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

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 20TH MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

The 20th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Appraisal of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on October 19-21, 2011.  The list of participants is annexed. 

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

Item No. 1:

1.1     Confirmation of the minutes of the 19th Meeting.

The minutes of the 19th meeting were confirmed as circulated.

 

2.1     Enhancement of Ore Processing / Beneficiation capacity including pelletization in Rahjhara Hill of M/s SAIL, located at District Durg, Chhattisgarh (Consultant: NEERI, Nagpur) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for enhancement of ore processing / beneficiation capacity of iron ore from 9.55 million TPA to 14.0 million TPA through wet processing.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 13.1.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 5.5.2011. The beneficiation plant will be located within the existing mine lease in Rahjhara Hill. The total lease area is 719.60 ha, which includes 283.60 ha of forestland. The enhancement of capacity of ore beneficiation is proposed to be achieved by installing new beneficiation plant in Jhardandalli Mines in Rahjhara Hill. It was also stated that the proposed beneficiation plant will receive iron ore from Raoghat mine located at a distance of about 95 km, besides the iron ore from Rahjhara Hill lease consisting of Dalli and Jhardandalli mines.

It was observed during the presentation that the proposal of beneficiation plant involves setting up of a pelletization unit as well. It was further observed that neither the TORs prescribed by MoEF nor the public hearing report has made any specific reference to pelletization. It was also reported that the said mine and beneficiation plant has not been subjected to any environmental clearance in the past. It was observed that the EIA report for the project has been prepared based on data collected during January, 2010 – March, 2010. The Committee therefore pointed out that the data contained in the EIA is not representative of a single season but inter mixing of season has taken place, which is not as per the normal practice of EIA. The land requirement for the project is 132.0 ha and does not involve any forestland. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)           Status of environmental clearance in respect of the mines which will feed the raw material to the beneficiation plant. A copy of the lease document may also be furnished.

(ii)          Copy of the approved mine plan incorporating the proposed beneficiation plant including the pelletization component.  

(iii)        It may also be clarified whether the proposed enhancement is by way of expansion of the existing plant or by setting up of a new beneficiation plant independent of the existing plant.

(iv)        Status of forestry clearance along with a copy of the forestry clearance, if obtained already.

(v)          The groundwater quality shows high levels of iron and manganese exceeding the prescribed limits. The reasons for the observed high levels of iron and manganese may be provided along with the steps proposed / taken for their mitigation.

(vi)        Details of water bodies both within mine lease as well as in the study area outside the mine lease should be given along with the likely adverse impacts, if any, on these water bodies due to the project. 

(vii)       It may categorically be got clarified from SPCB that the documents placed before the public contained the pelletization component.

(viii)      Land utilization for different components of the project should be indicated on a location map.

(ix)        Details of the process including pelletization should be given.

(x)          The baseline AAQ data should be given for one season without mixing of the seasons.

(xi)        It was observed from the data contained in the EIA report that the particulate level as well as the noise levels were high. The measures taken to control the same should be detailed along with supporting one month baseline AAQ data to show the effectiveness of the mitigation measures taken.

(xii)       The baseline data on biological component (flora and fauna) in the study area should be submitted. The primary raw data containing results obtained from quadrant method should also be furnished. The scientific names of flora and fauna should be rechecked and corrected data furnished.

(xiii)      Critical Wildlife habitat in the study area should be identified and plan for their conservation should be prepared and submitted.

(xiv)      The coordinates of the project area should be provided.

(xv)       Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

(xvi)      The material balance of the beneficiation plant should be given.

(xvii)    The location of the tailing pond (both existing and proposed, if any) should be given. Based on the soil permeability study, it may be shown whether lining of tailing pond is required. If so, details of the same should also be provided. 

(xviii)   Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing along with time frame and financial allocation should be provided.

It was decided that the proposal may be brought back before the EAC for its further consideration after the information as mentioned above has been submitted by the proponent.

 

2.2     Meghahatuburu Iron & Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Arcellor Mittal India Ltd., Village Meghahatuburu, Tehsil Noamundi, West Singhbhum District, Jharkhand (Consultant: Bhagavathi Anna Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meetings held on October 20-22, 2010 and April 25-27, 2011. The Committee took note of the letter dated 15.2.2011 from Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board, wherein it was reported that the particulate level have come down to 80.16 ug/m3 in the area and is within prescribed limits. The mine lease areas being the forestland, the proponent have already submitted their application for forestry clearance for diversion of 202.35 ha of forestland. Although, stage-I forestry clearance is yet to be obtained, the proposal was considered in view of the office memorandum dated 9.9.2011. It was also stated that no   elephant corridor is within 10 km of the mine lease. A map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden, Govt. of Jharkhand has been submitted in this regard.

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to their obtaining forestry and wildlife clearances.

 

2.3     Itarbaljori Iron Ore Mine of M/s Chandra Prakash Sarda, Village Itarbaljori, Tehsil Noamundi, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand  (Consultant: Shiva Test House, Patna) 

 

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 July, 2003. It is a violation case as the mine had been in operation after it fell due for renewal. Mine lease area is 57.466 ha, which includes 24.767 ha of forestland. The proponent has not yet submitted the proposal for diversion of forestland.  It was stated during the meeting that they proposed to surrender the forestland. Further, the comments of SPCB were also not available at this stage as the proposal falls in identified severely polluted area. The Committee, therefore, requested the proponent to first surrender the forestland and submit the revised proposal thereafter. In the meantime, comments of SPCB as required under the procedure prescribed by MoEF for projects to be located in severely polluted area should also be obtained. It was recommended that the proposal may be returned in its present form.

