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

 

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 6TH MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

 

The 6th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on August 25-27, 2010.  The list of participants is annexed. 

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

 

Item No. 1:          Confirmation of the minutes of the 5th Meeting.

The minutes of the 5th meetings were confirmed as circulated. 

 

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

 

2.1          Ankua Iron & Manganese Ore Mine of M/s JSW Steel Ltd., located at Block-Manoharpur, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand

 

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 10 million TPA of iron ore.  The TORs for this project were prescribed on 4th September, 2008. The public hearing was held on 9th June, 2009.  The mine lease area is 999.9 ha, which is a forestland.  It being a Greenfield project to be located in forest area for which prior forestry clearance was made a pre-requisite at the stage of TOR itself and as the project proponent did not obtain forestry clearance as yet, consideration of the proposal was deferred till such time.  In the meantime, the Committee recommended for closure of the project file.

 

2.2          Katamati Iron Ore Mine of M/s Tata Steel Ltd., Village Deojhar, Tehsil Barbil, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: M/s S.S. Environics (India) Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 2.0 million TPA to 8.0 million TPA.  TORs for this project were prescribed on 23.9.2008.  Public hearing was held on 30.3.2010.  Earlier, environmental clearance for 2.0 million TPA was obtained on 6th May, 2005.  The mine lease area is 403.3238 ha, which includes 199.1720 ha of forestland.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 10 years.  The groundwater table is reported to be at 519 m AMSL, which is 45 m below the ultimate pit limit.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The peak water requirement is estimated as 13,200 kld.  The baseline AAQ data showed that the RSPM levels (PM10) is relatively high in some areas. The proponent has prepared a site specific Wildlife Conservation Plan for conservation of the fauna in the area.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case against the project. No beneficiation plant is proposed as part of this project; however, tailings from the beneficiation plant located in Noamundi Mine will be disposed in the worked out pit of this mine. 

 

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

(i)                Effective safeguard measure shall be taken to ensure that the RSPM levels in the area are well below the prescribed standards. 

(ii)              The height of stack shall be as per the prescribed standards / guidelines. 

 

2.3          Chrome Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s Rohit Ferro-Tech Ltd. located at Kalinga Nagar, At-Pabana, P.O. Jakhapura, District Jajpur, Orissa (Consultant: Sun Consultancy and Services, Bhubaneswar)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for setting up of a chrome ore beneficiation plant with a throughput capacity of 0.155 million TPA.  The TOR for this project were prescribed on 22.12.2008.  Public hearing was held on 12.1.2010.  The land requirement for the project is estimated as 34 acres, which includes 13 acres for tailing pond.  The low grade chrome ore will be obtained from the mines of OMC and IDCOL within a distance of about 45 km and will be upgraded.  The raw material will be transported by road.  It is estimated that 70,000 TPA of concentrated chrome ore will be generated as useful product and the remaining 85,000 TPA will be generated as tailings.  The tailing pond will have a depth of about 11 m and will be lined.  It will have a life of 10 years and accordingly the proponent requested for grant of environmental clearance only for 10 years.  There will be zero discharge except during monsoon.  No National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Reserve is reported within 10 km of the project site.  The baseline AAQ data is reported to be within prescribed limits; however, RSPM levels are relatively high.  The total water requirement of the plant is estimated to be 166 m3/hr, out of which 154.5 m3/hr will be recycled.  It is estimated that 283 tonnes per day of tailings will be generated.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case against the project.   

 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance for a period of 10 years. 

 

 

2.4          Mohra Limestone Mine of M/s Rungta Mines Ltd., Village Mohra, District Raipur, Chhattisgarh

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee. As the said project is located in severely polluted area as identified by CPCB as per the Office Memorandum issued by MOEF dated 13.01.2010, comments of State Pollution Control Board were sought in accordance with the procedure laid down by MOEF for such projects. Since comments of SPCB were not received till the time of the meeting, consideration of the proposal was deferred.

 

2.5          Litibeda Limestone & Dolomite Mines of M/s R.V. Enterprise, Village Litibeda, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: Earth and Environment, Bhubaneswar)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for grant of environmental clearance for production of 0.15 million TPA of limestone and dolomite put together.  The total mine lease area is 54.383 ha.  Although, as per the documents submitted, it is reported that no forestland is involved, however, during the presentation it was stated that 0.576 ha of DLC forestland is involved in the mine lease.  It is a violation case as the mine was started in January, 2003 without obtaining the requisite prior environmental clearance.  The mine is reported to be closed presently since October, 2009.  TORs for this project were prescribed on 9th July, 2009.  The public hearing was held on 11.5.2010.  No National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Corridors are reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  The water requirement for the project is estimated as 45 kld, out of which 35 kld will be obtained from groundwater and 10 kld from mine pit.  The ultimate pit limit will be 248 m AMSL, while groundwater table is reported to be at 242 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting.  It is estimated that 9,27,298 m3 of OB will be generated during the mine life, which will be dumped at the earmarked site.  At the conceptual stage the OB will be re-handled and backfilled in the mined out area and there will be no external OB dump at the conceptual stage.  An area of 12 ha will be covered under greenbelt.  The baseline AAQ data showed that the AAQ levels are within prescribed limits.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case against the project. 

