercury and lead), and method of its disposal.

 

(vi)         Appropriate littoral drift study will be required taking into consideration the impact of similar facilities coming up in the region and having some influence or the other on the proposed development on environmental aspects.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xiii)   Submit the recommendations of the SCZMA. The proponent shall submit the HTL/LTL map of 1: 4000 scale prepared by an authorized agency superimposed with the layout.

 

(xiv)     Study the likely impact on Marine Environment (MEIA) and submit EMP with budgetary provisions and Study the impact on the Fishing activity Total number of people engaging in fishing /other fisheries related activities in the study area.

 

(xv)       Submit the details of back up stockyard and dust suppression measures.

 

(xvi)     Submit the details of green belt development.

 

(xvii)        Submit the details of leachate collection and treatment.

 

(xviii)       Submit the details of solid waste and management.

 

(xix)    Submit the details of water requirement and source.

 

(xx)      Submit the details of the channel and breakwater.

 

(xxi)    Submit the details of the ships to be handled.

 

(xxii)     Submit the details of the layout plan.

 

(xxiii)  Submit the details of R&R and social issues.

 

(xxiv)    Submit the details of land filling.

 

(xxv)   Submit the details of land breakup along with land use plan.

 

(xxvi)    Submit the details on the wastewater treatment.

 

(xxvii) Submit details of Risk Assessment and Disaster Management Plan including emergency evacuation during natural and man-made disaster like floods, cyclone, tsunami and earth quakes etc.

 

(xxviii)     Submit details of Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan with parameters and costs.

 

General Guidelines

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

4.8           Finalization of ToR for Multipurpose Jetty within Navalakhi Port, Maliya, Rajkot District, Gujarat by M/s DMCC Oil Terminal (Navlakhi) Ltd. [F.No. 11-45/2011-IA-III]

 

As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves development of Multipurpose Jetty within Navalakhi Port, Maliya, Rajkot District, Gujarat. The handling capacity will be 4.5 MMT of various types of cargo viz. Coal, Fertilizers, Steel/scrap, Timber & General Cargo. It is also proposed to export Food grains, steel, Salt, DOC & General Cargo. The construction involves a finger jetty 440 x 42 m length at the 1700 m inside the creek, 3 km long (1700 m long in water + 1300 m on land) of approach trestle, Temporary Storage area of about 40 acres and a 288 m long road bridge over Sui creek. The bed level available at the berth is about –12.0 m and the required depth for the vessel to be berthed is 12 m, hence no dredging is required. Total area for the project is 53.53 ha which barren / saline and muddy land is. The water requirement for the project will be about 435 KLD which will be met from GWSSB.

 

The Gujarat Coastal Zone Management Authority has examined the project and recommended vide letter No. ENV-10-2010-98-E dated 19.05.2011 and provided further information on letter No. ENV-10-2011-98-E dated 30.07.2011. The GCZMA has stated that as per the approved CZMP and the CRZ maps prepared by the Space Application Centre, the proposed site for the development of the Port Terminal and related facilities fall mainly in the inter tidal area, Categorised as CRZ –I (B) and CRZ-IV as well as the CRZ –I (A), (due to existence of some mangrove patches)  

 

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

 

i)                   Submit the details of the site selection with justification along with details of alternate sites examined.

 

ii)                Submit the details of the eco-sensitive areas in the vicinity

 

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

 

iv)               Submit the details of the Hydrodynamic study

 

v)                  Submit details of port limits declared by the State Government authorities for the proposed development.

 

vi)               Submit the details of Oil Spill Contingent Management Plan.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

xi)              Submit details of type of cargo expected to be handled and cargo-wise environmental issues and mitigation measures and appropriate monitoring mechanism to contain adverse impact if any. 

 

xii)            Submit details of storage of cargo, handling equipment for evacuation and mitigation measures to contain surface runoff with due to rains.

 

xiii)         Submit details whether the proposed trestle of 1700m long inside the creek will affect its normal functions for small crafts and the type of construction (piled structure).

 

xiv)           Study possibility of improvising/optimizing the facilities available at the Navalakhi Port to meet the traffic demand before zeroing in on an offshore jetty at the new location; a techno-economic feasibility study would be desirable with special emphasis on environmental issues.

 

xv)             Submit the recommendations of the SCZMA.

 

xvi)           Study the likely impact on Marine Environment (MEIA) and submit EMP with budgetary provisions and Study the impact on the Fishing activity Total number of people engaging in fishing /other fisheries related activities in the study area.

 

xvii)        Submit the details of green belt development.

 

xviii)      Submit the details of leachate collection and treatment.

 

xix)          Submit the details of water requirement and source.

 

xx)            Submit the details of the channel.

 

xxi)          Submit the details of the ships to be handled.

 

xxii)       Submit the details of the layout plan.

 

xxiii)     Submit details of adverse impact if any, on creek hydraulic regime, its preservation to maintain its dynamic equilibrium conditions.

 

xxiv)      Submit the details of R&R and social issues.

 

xxv)         Submit the details of land filling.

 

xxvi)      Submit the details of land breakup along with land use plan.

 

xxvii)    Submit the details on the wastewater treatment.

 

xxviii) Submit details of Risk Assessment and Disaster Management Plan including emergency evacuation during natural and man-made disaster like floods, cyclone, tsunami and earth quakes etc.

 

xxix)     Submit details of Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan with parameters and costs.

 

General Guidelines

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

4.9           Finalization of ToR for expansion of Port facility at Hazira Surat, Gujarat by M/s Essar Bull Terminal Ltd [F.No. 11-46-2011-IA-III]

 

As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves expansion of the existing port facility of the Essar Bulk Terminals Limited (EBTL) on the Tapi estuary at Hazira. EBTL constructed a Deep Water Berth, a 6.2 km long and 8 m deep Navigational Channel with a Turning Circle of radius of 600 m to meet the increasing demand of Essar Steel which is being expanded and other Essar establishments. The Environmental Clearance for these developments was granted by the MoEF in September 2007. Subsequently, in December 2007 the MoEF gave EC for reclamation of 350 ha to accommodate back-up facilities by utilizing dredged material. Although the EC was granted for 350 ha reclamation, Essar could reclaim only 186 ha. Because of the shortfall in back-up area the expansion plan of the steel complex and other Essar establishments at Hazira would be severely hampered. It is, therefore, proposes to reclaim another intertidal area of 164 ha – the balance of the approved 350 ha. However, there is a mangrove patch to the south of the area already reclaimed. Hence, it is proposed to reclaim the area (164 ha) to the south of the mangrove patch.

 

 In addition, it is proposed to expand the Port Terminal further by developing additional facilities such as (i) Reclamation of another 170 ha for storing fuel for ships, petroleum products and bulk chemicals such as glycols, paraffin, butanol etc. (ii) Extending channel from 6.2 to 17.6 km, deepening from 8 to 16 m and broadening from 180-230 to 300-350 m the Navigational Channel, (iii). Use of the dredged material for reclamation of 334 ha of the intertidal area. (iv) Utilization of the water front for Container and Break Bulk Berth (1100 m) for loading containerized and unit cargo; General Cargo Berth (700 m) for import of heavy machinery and evacuation of heavy fabricated cargo; Liquid Cargo Berth (500m) for petroleum products and chemicals ; Bulk Berth (700 m) for handling increased cargo throughput; Berths for offshore support vessels (500 m) for support to oil and gas prospecting operations; Dry Dock and Berth for Ship Repairs (700 m); Trestle Berth (600 m) connecting the reclamation already completed and the proposed to ensure free flow of seawater in the mangrove area. All berths will be provided with required topside equipment. Gantry Cranes will be fitted with enclosed hopper, covered discharge hood and water sprinkling system to reduce dust generation.

 

          EBTL has an Oil Pollution Contingency Plan (OPCP) and Tier –I facilities which will be modified to include proposed expansion. EBTL has a Waste Management Plan that will be extended to the proposed expansion. Ships will not be allowed to dispose their garbage, solid and oily wastes while at berth and, if required, facilities for pickup of these wastes will be provided. The collected waste will be disposed as per the norms of the GPCB. It will be ensured that the deep-sea ships visiting the berths have onboard sewage treatment facility. The Port expansion will be on the reclamation area hence, there are no R&R issues. The total preliminary costing of the Port Expansion. The cost of the Project is estimated at Rs. 7050 Crores.

 

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

 

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

 

(ii)              Submit the details of compliance of conditions of Environmental Clearance.

 

(iii)           Study cargo-wise impact and provide appropriate mitigation measures

 

(iv)             Develop a master EMP encompassing all aspects of environmental issues for a harmonious development and implementation in modular form to achieve the desired goal on environmental upgradation.

 

(v)               Submit the layout of the proposed facilities.

 

(vi)             Submit the layout showing the mangroves area along with photos/ Google image/ satellite image with mangrove protection plan and the area of reclamation.

 

(vii)          Submit the details of dredging, quantity, quality including its toxic metals (Cr+Arsenic, Mercury and lead), and method of its disposal.

 

(viii)        Submit the details of reclamation, quantity, source of material and likely impacts.

 

(ix)            Submit the details of proposed cargo handling including the details of storage, Transportation etc.

 

(x)              Submit the details of comparison of baseline data (prior to construction of port facilities) with the present baseline data on account of development of existing port.

 

(xi)            Submit the details of Possibility of change in the river course on account of deepening of channel.

 

(xii)         Submit the details of disposal/ treatment of bilge water, ballast, water used for surface cleaning before painting, Rust removed from ship before painting etc.

