MINUTES

 

          The Minutes of the 92nd Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for CRZ, Infrastructure, Building Construction and Miscellaneous projects held on 20th – 22nd October, 2010 at Conference Room, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, 4th Floor, Kalpataru Point, Near Sion Circle, Sion (East), Mumbai - 400 022.

         

1.           Opening Remarks of the Chairman.

 

          The Chairman welcomed the members to the 92nd meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee. He informed that during the meeting, some site visits would also be undertaken by the Committee. The site visit would facilitate the members to get the required familiarization with various CRZ issues and also evaluate available infrastructure at sites which would help in the appraisal of CRZ projects in future too. The Committee appreciated the arrangement made by the State Government of Maharashtra in hosting the meeting at Mumbai. The Member Secretary informed the committee about the action taken on the decisions of the 90th meeting held on 18th – 20th August, 2010 in New Delhi.

 

2.           Confirmation of the Minutes of the 91st Meeting of the EAC           held on 21st – 23rd September, 2010 at New Delhi.

 

          Minutes of the 91st Meeting of the EAC held on 21st – 23rd September, 2010 at New Delhi were confirmed with the following amendments:

 

Item No 4.24 - Finalization of ToR for establishment of CETP at plot No .3460 & 3461, GIDC Industrial Estate, Ankleshwar Gujarat by M/s Green Development Centre Ltd [F.No. 10-42/2010-IA-III], the following conditions are added-

 

(i)                 In accordance with MoEF circular dated 25th August –2009 the comments of SPCB shall be obtained

 

(ii)              Confirm and justify the establishment of proposed CEPT, as it is located in the critically polluted area. Whether it is for the new industries to be set up or for the existing industries?

 

(iii)            Compliance with reference to norms notified for CETPs vide GSR 93 (E) dated 21-02-1991 under E (P) Act, 1986

 

(iv)             As it is proposed to handle 12 types liquid effluents from the member units, details of the storage facilities for handling segregated waste by member industries, method of transportation of segregated liquid effluent and storage facility at CETP shall be discussed in detail. The consented quantity of each liquid effluent stream by the SPCB for the member industries shall be submitted

 

(v)                Design details of the different   treatment systems proposed and the laboratory studies conducted to establish the treatment system  

 

(vi)             Submit a copy of MoU with clear cut responsibilities made with FETP and member units

 

(vii)           Purity of the recovered chemicals and its identified usage

 

(viii)        Characteristics of first forerun of MEE and its disposal method

 

(ix)            Number of solvent recovery columns and design recovery efficiency. Method of disposal of solvent residue and the quantity.

 

(x)               Monitoring programme for Ambient Air including online VOC, monitoring.

 

(xi)            Laboratory facilities and man power for monitoring

 

(xii)          Mechanical Sludge Dewatering system to reduce the area of sludge drying beds should be considered.

 

(xiii)       Stand by power details for continue operation of ETP units especially the biological system.

 

(xiv)         Submit monitoring of liquid effluent tanker with GPS system.

 

3.           Consideration of Old Proposals:

 

3.1           Amendment to the CRZ Clearance issued for Western Free Way Sea Link Project for change in the project profile by M/s Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Limited [F.No. J-12012/05-IA-III]

 

Ministry had earlier accorded clearance to the Western Freeway Sea Link project in 2003. As per the Environment Impact Assessment report and the Clearance, the project involves construction of main link (14.77 km length) parallel to the shore about 150 to 200m distance from shore (away from Coastal Regulation Zone) and interchanges at Worli (0.3 km), Haji Ali (0.75km), Bhulabai Desai Marg (0.75km) and Nariman Point (0.35 km) for smooth dispersal of traffic with dispersal arm near NCPA for Cuffe Parade.

                  

          MSRDC in October 2008, proposed modifications to the earlier clearance due to some technical issues and sought an amendment to the proposal – (i) Shifting of already approved connector at Worli seaward side by 270 m at Worli point. This connector is proposed at a distance of 1.2 km south of Pratiksha Connector of BWSL and (ii) Shifting of Haji Ali Connector seaward by 500m towards north of Haji Ali Dargah. This will avoid the crossing of Pedestrian Causeway leading to Haji Ali Dargah & will also not impact adversely heritage structure.

 

          The project was considered by the EAC in its meetings held on 25th – 26th October, 2007, 29th- 30th November, 2007 and 27th- 28th February, 2008 in detail and the Committee recommended the proposed changes in the alignment subject to providing the following certain additional information:-

 

During the above period, various writ petitions were filed in the Hon’ble High Court of Mumbai and a complaint from Shri. Mohan Rawale, Ex. M.P on the “Irregularities at Worli-Bandra Sea Link Project”. The Ministry asked clarifications on the above. MSRDC submitted details which were examined by the Committee.

 

          A site visit was also made by the Committee on 20th October 2010 and had detailed discussions with the senior officers of MSRDC.

 

          During the discussion with the officers of MSRDC, the Committee noted:

 

i)       5 PILs were filed in the Hon’ble High Court of Mumbai and a writ petition was filed in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and all were dismissed.

 

ii)     A PIL 992/ 2010 which is filed in the Hon’ble High Court of Mumbai has not been admitted and there is no interim order also.

 

iii)  The connector at Pratiksha Building is at the same location where the clearance was obtained and there is no change in the connector location.

 

iv)    The Connector at 1.2 Km of South of Prathiksha connector at Worli Dairy for the Western Freeway Sea Link has been dropped.

 

v)      The present proposal is only a revision of connector design at Worli and shifting of Haji Ali connector due to more detailed traffic analysis.

 

vi)    The proposal from Haji Ali to Nariman Point, various alternatives are being reviewed by the MSRDC and separate clearance shall be obtained as and when the designs are finalised.

 

          During the discussion, following points emerged:

 

i)       Road safety audit shall be carried out including the improvement of intersections.

 

ii)     Regular monitoring shall be carried out for Air quality and noise levels at connector points and toll plazas.

 

iii)  Connector designs and circulation plan shall be finalised in consultation with the local city traffic police/administration both during construction and operation phases.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for issue of amendment to the CRZ Clearance dated 10.02.2003 with the above conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

3.2           Amendment to the CRZ Clearance issued for Bandra Worli Sea Link Project for construction of Foot Over Bridges, Car Decks on Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Market at Worli end of Bandra Worli Sea Link, Mumbai and consent for setting up Disaster Management Unit at Bandra on above project by M/s Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Limited [F.No. J-12012/05-IA-III]

 

MSRDC informed that the proposal of Car decks and FOBs were proposed for decongesting the traffic coming from BWSL to this point but as per the air quality parameters observed at the above points, presently there is no necessity for the constructing the above car decks and foot over bridge and requested for deferment.

 

The Committee deferred the project based on the above.

 

 

 

 

3.3           Finalisation of ToR for foreshore facilities for establishing a Multipurpose Terminal and Ship Repair facility at Chanje, Distt Raigad, Maharashtra by M/s Karanja Terminals & Logistics Pvt. Ltd [F.No.11-59/2010-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves development of foreshore facilities for establishing a Multipurpose Terminal and Ship Repair facility at Chanje, Distt Raigad, Maharashtra. The site was approved by MMB for development of a “Multipurpose Terminal and Ship- Repair Yard’ along 1000 meters of water front at Karanja creek is strategically well located for the envisaged development.

 

     The site is located just beyond the eastern limits of Mumbai Port consists of tidal ‘mud flats’ along the eastern bank of Karanja creek. Geotechnical data available indicates very soft marine clay varying in depth from 3m to 13m. It is proposed to develop the ‘Multipurpose terminal and Ship-repair yard in the intertidal zone about 300 meters off the existing saline bund - ‘Khar bund’. The land required for the purpose (80ha) would have to be reclaimed and suitably treated to provide stability and strength to accommodate the envisaged facilities. The total fill required is estimated to be about 3.8 million cum. The water-front and back-up land are sufficient to develop 10 cargo berths to accommodate 4000 Dwt. barges, a ship repair yard to service barges, offshore supply vessels and port craft, as well as a boat parking facility. Dredging of the approach channel and other navigational areas may be reduced by taking advantage of the tidal window available in Mumbai harbor. The initial development (phase-1) of the project comprising 2 cargo berths and a ship repair yard with a cost of Rs. 575.00 crores.

 

          The site is close to State and National highways. The link road would be less than 2 Km. The nearest rail terminal is around 2.5 km.

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 21st - 23rd September, 2010 in which the proposal was deferred as the project proponent could not explain clearly the location of the project site and other project details.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)              The committee felt that the location is not suitable since there are mangroves located within the site and adjacent to the site and the proposal will damage them.

 

(ii)            The proposed reclamation is likely to occupy about 50% of the creek width. To examine the impact, a bathymetric study needs to be conducted.

 

(iii)         Proponent informed that nearby ports are willing to utilize the proposed facilities, submit the details of the communication made with the other ports and their requirement/ commitments also submit the details of existing/upcoming and under construction nearby port projects.

 

(iv)           Submit a copy of the 1:4000 scale map prepared by an authorized agency and superimpose the layout of the project including the mangroves and its density.

