Ministry of Environment & Forests                                                                               

(IA Division)

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SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 8TH MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

The 8th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on October 20-22, 2010.  The list of participants is annexed. 

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

 

Item No. 1:

1.1           Confirmation of the minutes of the 7th Meeting.

The minutes of the 7th meeting were confirmed as circulated. 

 

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

2.1          Jaduguda Mines & Ore Processing Plant of M/s Uranium Corporation of India Ltd. located at District East Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Dhanbad)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of capacity of ore processing plant from 2090 TPD to 2500 TPD.  The mine lease area is 388.23 ha, which includes 79.89 ha of forestland.  In addition, 6.37 ha of forest land for tailing pond will also be required and forestry clearance (Stage-I) has been obtained.  The total forestland involved in the project is 86.26 ha.  Life of the mine is 10 years.  Terms of reference for this project were prescribed on 25.1.2008.  Public hearing for this project was held on 26.5.2009.  The mine working will be underground using horizontal cut and fill method. The transportation of mineral from mine to the processing plant will be by conveyor. The ultimate working depth will be -790 mRL.  The groundwater table is reported to be varying between 88.8 mRL – 97.9 mRL.  It was reported that stage pumping is followed to prevent the possibility of mine flooding.  It is estimated that 930 m3 of water is pumped out per day and sent to the ore processing plant.  The total water requirement is estimated as 12230 m3/day.  Out of this, 2400 m3/day is recycled water from ETP, 930 m3/day from mine water and 8900 m3/day from the barrage on Gara River.  The baseline AAQ data presented showed that the RSPM and NOx levels in the ore processing area and the Jaduguda colony are relatively high.  It was also observed that the modified mine plan dated 12.4.2010 is for an area of 531.21 ha, while the mine lease area for the Jaduguda mine is only 388.23 ha.  Based on the hydro-geological study, it has been reported that the stage of groundwater development is 14.5%.  It has been estimated that 4755 m3/day of waste water will be generated.  The sludge from the ETP will be sent to the tailing pond.  The sewage from the colony is treated in the STP before discharge.  The tailing pond is lined with impervious liner to reduce seepage of water.  Garland drain and storm water drain are also provided as additional safeguard measures.  It is estimated that solid waste (mill tailings) to be generated will be 2090 TPD.  Out of this, about 1,000 TPD tailings will be taken underground for filling of the void.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed. 

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

(i)                Copy of the approved mine plan in conformity with the mine lease area of 388.23 ha for this mine should be provided. 

(ii)              Details of greenbelt should be given. 

(iii)            Details of water balance to incorporate the water requirement in the greenbelt should be given.

(iv)            The reasons for high level of NOx in the colony area may be ascertained and indicated.  Effectiveness of the control measures for RSPM and NOx should be given. 

(v)              Detailed biological study with proper biological survey should be furnished.

(vi)            Time series data for groundwater quality in the area especially around the tailing pond should be given.  Based on the same (trend analysis), it may be shown whether any leaching has taken place. 

(vii)          Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing along with financial allocation should be drawn up and furnished. 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30th November, 2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in December, 2010.  

 

2.2          Talabasta Fireclay Mine of M/s Landmark Property Development Co. Ltd., District Cuttack, Orissa (EC)

The project being located adjacent to Chandaka – Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary, the proponent is awaiting approval of the site specific Wildlife Conservation Plan, which is likely to take some more time and therefore sought deferment till the authentication of the Wildlife Conservation Plan is completed. The Committee accordingly deferred consideration of the proposal till a written request is received from the proponent. 

 

2.3          Metabodeli Iron Ore Mining Project of M/s Jayaswal Neco Industries Ltd. located at Pakhanjur, District Kanker, Chhattisgarh (Consultant:  Srushti Sewa, Nagpur)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.2 million TPA of iron ore.  The mine lease area is 50 ha, which is a forestland.  The TOR for this project for prescribed on 25th February, 2009.  Public hearing was held on 26.4.2010.  Mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 20 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 9 m from 550 m AMSL.  The depth of water table is below 20 m from the ground level.  The mine working will not intersect the groundwater table.   

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

(i)                The BHQ area should not be used for dumping and accordingly the mine plan should be revised. 

(ii)              The Mine planning/life of the mine does not appear to be supported by adequate exploration/reserve estimates. This should be rectified by carrying out further exploration / prospecting in the leasehold and if no further resources are established, by suitably adjusting the mine life to conform to the proven reserves.

(iii)            The EIA should be for the lease period / conceptual period. 

(iv)            Detailed biological study should be carried out.  Baseline data on flora and fauna should be provided. 

(v)              As the area constitutes a large proportion of tribal population, a plan for their welfare should be provided. 

(vi)            Wildlife Conservation Plan incorporating plan for its execution, monitoring and funding should be provided. 

(vii)          As there will be common facilities with the adjoining mine, details in this regard should be provided and suitably integrated in the approved mine plan of both the mines. 

(viii)        As there is a river in the southern direction and reservoir in north-north east direction, the impact of the mining on the same should be provided. 

(ix)            As the entire lease area is forestland, necessary prior forestry clearance should be obtained before submitting the proposal for environmental clearance. 

In the light of the above observations, it was concluded that the proposal is pre-mature.  The proposal may be submitted after complying with the above observations.  Till such time, the proposal may be closed and delisted. 

