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

 

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 18TH MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

The 18th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Appraisal of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on August 24-26, 2011.  The list of participants is annexed. 

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

Item No. 1:

1.1     Confirmation of the minutes of the 17th Meeting.

The minutes of the 17th meeting were confirmed as circulated.

 

2.1     Murka Silica Sand Mine of M/s Silica Khanij Udyog, village Murka, Tehsil Bargarh, District Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh (Consultant: Bhagavathi Anna Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of silica sand to 50,000 TPA along with crushing and washing plant.  It is a violation case as the production from the mine was enhanced post 1994.  The mine lease area is 17.15 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of its location within 10 km of the inter-state boundary of U.P. and M.P.  Mine working will be opencast manual involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 16 years.  Water requirement is estimated as 17 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater and harvested rainwater.  It is estimated that 0.89 lakh tonnes (2,50,000 m3) of waste will be generated. Ultimate working depth will be 6 m (144 m AMSL). The groundwater table is reported to vary between 11 – 15 m bgl (135-139 m AMSL).  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Backfilling is proposed. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

4)           Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

5)           Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/ procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

6)           What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

7)           Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

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

9)           Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features should be indicated.  It should also gives location of other mines in the study area. 

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

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

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

13)        Impact of change of land use should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

33)        Detailed Environmental Management Plan (EMP) to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia include the impacts due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts besides other impacts of the project. 

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

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

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

 

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.2     River Bed Mining Project of Sand, Bajri & Stone (minor minerals) of Shri Gurmit Singh, Village Reru Uparla, P.O. & Tehsil Nalagarh, District Solan, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: Udaipur Min Tech Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur)

 

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production to 58,750 TPA of sand, bajri and stone (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Reru.  It is a violation case as the mine has been operating after its renewal in October, 2008 without requisite prior environmental clearance.  Mine lease area is 8.3208 ha.  It has been considered as category ‘A’ project because of its location within 10 km of the inter-state boundary of H.P. and Punjab.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual without drilling and blasting and restricted up to one meter.  Mineral transportation will be by road.  The crusher linked to this mine is located at a distance of 4.0 km.  The water requirement is estimated as 4.1 kld. 

 

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

 

1)          Year-wise production details since 2006 after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force. 

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

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

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

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

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

7)          Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

8)          Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

9)          What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

10)       Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

11)       A study should also be carried out to decide on the quantum of mineral which can be removed on sustainable basis taking into account the replenishment potential of the area and details furnished.

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

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

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

15)       The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

16)       A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27)       Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

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

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

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

31)       Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

32)       Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

33)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

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

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

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

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

a)     A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)     All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.3     River Bed Miing Project of Sand, Bajri & Stone (minor minerals) of Smt. Roshni Devi, village Jhandian, P.O. Keori, Tehsil Nalagarh, District Solan, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: Udaipur Min Tech Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur)

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production to 58,750 TPA of sand, bajri and stone (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Chikkani.  It is a violation case as the mine has been operating after its grant in August, 2007 and its subsequent transfer in the name of the present lessee in 2010 without requisite prior environmental clearance.  Mine lease area is 15.2 ha.  It has been considered as category ‘A’ project because of its location within 10 km of the inter-state boundary of H.P. and Punjab.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual without drilling and blasting and restricted up to one meter.  Mineral transportation will be by road.  The stones extracted will be used for grit making in the nearby linked crusher.  The water requirement is estimated as 3.1 kld. 

 

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

 

1)          Year-wise production details since 2006 after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force. 

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

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

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

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

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

7)          Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

8)          Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

9)          What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

10)       Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

11)       A study should also be carried out to decide on the quantum of mineral which can be removed on sustainable basis taking into account the replenishment potential of the area and details furnished.

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

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

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

15)       The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

16)       A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27)       Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

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

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

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

31)       Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

32)       Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

33)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

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

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

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

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.4     Proposed 1.8 MTPA Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s International Minerals Trading Co. Pvt. Ltd., Matkambeda Industrial Estate, Tehsil Barbil, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: S.S. Environics (India) Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for setting up of a iron ore beneficiation plant with a throughput capacity of 1.8 million TPA.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 26.10.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 23.5.2011.  The land requirement for the project is 24.6 ha.  A part of the land is reported to fall in the notified industrial area.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the project.  However, Karo Karampada Elephant Corridor is reported at a distance of 9 km from the site.  The proponent have prepared a site specific Wildlife Conservation Plan.  Greenbelt will be raised in an area of 8.16 ha.  No R&R is involved in the project.  The raw material (low grade ore) will be obtained from nearby mines as also from OMC.  Wet gravity separation process with filter press technology will be adopted. The fresh make up water requirement is estimated as 61 m3/hr, which will be obtained from Karo river.  The baseline AAQ data showed that the levels are within permissible limits.  The raw material from nearby mines will be transported by road.  The beneficiated ore to the pellet plant will be transported through closed conveyor.  The tailings (filter cake) storage area will be at the surface level (458 m AMSL), which is about 15 m above groundwater table. An area of 11.22 ha has been earmarked for filter cake disposal.  No tailing pond is proposed as part of this project.  The filter cake disposal area will be compacted and lined with impervious clay liner.  Rainwater harvesting is proposed.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  The issues raised inter-alia, included impact on water availability in the Karo river, impact on water quality of Karo river due to discharge from this plant, improvement of village road, school facility, drinking water supply etc.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no discharge from the plant into the Karo river and as per the monitored water quality data, upstream and downstream of the river, water quality of Karo river is not affected by their plant.  It is also proposed to undertake rainwater harvesting, which will be utilized in the plant, thereby reducing the water withdrawal from the Karo river. The company is committed to provide overall development of educational facilities in the area.  Further, drinking water facilities are also provided by the company.  The proponent also submitted their written response to the issues raised in the two representations which formed part of the public hearing proceedings which were also considered by the Committee.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

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

(i)           The rainwater harvesting shall be adopted.  The rainwater so harvested shall be used in the project and accordingly the withdrawal of water from Karo river will be reduced. 