 

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

 

2.6     Kota Stone-Limestone (Minor Mineral) Mine (ML 27/93) of M/s Shreenath Enterprises Pvt. Ltd., Village Chechat, District Kota, Rajasthan (Consultant: Ramji Mine Envirotech, Jaipur)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on April 28-30, 2010 wherein the consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of approved eco friendly mine plan. Based on the submission of the same, the proposal was considered.  The mine lease area is 24.57 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of location of Dara Sanctuary at a distance of about 7.5 km from mine lease.  No forestland is involved.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of kota stone from 0.25 million TPA to 0.35 million TPA.  The TORs for this project were prescribed on 24.3.2009.  Public hearing was held on 3.12.2009.  The life of the mine is 14 years.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 301 mRL.  The groundwater table is at 290 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The peak water requirement is estimated as 35 kld, out of which 18 kld will be fresh water to be obtained from nearby villages, while the remaining 17 kld will be from the mine pit.  It is estimated that 3.92 million m3 of waste will be generated, which will be backfilled.  Backfilling is reported to have been already started.  The existing dump will be reclaimed with plantation.  At the end of the mine life an area of 9.53 ha will be backfilled and remaining 7.44 ha will be used as water reservoir.  There will be one OB dump at the end of the mine life covering an area of 3.6 ha, which is outside of mine lease area.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case against the project. 

 

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

(i)      Prior NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden shall be obtained for operating the mine at a distance of 7.5 km from the sanctuary. 

 

2.7          Jutting Limestone Mine of M/s Murli Industries Ltd., District Chandrapur, Maharashtra (Consultant: Envirotechno Consult, Nagpur)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on September 29-30, 2009 and subsequently listed for consideration in January 21-22, 2010 wherein the consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent.  Accordingly, the project was relisted for consideration and the proponent made a presentation on the project.  The additional TORs for this project were prescribed on 9.7.2007.  Public hearing was held on 27.2.2008.  It was categorically submitted by the proponent that the said project does not fall in the  critically polluted industrial clusters of Chandrapur as identified in the OM dated 15.3.2010.  The nearest cluster of Ghugas is at a distance of 15 km.  The said mine will be captive to their cement plant at Naranda at a distance of 2.5 km.  The mine lease area is 58.52 ha.  The life of the mine is 7 years at the proposed rated capacity of 1.5 million TPA.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  The ultimate working depth will be 8 m bgl.  Groundwater table is reported at 150 m bgl.  The area is reported to be safe from the point of view of groundwater availability in the water shed.  Mineral transportation will be by 20 tonne dumpers.  Besides, mine lease area, an area of 9.91 ha will be used outside mine lease at a distance of about 350 m for waste dump.  An area of 10.5 ha will be used for plantation at the end of the mine life.  The baseline AAQ data showed that the RSPM levels in the area are relatively on the higher side. 

 

It was observed that the waste management as given in the EIA report and the mine plan have to be mutually consistent and need to be reconciled.  The source of water to meet the requirement of the mine should be clearly given.  It was also observed that since this mine lease has been transferred to the present lessee from M/s Balaji Mineral Industry and public hearing was also in the name of the earlier lessee i.e. M/s Balaji Mineral Industries, the present lessee, should give an undertaking to comply with all the commitments made during public hearing as also submit an Action Plan to address the issues raised during public hearing. 

 

With the above observations, consideration of the proposal was deferred till the requisite details are submitted. It was also recommended that the project file may be closed in the meantime as the exercise of making all the documents mutually consistent is likely to take sufficient time. 

    

2.8     China Clay Mine of M/s Pentapati Lakshmana Swamy, Halasuka & Malikhubhudi villages, Orissa (76.575 ha) (Consultant: SV Enviro Labs & Consultants, Visakhapatnam)

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 15,000 TPA of china clay.  The mine lease area is 76.575 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Life of mine is 400 years.  Mine working will be opencast manual using jack hammer.  Backfilling is proposed. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

(vi)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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.