 

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

 

The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the proponent as the proponent informed that the consultancy firm engaged by them had since been closed and they have appointed a new consultant and the documents / reports are being revised and will be submitted afresh. The Committee, therefore, recommended that the proposal may be kept in abeyance and file on the subject may be closed.

 

2.5     Sandstone Mine project of M/s Roop Narain Pandey located at Village Atewa, Kalyani, Tehsil-Karauli, Rajasthan (Reconsideration Case)  

 

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

 

2.6     Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s J P Ferrous Ltd., Village Gobareswar, Po-Mohisara, District Jajpur, Orissa

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on September 21-23, 2011 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 and the proponent himself made the presentation.  It was stated by the proponent that the land requirement for the project is 14.16 ha. Make up water requirement is 36 m3/hr. No forestland is involved. The iron ore fines will be obtained from the mines of OMC and Rungta mines and will be transported by road. Filter press technology will be used and emergency slime pond will be provided in an area of 1.4 ha and will be located in the filter cake disposal area admeasuring 7.69 ha. The slime pond will be lined to avoid any leaching into groundwater. The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limit. The filter cake will be used in cement plant, briquetting plant and industrial land filling. The issues raised public were also considered and discussed. It was stated by the proponent that an amount of Rs 6.0 lakhs per year will be utilized for peripheral development. It was also stated by the proponent that no court case is pending against the project and no directions have been passed by any court of law.

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

 

2.7     Tikarpara Pyrophyllite & Quartzite Mines of M/s Banwarilall Newatia, Village Tikarpara & Ambadhara, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: Envowmin Consultant Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for production of 6,500 TPA of pyrophyllite and 4,000 TPA of quartzite. The mine lease area is 67.139 ha. No forestland is involved. It is a violation case as the mine started working in the year 2000 without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance. The mine is reported to be closed since March, 2008. The original lease was for an area of 112.4876 ha, which included 45.3486 ha of DLC forestland. The proponent has surrendered the forestland and retained 67.139 ha of non forestland. Thus the present proposal is only for the retained area of 67.139 ha. No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. A map duly authenticated by DFO cum Wildlife Warden, Keonjhar has been submitted in this regard. TOR for this project were prescribed on 5.2.2009.  Public hearing has been held on 10.3.2010. The water requirement for the project is estimated as 25 kld, which will be obtained from Machhakandana Nadi (23 kld) and for drinking 2 kld from groundwater. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting. Ultimate working depth will be 525 m AMSL. The groundwater table is reported to be at 503 m AMSL. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. It is estimated that 7,44,000 m3 of waste will be generated during the mine life, which will be dumped in an area of 9.5 ha. The height of the dump will be 30 m in three stages. The baseline AAQ data showed that the levels are within permissible limit. The proponent has also prepared a site specific wildlife conservation plan with a cost component of Rs 19.4 lakhs. Plantation will be raised in an area of 33.599 ha at the end of the mine life. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

 

2.8     Banrobar Bauxite Mine of M/s Leela Devi, Village Banrobar, District Lohardaga, Jharkhand (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Noida) 

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fell due in 2010 for production of 1,99,092 TPA of bauxite. It was stated during the presentation that Smt. Deepali Pandey and Smt. Punita Pandey are the present owners of the mine in their capacity as legal representatives of Late Smt. Leela Devi. However, in the absence of documents in support of their legal succession, the Committee deferred consideration of the project.

 

2.9     Mangrol Tilakhera Limestone Mining Project of M/s J.K. Cement Ltd. Located in village Mangrol, Tehsil Nimbahera, District Chitorgarh, Rajasthan (TOR)

 

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

The consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of report of compliance of the conditions stipulated in the earlier environment clearance.

 

2.10   New Umrangshu Limestone Mine of M/s Calcom Cement India Ltd., village New Umrangshu, Tehsil Umrangshu, District Dima Hasao, Assam  (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 renewal of mine lease, which will fall due in December, 2012 for production of 7.77 million TPA of limestone. It is a new mine for all practical purposes as it has not been worked yet. The mine lease area is 417.5 ha, which is a forestland. No National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Corridors are reported within 10 km of the mine lease. The proponent has already applied for forestry clearance. It was stated by the proponent that it is a joint sector project with the Govt. of Assam. It was stated that the lease has been transferred to Calcom Cement India Ltd. (CCIL) on 6.12.2009. To a query regarding the delay in submission for proposal for environmental clearance, it was clarified by the proponent that the delay was due to insurgency in the area and hence the proponent could not proceed with the working of the mine during the first lease period. It was stated by the proponent that the limestone from this mine will be used in captive split located cement plant at Umrangshu, Dima Hasao (North Cachar Hills) District, Pipullphkhuri, Lanka, District Nagaon, Assam. Life of the mine is 21 years. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Ultimate working depth will be 220 mRL. Groundwater table is reported at 200 mRL – 210 mRL. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. The water requirement for the project is 100 kld, which will be obtained from Amrang nallah and harvested rain water.  