(ii)          As part of ambient air quality monitoring during operational phase of the project, the air samples shall also be analyzed for their mineralogical composition and records maintained.

 

2.5     Venkatampalli Dolomite & Steatite Mine of M/s Sree Vishnu Mines & Minerals Ltd., located at village Venkatampalli, Mandal Narpala, District Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: Bhagavathi Anna Labs Ltd, Hyderabad) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of dolomite from 0.25 million TPA to 3.0 million TPA.  It was submitted by the proponent that this project is in the category of expansion only from technical point since the proponent had earlier prepared and got approved mine plan for a capacity of 0.25 million TPA, which was subsequently got modified for 3.0 million TPA and that no excavation has been carried out by the company in this lease.  Therefore, for all practical purposes, it is a Greenfield project for mining of 3.0 million TPA of dolomite.  It was also stated by the proponent that subsequent to the issue of TOR by MoEF to this project as an expansion project, they had submitted to MoEF for making correction for treating this project as a Greenfield project.  The proponent, however, could not produce any record in this regard.  In the absence of any documentary record to confirm that no production has been made from this mine, this would be treated as violation case unless or otherwise the proponent submits a confirmation from the concerned Department in the State Govt. that no production has ever been made from this mine by this lessee.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.7.2009.  Public hearing has been held on 20.11.2009.  The mine lease area is 77.297 ha. No forestland is involved. It was, however, stated that for construction of an approach road for transportation of ore outside the mine lease, 2.24 ha of forestland is involved for which they have already obtained stage-I forestry clearance. No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 18 years.  Water requirement is estimated as 277 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater (purchased from outside in the buffer zone) as also the harvested rainwater.  It is estimated that 1.39 million tonnes of waste will be generated.  Ultimate working depth will be 296 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. The baseline AAQ data showed the levels to be within permissible limits. Rainwater harvesting is proposed. Some of the schedule-I species namely; Wolf, Peacock and Indian Cobra are reported in the study area. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting, which inter-alia, included impact of mining on adjoining agricultural lands, debris flying due to blasting, source of water for the project, development of greenbelt etc.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

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

(i)           The proponent shall prepare a plan for conservation of schedule-I fauna reported in the study area and implement the same in consultation with the State Forest and Wildlife Department. 

 

2.6     Inganijharan Iron & Manganese Ore Mines of M/s Bhanja Minerals Pvt. Ltd. Located at village Dadwan & Khuntapani, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: Envowmin Consultant Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)


The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.24 million TPA to 1.159 million TPA, manganese ore from 0.024 million TPA to 0.199 million TPA and setting up of a crushing and screening plant of 150 TPH capacity.  TOR for this project for prescribed on 15th February, 2010.  Public hearing has been held on 16.3.2011.  The earlier environmental clearance to this project were granted on 3.9.2008.  The mine lease area is 246.313 ha, which includes 189.854 ha of forestland.  Stage-I forestry clearance has been obtained for an area of 135.532 ha with 24.893 ha of safety zone excluding 29.428 ha of DLC land.  It is a violation case as the proponent has increased production without requisite environmental clearance. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  The ultimate working depth will be 434 m AMSL (46 m bgl).  Groundwater table is reported to be at 425 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  No National Park / Sanctuary / Elephant Reserve is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  A map duly authenticated by DFO cum Wildlife Warden, Keonjhar has been submitted in this regard.  The proponent have prepared a site specific Wildlife Management Plan due to reported schedule-I fauna, which has been approved by DFO cum Wildlife Warden.  It is estimated that 5.653 million m3 of waste will be generated during mine life, which will be dumped in an area of 19.5 ha.  Rainwater harvesting is proposed. The baseline AAQ data showed that the levels are within permissible limits.  The compliance of the earlier EC conditions was also presented and discussed. It was observed that the compliance status has not been adequately addressed in the presentation and required to be supplemented with supporting data / photographs.  The public hearing issues were also discussed and it was observed that the issues raised in the public hearing need to be brought out vis-à-vis the issues raised in the public hearing held earlier at the stage of obtaining the environmental clearance in 2008.   It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)           Compliance of the earlier EC conditions should be detailed with supporting documents including data and photographs. 

(ii)          The baseline AAQ data now collected should be compared with the earlier data collected at the time of obtaining environmental clearance in 2008 and trends shown.  The variation in AAQ data, if any, may also be brought out with justification. 

(iii)        The issues raised during the public hearing now conducted should be brought out vis-à-vis the issues raised in the earlier public hearing.  Compliance to the commitments made in the last public hearing should also be given. 

(iv)        Primary data on biological environment should be given. 

(v)          The site specific Wildlife Conservation Plan should be revised to provide for the specific issues relating to conservation of flora and fauna and the allocation of funds made there under should also address to the specific activities for wildlife conservation. Accordingly, the activities as well as financial allocation under various heads may be revised and submitted. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30.9.2011 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in October, 2011.  

 

2.7     Sanindpur Iron and Manganese Ore Mining Project of M/s National Enterprises located in village Sanindpur, Tehsil Bonai, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Reconsideration Case) 

 

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

 

2.8     Preshnawada-Morasa Limestone Mining Project of M/s Gujarat Sidhee Cement Ltd. Located in villages Preshnawada & Morasa, Tehsil Sutrapada, District Junagadh, Gujarat (Consultant: Min Mec Consultancy Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on October 23-25, 2007 and further considered in the EAC meeting on July 16-17, 2009, wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues.  Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further. The Committee took note of the letter dated 28.6.2011 received from Chief Wildlife Warden, Gujarat, which inter-alia stated as under:

1.       The demanded area encompasses 253.8542 ha which are survey number of Preshnawada-Morasa villages and are non forest areas.  The area is not part of the Sanctuary or National Park or land bank. 

2.       No wildlife resides within the demanded area and there is no corridor of movement of wildlife.  The demanded area has been fenced by barbed wire fence.

