MINUTES OF 6th EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (EAC) (THERMAL & COAL MINING) MEETING HELD ON 27th -28th SEPTEMBER 2010

 

 

COAL MINING PROJECTS

 

The 6th meeting of the reconstituted EAC (T &C) was held on 27th -28th September 2010 to consider the projects of coal mining sector. The list of participants of EAC and the proponents are given at Annexure-1 and 2 respectively.

 

Confirmation of minutes

The minutes of the 4th meeting of EAC (T&C) held on 30th -31st August 2010 was confirmed subject to the following correction:

 

Item 22: The project title should be read as:

 

Marki Mangli II (0.30 MTPA in 273 ha), III (0.21 MTPA in 256 ha) and IV (0.2 MTPA in 256 ha) Opencast Coalmine Project of M/s Virnagana Steels Ltd., in dist. Yavatmal, Maharashtra (Further consideration of EC based on TOR)

 

 

Consideration of coal mining projects was taken up as per agenda.

 

1.        Warora Underground Coal Mining Project (0.5 MTPA in 743 ha) of M/s Maharashtra State Mining Corp. Ltd. near Warora Town, Tehsil Warora, Dist. Chandrapur, Maharashtra (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that Maharashtra State Mining Corporation Ltd. (MSMC) is a Limited company fully owned by the Govt. of Maharashtra incorporated under Companies Act. MSMC with M/s Gupta coal India limited has formed a JVC company named MSMC Warora Collieries Ltd. The coal seam is proposed to be developed in two sections  - top & bottom – leaving a partition of 3 m thickness between the two and maintaining the vertical Pillars and Galleries. Ultimate working depth is 300m. It was informed that the coal produced is for commercial purpose for end users such as SSIs of Cement units, cement etc.                                                

 

It was informed that the block would be mined as two mines- Mine I of a rated capacity of 0.27-0.3 MTPA containing 9.5 MT pf reserves and Mine II  of a capacity of 0.27 MTPA with 4.5 MT of reserves due to a presence of a geological fault in between, with a total combined ML area of 743 ha and of a combined production capacity of 0.5 MTPA. The distance between the Inclines of the two mines is about a km. No forestland is involved. An area of 15-20ha would be acquired as Surface Rights. The total surface rights for Mine II would be 12 ha. Both mines would be mined by underground mining by Board & Pillar method involving hydraulic sand stowing. Mining Plan is under preparation. Exploration of the Block is not complete. The total extractable reserves are 14.90 MT. Life of Mine-I is 40 years and of Mine-II is 25 years. It was informed that a seasonal nala – Shirna Nala which is a tributary of River Wardha flows from North to South outside the eastern side of the block. Railway line forms a part of the ML boundary. Coal is grade C and D. The Committee was informed that an S&T Project was undertaken a few a years ago on the impacts of mining (WCL mines) on groundwater and the study revealed that impacts were negligible. Total water requirement is 2 m3/d for each mine. Transportation of coal to pit top would be by elevated conveyor onto an overhead bunker and loaded onto trucks. NO R&R is involved.

 

The Committee was informed that the Tadoba-Andheri Tiger Reserve (TATR) is about 33km from project site. The project site is also at a distance from the Critically Polluted Areas of MIDC Chandrapur, Ghuggus, Ballarpur, etc.

 

The Committee desired that a detailed Hydrogeology study should be carried out on the impacts of mining on the groundwater regime. The Committee further desired that a detailed Subsidence Study should be undertaken. The Committee also desired that an occupational health study with the baseline data of health of the population in the vicinity should be undertaken. The Committee further desired that a detailed project specific CSR should be prepared with a one-time provision of Rs 80 lakhs – Rs 1 crore as capital investment and a provision of Rs 5 per tonne of coal should be earmarked for socio-economic activities of the surrounding villages. The Committee desired that an authenticated (by CWLW, govt. of Maharashtra) map showing the location of the mine vis-à-vis the proposed extended buffer zone of TATR and the shortest distance between them should be  furnished as part of EIA-EMP report.

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)                 An EIA-EMP Report should be prepared for a peak capacity of 0.5 MTPA over an ML area of 743 ha addressing the impacts of the underground coalmine project including the aspects of mineral transportation and issues of impacts on hydrogeology, plan for conservation of flora/fauna and afforestation/plantation programme based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(ii)               The EIA-EMP report should also cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of baseline data and information, generation of baseline data on impacts for 0.5 of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan.

(iii)              A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (15 km of the buffer zone in case of ecologically sensitive areas) delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, drainage, locations of habitats, major construction including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources, which shall also indicate the migratory corridors of fauna, if any and the areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance are found in the area.

(iv)             Map showing the core zone along with 3-5 km of the buffer zone) delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records) and grazing land and wasteland and water bodies.

(v)              Contour map at 3m interval along with Site plan of the mine (lease/project area with about 3-5 km of the buffer zone) showing the various surface structures such as buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within/adjacent to the ML), green belt and undisturbed area and if any existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with details of natural drainage adjoining the lease/project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., highways, passing through the lease/project area.

(vi)             Original land use (agricultural land/forestland/grazing land/wasteland/water bodies) of the area. Impacts of project, if any on the landuse, in particular, agricultural land/forestland/grazing land/water bodies falling within the lease/project and acquired for mining operations. Extent of area under surface rights and under mining rights.

(vii)           The Committee desired that an authenticated (by CWLW, govt. of Maharashtra) map showing the location of the mine vis-à-vis the proposed extended buffer zone of TATR and the shortest distance between them should be  furnished as part of EIA-EMP report.

(viii)          Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. The flora and fauna details should be furnished separately for the core zone and buffer zone. The report and the list should be authenticated by the concerned institution carrying out the study and the names of the species scientific and common names) along with the classification under the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972 should be furnished. In case of presence of endangered species of fauna, a Wildlife Conservation Plan should be prepared and furnished.

(ix)             Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study area and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working plan/scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps should also be included.

(x)               Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(xi)             Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality of – air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx, NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, AS, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil and met. data. 

(xii)            Map of the study area (core and buffer zone) clearly delineating the location of various monitoring stations (air/water/soil and noise – each shown separately) superimposed with location of habitats, wind roses, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations should be selected on the basis of the proposed impacts in the downwind/downstream/groundwater regime. One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact non-polluting area as a control station. Wind roses to determine air pollutant dispersion and impacts thereof shall be determined. Monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and standards for air, water, noise notified under Environment Protection Rules. Parameters for water testing for both ground and surface water should be as per ISI standards and CPCB classification of surface water wherever applicable.

(xiii)          The Committee desired that a detailed Hydrogeology study should be carried out on the impacts of mining on the groundwater regime. Impact of mining and water abstraction and mine water discharge in mine on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on the impact of mining on the groundwater regime. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected wherever the area is declared dark/grey from groundwater development.

(xiv)         The Committee further desired that a detailed Subsidence Study should be undertaken. Study on subsidence, measures for mitigation/prevention of subsidence, modelling subsidence prediction and its use during mine operation, safety issues.

(xv)           Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement as per different activities in the mining operations, including use of water for sand stowing should be given separately. Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users should be provided.

(xvi)         Impact of choice of mining method, technology, selected use of machinery - and impact on air quality, mineral transportation, coal handling & storage/stockyard, etc, Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.

(xvii)        Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project. The entire sequence of mineral production, transportation, handling, transfer and storage of mineral and waste, and their impacts on air quality should be shown in a flow chart with the specific points where fugitive emissions can arise and the specific pollution control/mitigative measures proposed to be put in place. Examine the adequacy of roads existing in the area and if new roads are proposed, the impact of their construction and use particularly if forestland is used.

(xviii)      Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.  Examine whether existing roads are adequate to take care of the additional load of mineral and their impacts.

(xix)          Examine the number and efficiency of mobile/static water sprinkling system along the main mineral transportation road within the mine, approach roads to the mine/stockyard/siding, and also the frequency of their use in impacting air quality.

(xx)           Impacts of CHP, if any on air and water quality. A flow chart of water use and whether the unit can be made a zero-discharge unit.

(xxi)          Conceptual Mine Closure Plan along with the fund requirement for the detailed activities proposed there under.  Impacts of change in land use for mining operations and whether the land can be restored for agricultural use post mining.

(xxii)        The Committee also desired that an occupational health study with the baseline data of health of the population in the vicinity should be undertaken. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine should be furnished.

(xxiii)       Details of cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for final mine closure plan. The specific costs (capital and recurring) of each pollution control/mitigative measures proposed in the project until end of mine life and a statement that this is included in the project cost.

(xxiv)      Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources – water, land, energy, raw materials/mineral, etc.

(xxv)       R&R: Detailed project specific R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status (including tribals, SC/ST) of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

(xxvi)      Public Hearing should cover the details as specified in the EIA Notification 2006, and include notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments by the proponent made should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxvii)    The Committee further desired that a detailed project specific CSR should be prepared with a one-time provision of Rs 80 lakhs – Rs 1 crore as capital investment and a provision of Rs 5 per tonne of coal should be earmarked for socio-economic activities of the surrounding villages

(xxviii)   Status of any litigations/court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xxvii)  Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

(xxxviii) Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC form Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc.

 

The following general points should be noted:

(i)       All documents should be properly indexed, page numbered.

(ii)      Period/date of data collection should be clearly indicated.

(iii)     Authenticated English translation of all material in Regional languages provided/enclosed with the application.

(iv)     After the preparation of the draft EIA-EMP Report as per the aforesaid TOR, the proponent shall get the Public Hearing conducted as prescribed in the EIA Notification 2006 and take necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance under the provisions of the EIA Notification 2006.

(v)      The final EIA-EMP report submitted to the Ministry must incorporate the issues in TOR and that raised during Public Hearing. The index of the final EIA-EMP report, must indicate the specific chapter and page no. of the EIA-EMP Report where the specific TOR prescribed by Ministry and the issue raised in the P.H. have been incorporated.

(vi)     The letter/application for EC should quote the MOEF file No. and also attach a copy of the letter prescribing the TOR.

(vii)    The copy of the letter received from the Ministry on the TOR prescribed for the

project should be attached as an annexure to the final EIA-EMP Report.

(viii)    Mining Questionnaire (posted on MOEF website) with all sections duly filled in shall also be submitted at the time of applying for EC.

(viii)    The aforesaid TOR has a validity of two years only.

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

(i)                 Grant of TOR does not necessarily mean grant of EC.

(ii)               Grant of TOR/EC to the present project does not necessarily mean grant of TOR/EC to the captive/linked project.

(iii)              Grant of TOR/EC to the present project does not necessarily mean grant of approvals in other regulations such as the Forest (Conservation) Act 1980 or the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

 

                   

2.        Kaparion-ki-Dhani Lignite Mining Project (0.57 MTPA) of M/s DCM Shriram Consolidated Ltd., District Nagaur, Rajasthan (EC based on TOR granted on 23.07.2007)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for opening a new opencast lignite mine in district Nagaur, Rajasthan of a total ML area of 867 ha. The mine is captive to their linked 125 MW Power Plant at Kota located at a distance of 300km, The units- TPP can run on both coal and lignite. Presently, coal is being obtained from SECL mines by road from a distance of 900 km. Of the total ML area, 815.20 ha is agricultural land. 5.51 ha is Govt. land and 46.29 ha is private land. No forestland is involved. The lignite mine has a high stripping ratio of 1:25. Of the total ML area, area for excavation (quarry area) is 230 ha, external OB dumps is 160 ha, mineral storage is 2 ha, infrastructure is 8.60 ha, roads is 5ha, green belt is 10 ha, and area an area of 0.4 ha is for ETP. In addition an area of 451 ha would be left undisturbed where exploration is to be carried out. Life of the mine is 13 years. The lease is drained by Jojri Nadi which is seasonal and flows in southwest. The lease area has a few ponds. It was informed that P.H. was held on 15.07.2008, however the application for EC could not be submitted earlier as Mining Plan was approved by MOC only recently.  The project involves R&R for 415 PAFs from 6 villages. It was informed that an R&R Plan for a cost of Rs 16.5 crores has been prepared. It was informed that the land being acquired is six times more than DLC land. The distance of railway link from the mine is about 2km and there is presently no plan to use rail for coal transportation as the rail is metre gauge. Backfilling would begin from 4th year onwards. External OB dumping would be carried out during the first three years and the max. height of the ext. OB dump would be 60m. The entire 230 ha of quarry area would be backfilled and levelled back to surface. The Committee was informed that data on monitoring of groundwater level in the region using 38 observation wells has indicated that the level of unconfined water (with TDS levels of 2500 mg) was about 52m and would be intersected. Confined aquifer which is not saline (‘sweet water’) is in the range of 88-97m depth. The proponent stated that mining would not be undertaken beyond 90m and a 6m distance between the confined aquifer and the bottom most lignite deposit would be maintained and therefore there is no possibility of puncturing the aquifer and its mixing with the brackish unconfined aquifer. Besides, a number of borewells are already in use abstracting ‘sweet water’ from the confined aquifer. It was informed that a water body would be left at the post mining stage, the TDS levels of which is expected to be around 350 mg/l and levels of pH in the range of 7.4-7.8 and could be used for agricultural and other uses.

 

The proponent further informed that since exploration has indicated that lignite deposits are found in the area adjoining the mine, the existing ML of 525 ha, for which TOR was granted and on which P.H. was held, has been increased to 867 ha. The proponent stated that the revised lease area of 867 ha includes the original 525 ha and actual mining would be undertaken in 416 ha only. The proponent requested that EC be granted for the revised ML area of 867 ha, and affirmed that no activities other than prospecting would be undertaken in the additional area of 451 ha and which would be left undisturbed.

 

The Committee observed that the total mine life of 13 years for the project may not be sufficient to meet the lignite requirements of the linked TPP. The Committee observed that the distance of the linked TPP from the mine is about 300km and transportation of the lignite over 300km involving trucks (of 28-T capacity) of 120 trips (60 x 2) is not an environmentally good option. The Committee desired that the option of transport by road-cum-rail to the nearest railway siding may be explored.  The 16-km stretch of road connecting the mine to SH for coal transportation and which passes near habitations and villages should be developed with 3-tier avenue plantation. The Committee also desired that Khejri (Prosopis cineraria) trees should be planted for reclamation of the mined out areas, in green belt and in external OB dump, as the same has been traditionally used by villagers for food, medicine and other purposes and its leaves are fodder for the Black Buck reported in the area.  It was noted that Bishnoi communities worship the Khejri tree. The Committee desired that a Conservation Plan for Black buck should be prepared in consultation with CWLW of the area as the area is a natural habitat of Black Buck. The Plan should include a corridor to provide a safe passage through the mine. In addition, the Plan must include development of a nursery for khejri and other native species found in the area for habitat restoration. In case, Black Buck is not found, a clarification to this effect should be obtained from the CWLW, Govt. of Rajasthan and furnished to the Ministry.

 

The Committee noted that the Rajasthan SPCB has while forwarding the minutes of the P.H., stated that unconfined aquifer is found at a depth of 40-45m bgl. Further, confined aquifer is found at a depth of 99 m. The Committee recommended that the comments on Hydrogeology Study which has been prepared by the proponent should be obtained from Dr. Arijit Dey, Expert Ground water in the Ministry of Water Resources and from Shri KKS Bhatia, Expert Hydrology. The Committee also desired that the inputs of the National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad for watershed study & transmission of water/movement of water in the project area may also be obtained. A clarification from the CGWB could also be obtained whether the mining would intersect the confined aquifer. The Committee noted that the levels of PM10 and PM2.5 furnished for pre-monsoon (summer) was low and desired that the baseline data of air quality may be re-examined.  