 

(v)              The proposal is located in the Raigad district which is identified as hot-spot area, hence a Comprehensive EIA shall be prepared, based on a minimum of 3 seasons data and environment impact assessment report should be prepared based on actual field measurements and appropriate modeling studies etc.

 

(vi)           Submit the details of the existing and proposed foreshore facilities at the vicinity and details of erosion at the proposed site.

 

            In view of the foregoing observations, the proposal is deferred and shall be considered to finalize the ToR after the above observations are addressed and submitted.

 

4.                      Consideration of New Projects

 

4.1     Environmental and CRZ Clearance for establishment of Navi Mumbai International Airport by M/s. City & Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd. [F.No.10-53/2009-IA.III].

 

The proposal was earlier considered in the 89th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee held on 21st – 23rd July 2010, 90th meeting held on 18th – 20th August 2010 and 91st meeting held on 21st – 23rd September, 2010.

 

2.       In the earlier meetings, the Committee had made a number of observations on the environmental concerns about the location of the Airport project in the CRZ area, training and diversion of Gadhi and Ulwe Rivers, cutting of 97m high hill and filling the entire site from 2m to a level of 7.0 m and reclamation of 161 ha of mangroves areas. The Committee also observed that due to the cutting of 97m high hill and filling the airport site will change the hydrology and drainage pattern of the entire Sub region including the JNPT and Panvel areas and may cause flooding. The noise levels during the take off and landing may have an adverse effect on the nearby Matheran hills and Karnala Bird Sanctuary and also pointed out the incorrect data and its analysis in the EIA report.

 

3.       In the above meetings, the Committee suggested CIDCO to:

 

i)            Examine the alternative sites out side CRZ area and not involving such environmental issues and indicated Wada, Ansoli and Kalyan as alternative sites.

 

ii)          Reducing the distance between two runways, staggering of runways and redesigning of the terminal building to avoid training and diverting the Gadhi and Ulwe Rivers.

 

iii)       Relocating the “Off Airport non-operational activities” to some other location to save the large part of mangroves and lagoon area.

 

4.       In the later meetings, the Committee discussed the clarifications on the above concerns in the light of the observations made during the meetings. The Committee found that CIDCO rejected the alternative sites on one or the other reasons and tried to justify the Navi Mumbai Site as the most suitable site. The reasons of the justifications were mainly based on:

 

i)            Out of 2110.733 ha. of land area, 1294.741 ha (842.301 private land and 452.440 Govt. land) is in possession of CIDCO.

 

ii)          Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India has accorded “In Principal” approval for the development of a Greenfield Airport through Public Private Partnership (PPP) at Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra in July 2007.

iii)       Government of Maharashtra has approved the project of Navi Mumbai International Airport and appointed CIDCO as nodal agency in July 2008.

 

iv)         Ministry of Environment and Forests had amended the CRZ Notification 1991 permitting the development of a green field Airport at Navi Mumbai subject to detailed scientific study for incorporating adequate environment safeguards measures required for neutralizing to coastal environment.

 

5.       The Committee noted that the:

 

i)            The proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport will be developed on “Public-Private-Partnership” model and CIDCO after obtaining all the necessary clearances will invite competitive bids. Mumbai International Airport Private Limited (MIAPL) will have a Right of first Refusal (RoFR).

 

ii)          The Ministry of Civil Aviation Government of India vide letter dated 12th October 2010, informed that the existing airport at Santa Cruz (40 MMPA) will get saturated by the time the new airport will come up at Navi Mumbai, say by 2014-15.

 

iii)       The proposed airport will be designed for a capacity of 60 MPPA by the year 2030-31, which is based on the air travel demand.

 

iv)         The CWPRS carried out I-D & 2-D mathematical studies to assess rise in flood levels under worst conditions and also to predict rise in flood levels along various rivers in Panvel creek. The reclamation for the proposed airport indicates a marginal increase in level to the extent of 0.15m to 0.30 m

 

v)           Necessary road (National and State Highways) and rail connectivity shall be upgraded to handle the increased passenger and cargo traffic.

 

vi)         The Master plan/development plan shall be revised on the basis of the above.

 

6.       The Ministry had requested the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Mumbai to examine the ecological assessment undertaken by the IIT, Mumbai and provide their views on the relevant ecological aspects. Accordingly the BNHS carried out a Rapid assessment Survey of the area:

 

a)                 To study structure of the plant communities on mangroves and salt marshes in the concerned area to be affected.

 

b)                To record bird diversity of concerned area.

 

c)                 To check the details of ecological analysis of these communities as reported in the EIA and identify the discrepancies, if any.

 

d)                To make a critical review of the EIA done by IIT, Mumbai.

 

          Following are the “Findings” in the report submitted by Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)

 

i)                   Scientific names: There are consistent spelling mistakes in the scientific names in the EIA report. For example, Clerodendrom inermi (Clerodendrum inerme), Abrus precatoriu (A. precatorius), Bruguira sp. (Brugueira sp.), Moring oleifera (Moringa oleifera), Psidium guavale (Psidium guyava), Ixora parvoflora (I. parviflora), Nerita tussellata (Nerita tessellata) is most probably Nerita Oryzarum or Nerita textilis, Turitella duplicate (Turritella duplicata), Littoring intermedia (Littoraria intermedia), Chicorus turrefactus (Chicoreus (Triplex) torrefactus) is most probably Chicoreus maurus ets. Moringa tinctoria should be Morinda tinctoria.

 

ii)                 It is mentioned in the EIA under ‘Habitats encountered in project area – Mangroves’ that “Though the term forest has been employed here, there are only degrading mangrove stands predominantly between the two rivers and NE side of the site.” The visit revealed that ‘Though the extent of stunted and degrading mangroves patches is large in the study area, there exist healthy, tall and diverse mangroves forests in narrow strips along the creeks and rivers’. But over all mangroves are stunted with large scale mortality due to construction of bunds. The purpose and legality of the construction of the bunds has not been verified by BNHS.

 

iii)              A total of 125 bird species were recorded during the one day rapid survey. Thus bird list provided by EIA seems very inadequate and incomplete with only 58 species recorded across three seasons (as stated in sheet 263 and table 4.74).

 

iv)                Mangrove associated fauna (gastropod, pelecypods and insects) also grossly inadequately documented.

 

v)                  BNHS have not looked at terrestrial flora (expect mangroves) except for those under transect/quadrates due to paucity of time. But are certain that floral list will be much higher if we capture monsoon season.

 

vi)                Fauna as such is inadequately covered.

 

vii)             Sheet 259 mentions that the ecological studies are carried out only in pre-monsoon season. This is primarily the reason for gross miss-representation for large number of flora and fauna. In fact it is paramount that monsoon counts are taken because monsoon flora and fauna cannot be studied during dry and winter seasons. While as perennial plants can be counted in any season including monsoon. Also non inclusion of winter season will affect representation of migratory species particularly birds which will arrive in this region only from October. Thus justification of doing counts in pre-monsoon season is not valid.

 

7.       A site visit was also made by the Committee on 20th October, 2010

 

8.          During discussions in the meeting, the following points emerged:

 

i)      CIDCO submitted the comparative table of all the four short listed sites – Wada, Ansoli, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai giving weightage criteria i.e. cutting- filling, diversion and training of Rivers, rehabilitation of population, land acquisition, accessibility, site development costs, environmental cost and security. As per the weightage, Navi Mumbai site scores 69 marks followed by Wada 58, Kalyan 56 and Ansoli 22 marks.

 

The Committee felt that the weightage given by CIDCO is not quite objective, if land acquisition criteria is removed then Wada and Navi Mumbai sites will score almost similar rankings.

 

ii)           CIDCO presented five options of the airport design of Navi Mumbai site by reducing the distance between two runways from 1835 mts. to 1550 mts. and clarified that further distance cannot be reduced. The option number five was rated as the best with total aircraft stands- 104, contact gates- 62, remote gates 42 for 59.62 MPPA capacity.    

 

The Committee requested that the technical design of the airport including the orientation of the runways should be finalised by CIDCO in consultation with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Airport Authority of India and DGCA keeping in mind the safety regulations and security measures. Thereafter, CIDCO should submit clear map showing the airport with its facilities showing also the CRZ I, II and III areas, land owned by it as on date etc.

 

iii)        CIDCO informed that the Gadhi River has been retained as it is by shifting the airport zone area southward to accommodate the natural flow of the river as suggested by the committee earlier.

 

The committee felt that although the Gadhi River will be outside the boundary of airport, it has to carry in excess flash runoff from the airport zone. If the present condition of the Gadhi River is retained as it is, there will be a threat to the existing mangroves and also to the health of the habitats with enormous flooding and water spread. Further, because of the air field activity, oil and grease spills do occur. Proper method of removal of oil and grease from the airport runoff must be taken otherwise it will get into the nearby Gadhi River which may result in death of fishes. The Committee suggested that:

 

a)     The river could further be dredged or appropriately widened to increase its carrying capacity for accommodating the worst flow conditions under highest tide and most intense rainfall simultaneously.

 

b)     The river front on the West side of Gadhi River may be developed against possible worst flooding conditions in line with Sabarmati River Front development.