3.       The demanded area is about 100 mt. away from reserved forests area of Morasa and 8 kms. away from forest area of Suthrapada.  It is about 26 kms away from Gir Sanctuary / National Park. 

4.       The demanded area of the lease renewal do not fall within the proposed Eco fragile Zone / Corridor proposed by Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Circle, Junagadh. 

          As regards the other issue, it was stated by the proponent that mine working will intersect groundwater table.  The groundwater table during post monsoon is reported at 8 m bgl (14 mRL) and during pre-monsoon it is at 16 m bgl (6 mRL).  The general elevation of the lease area varies from 22 mRL to 24 mRL.  The ultimate pit bottom will be at 2 mRL.  The maximum inflow of groundwater at conceptual stage from intercepted aquifer zone has been estimated at 144 m3/day or 0.052 million m3/annuam, which 19.47% of groundwater recharge of the lease area.  The pumped out water from the mine sump will be transferred to raw water reservoir of cement plant.      

Based on the presentation made and discussion held and taking into consideration the comments of Chief Wildlife Warden, Govt. of Gujarat, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance.

 

2.9     Banesti Mine of China Clay, Silica and Red Ochre of M/s Mohd. Sher Khan, village Banesti, Tehsil & District Chittorgarh, Rajasthan (Consultant: Udaipur Min Tech Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur) 

 

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of red ochre from 50,000 TPA to 0.4 million TPA and production of 0.12 million of china clay and 0.3 million TPA of silica sand.  The earlier EC was obtained on 29.1.2007.  The mine lease area is 113.31 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast using excavator cum loader without drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 80 m (374 mRL).  It was observed that the compliance to the earlier EC conditions needs to be further improved and presented with supporting data and photographs at the time of consideration of proposal for environmental clearance. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

5)           Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

6)           Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/ procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

7)           What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

8)           Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

15)        Impact of change of land use should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

33)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.10   River Bed Mining Project of Sand, Bajri & Stone (minor minerals) of Shri Jitender Singh, village Katha & Bhatauli Kalan, P.O. Baddi, Tehsil Nalagarh, District Solan, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant Udaipur Min Tech Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur)

 

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production from 29,000 TPA to 54,000 TPA of sand, bajri and stone (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Bhalad.  It is a violation case as the mine has been operating after its renewal in August, 2010 without requisite prior environmental clearance. Mine lease area is 38.1656 ha.  It has been considered as category ‘A’ project because of its location within 10 km of the inter-state boundary of H.P. and Punjab.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual without drilling and blasting and restricted up to one meter.  Mineral transportation will be by road.  The crusher linked to this mine is located adjacent to the mine.  The water requirement is estimated as 4.2 kld. 

 

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

 

1)          Year-wise production details since 2006 after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force. 

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

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

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

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

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

7)          Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

8)          Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

9)          What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

10)       Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

11)       A study should also be carried out to decide on the quantum of mineral which can be removed on sustainable basis taking into account the replenishment potential of the area and details furnished.

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

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

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

15)       The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

16)       A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27)       Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

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

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

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

31)       Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

32)       Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

33)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

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

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

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

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.11   River Bed Miing Project of Sand, Bajri & Stone (minor minerals) of Shri Narinder Kumar Bhalla, village Judi Kalan, Judikhurd, Swaraj Majara, Tehsil Nalagarh, District Solan, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant Udaipur Min Tech Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur)

 

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production from 42,852 TPA to 1,28,000 TPA of sand, bajri and stone (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Bhalad.  It is a violation case as the mine has been operating after its renewal in April, 2008 without requisite prior environmental clearance. Mine lease area is 46.72 ha.  It has been considered as category ‘A’ project because of its location within 10 km of the inter-state boundary of H.P. and Punjab.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual without drilling and blasting and restricted up to one meter. Mineral transportation will be by road.  The crusher linked to this mine is located adjacent to the mine lease.  The water requirement is estimated as 7.15 kld. 

 

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

 

1)          Year-wise production details since 2006 after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force. 

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

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

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

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

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

7)          Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

8)          Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

9)          What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

10)       Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

11)       A study should also be carried out to decide on the quantum of mineral which can be removed on sustainable basis taking into account the replenishment potential of the area and details furnished.

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

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

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

15)       The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

16)       A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27)       Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

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

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

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

31)       Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

32)       Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

33)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

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

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

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

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.12  Bhimdeol Limestone Mine of M/s GHCL Ltd., village Bhimdeol, Taluka Talala, District Junagarh, Gujarat (Consultant: Udaipur Min Tech Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur) 

 

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 42,000 TPA to 1,50,000 TPA.  The earlier environment clearance was obtained on 6th October, 2006.  As the project proponent was not ready with the presentation on status of compliance of the earlier EC conditions, the consideration of the proposal was deferred to the next meeting.  It was decided that this proposal may be taken up for consideration during the next meeting of EAC to be held in September, 2011. 

 

2.13  Palaskhedi White Clay Mine of Smt. Shikha Upadhyay, village Palaskhedi, Tehsil Bhainsdehi, District Betul, Madhya Pradesh (TOR)

 

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

 

2.14  KJST Iron, Manganese and Bauxite Ore Mine of M/s Prabodh Mohanty, villages Kalmang, Jaldihi, Sidimba & Tantigram, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: Geomin Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.7 million TPA to 2.0169 million TPA and of bauxite ore from 50,000 TPA to 1,30,000 TPA.  The earlier environmental clearance was granted on 28.1.2008 as a renewal case for a reduced mine lease area of 188.523 ha.  It was, however, observed during the meeting that the proponent is yet to get the mine lease executed over the reduced mine lease area for which the environment clearance was obtained.  In the absence of the lease document, the Committee deferred consideration of the proposal till the mine lease duly executed over the reduced area of 188.523 ha for which environment clearance was granted and now been submitted for further expansion has been submitted by the proponent.  Accordingly, it was decided to keep the proposal in abeyance till the requisite lease document has been submitted. 