 

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

 

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

2)           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. 

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

4)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

11)        High Resolution Satellite Imagery of the proposed area clearly showing the land use and other ecological features of the study area (core and buffer zone) should be furnished.

12)        A Certificate from the Competent Authority in the State Forest Department should be provided, confirming the involvement of forest land, if any, in the project area, or otherwise, based on land use classification (revenue record) as also in terms of the definition of forest as pronounced in the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the matter of T.N. Godavarman Vs. Union of India.  In the event of any claim to the contrary, by the project proponent, regarding the status of forests, the site may be inspected by the State Forest Department along with the Regional Office of the Ministry to ascertain the status of forests, based on which the Certificate in this regard as mentioned above be issued. In all such cases, it would be desirable for representative of the State Forest Department to assist the Expert Appraisal Committees.

13)        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) should be indicated.  A copy of the forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

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

15)        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. 

16)        The vegetation in the RF / PF area, with necessary details, should be given.    

17)        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. 

18)        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.

19)        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. 

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

21)        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. 

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

23)        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. The impact of other projects to be located / located in the impact zone should also be taken into account.

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

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

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

27)        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.

28)        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.

29)        Details of any stream seasonal or otherwise, passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any, and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

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

31)        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. 

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

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

34)        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.

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

36)        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.

37)        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.

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

39)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

40)        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. 

41)        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. 

42)        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. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.11   Collection of sand from river Yamuna of M/s Charan Singh & Others, village Subhanpur Bangar, Tehsil Baraut, District Baghpat, U.P. (TOR) (Consultant: Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Noida ) 

 

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 environmental clearance for renewal of mine lease for mining of 3.6 lakh TPA of sand from the bed of river Yamuna. It is a violation case as the mine started operation in September, 2006 (28.09.2006) without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance. The mine lease area is 16.01 ha. It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of its location within 10 km of the interstate boundary of U.P., Delhi and Haryana. Mine working will be manual and will be confined up to 3 mtr. depth and will be limited to above water table.

 

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

 

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

2)           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. 

3)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12)        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. 

13)        Detailed description of the vegetation in the RF / PF area should be given.   

14)        A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including on the elephant population. 

15)        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.  A location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden should be provided in this regard. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

16)        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 / amphibians especially fresh water turtles and other nesting sites, if any, in the riverine system shall be carried out.  Avian fauna should also be covered.  The biological value on either bank of the river should also be studied and given. 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 and close monitoring 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. 

17)        Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any, should be brought out. The impact of the project on the adjoining agricultural fields should also be assessed and the proposed mitigation measures should be given in detail.

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

19)        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. 

20)        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.

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

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

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

24)        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.

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

26)        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.

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

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

29)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

30)        Occupational health impact of the project should be anticipated and preventive measures built in.  Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

31)        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 dimension should be given.

32)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts should be prepared and furnished. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.

33)        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. 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.12   Kathpal Chromite Mine of M/s Ferro Alloys Corporation Ltd., village Kathpal, Taluka Kamakhyanagar, District Dhenkanal, Orissa   (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 renewal of mine lease, which fall due on 7.10.2010 and enhancement of production of chrome ore from 35,000 TPA to 44,000 TPA. The earlier environment clearance was granted in 1997. The mine working will be both opencast and underground. The mine lease area is 113.312 ha, which is a forestland. The proponent has submitted application for diversion of forestland. No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. Groundwater table is reported to vary from 7.6 m bgl - 15.5 m bgl. Water requirement for the projects is estimated as 66 kld, which will be met from bore well and mine discharge water. Compliance to the earlier EC conditions was also presented.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

5)        All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

10)     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.

11)     Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features should be indicated. The other mines in the surrounding area within 10 km of the mine lease should be shown.

12)     Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases and submitted. The old pits should also be shown on the map. Relative position of opencast and underground mining should be shown.  

13)     High Resolution Satellite Imagery of the proposed area clearly showing the land use and other ecological features of the study area (core and buffer zone).

14)     A Certificate from the Competent Authority in the State Forest Department confirming the involvement of forest land, if any in the project area, or otherwise, based on land use classification (revenue record) as also in terms of the definition of forest as pronounced in the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the matter of T.N. Godavarman Vs. Union of India.  In the event of any claim by the project proponent regarding the status of forests, the site may be inspected by the State Forest Department along with the Regional Office of the Ministry to ascertain the status of forests, based on which the Certificate in this regard as mentioned above be issued. In all such cases, it would be desirable for representative of the State Forest Department to assist the Expert Appraisal Committees.

15)     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 forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

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

17)     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. 

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

19)     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. 

20)     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.

21)     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. 

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

23)     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. 

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

25)     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.

26)     Issues relating to mine safety based on subsidence study should be detailed.  The proposed safeguard measure in this regard should also be provided.    

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

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

29)     Water quality index analysis should be carried out and results furnished.

30)     Location of all the drains and nallahs in the study area and the concentration of the Cr+6 upstream and downstream of the mine should also be given.

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

32)     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.

33)     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.

34)     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. 

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

36)     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. 

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

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

39)     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.

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

41)     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.

42)     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. 

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

44)     Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

45)     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. 

46)     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. 

