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

 

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 7TH MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

 

The 7th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on September 28 - 30, 2010.  The list of participants is annexed. 

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

 

Item No. 1:

 

1.1           Confirmation of the minutes of the 6th Meeting.

The minutes of the 6th meeting were confirmed as circulated. 

 

1.2          Follow up action on the recommendations of EAC:

          The Member Secretary informed the Committee that while action is being taken to process the cases for issues of TORs and grant of environmental clearance as per the recommendations of EAC, however, in respect of the projects which are located in the core zone of Elephant Reserve and recommended by the EAC, such cases were referred to the Wildlife Division / IGF and Director (Project Elephant) who have made certain observations which are yet to be resolved and addressed.  Till such time, these cases namely; the four projects of SAIL (Chiriya Mine Lease), the proposal of M/s Rameshwara Jute etc. are being closed and delisted from the pending list.  The Committee took note of the same and observed that matter may be resolved early for taking a final view in the matter.          

 

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

 

2.1          Thimmappanagudi Iron Ore Mine of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd at Thimmappanagudi Village, Sandur Taluk, District Bellary, Karnataka (Reconsideration Case)

 

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

 

2.2          Janekunta Iron Ore Mine of M/s Sri V. Venkateshulu, Village Janekunta, District Bellary, Karnataka (Consultant: M/s Transit Surveys, Bellary)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.01 million TPA to 1.02 million TPA.  It is a violation case.  The additional TORs for this project were prescribed on 14th May, 2008.  The public hearing has been held on 7.4.2010.  The mine lease area is 56.739 ha, which is reported to be wasteland.  No forestland is involved in the project.  The earlier EC for 0.01 million TPA capacity was granted on 5.3.2001.  The mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 13 years.  The water requirement is estimated as 214 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater.  The groundwater table is reported to vary between 500 m AMSL – 550 m AMSL. The ultimate working depth will be up to 800 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  It has been reported that at the conceptual stage, an area of 9.8 ha will be used for dumping of waste.  It was also reported that the mineral storage and mine infrastructure will be located outside the mine lease; however, no details in this regard such as location, extent of land requirement etc. were furnished. 

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

(i)                Details of the area outside the mine lease (the extent of land required, its distance from mine lease, existing land usage, its ownership etc.) to be used for infrastructure and mineral storage should be given. 

(ii)              A report on the status of compliance of the earlier EC conditions should be furnished. 

(iii)            Year-wise production from 1994 onwards should be given.

(iv)            A note on the method used to arrive at the mineral reserves may be given.  This aspect may be re-examined and details furnished.  The life of the mine may also be re-checked based on the mineral reserves. 

(v)              It is observed that the mine bench starts from the mine lease boundary which is not permitted.  This aspect may be looked into and the correct information in this regard may be provided.  If need be, the mine plan may also be got modified accordingly and submitted. 

(vi)            The ambient air quality data was observed to be older than three years.  Further, it was also observed that there is no monitoring station in the pre-dominant downwind direction and within 500 m of the mine lease.  Keeping all these in view, at least one month AAQ data may be generated afresh and submitted.  The data so generated should be compared with the earlier data. 

(vii)          Information relating to charge per delay should be furnished. 

(viii)        As per the approved mine plan, the area for waste dump is 7.2 ha; however, as per the presentation, the area for waste dump is 9.8 ha.  The height of the waste dump is also not in conformity with the approved mine plan.  The data may be reconciled and furnished.  Wherever necessary, modification in mine plan, as may be required, should be made and got approved and submitted. 

(ix)            A copy of the commitment obtained from the Competent Authority regarding drawal of requisite quantity of water should be furnished. 

(x)              Details regarding size and capacity of the settling pond and frequency of its desilting should be given. 

(xi)            Authenticated list of flora and fauna should be furnished. 

(xii)          Details of occupational health survey should inter-alia, include hazards identification, ranking of the hazards and their mitigation / remedy.

(xiii)        English translation of written representation received should be provided. 

(xiv)        An action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing along with time frame and financial allocation should be furnished. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 15th November, 2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in December, 2010.  

 

2.3          Baranda Laterite Mine of M/s Jaiprakash, Associated, located at Village Baranda, District Kachchh, Gujarat (Consultant: Min Mec Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 36,000 TPA of Limestone for their captive use in the cement plant.  The mine lease area is 400 ha.  No forestland is involved.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 25th June, 2008.  Public hearing has been held on 23.2.2010.  The life of the mine is 300 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 24 mRL.  Water requirement is 30 kld, which will be met from their existing desalination plant at a distance of about 20 km.  Mine working will be manual without involving drilling and blasting.  Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary is reported to be at a distance of 2.48 km.  Proponent has submitted a copy of the letter dated 20th September, 2010 from Chief Wildlife Warden along with a map showing the location of the mine with respect to the sanctuary.  The proponent have also submitted a copy of the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 18.4.2001 in the special leave to the appeal (civil) no. 13658/1996 in the matter of Consumer Education and Research Society Vs Union of India and others wherein, it has been directed as:

“These are applications by Gujarat Anjan Cement for necessary permission to allow them to have their activities.  Pursuance to the order of this Court, a supplementary report has been submitted by the expert committee, and expert committee has indicated that the proposed mining area is 2.5 km away from the old boundary of the Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary.  It has also indicated that even though the Sanghi Industry is within the old boundary area of Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary, the Anjan Cement is much beyond the old boundary.  Today, we have permitted the Sanghi Cement to start their activities.  In this view of the mater, we see no justification for refusing the prayer of Gujarat Anjan Cement subject to; however, getting necessary clearance from the environmental authorities as well as the forest authorities, and any other authority whose permission is needed under the law in question. We accordingly direct that the appropriate authorities may consider the application of Gujarat Anjan Cement and deal with the same in accordance with law”. 