 

 

 

2.15   Borunda Limestone (minor mineral) (M.L. No. 195/90) Mine of M/s Radhey Chemicals, Village Borunda, District Jodhpur, Rajasthan (EC) 

 

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

 

2.16   Limestone (minor Mineral) Project of M/s Habibur Rehman, Village Borunda, Tehsil Bilara, District Jodhpur, Rajasthan (EC) 

 

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

 

2.17   Janwa Silica Sand Mine of M/s Shri Kanhaiya Lal, Village Janwa, Tehsil Bara, District Allahabad, U.P. (17.75 ha) (Consultant: Bhagavathi Anna Labs Ltd, Hyderabad)

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production of silica sand to 25,000 TPA along with washing plant.  The mine lease area is 17.75 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ project because of its locations within 10 km of the interstate boundary of U.P. and M.P.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  It is a violation case as the production from the mine was enhanced without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  Mine working will be opencast with drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 43 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 5 m bgl (139 – 145 m AMSL).  It is estimated that 0.11 million tonnes of waste (3,00,000 m3) will be generated.  Water requirement will be met from bore wells and harvested rainwater. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

4)           Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

5)           Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/ procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

6)           What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

7)           Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

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

9)           Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features should be indicated.  It should also include the location of other mines in the study area. 

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

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

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

13)        Impact of change of land use should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.18   Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s NSL Mining Resources India Pvt. Ltd., Village Muddavaram, Tehsil Bettamcharla, District Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: Bhagavathi Anna Labs Ltd, Hyderabad)

 

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

The proposal is for setting up of a iron ore beneficiation plant having a capacity of 0.75 million TPA throughput.  It was stated by the project proponent that the filter press technology will be adopted.  The total area for the project is 4.92 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Make up water requirement of the project is estimated as 16.4 m3/hr, which will be obtained from groundwater.  Although the project proponent has already collected the baseline AAQ data, the Committee desired that the baseline data during the ensuing post monsoon season should be collected.  The filter cake will be used for backfilling of mines and the filtrate water will be recycled and reused in the process. 

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

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

2)           Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

3)           Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

4)           What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

5)           Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

6)           Details of the technology and process involved in the project may be given. 

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

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

9)           Measures to manage the over size waste from the feed ore shall be provided. 

10)        Details of the solid waste to be generated and its management should be described. The State of the art technology in this regard and supporting documents and literature in support thereof, to show that such a technology is being adopted successfully in other parts of the World or in the country anywhere, should be given.  The related environmental issues associated such technology including the incremental requirement of power in adopting such technology vis-a-vis other technologies should also be discussed in the EIA report.  Management of fines and mitigation measures to control these fines from getting airborne should also be discussed. 

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

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

13)        Location of the proposed plant w.r.t. the source of raw material and mode of transportations of the ore from mines to the beneficiation plant should be brought out.

14)        Treatment of run off water/effluents from the fines/waste dump/filter cake storage area should be described. 

15)        Estimation of the fines going into the washings and its management should be made.

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

17)        Detailed material balance should be provided.  

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

19)        Management and disposal of tailings/filter press cake and closure plan of the tailing pond, if any, after the project is over should be given. 

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

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

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

23)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people, if any, should be given.  

24)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality, water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna should be carried out and included in the EIA report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected and included in the EIA report.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified keeping in view the pre-dominant down wind direction and location of sensitive receptors.  The baseline data already collected could be utilized provided it meets the monitoring protocol. 

25)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area and results furnished in the EIA report. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The modelling should also take into account the impact due to operation of generator sets to meet the emergency power requirement for the project. 

26)        Details of maximum inventory of fuel for the generator sets to be stored at site, if any, and its associated risk analysis in the worst case scenario should be given.  The risk contours should be plotted on the location map.   

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

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

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

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

31)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

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

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

34)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the workers should be detailed.

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

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

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

38)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts due to the project should be furnished. 

39)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same should be given in the EIA. 

40)        Any litigation pending against the project and /or any direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project, if so, details thereof should be given in the EIA report. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on July 26-28, 2010 and further considered on October 20-22, 2010, wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  The proponent furnished the correct coordinates of the mine lease.  Production and mine development details were furnished.  It was stated that an area of 7.0 ha will be used for mining during conceptual period and 49.0 ha during mine life.  An area of 4.6 ha will be used for waste dump in the conceptual period and 14.8 ha during mine life.  The baseline AAQ data was also presented which showed the levels within permissible limits.  Peak water requirement for the project is estimated as 10 m3, which will be obtained from groundwater.  There will be two external OB dumps with a maximum projected height of 6 mtr.  A part of OB generated (about 60%) will be backfilled.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  The ultimate working depth will be 50 mtr (320 – 270 mRL).  The groundwater table is reported at 50 m below the general ground level, which is at 170 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Mine working will opencast manual.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered which inter-alia included pollution of air, impact due to blasting, compensation for loss of agriculture produce and local area development.  It was clarified by the proponent that proper dust suppression measures shall be taken and water will be sprinkled on the roads, there will be no loss of the grazing land and there will be no bore well within the lease area.             

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

 

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

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on July 26-28, 2010 and further considered on October 20-22, 2010, wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  The proponent furnished the correct coordinates of the mine lease.  Production and mine development details were furnished.  It was stated that an area of 6.0 ha will be used for mining during conceptual period and 58.0 ha during mine life.  An area of 4.0 ha will be used for waste dump in the conceptual period and 13.8 ha during mine life.  The baseline AAQ data was also presented which showed the levels within permissible limits.  Peak water requirement for the project is estimated as 10 m3, which will be obtained from groundwater.  There will be two external OB dumps with a maximum projected height of 6 mtr.  A part of OB generated (about 60%) will be backfilled.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  The ultimate working depth will be 50 mtr (220 – 170 mRL). The groundwater table is reported at 50 m below the general ground level, which is at 140 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Mine working will opencast manual.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered which inter-alia, included pollution of air, impact due to blasting, compensation for loss of agriculture produce and local area development.  It was clarified by the proponent that proper dust suppression measures shall be taken and water will be sprinkled on the roads, there will be no loss of the grazing land and there will be no bore well within the lease area.             