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

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

(ix)            R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people 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 integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

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

(xi)            Air quality 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxvii)  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 dimension may be given with time frame for implementation. 

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

(xxix)    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. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.9     China Clay Mine of Smt. Mutchika Bhoodevi, Dumbriguda, District Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh (15.613 ha) (Consultant: SV Enviro Labs & Consultants, Visakhapatnam)

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 15,000 TPA of china clay.  The mine lease area is 15.613 ha.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ project because of its location at a distance of 1 km from the inter-state boundary of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.  The life of the mine is 40 years.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

(vi)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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.

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

(viii)        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 integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

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

(x)              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.

(xi)            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. 

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

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

(xiv)        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.

(xv)          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.

(xvi)        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. 

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

(xviii)    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. 

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

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

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

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

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

(xxiv)    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.

(xxv)      Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention 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.

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

(xxvii)  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. 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.10          Graphite & Kyanite Mine of M/s Karnataka Mining Industries, Village Shantipura, District Mysore, Karnataka

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 5,000 TPA of graphite and Kyanite.  The mine lease area is 53.0157 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be manual.  It is essentially float ore.  No drilling or blasting is involved.  The maximum depth of working will be 1.2 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

(vi)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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.

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

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

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

(x)              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.

(xi)            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. 

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

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

(xiv)        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.

(xv)          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.

(xvi)        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. 

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

(xviii)    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. 

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

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

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

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

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

(xxiv)    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.11          Graphite & Kyanite Mine of M/s Karnataka Mining Industries, Village Hunagahalli, District Mysore, Karnataka

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 10,000 TPA of graphite and Kyanite.  The mine lease area is 60.7 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be manual.  It is essentially float ore.  No drilling or blasting is involved.  The maximum depth of working will be 1.2 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

(vi)            Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.12          Expansion of Bandhamandi Graphite Beneficiation Plant of M/s Pradhan Industries, village Bandhamandi, District Rayagada, Orissa (Consultant: S.S. Environics (India) Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

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

 

The proposal is for enhancement of capacity of the existing graphite beneficiation plant from 72,000 TPA to 2,40,000 TPA throughput.  It was noted that the proposed beneficiation plant will be adjoining to the Bandhamandi Graphite Ore Mining Project for which TORs were prescribed in the name of the same company on 25th November, 2008 for enhancement of production of graphite to 2,40,000 TPA. The application for environmental clearance for the said mine is also not received as yet.  Since, both the project i.e. mining and the proposed beneficiation plant are inter-linked and located adjoining each other, the Committee desired that an integrated proposal should be submitted for obtaining TORs. 

 

 

2.13          Bhulbeda Iron Ore Mine of M/s Mineral Trading Syndicate, Bhulbeda, District Keonjhar, Orissa

 

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

 

 

2.14   Arki Limestone Mine of M/s NMDC Ltd., Arki, Solan District, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: M/s Pragathi labs & Consultants, Secunderabad)

 

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 3.0 million TPA of limestone.  The mine lease area is 232.6 ha, which includes 84.36 ha of forestland.  The TORs were prescribed to the project on 12.5.2009.  Public hearing was held on 12.11.2009.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  The life of the mine is 33 years.  The transportation of mineral during initial 5 years will be by road and thereafter it will be by conveyor belt having a length of about 10 km.  The ultimate pit limit will be 1400 mRL.  The baseline AAQ data showed that the air quality levels are within prescribed limits.  The water requirements for the project 650 m3/day, which will be obtained from Gambhar Khad.  The groundwater table is reported at 100 m below the ultimate pit limit.  The mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km from the mine lease.  It was reported that there will be 16 homestead oustees.  The R&R plan is reported to have been submitted to the State Government.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was reported that no court case is pending against the project. 

 

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

(i)                Mineral transportation by road will be limited to the first five years and thereafter it will be by conveyor only. 

 

2.15          Manganese and Iron Ore Mines of M/s Sandur Manganese and Iron Ores Ltd., Village Deogiri / Subrayanhalli / Ramgad / Kammathuru, Sandur Taluk, District Bellary, Karnataka (Consultant: Consafe Science (India) Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 1.6 million TPA to 3.85 million TPA and production of manganese ore to the existing level of 0.55 million TPA.  A beneficiation plant of 2.0 million TPA, crushing and screening plant of 3.85 million TPA and aerial ropeway / conveyor system also form part of the proposal.  The TORs were prescribed to the project on 26.6.2009.  Public hearing was held on 30.04.2010.  Earlier clearance for 1.6 million TPA of iron ore and 0.55 million TPA of manganese ore was granted on 24.1.2007.  The mine lease area is 1863.02 ha, which includes 1615.64 ha of forestland.  Forestry clearance has been obtained on 14th March, 2007. Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 16 years for iron ore.  Transportation of mineral will be by proposed ropeway.  Based on the baseline AAQ data presented, it was observed that the RSPM levels are very high. Accordingly, effective safeguard measures need to be put in place and their effectiveness shown with supporting data. It was also observed that no monitoring station has been located in the downwind direction.  Hydro-geological study has also not been conducted. Details of slime management have also not been furnished.  The mining scheme is valid up to March, 2011 and therefore, the approved mining scheme beyond March, 2011 should also be provided.  The Committee deferred further consideration of the proposal till the requisite information as mentioned above has been submitted. 