 

2.4          Urumunda Iron Ore Mine of M/s Urumunda Iron Ore Mines located at District Keonjhar, Orissa (EC)

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

 

2.5         Panchpatmali Bauxite Mining Lease (South Block) of M/s NALCO, Damanjodi, District Koraput, Orissa (Reconsideration Case)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on September 28-30, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/ clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further. The baseline AAQ data was submitted by the proponent, which showed that the levels are within the permissible limit.  Details of rainwater harvesting were also furnished.  It was stated that the first rainwater harvesting structure was constructed in the year 1999.  The pond is having an average depth of 4 m with water overflow system and maximum reservoir capacity of 2,000 m3.  It was stated that it is proposed to construct at least three more such water harvesting ponds in the backfilled / mined out area in the South Block.  With regard to status of occupational health of the workers, it was stated that the frequency of periodical medical examination for employees above 45 years of age is once in 3 years and that for employees below 45 years of age is once in 5 years.  It has been stated that since inception of mining activity at Panchpatmali Central and North Block, there is no incidence of occupational diseases.  For contract workman, medical tests are conducted at the beginning of their deployment and once in a year thereafter.  The hazardous waste inter-alia used batteries, used oil and ETP sludge will be handled and stored as per prescribed Rules and disposed of to CPCB authorized agencies.  It is estimated that 68,51,250 m3 of OB will be generated during life of the mine, which will be used for backfilling, which will start from the year 2021-22.  The issues raised during public hearing were also clarified.  It was stated that no National Park / Sanctuary / Tiger Reserve / Elephant Reserve exist in the 10 km of the mine lease.  The other issues raised by the Committee were also clarified. 

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

 

2.6         Rampara-Kukras-Bhetali-Anandpara Limestone Mine of M/s Ambuja Cement, located at Village Rampara, Tehsils -Veraval and Sutrapada, District Junagadh, Gujarat (Reconsideration Case)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on September 28-30, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/ clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  The site visit report of the Regional Office of MoEF at Bhopal based on the visit undertaken on 13th October, 2010 was also considered by the Committee. The proponent have submitted NOC from Panchyats of Kukras and Anandpara villages for use of goucher land for mining purposes.  It was also stated that the mining will be so carried out by adjusting the working schedule in different seasons in such a manner, that the working will be restricted to above water table without resorting to any pumping of groundwater.  Details in this regard were also furnished.  The time series data of water table shows that there is no salinity ingress in the core zone.  The issues raised during public hearing were also clarified and discussed. As regards the site visit report, the Committee observed that although proponent have made efforts to implement the conditions stipulated in the earlier EC letter, yet there are deficiencies and more efforts need to be put in for their effective implementation. The proponent clarified the various issues and made a commitment that within next 6 months to one year all the conditions will be effectively complied with. 

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

(i)                The project proponent shall submit a time bound action plan for implementation of all the conditions stipulated in the earlier EC letter with requisite financial allocation and its compliance shall be monitored in house and quarterly reports submitted till their compliance is achieved. 

 

2.7         Vadnagar Limestone Mining Project of M/s Gujarat Ambuja Cements Ltd. located in village Vadnagar, Tehsil Kodinar, District Junagadh, Gujarat (Reconsideration Case)

The proposal is regarding modification of condition relating to development of greenbelt of 100 m width all around the mine lease as was stipulated at the time of granting environmental clearance, based on recommendation of Chief Wildlife Warden, Govt. of Gujarat.  Subsequently, the proponent have requested for reduction in width of the greenbelt and also submitted the recommendations of Chief Wildlife Warden in this regard.  The proposal was considered by the EAC during its meeting held on April 28-30, 2010 and recommended for reduction in width of greenbelt from 100 m to 25 m.  The said recommendation of EAC was not accepted by the Competent Authority and the matter was referred back to EAC for its reconsideration.  Accordingly, the proposal was again placed before the EAC for their consideration of the matter.  The proponent submitted that besides undertaking development of greenbelt of 25 m width plantation will be undertaken in the excavation area also and the total plantation, post mine, will cover an area of 54.5 ha, which will also include an area of 3.7 ha for plantation outside the mine lease.  As per their estimation, this area of plantation of 54.5 ha works out to an equivalent of 70 m wide greenbelt.    

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended for modification of the condition to reduce the greenbelt from 100 m wide to 25 m and additional plantation in excavation area as well as outside mine lease in an area of 3.7 ha such that the total area under plantation will be 54.5 ha post mine.  

 

2.8         Marwar-Mundwa Limestone Mine of M/s Ambuja Cements Ltd., Village Rupsar, Inana, Kherwar, Deediya Kalan, Tehsil and District Nagaur, Rajasthan (0.5 MTPA to 2.0 MTPA) (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 0.5 million TPA to 2.0 million TPA.  The mine lease area is 635 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The earlier EC for 0.5 million TPA was granted in 2007; however, mine is yet to be worked.  No ecologically sensitive area is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  The water requirement is 96 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater and harvested water.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be at 290 mRL.  The groundwater table is reported to vary between 245 – 255 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. 

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

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

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)                 While predicting the impacts, cumulative impacts taking into account the cement plant, thermal power plant, ML-1 and total production from ML-2 should be considered. 

4)                 Details of the conveyor including its route, land requirement, availability of right of way etc. should be furnished.

5)                 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. 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.

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

7)                 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.

8)                 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.

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

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

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

12)            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.

13)            The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated.  The water balance combinedly for all the facilities / projects should be given. 

14)            Impact on the seasonal nallah should be clearly brought out. 

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

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

17)            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.

18)            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.

19)            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.  

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

21)            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. 

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

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

24)            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.

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

26)            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.

27)            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, if any, should be given. 

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

29)            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. 

30)            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. 