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

 

2.21   Greenfield Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s Elite Metaliks Pvt. Ltd., village Purnapani, PS Blang, Tehsil Koira, District Sundargarh, Orissa (TOR) 

 

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

 

2.22   Gondkida China Clay Mining Project (26.591) of M/s D.M. Minerals Pvt. Ltd., Village Gondkida, P.S. Kumardungi, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand   (Consultant: Visiontek Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in July, 2008 and enhancement of production china clay from 2300 TPA to 4500 TPA along with washing plant. It is a violation case as the mine has continue to operate after it fell due for renewal without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  As the project is located in West Singhbhum District, an identified severely polluted area, comments of SPCB were also obtained and considered.  The mine lease area is 26.591 ha.  It has been considered in MoEF as the SEIAA for Jharkhand not in place.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast.  Life of mine is 20 years.    

 

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

 

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

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

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

4)           Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

5)           Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/ procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

6)           What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

7)           Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

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

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

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

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

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

13)        Impact of change of land use should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

20)        Impact of the project on the water quality both surface and groundwater should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.  Details of effluent management should also be provided. 

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

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

23)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.23   Gondkida China Clay Mining Project (38.40 ha) of M/s D.M. Minerals Pvt. Ltd., village Gondkida, P.S. Kumardungi, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: Visiontek Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in January, 1999 and enhancement of production china clay from 1604 TPA to 32,000 TPA along with washing plant.  It is a violation case as the mine has continue to operate after it fell due for renewal without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  As the project is located in West Singhbhum District, an identified severely polluted area, comments of SPCB were also obtained and considered.  The mine lease area is 38.40 ha.  It has been considered in MoEF as the SEIAA for Jharkhand not in place.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast.  Life of mine is 20 years.    

 

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

 

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

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

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

4)           Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

5)           Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/ procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

6)           What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

7)           Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

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

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

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

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

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

13)        Impact of change of land use should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

20)        Impact of the project on the water quality both surface and groundwater should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.  Details of effluent management should also be provided. 

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

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

23)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.24   Silica Sand Mine of M/s Hari Mandir Mineral Traders, village Chhattara, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh (Consultant: Perfect Enviro Solutions Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi) 

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in December, 1999 and enhancement of production of silica sand to 0.6 million TPA along with washing plant.  It is a violation case as the mine has continued to operate without requisite prior environmental clearance after it fell due for renewal.  The mine is reported to be closed since September, 2010 for want of environmental clearance.  Mine lease area is 104.21 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized with excavators and dumpers. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

4)           Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

5)           Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/ procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

6)           What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

7)           Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

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

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

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

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

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

13)        Impact of change of land use should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

20)        Impact of the project on the water quality both surface and groundwater should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.  Details of effluent management should also be provided. 

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

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

23)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.25   Silica Sand Beneficiation Plant of M/s Mangalore Minerals (P) Ltd., village Chhattara, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh (Consultant: Perfect Enviro Solutions Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi) 

 

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

The proposal is for setting up of a silica sand beneficiation plant with a throughput capacity of   0.6 million TPA.  Land requirement for the project is 10.0 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the project.  The make up water requirement for the project is estimated as 200 kld.  It is estimated that 94% water will be re-circulated and 6% will be consumed during the process.  It is estimated that 80 tonnes of solid waste/clay will be generated per day. 

 

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

 

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

2)           Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

3)           Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

4)           What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

5)           Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

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

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

8)           Size distribution of silica sand with percentage weight shall also be done to assess the source of fugitive dust emission of the ore feed. 

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

10)        Details of the solid waste to be generated and its management.  Adequacy of the tailing pond for the life of the beneficiation plant should be provided with supporting data and documentation.  Design and capacity of tailing pond should be such as to guard against overflow from the tailing pond during heavy rainfall. The provision of lining, nature of lining with supporting permeability studies should also be provided. 

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

12)        The land requirement should be optimized and furnished. 

13)        Land use plan of the project area should be prepared and provided. This should encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

14)        Location of the proposed plant w.r.t. the source of raw material and mode of transportations of the ore from mines to the beneficiation plant, and outbound movement of the products should be provided.

15)        Proposed treatment of run off from the fines/waste dump should be provided. 

16)        Estimation of the fines going into the washings and its management should be given.

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

18)        Detailed material balance to be provided.  

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

20)        Management and disposal of tailings and closure plan of the tailing pond, if any, after the project is over, should be provided. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

32)        Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

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

34)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the workers may be indicated.

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

36)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules including tuberculoses monitoring should be incorporated in the EMP. 

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

38)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts due to the project should be prepared and furnished. 

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

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

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

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

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

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

 

2.26   Pardawan Silica Sand Mine of M/s Rai Bharat Das and Brothers at village Pardawan, District Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh (TOR)

 

          In accordance with the order of the Hon’ble High Court of Judicature at Allahabad in the writ petition no. 34735 of 2011, the SEAC, U.P. had forwarded the above mentioned application for environmental clearance over a mine lease area of 93.15 ha for mining of silica sand.  The proposal was accordingly listed in the agenda for consideration by the EAC for prescribing TORs in terms of the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006.  The proponent attended the meeting and requested the Committee for deferment of their proposal to the next meeting as the consultant of the proponent was unwell.  The Committee agreed to the request of the proponent and deferred consideration of the proposal to the next meeting to be held in September, 2011.   

 

2.27   Sand, Stone & Bajari Mining Project of Shri Kripal Singh, Village Nawagrawn, P.O. Panjehra, Tehsil Nalagarh, District Solan, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: Shivalik Solid Waste Management Ltd., Solan, H.P.)

 

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

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in September, 2010 for production of 48,600 TPA of sand, stone and bajri (minor mineral) put together from the bed of Karsoli Stream.  Mine is reported to be closed.  Mine lease area is 18.7714 ha.  It has been considered as category ‘A’ project because of its location within 10 km of the inter-state boundary of H.P. and Punjab.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual without drilling and blasting and restricted up to one meter.  Mineral transportation will be by road.  The crusher linked to this mine is located at a distance of 8.0 km.   