 

The Committee desired that an R&R Action Plan for the 164 land oustees be provided and land being paid as compensation should be given as a long-term remuneration such as FD rather than as a one-time compensation. The Committee desired that a project CSR Plan should be furnished, and a provision of Rs 5/tonne of lignite should be provided for undertaking socio-economic activities such as health (primary health centres), schools (particularly primary schools), water and sanitation facilities, etc health (such as establishing/strengthening Primary Health Centres), schools (particularly primary schools), water and sanitation facilities, etc for the surrounding villages in the area. CSR could also include providing direct and indirect employment to villagers. The Committee observed that a void of 103.3 m depth is proposed at the Final Mine Closure and desired that this may be reworked to reduce the extent of depth of the final void. The Committee desired that the specific issues raised in the P.H. be relooked and details furnished.

 

The Committee decided after discussions to further consider the proposal on the receipt of the aforesaid details.

 

 

3.       Kosara-Dongargaon UG Coal Block (0.30 MTPA) of M/s Chaman Metallics Pvt. Ltd., located in Taluk Wani, District Yavatmal, Mahrashtra (EC based on TOR granted on 24.04.2008)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for opening a new underground coalmine of 0.30 MTPA production capacity in an ML area of 519.05 ha. The coal is to be utilised in the linked Sponge Iron Plant of 0.363 MTPA capacity located at Tadali, Chandrapur at a distance of 40 km form the mine. Of the total ML area 515.57 ha is agricultural land and 3.48 ha is Govt. land. No forestland is involved. A total of 450 ha of the ML would be under mining rights and surface rights of about 100 ha would include area for residential colony of 20 ha, community facilities and project infrastructure of 49.05 ha. The ultimate working depth would be 250m bgl. Grade of coal would be E and F. An estimated 1000 m3/d pf water would be required for domestic (650 m3/d) and mine operations (350 m3/d). Mining Plan for UG mining involving caving has been approved. The project does not involve R&R. Coal transportation is to be by road. A 4.2 km approach road from the mine would be connecting to SH leading to the Sponge Iron Plant. In this context it was informed that establishment of a private railway siding was under consideration. Life of the mine is 22 years.

 

The Committee noted that the area of 100 ha being acquired under surface rights for township, infrastructure and inclines is exceedingly high for an UG project and needs to be reworked to reduce the extent of land to be acquired.  The Committee noted that the water requirement of 1000 m3/d was high for an underground mine and requested the proponent to rework the actual requirement and details thereof furnished. The Committee noted that the total number of trips for coal transportation by road involving 9T-trucks would be about 240 and with 16-T trucks would be about 150 per day (one-way). The Committee desired that the proponent explore the option of using road-cum-rail and obtaining the necessary approvals from the Railways and the approach road be strengthened based on soil characteristics and strength and black topped. The Committee desired that the subsidence should be monitored regularly over the life of the project and appropriate mitigating measures should be undertaken. In case of subsidence and cracks developing in the subsided areas making agricultural activity difficult, the same should be appropriately filled up, and the affected areas levelled to restore agricultural activity. The Committee desired that a provision of Rs 75 lakhs should be earmarked for capital costs of activities under CSR for the surrounding villages and a revenue expenditure of a minimum Rs 5 /tonne of coal should be provided. The Committee desired that as the area is known for water scarcity, and has high levels of TDS, hardness, etc, the proponent could consider setting up a RO Plant to treat water to drinking water standards for supply to neighbouring villages. The Committee further desired that measures for rainwater harvesting be also taken under CSR for recharge of groundwater and the groundwater levels monitored over the life of the project. The Committee desired that agriculture being practiced within the project area may be permitted to continue to the extent possible.

 

The Committee after discussion decided to further consider the project upon receipt of the aforesaid details.

 

 

4.        Expansion of Ukni Deep OC Project (Expn. of ML area from 940 ha to 1285.12 ha and prod. from 2.20 MTPA to 3.50 MTPA) of M/s Western Coalfields Ltd., located in dist. Yavatmal. Maharashtra (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that that EC was granted for 1.1 MTPA production capacity on 10.08.1990 and for expansion in production from 1.1 MTPA to 2.2 MTPA over the ML area of 940 ha in May 2005. The present proposal is for expansion of the existing opencast coalmine project in terms of coal production from 2.20 MTPA to 3.50 MTPA and to also expand the lease area from 940 ha to 1285.12 ha. Of the total ML area, 1272.22 ha is agricultural land of which 350.53 ha is to be acquired. In addition, Govt. land is 12.90 ha of which 5 ha is to be acquired. No forestland is involved. Distance of the mine from River Wardha is about 2km. The area in between the mine and River Wardha is impervious due to geological characteristics and further deepening of the mine is also being undertaken away from River Wardha and possibility of mine inundation is not anticipated. Of the total ML area, quarry area would be 333 ha which would be mined as two quarries- Q1 and Q2 and would enable backfilling of the OB completely from Q2 into Q1, ext. OB dumps is 450 ha of a max. height of 60m for storing OB from Q1 and away from River Wardha, existing reclaimed OB dumps is 101 ha, infrastructure is 70ha, township/colony is 34 ha, area for rationalisation of boundary and blasting zone is 402.12 ha. The ultimate working depth is 206m bgl. Grade of coal is E. Of the total 221.66 Mm3 of OB generated, 117.52 Mm3 2 would be stored in ext. OB dump and 101.14 Mm3 of OB would be backfilled and an area of 401 ha would be reclaimed with plantation. Mining would be by shovel-dumper combination. Ultimate working depth is 206m. Life of the mine is 16 years. The project involves an R&R of 200 PAFs. The increase in production is to meet the requirements of TPS of MAHAGENCO.

 

The Committee observed that as a railway siding is existing at a distance of 12 km, coal transportation could be by road-cum-rail road be examined. The Committee desired that a detailed Hydrogeological study should be conducted. The Committee desired that project specific details of R&R and CSR should be furnished. The Committee desired that the area of 125 ha shown as Technically Reclaimed Area be also included under plantation. The Committee desired that since the core zone is large, 2 stations and 2 (Control and one d/w) should be additionally installed over that proposed. The Committee desired that the compliance status of the earlier EC and the incremental effects of the expansion project should be provided.

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)                 An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 3.5 MTPA rated capacity in an ML/project area of 1285.12 ha based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ii)               An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 3.5 MTPA rated capacity covering the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for expansion from 2.2 MTPA to 3.5 MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan for the enhancement to 3.5 MTPA and ML area to1285.12 ha. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(iii)               A map specifying locations of the State, District and Project location.

(iv)     A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (1: 50,000 scale) clearly delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, surface drainage of rivers/streams/nalas/canals, locations of human habitations, major constructions including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources. In case of ecologically sensitive areas such as Biosphere Reserves/National Parks/WL Sanctuaries/ Elephant Reserves, forests (Reserved/Protected), migratory corridors of fauna, and areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance found in the 15 km area of the buffer zone should be given.

(v)      Land use map (1: 50,000 scale) based on a recent satellite imagery of the study area may also be provided with explanatory note of the land use. Satellite imagery per se is not required.

(vi)     Map showing the core zone delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records), along with other physical features such as water bodies, etc should be furnished.

(vii)    A contour map showing the area drainage of the core zone and 2-5 km of the buffer zone (where the water courses of the core zone ultimately join the major rivers/streams outside the lease/project area) should also be clearly indicated as a separate map.

(viii)    A detailed Site plan of the mine showing the various proposed break-up of the land for mining operations such as the quarry area, OB dumps, green belt, safety zone, buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within and adjacent to the ML), undisturbed area and if any, in topography such as existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with any natural drainage adjoining the lease /project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., approach roads, major haul roads, etc.

In case of any proposed diversion of nallah/canal/river, the proposed route of diversion/modification of drainage and their realignment, construction of embankment etc. should also be shown on the map.

                    Similarly if the project involves diversion of any road/railway line passing through the ML/project area, the proposed route of diversion and its realignment should be shown.

(ix)     Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition.

(x)      Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations.

(xi)     Impact of changes in the land use due to the start of the projects if much of the land being acquired is agricultural land/forestland/grazing land.

(xii)     Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality - air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx , NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil and met. data. 

(xiii)    Map of the study area (1: 50, 000 scale)  (core and buffer zone clearly delineating the location of various stations superimposed with location of habitats, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations in both core zone and buffer zone should be selected on the basis of size of lease/project area, the proposed impacts in the downwind (air)/downstream (surface water)/groundwater regime (based on flow). One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact/non-polluting area as a control station. The monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and parameters for water testing for both ground water and surface water as per ISI  standards and CPCB classification wherever applicable. The Committee desired that since the core zone is large, 2 stations and 2 (Control and one d/w) should be additionally installed over that proposed. The Committee desired that since the core zone is large, 2 stations and 2 (Control and one d/w) should be additionally installed over that proposed.

(xiv)    Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area (10km) carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. If the study area has endangered flora and fauna, or if the project falls within 15 km of an ecologically sensitive area, then a comprehensive Conservation Plan should be prepared and furnished along with comments from the CWLW of the State Govt.

(xv)    Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study are and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps and sections should be included. The progressive mine development and final mine closure plan should also be shown in figures.

(xvi)    Details of mining methods, technology, equipment to be used, etc., rationale for selection of that technology and equipment proposed to be used vis-à-vis the potential impacts.

(xvii)   Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(xviii)  Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement for the various mine operations should be given separately.

(xix)    Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users.

(xix)    The Committee desired that a detailed Hydrogeological study should be conducted. Impact of mining and water abstraction use in mine on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10 km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected in case there us a declining trend of groundwater availability and/or if the area falls within dark/grey zone.

(xx)    Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.            

(xxi)    Impacts of mining on the AAQ, predictive modelling using the ISCST-3 (Revised) or latest model.

(xxii)   The Committee observed that as a railway siding is existing at a distance of 12 km, coal transportation by road-cum-rail be examined. Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project along with flow-chart indicating the specific areas generating fugitive emissions. Impacts of transportation, handling, transfer of mineral and waste on air quality, generation of effluents from workshop, management plan for maintenance of HEMM, machinery, equipment. Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.

(xxiii)       Details of waste generation – OB, topsoil – as per the approved calendar programme, and their management be shown in figures as well explanatory chapter with tables giving progressive development and mine closure plan, green belt development, backfilling programme and conceptual post mining land use. OB dump heights and terracing should be based on slope stability studies and with a max of 28o angle as the ultimate slope. Sections of dumps (ultimate) (both longitudinal and cross section) with relation to the adjacent area should be shown.

(xxiv)      Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation.

(xxv)   Flow chart of water balance. Treatment of effluents from workshop, township, domestic wastewater, mine water discharge, etc. Details of STP in colony and ETP in mine. Recycling of water to the max. possible extent.

(xxvi)  Occupational health issues. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine.

(xxvii)  Disaster Management Plan.

(xxviii) Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources - water, land, energy, etc.

(xxix) Progressive Green belt and afforestation plan (both in text, figures as well as in tables prepared by MOEF).  and selection of species (local) for the afforestation/plantation programme based on original survey/landuse.

(xxx)   Conceptual Final Mine closure Plan, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre- mining scenarioo. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions. The Committee desired that the area of 125 ha shown as Technically Reclaimed Area be also included under plantation.

(xxxi) Including cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for progressive and final mine closure plan.

(xxxii) The Committee desired that project specific details of R&R and CSR should be furnished.

Details of R&R.  Detailed project specific R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population (including tribals, SC/ST, BPL families)  found in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

 (xxxiii)Public Hearing should cover the details of notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments made by the proponent should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxxiv) In built mechanism of self-monitoring of compliance of environmental regulations.

(xxxv) Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xxxvi)  Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

(xxxvii)Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc. wherever applicable.

(xxxviii) The Committee desired that the compliance status of the earlier EC and the incremental effects of the expansion project should be provided.

 

The following general points should be noted:

(i)       All documents should be properly indexed, page numbered.

(ii)      Period/date of data collection should be clearly indicated.

(iii)     Authenticated English translation of all material provided in Regional languages.

(iv)     After the preparation of the draft EIA-EMP Report as per the aforesaid TOR, the proponent shall get the Public Hearing conducted as prescribed in the EIA Notification 2006 and take necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance under the provisions of the EIA Notification 2006.

(v)              The letter/application for EC should quote the MOEF file No. and also attach a copy of the letter prescribing the TOR.

(vi)             The copy of the letter received from the Ministry on the TOR prescribed for the project should be attached as an annexure to the final EIA-EMP Report.

(vii)    The final EIA-EMP report submitted to the Ministry must incorporate the issues in TOR and that raised in Public Hearing. The index of the final EIA-EMP report, must indicate the specific chapter and page no. of the EIA-EMP Report where the specific TOR prescribed by Ministry and the issue raised in the P.H. have been incorporated. Mining Questionnaire (posted on MOEF website) with all sections duly filled in shall also be submitted at the time of applying for EC.

(viii)    The aforesaid TOR has a validity of two years only.

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

(i)       Grant of TOR does not necessarily mean grant of EC.

(ii)      Grant of TOR/EC to the present project does not necessarily mean grant of TOR/EC to the captive/linked project.

(iii)     Grant of TOR/EC to the present project does not necessarily mean grant of approvals in  other regulations such as the Forest (Conservation) Act 1980 or the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

                                                                              

 

5.        New Majri UG to OC (0.315 MTPA to 0.80 MTPA in ML area of 479.16 ha) of M/s Western Coalfields Ltd., located in dist. Chandrapur, Mahrashtra (EC based on TOR granted on 19.03.2008)

 

The proponent made a presentation. The proposal is to change the mining method from underground to opencast with increase in rated capacity of coal production from 0.315 MTPA to 0.80 MTPA in an ML area of 479.16 ha. Of the total ML area, 435.74 ha is agricultural land, 15.24 ha is Govt. land and 3.68 ha is Jhudpi Jungle. Forestry clearance has been applied for.  Of the total lease area, 114.35 ha is quarry area, 101.70 ha is for ext. OB dumps, 10 ha is for infrastructure, 64.62 ha is blasting zone, 137.10 ha is for future extension of the quarry and 51.39 ha is for rationalisation of mine boundary. Mining is by shovel-dumper combination. An estimated 43.05 Mm3 of OB would be generated over the life of the project. Ultimate working depth is 300m and the mine may be further extended on the dipside as coal reserves are still available. Grade of coal is C-D. At the post mining stage a void of 114.35 ha would be left as a water body since it is not feasible to backfill the decoaled void due to the steep gradient. The 101 ha of ext. OB dump would be reclaimed with plantation. Life of the mine is 20 years.

 

The mine is located at a distance of 28.5 km, 15.4km and 37.2 km respectively from the Critically Polluted Areas of MIDC Chandrapur, Ghuggus and Ballarpur which fall in between the mine and the Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve.

 

The Committee desired that dumping of OB should be carried out maintaining a minimum safe distance from the river/nala.  The Committee suggested that stone pitching should be done on the embankment on the nala/river side. The Committee desired that the coal transportation from the mine pit to the railway siding for a distance of 2km should be by closed conveyors. The Committee desired that an Action Plan to reclaim the old OB dumps along River Wardha be prepared and implemented. The Committee noted that the issue of problems of dump management has been raised in the P.H. The Committee noted that the area is predominantly agriculture with cotton being grown. The Committee desired an Action Plan for reclamation of old abandoned OB dumps be furnished to Ministry.

 

The Committee after discussion recommended the project for EC subject to the aforesaid conditions.

 

 

6.       Bikram Coalmine Project (OC and UG) (0.36 MTPA in an ML area of 239 ha) of M/s Birla Corporation Ltd., located in dist. Shahdol, M.P. (Further consideration of TOR) 

 

The proposal was last considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 24th –25th October 2009 wherein the EAC had desired that the proponent re-examine if the project could be implemented as a UG project with increase in the production capacity for 30 years and adopt a more benign technology that may be introduced by that time to extract the balance reserves found in the upper seams. 