 

iv)          A small channel of Gadhi River connecting the Ulwe River is proposed to be diverted through a canal by CIDCO for airport activities.

 

The committee suggested that functionally of the canal on the north side should be of appropriate depth and width computed through modeling studies.

 

v)            CIDCO re-examined the off airport non aeronautical activities area and informed that 272 ha. area can be accommodated on the south side of the airport and indicated a shortfall of 143 ha.

 

The Committee again suggested relocating the other activities so that lagoon area can be developed as Mangrove Park. CIDCO accordingly agreed to relocate the off airport activities. The Committee asked CIDCO to submit a revised layout of the airport project incorporating the above changes.

 

The Committee further suggested that the Vaghivli village or any other settlements may be removed from the lagoon area. The mangroves within area should be rejuvenated by creating properly designed irrigation canals for the protection of the airport under extreme meteorological conditions.

 

vi)          CIDCO presented the option four, in which the natural course of Ulwe River has been retained as suggested by the Committee earlier and clarified that the capacity of the airport will reduce to only 36.67 MPPA. Further the cost of the airport will be increased and there will be security threat due to water way passing through the airport area. Due to this reason CIDCO insisted that Ulwe River should not be allowed to flow beneath the proposed airport site.

 

The “Ulwe River” which was seen by the Committee, was observed to be in the nature of a tidal water body. Apparently there was no fresh water flow from the land ward side. The tide from the sea appeared extending upto approximately 4 km from the mouth of the sea. This narrow “Ulwe River” could be perse classified as tidal creek which has only tidal flow.

 

The Committee also observed that as of now, the proposed airport area is holding a number of small retention ponds. After the development of the airport, these ponds will disappear, resulting in the additional volume of water into Gadhi River. In addition, the proposed airport area will become a perfect impermeable surface. The committee suggested that:

 

a) CIDCO should submit a modified layout plan, marking the water bodies to establish the minimum distance from the surface water. The map should also indicate the storm water management from the project area, with disposal point(s) indicating the excess runoff flow in to the Gadhi River.  

 

b) The depth and width of the proposed re-coursing of the water body may be determined through modeling studies considering its catchment, slope and worst environmental conditions. In order to take up this work, first of all it is necessary to estimate the probable peak flood flow with a suitable method. CIDCO has proposed a trapezoidal section of channel with rectangular section of transition. At the interface i.e. changing section and for the rectangular section, CIDCO must consider appropriate velocities in the design to ensure that the flow does not induct any hydrological problems due to velocity gradient.

 

c)  Hydraulic regime and behaviour of the water bodies should also be studied by standard methods and compared with hydraulic studies made already. The channel must be provided as per the designs finalised by CWPRS. The Cross – section of the diverted channel should match with the inflow at all seasons plus effect of tidal influence etc.

 

d) Regular monitoring of the quantity and quality of the channel must be taken. The possible sediments in the diverted channel will have to be dredged time-to-time.

 

e)  The extend of tidal flow and (5 ppt) may be indicated in the “Ulwe River” and the CRZ boundary along the river and what will be the tidal flow after the proposed re-coursing along with the modeling studies.

 

d)  Impact of reclamation on hydrology, aquifers and drainage pattern may be studied and measures to prevent flooding may be indicated.

 

vii)      A detailed map shall be submitted by CIDCO separately with quantification of affected mangrove area with density i.e. initial proposal & modified proposal and proposed mangrove forestation with species.

 

viii)           The Committee felt that the project is likely to increase vehicular traffic significantly in the influence area/ connecting roads to airport from main city.

 

a)    CIDCO should prepare a detailed traffic management plan to take care of increased vehicles traffic which should also cover/ clearly delineate widening/ increasing the existing roads and associated road infrastructure approving/ installation of road safety features / pedestrian facility / FOB /  under passes etc (that can be done by carrying out road safety audits). Measures should be taken to prevent encroachment along/within the ROWs on connecting/ main arelerial roads. 

 

b)    The measures should be taken to improve public transportation including dedicated road / MRTS Corridors to access to Airport, may also be considered for the same. Mass transport facility, suburban/ metro train in particular, may be created between the Santa Cruz and Panvel Airport in addition to all other links connecting various parts of Mumbai city.

 

c)     Traffic Management during construction phase should be clearly planned so that the traffic situation is not further worsened on the existing connecting roads. Installations of Noise barrier/ Green Belt should be clearly indicated in the plan (After identifying critical locations.

 

ix)        The Committee felt that based on the Geographical profile underneath the proposed airport, suitable consolidation factor has to be arrived to assess the additional noise level that would be produced due to the impact of landing & take off of the air craft. Further, the partially quarried hills in the vicinity will become a rebound shell for noise. Suitable mitigation techniques have to be arrived. CIDCO should examine and submit the details of noise level that are likely to be increased both during day and night time and the mitigative measures to reduce the noise levels.

 

x)          CIDCO submitted the following clarifications regarding the water quality monitoring data:

 

a)  The unit of Cd, Pb & Hg concentrations given in table 4.26 to 4.30 and 4.37 is to be taken as µg/L (micrograms per liter) instead of mg/L (milligrams per liter).

 

The Committee observed that this will mean all metal concentration values of Cd, Pb & Hg (except some values in tables 4.29 & 4.37) are less than 1 µg/L. In-fact the data reported are upto third decimal place which means an accuracy of 0.001 µg/L. The ICP-AES technique is not sensitive below 1µg/L concentration in the feed to the machine. The extraction of metals from marine water samples usually involve pre-concentration factors in the range of 20-25 only and not 1000.

 

b) All the physico-chemical parameters except BOD and nutrients are within the prescribed standards and this implies that Cd, Pb and Hg are also within the limits.

 

The Committee observed that Toxic metals are considered separately in water quality monitoring.

 

c)  The high values of TOC (total organic carbon) cannot have any direct correlation between TOC, COD, and BOD values in such samples and the presence of high TOC corresponding to low BOD could be due to the presence of semi bio-degradable organic compounds.

 

The Committee observed that the significance of TOC is mentioned as stated on page 94 of the EIA report, is that the TOC parameter can be used to regulate the organic chemical discharge to the environment in a manufacturing plant. It is also stated that low TOC can confirm the absence of potentially harmful chemicals in water used to manufacture pharmaceutical products. The report even further states that it is highly an important parameter for fresh water quantity assessment. The CIDCO’s submission that the presence of semi bio-degradable organic compounds as a reason of high TOC values is therefore not acceptable, in view of TOC being indicative of organic chemical discharged, as stated above.

 

The Committee also observed that the TOC has good correlations with BOD & COD as long as the corresponding effluent source of the water body remains the same. In fact TOC is used as a routine parameter in some of the discharges, as the TOC measurement time is just few minutes, compared to the long time requirements of BOD and COD.

 

The committee also observed that on one hand the fresh TOC data presented by CIDCO do not have any high values of TOC but at the same time no typographical or other error is claimed by CIDCO in the existing high TOC data given in the EIA report.

 

d) The Committee suggested that the fresh data on water quality monitoring claimed to have been obtained by CIDCO, may be included in the revised report on “Water Environment” and the values of the metals, TOC etc, given in the existing report be discarded, because (i) there is no such contamination of surface water/ ground water by organic chemicals, mercury or other toxic metals reported so far in the Panvel Creek area, and (ii)the fresh monitoring data of the same water bodies presented by CIDCO do not have such high values of TOC or Toxic metals. The water quality monitoring data in the existing report in respect of all other parameters may also be discarded/ fresh included accordingly.

 

9.  The Committee noted that CIDCO has also given their concurrence to      the following:

 

a)     Shall obtain necessary permission from Hon’ble High Court of Bombay for cutting of mangroves and clearance under Forest Conservation Act 1980 as per the orders in respect of notice of Motion no. 417 of 2006 in PIL no. 87/2006, if required.

 

b)    Shall obtain permission/approval for reclassification of CRZ areas/revised CZMA of the area in view of the proposed changes agreed at para 8 above.

 

c)     Standard instrument arrival and departure procedure shall be designed to minimise the noise levels within the permissible limits for a small area falling in the funnel near the airport on either side.

 

d)    Energy conservation to the extent of 20% shall be incorporated in the bidding documents for various buildings proposed within the Airport Complex.

 

          In conclusion, while the Committee does appreciate the need of 2nd International Airport for Mumbai Metropolitan Region, however the Committee is not fully convinced that environmental impacts and their mitigation measures have been studied and addressed to a satisfactory level. Under the circumstances, the Committee deferred the project till the submission of the details required at para 8 and 9 are submitted by CIDCO.

 

4.2     CRZ clearance for Integrated infrastructure project in sector-10 A, at Airoli, Navi Mumbai by M/s City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd. [F.No. 11-84/2010-IA-III]

 

           As presented by the proponent, the proposal involves development of infrastructure facilities on a plot area of 45.34 ha. at Sector 10 A, exclusively for international Diplomatic Centers (IDE). The facilities include Roads, footpaths, Storm water drains, water supply systems, Sewerage, electrification and Eco Discovery Park. The total cost of the project is Rs. 23.89 crores.