31)            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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.9     Iron Ore Concentrate Manufacturing Unit with Screening, Crushing & Washing Activities of M/s Bonai Ispat Pvt. Ltd, located at Village Daraikela, P.O-Bonaia, District Sundargarh, Orissa (Consultant: R.K. Consultant, Jodhpur)

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

The proposal is for setting up of a iron ore concentrate manufacturing unit with a capacity of 0.6 million TPA of through put.  The land requirement for the project is 12 acres.  Water requirement is 300 kld, which will be obtained from bore well.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the project.  During consideration of the project, it was observed that the various details / parameters relating to the project were erroneous and required rechecking.  The project proponent requested for deferment of their proposal to the next meeting during which time they would submit the revised documents.  The request of the proponent was agreed to by the Committee and it was decided to take up the proposal in the next meeting based on the revised documents to be submitted by the proponent.  

2.10   OBM II, Bauxite Mining of M/s Orient Abrasives Ltd., Village-Mevasa, Taluka-Kalyanpur, District Jamnagar, Gujarat (Consultant: Kadam Environmental Consultants, Vadodra)

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due since 1997 and enhancement of production of bauxite from 4762 TPA to 11,670 TPA.  It is a violation case as no EC was obtained at the stage of renewal of mine lease.  The mine lease area is 8.91 ha.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ project because of its location at a distance of 5.5 km from the marine national park.  No forestland is involved.  Life of the mine is 40 years.  Mine working will be opencast manual using jack hammer; however, blasting is involved.  The ultimate working depth will be 3.6 m bgl.  The groundwater table is reported at 12 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The water requirement is estimated as 2 kld, which will be obtained from tankers. 

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

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

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

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

4)                 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. 

5)                 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.

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

7)                 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 from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 5.5 km of the Marine National Park should also be obtained and furnished.  The distance of the marine national park with respect to mine lease should be rechecked and reconfirmed with supporting documents. 

8)                 Identification of CRZ area.  A CRZ map duly authenticated by one of the authorised agencies demarcating LTL, HTL, CRZ area, location of the mine lease w.r.t. CRZ, coastal features such as mangroves, if any, should be given. 

9)                 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. 

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

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

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

13)            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.

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

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

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

17)            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.

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

19)            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. 

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

21)            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. 

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

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

24)            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.

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

26)            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.

27)            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. 

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

29)            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. 

30)            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. 

31)            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. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.11         Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Orient Abrasives Ltd., village Kalyanpur, District Jamnagar, Gujarat (Consultant: Kadam Environmental Consultants, Vadodra)

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of buxite from 17,699 TPA to 2,75,850 TPA.  It is a violation case as the  proponent has increased production after 1994 without obtaining prior environmental clearance.  The mine lease area is 62.32 ha.  The marine national park is located at a distance of about 7.5 km from the mine lease.  No forestland is involved.  Life of the mine is 7 years.  Mine working will be opencast manual using jack hammer; however, blasting is involved.  The ultimate working depth will be 6.1 m bgl.  The groundwater table is reported at 12 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The water requirement is estimated as 5 kld, which will be obtained from tankers and water stored in the pit. 

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

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

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

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

4)            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. 

5)            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.

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

7)            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 from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 7.5 km of the Marine National Park should also be obtained and furnished.  The distance of the marine national park with respect to mine lease should be rechecked and reconfirmed with supporting documents. 

8)            Identification of CRZ area.  A CRZ map duly authenticated by one of the authorised agencies demarcating LTL, HTL, CRZ area, location of the mine lease w.r.t. CRZ, coastal features such as mangroves, if any, should be given. 

9)            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. 

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

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

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

13)       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.

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

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

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

17)       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.

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

19)       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. 

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

21)       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. 

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

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

24)       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.

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

26)       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.

27)       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. 

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

29)       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. 

30)       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. 

31)       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. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 5 million TPA of iron ore. Crushing and screening is proposed; however, no wet beneficiation is proposed as part of this proposal. The mine lease area is 202.35 ha, which is a forestland. TOR for this project were prescribed on 8th June, 2009.  The public hearing has been held on 18.1.2010.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 12 years.  The ultimate working depth will be 840 m AMSL.  The groundwater table is reported to vary between 10 – 12 m bgl from the average surface level of 420 m AMSL.  Thus, mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 500 kld, which will be obtained from Karo river.  It has been estimated that 2.5 million m3 of OB will be generated and in addition 0.4 million m3 of rejects will be generated.  There will be four OB dumps in an area of 3.42 ha and the mineral reject will be in an area of 3.71 ha.  Backfilling is also proposed.  Transportation of ore will be through conveyor up to the railway siding from 4th year; however, during the initial three years it will be by road.  It has been stated that the proposed mine falls under Karampada Reserve Forest, which is a part of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve.  The mine lease falls in core zone of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve. However, there is no elephant corridor within the 10 km of the mine lease.  The baseline AAQ data presented by the proponent showed PM10 values within the mine lease area as 68.3 ug/m3.  An area of 74.51 ha will be covered under plantation post mine.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and addressed by the project proponent.  It was also stated that no court case is pending against the project. 

As the proposed mine is located in West Singhbhum District, an identified ‘severely polluted area’, the comments of the State Pollution Control Board were also obtained on the project as per the procedure prescribed by MoEF.  The comments of State Pollution Control Board vide letter dated 18.10.2010 were considered by the Committee.  As per the comments of SPCB, the ambient air quality at Baraiburu, at a distance of 5.5 km from the site was monitored during March and June, 2010 and the average RSPM levels were found to be 173.89 mg/m3 and 105 mg/m3 respectively, which were higher than the prescribed limits. It has further been stated in the said letter that RSPM levels may go higher after commissioning of the mine. The issue of pollution of Karo river due to discharge of storm water from the mine area has also been raised by SPCB. 