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for opening a new opencast-cum-underground coalmine project of a maximum rated capacity of 0.36 MTPA (0.16 MTPA OC and 0.20 MTPA UG) in an ML area of 239 ha. Of the total ML area, 81.384 ha is for agricultural land, 96.925 ha is Govt. land including 0.020 ha of Judpi Jungle (forest), and 142.075 ha is forestland. Of the total lease area, 118.60 ha is OC excavation/quarry area, 0.20 ha is for explosive magazine, 1.60 ha for settling pond, 3.0 for road, 2.0 ha for surface facilities and the balance would be undisturbed. Of the total ML area of 239 ha, 118.6 ha OC mining of which 80 ha is forestland. It was informed that the forestland has a tree density of 0.1 or less. It was clarified that the OC reserves cannot be extracted by UG mining due to weathered mantle. It was informed that a distance of 50m would be maintained from the quarry floor and the roof of the UG seam to be worked below the quarry floor. Subsidence is expected. It was informed that the OC mining would be for the upper seams of a depth of 60m and requires to be carried out before the UG mining in the deeper seams. Life of OC-cum-UG mine is 31 years of which OC mine will be 23 years. Both OC and UG mining would be mechanised. Ultimate working depth is 190m. It was stated that if the opencast operations were to begin before UG mining, at the end of the project life, the entire area mined by OC operations would be completely reclaimed and the habitat restored to forests found in the pre-mining period.

 

The Committee noted that the area has dense ‘Sal’ forests and a management plan for Mine Reclamation and Mine Closure and restoration of landuse should include a mix of species found in the pre-mining stage including ‘Sal’ and should be furnished as part of EIA-EMP. 

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)       An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 0.36 MTPA rated capacity in an ML/project area of 239 ha based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ii)     An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 0.36 MTPA rated capacity covering the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for 0.36 MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan for 0.36 MTPA. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(iii)     A map specifying locations of the State, District and Project location.

(iv)     A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (1: 50,000 scale) clearly delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, surface drainage of rivers/streams/nalas/canals, locations of human habitations, major constructions including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources. In case of ecologically sensitive areas such as Biosphere Reserves/National Parks/WL Sanctuaries/ Elephant Reserves, forests (Reserved/Protected), migratory corridors of fauna, and areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance found in the 15 km area of the buffer zone should be given.

(v)      Land use map (1: 50,000 scale) based on a recent satellite imagery of the study area may also be provided with explanatory note of the land use. Satellite imagery per se is not required.

(vi)     Map showing the core zone delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records), along with other physical features such as water bodies, etc should be furnished.

(vii)    A contour map showing the area drainage of the core zone and 2-5 km of the buffer zone (where the water courses of the core zone ultimately join the major rivers/streams outside the lease/project area) should also be clearly indicated as a separate map.

(iv)             A detailed Site plan of the mine showing the various proposed break-up of the land for mining operations such as the quarry area, OB dumps, green belt, safety zone, buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within and adjacent to the ML), undisturbed area and if any, in topography such as existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with any natural drainage adjoining the lease /project and modification thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., approach roads, major haul roads, etc.

In case of any proposed diversion of nallah/canal/river, the proposed route of diversion/modification of drainage and their realignment, construction of embankment etc. should also be shown on the map.

Similarly if the project involves diversion of any road/railway line passing through the ML/project area, the proposed route of diversion and its realignment should be shown.

(v)              Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition.

(ix)     Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations.

(x)      Impact of changes in the land use due to the start of the projects if much of the land being acquired is agricultural land/forestland/grazing land.

(xii)     Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality - air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx , NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil and met. data.   

(xiii)    Map of the study area (1: 50, 000 scale) (core and buffer zone clearly delineating the location of various stations superimposed with location of habitats, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations in both core zone and buffer zone should be selected on the basis of size of lease/project area, the proposed impacts in the downwind (air)/downstream (surface water)/groundwater regime (based on flow). One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact/non-polluting area as a control station. The monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and parameters for water testing for both ground water and surface water as per ISI  standards and CPCB classification wherever applicable.

(xiv)    Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area (10km) carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. If the study area has endangered flora and fauna, or if the project falls within 15 km of an ecologically sensitive area, then a comprehensive Conservation Plan should be prepared and furnished along with comments from the CWLW of the State Govt.

(xv)    Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study are and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps and sections should be included. The progressive mine development and final mine closure plan should also be shown in figures.

(xvi)         Details of mining methods, technology, equipment to be used, etc., rationale for selection of that technology and equipment proposed to be used vis-à-vis the potential impacts.

(xvii)        Study on subsidence, measures for mitigation/prevention of subsidence, modelling subsidence prediction and its use during mine operation, safety issues.

(xvii)   Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(xviii)  Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement for the various mine operations should be given separately.

(xix)    Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users.

(xx)    Impact of mining and water abstraction use in mine on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10 km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected in case there us a declining trend of groundwater availability and/or if the area falls within dark/grey zone.

(xxi)    Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.            

(xxii)   Impacts of mining on the AAQ, predictive modelling using the ISCST-3 (Revised) or latest model.

(xxv)       Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project along with flow-chart indicating the specific areas generating fugitive emissions. Impacts of transportation, handling, transfer of mineral and waste on air quality, generation of effluents from workshop, management plan for maintenance of HEMM, machinery, equipment. Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.

(xxvi)      Details of waste generation – OB, topsoil – as per the approved calendar programme, and their management shown in figures as well explanatory chapter with tables giving progressive development and mine closure plan, green belt development, backfilling programme and conceptual post mining land use. OB dump heights and terracing should be based on slope stability studies with a max of 28o angle as the ultimate slope. Sections of dumps (ultimate) (both longitudinal and cross section) with relation to the adjacent area should be shown.

(xxvii)    Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation.

(xxv)   Flow chart of water balance. Treatment of effluents from workshop, township, domestic wastewater, mine water discharge, etc. Details of STP in colony and ETP in mine. Recycling of water to the max. possible extent.

(xxvi)  Occupational health issues. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine.

(xxviii)  Disaster Management Plan.

(xxix)  Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources - water, land, energy, etc.

(xxx) Progressive Green belt and afforestation plan (both in text, figures as well as in tables prepared by MOEF).  and selection of species (local) for the afforestation/plantation programme based on original survey/landuse.

(xxviii)   Conservation Plan for the endangered/endemic flora and fauna found in the study area and for safety of animals visiting/residing in the study area and also those using the study area as a migratory corridor.

(xxxi) Final Mine closure issues, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre- mining. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions. The Committee noted that the area has dense ‘Sal’ forests and a management plan for Mine Reclamation and Mine Closure and restoration of landuse should include a mix of species found in the pre-mining stage including ‘Sal’ and should be furnished as part of EIA-EMP. 

(xxxii) Including cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for progressive and final mine closure plan.

(xxxiii) Details of R&R.  Detailed project specific R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population (including tribals, SC/ST, BPL families)  found in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

(xxxiv) Public Hearing should cover the details of notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments made by the proponent should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxxv) In built mechanism of self-monitoring of compliance of environmental regulations.

(xxxvi)    Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xxxvii) Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

(xxxviii) Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc.

 

 

The following general points should be noted:

(i)       All documents should be properly indexed, page numbered.

(ii)      Period/date of data collection should be clearly indicated.

(iii)     Authenticated English translation of all material provided in Regional languages.

(iv)     After the preparation of the draft EIA-EMP Report as per the aforesaid TOR, the proponent shall get the Public Hearing conducted as prescribed in the EIA Notification 2006 and take necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance under the provisions of the EIA Notification 2006.

(vii)           The letter/application for EC should quote the MOEF file No. and also attach a copy of the letter prescribing the TOR.

(viii)          The copy of the letter received from the Ministry on the TOR prescribed for the project should be attached as an annexure to the final EIA-EMP Report.

(vii)    The final EIA-EMP report submitted to the Ministry must incorporate the issues in TOR and that raised in Public Hearing. The index of the final EIA-EMP report, must indicate the specific chapter and page no. of the EIA-EMP Report where the specific TOR prescribed by Ministry and the issue raised in the P.H. have been incorporated. Mining Questionnaire (posted on MOEF website) with all sections duly filled in shall also be submitted at the time of applying for EC.

(viii)    The aforesaid TOR has a validity of two years only.

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

(i)       Grant of TOR does not necessarily mean grant of EC.

(ii)      Grant of TOR/EC to the present project does not necessarily mean grant of TOR/EC to the captive/linked project.

(iii)     Grant of TOR/EC to the present project does not necessarily mean grant of approvals in other regulations such as the Forest (Conservation) Act 1980 or the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

 

 

7.        Coal Washery Project (1 MTPA) of M/s Jaiprakash Associates Ltd., located at village Turki, PO Jhand, Tehsil Rampur Baghelan, Dist. Satna, M.P. (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the coal washery of 1 MTPA capacity is required to wash the coal obtained from SECL mines to meet the grade of coal required for their cement and thermal power plants. The coal being received from SECL mine is poor quality – Grade D-E-F and requires washing to meet the requirement of the Cement plant and the middling and rejects would be used in the linked TPP. Solid wastes would be used with clinker in the cement unit. The total land requirement for the washery is 5 ha of which 1 ha is for the plant, 0.4 ha is for the buildings, 1.8 ha is for stockyard, 0.15 ha is for green belt, and 0.15 ha is vacant area. Capital cost of the project is Rs 30 crores and cost for environmental protection measures would be Rs 60 lakhs.  The coal washery is proposed at a distance of 2.5 km from the linked Jaypee Rewa Cement Plant along with linked TPP (25 MW x 2) and limestone mine and 3 km from the Jaypee Bela Cement Plant. It is a wet process washery using Dense Media Cyclone technology. It is a zero-discharge unit. Water requirement of 275 m3/d (240 m3/d for the washery, 10 m3/d for dust suppression, 5 m3/d for drinking, 10 m3/d for green belt and 10 m3/d for other uses) will be met from the Limestone mines reservoir. Coal would be transported by closed conveyor system having sprinkler system at the transfer points.

 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)       A brief description of the plant, the technology used, the source of coal, the mode of transport of incoming unwashed coal and the outgoing washed coal. Specific pollution control and mitigative measures for the entire process.

(ii)      The EIA-EMP report should cover the impacts and management plan for the project of the capacity for EC is sought and the impacts of specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts for the rated capacity. If the washery is captive to a coal mine/TPP/Plant the cumulative impacts on the environment and usage of water should be brought out along with the EMP.

(iii)       A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer showing major industries/mines and other polluting sources, which shall also indicate the migratory corridors of fauna, if any and the areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance are found in the area. If there are any ecologically sensitive areas found within the 15km buffer zone, the shortest distance from the National Park/WL Sanctuary Tiger Reserve, etc should be shown and the comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden of the State Government should be furnished.

 (iv)      Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary base-line data on environmental quality – air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx and NOx), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil and met. data. 

(v)      Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement as per different activities in the mining operations vis-à-vis washery should be given separately. Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt.. and examine if the unit can be zero discharge including recycling and reuse of the wastewater for other uses such as green belt, etc.

(vi)     Impact of choice of the selected use of technology and impact on air quality and waste generation (emissions and effluents). 

(vii)    Impacts of mineral transportation - the entire sequence of mineral production, transportation, handling, transfer and storage of mineral and waste, if any, and their impacts on air quality should be shown in a flow chart with the specific points where fugitive emissions can arise and the specific pollution control/mitigative measures proposed to be put in place.

(viii)    Details of various facilities to be provided for the personnel involved in mineral transportation in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.  Examine whether existing roads are adequate to take care of the additional load of mineral [and rejects] transportation, their impacts. Details of workshop, if any, and treatment of workshop effluents.

(ix)     Impacts of CHP, if any on air and water quality. A flow chart of water use and whether the unit can be made a zero-discharge unit.

(x)      Details of green belt development.

(xi)     Including cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost.

(xii)     Public Hearing details of the coal washery to include details of notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments made in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xiii)    Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xiv)    Submission of sample test analysis of:

i.   Characteristics of coal to be washed- this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

ii.       Characteristics and quantum of washed coal.

iii.       Characteristics and quantum of coal waste rejects.

(xv)    Management/disposal/Use of coal waste rejects

(xvi)    Copies of MOU/Agreement with linkages (for stand alone washery) for the capacity for which EC has been sought.

(xvii)   Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal to be washed- this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S

 

The following general points should be noted:

(i)       All documents should be properly indexed, page numbered.

(ii)      Period/date of data collection should be clearly indicated.

(iii)     Authenticated English translation of all material provided in Regional languages.

(iv)             After the preparation of the draft EIA-EMP Report on the coal washery as per the aforesaid TOR, the proponent shall get the Public Hearing conducted as prescribed in the EIA Notification 2006 and take necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance under the provisions of the EIA Notification 2006.

(v)              The details of the EIA-EMP Report should be summarised in the Mining Sector Questionnaire posted on the MOEF website with all sections duly filled in and furnished along with the EIA-EMP (Final) Report.

(vi)     The copy of the letter received from the Ministry on the TOR prescribed for the project should be attached as an annexure to the final EIA-EMP Report.

(vii)    The final EIA-EMP report submitted to the Ministry must incorporate the issues in TOR and that raised in Public Hearing. The index of the final EIA-EMP report, must indicate the specific chapter and page no. of the EIA-EMP Report where the specific TOR prescribed by Ministry and the issue raised in the P.H. have been incorporated.

(viii)    The aforesaid TOR has a validity of two years only.       

 

 

8.        Shahpur East (0.405 MTPA in 587.5 ha ML area) and Shahpur West (0.7MTPA in 683 ha ML area)  Underground Coal Mining Projects of M/s NMDC Ltd., Tehsils Sohagpur in dist. Shahdol and Tehsil Pali in dist. Umaria, M.P. (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for opening two new underground mines- Shahpur East and Shapur West in district Umaria, M.P. of an ML area of 587.50 ha and 683 ha respectively. The annual production is 0.405 MTPA from Shahpur East and 0.70 MTPA from Shahpur West. Of the total Ml area, surface rights are 18.06 ha and 16.96 ha for Shahpur East and West Blocks respectively and the rest of the area would be kept undisturbed. Underground mining would be mechanised and semi-mechanised using Board and Pillar (East Block) and semi-mechanised (West Block). Maximum depth of mining for the East Block would be 200m and for West Block would be 150m. Coal transportation from surface to railway siding at Shahdol would be by tippers. Coal is being mined for commercial use. There are no National Parks, WL Sanctuaries, etc within a distance of 15km from the mines. There is no R&R involved. No coal beneficiation is involved. Coal transportation from mine pit to Railway siding would be by road covering a distance of 12 km. Mining Plan has been submitted to MOC for approval.

 

Land use pattern of within ML area :

 

Type of land

 

East block

 (ha)

West block

(ha)

Habitation

58.703

66.657

Grazing land

9.529

12.347

Cremation ground

2.015

0.883

Road

9.002

5.503

Pond

15.606

15.119

River nala

12.728

7.855

school

0.850

0.529

Panchayat Bhawan

0.458

-

Khal Khaddar

0.101

0.303

Judupi jungle

9.199

16.342

Fertilizer Ditch

-

0.237

Gothan

-

1.805

Temple

0.06

0.012

Bag Bagia

-

1.391

Forest

-

18.921

Agriculture land

572.749

439.596

Total

693.000

587.500

Land requirement for surface structure

 

S.NO

Description

East block

 (ha)

West block

(ha)

1

Surface dump

0.50

0.86

2

Magazine

0.16

0.16

3

Coal stock yard

0.60

0.60

4

Water reservoir

0.0

0.40

5

Road

3.00

4.73

6

Green belt(7.5 width around ML)

7.55

7.45

7

Plantation(Pre-closure)

3.09

-

8

Plantation(Post-closure)

2.76

2.76

9

Sub total

18.06

16.96

10

Undisturbed

674.94

570.54

11

TOTAL AREA

693.0

587.54

 

The Committee desired that a detailed subsidence study should be carried out. The Committee desired that the 12km road from the mines to the Railway Siding should be Black topped and avenue plantation developed along both sides of the road. The Committee noted that the extent of SC/ST population in the area is high and desired that specific activities for Tribal Development should be formulated as part of CSR. In view of the fact that the blocks fall in two districts, two Public Hearings covering the two districts would require to be conducted.