 

           There are no mangroves in the site however, 7 ha area falls within 50 meters from mangroves. The project is located in CRZ-II as per the approved CZMP of the Navi Mumbai. MCZMA has recommended the proposal vide letter No. CRZ 2009/CR 177/TC 3 dated 23.06.2010.

            

          During discussions, the Committee noted that:

 

i)       The project is covered in the 73 projects for which notice of motion was filed in Hon’ble High Court of Bombay and HC has issued orders on 28.07.2008. As per the order of the Hon’ble High Court, infrastructure projects such as roads, railways, bridges, culverts, pipe outlets, water supply/ sewerage system etc required for the benefit of the public at large not involving any cutting of mangroves may be allowed to be taken up subject to clearance from competent authorities.

 

ii)     The proposal is for the development of infrastructure for the International Diplomatic Enclave (IDE). The proposed infrastructure will lead to further development and construction of buildings, however there is no permission of Court for those developments/constructions. The proposal should be considered as an integrated project. The permissibility of development of IDE as per the Order of Hon’ble Court is required.

 

iii)  The infrastructure cannot be designed without the details of the exact requirements.

 

iv)    A clarification should be obtained from Hon’ble High Court of Bombay that the infrastructure development will lead to the construction also and court may please permit. These can be done only after finalisation of requirements.

 

In view of the foregoing observations, the proposal is deferred and shall be considered afresh after the above observations are addressed and submitted for reconsideration.  

 

4.3           Environmental clearance for construction of Shirdi Airport, Village Kakadi, Taluka Kopargaon, Distt: Ahmadnagar by M/s. Maharashtra Airport Development Company Ltd. [F.No. 10-29/2009-IA-III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves the development of a Greenfield Airport at Shirdi to establish air connectivity between various district head quarters and capitals. Shirdi by virtue of being a religious and tourist place, its connectivity is critical for future growth. Currently the number of tourists visiting Shirdi has increased in the last 20 years and the inflow reaches to about half a million people during the auspicious days, weekends and public holidays. Considering the need and future growth of religious tourism in Shirdi, a Greenfield airport to take care of domestic as well as international traffic is essential. The Development Plan of Shirdi prepared in 1992 also envisages having an airport for Shirdi.

 

The facility proposed at the airport are a runway of 3200 m. length x 45 m. width, a terminal building built up area will be 39,000 sqm, ATR, Taxiways, Apron, GSE Storage Area, ATC Tower, Airfield Ground Lighting, Airport lighting, Cargo, Maintenance Hangers online etc. The proposed air port is designed to handle peak hour passengers of 700 in phase - I and 1300 in Phase-II. The aircraft types are B737/A320 and ATR 72 in phase-I (by 2015) and A310 will be added in Phase-II (by 2035). In phase-I, the parking facility is for 240 four wheelers, 40 two wheelers, 70 auto-rickshaws and 3 buses with an area of 10,000 sqm. In phase-II, the parking facility is for 440 four wheelers, 75 two wheelers, 130 auto-rickshaws and 5 buses with an area of 18,000 sqm.

 

The total area of the airport project is 340.67 ha.. About 25 farmhouses are likely to be affected and compensation will be paid as per Maharashtra State R&R Policy. The Water requirement will be 370 KLD in phase-I and 577 KLD in phase-II (source - Godavari Right Bank Canal). The waste water generation during phase-I will be 114 KLD and 257 KLD in phase II. Parking area will be 3000 sqm in Phase-I and 7000 sqm at final Phase. There are no protected sensitive areas near the proposed site. The total cost of the project is 315 Crores.

 

          The proposal was considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 25th- 26th June, 2009 and finalized the TOR for further study. The Public hearing was conducted on 13.04.2010.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                 Thick green belt of adequate width shall be planned all around the airport site especially near the settlements to mitigate noise and vibrations. The identification of species/ plants shall be made based on the botanical studies.

 

(ii)              No fruit tree shall be planted near the airport site.

 

(iii)             The terminal building shall incorporate the features of local architecture in and around the area.

 

 

 

 

          The Committee recommended the proposal for Environmental Clearance with the above conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.4  Environmental clearance of TOR for expansion and modernization of Solapur Airport, Boramani Village Solapur Distt by M/s. Maharashtra Airport Development Company [F. No. 10-30/2009-IA-III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves the development of an airport at Solapur to establish air connectivity between various district head quarters and State capitals.

 

The existing Solapur airport was constructed in the year 1987 and further renovated in 2006. The present airport was transferred to Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) by State Public Works Department (PWD) in 2007 for maintenance, operation and further development. The present airport caters to four flights in a week on Mumbai-Solapur-Mumbai route. Considering the current need and future growth of Solapur town, its imperative convenient air facilities for tourists, businessmen etc from different parts of the country. A feasibility study for development of this airport to suit operations of A320/B737 or its equivalent was carried out by MADC.

 

The facility proposed are runway 3200 m. x 45 m. Terminal building, ATR, Taxiways, Apron, GSE Storage Area, ATC Tower, Airfield Ground Lighting, Airport lighting, Cargo, Maintenance Hangers online. The proposed air port is designed to handle peak hour passengers of 200 in phase - I and 300 in Phase-II.  The air craft types are ATR 72/500 in phase-I (by 2015) and B737/A320 will be added in Phase-II (by 2035). In phase-I, the parking facility is for 40 four wheelers, 30 two wheelers, 20 auto-rickshaws and 1 bus and in phase-II, the parking facility will be extended for 55 four wheelers, 55 two wheelers, 30 auto-rickshaws and 1 bus with an area of 3,400 sqm.

 

The total area of the airport project is 340 ha., out of which 107.61 ha is Government land, and 232.39 ha. is agricultural land.  There are no settlements except very few cattle sheds and compensation will be provided as per Maharashtra State R&R Policy. There are no protected sensitive areas near the proposed site. Water requirement will be 162 KLD in phase-I and 173 KLD in phase-II (source - industrial water supply MIDC, Solapur). The waste water generation during phase-I will be 18 KLD and in Phase-II, it will be 28.5 KLD.  The sewage generated is proposed to be treated an STP of 30 KLD capacity. The total cost of the project is Rs.228 Crores.

 

The proposal was considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 25th- 26th June, 2009 and finalized the TOR for further study:

 

          During the discussions, the following points emerged:

 

(i)          The EIA report submitted, following are some of the identified potential impacts due to the project:

·        Air environment - Operation Phase – Release of Heat and climate changes, impact on flora and fauna, impact on economic out put.

·        Noise environment – impact of migration of birds, reptiles and population, impact on economic out put, impact on socio – cultural environment.

·        Water environment – Impacts of hydraulics of water course, impact on aquatic life, impact on amenity recreation and impact on economic out put.

·        Ground water environment – Change in structure of soil, addition/removal of substances or heat to/from the soil, impact on the soil biota, impact on live stock, impact on agricultural production, impact on economic out put, impact on socio-cultural environment.

·        Land environment – change in ground water regime/salt water intrusion, soil salinity, impact on agricultural produce, impact on economic out put – Fig No 4.5

But, the details above are not furnished. The impacts are mentioned in a very generic way but not project specific. The EIA should cover project specific impacts to have a proper understanding and also to plan suitable mitigations.

(ii)        Impact of storm water (4.3.3.6) – It was stated that run-off from the paved areas will be routed through a carefully designed storm water drainage network and collected in storm water collection sump and excess rainwater will be discharged to bore wells constructed on these internal drains. Details with quantities of storm water, area required for storm water harvesting and suitability of ground conditions are not furnished. Similarly, in case of run-off from unpaved areas. The PP shall furnish specific plan of action in this regard.

(iii)     Energy conservation measures in designing the terminal & other buildings, selection of chilling and AC systems and on the basis of ECBC guidelines, as per the feasibility and site conditions should be furnished.

(iv)       Project proponent informed that the existing airport can not be expended as on the one side on the runway there is a sugar mill and its chimney which will fall under the flying path and on other side expansion can not be done because of the development. Due to the above reason, the proposal has been submitted for a new airport. The Committee felt that this issue should be re-examined in the light of the investments required for the new airport.

In view of the foregoing observation, the proposal is deferred and shall be considered afresh after the above observations are addressed and submitted for reconsideration.  

 

4.5           CRZ  clearance for crossing Mahul creek near Bhakti Park at Anil Villages for Mono rail project from Wadala to Chembur by M/s MMRDA [F.No.11-102/ 2010-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project Proponent, the proposal is for construction of Concrete Columns in CRZ area of Mahul creek for the construction of monorail transport system. The columns will be of 1.5 x 1 m. size (2 no.) falls in CRZ-II area and one in CRZ-I area. Some Mangroves are present on the Right bank of the Mahul creek and no column is proposed in the mangrove area. The total cost of the project in CRZ area is Rs. 3.64 crores. 

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           The project shall be implemented in such a manner that there shall be no damage whatsoever to the mangroves/other sensitive ecosystems.