 

(xiii)       Submit the details of dredging quantity and its disposal with quantity (reclamation/ dredging disposal site) If disposal is in sea, location, the justification for selecting such location, the dispersal of dumping material, its effect on marine environment, effect of fishes.

 

(xiv)        Submit the details of details of existing port and proposed new ports in Gujarat cost on either side of the existing port, with in a distance of 200 Km.

 

(xv)           Submit the details of Environmental impact on account of induced developments.

 

(xvi)        Submit the details of Risk analysis and Disaster Management Plan incase of handling inflammable material and hazardous cargo.

 

(xvii)      Submit the details of disposal of sludge removed from the ship, which is taken for repair at dry dock.

 

(xviii)   Study accretion and erosion problems and maintenance thereon

 

(xix)       Study the ways and means to preserve and maintain the hydraulic regime of Tapi creek

 

General Guidelines

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

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

 

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

 

          The proposal was considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 23rd- 24th June, 2011 but deferred as the project proponents were not clear about details.

 

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

 

i)                   Submit the details of effluent collection system at member units level to meet the inlet norms for the CETP.

 

ii)                 Submit the effluent conveyance system from the member units to CETP.

 

iii)              Submit the details of the CETP with design parameters.

 

iv)                Proper meters with recording facility shall be provided to monitor the effluent sent from member industries to CETP and from CETP to the final effluent pipeline of HPIDC on daily basis.

 

v)                  Member industries shall treat the effluent to meet the CETP inlet norms stipulated under EP Act provisions.

 

vi)                Submit a copy of MoU made between the Member units.

 

vii)             Submit details of storage facility available at the CETP.

 

viii)           Submit the details for recycling possibility of the waste.

 

ix)               Examine and submit details of sludge generation and method of disposal.

 

x)                 Submit details of solid waste generated and its disposal.

 

xi)               Submit the details of water requirement and water balance chart and how to reduce the quantity of water required.

 

General Guidelines

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

4.11          Finalization of ToR for Municipal Solid Waste Management facility of shillong, Meghalaya by M/s. SIPMIU, Shillong (F.No. 10-50/2011-IA. III)

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves establishment of the Municipal Solid Waste landfill site at Umsawli, Shillong, Meghalaya. The total land available is 21 ha. The land has already been allotted by the Government of Meghalaya. The land is barren land and there is no forest, agriculture lands and water bodies. The site is not a flood plain area.  The ground water table is 3 m to 5 m. The design period is for 30 years.  The facility will cater to the Shillong Urban agglomeration of 27.8 sqkm and Greater Shillong Planning area of 174 sqkm for the design population (2041) of 675137. The project component involves, collection of wastes from households using satellite vehicles, setting up of Transfer Stations etc. The Secondary collection will be through 4.5 Cum capacity trucks and 8.5 cum capacity garbage trucks.

 

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

 

(i)                Submit a 10 km. radius map (on survey of India toposheet) showing co-ordinates of project site, national highway, state highway, district road/approach road, river, canal, natural drainage; protected areas, under Wild Life (Protection) Act, archaeological site, natural lake, flood area, human settlements (with population), industries, high tension electric line, prominent wind direction (summer and winter), effluent drain, if any and ponds etc. should be presented and impacts assessed on the same.

 

(ii)              Submit a copy of the topography of the area contours, slopes indicating whether the site requires any filling, if so, the details of filling, quantity of fill material required, its source and transportation, etc.

 

(iii)           Submit a copy of the land use certificate from the competent authority.

 

(iv)             Submit a copy of the status of ambient air quality and surface and ground water quality, soil type, cropping pattern, land use pattern, population, socio-economic status, anticipated air and water pollution.

 

(v)               Submit a copy of the layout plan of project site showing solid waste storage, green belt (width & length, 33% of the project area), all roads, prominent wind direction, processing plant & buildings etc. should be provided.

 

(vi)             Examine and submit details of monitoring of water quality around the landfill site. Water analysis shall also include for nitrate and phosphate.

 

(vii)          Examine and submit details of the odour control measures.

 

(viii)        Examine and submit the details of surface hydrology and water regime and impact on the same.

 

(ix)            Examine and submit the details of one complete season AAQ data (except monsoon) with the dates of monitoring, impact of the project on the AAQ of the area (including H2S, CH4).

 

(x)              Submit the details of sanitary land fill site impermeability and whether it would be lined, if so details thereof.

 

(xi)            Examine and submit the details of impact on environmental sensitive areas.

 

(xii)         Submit the details of green belt and buffer between the proposed university and the site. Submit the details of the road network likely impacts due to transportation. Submit the details of the MSW Rules compliance.

 

(xiii)       Submit Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan with costs and parameters.

 

General Guidelines

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

4.12          Environmental Clearance for the construction of Control tower and Technical block at Birsa Munda Airport at Ranchi, Jharkhand by M/s Airports Authority of India [F.No. 10-64/2011-IA-III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for construction of control tower and Technical block at Birsa Munda Airport at Ranchi, Jharkhand. The Environmental Clearance for the construction of new Terminal block which is under construction was obtained vide letter no. 10-73/2008 dated 11.11.2008. The block after construction will restrict the vision of the Runway & Apron from the Control Tower partially. This would create problem in handling large flights, hence it was decided to build a new Control Tower. The Technical block will have G + 7 floors with area of 1883 sqm.

 

Committee noted that the proposal is for shifting/ relocating of the existing Control Tower and technical block and it will not be considered as expansion/ addition of facility and therefore will not require a TOR or clearance under 7 (a) of the EIA Notification, 2006.

 

On the request of the Project Proponent the committee examined the details under category 8(a) of the EIA Notification 2006, Building/ Construction projects. All the details submitted and presented were examined by the committee.

 

The Committee recommended the project for Environmental Clearance.

 

4.13          Finalisation of ToR for the CETP at Village Shrirampur, Tehsil Gamharia District, Saraikella Kharasawan Jharkhand by M/s Adityapur Auto Cluster [F.No. 10-67/2011-IA-III]

 

The Committee deferred the project, as the project proponent did not attend the meeting.

 

4.14          Finilisation of TOR for waste to energy plant at Integrated Solid Waste Management facility at Narela Bawana, Delhi by M/s Delhi MSW Solution Ltd (F.No.10-67/2009)

 

          As presented by the Project proponent, M/s. Delhi Waste Management Solutions Ltd. has established an Integrated Solid waste Management Facility at Narela Bawana notified site for the management of Municipal Solid Waste generated in Delhi. Environmental Clearance was earlier issued for 4,000 TPD MSW Integrated MSW Facility including Collection, Transportation, Storage, Composting, RDF and Landfill on 25th October, 2010 (F.No.10-67/2009-IA.III).

         

          The project proponents informed that the proposal submitted to the Ministry had already proposed to set up Waste to Energy plant of 36 MW in the Phase–II and has carried out the public hearing accordingly, the Clearance letter did not indicate the waste to energy plant. They claimed that the details of public hearing are already available with the Ministry. They requested for the amendment of the clearance to include the Waste to Energy plant at the proposed site.

 

          The Committee examined the details submitted and presented and decided that amendment to the earlier clearance can not be considered and finalise the TOR for further study. The project proponent is required to submit EIA report covering the following TORs for Waste to Energy.

 

(i)                 Examine and submit a 10 km. radius map (on survey of India toposheet) showing co-ordinates of project site, national highways, state highways, district roads/approach roads, river, canal, natural drainage; protected areas under Wild Life (Protection) Act, archaeological site, natural lake, flood area, human settlements (with population), industries, high tension electric line, prominent wind direction (summer and winter), effluent drain, if any and ponds etc. should be presented and impacts assessed on the same.

 

(ii)              Submit the layout showing the proposed facility and land use details around the site with photos/ Google / Satellite imageries

 

(iii)            Submit the details of the technology selected along with the justification. Examine and submit details of alternative technologies for Waste to Energy (WtE).

 

(iv)             Examine and submit details of storm water/ waste water generation from the WtE Plant.

 

(v)                Examine and submit details of monitoring of water quality around the landfill site. Water analysis shall also include for nitrate and phosphate.

 

(vi)             Examine and submit details of the odor control measures.

 

(vii)           Examine and submit details of impact on water bodies/rivers/ ponds and mitigative measures during rainy season.

 

(viii)        Submit a copy of the layout plan of project site showing WtE plant area, green belt (width & length, a minimum of 33% of the project area should be reserved under greenbelt), all roads, prominent wind direction, processing plant & buildings etc. should be provided.

 

(ix)            Submit a copy of the status of ambient air quality and surface and ground water quality, soil type, cropping pattern, land use pattern, population, socio-economic status, anticipated air and water pollution.

 

(x)               Submit a copy of the topography of the area indicating whether the site requires any filling, if so, the details of filling, quantity of fill material required, its source and transportation, etc.

 

(xi)            Examine and submit the details of surface hydrology and water regime and impact on the nearby habitats/ settlements (surroundings).

 

(xii)          Examine and submit the details of AAQ data (except monsoon) with the dates of monitoring, impact of the project on the AAQ of the area (including H2S, CH4).

 

(xiii)       Submit a copy of detailed plan for management of residues.

 

(xiv)         Submit the details of the waste segregation for the project along with the calorific values and details of enhancement of calorific value if any.

 

(xv)           Submit the details of disposal of incineration ash from WtE Plant

 

(xvi)         Submit the details of Soil analysis including soil texture.  Examine soil permeability.

 

(xvii)      Submit details of WtE technology used to generate energy & measures adopted to segregate plastics from the waste.

 

(xviii)    Submit a contour map with slope analysis and drainage pattern.