 

 

2.16          Mining Project of M/s Oriental Talc Products Pvt. Ltd., Village Rampura, District Sikar, Rajasthan

 

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

 

2.17          Noamundi Iron Ore Mine of M/s Mitra Ghose and Samir Kumar Ghose, Block No. 40, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Reconsideration Case)

 

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

 

 

2.18          Limestone (minor mineral) Mine of M/s Zahoor Ahmad Abdul Majid, located at Village Pipakhedi, Tehsil Ramganjmandi, District Kota, Rajasthan (E.C. Engineers, Jaipur)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due since 2007 and enhancement of production of limestone from 44,250 TPA to 59,000 TPA.  It is a violation case.  Mine lease area is 83.16 ha.  Dara Sanctuary is reported to be at a distance of about 9 km.  TORs for this project were prescribed on 17.8.2009.  Public hearing was held on 1.4.2010.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is about 30 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 302 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Partial backfilling is proposed.  It was stated by the proponent that the project does not fall in Aravali.  A letter from Senior Geologist, Govt. of Rajasthan dated 19.3.2010 was submitted in this regard. 

 

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

(i)                Details of waste generation for the life of the mine. 

(ii)              Copy of the approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan).

(iii)            NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the sanctuary. 

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

 

Further consideration of the proposal was deferred till the requisite information has been submitted.

 

2.19   Sand Stone Mine of M/s Tiwari Jhoomer Lal Swarooplal, near village Kalyani, Mamchari, Karsai, Sarseri, Mahu, District Karauli, Rajasthan (Ramji Mine Envirotech, Jaipur)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due since 2002 and enhancement of production of sand stone (minor mineral) from 25,225 TPA to 50,000 TPA.  No forestland is involved.  It is a violation case.  Kela Devi Sanctuary is reported to be at a distance of about 8 km from the mine lease.  A letter from Regional Director, Project Tiger, Ranthambore dated 9.3.2010 has been submitted in this regard.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised.  The water requirement is estimated as 20 kld, which will be obtained from nearby area.  Ultimate working depth will be 6 m bgl.  The water table is reported to vary between 30 – 40 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect ground water table.  There will be no external OB dump at the end of the mine life.  It was stated by the proponent that the project does not fall in Aravali.  A letter from Mining Engineer, Karauli, Govt. of Rajasthan dated 4.3.2010 was submitted in this regard.  An area of 90.14 ha will be converted into water body and 23.76 ha will be backfilled at conceptual stage.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 128.82 ha. 

 

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

 

2.20   Sand Mining from river bed of Yamuna river of M/s Vikas Agarwal & Mahmood Ali, village Bidoli, Tehsil Kairana, District Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh (Consultant: JM Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

 

The proposal is for production of 45,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Yamuna.  The mine lease area is 20.48 ha.  No mining will be done in agriculture land area.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of U.P. and Haryana at a distance of 300 m.  No National Park / Wildlife Sanctuary / Biosphere Reserve / Reserve Forests exist within 10 km from the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast manual by benching method; however, lifting of mineral will be carried out by employing tipper, truck and tractors trolley.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 mtr.  Water requirement is 5 kld, which will be obtained from bore well.  The river bed water level varies between 3 – 6 mtr.  The mining will be restricted to above water level in dry portion only.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

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

(ii)              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. 

(iii)            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, mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral etc.

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

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

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

(vii)          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 Rajaji National Park should also be obtained and furnished. 

(viii)        A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna especially fresh water turtles and their nesting sites, if any, 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. 

(ix)            Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any. 

(x)              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.

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

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

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

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

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

(xvi)        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.

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

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

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

(xx)          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.

(xxi)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention 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.

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

(xxiii)    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.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area and (ii) geological maps and sections.