 

(ii)        Permission from the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay shall be obtained for the activities, if any within 50 m buffer zone of mangroves prior to the commencement of activity.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                    Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.6           CRZ clearance for reconstruction of the exiting building on plot bearing CST No. 343 of Village Bandra, Perry Cross Road, Bandra (Wset), Mumbai by M/s Sarosh Medical Services Pvt. Ltd [ F.No. 11-103/2010-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves reconstruction of the exiting building on plot bearing CTRS no. C/343 of Village Bandra, Perry Cross Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai.  The total plot area is 227.40 sqm. and the existing built up area is 355.18 sqm. with G+1 and 9 m height. Proposed construction is Stilt +7 floors for 23.096 m height. The built up area proposed is 355.18 sqm. It is proposed to construct 3 flats (Duplex). The water requirement is 3 KLD and the sewage generation is 2 KLD. No DG set is proposed. The Cost of the project is Rs. 7.57 Crores.

 

The site fall in CRZ-II on the landward side of Perry cross road and Carter road. Proponent informed that both the building and roads were exists prior to 1991.

 

          During the discussion, the following point emerged:

 

i)       The construction shall be as per CRZ Notification 1991.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                     Clearance after submission of the above information to the Ministry.

 

4.7           Environmental clearance for widening and improvement of existing 2-lane to 4/6 laning of Patna-Gaya-Dhobi section of NH-83 in the State of Bihar by M/s NHAI [F.No. 10-85/2010 - IA-III]

 

As presented by the Project Proponent, the proposal involves Widening and Improvement of existing 2-lane to 4 laning of Patna-Gaya-Dhobi section of NH-83 in the state of Bihar. The entire project road is confined to Bihar State only. The project road of NH- 83 starts at km 150 of NH-80 about 22 km away from center of Patna town and ends at Km 127.100 at Dobhi in Gaya District. The project road passes trough three district Patna (Km 0.00  to Km 36.00), Jahanabad (Km 36.00 to Km 71.00) and Gaya (Km 71.00 to Km 127.100).

 

The major settlements on the project road are Shahid Ram Govind Singh Mahal, Pun Pun, Pothari, Neema, Nadwan, Masaudhi, Golapur, Jahanabaad, Tehta, Makhdumpur, Bela Ganj, Nawari Bazar, Bidyut Nagar/ Bodhgaya, Sheikwara, Mathani, Karmoni, and Dobhi. Apart from these, the road also passes through number of smaller settlements.

 

Existing road length is 125 km with RoW varies from 20-28m and proposed road length is 127.100 with proposed ROW 60m. The topography of the region is plain with slight undulation in small stretches. The land use pattern is predominantly agricultural followed by settlement and built up section. The proposed development work involves 4 lane standard with 4.5 m median, provision of longitudinal drains, rehabilitation/ reconstruction of existing culverts and bridges, service road, VUP, ROB etc.

 

Nine bypasses have been proposed at congested settlements/location of Patna (km 0.000 to 5.5000), Potahi (km 13.200 to 15.500), Nima/Nidawan (km 17.600 to 20.600), Mashaudhi (km 22.200 to 26.700), Jahanabad (km 39.400 to46.100), Tehta (km 54.400 to 57.100), Makdumpur (km 57.700 to 62.800), Belaganj (km 71.500 to 73.600) and Gaya (km 82.700 to 106.600).

 

The existing road has 198 culvert, 11 major bridges, 17 minor bridges. It is proposed to have 218 culvert, 11 major bridge , 17 minor bridge, 4 VUP, 3 ROB, 2 fly over, 1 inter change, 6 bus bays, 2 truck parking, 2 way side amenities,  2 toll plaza and service load ( 8.160 km) at tree location at Nadaul, Panchmahala & Dobhi.

 

The proposed widening schedule shall be New Construction Left Side of Existing Road 10.70 km, Left Side Widening 8.430 km, Right Side Widening 13.000 km, Concentric Widening 2.775 km, Bypass 56.400 km and Reconstruction 35.825 km. The project road traverses partly through seismic zone III and zone IV.

 

The public hearing was conducted on 16.08.2010 at Jhanabad, 17.08.2010 at Gaya and 18.08.2010 at Patna.

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)       Necessary prior permission shall be obtained for cutting of trees from the competent authority. Compensatory afforestation shall be carried out as per stipulated conditions of MoEF and State Forest Division.

 

ii)     Flyash shall be used for the construction of the road as the thermal power plant is within the 100 kms of the proposed road.

 

iii)  R& R shall be as per the guidelines of Govt. of India.

 

iv)   IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

v)      The responses/ commitments made during public hearing shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

vi)   All the recommendation of the EMP shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

          The Committee recommended the proposal for Environmental Clearance with the above conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.


 

4.8           Environmental clearance for widening and strengthening of existing 2-lane to 4 lane of Trivandrum to Kanyakumari of NH-47 including Nagercoil to Kavalkinaru Section of NH-47B in the State of Tamil Nadu and Kerala by M/s NHAI. [F.No. 5-57/2009-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the project involves widening and strengthening of existing 2-lane to 4 lane of Trivandrum to Kanyakumari of NH-47. The road starts from Kazhakkoottam before Trivandrum at km 00/000 (referred to existing km 552/000 m Stone) and ends at Karode (Kerala/Tamilnadu border) at km 43/000 for NH 47. Since the alignment is same of existing Trivandrum Bypass for a length of 22/600km and remaining portion is completely new alignment. The total length of the project and the design length of the project is 43km.

 

Thiruvananthapuram to Kerala-Tamil Nadu border stretch of NH 47 under Package I, starts from Kazhakkoottam junction at km 552/000 of the existing highway, which is also the take off point of Thiruvananthapuram bypass, and hence referred to as km 0/000 of the new alignment.  The proposal envisages widening of the existing 2-lane bypass to four lanes from km 0/000 to km 22/600. Thereafter the original bypass alignment proposed by Kerala PWD (NH) is followed upto Ayira village (km 40/343).  Further it deviates from the PWD alignment for a short length and crosses Kerala Border at km 43/000.

 

The Project road is being designed for design speed of 100 kmph in plain and 80Km. in rolling and hilly terrain. The land use pattern along the project is mainly Built-up (66%), Agricultural (14%), and Barren (20%). Existing ROW varies from 42 to 45m for a length of 26km and remaining length 45m ROW has to be acquired. There are 19 bridges and 128 culverts along the alignment including new ones proposed.

 

Present alignment is a bypass for the existing NH 47 passing through the Trivandrum city. Part of the proposed alignment has been considered as Bypass for Trivandrum city and remaining portion of the alignment has been considered as realignment for the existing NH 47. 33 Bus bays, 6 vehicular underpasses, 5 vehicular overpass and 1 ROB proposed for the project road. 71.4 km length service road is proposed along the project road. About 10,103 trees are to be felled for the project road, against which about 31,000 trees are proposed to be planted. The total cost of the project road is Rs. 7120.61 million (As per Final DPR submitted in 2008). Total of 95.95 ha of land is proposed to be acquired for the project.

 

          Public hearing was conducted on 20.04.2010 at Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority has recommended the proposal for CRZ clearance vide letter no. 1594/A2/09/S&TD dated 21.01.2010.

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)                Necessary prior permission shall be obtained for cutting of trees from the competent authority. Compensatory afforestation shall be carried out as per stipulated conditions of MoEF and State Forest Division.

 

(ii)              R& R shall be as per the guidelines of Govt. of India.

 

(iii)           IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(iv)             The responses/ commitments made during public hearing shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

(v)               All the recommendation of the EMP shall be complied with letter and spirit.

 

          The Committee recommended the proposal for Environmental Clearance with the above conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.9           Finalization of ToR for widening and improvement of existing 2-lane to 4-lane in the section of Obedullahaganj – Hoshangabad – Itarsi – Betul of NH-69 in the State of Madhya Pradesh by M/s NHAI [F.No. 10-69/2010 – IA-III]

 

The project road is located in Madhya Pradesh, starts at km 0.000 at a Junction with NH-12 (km 281) at Obedullaganj and ends at km 143.000 at Betul. The length of the project road is 143 km. The project road passes through 4 districts namely – Raisen (Goharganj taluka), Sheore (Budni taluka), Hoshangabad (Hoshangabad and Itarsi taluka) and Betul (Shahpur, Ghora Dongari and Betul taluka). The project involves widening of existing 2 lane road to 4-lane divided carriageway. Average existing right of way is 30 m, proposed right of way is 60 on an average. Proposed right of way has been restricted to 45 m at the locations of sanctuary and forest areas (both side). The project road stretch mainly passes through plain terrain (87.2%). Only 5.4% km hilly terrain and about 7.4% km rolling terrain Settlements present along the existing road includes Obedullaganj (bypassed), Budni (bypassed), Hoshangabad (Bypassed), Itarsi (bypassed), Keshla, Bhoura, Shahpur (bypassed), Padhar (bypassed) and Betul (bypassed).