 

(xix)        Submit the details of Hydrology of the site.

 

(xx)          Submit the details of Transportation and parking facilities

 

(xxi)        Submit the details of Monitoring protocol.

 

(xxii)     Provide details of air pollution control systems to reduce air emissions.

 

(xxiii)   Examine and submit the details of impact on environmental sensitive areas, in the vicinity of the project.

 

(xxiv)    Submit Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan with costs and parameters.

 

General Guidelines

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The committee recommended to exempt the public hearing as it was earlier conducted as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 for Integrated Solid Waste Management facilities project and the proposed waste to energy project is to be located within the site allotted by DDA. 

 

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

 

2nd Day : 18th August, 2011

 

Consideration of Old Proposals, contd…

 

3.3           Amendment to Environmental Clearance issued to M/s Mangalore SEZ Ltd. Phase-I project, at Mangalore (F. No. 21-383/2007-IA III)

 

As presented by the project proponent, the Mangalore SEZ Phase-I involves (a) MRPL Phase-III Refinery (b) Aromatic Complex and (c) Olefin Complex in 1800 acres of land. The proposed MSEZ is planned adjacent to the existing MRPL refinery complex on north & eastern sides and proposed to connect NMPT with a dedicated 70/100 m vide road-cum-pipeline for movement of cargo, crude and products between New Mangalore Port and MSEZ.

 

The environmental clearance for this project was of issued on 3.4.2008. Now, the project proponent applied for an amendment of the Environmental Clearance. The MSEZ Phase-I involved (a) MRPL Phase-III Refinery (b) Aromatic Complex and (c) Olefin Complex over an area of 1800 acres of land. The following amendments need to be done:

 

          As the Olefin project is shelved due to non-availability of LNG, the area allocated for Olefin complex is proposed for downstream Petrochemical units which will consist of (i) P-Xylene based, O-Xylene based, Benzene based, (ii) Propylene + Benzene based, Pet Coke, Synthetic Gas-I, (iii) Plastic Park, (iv) Speciality Chemicals and (v) Synthetic Textiles.

 

          To detach MRPL Phase III Expansion project from MSEZ Phase I project as MRPL expansion is not part of MSEZ and is being developed in Domestic Tariff Area (DTA).

 

          The details submitted and presented were examined by the Committee. During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Submit authorized map showing the details of area earmarked for various activities as per the clearance, changes proposed and also the CRZ areas.

 

(ii)              Submit the details of compliance of conditions of Environmental Clearance.

 

(iii)            Submit an undertaking to the effect that only the sector specific units will be permitted in the SEZ and those units shall obtain separate Environmental Clearance as applicable.

 

(iv)             Proponent shall enhance the allocation for the CSR activities from 2. 5 to 5 % of the total cost and item-wise details along with time bound action plan shall be prepared and submitted to the Ministry’s Regional Office at Bangalore. Implementation of such program shall be ensured accordingly in a time bound manner.

 

(v)                The green belt area proposed is about 10 % only. Proponent shall enhance the area of green belt. Width of the green belt shall be minimum 50 m.

 

The committee suggested that Comments on the compliance of conditions may also be obtained from the Regional Office of the Ministry at Bangalore. In case of adding the Olefin Complex in future, the proponent shall obtain fresh Environmental clearance.

 

          Provided the response of the project proponent to the aforesaid observations is to the satisfaction of the committee, the proposal may be considered for recommendation for Clearance.

 

3.4           Environmental Clearance for Commercial Project at Plot No.M-1, Village Smaspur, Wazirpur, Tigra, Bindapur, Adampur, Sector-51, Mayfield Garden, Gurgaon, Haryana by M/s. Sunvision Builders Pvt. Ltd [F.No.212/SEIAA(H)/2011-IA.III].

 

The project involves construction of a commercial complex project on a plot area of 10,896.16 Sq.m. The total built up area of the project proposed is 32,331.99 Sq.m. The project will have 2 basements with a maximum height of the building is about 30 m. The total water requirement proposed is 114 KLD. The capacity of STP is about 110 KLD. Treated water will be used for HVAC cooling/ flushing/ horticulture/ DG cooling/ gardening–73 KLD. The total power requirement is 2300 KW. The total parking spaces for group housing proposed are 382 ECS. The total cost of the project is about Rs. 92.9 Crores.

 

       The proposal was considered by the State Level Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) in its meetings held on 22.10.2009, 19-20th May, 2010, 13.11.2010, 28-29th December, 2010 and 22.1.2011. The SEIAA in its meeting held on 22.1.2011 observed that the project is for setting-up of residential colony on an area of 19.069 acres which was granted by Town & Country Planning Department to M/s. Sheetal International Pvt. Ltd. The SEIAA noticed that M/s. Sunvision Builders Pvt. Ltd. has applied for a commercial project on an area of 2.69 acres, out of 19.069 acres project which was already submitted by M/s. Sheetal International Pvt. Ltd. During the meeting, the M/s. Sunvision Builders Pvt. Ltd pleaded that they have obtained conveyance deed of this area from M/s. Sheetal International. However, there was no valid documental proof available on the file.

 

       The Chairman, SEIAA written a letter to Town & Country Planning Department, Haryana on 4.3.2011 for a clarification. The Town & Country Planning department has clarified that the building plans have not been approved so far for M/s. Sunvision Builders Pvt. Ltd.

 

       The details submitted and presented were examined by the committee. During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           Submit the google image of the site including number of trees.

 

(ii)        The information with respect to Ground water depth, various rules/ regulations applicable to the project has not been provided in the application Form. Revised Form addressing the above including their compliance shall be submitted.

 

(iii)      Examine and submit the details of the impact on traffic due to the project during construction and operation phases.

 

(iv)       Examine and submit the details of water bodies including the seasonal ones- ponds, lakes, low lying areas within the corridor of impacts along with their status, volumetric capacity, and quality likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

(v)          NOC/Clearance from fire department shall be obtained prior to start of work.

 

(vi)       Operation and Maintenance of the STP, Solid Waste Management of the apartments shall be ensured even after sale.

 

(vii)     Proposal indicates 114 KLD of fresh water, without assured source of water supply. Overexploited groundwater and impending severe shortage of water supply in the region requires the developer to redraw the water and energy conservation plan. Developer shall submit details of good practices that have been included in the project to reduce the overall footprint of the proposed development including a detailed water balance along with source and quantities of potable and non-potable water requirement (including water requirement during construction phase) incorporating water efficiency/savings measures as well as water reuse/recycling within 3 months to the Ministry/ Regional office at Chandigarh before the start of construction.

 

(viii)  In view of water resources sustainability and severe constraints of water supply augmentation in the region the developer will submit NOC from CGWA specifying water abstraction quantities and NOC from HUDA/ utility provider indicating source of water supply and quantity of water with details of intended use of water - potable and non-potable and shall be submitted within 3 months to the Ministry/ Regional office at Chandigarh before the start of construction.

 

(ix)      Submit details of the ground water table.

 

              Provided the response of the project proponent to the aforesaid observations is to the satisfaction of the committee, the proposal may be considered for recommendation for Clearance.

 

3.5           Environmental Clearance for township project at Sonepat, Haryana, by M/s. Jindal Realty Private [F.No.327/SEIAA (H)/2011-IA.III].

 

The project involves construction of a Residential plotted colony/township on a plot area of 44.62 ha (4,46,214.8 sqm). The total built up area of the project proposed is 2,33,482.8 Sq.m. The total water requirement proposed is 2454 KLD (fresh water requirement -1664 KLD). The capacity of STP is about 2000 KLD. Treated water will be used for HVAC cooling/ flushing /horticulture/ DG cooling / gardening–1289 KLD. The total power requirement is 11.35 MW. Total solid waste generation will be 6712 Kg/day. The total parking spaces for group housing proposed are 1015 ECS. The total cost of the project is about Rs. 102 Crores.

 

          The proposal was considered by the State Expert Appraisal Committee for New Construction Projects in its meetings held on 13.10.2010, 25.11.2010, 25.1.2011 and 28-29th March, 2011 at Haryana State Pollution Control Board, Panchkula and recommended the proposal for environmental clearance after examining the details sent by the project proponent by imposing specific and general conditions and awarded “Gold” grading to the project

 

          The details submitted and presented were examined by the committee. During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 The information with respect to Ground water depth, various rules/ regulations applicable to the project has not been provided in the application Form. Revised Form addressing the above including their compliance shall be submitted.

 

(ii)              Examine and submit the details of the impact on traffic due to the project during construction and operation phases.

 

(iii)            Examine and submit the details of water bodies including the seasonal ones- ponds, lakes, low lying areas within the corridor of impacts along with their status, volumetric capacity, and quality likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

(iv)             NOC/Clearance from fire department shall be obtained prior to start of work.

 

(v)                Operation and Maintenance of the STP, Solid Waste Management of the apartments shall be ensured even after sale.

 

(vi)             Proposal indicates 1664 KLD of fresh water, without assured source of water supply. Overexploited groundwater and impending severe shortage of water supply in the region requires the developer to redraw the water and energy conservation plan. Developer shall submit details of good practices that have been included in the project to reduce the overall footprint of the proposed development including a detailed water balance along with source and quantities of potable and non-potable water requirement (including water requirement during construction phase) incorporating water efficiency/savings measures as well as water reuse/recycling within 3 months to the Ministry/ Regional office at Chandigarh before the start of construction.