The Committee was concerned about the higher levels of RSPM in the area as reported by SPCB and felt that appropriate action may be taken by all concerned in a concerted manner to bring down the AAQ levels in the area before any new proposal for mining is considered.  The proponent stated that they, together with other lease holders / operators in the area have studied the causes of such high levels of dust pollution and have already initiated preventive measures, which are resulting in reduction of ambient dust concentrations.  The proponent also stated that there is need to adopt uniform sampling methodology, say continuous 24 hours sampling, rather than spot dust sampling as is being done by SPCB.  The proponent have also explained in detail the measures incorporated in the mine plan for containment of waste carrying surface run of and also against any sediment laden mine discharges. 

Additionally, the Committee also took note of its location in the core zone of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve and recalled that the matter is still being discussed and deliberated in the Ministry in connection with earlier such cases and therefore, it may be appropriate to consider this case after MoEF has arrived at a decision in the matter. 

After detailed appraisal of the EIA and EMP, the Committee reiterated that mining projects falling in the core zone of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve are being kept in abeyance, as the matter is still being discussed and deliberated in the Ministry and as such, further consideration will have to await a decision in this regard by MoEF. The Committee also sought to obtain further endorsement from the SPCB regarding the status of air/dust pollution in this ‘severely polluted’ area as also their apprehensions about contamination of Karo river.  It was, therefore, decided that further consideration of the proposal may be deferred and the proposal may be kept in abeyance till both these issues as mentioned above have been resolved.  

 

2.13         Bokna Iron & Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Rungta Sons (P) Ltd. located at District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand (Consultant: Ecoman Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Lucknow)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for production of 0.84 TPA of iron ore and 0.03 TPA of manganese ore.  The mine lease area is 138.81 ha, which is a forestland.  The mine is reported to have been worked earlier by some other lessee.  Karo river is flowing along with the western boundary of the lease area.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized for iron ore and semi mechanized for manganese ore.  Drilling and blasting are involved.  Crushing and sizing will be undertaken, however, no wet beneficiation is involved.  Ore transportation will be by dumpers.  Life of the mine is 20 years for iron ore and 79 years for manganese ore.  OB / rejects will be stored in an area of 15.162 ha.  An area of 4.677 ha will be covered under greenbelt.  Backfilling is also proposed.  The mine lease falls in core zone of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve.  However, there is no elephant corridor within the 10 km of the mine lease.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and addressed by the project proponent. It was also stated that no court case is pending against the project. 

As the mine lease is located in West Singhbhum Area, the comments of State Pollution Control Board were also obtained as per the procedure prescribed by MoEF.  The comments of SPCB vide their letter dated 18.10.2010 were considered by the Committee.  As per the SPCB ambient air quality monitored at Barajamda showed RSPM values higher than the limit prescribed except during monsoon.  It was also stated that it will further go up after this mine comes into operation.  The run of water during monsoon goes into the Karo river which effects the quality of Karo river.  The Karo river which flows adjacent to the western boundary of the mine lease and concerns regarding pollution of Karo river have been expressed in the said letter. 

The Committee was concerned about the higher levels of RSPM in the area as reported by SPCB and felt that appropriate action may be taken by all concerned in a concerted manner to bring down the AAQ levels in the area before any new proposal for mining is considered.  Additionally, the Committee also took note of its location in the core zone of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve and recalled that the matter is still being discussed and deliberated in the Ministry in connection with earlier such cases and therefore, it may be appropriate to consider this case after MoEF has arrived at a decision in the matter.  It was, therefore, decided that further consideration of the proposal may be deferred and the proposal may be kept in abeyance till both these issues as mentioned above, have been resolved.  

 

2.14         Thimmappanagudi Iron Ore Mine of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd at Thimmappanagudi Village, Sandur Taluk, District Bellary, Karnataka (Consultant: M/s Geo-Tech and Environment (India) Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on June 28-30, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was clarified that the mine lease area is 621.59 ha.  The earlier EC was obtained for 295 ha, based on available exploration data.  However, based on subsequent exploration data, the mine lease has been retained over an area of 621.59 ha.  All the documents including approved modified mine plan are for mine lease area of 621.59 ha.  It was stated that there is no proposal to draw groundwater for the project.  The water requirement will be met by drawing water out of the water allocated to M/s JSW, Torangallu.  The Committee desired that the controlling authority for water allocation being the State Government, necessary approval from the Competent Authority may be obtained for utilizing the said water before starting work on the project.  For control of RSPM levels, additional safeguard measures have been proposed which inter-alia include higher frequency of water sprinkling, deployment of METSO crushing and screening plant with inbuilt water sprinkling, use of dust suppressant FOREX compound along with water, transportation by vehicles covered with tarpaulin, use of coir mating in critical dumping areas, use of control blasting etc.  The short term data collected in the pre-dominant downwind direction showed the AAQ levels within prescribed limits.  The issues raised during public hearing were also clarified.  The other issues raised by the Committee were also clarified and discussed. 

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

(i)                Prior clearance from the Competent Authority in the State Government shall be obtained for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project. 

(ii)              No work will be undertaken in the forest area without obtaining requisite forestry clearance for the same. 

 

2.15          Quartz Mine of M/s Sri P. Abdul Rawoof Khan, village Hatti Belagal, District Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: Global Enviro Labs, Hyderabad)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on July 26-28, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was observed that the deficiencies in the project documents pointed out earlier have not been addressed in the revised information submitted by the proponent.  In view of the same, Committee reiterated earlier observations and decisions and asked the proponent to revise the documents for further consideration of the proposal.  Till such time, the project file may be closed and delisted from the pending list. 