 

In the context of the above order, it was also clarified by the proponent that the Gujarat Anjan Cement Ltd has been renamed as Jaypee Gujarat Cement Plant.  The Committee also observed that the above said order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court mentions about a distance of 2.5 km from the sanctuary whereas the distance of the mine lease as reported by the project proponent is 2.48 km.  In view of the same, the Committee desired that a clear distance of 2.5 km from the sanctuary shall be left un-worked in conformity with the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court.  The ultimate working depth will be 24 mRL.  The groundwater table during post monsoon is reported to be at 14 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The ambient air quality data as presented showed that the air quality is within prescribed limits.  An area of 16.5 ha will be covered under plantation during the lease period.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case pending against the project. 

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

(i)                No working shall be carried out in any part of the mine lease, which falls within 2.5 km of the sanctuary. 

(ii)              The plantation schedule shall be so worked out that the plantation towards the sanctuary side will be taken up forthwith in the first phase.

 

2.4          Kharai, Harudi, Jadva, Vaghapadhar Limestone Mines of M/s Jaiprakash Associates Ltd., located at Village Vayor, District Kutchh, Gujarat (Consultant: Min Mec Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 6.8 million TPA of Limestone for their captive use in the cement plant.  The mine lease area is 2831.61 ha spread over four blocks namely Kharai, Harudi, Jadva and Vaghapadhar.  No forestland is involved.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 5th February, 2008.  Public hearing has been held on 23.2.2010.  The life of the mine is 68 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 10.75 m bgl.  Water requirement is 204 kld, which will be met from their existing desalination plant.  Mine working will be mechanized using surface miners. No blasting is involved.  Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary is reported to be at a distance of 3 km.  Proponent has submitted a copy of the letter dated 20th September, 2010 from Chief Wildlife Warden along with a map showing the location of the mine with respect to the sanctuary.  The proponent has also submitted a copy of the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 18.4.2001 in the special leave to the appeal (civil) no. 13658/1996 in the matter of Consumer Education and Research Society Vs Union of India and others wherein, it has been directed as:

“These are applications by Gujarat Anjan Cement for necessary permission to allow them to have their activities.  Pursuance to the order of this Court, a supplementary report has been submitted by the expert committee, and expert committee has indicated that the proposed mining area is 2.5 km away from the old boundary of the Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary.  It has also indicated that even though the Sanghi Industry is within the old boundary area of Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary, the Anjan Cement is much beyond the old boundary.  Today, we have permitted the Sanghi Cement to start their activities.  In this view of the mater, we see no justification for refusing the prayer of Gujarat Anjan Cement subject to; however, getting necessary clearance from the environmental authorities as well as the forest authorities, and any other authority whose permission is needed under the law in question.  We accordingly direct that the appropriate authorities may consider the application of Gujarat Anjan Cement and deal with the same in accordance with law”. 

 

In the context of the above order, it was also clarified by the proponent that the Gujarat Anjan Cement Ltd has been renamed as Jaypee Gujarat Cement Plant.  The ultimate working depth will be 7.5 m bgl.  The groundwater table is reported to be at 14 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The ambient air quality data as presented showed that the air quality is within prescribed limits.  However, the noise level in the Kharai village were observed to be on a higher side.  Out of the total lease area, an area of 405.64 ha to be left undisturbed will be covered under plantation.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 2424.55 ha will be converted into water body.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case pending against the project. 

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

 

2.5          Rampara-Kukras-Bhetali-Anandpara Lime Stone Mine of M/s Ambuja Cement, located at Village Rampara, Tehsils - Veraval and Sutrapada, District Junagadh, Gujarat (Consultant:  Vimta Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 1.0 million TPA to 2.0 million TPA.  The earlier environment clearance for 1.0 million TPA was granted on 25.4.2005.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 25.6.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 5.2.2010.  The mine lease area is 310.329 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It was stated by the proponent that the limestone from this mine will be to meet their captive requirement of the cement plant.  It has been necessitated due to depletion of reserves in the existing mine.  The total production from all the mines put together will be limited to 6.5 million TPA.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized using surface miners.  Life of mine is 9 years.  Present working depth varies between 46.16 m AMSL – 61.3 m AMSL.  The ultimate working depth will vary between 33.25 m AMSL – 51.55 m AMSL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  However, it was stated by the proponent that the working will be scheduled in such a manner that working will always be carried out above water table without pumping of groundwater.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 21.58 ha will be covered under greenbelt and an area of 270.47 ha will be converted into pasture land / demo farm / plantation.  An area of 9.6 ha will be converted into water body.  The baseline ambient air quality was observed to be within prescribed limits.  The water requirement is estimated as 105 kld, which will be met from harvested rainwater and from the nearby villages.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered.  The Committee also took note of the legal notice received in the Ministry from Shri Nimish M. Kapadia, Advocate, Gujarat High Court against the project and felt that it would be appropriate to obtain the report of the Regional Office as already requested by the Ministry.  For the purpose, it was felt that the Regional Office may be requested to expedite their report.   

 

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

(i)                NOC from the concerned Panchyats regarding use of goucher land involved in the project for mining. 

(ii)              Scheme as to how the working will be restricted to above water table without resorting to pumping of groundwater. 

(iii)            Time series data of groundwater table as also the salinity levels. 

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

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 15th October, 2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in October, 2010.  