 

(vii)           In view of water resources sustainability and severe constraints of water supply augmentation in the region the developer will submit NOC from CGWA specifying water abstraction quantities and NOC from HUDA/ utility provider indicating source of water supply and quantity of water with details of intended use of water - potable and non-potable and shall be submitted within 3 months to the Ministry/ Regional office at Chandigarh before the start of construction.

 

(viii)        Energy conservation plan with details of percentage saving in energy shall be submitted to the Ministry/ Regional office at Chandigarh before the start of construction.

 

          Provided the response of the project proponent to the aforesaid observations is to the satisfaction of the committee, the proposal may be considered for recommendation for Clearance.

 

3.6           Environmental Clearance for the Group Housing Complex namely “Ninex City” at Sector-76, Gurgaon, Haryana by M/s. Ninex Developers Ltd [F.No.323/SEIAA(H)/2011-IA.III].

 

The project involves construction of a Group Housing Complex on a total plot area 6.806 ha (68063.129 Sq.m). The total built-up area of the project is 1,61,429.92 Sq. m. The height of the proposed project is 42.78 mtrs (2 Basements + GF + 13 Floors). The total water requirement is 647 KLD (fresh water requirement -318 KLD). The capacity of STP is about 550 KLD. Treated sewage water will be used for flushing/horticulture/DG cooling–329 KLD. The total power requirement is 5706 KW. Total solid waste generation is 1658 Kg/day. The total parking spaces proposed are 1376 ECS. The total cost of the project is about Rs. 219 Crores.

 

          The proposal was considered by the State Expert Appraisal Committee for New Construction Projects in its meetings held on 12.11.2010, 9.12.2010, 11.1.2011 and 10.3.2011 and recommended the proposal for environmental clearance after examining the details sent by the project proponent and awarded “Gold” grading to the project.

 

          The details submitted and presented were examined by the committee. During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 The information with respect to Ground water depth, various rules/ regulations applicable to the project has not been provided in the application Form. Revised Form addressing the above including their compliance shall be submitted.

 

(ii)              Examine and submit the details of the impact on traffic due to the project during construction and operation phases.

 

(iii)            Examine and submit the details of water bodies including the seasonal ones- ponds, lakes, low lying areas within the corridor of impacts along with their status, volumetric capacity, and quality likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

(iv)             NOC/Clearance from fire department shall be obtained prior to start of work.

 

(v)                Operation and Maintenance of the STP, Solid Waste Management of the apartments shall be ensured even after sale.

 

(vi)             Proposal indicates 318 KLD of fresh water, without assured source of water supply. Overexploited groundwater and impending severe shortage of water supply in the region requires the developer to redraw the water and energy conservation plan. Developer shall submit details of good practices that have been included in the project to reduce the overall footprint of the proposed development including a detailed water balance along with source and quantities of potable and non-potable water requirement (including water requirement during construction phase) incorporating water efficiency/savings measures as well as water reuse/recycling within 3 months to the Ministry/ Regional office at Chandigarh before the start of construction.

 

(vii)           In view of water resources sustainability and severe constraints of water supply augmentation in the region the developer will submit NOC from CGWA specifying water abstraction quantities and NOC from HUDA/ utility provider indicating source of water supply and quantity of water with details of intended use of water - potable and non-potable and shall be submitted within 3 months to the Ministry/ Regional office at Chandigarh before the start of construction.

 

(viii)        Energy conservation plan with details of percentage saving in energy shall be submitted to the Ministry/ Regional office at Chandigarh before the start of construction.

 

          Provided the response of the project proponent to the aforesaid observations is to the satisfaction of the committee, the proposal may be considered for recommendation for Clearance.

 

4.          Consideration of New Proposals, Contd…

 

4.15          Environmental Clearance 0f Group Housing Complex “Seven Lamps” at Sector-82, Gurgaon, Haryana by M/s. Alden Developers Pvt. Ltd [F.No.21-34/2011-IA.III]

 

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

 

4.16          Environmental Clearance of Group Housing Complex at Village Behrampur, Sector-73, Gurgaon, Haryana, by M/s. Today Homes and Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. [F.No.21-35/2011-IA.III]

 

The project involves the construction of a Group Housing Complex on a plot area of 43,746.23 Sq.m. The total build-up area is 1,05,215.814 Sq. m. The total water requirement is-490 KLD. The capacity of STP proposed is- 450 KLD. The treated water will be reused for flushing/gardening/ HVAC & DG cooling and miscellaneous purpose- 200 KLD. The total power requirement of the project will be 2725.4 KW. Total solid waste generation will be 1696 Kg/day. The total parking spaces proposed are 1040 ECS.  The total cost of the project is 190 Crores.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 The information with respect to Ground water depth, various rules/ regulations applicable to the project has not been provided in the application Form. Revised Form addressing the above including their compliance shall be submitted.

 

(ii)              Examine and submit the details of the impact on traffic due to the project during construction and operation phases.

 

(iii)            Examine and submit the details of water bodies including the seasonal ones- ponds, lakes, low lying areas within the corridor of impacts along with their status, volumetric capacity, and quality likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

(iv)             NOC/Clearance from fire department shall be obtained prior to start of work.

 

(v)                Operation and Maintenance of the STP, Solid Waste Management of the apartments shall be ensured even after sale.

 

(vi)             Proposal indicates 490 KLD of fresh water, without assured source of water supply. Overexploited groundwater and impending severe shortage of water supply in the region requires the developer to redraw the water and energy conservation plan. Developer shall submit details of good practices that have been included in the project to reduce the overall footprint of the proposed development including a detailed water balance along with source and quantities of potable and non-potable water requirement (including water requirement during construction phase) incorporating water efficiency/savings measures as well as water reuse/recycling within 3 months to the Ministry/ Regional office at Chandigarh before the start of construction.

 

(vii)           In view of water resources sustainability and severe constraints of water supply augmentation in the region the developer will submit NOC from CGWA specifying water abstraction quantities and NOC from HUDA/ utility provider indicating source of water supply and quantity of water with details of intended use of water - potable and non-potable and shall be submitted within 3 months to the Ministry/ Regional office at Chandigarh before the start of construction.

 

(viii)        Submit the details of the Solid Waste Management including the consent of the HUDA for taking the wastes.

 

(ix)            Form1 and Form 1A shall be revised as discussed during the meeting and shall be submitted to the ministry. The form should clearly list all government policies, acts, notifications and guidelines –such as Central Ground Water Authority notification, statutory NCR Regional Plan and Bureau of Energy Efficiency notification etc.

 

(x)               The Form 1 and Form 1A and the EIA report should clearly provide details pertaining to water resources quantity and quality environment in terms of resources sustainability for the area/site including details on groundwater depth (per /post monsoon), fluctuation over 4 decades, available utilizable reserves (specifying for potable and/or other uses) and quality of groundwater.

 

(xi)            The sources of water need to be include quantity, source surface/ground) – in case of an agency or supplier also. The agency, supplier and permission from CGWA if required has to specify quantity of water supplied/ extraction permitted, quality of water with particular use specified and time period commitment to supply or for making water available to developer.  

 

(xii)          In view of the water/energy scarcity the developer need to submit details of design and planning of project with alongwith energy and resource efficiency (including water efficiency) to reduce footprint of the project. Details on building material used from embodied energy point of view need to be provided.

 

          Provided the response of the project proponent to the aforesaid observations is to the satisfaction of the committee, the proposal may be considered for recommendation for Clearance.

         

4.17          Environmental Clearance of Group Housing Complex at Sector-86, Gurgaon, Haryana, by M/s. M/s. Deepanshu Projects Pvt. Ltd. [F.No.21-36/2011-IA.III]

 

The project Proponent requested to defer the project they have revised the project and their total built up area is now more than 1,50,000 sqm and they will be submitting a revised proposal for obtaining Environmental Clearance.

 

          The Committee decided to defer the project.

 

4.18          Environmental Clearance of Retail cum Office Complex at Sector 114, Gurgaon, Haryana by M/s. VSR Infratech Pvt. Ltd. [F.No.21-37/2011-IA.III]

 

The project involves the construction of a retail-cum-office complex on a plot area of 12,011.05 Sq.m. The total build-up area proposed is 41,429 Sq.m. The total water requirement is-378 KLD. (Fresh water requirement is-241 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 175 KLD. The treated waste water will be used for flushing/horticulture/HVAC and DG cooling-137 KLD. The total power requirement will be 3291 KVA. Total solid waste generation will be 1141 Kg/day. The total parking spaces proposed are 570 ECS. The total cost of the project is 60 Crores.

 

          The details submitted and presented were examined by the committee. During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 The information with respect to Ground water depth, various rules/ regulations applicable to the project has not been provided in the application Form. Revised Form addressing the above including their compliance shall be submitted.

 

(ii)              Examine and submit the details of the impact on traffic due to the project during construction and operation phases.

 

(iii)            Examine and submit the details of water bodies including the seasonal ones- ponds, lakes, low lying areas within the corridor of impacts along with their status, volumetric capacity, and quality likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

(iv)             NOC/Clearance from fire department shall be obtained prior to start of work.

 

(v)                Operation and Maintenance of the STP, Solid Waste Management of the apartments shall be ensured even after sale.

 

(vi)             Proposal indicates 241 KLD of fresh water, without assured source of water supply. Overexploited groundwater and impending severe shortage of water supply in the region requires the developer to redraw the water and energy conservation plan. Developer shall submit details of good practices that have been included in the project to reduce the overall footprint of the proposed development including a detailed water balance along with source and quantities of potable and non-potable water requirement (including water requirement during construction phase) incorporating water efficiency/savings measures as well as water reuse/recycling within 3 months to the Ministry/ Regional office at Chandigarh before the start of construction.