 

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

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on July 26-28, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was observed that the deficiencies in the project documents pointed out earlier have not been addressed in the revised information submitted by the proponent.  The location of the site and its coordinates may be rechecked and reconfirmed and details furnished with supporting documents from the Competent Authority.  In view of the same, Committee reiterated earlier observations and decisions and asked the proponent to revise the documents for further consideration of the proposal.  Till such time, the project file may be closed and delisted from the pending list. 

 

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

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on July 26-28, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was observed that the deficiencies in the project documents pointed out earlier have not been addressed in the revised information submitted by the proponent.  It was also observed that the physical location of the site as shown by the site coordinates was also shifted with a respect to the location given earlier.  It will have impact on the location of the adjoining mine, otherwise it will lead to encroachment into the adjoining mine.  Therefore, it is desirable that the location of the mine is carefully examined and the correct coordinates of the site are given with supporting documents from the competent authority.   In view of the same, Committee reiterated earlier observations and decisions and asked the proponent to revise the documents for further consideration of the proposal.  Till such time, the project file may be closed and delisted from the pending list. 

 

2.18         Vithaldeo Dolomite & Marble Mine of M/s Supreme Marble & Granite Ltd., located in village Malwasa, Tehsil Banswara, District Banswara, Rajasthan (Reconsideration Case)

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

2.19         Quartz, Felspar, Mica & Soapstone Mine of M/s Murliwala Minerals Pvt. Ltd., village Chinikiro, District Giridih, Jharkhand (Consultant: M/s Crystal Consultants, Ranchi)

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

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 6500 TPA of quartz, feldspar and mica put together.  The mine lease area is 9.814 ha.  The proposal has been considered by EAC as SEIAA for the State of Jharkhand is not in place.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting.  It is estimated that 1047 m3 of waste will be generated per year.  Backfilling is proposed.

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)                 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. 

4)                 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.

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

6)                 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.

7)                 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. 

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

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

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

11)            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.

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

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

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

15)            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.

16)            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.

17)            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. 

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

19)            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. 

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

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

22)            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.

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

24)            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.

25)            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.

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

27)            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. 

28)            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. 

29)            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. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.20         Hiwardara Limestone & Dolomite Mine of M/s Shree Bajrang Sales Pvt. Ltd., Wani Tehsil, District Yavatmal, Maharashtra (TOR)

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred as the project proponent did not turn up for the meeting. 

 

2.21         Banore Soapstone Mine of M/s Industrial Mineral Suppliers, Udaipur, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur)

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 since 26.2.2002 and for enhancement of production to 5,850 TPA of soapstone.  The mine lease area is 54.73 ha, which is a forestland.  Mine working will be both opencast and underground semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 13 years.  It is estimated that 4,26,000 m3 of waste will be generated during the mine life.  The ultimate working depth will be 420 mRL.  The ground water table is at 387 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. 

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

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

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

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

4)            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. 

5)            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.

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

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

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

9)            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. 

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

11)       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. 

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 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.  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. 

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 also 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.  A detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for pumping of ground water, if any, 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 quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

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

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 prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.22         Limestone Mine of Shri K. Srihari Rao, village Gorregutta & Borlakunta, Mandal Dahegam, District Adilabad, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant: Bhagavathi Ana Labs Ltd, Hyderabad)

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

The proposal is for production of 1.0 million TPA of limestone.  It is a violation case as the mine commenced operation without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  The mine is reported to be closed presently since 2009.  The mine lease area is 279.85 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving ripper dozer.  Life of the mine is 12 years.  Water requirement is 100 kld, which will be obtained from ground water.  The groundwater table is at 148 m AMSL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table at conceptual stage. 

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

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

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

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

4)            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. 

5)            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.

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

7)            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.

8)            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. 

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

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

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

12)       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.

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

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

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

16)       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.

17)       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.

18)       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. 

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

20)       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. 

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

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

23)       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.

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

25)       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.

26)       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. 

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

28)       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. 

29)       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. 

30)       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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.23         Talaricheruvu (3) Limestone Mine of M/s Penna Cement Industries Ltd., Village Talaricheruvu, Tadipatri Mandal, Anantpur District, A.P. (TOR)

                   The consideration of the proposal was deferred as the project proponent had sent a request letter for withdrawing the project. 

 

2.24   Iron Ore Mining of M/s Kariganur Iron & Steel Pvt. Ltd., District Bellary, Karnataka (Consultant: M/s Transit Surveys, Bellary)

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 1.675 million TPA of iron ore.  The mine lease area is 149.57 ha, which is a forestland.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 14 years.  The production from this mine will be captive to their steel plant at a distance of about 20 km.   

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)            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. 

4)            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.

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

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

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

8)            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. 

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

10)       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. 

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 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.  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. 

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.  To the extent possible, impact of other adjoining mines which are in the process being phased in should also be taken into account and the cumulative impact should be presented. 

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

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 prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

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

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

34)       In view of the topography of the area, risk assessment and disaster management plan should be prepared and submitted. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.25         Mining Project-Kukurdi Limestone Mine of M/s Grasim Industries Ltd., Village Kukurdi, District Raipur, Chhattisgarh (TOR)

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

 