 

 

2.6          Jharbeda Limestone & Dolomite Mine of M/s G.S. Sharma & Others, village Jharbeda, District Sundargarh, Orissa (TOR)

 

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

 

It was observed that the proposal as submitted was for a different capacity of production, while during presentation, the production capacity was at a variance and no prior intimation was given in this regard. The Committee requested the proponent to submit their revised proposal. Consideration of the proposal in its present form was therefore deferred. 

 

 

2.7          Proposed Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s International Minerals Trading Company Pvt. Ltd., Village Matkambeda, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: S.S. Environics (India) Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

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

 

The proposal is for setting up of an iron ore beneficiation plant having a capacity of 1.8 million TPA throughput.  The land requirement for the project is estimated as 28.32 ha, which will be located in the Matkambeda Industrial Estate of IDCO, Orissa.  It was observed that the said industrial estate has not been subjected to environment clearance and hence the project would not qualify for exemption from public hearing, although it is to be located in industrial estate.  The low grade iron ore as raw material will be obtained from the dumps of nearby mines.  The water requirement for the plant as make up water is estimated as 61 m3/hr, which will be obtained from Karo river.  The power requirement is estimated as 6 – 7 MW, which will be obtained from NESCO. 

 

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

 

(i)                The alternate sites considered, the relative merits and demerits and the reasons for selecting the proposed site may be furnished.  In particular, the impacts of the mineral beneficiation activity on neighbouring units co-located/to be co-located in the Industrial Estate shall be anticipated and presented in the EIA. 

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

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

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

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

(vi)            Details of the solid waste to be generated and its management.  It may clearly be shown whether there will be any tailing pond as part of this project.  If so, adequacy of the tailing pond for the life of the beneficiation plant should be provided with supporting data and documentation.  Design and capacity of tailing pond to protect against overflow from the tailing pond during heavy rainfall.  The provision of lining, nature of lining with supporting permeability studies to be provided.  If no tailing pond is proposed, feasibility of waste disposal and its management should be given in detail. The related environmental issues associated with such technology should also be discussed in the EIA report.  Management of fines and mitigation measures to control these fines from getting airborne should also be discussed.

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

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

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

(x)              Location of the proposed plant w.r.t. the source of raw material and mode of transportations of the ore from mines to the beneficiation plant should be provided.

(xi)            Treatment process of run of mine ore and the fines/waste dump should be explained. 

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

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

(xiv)        Detailed material balance should be provided.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.8          Proposed Manganese Ore Mining of M/s S. Venkata Narayana Reddy, Village Hamlet of Diguvamedangi village, Saluru Mandal, Vizianagaram District, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: Vision Labs, Hyderabad)

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 5,400 TPA of manganese ore.  The mine lease area is 21.77 ha.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ project because of its location at a distance of 8.5 km from the inter-state boundary of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.  No forestland is involved.  Gomukhi Nadi is flowing at a distance of 1.2 km.  Mine working will be opencast manual.  Water requirement is 6 kld, which will be obtained from surface water. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

(v)              Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases and submitted.  The area for dumping of waste should be so selected that it is away from the river side. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

2.9          Proposed Silica Sand Mine of M/s Hanuman Minerals, Village Loddipalli Mandal Orvakal, District Kurnool, A.P. (Consultant: Global Enviro Labs, Hyderabad)

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 65,000 TPA of silica sand.  The mine lease area is 153.097 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be manual opencast involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate pit limit will be 4 m bgl.  Groundwater table is at 60 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 8.5 kld, which will be met from bore well.  No washing plant is proposed as part of this project. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.10   New Limestone Mine of M/s Bharathi Cement Corporation Ltd., Village Pandillapalli, Thurkapalli and T. Sadipiralla, Kamalapuram Mandal, District Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: Vimta Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 50,000 TPA of limestone for their captive use in the cement plant.  The mine lease area is 95.368 ha.  Mine working will be opencast manual using jack hammer.  The total limestone production from all the mines put together will be limited to 5.0 million TPA.  Water requirement is 74 kld, which will be met from mine sump and cement plant.  Ultimate working depth will be 50 m bgl.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

(iv)            Combined impact should be given including the cement plant and the existing mines taking into account the total capacity at which the plant would be working. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.11   New limestone Mine of M/s Bharathi Cement Corp. Ltd., Village T. Sunkesula & Tippalur, Yerraguntal Mandal, District Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh (Vimta Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 50,000 TPA of limestone for their captive use in the cement plant.  The mine lease area is 206.144 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual using jack hammer.  The total limestone production from all the mines put together will be limited to 5.0 million TPA.  Water requirement is 74 kld, which will be met from mine sump and cement plant.  Ultimate working depth will be 25 m bgl.   

 

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

 

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

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

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

(iv)            Combined impact should be given including the cement plant and the existing mines taking into account the total capacity at which the plant would be working. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.12          Narayanposhi Iron & Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Aryan Mining & Trading Co. Pvt. Ltd., located at Village Kashira & Koira, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: S.S. Environics (India) Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.6 million TPA to 3.0 million TPA and manganese ore from 0.0078 million TPA to 0.036 million TPA along with 1200 TPH crushing and screening plants.  It is a violation case.  The earlier environmental clearance was granted on 28.3.2007.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 22.12.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 26.2.2010.  The mine lease area is 349.254 ha, which includes 259.191 ha of forestland. Forestry clearance has been obtained for 244.327 ha and the remaining 14.864 ha will remain as safety zone.  No National Park / Sanctuary reported within the 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting. Ultimate working depth will be 546 m AMSL for iron ore and 541 m AMSL for manganese ore.  Water table during post monsoon is reported to vary between 532 mRL.  It is estimated that 45 lakhs m3 of waste will be generated during life of the mine.  Part backfilling is proposed.  There will be three external OB dumps covering an area of 12.06 ha spread at three locations; however, the waste to be generated after 2015-16 will be concurrently backfilled.  The external dumps will be rehabilitated and stabilized by plantation.  It was stated that local inhabitants settled in their own patta land, which is a part of mine lease and is a non mineral bearing area, they will continue to reside there and no R&R is envisaged.  The PM10 values were observed to be on a higher side for which the proponent has proposed to provide dry fog system and to have more frequent water sprinkling to control the particulate level.  Further, the OB dumps will covered with coir mats to reduce erosion.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 30.995 ha will be covered under greenbelt.  Besides, plantation will also be raised on the OB dumps covering an area of 12.06 ha.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case against the project. 