 

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

1)          Year-wise production details since 2006 after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force. 

2)          An undertaking on a non judicial stamp paper to the effect that the mine has not operated after it fell due for renewal in September, 2010 should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

8)          Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

9)          Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

10)       What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

11)       Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.   

12)       A study should also be carried out to decide on the quantum of mineral which can be removed on sustainable basis taking into account the replenishment potential of the area and details furnished. 

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

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

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

16)       The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

17)       A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28)       Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

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

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

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

32)       Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

33)       Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

34)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

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

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

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

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

a)        A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)        All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.28   Mining of Sand, Stone & Bajari of Smt. Madhuri Saini, Village Berson, P.O. Majholi, Tehsil Nalagarh, District Solan, Himchal Pradesh (Consultant: Shivalik Solid Waste Management Ltd., Solan, H.P.)                                                       

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in February, 2011 for production of 1,12,050 TPA of sand, stone and bajri (minor mineral) put together from the bed of Sarsa Stream.  Mine is reported to be closed.  Mine lease area is 82.0730 ha.  The location of this project falls within 10 km of the inter-state boundary of H.P. and Punjab.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual without drilling and blasting and restricted up to one meter.  Mineral transportation will be by road.  The crusher linked to this mine is located at a distance of 3.0 km.   

 

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

1)          Year-wise production details since 2006 after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force. 

2)          An undertaking on a non judicial stamp paper to the effect that the mine has not operated after it fell due for renewal in February, 2011 should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

8)          Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

9)          Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

10)       What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

11)       Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

12)       A study should also be carried out to decide on the quantum of mineral which can be removed on sustainable basis taking into account the replenishment potential of the area and details furnished. 

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

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

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

16)       The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

17)       A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28)       Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

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

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

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

32)       Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

33)       Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

34)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

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

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

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

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.29   Benti-Bagda Limestone Mine of M/s Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation Ltd., Doranda, Ranchi, Jharkhand (Consultant: Crystal Consultants, Ranchi) 

 

The proposal was taken up for consideration by the Committee.  It was observed that the mine plan in respect of this proposal is yet to be approved.  Accordingly, the consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of approved mine plan.  It was decided that the file relating to this project may be closed till the proponent submits the approved mine plan.  The proposal will be taken up for consideration thereafter. 

 

2.30   Bauxite Mine of M/s Haroon Ahmed Fazalani at village Mandivali, District Ratnagiri, Maharashtra (Consultant: Aditya Environmental Services Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.22 million TPA of bauxite. Additional TORs for this project were prescribed on 13.6.2007.  Public hearing has been held on 24.12.2008.  The mine lease area is 139.05 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Life of mine is 20 years.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting. 

It was observed that the proponent have prepared two reports; the one which was submitted to Ministry as part of the proposal and the other which was circulated to all the Committee Members based on the meeting notice issued to them.  This issue was raised during the meeting and the proponent stated that the contents of the both the reports are essentially the same and only minor corrections were carried out before circulating it to the members of the EAC.  As it was difficult to compare the two reports line by line to find out the changes made in the two reports, the Committee desired that the proponent should submit a detailed letter clearly bringing out the changes made, based on the comparison of the two reports and submit a written clarification as to why the two reports were made. 

It was observed that the baseline AAQ data contained in the EIA report is reported to have been collected during winter of 2008.  Since, date-wise monitored data was not given in the EIA report, the Committee sought clarification from the proponent and their consultant present during the meeting regarding the specific period for which data was collected.  It was repeatedly clarified by them that the baseline AAQ data pertains to the period December, 2008 to February, 2009.  The Committee at that juncture pointed out that the public hearing has since been conducted on 24th December, 2008, how could the data in the EIA report be based on the monitoring carried out during 2008 – 2009.  The proponent could not clarify the same. 

Further, it was also observed that the AAQ monitoring stations selected by the proponent did not conform to the wind roses given in the EIA report.  The soil analysis data contained in the EIA report also appeared doubtful.  There was no mention of the compliance of the TOR in the EIA report.  The EIA report also lacked information in terms of land use of the area, assessment of biological component, impact on critical wildlife habitat, details of road infrastructure and the constraints / impacts of the project thereon etc.  It was also observed that the coordinates as given in the two EIA reports are also different. 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held and keeping in view the poor quality of EIA report, the Committee rejected the proposal. 

 

2.31   Mining of Sand, Stone & Bajari of Shri Sunil Kumar Garg, village & P.O. Dhabota, Tehsil Nalagarh, District Solan, Himchal Pradesh (Consultant: Shivalik Solid Waste Management Ltd., Solan, H.P.)

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in June, 2008 for production of 94,500 TPA of sand, stone and bajri (minor mineral) put together from the bed of Pali Mahadev Stream.  It is a violation case as the mine continued to operate after it fell due for renewal in 2008 without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  Mine is reported to be closed from 23.4.2011.  Mine lease area is 36.8845 ha.  It has been considered as category ‘A’ project because of its location within 10 km of the inter-state boundary of H.P. and Punjab.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual without drilling and blasting and restricted up to one meter. Mineral transportation will be by road.  The crusher linked to this mine is located at a distance of 1.0 km.   

 

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

1)          Year-wise production details since 2006 after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force. 

2)          An undertaking on a non judicial stamp paper to the effect that the mine has been closed on 23.4.2011 should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

8)          Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

9)          Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

10)       What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

11)       Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

12)       A study should also be carried out to decide on the quantum of mineral which can be removed on sustainable basis taking into account the replenishment potential of the area and details furnished. 

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

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

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

16)       The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

17)       A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28)       Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

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

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

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

32)       Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

33)       Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

34)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

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

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

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

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

a)        A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)        All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.32   Mining of Sand Stone & Bajari of Shri Mohan Singh, village Ratyod & P.O. Panjehra, Tehsil Nalagarh, District Solan, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: Shivalik Solid Waste Management Ltd., Solan, H.P.)