2.26   Iron and Copper Ore and Associated Minerals Mine of M/s Jindal Saw Ltd located at village Lampiya, District Bhilwara, Rajasthan (Enkay Enviro Services, Jaipur)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 3.0 million TPA of iron ore.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 9th February, 2009.  Public hearing was held on 21.4.2010.  Mine lease area is 451 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is located within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  No wet beneficiation is proposed as part of this project.  Life of mine is 20 years.  The ultimate working depth will be 340 m AMSL.  The groundwater table during post monsoon is at 408 m AMSL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table during 7th year.  It has been reported that there is no first order stream in the lease area; however, seasonal nallah passing through the lease feed the ponds and river Kothari with surface run of.  The water requirement for the project is 75 kld, out of which 20 kld will be recycled water and 45 kld from Kewara STP and 10 kld fresh groundwater.  The STP will be constructed for which the proponent has reported to have obtained permission from Bhilwara Municipal Council.  Rainwater collected in the mining pits will be collected in a sump at a lowest part of the pit and will be used.  It is estimated that 54,394 million m3 of waste will be generated, part of it will be dumped in the form of 4 external OB dumps in an area of 65 ha and remaining will be backfilled, which will start from 13th and 16th year in the southern and northern blocks respectively.  The baseline AAQ data showed higher levels of RSPM.  At the end of the mine life plantation will be raised in an area of 133.03 ha and water body will be created in an area of 13.81 ha.  The mineral transportation to the beneficiation plant at Dhedwas at a distance of about 24 km will be by road.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed. 

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

(i)                The production figures given in the EIA report and the mine plan need to be reconciled and furnished. 

(ii)              The information regarding area for dumping of waste should be rechecked and reconfirmed.  It may clearly be indicated as to how much area will be made available for grazing land and how much will be used for plantation. 

(iii)            In view of the high level of RSPM, specific safeguard measures proposed to reduce the RSPM levels and their effectiveness should be given. 

(iv)            The fluoride levels in the water were observed to be high.  The reasons for the same and the proposed safeguard measures particularly keeping in view the use of groundwater for drinking purposes etc. should be brought out. 

(v)              Detailed biological study and the impact of the project on fauna may be given. 

(vi)            Impact of the crusher needs to be indicated and accounted for along with safeguard measures. 

(vii)          The hydro-geological study needs to be rechecked.  The radius of influence as brought out in the report appears to be erroneous. 

(viii)        Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing may be spelt out.  The written comments received from the public should also be addressed. 

(ix)            It may clearly be indicated whether there is any court case in the project, or any directions passed by any court of law.  Details in this regard should be provided. 

(x)              Filled in Questionnaire should be submitted. 

(xi)            Necessary permission from the Competent Authority for drawl of water for the project should be obtained and copy thereof furnished. 

(xii)          Permission from the Competent Authority and concerned Panchyats for use of grazing land for the project should be given. 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 31st December, 2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in January, 2011.   

2.27 Limestone and Dolomite Mine of M/s Kalinga Limestone Mine located at village Purunapani & Bhojpur, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: Sun Consultancy and Services, Bhubaneswar)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 60,000 TPA of limestone and dolomite each.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 24th March, 2009.  Public hearing has been held on 12.2.2010.  The mine lease area is 163.018 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The mineral from the mine will be utilized in their captive steel plant at a distance of about 20 km.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 41 years for limestone and 9 years for dolomite.  Ultimate working depth will be 20 m from the surface of the quarry and thus the ultimate level will be 200 m AMSL.  The groundwater table is reported at 180 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Khatma nadi flows close to the southern boundary of the mine lease.  It is estimated that 254592 m3 of waste will be generated during mine life, which include intercalated waste + top soil + accumulated waste.  The baseline AAQ data showed the levels of RSPM on a higher side.  The water requirement has been estimated as 12 m3/day, which will be met from local PHED source.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed. 

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

1.          Coordinates of the mine lease to be rechecked and reconfirmed. 

2.       The likelihood of the mine getting inundated due to Khatma nadi may be examined in detail and the proposed safeguard measures to avoid inundation should be given.

3.          Information regarding height of retaining wall, depth, surface level etc. should be given in AMSL. 

4.       Details of biological survey undertaken in the area should be given.  Based on the same survey of critical wildlife habitat in the area and the impact of the project of the same should be given.  Data based on primary survey should be given.

5.       Details of greenbelt to be provided. 

6.          Authenticated map showing the location of the National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Corridors, if any, within 10 km of the mine lease. 

7.          Vegetation map / data of the area should be given. 

8.       Details of land oustees (PAPs) and compensation to be paid should be given. 

9.       Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing should be given. 

10.     A written clarification whether any court case is pending against the project or any direction passed by any court of law.  If so, details thereof. 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30th November, 2010 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in December, 2010.  

2.28         Collection of Minor Minerals from Song-I of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation located at District Dehradun, Uttarakhand (Consultant: Grassroots Research and Creation (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for collection of 6,75,000 TPA of minor minerals (Reta and Bajri) from the bed of Song river.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 18.1.2010.  The public hearing was held on 6.7.2010.  The mine lease area is 225 ha, which is a forestland.  It covers 5.65 km stretch of the river.  In-principle approval under FC Act on 26.5.2009 and 2nd June, 2009.  The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within prescribed limits.  The proposed project area falls under Shivalik Elephant Reserve.  Rajaji National Park is reported at 21 km from the project boundary.  No pumping of water from the river or from groundwater is envisaged.  No working will be done on 25% of both sides of river banks and extraction of minerals will remain central portion of the river.  Mining operation will be carried out during day time only and during non monsoon season.  The proponent stated that in the State of Uttarakhand, there is no requirement of mine plan.  A letter from Principal Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand has been submitted in this regard.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed. 

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

 

2.29         Collection of Minor Minerals from Song-2 of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation located at District Dehradun, Uttarakhand (Consultant: Grassroots Research and Creation (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for collection of 7,65,000 TPA of minor minerals (Reta and Bajri) from the bed of Song river.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 18.1.2010.  The public hearing was held on 10.7.2010.  The mine lease area is 273 ha, which is a forestland.  It covers 6.25 km stretch of the river.  In-principle approval under FC Act on 26.5.2009 and 2nd June, 2009.  The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within prescribed limits.  The proposed project area falls under Shivalik Elephant Reserve.  Rajaji National Park is reported at 18 km from the project boundary.  No pumping of water from the river or from groundwater is envisaged.  No working will be done on 25% of both sides of river banks and extraction of minerals will remain central portion of the river.  Mining operation will be carried out during day time only and during non monsoon season.  The proponent stated that in the State of Uttarakhand, there is no requirement of mine plan.  A letter from Principal Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand has been submitted in this regard.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed. 