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)       An Integrated EIA-EMP Report should be prepared for the two UG coalmine projects -Shahpur East (0.405 MTPA in 587.5 ha ML area) and Shahpur West (0.7MTPA in 683 ha ML area) Underground Coal Mining Projects of a combined peak capacity of  1.105 MTPA over a combined ML area of  1270.5 ha  addressing the impacts of the underground coalmine project including the aspects of mineral transportation and issues of impacts on hydrogeology, subsidence, plan for conservation of flora/fauna and afforestation/ plantation programme, etc based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(ii)      The Integrated EIA-EMP report should also cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of baseline data and information, generation of baseline data on impacts for 1.105 MTPA over an ML area of 1270.5 ha of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan.

(iii)     A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (15 km of the buffer zone in case of ecologically sensitive areas) delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, drainage, locations of habitats, major construction including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources, which shall also indicate the migratory corridors of fauna, if any and the areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance are found in the area.

(iv)     Map showing the core zone along with 3-5 km of the buffer zone) delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records) and grazing land and wasteland and water bodies.

(v)      Contour map at 3m interval along with Site plan of the mine (lease/project area with about 3-5 km of the buffer zone) showing the various surface structures such as buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within/adjacent to the ML), green belt and undisturbed area and if any existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with details of natural drainage adjoining the lease/project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., highways, passing through the lease/project area.

(vi)     Original land use (agricultural land/forestland/grazing land/wasteland/water bodies) of the area. Impacts of project, if any on the landuse, in particular, agricultural land/forestland/grazing land/water bodies falling within the lease/project and acquired for mining operations. Extent of area under surface rights and under mining rights.

(vii)    Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. The flora and fauna details should be furnished separately for the core zone and buffer zone. The report and the list should be authenticated by the concerned institution carrying out the study and the names of the species scientific and common names) along with the classification under the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972 should be furnished. If the area shows presence of Schedule-I fauna, a Conservation Plan should be furnished.

(viii)    Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study area and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working plan/scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps should also be included.

(ix)     Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(x)      Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality – air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx, NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, AS, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil and met. data.   

(xi)     Map of the study area (core and buffer zone) clearly delineating the location of various monitoring stations (air/water/soil and noise – each shown separately) superimposed with location of habitats, wind roses, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations should be selected on the basis of the proposed impacts in the downwind/downstream/groundwater regime. One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact non-polluting area as a control station. Wind roses to determine air pollutant dispersion and impacts thereof shall be determined. Monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and standards for air, water, noise notified under Environment Protection Rules. Parameters for water testing for both ground and surface water should be as per ISI standards and CPCB classification of surface water wherever applicable.

(xii)     Impact of mining and water abstraction and mine water discharge in mine on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on the impact of mining on the groundwater regime. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected wherever the areas is declared dark/grey from groundwater development.

(xiii)    Study on subsidence, measures for mitigation/prevention of subsidence, modelling subsidence prediction and its use during mine operation, safety issues.

(xiv)    Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement as per different activities in the mining operations, including use of water for sand stowing should be given separately. Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users should be provided.

(xv)    Impact of choice of mining method, technology, selected use of machinery - and impact on air quality, mineral transportation, coal handling & storage/stockyard, etc, Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.

(xvi)    The Committee desired that the 12km road from the mines to the Railway Siding should be Black topped and avenue plantation developed along both sides of the road. Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project. The entire sequence of mineral production, transportation, handling, transfer and storage of mineral and waste, and their impacts on air quality should be shown in a flow chart with the specific points where fugitive emissions can arise and the specific pollution control/mitigative measures proposed to be put in place. Examine the adequacy of roads existing in the area and if new roads are proposed, the impact of their construction and use particularly if forestland is used.

(xvii)   Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.  Examine whether existing roads are adequate to take care of the additional load of mineral and their impacts.

(xviii)  Examine the number and efficiency of mobile/static water sprinkling system along the main mineral transportation road within the mine, approach roads to the mine/stockyard/siding, and also the frequency of their use in impacting air quality.

(xix)    Impacts of CHP, if any on air and water quality. A flow chart of water use and whether the unit can be made a zero-discharge unit.

(xx)    Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan along with the fund requirement for the detailed activities proposed there under.  Impacts of change in land use for mining operations and whether the land can be restored for agricultural/forest use post mining.

(xxi)    Occupational health issues. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine should be furnished.

(xxii)   Details of cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for final mine closure plan. The specific costs (capital and recurring) of each pollution control/mitigative measures proposed in the project until end of mine life and a statement that this is included in the project cost.

(xxiii)   Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources – water, land, energy, raw materials/mineral, etc.

(xxiv)  R&R: Detailed project specific R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status (including tribals, SC/ST) of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

The Committee noted that the extent of SC/ST population in the area is high and desired that specific activities for Tribal Development should be formulated as part of CSR.

(xxv)   In view of the fact that the blocks fall in two districts, two Public Hearings covering the two districts would require to be conducted. Public Hearing should cover the details as specified in the EIA Notification 2006, and include notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments by the proponent made should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxvi)  Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xxvii)  Submission of sample test analysis of:

(xxviii)Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and

          heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

(xxix)  Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc.

 

The following general points should be noted:

(i)       All documents should be properly indexed, page numbered.

(ii)      Period/date of data collection should be clearly indicated.

(iii)     Authenticated English translation of all material in Regional languages provided/enclosed with the application.

(iv)     After the preparation of the draft EIA-EMP Report as per the aforesaid TOR, the proponent shall get the Public Hearing conducted as prescribed in the EIA Notification 2006 and take necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance under the provisions of the EIA Notification 2006.

(v)      The final EIA-EMP report submitted to the Ministry must incorporate the issues in TOR and that raised in Public Hearing. The index of the final EIA-EMP report, must indicate the specific chapter and page no. of the EIA-EMP Report where the specific TOR prescribed by Ministry and the issue raised in the P.H. have been incorporated.

(vi)     The letter/application for EC should quote the MOEF file No. and also attach a copy of the letter prescribing the TOR.

(vii)    The copy of the letter received from the Ministry on the TOR prescribed for the

project should be attached as an annexure to the final EIA-EMP Report.

(viii)    Mining Questionnaire (posted on MOEF website) with all sections duly filled in shall also be submitted at the time of applying for EC.

(ix)     The aforesaid TOR has a validity of two years only.

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

(i)       Grant of TOR does not necessarily mean grant of EC.

(ii)      Grant of TOR/EC to the present project does not necessarily mean grant of TOR/EC to the captive/linked project.

(iii)     Grant of TOR/EC to the present project does not necessarily mean grant of approvals in other regulations such as the Forest (Conservation) Act 1980 or the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

 

 

9.        Batura OCP (2 MTPA normative, 3 MTPA peak in an ML area of 942.67 ha) of M/s South Eastern Coalfields Ltd. (SECL), dist. Annupur, Madhya Pradesh (EC based on TOR granted on 20.03.2009)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for opening anew opencast coalmine project of 2 MTPA (normative) and 3 MTPA (peak) in an ML area of 942.67 ha. Of the total project area of 942.87 ha, 727.747 ha is agricultural land, 79.310 ha is forestland, 11.042 ha is wasteland, 74.421 ha is grazing land, 29.970 ha is surface water bodies and balance is for settlements. Of the total ML area, quarry area is 799 ha, area for topsoil dump is 8 ha, external OB dumps is 26.816 ha, area for mineral storage is 2 ha, area for infrastructure is 11 ha including 2 ha for ETP, area for roads is 16.480 ha, area for colony is 42 ha, green belt 5 ha, and safety zone is 31.97 ha.  Grade of coal is C. Ultimate working depth is 68.58 m. Life of the mine is 20 years. Coal extraction would be by surface miner and no crushing is required. The total OB generation would be 307.08 Mm3. Coal transportation is proposed by rail to be extended from Annuppur Junction to Batura OCP and from mine to the railway siding would be by road for a distance of 12 km. The project involves R&R of 1870 PAFs and 825 land oustees from 3 villages – Beliya, Khanda and Rampur. The drainage of the Block is controlled by Katna Nala flowing southern side of the block which ultimately discharges into River Son. Kata nala would be diverted and a garland drain constructed around the mine/quarry which will take the water of the nala and ultimately realign to its original route. It was clarified that not mining in forestland would result in loss of 10-12 MT of coal. Density of the forest is about 0.4-0.5. The Committee was informed that backfilling will begin from the 2nd year and a 46m (reduced from 68m) depth water body of an area of 142.49 ha would be left at the post mining stage.

 

The Committee desired that a time-bound Action Plan should be prepared for transportation of coal by rail from mine face to the railway siding, and the matter to be taken up with the Railway Authorities so that the railway link could be provided within five years. The Committee desired that an Area Drainage Study should eb udneratken as part of the EIA-EMP Study and the Flood & Irrigation Department be consulted and approvals obtained on the proposed diversion of the nala for a stretch of 2.2 km and its realignment to its original course outside the ML area alongside the boundary. The Committee desired that a detailed project specific Action Plan for the 1870 PAFs and 825 land oustees be furnished. The Committee desired that the extent of land area to be restored to agricultural use at the post mining stage be increased by reducing the OB dump area of 657.11 ha and details thereof furnished. The Committee desired that a Monitoring Committee (VDICs) consisting of the project officials, Panchayats and local administration be constituted to monitor the implementation of CSR. The Committee desired that a detailed CSR Action Plan should be prepared for a amount not less than Rs 85 lakhs (capital expenditure) and Rs 5 per tonne of coal as revenue expenditure for the various specific activities to be undertaken for the specific villages and the details of the Action Plan be furnished. The Committee also desired that a point-wise clarification on the issues raised in the P.H. be also furnished.

 

The Committee after discussions decided to further consider the proposal after receipt of the aforesaid details.

 

 

10.      Sheetaldhara-Kurja and Kapildhra UG mines (expn. from 1.12 MTPA to 2 MTPA in an ML area of 1152.485 ha) of M/s SECL located in dist. Annupur, M.P. (EC based on TOR granted on 20.03.2009)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that Sheetaldhara Kurja was granted EC on 05.10.2004 for 0.88 MTPA and Kapildhara UG on 24.11.1998 for 0.24 MTPA) over an area of 1152.485 ha consisting of 342.519 ha of forestland, 112.261 ha of Govt. land and 697.705 ha of tenancy land. The present proposal is for a combined expansion of the two mines from 1.12 MTPA to 3 MTPA peak production by increasing the depth of mining to deeper seams upto a depth of 165m. The boundaries of the two mines are common and they have a common colony.  Both the mines would replace Board & Pillar method by continuous miner. Of the total combined project area of 1152.485ha consisting of 697.705 ha of agricultural land.342.519 ha of forestland, 103.281 ha of grazing land, 1.0 ha surface water body, and 8.000 ha for settlement. Balance life fo the mine is 9 years.

 

The Committee desired that no depillaring and coal extraction should be carried out below habitation, H.T. lines and beneath roads and water bodies. The Committee further desired that Subsidence Study should be carried out and subsidence should be monitored over life of the project and mitigative measures taken to control the impacts of subsidence wherever observed. The Committee desired that a project specific CSR for an amount of Rs 60 lakhs (capital costs) should be prepared and implemented with a revenue expenditure of Rs 5 per tonne of coal.

 

The Committee after discussions recommended the project subject to the aforesaid conditions.

 

 

11.      Mahamaya UG Project (expn. from 0.34 MTPA to 0.48 MTPA and ML area from 460.467 ha to 762.470 ha) of M/s SECL, located in dist. Sarguja, Chhattisgarh (EC based on TOR granted on 17.01.2008)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal if for expansion in production from 0.34 MTPA to 0.48 MTPA and in ML area from 460.467 ha to 762.47 ha consisting of 487.05 ha of tenancy land, 243.80 ha of forestland and 31.62 of Govt. land.  It was informed that the additional land requirement is for Mining Rights only.

 

The Committee desired that a capital budget of Rs 50 lakhs and an annual recurring budget of Rs 5/tonne of cola be provided towards CSR. The Committee stated that the company should consider setting up of a Monitoring cell for monitoring the CSR issues and engage an independent organisation for undertaking Social Audit. The Committee observed high levels of F in the water quality and sought a clarification of the levels of F in the drinking water available to the surrounding villages. 

 

The Committee after discussions recommended the project subject to furnishing the clarification on the levels of F and subject conditions as above.

 

 

12.     Sharda Opencast Expansion project (0.5 to 0.85 MTPA and ML area of 242.847 ha to 871.205 ha) of M/s South Eastern Coalfields Ltd., located in Tehsil Sohagpur, Dist. Shahdol, M.P. (Further consideration of EC)

 

The proposal was last considered in the EAC (T&C) meeting held on 24th -25th February 2010. The Committee noted that there were a large number of complaints against the project during the Public Hearing held on 30.08.2009. The Committee noted that the major issue raised against the project was regarding the adverse impacts of blasting on the structures of buildings, houses, and equipments of industrial units located in the vicinity. The Committee also noted that the Director General Mines Safety (DGMS) had, vide their letter granting permission under Coal Mines Regulations 1957 dated 31.03.2006 to conduct controlled blasting had issued a number of stipulations to control and mitigate the impacts of blasting from Sharda OCP; however, the continued complaints against the unit during the P.H. held after 3 years imply a general non-compliance. In addition there were other complaints such as problems of air pollution during coal transportation, drinking water facilities, non-payment of compensation, etc.

 

The proponent stated that a number of steps have been taken such as controlled blasting, keeping the PPV (Peak particle velocity) within the permissible limits, etc. Also, since the expansion project is to change its technology to Highwall Mining which eliminates blasting, there would be no further complaints/issues regarding the matter.

 

The Committee after discussions decided that a site visit would be made by a Sub-committee of the EAC comprising of the following experts to ascertain from both DGMS and through a Site visit to the project and having discussions both with the local administration and communities and the project proponent:

 

(i)       Shri J.L. Mehta (Mining) Head of the Sub-Committee and Member EAC

(2)      Dr. G.S. Roonwal (Hydrogeology)   - Member

(3)      Dr.R.K. Garg, Advisor, Coal India Ltd

 

The Sub-committee would be accompanied by Dr.T.Chandini, Director, MOEF. In addition, Shri B.P. Singh, Director (S&T), DGMS, Dhanbad would also be requested to undertake the site visit with the Sub-Committee.

 

The Committee also desired that the MOEF inform the District Collector, Shahdol, M.P. State Pollution Control Board and the MOEF, RO, Bhopal on the proposed visit and its objectives and for deputing a suitable representative. The EAC also desired that the project proponent inform through an advertisement in two local newspapers of the proposed visit and objectives of the site visit and everyone who has complained be informed about the Sub-Committee’s visit including the specific time and venue where the meeting is scheduled. The Committee also desired that the district administration be requested to inform the local Panchayats of the affected villages through notices to be put up in the Panchayat office well in advance.

 

The Committee decided to further consider the proposal upon receipt of the report of the Sub-Committee.