 

(vii)           In view of water resources sustainability and severe constraints of water supply augmentation in the region the developer will submit NOC from CGWA specifying water abstraction quantities and NOC from HUDA/ utility provider indicating source of water supply and quantity of water with details of intended use of water - potable and non-potable and shall be submitted within 3 months to the Ministry/ Regional office at Chandigarh before the start of construction.

 

(viii)        Energy conservation plan with details of percentage saving in energy shall be submitted to the Ministry/ Regional office at Chandigarh before the start of construction.

 

(ix)            Examine and submit the details of the impact on traffic due to the project during construction and operation phases.

 

          Provided the response of the project proponent to the aforesaid observations is to the satisfaction of the committee, the proposal may be considered for recommendation for Clearance.

         

4.19  TOR for establishment of Mega Industrial and Energy Park for inclusive growth in District Rewa M/s. Welspun Energy Park Pvt. Ltd. [F.No.21-38/2011-IA.III].

 

          Member Secretary informed that the project file is transferred to Power sector for further necessary action.

 

4.20          Environmental Clearance for proposed Group Housing Project Golden Opulence, Poona Mallu Byepass Road, Poona Mallu Taluk, Thinallur Dist., Tamil Nadu by M/s. Golden Homes Pvt. Ltd. [F.No.21-40/2011-IA.III].

 

The project involves construction of a group housing project a plot area of 32,950 Sq.m. The total built up area of the project proposed is 1,21,402 Sq.m. Total number of apartments proposed are 815. The total water requirement proposed is 364.45 KLD (fresh water requirement 272.875 KLD). The capacity of STP is about 394 KLD. Treated water will be used for flushing-91.575 KLD, horticulture-25 KLD, club requirement-6 KLD and public use- 178.625 KLD. The total power requirement is 5000 KVA. Total solid waste generation will be 1630 Kg/day. The total parking spaces proposed are 1117 Cars + 501 two wheelers. Total cost of the project is envisaged Rs. 222.152 Crores.

 

          The details submitted and presented were examined by the committee. During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Submit the details of the source, quantity and time line by the supplier with clearance for the water supply.

 

(ii)              Submit the details of the Solid Waste Management including the consent of the Municipality for taking the wastes.

 

(iii)            Submit the details of land use as per the Master plan.

 

(iv)             The excess treated water shall be disposed into the drain. The details of the drain along with the consent for such discharge shall be worked out.

 

          Provided the response of the project proponent to the aforesaid observations is to the satisfaction of the committee, the proposal may be considered for recommendation for Clearance.

 

4.21          Environmental Clearance for proposed Housing Project at Sy. No. 183/2B, 183/3, 183/4, Chembarabakkam Vill. & Panchayat, Poonamallu Taluk, Thiruvallur Dist. Tamil Nadu by M/s. VME Realty Pvt. Ltd. [F.No.21-41/2011-IA.III].

 

The project involves construction of a housing project a plot area of 17,004 Sq.m.  (1.702 ha). The total built up area of the project proposed is 29,647.86 Sq.m. total number of apartments proposal are 358. The total water requirement proposed is 162.94 KLD (fresh water requirement 119.35 KLD). The capacity of STP is about 180 KLD. Treated water will be used for flushing-43.59 KLD, horticulture-15 KLD, club requirement-3 KLD and nearby plantation-73.41 KLD. The total power requirement is 100 KVA. Total solid waste generation will be 716 Kg/day. The total parking spaces proposed are 394 cars +71 two wheeler. Total cost of the project is envisaged Rs. 35 Crores.

 

          The details submitted and presented were examined by the committee. During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Submit the details of the source, quantity and time line by the supplier with clearance for the water supply.

 

(ii)              Submit the details of the Solid Waste Management including the consent of the Municipality for taking the wastes.

 

(iii)            The excess treated water will be disposed into the drain. Submit the details of the drain along with the consent for such discharge.

 

Provided the response of the project proponent to the aforesaid observations is to the satisfaction of the committee, the proposal may be considered for recommendation for Clearance.

 

4.22          Finalisation of ToR for 4 laning with dual carriageway configuration for Km 50.000 to 209.500 (Patiala – Sangrur – Bamala  Bathinda Section) of NH – 64 in Punjab State by M/s Central Works Division, PWD, B&R, Patiala (F.No.10-70/2011-IA-III)

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves 4 laning with dual carriageway configuration for Km 50.000 to 209.500 (Patiala – Sangrur – Bamala Bathinda Section) of NH – 64 in Punjab State. The terrain along the project road is plain except a small stretch of rolling terrain near Bathinda. Existing length of project road is about 159.500 km. Proposed length of project road including bypasses is about 166.445 km. The project road passes through Patiala, Sangrur, Barnala and Bathinda districts in the state of Punjab. Existing ROW width varies from 15 to 45 m. The proposed ROW width will be minimum 45 m except proposed Bus Bay, Truck lay byes and toll plaza locations. For four laning of the existing project road, no Reserve Forest land diversion will be required. However, 281.3229 ha PF declare on NH-land may be diverted.  There are two wildlife sanctuaries situated within 10km radius of project road viz. Bir Motibagh WLS (located 50m-300m away from project road), Patiala and Bir Aishwan WLS, Sangrur (located 250m -300m away from project road). Project road does not involve diversion/acquisition of Wildlife Sanctuary. No National Park and critically identified area exist within the 10km radius of the project road.

 

For four laning of the project road, from Patiala- Bathinda including  Southern Patiala Bypass, proposed Sangrur Bypass and Dhanoula Bypass will require felling of  64746 trees (girth size >29cm) and 21094 plants(girth size <30cm) within the ROW of the project road and 1160 tree  in agriculture land.  Three Bypass proposed out of them Southern Patiala Bypass (in between km 50.644 to km 64.200) of NH-64 is existing 2-lane road maintained by BRO and rest two are new alignment proposed in agriculture land in between km 106.750 to km 116.000 (Sangrur Bypass) and km138.075 to km 142.810 (Dhanoula Bypass) of project road.  Approximately 172.8900 ha of non forest land may be acquired for four laning of the project road including bypasses. There will be 1 nos. of major bridges, 29 (23 on Main Carriageway and 6 on Service Road) minor bridges and 279 culverts in the project road. In the four laning of the project road, 10 vehicular underpasses and 20 pedestrian/cattle underpasses have been provided. In the project road, flyovers have been proposed at 12 locations. The service roads have been provided in the length of 105 Km (both side) at 33 locations. Bus bays have been provided at 60 locations (LHS+RHS) and truck lay byes at 2 locations.  All major junctions (10) and minor junction (38) will be improved in the project road. Toll plaza is proposed at 3 locations in the project road.  About 540 structures will be affected.

 

The budget for environment management, monitoring and including compensatory afforestation has been earmarked as approximately Rs. 439,728,001. The estimated cost for Resettlement & Rehabilitation is approximately Rs. 3,680,000,000. The estimated capital cost of the project road is Rs. 17,421,698,860.

 

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

         

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

vi)            If the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment/ control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

vii)         If the proposed route involves tunnelling, the details of the tunnel and locations of tunnelling with geological structural fraction should be provided.  In case the road passes through a flood plain of the river, the details of micro drainage, flood passages and information on flood periodicity at least of last 50 years in the area should be examined.

 

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

 

ix)           It is indicated that 64746 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

xxxii)   Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

General Guidelines:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

4.23          Finalisation of ToR for Gadhuli – Santalpur SH project Padan District, Gujarat by Katchh Road and Building Division [F.No.10-65/ 2011-IA-III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves the construction of Gadhuli – Santalpur State Highway, Gujarat. The Road and Building Department of Gujarat State has proposed to construct a linking road. The proposed road is required to connect the Ghaduli village to Santhalpur. Total length of the road is 255.013 Km out of which 237.05 Km passes through Kutch district and 17.963 Km pass through Patan district. The villages covered in this project are Gadhuli, Zara, Zumara, Hajipir, Luna, Odma, Khavada, Kunaria, Tagdibet, Dholavira, Balasar, Bela, Mauvana, Gadkabet, Vauva and Santhalpur. There are two linking roads in this project one connecting from Kunharia to Dholavira village and second Mauvana village to Santhalpur, the total distance of which is 63.30 Km. The distance of two links is 30.50 km and 32.8 km respectively. Along the proposed road alignment, most of the stretch is mud road. This road starts from Gadhuli village on Bhuj Lakhapt SH No.42 in Kutch district and passes through Zara, Jumara, Hajipir, Luna, Odama, Khavada, Kunaria, Tagribet, Dholavira, Balasar, Bela, Mauvana, Gadkhabet, Vauva and meets Santhalpur on NH 15 at Santhalpur village. One of the key purposes of the project is to provide infrastructural facilities to the security near Pakistan border and promote development of the locality in rural areas. This road will mainly help in improving the current operational and administrative requirements of the Border Security Force (B.S.F). It passes through the great Rann of Kutch, so it will be beneficial for the journey of military vehicles and reduce the expenditure in fuel and also reduction in emission of pollutant gases. Presently the way of Dholavira to Kunaria and Maunava to Vauva is a very long Rann (nearly about 300 km). After construction of this road, the distance will considerably reduce and a lot of time will be saved. After construction of this road the saline land problem, too, will get addressed. Since up-check flow of sea water converts fresh area into saline land, the existing fresh land will be prevented from becoming saline land.