                  

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

 

 

2.13          Tunmara Limestone & Dolomite Mine of M/s Vijay Krishan Lall, located at District Sundargarh, Orissa (Consultant: Envomin Consultant (Pvt.) Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 0.016 million TPA to 0.144 million TPA and dolomite from 0.11 million TPA to 0.339 million TPA. It is a violation case, as the proponent has increased production without obtaining the requisite prior environmental clearance.  The mine lease area is 64.308 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The TOR for this project were prescribed on 4.9.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 9.4.2010.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 14 years.  The water requirement is 20 kld, which will be obtained from Nakti Jor Nallah.  The ultimate working depth will be 200 m AMSL.  The groundwater table is reported to be at 195 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The ambient air quality data presented showed the air quality levels within permissible limits.  It is estimated that 10,95,258 m3 of waste will be generated during the mine life, which will initially be dumped in the form of external OB dump covering an area of 2.75 ha and subsequently from the year 2017, it will be backfilled.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 46.54 ha will be covered under plantation and 1.252 ha will remain as undisturbed. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered. It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case against the project. 

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

 

 

 

 

2.14          Jharbeda Limestone & Dolomite Mine of M/s Vijay Krishan Lall, located at District Sundargarh, Orissa (EC) (Consultant: Envomin Consultant (Pvt.) Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 0.021 million TPA to 0.13 million TPA and dolomite from 0.021 million TPA to 0.29 million TPA. It is a violation case, as the proponent has increased production without obtaining the requisite prior environmental clearance.  The mine lease area is 87.906 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The TOR for this project were prescribed on 25.11.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 8.4.2010.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 17 years.  The water requirement is 30 kld, which will be obtained from Nakti Jor Nallah.  The ultimate working depth will be 220 m AMSL.  The groundwater table is reported to be at 195 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The ambient air quality data presented showed the air quality levels within permissible limits.  It is estimated that 28,30.080 m3 of waste will be generated during the mine life, which will initially be dumped in the form of external OB dump covering an area of 4.75 ha and subsequently from the year 2017, it will be backfilled.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 70.23 ha will be covered under plantation and an area of 0.85 ha will remain in public use.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case against the project. 

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

 

2.15          Monazite Process Plant M/s Indian Rare Earths Ltd., Village Matikhalo, District Ganjam, Orissa (Consultant: Bhagawathi Anna Lab, Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for setting up of a monazite processing plant (MOPP) having a capacity of 10,000 TPA within the existing premises of Orissa Sands Complex.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 18.1.2010.  Public hearing was held on 28.5.2010.  The land requirement for the project is estimated as 13 ha, which is already available.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the project area.  It has been categorically stated by the proponent that no new activity relating to the project will be taken up in the CRZ area.  The existing slurry pipeline will be used.  The discharge will also be made through the existing pipeline.  Thus, no new pipeline will also be laid through the CRZ.  The total water requirement is estimated as 152.6 m3/hr, out of which 54 m3/hr will be obtained from OPHED and remaining from bore well.  Treated effluents will partly be reused.  The lead barium mixed cake, insoluble sand based, iron carbonate and calcium sulphate cake will be disposed in FRF lined RCC trenches, while ETP cake will be disposed in PVC bags in earthen trenches.  The baseline AAQ data showed that the levels are generally within prescribed limit; however, in the University area, the RSPM levels reported were on higher side.  The proponent have submitted a copy of the letter from Conservator of Forests (WL) dated 20.2.2009 informing that the scheme for conservation of Olive Ridley sea turtles at Rushikulya mouth funded by Indian Rare Earths Ltd. has been approved by Chief Wildlife Warden with a financial forecast of Rs 46 lakhs.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was categorically stated that no court case is pending against the project. 

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

(i)    No ash will be discharged or dumped in the CRZ area. 

 

 

2.16   Ran Bauxite Mine of M/s Orient Abrasive Ltd., Village Ran, Taluka Kalyanpur, District Jamnagar, Gujarat (Consultant: Kadam Environmental Consultants, Vadodra)

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 27,000 TPA of bauxite.  The mine lease area is 63.4164 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The mine is reported to have been worked earlier.  Life of the mine is 30 years.  Mine working will be opencast manual using jack hammer.  Blasting is involved.  Ultimate working depth will be 6 m bgl.  The groundwater table is reported to be at 12 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is estimated as 4.35 kld, which will be obtained from tankers.  Marine National Park is reported at a distance of 9 km from the mine lease.   

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xvi)        A detailed hydro-geological study showing the impact of the project on groundwater regime should be provided.  Impact on groundwater due to ingress of seawater, if any, may also be brought out. 