 

 

13.      Mahuagarhi Opencast Coalmining Project (10 MTPA in 1150 ha) of M/s Mahuagrhi Coal Company Pvt. Ltd. located in Mahuagarhi Coalfields, Tehsil Kahthikund, dist. Dumka, Jharkhand (TOR)

 

The proponent made a presentation. It was informed that the proposal is for opening a new opencast coalmine project of 10 MTPA in an ML area of 1150 ha of which 486 ha is forestland, 592.75 ha is agricultural land and 71.25 ha is Govt. land. Life of the mine is 17 years. Capital cost of the project is Rs. 656.14 crores. River Gumra controls the drainage of the coal block and flows from NW to SW. ML is flanked on the southern side by a State Highway. It was informed that the area is sensitive due to presence of an Air Force Base at a distance of 20 km and therefore, topo sheets for a limited area of the project only could be procured. The area is partly forestland; however, the major part of the forestland would not be disturbed as it is proposed to carry out underground mining subsequently for which a separate application would be made after a detailed exploration is done to ascertain the extent of coal reserves and preparation of a Mining Plan. Coal of a maximum 1 MTPA would be available from UG mining as against 10 MTPA by OC mining. Coal seams are shallow and would be extracted by OC mining. Of the total ML area, mining would be done in 600 ha, OB dump is about 500ha, and infrastructure in 20 ha. There are no reserves below the shallow seams. Ultimate working depth of OC mining is 280m. It was agreed that coal evacuation would be by closed conveyor (for a stretch of 5 km)-cum-rail from mine to private railway siding to be established at Dumka to transport coal to the linked TPP. A seasonal nala flowing through the Block is proposed to be diverted. A river flowing along the mine boundary. Backfilling is proposed from the 5th year and no void is proposed to be left at the post mining stage and the void would be backfield upto the surface. R&R involves 6 villages- Talpahari, Kantratanarh, Lakrafela, Choudhar, Didhia, Gandharp.

 

The Committee desired that a clarification be obtained from MOEF (Forest) whether the block is a “Category B’ project and a forestry clearance under FC Act would be required. The Committee observed that the distance from the mine and the river is only 60m and seepage from the river into the mine is a possibility and the geology of the mine particularly between the river and the mine requires to be studied. The project may require construction of an embankment along the river to prevent mine inundation and to prevent siltation. The Committee was of the view that a detailed Area Drainage Study which includes the peak flow of the river, proposed nala diversion and proposed construction of embankment needs to be carried out and requires to be incorporated into the EIA-EMP Report. The Committee further desired that the flora and fauna exiting require being inventoried and if the study indicates presence of endangered fauna, a Conservation Plan would require to be studied and the Plan must provide for a corridor for free movement of animals once the project starts.  The comments of the CWLW should also be obtained. The Committee desired that a Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan be prepared and furnished as part of the EIA-EMP and desired that sequential backfilling be carried out and to advance the backfilling to 2nd year of mining. It also further desired that no void be left at the post mining stage and explore the possibility of handing the land back to the tribals existing in the area. The Committee also desired that the equipment used be electrically operated to reduce air pollution. The Committee noted that R&R involves 6 villages - Talpahari, Kantratanarh, Lakrafela, Choudhar, Didhia, Gandharp and desired that a detailed project specific R&R Plan should be prepared.  Of the 609 PAPs, most are Pahari & Santhal tribes. The Committee desired that the proponent examine the option of allowing the tribals to continue access to minor forest produce and other livelihood issues under the Forest (Rights) Act 2006 and training for various skill development for undertaking work at various levels of mine operation for those being given direct employment and for those not being absorbed to be given training on indirect employment and alternate livelihood options.  In this regard, the proponent was requested to consult the R&R Plan prepared for Rajmahal OCP. The Committee desired that exploration of reserves so far has been carried out with limited number of boreholes and a more detailed exploration for coal reserves should be done and a conceptual mine plan for an UG mine within the ML integrating it with the OC project should be prepared, on the basis of which an integrated EIA-EMP study could be carried out. The Committee however agreed that an application for UG mine could be submitted subsequently. The Committee desired that the road alongside the mine should be adequately developed/strengthened and black topped. The Committee desired tahtt he conveyor to the railway siding should not fragment the forest. The Committee desire dtaht AQIP Modelling should be carried out.

 

The Committee desired that the proponent furnish a copy of Registration of JV under the Company’s Act and MOU between companies of the JVC, subject to which TOR could be granted.

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee in addition to the aforesaid issues prescribed the following TOR:

(i)      An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 10 MTPA rated capacity in an ML area of 1150 ha based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ii)     An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 10 MTPA rated capacity cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for 10 MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan for 10 MTPA. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(iii)     A map specifying locations of the State, District and Project location.

(iv)     A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (1: 50,000 scale) clearly delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, surface drainage of rivers/streams/nalas/canals, locations of human habitations, major constructions including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources. In case of ecologically sensitive areas such as Biosphere Reserves/National Parks/WL Sanctuaries/ Elephant Reserves, forests (Reserved/Protected), migratory corridors of fauna, and areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance found in the 15 km area of the buffer zone should be given.

(v)      Land use map (1: 50,000 scale) based on a recent satellite imagery of the study area may also be provided with explanatory note of the land use. Satellite imagery per se is not required.

(vi)             Map showing the core zone delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records), along with other physical features such as water bodies, etc should be furnished.

(vii)           A contour map showing the area drainage of the core zone and 2-5 km of the buffer zone (where the water courses of the core zone ultimately join the major rivers/streams outside the lease/project area) should also be clearly indicated as a separate map.

(viii)          A detailed Site plan of the mine showing the various proposed break-up of the land for mining operations such as the quarry area, OB dumps, green belt, safety zone, buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within and adjacent to the ML), undisturbed area and if any, in topography such as existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with any natural drainage adjoining the lease /project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., approach roads, major haul roads, etc.

In case of any proposed diversion of nallah/canal/river, the proposed route of diversion/modification of drainage and their realignment, construction of embankment etc. should also be shown on the map.

Similarly if the project involves diversion of any road/railway line passing through the ML/project area, the proposed route of diversion and its realignment should be shown.

(ix)             Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition.

(x)      Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations.

(xi)     Impact of changes in the land use due to the start of the projects if much of the land being acquired is agricultural land/orestland/grazing land.

(xii)     Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality – air (PM10, PM2.5, Sox , Nox and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil and met. data.    

(xiii)    Map of the study area (1: 50, 000 scale)  (core and buffer zone clearly delineating the location of various stations superimposed with location of habitats, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations in both core zone and buffer zone should be selected on the basis of size of lease/project area, the proposed impacts in the downwind (air)/downstream (surface water)/groundwater regime (based on flow). One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact/non-polluting area as a control station. The monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and parameters for water testing for both ground water and surface water as per ISI  standards and CPCB classification wherever applicable.

(xiv)    Study on the existing flora and fauna in the study area (10km) carried out by an institution of relevant discipline and the list of flora and fauna duly authenticated separately for the core and buffer zone and a statement clearly specifying whether the study area forms a part of the migratory corridor of any endangered fauna. If the study area has endangered flora and fauna, or if the project falls within 15 km of an ecologically sensitive area, then a comprehensive Conservation Plan should be prepared for the endangered/endemic flora and fauna found in the study area and for safety of animals visiting/residing in the study area and also those using the study area as a migratory corridor. Comments from the CWLW of the State Govt. on the Conservation Plan should also be obtained and furnished.

(xv)    Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study are and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps and sections should be included. The progressive mine development and final mine closure plan should also be shown in figures.

(xvi)    Details of mining methods, technology, equipment to be used, etc., rationale for selection of that technology and equipment proposed to be used vis-à-vis the potential impacts.

(xvii)   Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(xviii)  Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement for the various mine operations should be given separately.

(xix)    Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users.

(xx)    Impact of mining and water abstraction use in mine on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10 km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected in case there us a declining trend of groundwater availability and/or if the area falls within dark/grey zone.

(xxi)    Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.            

(xxii)   Impacts of mining on the AAQ, predictive modelling using the ISCST-3 (Revised) or latest model.

(xxiii)   Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project along with flow-chart indicating the specific areas generating fugitive emissions. Impacts of transportation, handling, transfer of mineral and waste on air quality, generation of effluents from workshop, management plan for maintenance of HEMM, machinery, equipment. Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.

(xxiv)  Details of waste generation – OB, topsoil – as per the approved calendar programme, and their management shown in figures as well explanatory chapter with tables giving progressive development and mine closure plan, green belt development, backfilling programme and conceptual post mining land use. OB dump heights and terracing should based on slope stability studies with a max of 28o angle as the ultimate slope. Sections of dumps (ultimate) (both longitudinal and cross section) with relation to the adjacent area should be shown.

(xxv)   Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation.

(xxvi)  Flow chart of water balance. Treatment of effluents from workshop, township, domestic wastewater, mine water discharge, etc. Details of STP in colony and ETP in mine. Recycling of water to the max. possible extent.

(xxvii)  Occupational health issues. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine.

(xxviii)  Disaster Management Plan.

(xxix)  Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources - water, land, energy, etc.

(xxx) Progressive Green belt and afforestation plan (both in text, figures as well as in tables prepared by MOEF)  and selection of species (local) for the afforestation/plantation programme based on original survey/landuse.

(xxxi)  Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan, details of post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre- mining. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions.

(xxxii) Including cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for progressive and final mine closure plan.

(xxxiii) Details of R&R.  Detailed project specific R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population (including tribals, SC/ST, BPL families)  found in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

(xxxiv) Public Hearing should cover the details of notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments made by the proponent should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxxv) In built mechanism of self-monitoring of compliance of environmental regulations.

(xxxvi)Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xxxvii)Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

(xxxviii)Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc. wherever applicable.

 

The following general points should be noted:

(i)       All documents should be properly indexed, page numbered.

(ii)      Period/date of data collection should be clearly indicated.

(iii)     Authenticated English translation of all material provided in Regional languages.

(iv)     After the preparation of the draft EIA-EMP Report as per the aforesaid TOR, the proponent shall get the Public Hearing conducted as prescribed in the EIA Notification 2006 and take necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance under the provisions of the EIA Notification 2006.

(v)      The letter/application for EC should quote the MOEF file No. and also attach a copy of the letter prescribing the TOR.

(vi)     The copy of the letter received from the Ministry on the TOR prescribed for the project should be attached as an annexure to the final EIA-EMP Report.

(vii)    The final EIA-EMP report submitted to the Ministry must incorporate the issues in TOR and that raised in Public Hearing. The index of the final EIA-EMP report, must indicate the specific chapter and page no. of the EIA-EMP Report where the specific TOR prescribed by Ministry and the issue raised in the P.H. have been incorporated. Mining Questionnaire (posted on MOEF website) with all sections duly filled in shall also be submitted at the time of applying for EC.

(viii)    The aforesaid TOR has a validity of two years only.

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

(i)       Grant of TOR does not necessarily mean grant of EC.

(ii)      Grant of TOR/EC to the present project does not necessarily mean grant of TOR/EC to the captive/linked project.

(iii)     Grant of TOR/EC to the present project does not necessarily mean grant of approvals in other regulations such as the Forest (Conservation) Act 1980 or the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

 

 

14.     Cluster No. IV (6 mines) of M/s Bharat Coking Coal Ltd., dist. Dhanbad, Jharkhand (TOR)

 

15.     Cluster VII of M/s Bharat Coking Coal Ltd., located in Jharia Coalfields, dist. Dhanbad, Jharkhand (TOR)

 

16.      Cluster No. III (7 mines) of M/s Bharat Coking Coal Ltd., dist. Dhanbad, Jharkhand (TOR)

 

The proponent informed that Jharia Coalfields has a coal reserve of 17 billion tonnes (BT) upto a depth of 1200 m.  Coal is predominantly coking coal.  Mining has been going on in Jharia Coalfields for the past 100 years or so and an estimated 25% of the coal has been mined out particularly the top seams. There were about 781 private mine owners and at the time of nationalisation the mines were amalgamated to the present 103 mines of which 65 mines area operating and the rest are abandoned. Most of these are with M/s Bharat Coking Coal Ltd., a subsidiary of M/s Coal India Ltd. The mines are facing severe environmental problems of subsidence, land degradation, fires and problems of R&R. A PIL was also filed by Shri Haradhan Roy and the Hon’ble SC had given a series of Orders. As a result, the GOI has formulated the “Jharia Action Plan’ for an estimated sum of Rs. 7028.40 crores to deal with the aspects of fire, subsidence and for taking up measures for fire control and rehabilitation of the Jharia Township and subsidence control. The Plan is to be implemented over a period of 12 years. The Plan would be implemented by the State Govt. of Jharkhand and overseen by the Ministry of Coal for which a committee has been constituted. The Ministry of Coal had also got a WB aided Comprehensive Regional EMP study done on the env. problems and the measures on the basis of which the Chary Committee was set up.

 

It was informed M/s BCCL had applied to MOEF for EC as the mines were under renewal of lease which were sent to the earlier EAC (T&C) for appraisal. The earlier EAC (T&C) had on the basis of presentations made of the status of the coalfields noted that the Jharia coalfields has been mined in an unscientific manner and has also been ravaged by fire and impacts of subsidence over the past several decades which has resulted in loss of millions of tonnes of good quality coking coal. The Committee had noted that while it is important that the conservation of coal and safety of the population in the overlying township has been kept in mind in preparation of Jharia Action Plan to recover the remaining good quality coking coal found in the coalfields, the Committee sought the environmental rationale for the grouping of the mines into the proposed 17 clusters. The Committee had also sought details on whether the Jharia Action Plan has been dovetailed with the cluster approach of EIA-EMP for the Jharia Coalfields. The Committee had desired to know the status of the old abandoned mines and their reclamation – both opencast and underground and whether the EIA-EMP of the cluster would be covering all the mines. The overall waste management – existing, abandoned, and future would also require to be addressed. The Committee had also sought details whether the mineral transportation within the Jharia and its proposed modernisation has been planned with a view to reducing the overall fugitive dust emissions, as the levels of PM10, PM2.5 were found to be very high in the range of 500-700 ug/m3 and had recommended that the company go for an Integrated System of Coal Evacuation and by Silo Rapid Loading System to minimise the problems of air pollution due to coal transportation by road. The Committee was informed that there would be three Silo Loading points and Rapid Loading System at 3 locations. The Plan also includes upgrading of their 7 existing Coal Washeries with state-of-Art technologies.

 

These issues were considered in a series of EAC (T&C) meetings in 2009-10 and on that basis M/s BCCL submitted the conceptual Plan of the cluster approach whereby they have identified 17 clusters (including one cluster in Raniganj Coalfields) and M/s BCCL has been submitting cluster-wise applications for TOR on that basis.

 

Chairman stated that a detailed presentation on the history, chronology, various Reports and their recommendations and the SC case and the Jharia Action Plan be presented in the next EAC meeting in October 2010. The present status of the implementation of the various recommendations should also be brought out.

 

The PP made a presentation on the three clusters.

 

14. Cluster No. IV (5 mines) of M/s Bharat Coking Coal Ltd., dist. Dhanbad, Jharkhand (TOR)

 

S.N.

Name of the Mines

Production Capacity

Lease Area (ha)

Normative

Peak

1.

Salanpur Colliery UG

0.15

0.195

177.49

2.

Katras Choitudih Colliery UG

0.22

0.286

228.00

3.

a) Amalgamated Keshalpur & West Mududih UG

b) Amalgamated Keshalpur West Mududih

    0.19

 

     2.00

0.247

 

2.6

 

325.00

 

 

4.

Amalgamated Angarpathra &

Ramkanali Colliery UG

    0.291

      0.378

254.64

5.