 

          The proposed road is very near to the International border and it will be useful for operational and administrative requirement of Border Security Forces. As it passes through the desert area of great Rann of Kutch, the movement of vehicles will increase traffic and journey will become speedy and also reduce expenditure in fuel subsequently reducing the pollution in the area. Completion of this road will reduce the distance drastically and will avoid traffic passes through congested area of villages on the way and through Nakhatrana & Bhuj city.

 

          There is increase in activity on border and it is required to construct another highway partly across the desert. There is no parallel link with the border of Pakistan in the area (Gadhuli to Khavada and Kunariya to Dholavira to Santhalpur) and hence, it is required to construct this road. Dholavira is the place of Dholavira Harappan civilization– a very important place from tourism point of view and it has gained attention at international level. The proposed road will help in access to Dholavira. The road link between Dholavira to Kunaria and Mauvana to Vauva will reduce nearly 300 km travel distance.

 

          Although the road falls under Category ‘B’, 34.9 and 16 km passes through Kutch Desert Wild Life Sanctuary and Wild Ass Sanctuary respectively. 79.474 ha of forest land diversion is required, that is why it is treated as Category ‘A’.

 

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

 

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

 

ii)             The proposal indicates the acquisition of 79.474 ha forest land. Necessary stage –I forestry clearance shall be obtained as per OM dated 31.03.2011 and submitted along with final EIA report.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

vii)         If the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment/ control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

viii)       If the proposed route involves tunnelling, the details of the tunnel and locations of tunnelling with geological structural fraction should be provided.  In case the road passes through a flood plain of the river, the details of micro drainage, flood passages and information on flood periodicity at least of last 50 years in the area should be examined.

 

ix)           The project road of length 34.9 and 16 km passes through Kutch Desert Wild Life Sanctuary and Wild Ass Sanctuary respectively.   Clearance should be furnished at the stage of EC.

 

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

 

xi)           Examine and submit details of trees are proposed to be cut; the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

xxxiv)  Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

General Guidelines:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

4.24     Finalisation of ToR widening and improvement of existing carriageway to 2-Lane with paved shoulders configuration of NH-43 in the section Dhamtari to Jagdalpur from Ch. 82.000 to Ch. 298.000 in the State of Chhattisgarh by M/s NHAI. [F.No.10-23/2011-IA-III ]

 

    As presented by the project proponent, the proposed road starts from km 82 of NH-43 near Dhamtari and ends at Jagdalpur km 298 covering length about 216 kilometers. The project road falls in Dhamtari, Durg, Kanker and Baster district of Chhattisgarh. The project road mainly passes through plain & rolling terrain except in Keshkal & Charama Ghat where it is hilly for about 9.50 km length. Land use pattern of the project area is mainly agriculture and forest. There are built up areas along project corridor of residential & commercial purpose. There is no Major industrial area along project corridor except Iron & Steel Plant of NMDC. The project road section passes mainly through built up areas of Chitod, Purur and Balodgahan in Durg district and Charama, Lakhanpuri, Makdi, Kanker, Singarbhat in Kanker district and Keshkal, Pharasgaon, Boregaon, Kondagaon, Baniyagaon, Bhanpuri, Baster and Jagdalpur in Jagdalpur district.

 

    The existing carriageway of the existing alignment is 7.00m with 1.0m to 2.0m soft shoulder. The riding surface condition of existing carriageway in general is in good condition. Existing RoW of the project road in km 82 to 84 is 24.40m, km 85 to 105 it is 36.58m and from km 106 to 298 it is 24.0m. The proposed right of way (RoW) is 45m for existing alignment and 60m is kept for bypasses and 30m for forest area on existing alignment & on bypasses. Approximately 590 hectare land is proposed to be acquired for the improvement of project road, which includes forest land of about 196 hectare. The length affected due to forest is about 92.0km. Tree cutting mainly within existing RoW will be required for the construction of 2 lane road, Proposal for cutting of trees standing on proposed RoW shall be submitted to State Govt. The project road does not pass through any eco-sensitive areas. There is no wild life sanctuary or National Park on the project highway.

 

    Approximately 25218 trees proposed to be felled for the improvement of project road, against which about 75000 trees shall be planted as avenue plantation apart from statutory requirement. There are existing 10nos. of major bridges, 50 nos. minor brides, 140 nos. of slab/arch culvert and 119 nos. of pipe culverts. Out of which 7 nos of major bridge and 17 nos. of minor bridges are proposed for new construction and 7nos. of minor bridge proposed for reconstruction. The 67nos. and 93nos. of culverts are proposed for new construction and reconstruction respectively. No ROB/RUB and fly over is proposed. There are 6 major junctions and 148 minor intersections on the project highway. The 10 no. of road junctions are proposed for improvement as per IRC – 41.

 

    Prominently 59 villages are lying on the project road and other effected villages fall in the road corridor combining together to 107 villages. Out of which 2 villages in Dhamtari district, 8 villages in Durg district, 31 villages in Kanker district and 66 villages in Jagdalpur distinct. At about 9 location service road is proposed in a length of about 4053 m on either side. 9 nos. of under passes in villages where school going children and other persons cross the project road have been provided. Truck lay byes have been proposed at 2- locations on both sides of the road. Ch. 156/30 RHS & Ch. 240/400 LHS. Bus bays & shelters have been proposed near all the villages/towns. 4 nos. of bypasses of about 37.0 km in length have been proposed out side of Charama town (length is 5.50 km), Kanker town (Length 11.30km), Keshkal town (length 10.20km) and Kondgaon (length 9.5 km) due to congestion in these built up town portions. The average daily traffic on project road based on traffic count at seven traffic count stations is 8161 PCU. Four no. of Toll Plazas are proposed at locations in km 128/6, km188/8, km 255/6 and km 286/2 of the project road. About 250 to 350 KLD water shall be required during construction including plantation and dust suppression. Fly ash will be used for construction of road from Bhilai Steel Plant and NTPC Sail power Plant as per MoEF notification.

 

    The approximate budget for Environmental Impact & Mitigation measures during construction and operation phase is about Rs.12.90 crores. The cost Budget for Resettlement and Rehabilitation is about Rs.101.52 crores. Which includes land & other structures cost i/c assistance to the affected people. The total civil cost of the project is Rs.685.72 crores and total project cost is Rs.792.00

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

 

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

 

(ii)              The proposal indicates the acquisition of 196 ha forest land. Necessary stage –I forestry clearance shall be obtained as per OM dated 31.03.2011 and submitted along with final EIA report.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(vii)          The proposed route is passing through hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment/ control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

(viii)        The proposed route involves tunnelling, the details of the tunnel and locations of tunnelling with geological structural fraction should be provided.  In case the road passes through a flood plain of the river, the details of micro drainage, flood passages and information on flood periodicity at least of last 50 years in the area should be examined.

 

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

 

(x)              It is indicated that 25218 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxxiii)    Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

General Guidelines:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

4.25          Finalisation of ToR widening and improvement of existing carriageway to 4/6 – Laning of Meerut-Bulandshahar section (Km 0+0000 to Km 66+482) of NH-235 in Uttar Pradesh by M/s NHAI. [F.No. 10-24/2011-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves Bookman Old Style. The project road starts at Km 7.469 near Meerut city limits and ends at Km 66.482 at Bulandshahar town. The project road is situated in Meerut, Ghaziabad and Bulandshahar districts in the State of Uttar Pradesh.  There are 4 congested stretches where bypass have been proposed in totaling length of 25.903 km. There is no realignment on the proposed alignment. The land use along the project road is predominantly agricultural and built-up villages and towns. The tentative percentage distribution of land use is 10%, 43% & 47% for Semi Built-up, Built-up, and agricultural, respectively.  The existing Right of Way (RoW) is approx. 30 m - 35 m except in semi-urban and urban stretches where it varies from 20 m to 25m. The proposed ROW is 60m except in built-up areas where it is 45m. Approximately 253.6 ha of land will be acquired for four laning of the project road; which includes 105.5 ha for widening and toll plaza and 148.1 ha land for bypasses.

 

The project road does not pass through Reserved Forest. However, project road will involve 88.63 ha diversion of protected forest land. Due to four laning of the project road, approximately 11432 trees are likely to be felled.  The project road does not pass through any sensitive area like wildlife sanctuary, national park and bio-reserve. There is no environmental sensitive location within 10 km distance from the project road.   Four laing of the project road will not impact any pond or water body. There are 1 major bridge, 6 minor bridges, 67 culverts (pipe, slab and box culverts) on the project road. The proposed alignment will have 1 major bridge, 6 nos. minor bridges, 1 ROB and 58 nos. culverts. Three vehicular underpasses and four cattle/pedestrian underpasses have been proposed in the alignment. Bus bay at 4 nos. locations and bus shelters have been proposed at 11 nos. locations. Truck lay byes have been provided at 1 no. location. There are 10 major junctions and 68 minor junctions, which are proposed to be improved. One Toll plaza is proposed at near km 43.

 

The project road passes through 17 villages and towns, out of which 8 villages/towns are in Meerut District, 4 villages/towns are in Ghaziabad District and 5 villages/towns are in Bulandshahr District. Due to four laning of the project road, about 146 structures (houses and shops) may be affected and compensated as per National Highways Act.  Tentative cost of implementation of EMP will be Rs 7.65 Crores.  Land Acquisition and R&R Cost is estimated as Rs. 70.7 Crores. The civil construction cost of project is Rs. 417.77 Crores as per 2010-2011 prices.