47)     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. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

2.13   Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Prachi Mines located at village Adi and Dharivali, Taluka Mahasala & Shrivardhan, District Raigad, Maharashtra (EC)

 

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

 

2.14   Limestone Mine of M/s Krishna Mines located at Village Ramayanpatti, Taluka Tirunelveli, District Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu (Consultant: Environ Care India Pvt. Ltd., Madurai)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fell due in May, 2009. The mine lease area is 12.12 ha. It is a category ‘B’ project, however, it has been considered in MoEF as the SEIAA for Tamil Nadu is not in place. There was no clarity whether the said proposal has followed the procedure prescribed under EIA Notification for obtaining environmental clearance. The Committee desired to have information on the TORs prescribed for the project; however, no satisfactory reply could be given by the proponent in this regard. The proponent stated that they would come up with all the information in the next meeting. Accordingly, consideration of the proposal was deferred.

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30th October, 2011 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in November, 2011.  

 

2.15  Limestone Mining (ML No. 21/82) Project of M/s Lucky Minmat Ltd. (subsidiary of ACC Ltd), village Rampur-Ballupura, District Sikar, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fell due in 2003 and enhancement of production from 10,000 TPA to 2.56 million TPA. It is also proposed to install a crusher of 1,000 TPH capacity. The mine is reported to be closed presently since 17.5.2004. It is a violation case as the mine has operated after 2003, when it fell due for renewal. TOR for this project were prescribed on 29.9.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 29.11.2010. Mine lease area is 815.63 ha, which includes 43.0 ha of forestland. The forestry clearance was obtained up to August, 2009 and its further renewal is reported to be under progress. Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting. No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. The ultimate working depth will be 192 mRL (150 m bgl). Water requirement is 60 kld, which will be obtained from mine pit. It is estimated that 97 million tonnes of OB, inter burden / waste will be generated. At the end of the mine life an area of 13.82 ha will be used for waste dump. Partial backfilling is proposed which will commenced from 6th year. The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limits. The groundwater table is reported to be at 45 m bgl (297 mRL) during post monsoon. Mine working will intersect groundwater table. It was reported that the area falls under safe zone based on the groundwater recharge potential of the area. The proponent have prepared a conservation plan for peacock in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department. At the conceptual stage an area of 144.9 ha will be covered under plantation and an area of 42.2 ha will be developed as water body. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)           Location of the rivers should be shown on the surface plan and copy furnished.

(ii)          Land use map of the area should be provided.

(iii)        Confirmation from the State Govt. whether the said mine falls under Aravali and whether the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court are attracted in this case. The letter should be specific with coordinates of the mine mentioned therein.

(iv)        Information on charge per delay to be given.

(v)          The water quality results showed high values of TDS. The specific precautions to be taken in this regard should be given.

(vi)        Water quality data for upstream and downstream of the mine should be given.

(vii)       Primary data on flora and fauna should be provided. Based on the same, the conservation plan should be prepared. It should take into account, the den sites of Jackal and habitats of Peacock, Partridges and Owl.

(viii)      The isopleths should take into account the impact of crusher as well. 

(ix)        The hydro-geological study should be rechecked and confirmed whether the area falls in over exploited zone.

(x)          Information on mine discharge, competing users should be given and based \on the same, the overall impact on the hydrological regime should be presented.

(xi)        HFL of the river and distance of mining w.r.t. to the HFL should be given. It needs to be ensured that the operation of the mine is at least 3 mtr. above HFL.

(xii)       Location of the dumps w.r.t. to the river should be given. It may be ensured that the dumps are away from the river.

(xiii)      The details of the plan for diversion of nallah should be given.

(xiv)      Surface plan of the mine lease area should be given.

(xv)       A certificate from the Panchayat regarding use of grazing land for the project should be given.

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

(xvii)    Alternatives available for transportation and the proposed mode to be adopted with justification should be given.

(xviii)   Details of waste generation and its management for the life of the mine should be given.

(xix)      Year-wise production details clearly indicating whether there has been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force.

It was decided that the proposal will be brought back before the Committee after the requisite information as mentioned above has been submitted.

 

2.16  Banki Dolomite Mine of M/s Sri A.N. Patnaik, village - Banki, District Sundargarh, Orissa (Consultant: Envowmin Consultant Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar) 

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on September 21-23, 2011 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 discrepancy in the coordinates as given in the approved mine plan and that given during the presentation in last meeting was clarified by the proponent. It was stated that the coordinates given in the presentation is the actual position of the lease boundary. A land use map was also provided. The modified greenbelt development plan was given so as to complete the greenbelt within two years covering the total area of 2.445 ha. The other issues raised by the Committee were also discussed and clarified.

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

 

2.17  Manganese Ore Washing Plant of M/s Rajasthan Fasteners Pvt. Ltd., village Mallapur, Pochra Grampanchayat, Adilabad Mandal, District Andhra Pradesh (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 project report. 

The proposal is for setting up of a manganese ore washing plant having a capacity of 50 TPD. It has been considered as category ‘A’ project because of its location within 10 km of the interstate boundary of A.P. and Maharashtra. The land requirement for the project is estimated as 4.0 acres, out of which 1.4 acres will be covered under greenbelt. Low grade manganese ore will be obtained from Adilabad area as well as from their own mine. Water requirement is 58 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:-

 

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

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

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

4)           All corner coordinates of the project area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

8)           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. 