(xvii)      Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.17          Kiriburu-Meghahatuburu Iron Ore Mines along with mineral beneficiation plant of M/s SAIL, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: MECON Ltd., Ranchi)

 

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

 

As the said project is to be located in the West Singhbhum District, which is designated as severely polluted area, the Committee took note of the comments of the Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board vide reference no. 4234 dated 27.9.2010.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 10 million TPA to 16 million TPA.  The mine lease area is 2897.499 ha comprising of three areas by amalgamating three leases, which is a forestland.  It was stated that earlier the proponent had obtained TORs on 5.2.2009 for the un-amalgamated lease.  The earlier environmental clearance was granted for 10.0 million TPA in December, 2006.  Forestry clearance has been for 726.09 ha.  Koina river is reported to be at a distance of 3.5 km.  The capacity of mineral beneficiation plant will also be augmented to 16 million TPA (7.5 million TPA at Kiriburu and 8.5 million TPA at Meghataburu).  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  It is estimated that 8.882 million m3 of waste is already accumulated and 18.47 million m3 of waste will be generated during the remaining life.  The water requirement will be 40,500 m3/day.  The ore transportation from quarry to crushing plant will be by dumpers and subsequently to railway siding by covered conveyor.  The waste dumping in the form of external OB dump will cease by 2010-11 and concurrent backfilling will start from 2011-12.  The OB dumps will be stabilized and afforested.  Tailings will be pumped to the tailing pond.  An area of 40.93 ha has been earmarked for tailing pond.   

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xiii)        A detailed note on the processes involved in the project including mining and beneficiation plants along with the raw material to be used should be given. 

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    A detailed hydro-geological study showing the impact of the project on groundwater regime should be provided. 

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

(xx)          Measures to manage different sizes of waste from the feed ore shall be provided. 

(xxi)        Details of the solid waste to be generated and its management should be indicated. Adequacy of the tailing pond for the life of the beneficiation plant should be provided with supporting data and documentation.  Design and capacity of tailing pond should be such as to protect against overflow from the tailing pond during heavy rainfall.  The provision of lining, nature of lining with supporting permeability studies should be provided.  Management of fines and mitigation measures to control these fines from getting airborne, should also be discussed. 

(xxii)      Location of the proposed plant w.r.t. the source of raw material and mode of transportations of the ore from mines to the beneficiation plant should be given.

(xxiii)    Treatment of run off from the fines/waste dump should be provided, as also management of the fines going into the washings.

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

(xxv)      Detailed material balance should to be provided.  

(xxvi)    Source of raw material and its transportation and steps proposed to be taken to protect the ore from getting air borne, should be provided. 

(xxvii)  Management and disposal of tailings and closure plan of the tailing pond after the project is over, should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

         

2.18          Karampada Iron Ore Mine of M/s Misrilall Jain & Sons, Village Baraiburu District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (TOR)

 

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

 

As the said mine is to be located in West Singhbhum District, an identified severely polluted area, comments of Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board were obtained as per the procedure prescribed vide their reference no. 4235 dated 27.9.2010 and were considered.  It was observed that the average RSPM levels in the area were reported to be very high exceeding the prescribed limits, which were attributed to transportation, bed road conditions and impact of other operating mines in the area.  The run off from the mines area is also reported to affect the quality of Karo river.  Taking note of the observation / comments of State Pollution Control Board decided that it would be desirable to take remedial measures to improve the existing environmental scenario in the area before considering any further proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee declined to prescribe TORs till the environmental quality in the area is improved and reported, supported by actual monitored data. 

 

 

2.19          Rasuli Iron Ore Deposit of M/s Navbharat Fuse Co. Ltd., Village Rasuli, Taluka Bhanupratappur, District Kanker, Chhattisgarh (Consultant: Bhagwathi Anna Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.444 million TPA of iron ore for their captive use in the sponge iron plant.  The mine lease area is 220 ha, which is a forestland.  Saindri nadi is reported to be at a distance of 3.5 km.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 12 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 380 m AMSL during plan period.  Groundwater table is at 180 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 45 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.20          Pandupani Quartz & Quartzite Mines of M/s Sri Lalit Kumar Dash, Village Pandupani, Taluka Bamanghaty, District Mayurbhanj, Orissa  (Consultant: Centre for Envotech and Management Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar)

 

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

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fall due in April 2003 for production of 36,000 TPA of quartz and quartzite.  It is a violation case, as the mine is operating without any environmental clearance.  The mine lease area is 12.95 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as category ‘A’ because of its location within 10 km of the inter-state boundary of Orissa and Jharkhand.  Life of the mine is 15 years.  Mine working will be opencast manual.  Water requirement is 10 kld. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xv)          Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project including the details of rainwater harvesting proposed should be given.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxvi)    Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.  Details of the people who have worked in the mine for 5 years or more and their health status should be given.  It should also include those workers who have left the company. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.21          Kalavapalli Quartz Mine of M/s UBR Minerals, Village Kalavapalli, Racherla Mandal, District Prakasam, A.P. (Consultant: Bhagawathi Anna labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.2 million TPA of quartz.  The mine lease area is 181.607 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 78 m AMSL.  Groundwater table is at 46 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 22.5 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.22          Nandana Bauxite Mine of M/s Orient Abrasives Ltd., Village Nandana, Taluka-Kalyanpur, District Jamnagar, Gujarat (Consultant: Kadam Environmental Consultants, Vadodara)

 

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

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due since June, 2000 and enhancement of production from 30,500 to 1,28,385 TPA.  It is a violation case as the proponent has increase production without prior environmental clearance.  The mine lease area is 50.83 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Life of the mine is 24 years.  Mine working will be opencast manual using jack hammer and involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 6 m bgl.  The groundwater table is reported at 12 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 6.9 kld, which will be obtained from tankers and from the water stored in pits. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.23          Umpavalley Limestone Mines of M/s The Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd., Nandapur Sub-Division, District Koraput, Orissa (TOR)

 

          This was a duplicate proposal already considered in July, 2010 meeting and listed inadvertently and hence was not considered. 