 

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

 

2.21          Sipukachar-Dumabahal Silica Sand, Quartz & Quartzite Mine of Shri Prabhu Dayal Agrawal, Sipukachar-Dumabahal, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: Earth & Environment, Bhubaneswar)

 

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

 

The proposal is for production of 7,200 TPA of silica sand, 3,600 TPA of quartz & 7,200 TPA of quartzite.  Mine lease area is 111.980 ha.  The coordinates of the site are latitude 220 08’ 38” N – 220 09’ 31” N and longitude 830 41’ 31” E – 830 42’ 53” E.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Wildlife Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  It is a violation case.  Mine is reported to be closed since 7.11.2009.  Mine working will be opencast manual.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(ix)            The vegetation in the RF / PF area should be given.  Details in this regard should be given.    

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

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

(xii)          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. 

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

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

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

(xvi)        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.

(xvii)      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. 

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

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

(xx)          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.

(xxi)        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.

(xxii)      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. 

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

(xxiv)    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. 

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

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

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

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

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

(xxx)      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. 

(xxxi)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention 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.

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

(xxxiii)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. 

(xxxiv)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. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.22   OBM-IV, Bauxite Mine of M/s Orient Abrasive Ltd., village Mewasa, Taluka Kalyanpur, District Jamnagar, Gujarat

 

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

 

The proposal is for production of 25,725 TPA of bauxite.  Mine lease area is 7.3857 ha.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of location of Marine National Park at a distance of about 2.6 km from mine lease.  As the said mine is at a distance of about 2.6 km from Marine National Park, the consideration of the proposal was deferred in view of the resolution of the State Government no. VPS-102008-399-C(1) dated 2.4.2008, which requires NOC to be obtained from Forest Department to carryout mining within 5 km of the National Park / Sanctuary. 

 

2.23          Paldev White Clay Mine of M/s Bansal & Company, village Paldeve, District Satna, Madhya Pradesh (TOR)

 

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

 

2.24   Iron Ore Mine of M/s S. Jambunath, Sandur Taluk, District Bellary, Karnataka (Consultant: M/s MetamorphosisSM, Bangalore)

 

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

 

The proposal is for production of 0.6 million TPA of iron ore.  The mine lease area is 80.94 ha, which is a forestland.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized.  Ultimate working depth will be 60 m bgl and groundwater table is reported to be at 35 m bgl.  The mine will intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 30 kld and will be sourced from bore well. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(ix)            The vegetation in the RF / PF area should be given.  Details in this regard should be given.    

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

(xi)            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.

(xii)          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. 

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

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

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

(xvi)        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.

(xvii)      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. 

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

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

(xx)          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.

(xxi)        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.  The impact of the project on groundwater regime should be provided. 

(xxii)      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. 

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

(xxiv)    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. 

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

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

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

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

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

(xxx)      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.

(xxxi)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention 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.

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

(xxxiii)                        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. 

(xxxiv)                        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. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.25   Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s Thakur Industries located at village Hirebaganal, Taluk and District Koppal, Karnataka (Consultant: M/s MetamorphosisSM, Bangalore)

 

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 an iron ore beneficiation plant having a capacity of 0.6 million TPA throughput.  The land requirement for the project is 17.50 acres, which is an agricultural land.  Water requirement for the project is 600 m3/day and will be obtained from bore well.  Tungabhadra reservoir is at a distance of about 7 km from the project site.   

 

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

 

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

(ii)              All corner coordinates of the project site on the map shall be furnished. 

(iii)            Details of raw material for the plant from the local mines should be given. 

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

(v)              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. 

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

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

(viii)        Details of the solid waste to be generated and its management.  It may clearly be shown whether there will be any tailing pond as part of this project. It is seen that the proposed technology relating to waste management does not provide for any tailing pond. The efficacy of the system and case studies, if any of successful application of the same may be furnished.   If so, adequacy of the tailing pond for the life of the beneficiation plant should be provided with supporting data and documentation.  Design and capacity of tailing pond to protect against overflow from the tailing pond during heavy rainfall.  The provision of lining, nature of lining with supporting permeability studies to be provided.  If no tailing pond is proposed, feasibility of waste disposal and its management should be given in detail.  The related environmental issues associated such technology 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. 

(ix)            Land use of the project area and 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.

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

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

(xii)          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.

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

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

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

(xvi)        Detailed material balance to be provided.  

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

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

(xix)        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. 

(xx)          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.

(xxi)        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. 

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

(xxiii)    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. 

(xxiv)    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.

(xxv)      Details of power requirement and its source with details of pollution load etc. may be provided. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxxv)  Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention 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.