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

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

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

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

13)        The land requirement should be optimized and furnished. 

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

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

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

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

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

19)        Detailed material balance to be provided.  

20)        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. 

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

22)        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. 

23)        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.

24)        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. 

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

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

27)        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.

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

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

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

31)        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.

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

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

34)        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.

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

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

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

38)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation.

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

40)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts due to the project should be prepared and furnished. Safeguard measures proposed to be incorporated in the project to prevent manganese getting air borne during transportation and getting inhale should be given.

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

42)        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. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage, 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  Sukinda Chromite Mine of M/s Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd., District Jajpur, Orissa (Extension of clearance beyond 2012) (Consultant: Min Mec Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi) 

 

         The proposal was earlier granted environmental clearance on 18th June, 2008 for a period up to March, 2012. For mining beyond March, 2012, the proponent was required to submit a copy of approved mining pla/scheme incorporating the ultimate pit slope, height of the proposed dump and clearly showing availability of adequate space to accommodate the waste to be generated for the entire mine life latest by December, 2011. Accordingly, after receipt of the approved scheme of mining, the proposal was considered further. It was noted that the approved scheme of mining now submitted is for the period ending March, 2014. It was also noted that as per the approved mining scheme, the existing dump in an area of 54 ha has enough space to accommodate the OB to be generated up to March, 2014. The proponent have also proposed various alternatives to accommodate the waste to be generated up to the end of the mine life. However, the proponent have not firmed up their plan of Action. In the absence of a definitive plan in this regard, the Committee recommended the environment clearance already granted to be extended up to March, 2014. As and when the proponent is able to firm up their proposal for management of over burden / waste and reflect the same in the approved mine plan / mine scheme, the grant of environment clearance beyond March, 2014 will be taken up for consideration by the Expert Appraisal Committee. The compliance of the EC conditions were also presented and discussed during the meeting.

 

         The Committee recommended for extension of environment clearance up to March, 2014 based on the approved mining scheme submitted.

        

2.19  Rampura Agucha Lead and Zinc opencast and underground mine of M/s Hindustan Zinc Ltd., Rajasthan

 

         The proposal was earlier accorded clearance in December, 2009 subject to various conditions. At the time of seeking environmental clearance, it was envisaged that the mineral will be transported by road. Now the proponent have proposed to construct a 17 km long railway line to the nearest railway station at Rupaheli and siding as a supplement to the road transport. Accordingly, the proponent had sought modification in the environment clearance already granted. The land requirement is estimated as 37.069 ha, which includes 17.15 ha of agriculture land. No forestland is involved. The proponent have obtained rail transport clearance from the Railway Department. Although, railway projects are not covered under the EIA Notification, 2006, the instant proposal being part of the mining project involving change in scope of the project profile based on which earlier EC was granted, the proposal was considered by the Committee. It was observed that laying of railway line with siding facility will be environmentally benign option for mineral transportation and therefore, the Committee recommended the proposed change subject to their obtaining all the requisite clearances from the concerned authorities, as may be applicable to such projects. 

 

2.20  Madwari Granite Dimensional Stone Mine of M/s Mount Victoria Granites Ltd., Village Madwari, District Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh (TOR) 

 

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

 

2.21  Iron Ore Beneficiation Plant of M/s Archana Hi-Tech Automation Systems Pvt. Ltd., village Hargarh, Tehsil Sehora, District Jabalpur, M.P.   (Consultant: Enviro Techno Consult, Nagpur) 

 

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

The proposal is for setting up of a iron ore beneficiation plant with a capacity of 0.72 million TPA along with pellet plant with a capacity of 0.64 million TPA. The land requirement for the project is estimated as 1.096 ha, which will be located in Hargarh, notified industrial area in Silhora Tehsil, District Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. The fresh water requirement for the project is estimated as 910 kld, which will be obtained from Hiren river. It was stated that the low grade iron ore will be beneficiated and the fines will be used in the pellet plant.

 

The proponent made a request for exemption of public hearing for this project on the ground that the said project will be located in the notified industrial area and submitted letters no. 2096/3093/2011/B-11 dated 18.10.2011, no. F-11-61/2005/B-11 dated 13.3.2007 from the Commerce, Industry and Employment Department, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh as also a Notification of the Govt. of Madhya Pradesh dated 23.5.2008 in support of their claim. A perusal of the documents showed that the State Govt. of Madhya Pradesh have notified this land for industrial purpose. As such, it only confirms the land use of the area. Further, since industrial estates / parks/ complexes/areas/EPZ/SEZ have found a specific entry in the EIA Notification, 2006, the Notification of these areas would require environmental clearance under the provisions thereof as per the prescribed procedure. Only thereafter the projects / activities to be located in such areas would be exempted from public hearing. In the instant case, no such document was made available for the Hargarh industrial area. In the absence of the requisite supporting documents, the Committee did not agree with the request of the proponent for exemption from public hearing.

 

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

 

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

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

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

4)           All corner coordinates of the project area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

7)           Details of the technology and process involved in the project, both for beneficiation and pellet plant may be furnished. 

8)           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. 

9)           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. 

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

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

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

13)        The land requirement should be optimized and furnished. 

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

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

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

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

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

19)        Detailed material balance to be provided.  