 

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

         

(i)                 Submit the details of accident prone area and mitigation proposed

 

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

 

(iii)           The proposal indicates the acquisition of 88.63 ha forest land. Necessary stage –I forestry clearance shall be obtained as per OM dated 31.03.2011 and submitted along with final EIA report.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(viii)    If the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment/ control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

(ix)        If the proposed route involves tunnelling, the details of the tunnel and locations of tunnelling with geological structural fraction should be provided.  In case the road passes through a flood plain of the river, the details of micro drainage, flood passages and information on flood periodicity at least of last 50 years in the area should be examined.

 

(x)           The projects is located within 10km. of the sanctuary  a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC.

 

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

 

(xii)      It is indicated that 11432 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxxv)        Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

General Guidelines:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

4.26          Finalisation of ToR For 6 lanning of Krishnagiri- Walajapet section of NH- 46 from km 0.000 to km 148.30 in the State of Tamil Nadu by M/s NHAI [F.No. 10-66/2011-IA-III]

 

     As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves 6 lanning of Krishnagiri- Walajapet section of NH- 46 from km 0.000 to km 148.30 in the State of Tamil Nadu. The project road is widening of existing 4 lane highway into 6-lane from Krishnagiri – Walhajpet, Section (Km 0.000 to Km 148.000) of NH-46 in Tamil Nadu State. The project road starts from Krishnagiri at Km 0.000 and ends near Walahjpet at Km 148.000 on NH-46. Total length of the project road is 148.000 km. The project road for most of its length passes through plain terrain. The project road passes through Krishnagiri, and Vellore districts of Tamil Nadu State. The project road passes through settlements namely, Krishnagiri, Vaniyamvadi, Ambur, Pallikonda, Vellore, Vasur, Ratnagiri and Ranipet. Existing ROW width varies from 35 to 60m generally and 60m right-of-way is proposed. From km 23.000 to km 26.000 of the project road is passes though Nandibada Reserve Forest. Sufficient ROW is available for six laninig work therefore no forest land diversion is proposed. The major land use pattern along the project road is agriculture with patches of built-up, commercial and industrial use in scattered matter. Project road crosses   River “Pallar” at location km 141.500.

 

     The project road does not pass through any wildlife sanctuary or national park or bio-reserve under Wild Life Protection Act within 10 km distance from the project road. One critically polluted area “Ranipet SIPCOST Industrial Complex, Vellor (North Arcot)” is located within the 10km radius from the project road. No international or interstate boundary within 10 km distance from the project road. The proposed widening of road activities will be carried out within the 20m strip of land acquisition. Also there is no proposal envisaged for bypass and realignment. About 34003 trees (33182 are <30cm in girth size and 821are >30cm in girth size) exist within the ROW out of them 29000 trees may need to be cut for up-gradation of the project road. About 48 hact land will be acquired for up-gradation of the project road. Out of which major portion is agricultural. There are 2 no. of major bridge, 6 ROBs (4 exist & 2 proposed), 44 minor bridges, 12 minor bridges on service roads (4 exists & 12 proposed) 356 culverts, 3 Grade separated structures, 31 Vehicular underpasses (16 exist & 15 proposed) 13 pedestrian/cattle underpasses (I exists & 12 proposed) in the project road. There are about 46.450km length of service road exist and 23m km length additionally proposed. Bus Bays have been provided at 26 locations and truck lay bye at 4 locations.  All major junctions (20 no) and minor junction (31) will be improved in the project road. About 929 properties will be get affected by the proposed widening. This includes Residential, Commercial and Industrial properties.

 

     The budget for environment management and monitoring has been earmarked as approximately Rs. 6,42,03,594.00. The estimated cost for Resettlement & Rehabilitation is approximately Rs 33.20 Crores. The estimated cost of the civil works for the project is approx. Rs1000.47 Crores.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(vi)             If the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment/ control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

(vii)           If the proposed route involves tunnelling, the details of the tunnel and locations of tunnelling with geological structural fraction should be provided.  In case the road passes through a flood plain of the river, the details of micro drainage, flood passages and information on flood periodicity at least of last 50 years in the area should be examined.

 

(viii)        The projects is located within 10km. of the sanctuary a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC.

 

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

 

(x)               It is indicated that 34003 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxxiii)    Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

General Guidelines:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

         

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

 

4.27          Finalisation of ToR for Construction of Kolkata – Dhanbad Expressway on NH-2 in the State of West Bengal and Jharkhand by M/s NHAI (F. No.10-68/2011-IA III)

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves Construction of Kolkata – Dhanbad Expressway on NH-2 in the State of West Bengal and Jharkhand. The expressway is proposed to start near Indrakhali village at km 637+500 of NH-2 and terminate near Dhanbad at km 411+800 of NH-2.  The expressway will have a spur to Haldia, which will take off from the expressway at Hazipur and terminate on NH-6 near Mecheda.  A second spur will originate the expressway at Harmadih.and connect proposed Dhanbad Ring Road.  The total length of the proposed expressway including the two spurs is 298 km. The Expressway passes through the districts of Hooghly, West Medinipur, East Medinipur, Bankura & Purulia in West Bengal and the district of Dhanbad in Jharkhand. The alignment mainly passes through agricultural lands. The proposed ROW will be 90 m. The design speed is 100-120 kmph. The expressway will be fully access controlled. It will have a 4-lane configuration initially, with provision of widening to 6-lane in future. The total area of land acquisition will be 2680 hectares. This comprises 2090 hectares of agricultural land, 350 hectares of forest land and 240 hectares of barren land.

 

          6000 Nos. of trees will be required to be felled for construction of the proposed expressway. A length of 35 km of the expressway passes through protected forest. There is no Wildlife Sanctuary or National Park along the proposed expressway. Proposal for diversion of the forest land has been submitted to the State Government. There will be 12 major bridges, 36 minor bridges and 901 nos. of box culverts on the proposed expressway. There will be 6 ROBs, 4 Overpasses, 74 Vehicular Underpasses and 84 Pedestrian Underpasses. There will be 11 Interchanges. There will be 9 Toll plazas with roadside amnesties including medical facilities and ambulance. The expressway passes through 319 mouzas, out of which 83 mouzas lie in Hooghly, 110 mouzas in Bankura, 44 mouzas in West Medinipur, 16 mouzas in East Medinipur, 36 mouzas in Purulia and 30 mouzas lie in Dhanbad district. 400 Nos. of structures (pucca/semi pucca/Kancha) will be required to be demolished for construction of the proposed expressway. Adequate lighting arrangements will be provided where necessary. Total demand of water will be 50000 KL.

 

The estimated civil cost of the project is Rs 5236 crores.  Other costs including LA, EMP, R&R and utility shifting will be Rs 632 crores.

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

 

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

 

(ii)              The proposal indicates the acquisition of 350 ha forest land. Necessary stage –I forestry clearance shall be obtained as per OM dated 31.03.2011 and submitted along with final EIA report.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(vii)          If the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment/ control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

(viii)        If the proposed route involves tunnelling, the details of the tunnel and locations of tunnelling with geological structural fraction should be provided.  In case the road passes through a flood plain of the river, the details of micro drainage, flood passages and information on flood periodicity at least of last 50 years in the area should be examined.

 

(ix)            The projects is located within 10km. of the sanctuary  a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC.

 

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

 

(xi)            It is indicated that 6000 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxxiv)      Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

General Guidelines:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

4.28          Finalisation of ToR for rehabilitation and up gradation of existing carriageway to 2-lane with paved shoulder from Ner-Chowk (km 190.000) to Km to Manali (km 308.650) of NH-21 in the State of Himachal Pradesh by M/s NHAI (F. No. 10-69/2011-IA III)

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves rehabilitation and up gradation of existing carriageway to 2-lane with paved shoulder from Ner-Chowk (km 190.000) to Km to Manali (km 308.650) of NH-21 in the State of Himachal Pradesh. The proposed project is part of NHDP Phase IV B and has total length of existing road is 118.650 km. The project road starts at km 190.000 on NH 21 near Ner Chowk in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh and ends at km 308.650 in Kullu district. The existing right of way varies between 10 to 27 m. The proposed right of way (ROW) is 24 m. Project road passes through hilly terrain. The land use pattern of the project area is mostly agricultural and built up. The Project Road does not pass through any Reserve forest, National Park and Sanctuary; however Roadside plantation along the NH-21 is notified as protected forest.

 

Approximately 1,768 trees falling along the roadside are likely to be affected. The project road is passing through protected forest areas for length of 7.7 kms. Total Land acquisition is 103.2685 ha which private land is. The 33.2760 ha of land is required to be acquired for proposed realignments and 69.9925 ha of land will be acquired for widening. There are 28 existing bridges on the project road, 4 are major bridges and 25 are minor bridges.  There are 576 nos. of culverts. The proposed corridor will have 3 new major bridges and 9 new minor bridges. A 75m long flyover is proposed at the realignment of village Patlikul (proposed chainage is 287+568). There are 11 nos. bus shelters existing on the project road.  It is proposed to provide 14 nos. of new bus bays & bus shelters.  Also there would be 3 truck lay byes. There is one Toll Plaza and two Toll Plaza has been proposed. There are 3 Major Junctions. Approximately 2500 Kl / day water for construction period shall be required for construction and other purpose including plantation and dust suppression. The water shall be abstracted from perennial sources like Beas River and Paravati River. The nearest Thermal Power Plant is in Ropar (Punjab) which is beyond 100 kms radius. Also in there are many Cement Industries, which are using flyash from this thermal power plant. Retaining walls and breast walls exist at a number of locations.  Depending upon the widening proposal, some of the retaining walls and breast walls will have to be dismantled and new retaining walls will be proposed on valley side.  Breast walls have been proposed on hillside locations of sliding zones. Parapet Walls have been proposed for safety purpose on valley side where retaining walls are not required.