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

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

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

(xxxix)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. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.26          Expansion of Mainpat Bauxite Mine from 0.45 million TPA to 0.75 million TPA of M/s BALCO, District Surguja, Chhattisgarh (Extension of EC)

 

The above mentioned project was granted environmental clearance on 17th September, 2008 for a period of two years i.e. up to 16.9.2010 subject to implementation of various conditions and environmental safeguards and also undertaking various studies as contained in the said letter. Accordingly, the project proponent undertook various studies in accordance with the conditions prescribed in the clearance letter and requested to extend the validity of clearance letter beyond two years.  Based on the same, the proposal was considered by the Committee and the project proponent made a presentation before the Committee. A baseline socio economic survey was got done and the report submitted to MoEF.  According to this, 222.138 ha of private land has been acquired.  Family-wise loss of land, income and assets has been assessed.  It is estimated that 2.8% of the total lease area is pasture land.  There are 220 educated youth out of which 94 were engaged in agriculture. It was stated that socio economic welfare activities are being carried out on individual and community basis.  Rehabilitation plan for the 7 families of Sapnadar village is in place.  Alternative grazing land have been developed in Kisara and Sapndar and handed over to the respective panchyats.  Vocational training has been imparted in association with NABARD. The identified families are reported to have opted for their traditional profession of cattle rearing for them advance veterinary care training has been imparted.  Seeds for pisci culture are implanted in water bodies developed in mined out pits. Land and financial assistance for construction of alternative dwelling have been provided. Afforestation has been carried with local native and fruit bearing species. It was reported that 1,46,000 saplings have been planted during 2008, 2009 and 2010. During 2010-11, 1,30,000 saplings will be planted. The present survival rate reported to be 80%.  For the expansion project, no additional land is acquired. 

 

The Committee having satisfies itself with the compliance of the stipulated conditions and the studies undertaken based on the clearance granted in September, 2008 for a period of two years, recommended the project for environmental clearance for a further period up to the lease period.

 

2.27          Green Quartz Iron & Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Kumari S. Mangla, District Chitradurga, Karnataka (Consultant: M/s MetamorphosisSM, Bangalore)

 

The proposal was earlier listed for consideration in the meeting on March 25-26, 2010; however, consideration of the proposal was deferred as the project proponent did not attend the meeting.  The proposal was, therefore, again listed for consideration and proponent made a presentation.  TORs for this project were prescribed on 13.6.2007.  Public hearing was held on 9.10.2009.  The proposal is for inclusion of mineral iron ore and manganese ore with maximum production capacity of 1225 TPA of green quartz, 10,000 TPA of iron ore and 1050 TPA of manganese ore.  The mine lease area is 60.7 ha.  Mine working will be opencast manual without involving drilling and blasting.  It was observed that the EIA report has been prepared based on data relating to project activities for 5 years only and as such the EIA report was found to be inadequate and deficient.  It is desirable that all the data are given for the mine lease period or life of the mine whichever is earlier. It was also observed that there has been strong opposition to the project during public hearing. Further, during public hearing a issue was raised regarding reservation of Gomala land only for animals and for any other activity as per the order of Hon’ble Supreme Court (reference ILV/1995/K page no. 2757). Other objections were also raised.  It is also reported that 25 representations were sent through State Government. 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee deferred further consideration of the proposal till the EIA report has been revised and the public issues are addressed properly and details submitted.

 

2.28   Sand Mine Raipur Kalan of Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Raipur Kalan, District Amritsar, Punjab.

 

During the meeting the proponent informed that the mine lease area has been reduced from 6.07ha to to less than 5 hectare and hence does not attract the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006 and hence requested to withdraw the proposal. The Committee agreed to their request.

 

2.29       Sand, Gravel Minor Mineral of Department of Industries    and Commerce, Village Kalyanpur, District Rup Nagar, Punjab (15.64 ha)

 

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

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

 

The proposal is for extraction of 55,500 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Swan near village Kalyanpur, District Rup Nagar. The mine lease area is 15.64ha.  Proposal has been considered as Category ’A’ because of inter-State-boundary with Himachal Pradesh at 3.7km. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

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

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

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

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

(xv)          Air quality 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.

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)        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.

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

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

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

(xxvi)    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.

(xxvii)  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. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.30       Sand, Gravel Minor Mineral of Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Kiratpur, District Rup Nagar, Punjab (31.92 ha).

 

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

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

 

The proposal is for extraction of 1,12,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Swan near village Kiratpur, District Rup Nagar.  The mine lease area is 31.92ha.  Proposal has been considered as Category ’A’ because of inter-State-boundary with Himachal Pradesh at 2.5km. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.31       Sand, Gravel Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Brahampur, District Rup Nagar, Punjab (16.45 ha).