20)        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. 

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

22)        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. 

23)        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.

24)        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. 

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

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

27)        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.

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

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

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

31)        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.

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

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

34)        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.

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

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

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

38)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

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

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

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

42)        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. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage, 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  Arasmeta Limestone Mine-2 of M/s Lafarge India Pvt. Ltd., village Arasmeta, Tehsil Akaltara, District Janjgir-Champa, Chhattisgarh (TOR)

          As the project falls in category ‘B’ and the SEIAA has since been constituted, the proponent informed that they would take up the matter with SEIAA. The Committee accordingly decided that the proposal may be treated as withdrawn and file may be closed.

 

2.23  Chandmari Copper Mine of M/s Hindustan Copper Ltd., village Tilawali, Tehsil Kehtri, District Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan (Consultant: Enkay Enviro Services, Jaipur) 

 

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 will fall due in December, 2012 and enhancement of production of copper from 0.15 million TPA to 0.239 million TPA. It is a violation case as there was a change in technology in 1995 from opencast to underground without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance. Mine lease area is 148.45 ha, which include 95.51 ha of forestland. The proponent have submitted their application for forestry clearance as well. Mine working will be underground mechanized. Life of mine is 20 years. Water requirement is 50 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater. It was stated by the proponent that the ore from this mine will feed the beneficiation plant located in Khetri mine.

 

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

 

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

2)           Material balance of the beneficiation plant located at Khetri should be furnished.

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

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

5)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

10)        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. 

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

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

13)        High Resolution Satellite Imagery of the proposed area clearly showing the land use and other ecological features of the study area (core and buffer zone).

14)        A Certificate from the Competent Authority in the State Forest Department confirming the involvement of forest land, if any in the project area, or otherwise, based on land use classification (revenue record) as also in terms of the definition of forest as pronounced in the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the matter of T.N. Godavarman Vs. Union of India.  In the event of any claim by the project proponent regarding the status of forests, the site may be inspected by the State Forest Department along with the Regional Office of the Ministry to ascertain the status of forests, based on which the Certificate in this regard as mentioned above be issued. In all such cases, it would be desirable for representative of the State Forest Department to assist the Expert Appraisal Committees.

15)        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 forestry clearance should also be furnished. 

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

17)        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. 

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

19)        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. 

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

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

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

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

24)        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. 

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

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

27)        Issues relating to mine safety based on subsidence study should be detailed.  The proposed safeguard measure in this regard should also be provided.    

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

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

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

31)        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.

32)        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.

33)        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. 

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

35)        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. 

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

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

38)        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.

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

40)        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.

41)        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. 

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

43)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

44)        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. 

45)        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. 

46)        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. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.24  Khetri Copper Mine of M/s Hindustan Copper Ltd., village Gothra-Banwas, Tehsil Kehtri, District Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan (TOR)

 

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

 

2.25  Mining Project of M/s Sanjay Mangal, Vijay Mangal, Akshay Mangal, village Panch Pahadi and Torda, Tehsil Kotputali, District Jaipur, Rajasthan  (Consultant: Ramji Mine Envirotech, Jaipur) 

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fell due in 2004 and enhancement of production of 0.4 million TPA of marble and limestone (minor mineral). The mine lease area is 268.2757 ha. No forestland is involved. The mine is reported to be closed since 2009. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised. Life of mine is 120 years. It is estimated that 1.92 million m3 of waste will be generated during the mine life. Peak Water requirement will be 34 kld, which will be obtained from mine sump water and from nearby villages.

 

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

 

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

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

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

4)           All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

34)        Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

35)        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. 

36)        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. 

37)        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. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.26  Sandstone (Minor Mineral) Mine (ML no. 08/79, renewal no. 01/99) of M/s Thekedar Ravindra Bhradwaj, Village Bahadurpur, Tehsil Sapotra, District Karauli, Rajasthan  (Consultant: R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in the year 2000 and enhancement of production of sandstone from 27,000 TPA to 60,000 TPA. The mine lease area is 238.795 ha. No forestland is involved. Keladevi Sanctuary is reported beyond 10 km of the mine lease. A letter dated 24.3.2011 from DFO and Dy. Regional Director, Project Tiger Ranthambhore has been submitted in this regard.  Mine working will be opencast manual involving blasting. Ultimate working depth will be 295 m AMSL. Groundwater table is reported to vary between 271 – 261 m AMSL. TOR for this project were prescribed on 4.1.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 25.2.2009. The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limits. Water requirement for the project will be 5 kld, which will be obtained from nearby villages and mine sump.  The waste generated will be backfilled in the mined out area. There will be no external OB dump at the end of the mine life. An area of 116.72 ha will be covered under plantation. It was also stated that the mine lease does not fall in Aravali. A letter from Assistant Mining Engineer, Karauli dated 1.4.2010 has been submitted. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

 