 

The project road passes through Barkheda Range of Obedullaganj Forest Division (Ratapani Sanctuary – length 12.44 km), Budni Range of Sehore Forest Division, Itarsi and Sukhtawa Range of HoHHhhhjhhhkljlkjlkjlkjkljlkjljklkjl;kjl;kjwel;kjl;wrkeqjlwqkejrkrwelqjqlkwjrlkwqerjjlkjklj kjhjkhkjklhjklhkjhkjlhweqkljqwehr Hoshangabad Forest Division and Bhoura, Shahpur and Betul Range of North Betul Forest Division. 29.3 km project road passes through forest area on both side and 5.7 km project road passes through forest area only on one side. About 72 ha of Reserve & Protected forest area and about 42 ha land of sanctuary is to be diverted for the implementation of the project. About 17000 roadside trees are observed on either side of the project road. Species mainly include Teak, Neem, Mahua, Haldu, Kusum, Arjun etc. The project road is crossed by Gattria Nala, Narmada River, Machna River, Sukhi river, Sukh Tava river, Bhaunra river and few other Nalas. Among these, only Machna and Narmada are perennial river.

 

     Proposed project includes 3 bypasses (Budni-Hoshangabad-Itarsi bypass, length about 36 km), Shahpur Bypass (length about 4.4 km) and Padhar bypass (length about 5.5km). There are 3 major bridges (all new) and 40 minor bridges (including 18 new) proposed for the project. 161 culverts (19 new) proposed for the project. 3 ROB (1 new), 2 flyover, 9 VUP and 12 PUP proposed for the project. 4 truck laybys, 2 toll plaza and 2 rest areas are proposed for the project. About 66% km passes through rural and agriculture land, 28.6% of project road passes through forests and 5.4% of the project road passes through settlements and commercial area. Total revenue land required for the project is about 400 ha. About 1124 families (title holder and non-title holder) will be affected, of which 119 are SC and 109 are ST families. The proposal is to be developed in 2 packages. The package I will be from 2.8 km to 28 km. 6.46 km will pass through forest area. 12.44 km pass through Ratapani Sanctuary. The package II, will be 107.5 km and pass through 3 districts- Sheore, Hoshangabad and Betul. 520 ha. of forest land is proposed to be diverted. 22.8 km passes through reserved and protected forest on both sides and 5.7 km on one side.The preliminary environmental cost is about Rs 259 million & the social cost is Rs 1596 million. The construction cost for the project is Rs 16406.45 million.

       

          During the discussions, the following points emerged:

 

(i)       Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

(ii)    Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

 

(iii)      Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

(iv)   Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

(v)      Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vi)   If the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment / control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

(vii)     If the proposed route involves tunneling, the details of the tunnel and locations of tunneling with geological structural fraction should be provided.  In case the road passes through a flood plain of the river, the details of micro drainage, flood passages and information on flood periodicity at least of last 50 years in the area should be examined.

 

(viii)  Study regarding the Animal bypasses / underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out. Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

 

(ix)      If the proposed route requires cutting of trees, then the information should be provided for number of trees to be cut, their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species.  Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

(x)         If the proposed route is passing through a city or town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance, etc.

 

(xi)      Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

(xii)    Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

(xiii) Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

 

(xiv)   Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xv)     Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xvi)   The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xvii)      Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any. Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modeling at different representative locations.

 

(xviii)    Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

(xix)  Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

(xx)    If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/ dump site along with necessary permission.

 

(xxi)  If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

(xxii)     The road is fall under over exploited zone. Necessary permission shall be obtained from CGWA. A water plan shall be prepared and all the water bodies mapping should be done. A water management plan should be prepared.

 

(xxiii)   Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges.  Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

(xxiv)    If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

(xxv) Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

(xxvi)    If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

(xxvii)  Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

(xxviii)     IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(xxix)   Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

(xxx)      Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. Road safety audit shall be carried out and report shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

(xxxi)   Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends – incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

(xxxii) If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

(xxxiii)    Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

(xxxiv)      Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/ employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc  and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

(xxxv)  Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

(xxxvi)      Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

(xxxvii)   Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

(xxxviii) As far as possible, other than hilly terrain, circular curves must be avoided. Design of transition curves are preferred them combined curves.

 

(xxxix)     Regarding non-point source of pollution and its effects on the surrounding major water bodies like rivers, lakes etc., the source area sampling must be imposed to arrive at the pollutant load transport through the highway runoff during monsoon.

                            

          Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways”.

 

4.10      Finalization of ToR for widening with paved shoulder of NH-216 stretch from Raigarh – Saraipali by M/s Chief Engineer (NH) National Highway Campus, Chattisgarh [F.No. 10-62/2010 – IA-III]

 

The Committee decided to defer the project, since the project proponent did not attend the meeting.


 

4.11      Finalization of ToR for 4/6 laning of Jhansi – Khajurao section of NH-75 in the State of UP and MP by M/s NHAI. [F.No. 10-65/2010 – IA-III]

 

As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves 4/6 laning of Jhansi – Khajurao section of NH-75 in the State of UP and MP. The project road starts at Jhansi km 1.900 in UP and ends at Bamitha km 165.950. The total length of project road is 164.050 km and the design length of project road is 164.310 km. NH-75 originates from NH-3 at Gwalior in Uttar Pradesh and ends near Satna at its junction with NH-7 in Madhya Pradesh. This is the most important road connecting many ancient towns like Gwalior, Jhansi, Khajuraho, Panna etc. The project road is being designed for 80kmph in plain terrain and 65kmph in rolling terrain. The land use pattern along the project is mainly agriculture (42%), Barren/Open Land (20%), Commercial (12%), and Residential (26%). 4.12% of total land is of forest areas and the rest includes industrial (2%) and water bodies (1.06%).

 

     The existing RoW varies from 20m to 45m along the project road. The proposed ROW is 60 m. There are 41 bridges and 319 culverts along the alignment including new ones proposed. 96 Bus bays, 4 Rest Area, 3 Vehicular Underpass, 1 Flyover, 9 Cattle cum Pedestrian Passes and 1 RoB proposed for the project road. 7.10 km service road is proposed along the project road. Total 750 Hct (approx.) of land is proposed to be acquired for the project road including 39 Hct of forest land.

 

     The project road does not pass through ecologically sensitive or protected areas like wild life sanctuary, Nature Park and animal corridor. About 8174 trees are to be felled for the project road, against which 40,870 trees are proposed to be planted. The total cost of the project road is Rs. 395.284 crores.

 

          During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional TOR for further study:        

 

(i)                Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

(ii)              Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

 

(iii)           Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

(iv)             Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

(v)               Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vi)             If the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment / control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

(vii)          If the proposed route involves tunneling, the details of the tunnel and locations of tunneling with geological structural fraction should be provided.  In case the road passes through a flood plain of the river, the details of micro drainage, flood passages and information on flood periodicity at least of last 50 years in the area should be examined.

 

(viii)        Study regarding the Animal bypasses / underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out. Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

 

(ix)            If the proposed route requires cutting of trees, then the information should be provided for number of trees to be cut, their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species.  Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

(x)              If the proposed route is passing through a city or town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance, etc.

 

(xi)            Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

(xii)         Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

(xiii)       Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

 

(xiv)        Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xv)           Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xvi)        The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xvii)      Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any. Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modeling at different representative locations.

 

(xviii)         Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

(xix)       Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

(xx)          If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/ dump site along with necessary permission.

 

(xxi)       If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

(xxii)     The road is fall under over exploited zone. Necessary permission shall be obtained from CGWA. A water plan shall be prepared and all the water bodies mapping should be done. A water management plan should be prepared.

 

(xxiii)  Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges.  Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

(xxiv)    If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

(xxv)      Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

(xxvi)    If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

(xxvii) Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

(xxviii)     IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(xxix)   Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

(xxx)     Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. Road safety audit shall be carried out and report shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

(xxxi)   Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends – incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

(xxxii)       If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

(xxxiii)    Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

(xxxiv)      Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/ employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc  and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

(xxxv)        Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

(xxxvi)      Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

(xxxvii)   Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

(xxxviii)       As far as possible, other than hilly terrain, circular curves must be avoided.  Design of transition curves are preferred them combined curves.

 

(xxxix)     Regarding non-point source of pollution and its effects on the surrounding major water bodies like rivers, lakes etc., the source area sampling must be imposed to arrive at the pollutant load transport through the highway runoff during monsoon.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 in all the districts and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways”.

 

4.12      Finalization of ToR for widening and up gradation of existing carriageway 2-lane with paved shoulders in Jhalawar – Biaora section of NH-12 in the State of Rajasthan by M/s NHAI [F.No. 10-70/2010 – IA-III]

 

     The project road is present in Rajasthan, starts at km 346.300 at Teendhar Junction and continues up to the Rajasthan/Madhya Pradesh Border at KM 412. The length of the project road is 71 km. The project road runs through one district – Jhalawar and 2 tehsils Aklera & Jhalrapatan. The project involves widening & upgrading from 2 lane to 2 lane with paved shoulders. Widening along existing road will be within the available ROW, in realignment stretches proposed ROW is 45m, in bypasses proposed ROW is 60m. The project road stretch mainly passes through plain terrain. Only 3 km passes through ghat section. Settlements present along the project road include Asnawar, Aklera, Dungargaon, Ametha, Kholi.

 

     The project road passes through Reserve forest (3km on left & 3.235km on right) & Protected Forests (3 km on the left & 2.85 km on the right). About 23.6 ha of Reserve & Protected forest area is to be diverted for widening. There is no wildlife sanctuary or national park along the project road. About 6910 roadside trees are observed on either side of the project road. Species mainly include Neem, Babool.