 

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

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

 

The proposal is for extraction of 60,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Swan near village Brahampur, District Rup Nagar.  The mine lease area is 16.45ha.  Proposal has been considered as Category ’A’ because of inter-State-boundary with Himachal Pradesh at 3.5km. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.32       Sand, Gravel Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Dhaboor, District Rup Nagar, Punjab.

 

During the meeting the proponent informed that the mine lease area has been reduced from 15.624ha to 1.27ha i.e. less than 5 hectare and hence does not attract the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006 and hence requested to withdraw the proposal. The Committee agreed to their request.

2.33       Gravel Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Mindwan, District Rup Nagar, Punjab (9.38 ha).

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

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

 

The proposal is for extraction of 35,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Swan near village Mindwan, District Rup Nagar.  The mine lease area is 9.38ha.  Proposal has been considered as Category ’A’ because of inter-State-boundary with Himachal Pradesh at 4.5km. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.34       Sand, Gravel Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Nangran, District Rup Nagar, Punjab (63.61ha).

 

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

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

 

The proposal is for extraction of 68,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Swan near village Nangran, District Rup Nagar.  The mine lease area is 63.61ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.35       Sand, Gravel Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Niku Nangal, District Rup Nagar, Punjab (37.71 ha)

 

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

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

 

The proposal is for extraction of 1,34,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Swan near village Niku Nangal, District Rup Nagar.  The mine lease area is 37.71ha.  Proposal has been considered as Category ’A’ because of inter-State-boundary with Himachal Pradesh at  0.5km. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.36       Gravel Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Bhangal, District Rup Nagar, Punjab (8.08 ha)

 

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

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

 

The proposal is for extraction of 31,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Swan near village Bhangal, District Rup Nagar.  The mine lease area is 8.08ha.  Proposal has been considered as Category ’A’ because of inter-State-boundary with Himachal Pradesh at 1.0km. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.37       Sand Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Surewal, District Rup Nagar, Punjab (93.55ha)

 

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

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

 

The proposal is for extraction of 3,00,000TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Swan near village Surewal, District Rup Nagar.  The mine lease area is 93.55ha. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.38       Sand Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Tirha, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab (93.55 ha)

 

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

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

 

The proposal is for extraction of 2,60,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Jainti Ki Rao near village Tirha, District S.A.S. Nagar.  The mine lease area is 93.55ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.39       Sand Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Masatgarh, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab (9.88 ha) (TOR)

 

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

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

 

The proposal is for extraction of 30,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Jainti Ki Rao near village Masatgarh, District S.A.S. Nagar.  The mine lease area is 9.88ha.  Proposal has been considered as Category ’A’ because of inter-State-boundary with Chandigarh at 1.0km. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.40       Sand Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Sohali, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab (57.81 ha).

 

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

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

 

The proposal is for extraction of 1,74,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Siswan near village Sohali, District S.A.S. Nagar.  The mine lease area is 57.81ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.41       Sand Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Darrhi, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab (14.33ha).

 

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

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

 

The proposal is for extraction of 7,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Siswan near village Darrhi, District S.A.S. Nagar.  The mine lease area is 14.33ha.  Proposal has been considered as Category ’A’ because of inter-State-boundary with Chandigarh at 9.0km. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.42       Sand Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Chaparhchirhi Kalan, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab (29.05ha).

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

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

 

The proposal is for extraction of 87,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Siswan near village Chaparchchirhi Kalan, District S.A.S. Nagar.  The mine lease area is 29.05ha.  Proposal has been considered as Category ’A’ because of inter-State-boundary with Chandigarh at 5.0km. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxi)        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

e)     Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)       While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.43       Sand Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Naglian, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab (73.23 ha).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

 

The proposal is for extraction of 2,20,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Siswan near village Naglian, District S.A.S. Nagar.  The mine lease area is 73.23ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(ii)              The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

(iii)            Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

(iv)            The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

(v)              Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

(vi)            Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vii)          Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

(xi)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

(xiv)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

(xv)          Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

(xvi)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

(xvii)      Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

(xix)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

(xxi)        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.

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxiii)    Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

(xxv)      Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

(xxvi)    Measures of socio economic influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent.  As far as possible, quantitative dimension to be given.

(xxvii)  Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxviii)Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

(xxix)    Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

(xxx)      The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

 

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

b)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

c)      Where the documents provided in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

d)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

e)     Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)       While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.44       Sand Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Chaparhchirhi Khurd, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab (7.24 ha).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

 

The proposal is for extraction of 24,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Patyali Ka Rao near village Chaparachchirhi Khurd, District S.A.S. Nagar.  The mine lease area is 7.24ha.  Proposal has been considered as Category ’A’ because of inter-State-boundary with Chandigarh at 5.0km. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(ii)              The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

(iii)            Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

(iv)            The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

(v)              Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

(vi)            Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vii)          Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

(xi)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

(xiv)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

(xv)          Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

(xvi)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

(xvii)      Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

(xix)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

(xxi)        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.