2.27   Samarnaka Quartz, Feldspar Mining Project (M.L. No. 74/06) of Shri Rajendra Kumar Chandaliya, Village Samarnaka, District Rajsamand, Rajasthan (Consultant: Apex Min Tech Consultants, Udaipur) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. TOR for this project were prescribed on 25.6.2008. Public hearing has been held on 3.10.2008. The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.15 million TPA of quartz and feldspar put together (quartz 30,000 TPA and feldspar 1,20,000 TPA). The mine lease area is 42.5910 ha. No forestland is involved. It was reported that Tadgarh Rawoli Wildlife Sanctuary is located within 10 km of the mine lease. The said project was transferred from SEIAA as it becomes category ‘A’ project due to its location within 10 km of the sanctuary. Life of the mine is 40 years. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting. It is estimated that 8,50,000 m3 of OB will be generated during the mine life. It was stated that the area does not fall in Aravali. A certificate from Mining Engineer, Govt. of Rajasthan was submitted in this regard. Water requirement for the project is estimated as 8 kld, which will be obtained from surface water and groundwater. The ultimate working depth will be 10 m bgl (650 mRL). The groundwater table is reported to vary between 630 – 635 mRL. Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. At the end of the mine life, an area of 14.9645 ha will be covered under plantation. The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limits. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)           Wildlife Conservation Plan should be prepared and submitted.

(ii)          NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for locating the project within 10 km of the sanctuary.

(iii)        Clearance from Standing Committee of National Board for Wildlife for locating the project within 10 km of the sanctuary.

(iv)        Filled in Questionnaire providing relevant information against each Question.

(v)          Occupational health issues to be addressed properly and details furnished.

(vi)        Coordinates of the site to be rechecked and reconfirmed.

 

It was decided that the proposal may be brought back for its further consideration by the Committee after the requisite information has been submitted.

 

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

The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent as they are in the process of appointing a new consultant.  

 

2.29   Lakharshi Bauxite Mine of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd., village Lakharishi, Tehsil Kashipur, District Rayagada, Orissa (TOR)  

 

The consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of clarification in respect of location of the mine with respect to the forestland.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on August 24-26, 2011 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 compliance to the earlier EC conditions was presented and discussed during the meeting. The AAQ data collected during May, 2010 was compared with the data collected earlier as given in the EIA report of 2008. It was observed that the ambient air quality levels within the core zone on the northern side have not increased, however, on the southern side increasing trend was observed. This increase was attributed to the increased production in the Joda Barbil Region. The proponent have proposed to take further steps to control the particulate levels. These inter-alia include installation of dry fog system in the crushing and screening plant, bag filters in the crushing units, stabilization of OB dump and plantations. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed. The proponent have also prepared site specific wildlife conservation plan which has been approved by Chief Wildlife Warden, Orissa. 

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

 

2.32   River Bed Mining Project of Sand, Bajri and Stone (minor mineral) of M/s Asha Rani Dang, Village Baddi, Shitapur, Landewal, Kalyanpur & Kainduwal, Tehsil Nalagarh, District Solan, H.P. (Consultant: Udaipur Min Tech Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur) 

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mining lease which fall due in January, 2012 and production of 1,32,765 TPA of sand, bajri and stone put together from the bed of river Sirsa.  Mine lease area is 70.9312 ha. It is a violation case as the mine has been working after it fell due for renewal. No forestland is involved. Mine working will be opencast manual and will be restricted up to one meter. The linked crusher to this mine is located at one km from the mine.  Mineral transportation will be by road. The inter-state boundary is at a distance of 75 mtr.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

5)          All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.33   River Bed Mining Project of Sand, Bajri and Stone (minor mineral) of Shri Lachmi Chand, village Tikkari Bohri and Ambdahar, P.O. Lodhimajra, Tehsil Nalagarh, District Solan, H.P. (Consultant: Udaipur Min Tech Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur) 

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which falls due in December, 2011 for production of 94,500 TPA of sand, bajri and stone put together from the bed of river Luhandkhad, a tributary of Sirsa river. It is a violation case as the mine has operated after grant of mine lease in December, 2006 without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance. Mine lease area is 17.92 ha. It has been considered as category ‘A’ because of inter-state boundary at a distance of 0.5 km. No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual and will be restricted up to one meter. Crusher linked to the mine is reported at a distance of about 12 km.  Mineral transportation will be by road. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

5)          All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.34   River Bed Mining Project of Sand, Bajri and Stone (minor mineral) of Smt. Roshni Devi, village Androla Uparla and Androla Nichala, Tehsil Nalagarh, District Solan, H.P.  (Consultant: Udaipur Min Tech Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur) 

 

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

 

The proposal is for production of 62,600 TPA of sand, bajri and stone put together from the bed of river Kundlukhad, a tributary of Satluj river. It is a violation case as the mine continued to operate after it fell due for renewal in 2008. Mine lease area is 19.6824 ha. It has been considered as category ‘A’ because of inter-state boundary at a distance of 2.0 km. No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual and will be restricted up to one meter. Crusher linked to the mine is reported at a distance of about 3.5 km.  Mineral transportation will be by road. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

5)          All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.35   River Bed Mining Project of Sand, Bajri and Stone (minor mineral) of Shri Sunil Garg, village Baniala, Baglehar, Taperin and Kharooni, Tehsil Nalagarh, District Solan, H.P. (Consultant: Udaipur Min Tech Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur) 

 

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

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in April, 2011 for production of 1,24,200 TPA of sand, bajri and stone put together from the bed of river Kundlukhad, a tributary of Satluj river. It is a violation case as the mine has enhanced production after 2006 and operated the mine after it fell due for renewal in April, 2011. Mine lease area is 85.5344 ha. Inter-state boundary is at a distance of 4.5 km. No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual and will be restricted up to one meter. Crusher linked to the mine is reported at a distance of about 3.5 km.  Mineral transportation will be by road. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

5)          All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.36   Minmina & Satara Dolomite Mine of M/s Bijay Aditya Mines near village Minmina & Satara of Hatibari P.S. in District Sundargarh, Orissa  (Consultant: Centre for Envotech & 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 opening of a new mine for production of 3,00,300 TPA of dolomite. Mine lease area is 33.492 ha. It has been considered as category ‘A’ because of inter-state boundary at a distance of 6 km. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involing drilling and blasting. Life of mine is 14 years. No forestland is involved.