Gastiland Colliery UG

    0.00

       0.00

138.66

TOTAL

2.851

3.706

1123.79

 

The details of integration with Jharia Action Plan:

 

Unstable Sites

51

No. of houses to be rehabilitated

7012

Cost

Rs 26274 lakhs

Affected Areas

1078829 m3

Areas affected by Fire

35827 m3

 

 

The details of Conceptual Post Mining Land use of Cluster IV were presented:

 

S.N.

Type of Land Use

Existing Land Use (ha)

Post Mining Land Use

(in ha)

 

1.

Quarry

- Active

- Not backfilled

 

71.63

31.68

 

Nil

Nil

 

Abandoned Quarry

- Backfilled

- Not Backfilled

 

14.26

87.48

 

 

Nil

2.

Service Building/Mine Infrastructure

17.02

17.02

3.

Ext. OB Dump

14.82

Nil

4.

Coal Dump

4.36

Nil

5.

Homestead Land

132.71

132.71

6.

Road and Rail

106.52

106.52

7.

Agricultural land

21.22

21.22

8.

Plantation

74.67

794.09

9.

Water Body

 

48.31

10.

Barren Land

495.19

Nil

11.

Others

 

3.92

TOTAL

1123.79

1123.79

 

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

 

(i)      An Integrated EIA-EMP for the cluster of mines shall be prepared clearly bringing out the present status of 5 mines in Cluster IV as above- status of env. quality and the extent of pollution load from each mine and the combined pollution load from the cluster of mines that would be reduced by taking suitable mitigative measures for the individual mines and for the cluster and the expected improvement in the environmental quality of the mines in the cluster and within the coalfield after the implementation of the measures through an Integrated Environmental Plan formulated on the aforesaid basis.  A fresh baseline data on the env. quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. shall be generated through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon. Details of the present land use and post mining land use of the operating and abandoned mines individually and as a cluster shall be furnished as part of the EIA. A detailed Mine Closure Plan and a Mine Reclamation Plan for the abandoned mines (UG and OC)/pits/quarries found in the cluster shall be furnished as a part of EIA-EMP study. The closure of UG mines should ensure that no illegal mining is done thereafter from the mines. Details of long term benefits to environment because of cluster approach of mining shall be clearly addressed in the EIA-EMP study. In addition to the above, details of an Action Plan for project specific R&R and CSR shall also be formulated and presented in the EIA-EMP. The aforesaid Integrated Environmental Management Plan shall be dovetailed with the Jharia Action Plan and details of its implementation with specific time-lines should be provided.

(ii)     The Integrated EIA-EMP shall be based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006 and incorporate an Environmental Action Plan for mitigating the environmental degradation existing in the cluster and for improvement of the environmental quality (air, water and land) so that the region (Dhanbad), which is presently critically polluted, and show by implementation of the Env. Action Plan the discernible improvement of its environmental quality.

(iii)     A map specifying locations of the State, District and Project location. A map showing the Jharia Coalfields and the locations of the mines in the cluster.

(iv)     A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (1: 50,000 scale) clearly delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, surface drainage of rivers/streams/nalas/canals, locations of mines in the cluster, locations of human habitations, major constructions including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources.

(v)      Land use map (1: 50,000 scale) based on a recent satellite imagery of the study area may also be provided with explanatory note of the land use. Satellite imagery per se is not required.

(vi)     Map showing the core zone delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records), along with other physical features such as water bodies, etc should be furnished.

(vii)    A contour map showing the area drainage of the core zone and 2-5 km of the buffer zone (where the water courses of the core zone ultimately join the major rivers/streams outside the lease/project area) should also be clearly indicated as a separate map.

(viii)    A detailed Site plan of the cluster of mines showing the various proposed break-up of the land for mining operations such as the quarry area, OB dumps, green belt, safety zone, buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within and adjacent to the ML), undisturbed area and if any, in topography such as existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with any natural drainage adjoining the lease /project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., approach roads, major haul roads, etc.

In case of any proposed diversion of nallah/canal/river, the proposed route of diversion/modification of drainage and their realignment, construction of embankment etc. should also be shown on the map.

Similarly if the project involves diversion of any road/railway line passing through the ML/project area of the mines of the cluster, the proposed route of diversion and its realignment should be shown.

(ix)     Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition of each mine in the cluster.

(x)      Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations of each mine in the cluster.

(xi)     Impact of changes in the land use due to the start of the projects if much of the land being acquired is agricultural land/forestland/grazing land.

(xii)     Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality - air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx , NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil.

(xiii)    Map of the study area (1: 50, 000 scale) (core and buffer zone clearly delineating the location of various stations superimposed with location of habitats, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations in both core zone and buffer zone should be selected on the basis of size of lease/project area, the proposed impacts in the downwind (air)/downstream (surface water)/groundwater regime (based on flow). One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact/non-polluting area as a control station. The monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and parameters for water testing for both ground water and surface water as per ISI  standards and CPCB classification wherever applicable.

(xiv)    Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study are and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps and sections should be included. The progressive mine development and final mine closure plan should also be shown in figures.

(xv)    Details of mining methods, technology, equipment to be used, etc., rationale for selection of that technology and equipment proposed to be used vis-à-vis the potential impacts.

(xvi)    Study on subsidence, measures for mitigation/prevention of subsidence, modelling subsidence prediction and its use during mine operation, safety issues.

(xvii)   Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(xviii)  Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement for the various mine operations should be given separately for the cluster and for each mine separately.

(xix)    Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users.

(xx)    Impact of mining and water abstraction use in mines on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10 km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected in case there us a declining trend of groundwater availability and/or if the area falls within dark/grey zone.

(xxi)    Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.            

(xxii)   Impacts of mineral transportation in an integrated manner using road-cum rail or rail network– within and outside the lease/project along with flow-chart indicating the specific areas generating fugitive emissions. Impacts of transportation, handling, transfer of mineral and waste on air quality, generation of effluents from workshop, management plan for maintenance of HEMM, machinery, equipment. Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.

(xxiii)   Details of waste generation – OB, topsoil – as per the approved calendar programme, and their management shown in figures as well explanatory chapter with tables giving progressive development and mine closure plan, green belt development, backfilling programme and conceptual post mining land use. OB dump heights and terracing should based on slope stability studies with a max of 28o angle as the ultimate slope. Sections of dumps (ultimate) (both longitudinal and cross section) with relation to the adjacent area should be shown.

(xxiv)  Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation for each mine in the cluster.

(xxv)   Flow chart of water balance. Treatment of effluents from workshop, township, domestic wastewater, mine water discharge, etc. Details of STP in colony and ETP in mine. Recycling of water to the max. possible extent.

(xxvi)  Occupational health issues. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine.

(xxvii) Details of fire affected sites and areas affected by subsidence and unstable sites as given in Jharia Action Plan for Cluster III Group of Mines and their management for each along with time schedule for mitigation under the Jharia Action Plan.

(xxviii) Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources - water, land, energy, etc.

(xxix) Progressive Green belt and afforestation plan (both in text, figures as well as in tables prepared by MOEF) for each mine along with selection of species (local) for the afforestation/plantation programme based on original survey/landuse.

(xxx)   Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan for existing and abandoned mines with specific time lines and costs, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre-mining for each mine in the cluster. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions. The Committee desired that the abandoned quarries/mined out pits/voids left over form the pre-nationalisation period should be properly backfilled and biologically reclaimed in to either plantation or restored to agricultural land. The Committee desired that details of land use end of mine life and post mining be furnished in the standard tables prepared by MOEF. In case, exploration does not indicate sizeable reserves, the proponent may consider surrendering the lease after completion of reclamation of the abandoned mines and worked out OC and UG mines.

(xxxi) Including cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for progressive and final mine closure plan.

(xxxii) Details of R&R in Jharia Action Plan for the cluster and its integration with the EMP. Cluster specific details of R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population (including tribals, SC/ST, BPL families) found in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

The Committee also sought a detailed CSR Plan for the entire cluster and Rs 5 per tonne of coal to be earmarked for activities under CSR.

(xxxiii) Public Hearing for the entire cluster should cover the details of notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments made by the proponent should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxxiv) In built mechanism of self-monitoring of compliance of environmental regulations.

(xxxv) Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xxxvi) Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

(xxxvi) Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc.

 

The following general points should be noted:

(i)       All documents should be properly indexed, page numbered.

(ii)      Period/date of data collection should be clearly indicated.

(iii)     Authenticated English translation of all material provided in Regional languages.

(iv)     After the preparation of the draft Integrated EIA-EMP Report as per the aforesaid TOR, the proponent shall get the Public Hearing conducted as prescribed in the EIA Notification 2006 and take necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance under the provisions of the EIA Notification 2006.

(v)              The letter/application for EC should quote the MOEF file No. and also attach a copy of the letter prescribing the TOR.

(vi)             The copy of the letter received from the Ministry on the TOR prescribed for the project should be attached as an annexure to the final EIA-EMP Report.

(vii)    The final EIA-EMP report submitted to the Ministry must incorporate the issues in TOR and that raised in Public Hearing. The index of the final EIA-EMP report, must indicate the specific chapter and page no. of the EIA-EMP Report where the specific TOR prescribed by Ministry and the issue raised in the P.H. have been incorporated. Mining Questionnaire (posted on MOEF website) with all sections duly filled in shall also be submitted at the time of applying for EC.

(viii)    MOEF Circular dated 22.03.2010 may kindly be referred to regarding time limit for validity of Terms of Reference (TOR) prescribed under EIA Notification, 2006 for undertaking detailed EIA studies for development projects requiring environmental clearance.

 

 

15.     Cluster VII (14 mines) of M/s Bharat Coking Coal Ltd., located in Jharia Coalfields, dist. Dhanbad, Jharkhand (TOR)

 

The proponent stated that the cluster consists of 14 mines of a total combined ML area of 2127.70 ha and a combined production capacity (normative) of 6.227 MTPA and a peak capacity of 8.161 MTPA. The details are given below:

 

 

 

S.N.

Name of Project

Status of Mine

Prod. Capacity

(MTPA)

Peak prod.

(MTPA)

ML Area (ha)

1.

Dhansar UG

Working

0.372

0.484

174.12

2.

Dhansar OC

Working

0.800

1.040

3.

Kusunda OC

Working

2.00

2.600

247.70

4.

Industry UG

Closed

--

--

137.20

5.

Alkusa UG

Working

0.115

0.150

101.77

6.

Ena OC

Working

0.170

0.221

181.30

7.

South Jharia/

Rajapur OC

Working

1.300

1.690

207.48

8.

Burragarh UG

Working

0.170

0.221

147.83

9.

Simalbahal UG

Working

0.250

0.325

178.13

10.

Hurriladih UG

Working

0.090

0.117

127.17

11.

Bhutgoira UG

Working

0.360

0.468

131.67

12.

Kustore UG

Closed

--

--

250.71

13.

East Bhuggatdih

Closed

--

--

242.62

14.

Vishwakarma OC

Proposed

0.700

0.910

43.5

TOTAL

 

6.227

8.161

2127.70

 

Kari Jore passes through the cluster. There would be common transport railway network.

 

The details of integration with the Jharia Action Plan is given below:

 

S.N.

Parameter

Details

1.

Total Voids

15.486 Mm3

2.

Total External OB

10.32 Mm3

3.

Total Unstable Sites

71

4.

Total Affected Areas

5.607 Km2

5.

No. of Houses to be resettled

13605

6.

Fire Area

1.87 Km2

7.

Fire affected Sites

31

8.

Land for Resettlement

62.432 ha (BCCL land) +

61.009 ha (Non-BCCL land)

9.

Cost

Rs 529.47 crores

 

The Conceptual Post Mining Land use for Cluster VII is given below:

 

S.N.

Type of Land Use

Land use (ha)

Post-Mining

Land use (ha)

1.

Running quarry

108.16 + 93.89

Nil

2.

Abandoned Quarry

49.15 + 41.61

Nil

3.

Ext. OB dump

27.31

Nil

4.

Service Buildings

27.25

2.28

5.

Coal Dump

11.30

0.36

6.

Road & Rail

70.73

68.41

7.

Homestead Land

214.48

188.49

8.

Agricultural land

Nil

Nil

9.

Forestland

Nil

Nil

10.

Plantation

216.91

1382.22

11.

Water Body

25.30

99.05

12.

Barren Land

1241.65

381.49

 

TOTAL

2127.70

2127.70

 

The Committee noted that the EIA-EMP of opening and operation of the proposed Vishwakarma OCP should also be included in the Cluster-VII Group of Mines.

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)      An Integrated EIA-EMP for the cluster of mines shall be prepared clearly bringing out the present status of 14 mines in Cluster VII as above- status of env. quality and the extent of pollution load from each mine and the combined pollution load from the cluster of mines that would be reduced by taking suitable mitigative measures for the individual mines and for the cluster and the expected improvement in the environmental quality of the mines in the cluster and within the coalfield after the implementation of the measures through an Integrated Environmental Plan formulated on the aforesaid basis.  A fresh baseline data on the env. quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. shall be generated through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon. Details of the present land use and post mining land use of the operating and abandoned mines individually and as a cluster shall be furnished as part of the EIA. A detailed Mine Closure Plan and a Mine Reclamation Plan for the abandoned mines (UG and OC)/pits/quarries found in the cluster shall be furnished as a part of EIA-EMP study. The closure of UG mines should ensure that no illegal mining is done thereafter from the mines. Details of long term benefits to environment because of cluster approach of mining shall be clearly addressed in the EIA-EMP study. In addition to the above, details of an Action Plan for project specific R&R and CSR shall also be formulated and presented in the EIA-EMP. The aforesaid Integrated Environmental Management Plan shall be dovetailed with the Jharia Action Plan and details of its implementation with specific time-lines should be provided.

(ii)     The Integrated EIA-EMP shall be based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006 and incorporate an Environmental Action Plan for mitigating the environmental degradation existing in the cluster and for improvement of the environmental quality (air, water and land) so that the region (Dhanbad), which is presently critically polluted, and show by implementation of the Env. Action Plan the discernible improvement of its environmental quality.

(iii)     A map specifying locations of the State, District and Project location. A map showing the Jharia Coalfields and the locations of the mines in the cluster.

(iv)     A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (1: 50,000 scale) clearly delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, surface drainage of rivers/streams/nalas/canals, locations of mines in the cluster, locations of human habitations, major constructions including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources.

(v)      Land use map (1: 50,000 scale) based on a recent satellite imagery of the study area may also be provided with explanatory note of the land use. Satellite imagery per se is not required.

(vi)     Map showing the core zone delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records), along with other physical features such as water bodies, etc should be furnished.

(vii)    A contour map showing the area drainage of the core zone and 2-5 km of the buffer zone (where the water courses of the core zone ultimately join the major rivers/streams outside the lease/project area) should also be clearly indicated as a separate map.

(viii)    A detailed Site plan of the cluster of mines showing the various proposed break-up of the land for mining operations such as the quarry area, OB dumps, green belt, safety zone, buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within and adjacent to the ML), undisturbed area and if any, in topography such as existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with any natural drainage adjoining the lease /project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., approach roads, major haul roads, etc.

In case of any proposed diversion of nallah/canal/river, the proposed route of diversion/modification of drainage and their realignment, construction of embankment etc. should also be shown on the map.

Similarly if the project involves diversion of any road/railway line passing through the ML/project area of the mines of the cluster, the proposed route of diversion and its realignment should be shown.

(ix)     Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition of each mine in the cluster.

(x)      Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations of each mine in the cluster.

(xi)     Impact of changes in the land use due to the start of the projects if much of the land being acquired is agricultural land/forestland/grazing land.

(xii)     Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality - air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx , NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil.