 

 

2.24          Harwar Soapstone Mine of M/s Rose Marbles Limited, Village Harwar, District Dungarpur, Rajasthan (Consultant: Udaipur Mintech Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on May 24-26, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  The proponent have submitted a copy of the letter dated 1.6.2010 from Assistant Mining Engineer, Dungarpur, Govt. of Rajasthan confirming that the said mine is located in Dungarpur District.  The revised Questionnaire as well as other clarifications sought by the Committee were also provided. 

    

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

 

2.25 Lalpur Limestone Mine of M/s Shri Marutaye Balaji Steels Ltd. located at village Lalpur, District Satna, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: Bhagawathi Anna Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on July 26-28, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was stated by the proponent that the ultimate working depth will be 9 m below the surface level within mine lease area (305 – 312 m AMSL).  The site elevation varies between 314 – 321 m AMSL.  The groundwater table during monsoon season varies between 303 – 310 m AMSL.  Based on the hydro-geological study, it has been shown that the stage of groundwater development is 55%.  Forty three families will be affected due to the project.  The total cost of R&R package is 666 lakhs.  The water accumulated in excess of mine requirement shall be diverted to the lower level natural flow paths to reach the farmers and into the check dam after de-silting in gully plugs.  About 85% of the required water will either be sourced from harvested rainwater or from domestic recycled water.  About 4,92,482 m3 of total waste will be generated during the mine life.  The mine waste will be backfilled in the mined out pit.  Backfilling will start from first year and there will be no dump at the end of the mine life.  The issue relating to public health and hygiene was also clarified.  It was also categorically stated that the litigation refer to has no bearing to the lease and its operation by the lessee. 

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

(i)                The community health survey should also include the population within one km in the buffer zone and should not be confined to man folk only. 

 

 

 

2.26 Bathia Kala Limestone Mine of M/s Marutaya Balaji Steels Ltd. located at village Bathia Kala, District Satna, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: Bhagawathi Anna Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on July 26-28, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was stated by the proponent that the ultimate working depth will be 11 m below the surface level within mine lease area (303 – 308 m AMSL).  The site elevation varies between 314 – 319 m AMSL.  The groundwater table during monsoon season varies between 307 – 312 m AMSL.  Based on the hydro-geological study, it has been shown that the stage of groundwater development is 55%.  Ninety seven families will be affected due to the project.  The total cost of R&R package is 1078.25 lakhs.  The water accumulated in excess of mine requirement shall be diverted to the lower level natural flow paths to reach the farmers and into the check dam after de-silting in gully plugs.  About 85% of the required water will either be sourced from harvested rainwater or from domestic recycled water.  About 14,45,663 m3 of total waste will be generated during the mine life.  The mine waste will be backfilled in the mined out pit.  The mine waste is proposed for cumulative backfilling in the excavated and exhausted quarry towards the southern side of mine lease.  The issue relating to public health and hygiene was also clarified.  It was also categorically stated that the litigation refer to has no bearing to the lease and its operation by the lessee. 

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

(i)                Mitigation measures shall be provided to compensate the water problem of the villagers on the upside of the dip. 

 

2.27 Kaima Kothar Limestone Mine of M/s Mrutaye Balaji Steels Ltd. located at village Kaima Kothar, District Satna, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: Bhagawathi Anna Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on July 26-28, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was stated by the proponent that the ultimate working depth will be 8 m below the surface level within mine lease area (309.5 – 314.5 m AMSL).  The site elevation varies between 317.5 – 322.5 m AMSL.  The groundwater table during monsoon season varies between 306.5 – 311.5 m AMSL.  Based on the hydro-geological study, it has been shown that the stage of groundwater development is 55%.  Forty six huts comprising 6 schedule caste 8 schedule tribe and 32 general category families will be rehabilitated.  In addition, 48 families will be affected due to their land acquisition.  The total cost of R&R / compensation package is 1368.85 lakhs.  The water accumulated in excess of mine requirement shall be diverted to the lower level natural flow paths to reach the farmers and into the check dam after de-silting in gully plugs.  About 85% of the required water will either be sourced from harvested rainwater or from domestic recycled water.  About 9,37,923 m3 of total waste will be generated during the mine life, which will be simultaneously backfilled in excavated and exhausted quarry.  The issue relating to public health and hygiene was also clarified.  It was also categorically stated that the litigation refer to has no bearing to the lease and its operation by the lessee. 

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

(i)                Mitigation measures shall be provided to compensate the water problem of the villagers on the upside of the dip. 

 

2.28 Mohra Limestone Mine of M/s Rungta Mines Ltd., Village Mohra, District Raipur, Chhattisgarh (Consultant: Min Mec Consultancy Pvt. Ltd, Delhi)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 1.5 million TPA of limestone for use in their cement plant.  The TOR for this project were granted on 23.3.2009.  Public hearing was held on 7.5.2010.  It was noted that the limestone so produced will be for their captive use in the proposed cement plant to be located at 3 km from the mine lease for which application for environmental clearance has not yet been made.  The Committee observed that ideally they should have submitted an integrated proposal; however, since it has not been done and was not asked to do so at the stage of TOR, it may be appropriate that while preparing the EIA/EMP doing the EIA for the cement plant, an integrated EIA/EMP report may be prepared incorporating the impacts of the cement plant as well as the mine. The proponent committed to do so. 