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxiii)    Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

(xxv)      Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

(xxvi)    Measures of socio economic influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent.  As far as possible, quantitative dimension to be given.

(xxvii)  Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxviii)Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

(xxix)    Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

(xxx)      The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

 

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

b)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

c)      Where the documents provided in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

d)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

e)     Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)       While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.45       Sand Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Tiwana, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab (24.05 ha).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

 

The proposal is for extraction of 34,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Patiali Ka Rao near village Tiwana, District S.A.S. Nagar.  The mine lease area is 24.05ha.  Proposal has been considered as Category ’A’ because of inter-State-boundary with Chandigarh at 3.0km. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(ii)              The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

(iii)            Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

(iv)            The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

(v)              Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

(vi)            Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vii)          Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

(xi)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

(xiv)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

(xv)          Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

(xvi)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

(xvii)      Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

(xix)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

(xxi)        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.

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxiii)    Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

(xxv)      Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

(xxvi)    Measures of socio economic influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent.  As far as possible, quantitative dimension to be given.

(xxvii)  Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxviii)Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

(xxix)    Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

(xxx)      The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

 

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

b)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

c)      Where the documents provided in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

d)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

e)     Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)       While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.46       Sand Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Sarangpur, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab (46.72 ha).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

 

The proposal is for extraction of 2,10,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Patiali Ka Rao near village Sarangpur, District S.A.S. Nagar.  The mine lease area is 46.72ha.  Proposal has been considered as Category ’A’ because of inter-State-boundary with Haryana at 0.5km. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(ii)              The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

(iii)            Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

(iv)            The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

(v)              Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

(vi)            Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vii)          Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

(xi)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

(xiv)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

(xv)          Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

(xvi)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

(xvii)      Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

(xix)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

(xxi)        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.

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxiii)    Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

(xxv)      Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

(xxvi)    Measures of socio economic influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent.  As far as possible, quantitative dimension to be given.

(xxvii)  Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxviii)Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

(xxix)    Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

(xxx)      The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

 

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

b)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

c)      Where the documents provided in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

d)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

e)     Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)       While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.47       Sand Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Alamgir, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab (7.25 ha).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

 

The proposal is for extraction of 34,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Ghaggar near village Alamgir, District S.A.S. Nagar.  The mine lease area is 7.25ha.  Proposal has been considered as Category ’A’ because of inter-State-boundary with Haryana at 3.0km. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(ii)              The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

(iii)            Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

(iv)            The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

(v)              Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

(vi)            Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vii)          Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

(xi)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

(xiv)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

(xv)          Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

(xvi)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

(xvii)      Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

(xix)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

(xxi)        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.

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxiii)    Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

(xxv)      Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

(xxvi)    Measures of socio economic influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent.  As far as possible, quantitative dimension to be given.

(xxvii)  Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxviii)Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

(xxix)    Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

(xxx)      The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

 

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

b)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

c)      Where the documents provided in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

d)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

e)     Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)       While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.48       Sand Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Dehar, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab (18.95 ha).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

 

The proposal is for extraction of 86,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Ghaggarr village Dehar, District S.A.S. Nagar.  The mine lease area is 18.95ha.  Proposal has been considered as Category ’A’ because of inter-State-boundary with Haryana at 3.0km. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(ii)              The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

(iii)            Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

(iv)            The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

(v)              Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

(vi)            Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

(vii)          Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

(viii)        The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

(ix)            A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

(x)              Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated 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. 

(xi)            A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

(xii)          Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

(xiii)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

(xiv)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

(xv)          Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

(xvi)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

(xvii)      Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

(xviii)    Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

(xix)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

(xx)          Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

(xxi)        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.

(xxii)      Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers.

(xxiii)    Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.

(xxiv)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

(xxv)      Occupational health impact of the project.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

(xxvi)    Measures of socio economic influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent.  As far as possible, quantitative dimension to be given.

(xxvii)  Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

(xxviii)Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

(xxix)    Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

(xxx)      The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

 

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)     All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

b)     Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

c)      Where the documents provided in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

d)     The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as devised earlier by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

e)     Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

f)       While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.49       Sand Minor Mineral of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Sundran, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab (29.72 ha).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

 

The proposal is for extraction of 1,50,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Ghaggar near village Sundran, District S.A.S. Nagar.  The mine lease area is 29.72ha.  Proposal has been considered as Category ’A’ because of inter-State-boundary with Haryana at 1.0km. Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

 

(i)                All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

(ii)              The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

(iii)            Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

(iv)            The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data co