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

 

 

2.30         Limestone Mine of M/s ADA Enterprises & Ventures Pvt. Ltd., village Deori, Salaiya, Baroh and Kubri, District Satna, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: Green C, New Delhi) 

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

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 2.0 million TPA of limestone.  The mine lease area is 459.566 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Life of mine is 25 years.  Water requirement is 100 kld.  Backfilling is proposed. 

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)            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. 

4)            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, separately for core and buffer zone.  It may be rechecked and reconfirmed whether the mine lease area contains any forest land.   

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

6)            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.

7)            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. 

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

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

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

11)       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.

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

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

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

15)       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.

16)       As the mine lease area falls in the catchment of Mahanadi river, a detailed hydrological study should be undertaken and impact of the project on the hydrological regime of the area as well as the availability of water in the Mahanadi and its downstream users should be provided.  Details of plan, if any, to mitigate the adverse impact should also be detailed. 

17)       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.

18)       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. 

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

20)       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. 

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

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

23)       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.

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

25)       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.

26)       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.

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

28)       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. 

29)       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. 

30)       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. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.31   Joruri Iron and Manganese Ore Mine of M/s Kalinga Mining Corporation, village Joruri, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: Triveni Consultancy Services, Joda, Orissa)

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 0.101 million TPA to 0.5 million TPA and manganese ore from 0.014 million TPA to 0.1 million TPA.  The mine lease area is 54.754 ha.  Out of which 3.274 ha is non forestland.  The earlier environmental clearance was granted for 10th December, 2008.  Mining will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  The ultimate working depth will be 560 mRL.  The water table is reported to vary between 475 mRL – 480 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Life of mine is 9 years. 

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

1)            History of Mine should be given. 

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

3)            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. 

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

5)            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. 

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

7)            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.

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

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

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

11)       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. 

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

13)       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. 

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 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.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report. There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

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

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 prevention measures initiated.  Details in this regard including manganese poisoning should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

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 including that due to manganese poisoning 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)            All documents to be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.32         Tirilidihi Iron Ore Washing and Beneficiation Plant of M/s Lal Trades & Agencies (P) Ltd., village Tirilidihi, District Mayurbhanj, Orissa (TOR)

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

2.33 Collection of Minor Mineral (Sand, Gravel, Boulders) from Yamuna River Rampur Mandi of M/s Doiwala Sahkari Sharam Sanwida Samiti Ltd., located at Dehradun, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand (TOR)

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred to the next meeting. 

 

2.34 Ordinary Sand Quarry M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Chaharpur, Tehsil Ajnala, District Amritsar, Punjab (8.50 ha) (Consultant: Grassroots Research and Creation (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

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

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

                    The proposal is for extraction of 2,30,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Ravi, village Chaharpur, Tehsil Ajnala, District Amritsar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 8.50 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.35          Ordinary Sand Quarry M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Kotli Barwala, Tehsil Ajnala, District Amritsar, Punjab (10.52 ha) (Consultant: Grassroots Research and Creation (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

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

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

                    The proposal is for extraction of 2,84,040 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Ravi, Village Kotli Barwala, Tehsil Ajnala, District Amritsar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 10.52 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

1)            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. 

2)            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. 

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

4)            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. 

5)            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.

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

7)            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. 

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

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

10)       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. 

11)       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. 

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

13)       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.

14)       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. 

15)       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.

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

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

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

19)       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.

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

21)       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.

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

23)       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.

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

25)       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.

26)       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.

27)       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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.36 Ordinary Sand Quarry M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Bhalojala, Tehsil Khadoor Sahib, District Tarntaran, Punjab (7.28 ha) (Consultant: Grassroots Research and Creation (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

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

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

                    The proposal is for extraction of 1,96,560 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Beas, Village Bhalojala, Tehsil Khadoor Sahib, District Tarntaran, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 7.28 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

1)            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. 

2)            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. 

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

4)            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. 

5)            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.

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

7)            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. 

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

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

10)       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. 

11)       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. 

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

13)       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.

14)       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. 

15)       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.

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

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

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

19)       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.

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

21)       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.

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

23)       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.

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

25)       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.

26)       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.

27)       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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.37 Ordinary Sand Quarry M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Samshpur, Tehsil Rajpura, District Patiala, Punjab (6.37 ha) (Consultant: Grassroots Research and Creation (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

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

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

                    The proposal is for extraction of 2,83,324 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Ghaggar, Village Samshpur, Tehsil Rajpura, District Patiala, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 6.37 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

1)                 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. 

2)                 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. 

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

4)                 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. 

5)                 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.

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

7)                 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. 

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

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

10)            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. 

11)            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. 

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

13)            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.

14)            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. 

15)            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.

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

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

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

19)            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.

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

21)            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.

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

23)            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.

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

25)            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.

26)            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.

27)            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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.38 Ordinary Sand Quarry M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Village Kapoori, Tehsil Patiala, District Patiala, Punjab (6.67 ha)  (Consultant: Grassroots Research and Creation (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

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

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

                    The proposal is for extraction of 2,96,668 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Ghaggar, village Kapoori, Tehsil Patiala, District Patiala, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 6.67 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

1)                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. 

2)                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. 

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

4)                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. 