 

     The project road is crossed by river Kalisindh. Apart from this river, many streams cross the project road. One bypass (Aklera Bypass, length 7.6 km), four realignments proposed along the project road for a total length of 13.7 km. There are 3 major bridges along the project road, 2 will be retained and 1 will be newly constructed. 8 minor bridges are present, 4 will be retained, 2 widened, 1 reconstructed and 1 will be newly constructed. There are 80 culverts along the road, of which 20 will be newly constructed. 2 ROB’s are proposed along the project road, 1 Toll plaza proposed at km 377/300, 1 truck laybye proposed near Ghatoli (km 402/300), 86 bus stops are proposed. About 52.4% land use along the project road is agriculture land, settlements make up about 24.2%, barren land comprises 14.24% and forest comprises about 9%..                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

     Total land required for the project is 94.23 ha, of which 23.6 ha is forest land & 70.63 ha is non forest land. About 683 structures will be affected, of which 311 are residential, 327 commercial & 45 are mixed. The preliminary environmental cost is about Rs 38.7 million & the social cost is 172.42 million. The total cost of the project is Rs 170.1 crores.

 

     During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional TOR for further study:

 

(i)                Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

(ii)              Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

 

(iii)           Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

(iv)             Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

(v)               Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vi)             Study regarding the Animal bypasses / underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out.  Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

 

(vii)          If the proposed route requires cutting of trees, then the information should be provided for number of trees to be cut, their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species.  Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

(viii)        If the proposed route is passing through a city or town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance, etc.

 

(ix)            Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

(x)              Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

(xi)            Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

 

(xii)         Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xiii)       Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xiv)        The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xv)           Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any.  Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modeling at different representative locations.

 

(xvi)        Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

(xvii)      Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

(xviii)   If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/ dump site along with necessary permission.

 

(xix)       If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

(xx)          Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges.  Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

(xxi)       Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water.

 

(xxii)     If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

(xxiii)  Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

(xxiv)    If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

(xxv)      Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

(xxvi)    IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(xxvii) Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

(xxviii)     Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. Road safety audit shall be carried out and report shall be submitted to the Ministry. 

 

(xxix)         Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends – incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

(xxx)     If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

(xxxi)   Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

(xxxii)Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/ employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc  and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

(xxxiii)    Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

(xxxiv)     Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

(xxxv)        Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways


 

4.13      Finalization of ToR for widening and up gradation of existing carriageway 2-lane with paved shoulders in Dahod – Padholi section of NH-113 in the State of Gujarat and Rajasthan by M/s NHAI [F.No. 10-71/2010 – IA-III] 

 

The project road starts from Km 180 near Padi (in Rajasthan) and continues up to Km 267, which is the junction of NH 113 with NH 59 at Dahod (in Gujarat). The length of the project road is 87 km. The project road runs through two districts – Banswara in Rajasthan & Dahod in Gujarat. The project involves widening & upgrading from 2 lane to 2 lane with paved shoulders. Widening along existing road will be within the available ROW, in realignment stretches proposed ROW is 45m, in bypasses proposed ROW is 60m.

 

The project road stretch passes through plain terrain interspersed with intermittent short stretches of rolling & hilly terrain. Settlements present along the project road include Dahod, Limdi, Jhalod, Barodia, Kalinjira, Banswara. The project road passes through 4.95 km Reserve forest in Rajasthan section and 1.7 km of Protected forest in the Gujarat section (in the proposed Dahod bypass). In Gujarat stretch, the road side trees are notified as Protected forest. About 22.69 ha of Reserved & Protected forest is present along the road stretch. There is no wildlife sanctuary or national park along the project road. About 9000 roadside trees are present on either side of the project road. Species mainly include Babool, Mango.

 

The project road is crossed by three rivers, Anas, Machan & Kali. Apart from this river, many streams cross the project road. One bypass (Dahod Bypass, length 6.513 km), four realignments proposed along the project road for a total length of 17.925 km. There are 4 major bridges along the project road, 2 will be retained and 2 will be newly constructed. 25 minor bridges exist along the project road, of these 12 will be retained, 1 widened, 5 will be reconstructed and 7 bypassed. 13 minor bridges will be newly constructed along the proposed bypasses. Thus there are 31 proposed minor bridges. There are 158 culverts along the project road, of which 43 will be newly constructed. 1 ROB, 2 vehicular underpass proposed along the project road. 1 Toll plaza, 2 truck laybyes, 12 bus bays, 90 bus stops have been proposed along the project road.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

About 67.92% land use along the project road is agriculture & barren land, settlements make up about 28.05%, and forest comprises about 4.024%. Total land required for the project is 180.64 ha, of which 22.69 ha is forest land & 157.95 ha is non forest land. About 557 structures will be affected of which 290 are residential, 70 commercial, 196 are mixed, 1 is industrial. The preliminary environmental cost is about Rs 57 million & the social cost is 647 million. The construction cost for the project is  Rs 2830.49 million.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional TOR for further study:        

         

(i)                Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

(ii)              Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

(iii)           Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

(iv)             Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

(v)               Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vi)             If the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment / control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

(vii)          If the proposed route involves tunneling, the details of the tunnel and locations of tunneling with geological structural fraction should be provided.  In case the road passes through a flood plain of the river, the details of micro drainage, flood passages and information on flood periodicity at least of last 50 years in the area should be examined.

 

(viii)        If the projects is located within 10km. of the national parks, sanctuaries, biosphere reserves, migratory corridors of wild animals, then a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC.

 

(ix)            Study regarding the Animal bypasses / underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out.  Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

 

(x)              If the proposed route requires cutting of trees, then the information should be provided for number of trees to be cut, their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species.  Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

(xi)            If the proposed route is passing through a city or town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance, etc.

 

(xii)         Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

(xiii)       Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

(xiv)        Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

 

(xv)           Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xvi)        Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xvii)      The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xviii)   Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any.  Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modeling at different representative locations.

 

(xix)       Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

(xx)          Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

(xxi)       If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/ dump site along with necessary permission.

 

(xxii)     If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

(xxiii)  Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges.  Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

(xxiv)    Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water.

 

(xxv)      If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

(xxvi)    Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

(xxvii)       If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

(xxviii)     Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

(xxix)         IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(xxx)     Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

(xxxi)   Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. 

 

(xxxii)      Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends – incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

(xxxiii)    If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

(xxxiv)     Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

(xxxv)        Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/ employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc  and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

(xxxvi)     Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

(xxxvii)   Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

(xxxviii)Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

(xxxix)    As far as possible, other than hilly terrain, circular curves must be avoided.  Design of transition curves are preferred them combined curves.

 

(xl)                  Regarding non-point source of pollution and its effects on the surrounding major water bodies like rivers, lakes etc., the source area sampling must be imposed to arrive at the pollutant load transport through the highway runoff during monsoon.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways

 

4.14      Finalization of ToR for widening and strengthening of existing carriageway to 2-lane with paved shoulder of Thanjavur-Manamadurai Section of NH-226 in the State of Tamil Nadu by M/s NHAI [F.No. 10-86/2009 – IA-III]

 

As presented by the Proponent, the proposal involves widening and strengthening of existing carriageway to 2-lane with paved shoulder of Thanjavur-Manamadurai Section of NH-226 in the State of Tamil Nadu Project road starts at Thanjavur at Km 0+000 and ends at Manamadurai at Km 149+800. From Km 56+460 to Km 72+185 (15.7 Km) the project road overlaps with NH 210. Hence the total Design length of the road covered under the present project is 134.1 Km. The project road connects NH 67 (Nagapattinam – Gundalpet) with NH 49 (Kochi – Rameswaram) and passes through three districts – Thanjavur, Pudukottai and Sivagangai. The road traverses through 81 villages and 5 major towns (Pudukottai, Thirumayam, Thirupathur, Sivaganga and Manamadurai). The road is proposed to be improved to two lane with paved shoulder configuration from km 0+000 (Des. Ch km 0+000) to km 93+400 (Des. Ch km 98+220) and two lane with earthen shoulder from km 93+400 (Des. Ch km 98+220) to km 149+800 (Des. Ch km 155+713) according to the traffic consideration.

 

There are 13 major Junctions proposed along the entire project stretch including start and end points of all the proposed bypasses. There are 9 minor bridges and 3 major bridges along the project road. Major bridges are proposed to be retained. Bypasses are proposed at 4 locations along the project road as given below. Pudukottai and Tirumayam bypasses connect NH 226 to the proposed alignment of NH 210. One ROB is proposed at the pudukkottai bypass at design chainage km 54+776 and the existing Railway Level Crossing at Ex. km 146+510 (Des. Ch. 152+485) is retained with improvements. Toll plazas are proposed at two locations viz. km 16+100 (Des ch. km 16+095) and km 88+450 (Design ch. km 92+957). Bus bays are proposed at 13 locations. Total 316 culverts are proposed along the project stretch, out of which 254 are along the existing road and 62 are along the bypasses.  

 

Total 317.5424 Ha of land is proposed to be acquired for the project. The project requires diversion of 35.71 Ha of forest land and hence requires clearance under Forest (conservation) act, 1980. The project road does not pass through CRZ, ecologically sensitive or protected areas.  About 2900 trees are to be felled for the project road, against which about 8700 trees are proposed to be planted. The total cost of the project road is Rs. 453.87 Crores.