Since, the project is located in Chhattisgarh, which is identified as severely polluted area, comments of Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board vide their letter dated no. 2983/TS/CECB/2010 dated 26.8.2010 were taken note of and considered.  It was noted that the said mine is located at a distance of about 35 km from the industrial clusters of Urla, Siltara and Borjhara area of Raipur.  Therefore, these industrial clusters do not seem to have any significant impact on the mining area.  The mine lease area is 391.726 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Life of the mine is 21 years.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Water requirement is 90 kld, which will be obtained from mine water.  It was stated that there will be no diversion of Tengua nallah.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Forty one houses comprising of 69 families would need to be rehabilitated besides there will be 397 land affected people.  It is estimated that 9.66 million tonnes of OB will be generated during the mine life for which 1.8 ha area has been earmarked for dumping.  Backfilling is also proposed which will start after 2nd year.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 83.79 ha will be covered under plantation.  An area of 81.44 ha will be converted into water body. The baseline ambient air quality data showed that the air quality is within permissible limit.  The ultimate working depth will be 251.5 mRL.  The groundwater table during post monsoon is 270 mRL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  It was reported that the radius of influence will be 2586 m due to pumping of groundwater.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed.  It was categorically stated that there is no court case against the project. 

 

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

(i)                The dump yard location should be shifted away from the nallah and details furnished. 

(ii)              Since, backfilling is proposed to start from 2nd year, it may be examined whether re-handling of OB from the OB dump could also be undertaken.  Details in this regard may be provided. 

(iii)            The development of greenbelt should be completed within 5 years.  Details in this regard may be provided. 

(iv)            The hydro-geological study, based on which the radius of influence has been worked out as 2.5 km, should be rechecked and details furnished. 

(v)              The water requirement for the mine and the linked cement plant should be integrated and total quantity required should be worked out and details furnished. The water balance, taking into account the total available water (seepage + downpour) and the total water requirement should be provided.  The management of excess water should also be given.  It may clearly be shown where will the excess water go and what will be its impact taking into account the drainage pattern of the area. 

(vi)            The information in the Questionnaire should also be reconciled and furnished. 

(vii)          Assessment of occupational health impact should be provided. 

(viii)        List of flora as given shows natural plantation dominated by large trees while the pictures shown during presentation shows barren land.  This needs clarification and reconciliation. 

(ix)            A vegetation map along with flora should be provided. 

(x)              Action plan to address issues raised during public hearing should be provided. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30.12.2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in January, 2011.  

 

2.29 Manganese Ore Mining of M/s Aditya Minerals Pvt. Ltd., District Adilabad, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: Team Labs and Consultants, Hyderabad)

 

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

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease for production of 13,000 TPA of manganese ore.  The mine lease area is 89.01 ha.  The mine lease area is reported to be located at a distance of 3 km from inter-state boundary of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast with cut and fill method.  Ultimate working depth will be 5.5 m bgl.  Groundwater table is at 50 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Life of mine is 12 years. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xxvii)  Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard including manganese poisoning should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.  Health report of the workers who have worked for 5 years or more should be given including those workers who have left the company. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.30          Tantra Iron Ore Mining Project and Beneficiation Plant of M/s Korp Resources Pvt. Ltd., Village Tantra, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: Sun Consultancy And Services, Bhubaneswar)

 

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

 

The proposal is for enhancement of iron ore from 1,20,000 TPA to 2,40,000 TPA along with a beneficiation plant of 1.0 million TPA throughput capacity.  Earlier, clearance was granted for 1,20,000 TPA on 4th June, 2009.  The mine lease area is 72.56 ha, which includes 72.41 ha of forestland.  Forestry clearance has been obtained for 69.041 ha.  The mine working will be semi-mechanised opencast.  Life of the mine is 25 years.  Make up water requirement is 85 m3/hr, which will be obtained from Karo river. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(xiii)        A detailed note on the processes involved in the project including mining and beneficiation plants along with the raw material to be used should be given. 

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

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

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

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

(xviii)    A detailed hydro-geological study showing the impact of the project on groundwater regime should be provided. 

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

(xx)          Measures to manage the ore size waste from the feed ore shall be provided. 

(xxi)        Details of the solid waste to be generated and its management.   Adequacy of the tailing pond for the life of the beneficiation plant should be provided with supporting data and documentation.  Design and capacity of tailing pond to protect against overflow from the tailing pond during heavy rainfall.  The provision of lining, nature of lining with supporting permeability studies to be provided.  Management of fines and mitigation measures to control these fines from getting airborne should also be discussed.  If no tailing pond is proposed, feasibility of waste disposal and its management should be given in detail.  The related environmental issues associated with such technology should also be discussed in the EIA report.  Management of fines and mitigation measures to control these fines from getting airborne should also be discussed. 

(xxii)      Location of the proposed plant w.r.t. the source of raw material and mode of transportations of the ore from mines to the beneficiation plant should be given.

(xxiii)    Treatment of run of from the fines/waste dump should be provided. 

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

(xxv)      Details of the equipment, settling pond etc to be provided. 

(xxvi)    Detailed material balance to be provided.  

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

(xxviii)Management and disposal of tailings and closure plan of the tailing pond after the project is over should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

2.31          Mining Project of M/s Oriental Talc Products Pvt. Ltd., Village Rampura, District Sikar, Rajasthan (EC)

 

          The proponent informed the Committee that their consultant has since changed, they are in the process of finalizing a new consultant and hence requested the Committee to defer its consideration for three months.  The Committee agreed to the request and decided that since the proponent has been seeking repeated deferments in this case, the file may be closed and may be reopened on receipt of specific written request from the proponent in this regard. 

 

 

2.32          Banore Soapstone Mine of M/s Industrial Mineral Suppliers, Udaipur, Rajasthan (TOR)

 

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred to the next meeting at the request of the proponent. 