(xiii)    Map of the study area (1: 50, 000 scale) (core and buffer zone clearly delineating the location of various stations superimposed with location of habitats, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations in both core zone and buffer zone should be selected on the basis of size of lease/project area, the proposed impacts in the downwind (air)/downstream (surface water)/groundwater regime (based on flow). One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact/non-polluting area as a control station. The monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and parameters for water testing for both ground water and surface water as per ISI  standards and CPCB classification wherever applicable.

(xiv)    Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study are and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps and sections should be included. The progressive mine development and final mine closure plan should also be shown in figures.

(xv)    Details of mining methods, technology, equipment to be used, etc., rationale for selection of that technology and equipment proposed to be used vis-à-vis the potential impacts.

(xvi)    Study on subsidence, measures for mitigation/prevention of subsidence, modelling subsidence prediction and its use during mine operation, safety issues.

(xvii)   Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(xviii)  Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement for the various mine operations should be given separately for the cluster and for each mine separately.

(xix)    Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users.

(xx)    Impact of mining and water abstraction use in mines on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10 km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected in case there us a declining trend of groundwater availability and/or if the area falls within dark/grey zone.

(xxi)    Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.            

(xxii)   Impacts of mineral transportation in an integrated manner using road-cum rail or rail network– within and outside the lease/project along with flow-chart indicating the specific areas generating fugitive emissions. Impacts of transportation, handling, transfer of mineral and waste on air quality, generation of effluents from workshop, management plan for maintenance of HEMM, machinery, equipment. Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.

(xxiii)   Details of waste generation – OB, topsoil – as per the approved calendar programme, and their management shown in figures as well explanatory chapter with tables giving progressive development and mine closure plan, green belt development, backfilling programme and conceptual post mining land use. OB dump heights and terracing should based on slope stability studies with a max of 28o angle as the ultimate slope. Sections of dumps (ultimate) (both longitudinal and cross section) with relation to the adjacent area should be shown.

(xxiv)  Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation for each mine in the cluster.

(xxv)   Flow chart of water balance. Treatment of effluents from workshop, township, domestic wastewater, mine water discharge, etc. Details of STP in colony and ETP in mine. Recycling of water to the max. possible extent.

(xxvi)  Occupational health issues. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine.

(xxvii) Details of fire affected sites and areas affected by subsidence and unstable sites as given in Jharia Action Plan for Cluster III Group of Mines and their management for each along with time schedule for mitigation under the Jharia Action Plan.

(xxviii) Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources - water, land, energy, etc.

(xxix) Progressive Green belt and afforestation plan (both in text, figures as well as in tables prepared by MOEF) for each mine along with selection of species (local) for the afforestation/plantation programme based on original survey/landuse.

(xxx)   Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan for existing and abandoned mines with specific time lines and costs, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre-mining for each mine in the cluster. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions. The Committee desired that the abandoned quarries/mined out pits/voids left over form the pre-nationalisation period should be properly backfilled and biologically reclaimed in to either plantation or restored to agricultural land. The Committee desired that details of land use end of mine life and post mining be furnished in the standard tables prepared by MOEF. In case, exploration does not indicate sizeable reserves, the proponent may consider surrendering the lease after completion of reclamation of the abandoned mines and worked out OC and UG mines.

(xxxi) Including cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for progressive and final mine closure plan.

(xxxii) Details of R&R in Jharia Action Plan for the cluster and its integration with the EMP. Cluster specific details of R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population (including tribals, SC/ST, BPL families) found in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

The Committee also sought a detailed CSR Plan for the entire cluster and Rs 5 per tonne of coal to be earmarked for activities under CSR.

(xxxiii) Public Hearing for the entire cluster should cover the details of notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments made by the proponent should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxxiv) In built mechanism of self-monitoring of compliance of environmental regulations.

(xxxv) Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xxxvi) Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

(xxxvi) Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc.

 

 

The following general points should be noted:

(i)       All documents should be properly indexed, page numbered.

(ii)      Period/date of data collection should be clearly indicated.

(iii)     Authenticated English translation of all material provided in Regional languages.

(iv)     After the preparation of the draft EIA-EMP Report as per the aforesaid TOR, the proponent shall get the Public Hearing conducted as prescribed in the EIA Notification 2006 and take necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance under the provisions of the EIA Notification 2006.

(vii)           The letter/application for EC should quote the MOEF file No. and also attach a copy of the letter prescribing the TOR.

(viii)          The copy of the letter received from the Ministry on the TOR prescribed for the project should be attached as an annexure to the final EIA-EMP Report.

(vii)    The final EIA-EMP report submitted to the Ministry must incorporate the issues in TOR and that raised in Public Hearing. The index of the final EIA-EMP report, must indicate the specific chapter and page no. of the EIA-EMP Report where the specific TOR prescribed by Ministry and the issue raised in the P.H. have been incorporated. Mining Questionnaire (posted on MOEF website) with all sections duly filled in shall also be submitted at the time of applying for EC.

(viii)    MOEF Circular dated 22.03.2010 may kindly be referred to regarding time limit for validity of Terms of Reference (TOR) prescribed under EIA Notification, 2006 for undertaking detailed EIA studies for development projects requiring environmental clearance.

 

16.      Cluster No. III (7 mines) of M/s Bharat Coking Coal Ltd., dist. Dhanbad, Jharkhand (TOR)

 

The details of the 6 mines included in Cluster II are given below:

 

S.N.

Name of Mine

Prod. Capacity

(MTPA)

Peak Prod.

(MTPA)

ML area (ha)

1.

Jogidih Colliery

0.244

0.317

167.00

2.

Maheshpur Colliery

0.070

0.091

292.68

3.

South Govindpur Colliery

--

--

182

4.

Teturiya Colliery

--

--

123

5.

Govindpur Colliery

0.140

0.182

159.55

6.

New Akashkinaree Mine

-                      Opencast

-                      Underground

 

1.00

0.135

 

1.300

0.176

 

347.38

7.

Block-IV/Kooridih Mixed Mine

- Opencast

- Underground

 

 

1.100

0.080

 

 

1.430

0.104

 

 

149.0

TOTAL

2.769

3.600

1420.61


The details of integration with the Jharia Action Plan is given below:

 

S.N.

Parameter

Details

1.

Total External OB

80 Mm3

2.

Total Unstable Sites

57

3.

No. of Houses to be resettled

3756

4.

Total Affected Areas

86.2574 Km2

5.

Fire Area

72.88 ha

6.

Fire affected Sites

Not given

7.

Land for Resettlement

4A and 4 B Satellite Townships

8.

Total Voids

Not given

9.

Cost

Rs 27012.66 lakhs

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)      An Integrated EIA-EMP for the cluster of mines shall be prepared clearly bringing out the present status of 7 mines in Cluster III as above- status of env. quality and the extent of pollution load from each mine and the combined pollution load from the cluster of mines that would be reduced by taking suitable mitigative measures for the individual mines and for the cluster and the expected improvement in the environmental quality of the mines in the cluster and within the coalfield after the implementation of the measures through an Integrated Environmental Plan formulated on the aforesaid basis.  A fresh baseline data on the env. quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. shall be generated through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon. Details of the present land use and post mining land use of the operating and abandoned mines individually and as a cluster shall be furnished as part of the EIA. A detailed Mine Closure Plan and a Mine Reclamation Plan for the abandoned mines (UG and OC)/pits/quarries found in the cluster shall be furnished as a part of EIA-EMP study. The closure of UG mines should ensure that no illegal mining is done thereafter from the mines. Details of long term benefits to environment because of cluster approach of mining shall be clearly addressed in the EIA-EMP study. In addition to the above, details of an Action Plan for project specific R&R and CSR shall also be formulated and presented in the EIA-EMP. The aforesaid Integrated Environmental Management Plan shall be dovetailed with the Jharia Action Plan and details of its implementation with specific time-lines should be provided.

(ii)     The Integrated EIA-EMP shall be based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006 and incorporate an Environmental Action Plan for mitigating the environmental degradation existing in the cluster and for improvement of the environmental quality (air, water and land) so that the region (Dhanbad), which is presently critically polluted, and show by implementation of the Env. Action Plan the discernible improvement of its environmental quality.

(iii)     A map specifying locations of the State, District and Project location. A map showing the Jharia Coalfields and the locations of the mines in the cluster.

(iv)     A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (1: 50,000 scale) clearly delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, surface drainage of rivers/streams/nalas/canals, locations of mines in the cluster, locations of human habitations, major constructions including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources.

(v)      Land use map (1: 50,000 scale) based on a recent satellite imagery of the study area may also be provided with explanatory note of the land use. Satellite imagery per se is not required.

(vi)     Map showing the core zone delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records), along with other physical features such as water bodies, etc should be furnished.

(vii)    A contour map showing the area drainage of the core zone and 2-5 km of the buffer zone (where the water courses of the core zone ultimately join the major rivers/streams outside the lease/project area) should also be clearly indicated as a separate map.

(viii)    A detailed Site plan of the cluster of mines showing the various proposed break-up of the land for mining operations such as the quarry area, OB dumps, green belt, safety zone, buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within and adjacent to the ML), undisturbed area and if any, in topography such as existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with any natural drainage adjoining the lease /project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., approach roads, major haul roads, etc.

In case of any proposed diversion of nallah/canal/river, the proposed route of diversion/modification of drainage and their realignment, construction of embankment etc. should also be shown on the map.

Similarly if the project involves diversion of any road/railway line passing through the ML/project area of the mines of the cluster, the proposed route of diversion and its realignment should be shown.

(ix)     Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition of each mine in the cluster.

(x)      Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations of each mine in the cluster.

(xi)     Impact of changes in the land use due to the start of the projects if much of the land being acquired is agricultural land/forestland/grazing land.

(xii)     Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality - air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx , NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil.

(xiii)    Map of the study area (1: 50, 000 scale) (core and buffer zone clearly delineating the location of various stations superimposed with location of habitats, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations in both core zone and buffer zone should be selected on the basis of size of lease/project area, the proposed impacts in the downwind (air)/downstream (surface water)/groundwater regime (based on flow). One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact/non-polluting area as a control station. The monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and parameters for water testing for both ground water and surface water as per ISI  standards and CPCB classification wherever applicable.

(xiv)    Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study are and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps and sections should be included. The progressive mine development and final mine closure plan should also be shown in figures.

(xv)    Details of mining methods, technology, equipment to be used, etc., rationale for selection of that technology and equipment proposed to be used vis-à-vis the potential impacts.

(xvi)    Study on subsidence, measures for mitigation/prevention of subsidence, modelling subsidence prediction and its use during mine operation, safety issues.

(xvii)   Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(xviii)  Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement for the various mine operations should be given separately for the cluster and for each mine separately.

(xix)    Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users.

(xx)    Impact of mining and water abstraction use in mines on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10 km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected in case there us a declining trend of groundwater availability and/or if the area falls within dark/grey zone.

(xxi)    Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.            

(xxii)   Impacts of mineral transportation in an integrated manner using road-cum rail or rail network– within and outside the lease/project along with flow-chart indicating the specific areas generating fugitive emissions. Impacts of transportation, handling, transfer of mineral and waste on air quality, generation of effluents from workshop, management plan for maintenance of HEMM, machinery, equipment. Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.

(xxiii)   Details of waste generation – OB, topsoil – as per the approved calendar programme, and their management shown in figures as well explanatory chapter with tables giving progressive development and mine closure plan, green belt development, backfilling programme and conceptual post mining land use. OB dump heights and terracing should based on slope stability studies with a max of 28o angle as the ultimate slope. Sections of dumps (ultimate) (both longitudinal and cross section) with relation to the adjacent area should be shown.

(xxiv)  Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation for each mine in the cluster.

(xxv)   Flow chart of water balance. Treatment of effluents from workshop, township, domestic wastewater, mine water discharge, etc. Details of STP in colony and ETP in mine. Recycling of water to the max. possible extent.

(xxvi)  Occupational health issues. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine.

(xxvii) Details of fire affected sites and areas affected by subsidence and unstable sites as given in Jharia Action Plan for Cluster III Group of Mines and their management for each along with time schedule for mitigation under the Jharia Action Plan.

(xxviii) Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources - water, land, energy, etc.

(xxix) Progressive Green belt and afforestation plan (both in text, figures as well as in tables prepared by MOEF) for each mine along with selection of species (local) for the afforestation/plantation programme based on original survey/landuse.

(xxx)   Conceptual Final Mine Closure Plan for existing and abandoned mines with specific time lines and costs, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre-mining for each mine in the cluster. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions. The Committee desired that the abandoned quarries/mined out pits/voids left over form the pre-nationalisation period should be properly backfilled and biologically reclaimed in to either plantation or restored to agricultural land. The Committee desired that details of land use end of mine life and post mining be furnished in the standard tables prepared by MOEF. In case, exploration does not indicate sizeable reserves, the proponent may consider surrendering the lease after completion of reclamation of the abandoned mines and worked out OC and UG mines.

(xxxi) Including cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for progressive and final mine closure plan.

(xxxii) Details of R&R in Jharia Action Plan for the cluster and its integration with the EMP. Cluster specific details of R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population (including tribals, SC/ST, BPL families) found in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

The Committee also sought a detailed CSR Plan for the entire cluster and Rs 5 per tonne of coal to be earmarked for activities under CSR.

(xxxiii) Public Hearing for the entire cluster should cover the details of notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments made by the proponent should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxxiv) In built mechanism of self-monitoring of compliance of environmental regulations.

(xxxv) Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xxxvi) Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

(xxxvi) Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc.

 

The following general points should be noted:

(i)       All documents should be properly indexed, page numbered.

(ii)      Period/date of data collection should be clearly indicated.

(iii)     Authenticated English translation of all material provided in Regional languages.

(iv)     After the preparation of the draft EIA-EMP Report as per the aforesaid TOR, the proponent shall get the Public Hearing conducted as prescribed in the EIA Notification 2006 and take necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance under the provisions of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ix)             The letter/application for EC should quote the MOEF file No. and also attach a copy of the letter prescribing the TOR.

(x)               The copy of the letter received from the Ministry on the TOR prescribed for the project should be attached as an annexure to the final EIA-EMP Report.

(vii)    The final EIA-EMP report submitted to the Ministry must incorporate the issues in TOR and that raised in Public Hearing. The index of the final EIA-EMP report, must indicate the specific chapter and page no. of the EIA-EMP Report where the specific TOR prescribed by Ministry and the issue raised in the P.H. have been incorporated. Mining Questionnaire (posted on MOEF website) with all sections duly filled in shall also be submitted at the time of applying for EC.

(viii)    MOEF Circular dated 22.03.2010 may kindly be referred to regarding time limit for validity of Terms of Reference (TOR) prescribed under EIA Notification, 2006 for undertaking detailed EIA studies for development projects requiring environmental clearance.

 

17.      Coal Beneficiation Plant of M/s OCL India Ltd., at Rajgangpur, dist. Sundergarh, Orissa (EC based on TOR granted on 14.09.2007)

 

The proposal could not be considered as the PP did not attend the meeting. It was noted that no intimation for not attending the meeting was received.

 

 

18.     Manuguru Opencast IV Extension project (3 MTPA with a peak prodn. of 3.5 MTPA and expn. in ML area from 440 ha to 734.60 ha) of M/s Singareni Collieries Company Ltd. located in village & Mandal Manuguru, dist. Khammam, A.P. (TOR)

 

The proposal is for a new opencast project as an extension to the existing Manuguru Opencast IV OCP, with a peak production of 3.5 MTPA and expansion of the ML area from 440 ha to 734.60 ha. Of the total ML area of 734.60 ha, area for quarry would be 242.90 ha, external dump would be 111.58 ha, abandoned OC mines of 178.52 ha and an area of 184.95 ha of forestland  which is an open scrub and 0.89 ha of private agricultural land. The density of the forest is less than 0.4. Total estimated OB generation is 369.04 Mm3. Life of the mine would be 20 years. Capital cost of the project is Rs 218.01 crores. The mining would involve in-pit crushing of coal and transportation.