 

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

 

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

2)        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. 

3)        All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

32)     Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

33)     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. 

34)     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. 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.37   Quartz and Feldspar Mine of M/s Pradeep Goyal, village Paner, Tehsil Kishangarh, District Ajmer, Rajasthan

 

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 quartz from 10,000 TPA to 0.1 million TPA and production of 0.1 million TPA of feldspar. The mine lease area is 188.01125 ha, which include 11.34953 ha of grazing land. No forestland is involved. The proposal was earlier accorded environmental clearance in June, 2005 for a period of 5 years co-terminus with approved mine plan period, which has since expired. It was stated that no mining will be carried out in the grazing land. The compliance to the earlier EC was also presented and considered. The Committee observed that the compliance to the earlier EC needs improvement and requested the proponent to take steps to comply with all the conditions effectively so that by the time proposal is received for environment clearance, all the conditions are effectively complied. The Committee also desired the proponent to submit the compliance report with supporting documents along with their proposal for environmental clearance.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

5)        All corner coordinates of the mine lease area superimposed on High Resolution Imagery/toposheet should be provided.

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

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

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

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

10)     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. 

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

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

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

14)     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.

15)     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. 

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

17)     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. 

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

19)     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.

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

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

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

23)     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.

24)     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.

25)     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. 

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

27)     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. 

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

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

30)     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.

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

32)     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.

33)     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. 

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

35)     Public health implication of the project and related activities for the population in the impact zone should be systematically evaluated and the proposed remedial measures should be detailed along with budgetary allocation. 

36)     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. 

37)     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. 

38)     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. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.38   Ordinary Sand Mining of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce located in village Talwandi Kalan, Tehsil and District Ludhiana, Punjab (TOR)   

          The Committee took note of the letter dated 18.10.2011 from the General Manager, District Industry Centre, Ludhiana, Govt. of Punjab informing that the mine lease area has been reduced to 32.4 ha and thus falls under purview of SEAC. A request was made to withdraw the proposal. The Committee agreed to the request made and it was decided to treat the proposal as withdrawn.

 

Next Meeting:

It was decided that the next meeting will be held on November 28-30, 2011. 

 

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

 

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Annexure

List of Participants

1.            Shri Mukunda Shenoy Nagar                           -         Chairman

2.       Dr. S. Subramanyan                                       -         Member

3.       Shri Rajesh Srivastava                                    -         Member

4.       Prof. C.K. Varshney                                       -         Member

5.       Shri Mihir Moitra                                           -         Member                 

6.       Shri T.K. Joshi                                               -         Member

7.       Dr. L. Ajay Kumar                                          -         Member

8.       Dr. B.K. Mishra                                              -         Member

9.       Shri Vinay Mahajan                                        -         Invitee

10.     Dr. S.K. Aggarwal, Director                            -         Member Secretary

11.     Dr. Satish Chandra Garkoti, Scientist ‘F’          

12.     Shri Om Prakash, Dy. Director                       

13.     Representative of M/s SAIL

14.     Representative of M/s Arcellor Mittal India Ltd.

15.     Representative of M/s Chandra Prakash Sarda

16.     Representative of M/s J P Ferrous Ltd.

17.     Representative of M/s Banwarilall Newatia

18.     Representative of M/s Leela Devi

19.     Representative of M/s J.K. Cement Ltd.

20.     Representative of M/s Calcom Cement India Ltd.

21.     Representative of M/s Charan Singh & Others

22.     Representative of M/s Ferro Alloys Corporation Ltd.

23.     Representative of M/s Krishna Mines

24.    Representative of M/s Lucky Minmat Ltd.

25.     Representative of M/s Sri A.N. Patnaik

26.     Representative of M/s Rajasthan Fasteners Pvt. Ltd.

27.     Representative of M/s Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd.

28.     Representative of M/s Hindustan Zinc Ltd.

29.     Representative of M/s Archana Hi-Tech Automation Systems Pvt. Ltd.

30.     Representative of M/s Hindustan Copper Ltd.

31.     Representative of M/s Sanjay Mangal, Vijay Mangal, Akshay Mangal

32.     Representative of M/s Thekedar Ravindra Bhradwaj

33.     Representative of Shri Rajendra Kumar Chandaliya

34.     Representative of M/s Bhanja Minerals Pvt. Ltd.

35.     Representative of Smt. Asha Rani Dang

36.     Representative of Shri Lachmi Chand

37.     Representative of Smt. Roshni Devi

38.     Representative of Shri Sunil Garg

39.     Representative of M/s Bijay Aditya

40.     Representative of M/s Pradeep Goyal

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