 

 

2.33          Proposed Expansion of Aditya Limestone Mine at villages Sawa, Sindaudi etc., District Chittorgarh, Rajasthan of M/s Aditya Cement (A unit of Grasim Industries Ltd.)  (Consultant: J.M Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 6.6 million TPA to 10 million TPA for captive use.  Earlier, environmental clearance was obtained on 17.5.2007.  The mine lease area is 760.692 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized.  Ultimate working depth will be 390 mRL.  Groundwater table is at 405 mRL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  Life of the mine is 27 years.  It is estimated that 47.18 million m3 of waste will be generated during mine life. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

(vi)            While working out the impacts, location of cement plant and other activities within the impact zone should be taken into consideration and a comprehensive picture should be presented. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.34          Panchpatmali Bauxite Mining Lease (South Block) of M/s NALCO, Damanjodi, District Koraput, Orissa (Consultant: Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mining lease for production of 3.15 million TPA of bauxite from the mine lease which will be worked from 2019-2020.  Till then, it will be used for provide infrastructure in terms of conveyor corridor and approach road to the adjoining mine (northern and central block of Panchpatmali Bauxite Deposit).  The TORs for this project were prescribed on 28.4.2010.  Public hearing was held on 11.8.2010.  The mine lease area will be 528.262 ha, which includes 189.552 ha of forestland.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. Detailed biological study has reportedly been carried out, but the Report thereon is yet to be submitted. The OB generated will be backfilled in the mined out area.  There will be no external OB dump.  Mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 20 years.  The water requirement is estimated as 1,000 m3/day, which will be obtained from Jhulaguda.  The bauxite will be transported to the Alumina Refinery by cable belt conveyor.  It was categorically stated that there is no litigation against the project.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered.  It was observed that the baseline AAQ data as presented lacked clarity.  The date-wise data collected was also not furnished.  The other documents inter-alia; filled in Questionnaire and copy of the mine plan were also not furnished, although a copy of the mine plan was made available during the meeting.  

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

(i)                The baseline air quality data (date-wise) should be furnished along with its statistical analysis and comparison with notified AAQ standards. 

(ii)              A copy of the filled in Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects should be furnished.

(iii)            Details of rainwater harvesting proposed in the project to be furnished.   

(iv)            Occupational background study and health analysis should be provided. 

(v)              Details of waste generation and its management with quantification taking into account the life of the mine should be provided.  Schedule of backfilling should also be furnished. 

(vi)            Action Plan to address the issues raised during public hearing along with time schedule and financial allocation should be provided. 

(vii)          The out come of and proposed Action Plan on the detailed biological study carried out should be furnished as already specified in the TOR no. (xii). 

(viii)        The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan (in the prescribed format) as per TOR no. (xxvi) should be furnished. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 10th October, 2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its next meeting to be held in October, 2010.  

 

 

2.35       Minor Mineral Project of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Raipur Araian, District Jalandhar, Punjab (17.98 ha)  (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi)

 

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

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

 

The proposal is for extraction of 4,85,460 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Sutluj, village Raipur Araian, District Jalandhar.  The mine lease area is 17.98 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.36   Sand Mining Project of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, village Kanon, Tehsil Nawanshahar, District Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab (6.94 ha) (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi )

 

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

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

 

The proposal is for extraction of 2,08,200 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Sutluj, village Kanon, District Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar.  The mine lease area is 6.94 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.   Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Next Meeting:

 

It was decided that the next meeting will be held on October 20 - 22, 2010. 

 

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

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Annexure

List of Participants

 

1.                 Shri Mukunda Shenoy Nagar      -     Chairman

2.       Dr. S. Subramaniyan      -     Member

3.       Dr. Rajesh Srivastava     -     Member

4.       Dr. Tushar Kant Joshi      -     Member

5.       Shri Mihir Moitra     -     Member

6.       Shri K.S. Anandan     -     Member

7.       Shri Sunil Peshin     -     Member

8.       Shri S.B.S. Chauhan     -     Member

9.     Prof. C.K. Varshney     -     Member

10.     Shri Vinay Mahajan     -     Member

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

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

13.     Shri Om Prakash,     -    Dy. Director

14.     Representative of M/s Sri V. Venkateshulu

15.     Representative of M/s Jaiprakash Associated

16.     Representative of M/s Ambuja Cement

17.     Representative of M/s G.S. Sharma & Others

18.     Representative of M/s International Minerals Trading Company Pvt. Ltd

19.     Representative of M/s S. Venkata Narayana Reddy

    20.    Representative of M/s Hanuman Minerals

21.     Representative of M/s Bharathi Cement Corp. Ltd.

22.     Representative of M/s Aryan Mining & Trading Co. Pvt. Ltd

23.     Representative of M/s Vijay Krishan Lall

24.     Representative of M/s Indian Rare Earths Ltd.

25.     Representative of M/s Orient Abrasive Ltd.

26.     Representative of M/s SAIL

27.     Representative of M/s Misrilall Jain & Sons

28.     Representative of M/s Navbharat Fuse Co. Ltd.

29.     Representative of M/s Sri Lalit Kumar Dash

30.     Representative of M/s UBR Minerals

31.     Representative of M/s Orient Abrasives Ltd.

32.     Representative of M/s Rose Marbles Limited

33.     Representative of M/s Shri Marutaye Balaji Steels Ltd.

34.     Representative of M/s Rungta Mines Ltd.

35.     Representative of M/s Aditya Minerals Pvt. Ltd.

36.     Representative of M/s Korp Resources Pvt. Ltd.

37.     Representative of M/s Aditya Cement

38.     Representative of M/s NALCO

39.     Representative of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce

 

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