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in November, 2010 for production of 72,000 TPA of sand, stone and bajri (minor mineral) put together from the bed of Kundlu Stream.  Mine is reported to be closed presently.  Mine lease area is 12.4503 ha.  It has been considered as category ‘A’ project because of its location within 10 km of the inter-state boundary of H.P. and Punjab.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual without drilling and blasting and restricted up to one meter.  Mineral transportation will be by road.  The crusher linked to this mine is located at a distance of 4.0 km.   

 

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

1)          Year-wise production details since 2006 after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force. 

2)          An undertaking on a non judicial stamp paper to the effect that the mine has not operated after it fell due for renewal in November, 2010 should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

8)          Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

9)          Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

10)       What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

11)       Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

12)       A study should also be carried out to decide on the quantum of mineral which can be removed on sustainable basis taking into account the replenishment potential of the area and details furnished. 

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

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

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

16)       The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

17)       A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28)       Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

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

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

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

32)       Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

33)       Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

34)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

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

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

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

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

a)        A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)        All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.33   Limestone Mining Project of M/s Budhnath Cement Industries Pvt. Ltd. Located in village Khadia, Tehsil and District Junagarh, Gujarat (Reconsideration Case)

 

The proposal was listed for consideration by the EAC.  The proponent attended the meeting.  During the meeting the proponent informed the Committee that their existing consultant was not NABET accredited and that they were in the process of appointing a new consultant and therefore requested for deferment of their proposal.  The Committee agreed to the request of the proponent and accordingly decided to defer consideration of the proposal till the project proponent appoints a new consultant and inform MoEF in this regard.  The proposal will be taken up for consideration thereafter.  Till such time the file may be closed. 

 

2.34   Karampada Iron Ore Mining Project of M/s Misrilall Jain & Sons located in village Baraiburu, District Singhbhum West, Jharkhand (TOR) 

 

         The proposal was listed for consideration by the EAC.  The proponent attended the meeting.  The proponent informed during the meeting that out of lease area of 202.30 ha, which is a forestland, an area of 46.434 ha has been surrendered and the balance of 155.866 ha area remains and accordingly requested for consideration of his application for the reduced area.  It was, however, observed that the proponent did not have the letter of intent (LOI) for the reduced area.  The Committee, therefore, deferred consideration of the proposal till the proponent submits LOI from the Competent Authority for the reduced mine lease area.   

 

2.35   Tamar Bauxite Mine of M/s The Madhya Pradesh State Mining Corporation Ltd., village Tamar & Kirkiran, Tehsil Majhgawan, District Satna, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: Bhagavathi Ana Labs Ltd., Hyderabad) 

 

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of bauxite from 10,000 TPA to 40,000 TPA.  It is a violation case as the proponent has enhanced production from the mine without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  Mine lease area is 21.0 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as category ‘A’ because of its location within 10 km of inter-state boundary of M.P. and U.P.  Mine working will be opencast manual without drilling and blasting. Life of mine is 23 years. Water requirement is 10 kld, which will be met from groundwater. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

4)           Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

5)           Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/ procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

6)           What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

7)           Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

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

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

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

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

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

13)        Impact of change of land use should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.36   Kanwara River Bed Sand/Murrum Mine of Shri Prakash Chandra Dwivedi and Shri Amitesh Kumar, village Kanwara, Taluka Banda, District Banda, Uttar Pradesh (Consultant: Ecomen Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Lucknow) 

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in September, 2009 for production of 1,80,000 TPA (1,00,000 m3) of sand / Murrum (minor mineral) from the bed of river Ken, a tributary of river Yamuna.  It is a violation case as the mine has operated after it fell due for renewal in September, 2009 without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  Mine is reported to be closed since July, 2011.  Mine lease area is 78.79 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast.  Mineral transportation will be by road. 

 

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

1)          Year-wise production details since 2006 after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force. 

2)          An undertaking on a non judicial stamp paper to the effect that the mine is closed w.e.f. 1.7.2011 as stated during the meeting should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

8)          Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

9)          Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

10)       What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

11)       Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

12)       A study should also be carried out to decide on the quantum of mineral which can be removed on sustainable basis taking into account the replenishment potential of the area and details furnished. 

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

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

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

16)       The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

17)       A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

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

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

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

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

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

23)       Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The impact of other adjoining mines should also be taken into account and addressed appropriately in the EMP.  A comprehensive picture should be projected. 

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

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

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

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

28)       Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

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

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

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

32)       Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

33)       Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

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

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

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

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

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

a)        A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)        All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

2.37   Achhroud River Bed Sand/Murrum Mine of M/s Shri Prakash Chandra Dwivedi, Village Achhroud, Taluka Banda, District Banda, Uttar Pradesh (Consultant: Ecomen Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Lucknow)

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in February, 2010 for production of 1,80,000 TPA (1,00,000 m3) of sand / Murrum (minor mineral) from the bed of river Ken, a tributary of river Yamuna.  It is a violation case as the mine has operated after it fell due for renewal in February, 2010 without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  Mine is reported to be closed since July, 2011.  Mine lease area is 68.29 ha. No forestland is involved. Mine working will be opencast. Mineral transportation will be by road. 

 

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

1)          Year-wise production details since 2006 after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force. 

2)          An undertaking on a non judicial stamp paper to the effect that the mine is closed w.e.f. 1.7.2011 as stated during the meeting should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

8)          Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

9)          Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

10)       What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

11)       Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

12)       A study should also be carried out to decide on the quantum of mineral which can be removed on sustainable basis taking into account the replenishment potential of the area and details furnished. 

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

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

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

16)       The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

17)       A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

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

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

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

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

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

23)       Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The impact of other adjoining mines should also be taken into account and addressed appropriately in the EMP.  A comprehensive picture should be projected. 