 

The budget for environment management plan during construction and operation phases works out to be approximately Rs. 5.0 crores.  Approximately 562 structures will be affected. The total cost for Resettlement and Rehabilitation is approximately Rs. 51.97 crores. Total cost of the proposed project is Rs. 711.30 crores.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(vi)                   As the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment/ control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

(vii)                If the proposed route involves tunnelling, the details of the tunnel and locations of tunnelling with geological structural fraction should be provided.  In case the road passes through a flood plain of the river, the details of micro drainage, flood passages and information on flood periodicity at least of last 50 years in the area should be examined.

 

(viii)              The projects is located within 10km. of the sanctuary a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC.

 

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

 

(x)                    It is indicated that 1768 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxxiii)    Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

General Guidelines:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

4.29          Finalisation of ToR for upgradation of existing carriageway to 2-lane with paved shoulder from Jabalpur-Mandla-Chilpi section of NH-12A in the State of Madhya Pradesh by M/s NHAI. [F.No. 10-71 /2011-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves upgradation of existing carriageway to 2-lane with paved shoulder from Jabalpur-Mandla-Chilpi section of NH-12A in the State of Madhya Pradesh. The project road starts at km 3/ 4 on NH-12A district Jabalpur and ends at Km 192/4, Chilpi Boarder, District Mandla. The existing length of the project road is 189 km and it has rolling and Hilly Terrain. The road design length of road is 175.75 km. The road passes through Jabalpur, Mandla and Balaghat District of Madhya Pradesh. Existing ROW of project road is 11 –54 mtr. the proposed ROW is 18m-60m in revenue area and 30 m except in forest area with 60-75m at 4-5 locations due to embankment & cutting. And nil in Wildlife Sanctuary for road project but, if Animal underpass proposed by Standing Committee of NBWL. The project road passes along the Periphery of Kanha National Park in the length of about 6.8 km. The project alignment has agriculture-54.5 %; Barren land – 0.3 %, built up – 17.5 % and forest lands of 18.23 ha. The total land acquisition is 354 ha. The ROW proposed is 60 mtr in the byepass and existing + Toe line within forest area. Bus lay byes have been provided at 16 locations on both sides and Bus Shelters have been provided at 48 locations on both sides. 2 wayside amenities and 3 toll plaza have been provided. There are 386 PAPs and 200 PDFs due to improvement of project road. The entitled persons would be compensated according to the provisions of NH Act 1956. High Mast lighting arrangements/ solar lighting shall be provided as per IRC Guideline. Average demand of water would be approx. 325 KLD during construction. Fly ash shall be used for construction of embankment.  The capital cost of the project is 578.316 crores, cost of land acquisition & other is 11.19 crores, cost of EIA & EMP is 8.15 crores, the total cost proposed is – 598.96 crores.

 

Out of 14315 trees 5836 trees proposed to be felled for improvement of project road, against 17508 trees shall be planted as avenue plantation apart from the statutory requirement. There are existing 7 major bridge, 40 minor bridge and 361 culverts. There are proposed 6 major bridges which will be improved and 41 minor bridges (23 New and 16 will be reconstructed). There are 8 number of major junction, 14 number of minor junction and 93 number of other junction on the project road which have been proposed for improvement.  There is provision of 1 number of vehicular underpasses & 4 number of pedestrian & cattle underpasses have been made. Additional 5 underpasses are proposed for animal crossing in Wildlife area.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(vi)                   If the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment/ control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

(vii)                If the proposed route involves tunnelling, the details of the tunnel and locations of tunnelling with geological structural fraction should be provided.  In case the road passes through a flood plain of the river, the details of micro drainage, flood passages and information on flood periodicity at least of last 50 years in the area should be examined.

 

(viii)              The projects is located within 10km. of the sanctuary a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC.

 

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

 

(x)                    It is indicated that 5836 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxxiii)    Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

General Guidelines:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

3rd Day: 19th August, 2011

 

4.30          Environmental Clearance for proposed Group Housing Project at Sec. 112, Gurgaon, Haryana, by M/s. Aurochem Build Prop Pvt. Ltd. [F.No.21-42/2011-IA.III].

 

The project involves construction of a Group Housing on a plot area of 40757 Sq.m. The total built up area of the project proposed is 81,377.77 Sq.m. The total water requirement proposed is 344 KLD (fresh water requirement 186 KLD). The capacity of STP is about 280 KLD. Treated water will be used for HVAC cooling/flushing/horticulture/DG cooling/ gardening 205.2 KLD. The total power requirement is 5050 KVA. Total solid waste generation will be 1419.70 Kg/day. The total parking spaces for group housing proposed are 1,103 ECS.

 

          The details submitted and presented were examined by the Committee. During the discussions, the following points emerged:

         

(i)                 The information with respect to Ground water depth, various rules/ regulations applicable to the project has not been provided in the application Form. Revised Form addressing the above including their compliance shall be submitted.

 

(ii)              Examine and submit the details of the impact on traffic due to the project during construction and operation phases.

 

(iii)            Examine and submit the details of water bodies including the seasonal ones- ponds, lakes, low lying areas within the corridor of impacts along with their status, volumetric capacity, and quality likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

(iv)             NOC/Clearance from fire department shall be obtained prior to start of work.

 

(v)                Operation and Maintenance of the STP, Solid Waste Management of the apartments shall be ensured even after sale.

 

(vi)             Submit details about the source and quantity of water required, also submit the water balance chart. Proposal indicates 186 KLD of fresh water, without assured source of water supply. Overexploited groundwater and impending severe shortage of water supply in the region requires the developer to redraw the water and energy conservation plan. Developer shall submit details of good practices that have been included in the project to reduce the overall footprint of the proposed development including a detailed water balance along with source and quantities of potable and non-potable water requirement (including water requirement during construction phase) incorporating water efficiency/savings measures as well as water reuse/recycling within 3 months to the Ministry/ Regional office at Chandigarh before the start of construction.

 

(vii)           In view of water resources sustainability and severe constraints of water supply augmentation in the region the developer will submit NOC from CGWA specifying water abstraction quantities and NOC from HUDA/ utility provider indicating source of water supply and quantity of water with details of intended use of water - potable and non-potable and shall be submitted within 3 months to the Ministry/ Regional office at Chandigarh before the start of construction.

 

(viii)        Energy saving should be increased to at least more than 20%.  Quantify the saving in energy. Energy conservation plan with details of percentage saving in energy shall be submitted to the Ministry/ Regional office at Chandigarh before the start of construction.

 

(ix)            No discharge shall be made in the nearby pond/water body.

 

          Provided the response of the project proponent to the aforesaid observations is to the satisfaction of the committee, the proposal may be considered for recommendation for Clearance.

 

4.31          Finalisation of ToR development of New Industrial Area, chak No. 123, at village – Ghiloth Dabarwas, Partapur Behror Distt. Alwar, Rajasthan by M/s. Rajasthan State Industrial Development & Investment Corporation Ltd. [F.No.21-43/2011-IA.III].

 

The project involves development of new Industrial Area on a plot area of 749.15 ha. (Barren land-76.78 ha + agricultural land-485.08 ha + grazing land-12.66 ha + wasteland-160.61 ha + others-14.02 ha). The Inter-state boundary of Rajasthan and Haryana is within 10 km. The total water requirement proposed is 9000 KLD. The total power requirement is taken from 40 MVA line. Two high tension electric transmission lines (400 KV & 132 KV) are passing through the proposed project area. Total solid waste generation will be 2000 Kg/day. Affected trees are 5544 & affected structures are-112. In case of availability of natural gas in the proposed area, RIICO has earmarked 0.59 ha of land for gas station. Total cost of the project is envisaged Rs. 768 Crores.

 

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

 

(i)                 Submit details of the co-ordinates of the site to verify about the location of the project with reference to Rajasthan and Haryana borders.

 

(ii)              Alternative sites also should have been evaluated on relevant parameters in which impact on the nearby settlements should be examined including the impacts on the agricultural productivity of land. Describe the environmental concerns addressed in the site selection.

 

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

 

(iv)             Evaluate the availability of ground water. Necessary permission shall be obtained from Central Ground Water Authority.

 

(v)                Submit revised documents/application form as per the presentation documents.

 

(vi)             Submit details about the solid and liquid wastes, their collection, treatment and disposal.

 

(vii)           Examine and submit details about the energy efficiency and conservation and use of renewable energy.

 

(viii)        Submit details of development of greenbelt and open spaces.

 

(ix)            Submit details of Disaster Management Plan especially for storage of petroleum products against fire, chemical spill, risk analysis and evaluation, natural and man-made off site and on site.

 

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

 

(xi)            Examine and submit details of the impacts on the water bodies and the canal which is passing nearby.  NOC shall be obtained from Public Health Department.

 

(xii)          Examine and submit details of requirement of water including use of treated waste water.

 

(xiii)       Examine the land use of the area with reference to Master plan/developmental plan of the area to ascertain whether the development plan requires any changes.

 

(xiv)         Study the existing flora and fauna of the area.

 

(xv)           Sources of water and their potential should be clearly identified. Proposals for conservation of water and harnessing rain water harvesting potential should be incorporated in the project.

 

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

 

(xvii)      Examine and submit details about the resettlement and rehabilitation of project-affected persons, in the nearby villages, in accordance with the national resettlement and rehabilitation policy.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxi)        Rain water harvesting proposals should be made with due safeguards for ground water quality. Maximize recycling of water and utilization of rain water.

 

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

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