 

The Committee desired that the height of the ext. OB dump be reduced from 90m. The Committee also desired that the depth of the final water body be reduced. The Committee further suggested that one more AAQ station be installed in the NW direction.

 

Based on the application along with documents and presentation thereon and discussions held, the Committee prescribed the following TOR:

(i)      An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 3 MTPA (normative) with a peak production of 3.5 MTPA rated capacity with expansion in ML area from 440 ha to 734.60 ha based on the generic structure specified in Appendix III of the EIA Notification 2006.

(ii)     An EIA-EMP Report would be prepared for 3 MTPA (normative) with a peak production of 3.5 MTPA rated capacity and cover the impacts and management plan for the project specific activities on the environment of the region, and the environmental quality – air, water, land, biotic community, etc. through collection of data and information, generation of data on impacts including prediction modelling for 3.5 MTPA of coal production based on approval of project/Mining Plan. Baseline data collection can be for any season except monsoon.

(iii)     A map specifying locations of the State, District and Project location.

(iv)     A Study area map of the core zone and 10km area of the buffer zone (1: 50,000 scale) clearly delineating the major topographical features such as the land use, surface drainage of rivers/streams/nalas/canals, locations of human habitations, major constructions including railways, roads, pipelines, major industries/mines and other polluting sources. In case of ecologically sensitive areas such as Biosphere Reserves/National Parks/WL Sanctuaries/ Elephant Reserves, forests (Reserved/Protected), migratory corridors of fauna, and areas where endangered fauna and plants of medicinal and economic importance found in the 15 km area of the buffer zone should be given.

(v)      Land use map (1: 50,000 scale) based on a recent satellite imagery of the study area may also be provided with explanatory note of the land use. Satellite imagery per se is not required.

(vi)     Map showing the core zone delineating the agricultural land (irrigated and unirrigated, uncultivable land (as defined in the revenue records), forest areas (as per records), along with other physical features such as water bodies, etc should be furnished.

(vii)    A contour map showing the area drainage of the core zone and 2-5 km of the buffer zone (where the water courses of the core zone ultimately join the major rivers/streams outside the lease/project area) should also be clearly indicated as a separate map.

(viii)    A detailed Site plan of the mine showing the various proposed break-up of the land for mining operations such as the quarry area, OB dumps, green belt, safety zone, buildings, infrastructure, CHP, ETP, Stockyard, township/colony (within and adjacent to the ML), undisturbed area and if any, in topography such as existing roads, drains/natural water bodies are to be left undisturbed along with any natural drainage adjoining the lease /project and modification of thereof in terms of construction of embankments/bunds, proposed diversion/rechannelling of the water courses, etc., approach roads, major haul roads, etc.

In case of any proposed diversion of nallah/canal/river, the proposed route of diversion/modification of drainage and their realignment, construction of embankment etc. should also be shown on the map.

Similarly if the project involves diversion of any road/railway line passing through the ML/project area, the proposed route of diversion and its realignment should be shown.

(ix)     Break up of lease/project area as per different land uses and their stage of acquisition.

(x)      Break-up of lease/project area as per mining operations.

(xi)     Impact of changes in the land use due to the start of the projects if much of the land being acquired is agricultural land/forestland/grazing land.

(xii)     Collection of one-season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on environmental quality – air (PM10, PM2.5, SOx , NOx and heavy metals such as Hg, Pb, Cr, As, etc), noise, water (surface and groundwater), soil.

(xiii)    Map of the study area (1: 50, 000 scale)  (core and buffer zone clearly delineating the location of various stations superimposed with location of habitats, other industries/mines, polluting sources. The number and location of the stations in both core zone and buffer zone should be selected on the basis of size of lease/project area, the proposed impacts in the downwind (air)/downstream (surface water)/groundwater regime (based on flow). One station should be in the upwind/upstream/non-impact/non-polluting area as a control station. The Committee that one more AAQ station be installed in the NW direction. The Committee that one more AAQ station be installed in the NW direction. The monitoring should be as per CPCB guidelines and parameters for water testing for both ground water and surface water as per ISI  standards and CPCB classification wherever applicable.

(xiv)    Details of mineral reserves, geological status of the study are and the seams to be worked, ultimate working depth and progressive stage-wise working scheme until end of mine life should be reflected on the basis of the approved rated capacity and calendar plans of production from the approved Mining Plan. Geological maps and sections should be included. The progressive mine development and final mine closure plan should also be shown in figures.

(xv)    Details of mining methods, technology, equipment to be used, etc., rationale for selection of that technology and equipment proposed to be used vis-à-vis the potential impacts.

(xvi)    Impact of mining on hydrology, modification of natural drainage, diversion and channelling of the existing rivers/water courses flowing though the ML and adjoining the lease/project and the impact on the existing users and impacts of mining operations thereon.

(xvii)   Detailed water balance should be provided. The break up of water requirement for the various mine operations should be given separately.

(xviii)  Source of water for use in mine, sanction of the competent authority in the State Govt. and impacts vis-à-vis the competing users.

(xix)    Impact of mining and water abstraction use in mine on the hydrogeology and groundwater regime within the core zone and 10 km buffer zone including long–term modelling studies on. Details of rainwater harvesting and measures for recharge of groundwater should be reflected in case there us a declining trend of groundwater availability and/or if the area falls within dark/grey zone.

(xx)    Impact of blasting, noise and vibrations.            

(xxi)    Impacts of mining on the AAQ, predictive modelling using the ISCST-3 (Revised) or latest model.

(xxii)   Impacts of mineral transportation – within and outside the lease/project along with flow-chart indicating the specific areas generating fugitive emissions. Impacts of transportation, handling, transfer of mineral and waste on air quality, generation of effluents from workshop, management plan for maintenance of HEMM, machinery, equipment. Details of various facilities to be provided in terms of parking, rest areas, canteen, and effluents/pollution load from these activities.

(xxiii)   The Committee desired that the height of the ext. OB dump be reduced from 90m. Details of waste generation – OB, topsoil – as per the approved calendar programme, and their management shown in figures as well explanatory chapter with tables giving progressive development and mine closure plan, green belt development, backfilling programme and conceptual post mining land use. OB dump heights and terracing should based on slope stability studies with a max of 28o angle as the ultimate slope. Sections of dumps (ultimate) (both longitudinal and cross section) with relation to the adjacent area should be shown.

(xxiv)  Impact and management of wastes and issues of rehandling and backfilling and progressive mine closure and reclamation.

(xxv)   Flow chart of water balance. Treatment of effluents from workshop, township, domestic wastewater, mine water discharge, etc. Details of STP in colony and ETP in mine. Recycling of water to the max. possible extent.

(xxvi)  Occupational health issues. Baseline data on the health of the population in the impact zone and measures for occupational health and safety of the personnel and manpower for the mine.

(xxvii)  Disaster Management Plan.

(xxviii) Integrating in the Env. Management Plan with measures for minimising use of natural resources - water, land, energy, etc.

(xxix) Progressive Green belt and afforestation plan (both in text, figures as well as in tables prepared by MOEF).  and selection of species (local) for the afforestation/plantation programme based on original survey/landuse.

(xxx)   Conservation Plan for the endangered/endemic flora and fauna found in the study area and for safety of animals visiting/residing in the study area and also those using the study area as a migratory corridor.

(xxxi) The Committee also desired that the depth of the final water body be reduced. Final Mine Closure Plan, post mining land use and restoration of land/habitat to pre- mining. A Plan for the ecological restoration of the area post mining and for land use should be prepared with detailed cost provisions.

(xxxii) Including cost of EMP (capital and recurring) in the project cost and for progressive and final mine closure plan.

(xxxiii) Details of R&R.  Detailed project specific R&R Plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population (including tribals, SC/ST, BPL families)  found in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternate livelihood concerns/employment for the displaced people, civic and housing amenities being offered, etc and costs along with the schedule of the implementation of the R&R Plan.

(xxxiv) Public Hearing should cover the details of notices issued in the newspaper, proceedings/minutes of public hearing, the points raised by the general public and commitments made by the proponent should be presented in a tabular form. If the Public Hearing is in the regional language, an authenticated English Translation of the same should be provided.

(xxxv) In built mechanism of self-monitoring of compliance of environmental regulations.

(xxxvi)Status of any litigations/ court cases filed/pending on the project.

(xxxvii)Submission of sample test analysis of:

Characteristics of coal - this includes grade of coal and other characteristics – ash, S and heavy metals including levels of Hg, As, Pb, Cr etc.

(xxxviii)Copy of clearances/approvals – such as Forestry clearances, Mining Plan Approval, NOC from Flood and Irrigation Dept. (if req.), etc. wherever applicable.

 

The following general points should be noted:

(i)       All documents should be properly indexed, page numbered.

(ii)      Period/date of data collection should be clearly indicated.

(iii)     Authenticated English translation of all material provided in Regional languages.

(iv)     After the preparation of the draft EIA-EMP Report as per the aforesaid TOR, the proponent shall get the Public Hearing conducted as prescribed in the EIA Notification 2006 and take necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance under the provisions of the EIA Notification 2006.

(v)      The letter/application for EC should quote the MOEF file No. and also attach a copy of the letter prescribing the TOR.

(vi)     The copy of the letter received from the Ministry on the TOR prescribed for the project should be attached as an annexure to the final EIA-EMP Report.

(vii)    The final EIA-EMP report submitted to the Ministry must incorporate the issues in TOR and that raised in Public Hearing. The index of the final EIA-EMP report, must indicate the specific chapter and page no. of the EIA-EMP Report where the specific TOR prescribed by Ministry and the issue raised in the P.H. have been incorporated. Mining Questionnaire (posted on MOEF website) with all sections duly filled in shall also be submitted at the time of applying for EC.

(viii)    The aforesaid TOR has a validity of two years only.

 

The following additional points are also to be noted:

(i)       Grant of TOR does not necessarily mean grant of EC.

(ii)      Grant of TOR/EC to the present project does not necessarily mean grant of approvals in other regulations such as the Forest (Conservation) Act 1980 or the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

 

The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

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Annexure-1

 

 

PARTICIPATION OF 6th EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (THERMAL & COAL MINING) IN THE MEETING HELD ON 27th -28th SEPTEMBER 2010 ON COAL SECTOR PROJECTS

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1.       Shri V.P. Raja                                                                   Chairman

 

2.       Prof. C.R.Babu                                 ……                                         Member

 

3.       Shri T.K. Dhar                                                                   Member

 

4.       Shri J.L. Mehta                                                                  Member

 

5.       Shri S.Seshadri                                        ..                           Member

 

6.       Prof. Roonwal                                                                   Member

 

7.       Dr. Shiv Attri                                                                     Member

 

8.       Dr. T. Chandini                                                           Scientist F MOEF

 

9.       Dr. Rubab Jaffer                                                    Scientist B, MOEF

 

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Shri P.R. Mandal, Advisor, Ministry of Coal attended the meeting on both days.


Annexure-2

 

PARTICIPANTS OF 6th MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE (THERMAL & COAL MINING) HELD ON 27th -28th SEPTEMBER 2010 ON COAL MINING PROJECTS

 

              

1.             M/s Maharashtra State Mining Corp. Ltd.

                1.             Shri P.Y. thembare, GM (O), MSMC

                2.             Shri Ashok Mundhra, Gupta Coal (I) Ltd.,

                3.             Shri Naresh Nautiyal, Advisor, Gupta Coal (I) Ltd.,

                4.             Shri M.H. Wandhare, Gupta Coal (I) Ltd.

                5.             Shri P.K. Jha, RQP (Coal) Metal Ltd.

                6.             Shri N.K. Prasad, Hydrologist

                7.             Shri A. Subramanian, Env. Consultant

 

2.             M/s DCM Shriram Consolidated Ltd.

                1.             Shri K.S. Radhakrishna, DSCL

                2.             Dr. N.J. Singh, DSCL

                3.             Shri Sunil Dixit, Associated Dir., JM Environet (P) Ltd

                4.             Ms. Anuradha Chanl, JMEPL

                5.             Ms. Marisha Bhati, JMEPL

                6.             Shri R.L. Meena, JMEPL

                7.             Shri P.N. Bhargava, HCPL

                8.             Shri Rakesh Kumar Sharma, CMPDI (HQ)

 

3.         M/s Chaman Metallics Pvt. Ltd.

                1.             Shri Manish Agrawal, Director

                2.             Shri B.S. Sinha, Advisor

                3.             Shri N.K. Prasad, Hydrologist

                4.             Shri S. Agarwal, GM

                5.             Shri Vishal Nerijock

                6.             Shri S.N. Katiyar

                7.             Dr.P.K. Gandhi

                8.             Shri A.K. Jha

                9.             Shri S.Puranik

                10.          Shri R.Srivastava

 

4.             M/s Western Coalfields Ltd.

                1.             Shri Om Prakash

                2.             Shri S.K. Jagnania

                3.             Shri A.C. Ray

                4.             Shri P.A. Chougule

                5.             Shri K.C. Varty

                6.             Shri A.D. Sgukar

 

5.             M/s Birla Corporation Ltd.

                1.             Shri S.S. Dang, VP, Coal Mining

                2.             Shri B.D. Sharma, MINMEC

                3.             Ms. Marisha Sharma, MINMEC

 

 

6.             M/s Jaiprakash Associates Ltd.

                1.             Shri J.Roy

                2.             Shri M.N. Jha, Advisor

                3.             Shri Shripal Jafn, Consultant

                4.             Shri P.K. Goel, Sr. VP, Jaypee

                5.             Shri R.L. Bhatia, JMEPL

                6.             Shri V.S. Bajaj, President

                7.             Shri Jitendra Yadav, JMPEL

 

7.             M/s NMDC Ltd.

                1.             Shri Kesava Kumar

                2.             Shri Raghava Reddy

                3.             Dr. B. Chkaradhar, Ramky

                4.             Shri M. Jaipal Reddy, AGM Environment, Hydb

                5.             Shri Som Nath Acharia, Dy. Mgr., NMDC

                6.             Shri B.D. Sharma, MINMEC

               

8.             M/s South Eastern Coalfields Ltd.

                1.             Shri Gopal Singh, Dir (T)

2.             Shri M. Bhattacharya, GM (Env.)

                3.             Shri S.C. Shankar, Sr.Manager, Env.

                4.             Shri S.Singh, Sr. M., Env

                5.             Shri R.N. Biswas, CMPDI

                6.             Shri DVS Rao, Hydrologist

                7.             Shri S.N. Haldar, Dy. CE

                8.             Shri T. D. Guin, SE

               

9.             M/s Mahuagrhi Coal Company Pvt. Ltd.

                1.             Shri A.K. Srivastava, Director

                2.             Shri Harshad Pophali, GM (M)
3.             Shri Kamlesh Rai, GM (G)
4.             Shri T.K. Natta, Advisor (Mines),

                5.             Shri Gurddep Jalli

 

10.          M/s Bharat Coking Coal Ltd.

                1.             Dr. E V R Raju, Sr. Manager

                2.             Shri Ravi Ranjan, Sr. Manager

                3.             Shri V.K. Singh, Reg. Diretcor, CMPDI

                4.             Shri V.K. Pandey, Manger (Env.)

 

11.          M/s Singareni Collieries Company Ltd.

                1.             Shri D L R Prasad

                2.             Shri Sarat Kumar, SE (Env.)

                3.             Shri S. Srinivasa Rao, SHG

                4.             Dr. Durga Vara Prasad, Supdt.

 

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