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

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

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

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

28)       Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

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

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

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

32)       Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

33)       Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

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

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

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

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

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

a)        A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)        All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.38   Marauli River Bed Sand/Murrum Mine of Shri Prakash Chandra Dwivedi and Shri Kailash Chandra, Village Marauli, Taluka Banda, District Banda, Uttar Pradesh (Consultant: Ecomen Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Lucknow) 

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in September, 2009 for production of 1,80,000 TPA (1,00,000 m3) of sand / Murrum (minor mineral) from the bed of river Ken, a tributary of river Yamuna.  It is a violation case as the mine has operated after it fell due for renewal in September, 2009 without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  Mine is reported to be closed since July, 2011.  Mine lease area is 60.73 ha. No forestland is involved. Mine working will be opencast. Mineral transportation will be by road. 

 

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

1)          Year-wise production details since 2006 after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force. 

2)          An undertaking on a non judicial stamp paper to the effect that the mine is closed w.e.f. 1.7.2011 as stated during the meeting should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

8)          Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

9)          Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

10)       What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

11)       Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

12)       A study should also be carried out to decide on the quantum of mineral which can be removed on sustainable basis taking into account the replenishment potential of the area and details furnished.  

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

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

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

16)       The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

17)       A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

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

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

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

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

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

23)       Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The impact of other adjoining mines should also be taken into account and addressed appropriately in the EMP.  A comprehensive picture should be projected. 

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

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

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

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

28)       Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

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

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

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

32)       Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

33)       Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

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

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

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

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

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

a)        A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)        All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

2.39   Mining of Sand, Stone & Bajri of Shri Sunil Kumar Garg, village & P.O. Dhabota, Tehsil Nalagarh, District Solan, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: Shivalik Solid Waste Management Ltd., Solan, H.P.)

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due on 28th August, 2011 for production of 67,300 TPA of sand, stone and bajri (minor mineral) put together from the bed of Pali Mahadev Stream.  Mine lease area is 15.5996 ha.  It has been considered as category ‘A’ project because of its location within 10 km of the inter-state boundary of H.P. and Punjab.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual without drilling and blasting and restricted up to one meter.  Mineral transportation will be by road.  The crusher linked to this mine is located at a distance of 3.0 km.   

 

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

1)          Year-wise production details since 2006 after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force. 

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

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

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

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

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

7)          Does the company have a well laid down Environment Policy approved by its Board of Directors? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA report. 

8)          Does the Environment Policy prescribe for standard operating process/procedures to bring into focus any infringement / deviation / violation of the environmental or forest norms / conditions? If so, it may be detailed in the EIA. 

9)          What is the hierarchical system or Administrative order of the company to deal with the environmental issues and for ensuring compliance with the EC conditions.  Details of this system may be given. 

10)       Does the company have a system of reporting of non compliances / violations of environmental norms to the Board of Directors of the company and / or shareholders or stakeholders at large?  This reporting mechanism should be detailed in the EIA report.  

11)       A study should also be carried out to decide on the quantum of mineral which can be removed on sustainable basis taking into account the replenishment potential of the area and details furnished. 

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

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

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

15)       The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

16)       A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27)       Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

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

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

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

31)       Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

32)       Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

33)       Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

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

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

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

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

a)        A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)        All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Next Meeting:

It was decided that the next meeting will be held on September 21-23, 2011. 

              The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

 

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Annexure

List of Participants

1.            Shri Mukunda Shenoy Nagar                           -         Chairman

2.       Dr. S. Subramaniyan                                      -         Vice Chairman

3.       Shri Vinay Mahajan                                        -         Member

4.       Shri Rajesh Srivastava                                    -         Member

5.       Prof. C.K. Varshney                                       -         Member

6.       Shri Sunil Peshin                                           -         Member

7.       Shri Mihir Moitra                                            -         Member                

8.       Shri T.K. Joshi                                              -         Member

9.       Dr. L. Ajay Kumar                                         -         Member

10.     Dr. B.K. Mishra                                              -         Member

11.     Shri K.S. Anandan                                         -         Member

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

13.     Dr. Satish Chandra Garkoti, Scientist ‘F’           

14.     Shri Om Prakash, Dy. Director                       

15.     Representative of M/s Silica Khanij Udyog

16.     Representative of Shri Gurmit Singh

17.     Representative of Smt. Roshni Devi

18.     Representative of M/s International Minerals Trading Co. Pvt. Ltd.

19.     Representative of M/s Sree Vishnu Mines & Minerals Ltd.

20.     Representative of M/s Bhanja Minerals

21.     Representative of M/s Gujarat Sidhee Cement Ltd.

22.     Representative of M/s Mohd. Sher Khan

23.     Representative of Shri Jitender Singh

24.     Representative of Shri Narinder Kumar Bhalla

25.     Representative of M/s GHCL Ltd.

26.    Representative of M/s Prabodh Mohanty

27.     Representative of Shri Kanhaiya Lal

28.     Representative of M/s NSL Mining Resources India Pvt. Ltd.

29.     Representative of Sri G.V. Anil Kumar Reddy

30.     Representative of Sri Y. Yerikal Reddy

31.     Representative of M/s D.M. Minerals Pvt. Ltd.

32.     Representative of M/s Hari Mandir Mineral Traders

33.     Representative of M/s Mangalore Minerals (P) Ltd.

34.     Representative of M/s Rai Bharat Das and Brothers

35.     Representative of Shri Kripal Singh

36.     Representative of Smt. Madhuri Saini

37.     Representative of M/s Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation Ltd.

38.     Representative of M/s Haroon Ahmed Fazalani

39.     Representative of Shri Sunil Kumar Garg

40.     Representative of Shri Mohan Singh

41.     Representative of M/s Budhnath Cement Industries Pvt. Ltd.

42.     Representative of M/s Misrilall Jain & Sons

43.     Representative of M/s The Madhya Pradesh State Mining Corporation Ltd.

44.     Representative of Shri Prakash Chandra Dwivedi and Shri Amitesh Kumar

45.     Representative of Shri Prakash Chandra Dwivedi

46.     Representative of Shri Prakash Chandra Dwivedi and Shri Kailash Chandra

47.     Representative of M/s Shri Sunil Kumar Garg.

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