5)                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.

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

7)                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. 

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

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

10)            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. 

11)            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. 

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

13)            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.

14)            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. 

15)            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.

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

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

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

19)            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.

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

21)            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.

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

23)            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.

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

25)            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.

26)            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.

27)            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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.39       Sand Mine (58.43 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Mahelanwalli, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab (Consultant: Grassroots Research and Creation (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

          The representative of the State Govt. informed during the meeting that the mine lease area in respect of this project has been reduced to 3.0 ha.  As a result, the proposal does not attract the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006.  Accordingly, the proposal was not taken up for consideration. 

 

2.40       Sand Mine (29.08 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Nasrala, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab (Consultant: Grassroots Research and Creation (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

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

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

                    The proposal is for extraction of 8,72,400 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Choe, village Nasrala, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 29.08 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

1)                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. 

2)                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. 

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

4)                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. 

5)                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.

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

7)                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. 

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

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

10)            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. 

11)            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. 

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

13)            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.

14)            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. 

15)            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.

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

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

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

19)            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.

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

21)            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.

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

23)            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.

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

25)            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.

26)            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.

27)            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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.41                              Sand Mine (18.6 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Bahadurpur, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab (Consultant: Grassroots Research and Creation (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

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

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

                    The proposal is for extraction of 5,58,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Choe, village Bahadurpur, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 18.6 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

1)                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. 

2)                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. 

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

4)                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. 

5)                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.

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

7)                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. 

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

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

10)            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. 

11)            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. 

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

13)            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.

14)            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. 

15)            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.

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

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

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

19)            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.

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

21)            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.

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

23)            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.

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

25)            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.

26)            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.

27)            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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.42                              Sand Mine (9.49 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Saidpur Khurd, District Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab  (Consultant: Grassroots Research and Creation (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

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

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

                    The proposal is for extraction of 2,84,700 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Sutlej, village Saidpur Khurd, District Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 9.49 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

1)                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. 

2)                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. 

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

4)                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. 

5)                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.

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

7)                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. 

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

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

10)            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. 

11)            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. 

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

13)            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.

14)            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. 

15)            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.

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

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

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

19)            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.

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

21)            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.

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

23)            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.

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

25)            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.

26)            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.

27)            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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.43                              Sand Mine (66.24 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Begowal, District Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab  (Consultant: Grassroots Research and Creation (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

        The representative of the State Govt. informed during the meeting that the mine lease area in respect of this project has been reduced to less than 5 ha.  As a result, the proposal does not attract the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006.  Accordingly, the proposal was not taken up for consideration. 

 

2.44                              Sand Mine (135.42 ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, village Raipur Araian, District Jalandhar, Punjab (Consultant: Grassroots Research and Creation (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

        This proposal got listed in the agenda based on duplicate set of papers since the proposal has already been considered in the September, 2010 meeting.  It being a duplicate proposal, it was not considered. 

 

2.45                              Sand Mine of (6.29ha) of M/s Department of Industries & Commerce, Village Bhambua, District Patiala, Punjab (Consultant: Grassroots Research and Creation (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi)

 The representative of the State Govt. informed during the meeting that the mine lease area in respect of this project has been reduced to less than 5 ha.  As a result, the proposal does not attract the provisions of EIA Notification, 2006.  Accordingly, the proposal was not taken up for consideration. 

 

Next Meeting:

It was decided that the next meeting will be held on November 24-26, 2010. 

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

 

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Annexure

List of Participants

 

1.                 Shri Mukunda Shenoy Nagar      -     Chairman

2.       Dr. S. Subramaniyan      -     Member

3.       Shri K.S. Anandan     -     Member

4.       Dr. Rajesh Srivastava     -     Member

5.       Dr. B.K. Mishra     -     Member

6.       Dr. Tushar Kant Joshi      -     Member

7.     Prof. C.K. Varshney     -     Member

8.       Shri Vinay Mahajan     -     Member

9.       Shri Mihir Moitra     -     Member  

10.     Shri Ranjan Sahai     -     Member

11.     Shri J. S. Kamyotra     -     Member

12.     Shri S.B.S. Chauhan     -     Member

13.     Shri T.S. Ranawat, Secretary,     -     Invitee

          Rajasthan SEIAA, Jaipur.

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

15.     Dr. Satish C. Garkoti,      -     Addl. Director

16.     Shri Om Prakash,     -    Dy. Director

17.     Representative of M/s Uranium Corporation of India Ltd.

18.     Representative of M/s Jayaswal Neco Industries Ltd.

19.     Representative of M/s NALCO

20.     Representative of M/s Ambuja Cements Ltd.

21.     Representative of M/s Bonai Ispat Pvt. Ltd

22.     Representative of M/s Orient Abrasives Ltd

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

24.     Representative of M/s Rungta Sons (P) Ltd.

25.     Representative of M/s Mysore Minerals Ltd

26.     Representative of M/s Sri P. Abdul Rawoof Khan

27.     Representative of M/s Sri Y. Yerikal Reddy

28.     Representative of M/s Sri G.V. Anil Kumar Reddy

29.     Representative of M/s Murliwala Minerals Pvt. Ltd.

30.     Representative of M/s Industrial Mineral Suppliers

31.     Representative of M/s Shri K. Srihari Rao

 

32.     Representative of M/s Kariganur Iron & Steel Pvt. Ltd.

33.     Representative of M/s Jindal Saw Ltd

34.     Representative of M/s Kalinga Limestone Mine

35.     Representative of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation

36.     Representative of M/s ADA Enterprises & Ventures Pvt. Ltd.

37.     Representative of M/s Kalinga Mining Corporation

38.     Representative of M/s Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. 

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