 

During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional TOR for further study:        

 

(i)                Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

(ii)              Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

 

(iii)           Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

(iv)             Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

(v)               Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vi)             If the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment / control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

(vii)          If the proposed route involves tunneling, the details of the tunnel and locations of tunneling with geological structural fraction should be provided.  In case the road passes through a flood plain of the river, the details of micro drainage, flood passages and information on flood periodicity at least of last 50 years in the area should be examined.

 

(viii)        If the projects is located within 10km. of the national parks, sanctuaries, biosphere reserves, migratory corridors of wild animals, then a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC.

 

(ix)            Study regarding the Animal bypasses / underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out.  Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

 

(x)              If the proposed route requires cutting of trees, then the information should be provided for number of trees to be cut, their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species.  Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

(xi)            If the proposed route is passing through a city or town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance, etc.

 

(xii)         Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

(xiii)       Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

(xiv)        Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

 

(xv)           Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xvi)        Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xvii)      The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xviii)   Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any. Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modeling at different representative locations.

 

(xix)       Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

(xx)          Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

(xxi)       If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/ dump site along with necessary permission.

 

(xxii)     If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

(xxiii)  Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water.

 

(xxiv)    Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges.  Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

(xxv)      If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

(xxvi)    Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

(xxvii) If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

(xxviii)     Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

(xxix)         IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(xxx)     Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

(xxxi)   Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. Road safety audit shall be carried out and report shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

(xxxii)Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends – incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

(xxxiii)    If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

(xxxiv)     Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

(xxxv)        Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/ employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc  and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

(xxxvi)     Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

(xxxvii)   Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

(xxxviii)      Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways

 

4.15      Finalization of ToR for 6-Laning of Karnataka/Tamil Nadu Border to Krishnagiri Section of NH-7 from km.33.130 to km.93.000 by NHAI [F.No. 10-56/2010 – IA-III] 

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves for 6-Laning of Karnataka/TN Border to Krishnagiri Section of NH-7. The project road is present in Tamil Nadu, starting at km 33.130 at Hosur (Tamil Nadu/Karnataka border) and ending at km 93.000 at Krishnagiri (Tamil Nadu). The length of the project road is 59.87 km. The project road runs through one district –Krishnagiri. The project involves widening & upgrading from 4 lane to 6 lane. The project road stretch mainly passes through hilly terrain in certain stretches. Settlements present along the project road include Krishnagiri, Shoolagiri, Hosur.

 

The project road passes through Reserve forest covering an area of 3.1 Ha.  There is no wildlife sanctuary or national park along the project road. About 6700 roadside trees are observed on either side of the project road. Species mainly include Neem, Tamarind, Eucalyptus, Coconut.

 

The project road is crossed by three rivers, Thenpennai, Sananth Kumara Nadi and Margandeya Nadi. No bypasses or realignments are proposed along the project road. There are two major bridges along the project road, one will be retained and one will be newly constructed. 19 minor bridges already present, additional 6 minor bridges have been proposed. There are 140 culverts along the road, which will be repaired and widened. 1 Toll plaza is proposed, 5 truck laybyes already present will be retained. 62 bus bays already present, two additional bus bays have been proposed. 3 flyovers already present, 3 additional flyovers proposed along the project road. 5 vehicular underpasses and 8 cattle/ pedestrian underpasses have been proposed. Service roads covering a total length of 54.38 km proposed along the project road.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Total land required for the project is 75 ha, of which 3.1 ha is forest land & 71.9 ha is non forest land.  About 432 families likely to be affected due to the project. The preliminary environmental cost is about Rs 50.5 million & the social cost is 329.67 million. The total cost of the project is Rs 428.50 crores.

 

During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional TOR for further study:        

 

(i)             Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

(ii)          Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

 

(iii)        Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

(iv)         Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

(v)            Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vi)         If the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment / control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

(vii)       If the projects is located within 10km. of the national parks, sanctuaries, biosphere reserves, migratory corridors of wild animals, then a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC.

 

(viii)    Study regarding the Animal bypasses/underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out. Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

 

(ix)            If the proposed route requires cutting of trees, then the information should be provided for number of trees to be cut, their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species.  Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

(x)              If the proposed route is passing through a city or town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance, etc.

 

(xi)            Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

(xii)         Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

(xiii)       Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

 

(xiv)        Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xv)           Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xvi)        The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xvii)      Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any.  Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modeling at different representative locations.

 

(xviii)   Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

(xix)       Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

(xx)          If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/ dump site along with necessary permission.

 

(xxi)       If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

(xxii)     Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water.

 

(xxiii)  Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges.  Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

(xxiv)    If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

(xxv)      Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

(xxvi)    If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

(xxvii) Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

(xxviii)     IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(xxix)         Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

(xxx)     Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. Road safety audit shall be carried out and report shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

(xxxi)   Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends – incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

(xxxii)If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

(xxxiii)    Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

(xxxiv)     Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/ employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc  and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

(xxxv)        Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

(xxxvi)     Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

(xxxvii)   Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

(xxxviii)As far as possible, other than hilly terrain, circular curves must be avoided.  Design of transition curves are preferred them combined curves.

 

(xxxix)    Regarding non-point source of pollution and its effects on the surrounding major water bodies like rivers, lakes etc., the source area sampling must be imposed to arrive at the pollutant load transport through the highway runoff during monsoon.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways

 

4.16      Finalization of ToR for widening and improvement of existing two lanes to two lane with paved shoulder of Bhopal-Sanchi section of NH-86 Extn. from km 0.000 to 54.200 in the state of Madhya Pradesh by M/s NHAI

 

            As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves for the widening and improvement of existing two lane to two lane with paved shoulder of Bhopal-Sanchi section of NH-86 Extn. from km 0.000 to 54.200 in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The length of the project road is 57.00 km and proposed length is 46.075 km for two lane and 7.7 km for four lane. The project road runs through one district – Bhopal, Raisen, Salamatpur. The project road stretch mainly passes through plane (49 km), rolling (6km) and hilly (2 km). Agriculture lands and Settlements present along the project road at certain stretches.

 

            The project road is passing through forestland in about 1 km length. There is no Wildlife Sanctuary or National park along the project road. More trees would chopped down in order to provide the clear sight distance and meet the geometric requirement. Impact on the roadside trees during the stage is significant as it involves site clearing.

 

The existing Right of Way is 20 to 32 m and the proposed right of way is 45 m and 60 m for four lane. One new major bridge and widening of existing bridge are proposed. Out of 17 minor bridges, 13 will be reconstructed. 14 new culverts, reconstruction of 42 culverts and widening of 19 culverts are proposed. The additional land to be acquired is 195 ha. The project road is passing through forestland in about 1 km length. The total water requirement is 340.5 KLD and the source of supply of water is rivers and bore wells.

 

          24 Bus bays, 2 restarea, 1 vehicular underpass, 3 cattle cum pedestrian passes proposed for the project road. 7.21 km service road is proposed along the project road.  Total 202 hct (aplprox.) of land is proposed to be acquired for the project road.  The project requires diversion of 11.65 Hct of forest land and hence requires forest clearances from MOEF.  The project road does not pass through CRZ, ecologically sensitive or protected areas.  About 4135 trees are to be felled for the project road, against which 20850 trees are proposed to be planted.  Cost of construction for the project road is 1593.835 million.  Environmental management cost during construction phase works out to Rs. 0.165 million and that for operation phase is Rs. 11.40 million per year for first three years and Rs. 3.99 million from fourth years onwards.  R & R cost for the project is about Rs. 147.180 million and utility shifting cost is Rs. 34.55 million. The total cost of the project is Rs 159.38 crores.

 

During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional TOR for further study:        

           

(i)                Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

(ii)              Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

 

(iii)           Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

(iv)             Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

(v)               Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vi)             If the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment / control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

(vii)           If the proposed route involves tunneling, the details of the tunnel and locations of tunneling with geological structural fraction should be provided.  In case the road passes through a flood plain of the river, the details of micro drainage, flood passages and information on flood periodicity at least of last 50 years in the area should be examined.

 

(viii)        If the projects is located within 10km. of the national parks, sanctuaries, biosphere reserves, migratory corridors of wild animals, then a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC.

 

(ix)            Study regarding the Animal bypasses / underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out. Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

 

(x)              If the proposed route requires cutting of trees, then the information should be provided for number of trees to be cut, their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species.  Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

(xi)            If the proposed route is passing through a city or town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance, etc.

 

(xii)         Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

(xiii)       Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

(xiv)        Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

 

(xv)           Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xvi)        Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xvii)      The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xviii)   Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any.  Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modeling at different representative locations.

 

(xix)       Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

(xx)          Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

(xxi)       If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/ dump site along with necessary permission.

 

(xxii)     If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

(xxiii)  Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water.

 

(xxiv)    Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges. Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

(xxv)      If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

(xxvi)    Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

(xxvii) If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

(xxviii)     Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

(xxix)         IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(xxx)     Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

(xxxi)   Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. 

 

(xxxii)Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends – incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

(xxxiii)    If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

(xxxiv)     Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

(xxxv)        Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/ employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc  and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

(xxxvi)     Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

(xxxvii)   Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

(xxxviii)Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

(xxxix)    As far as possible, other than hilly terrain, circular curves must be avoided. Design of transition curves are preferred them combined curves.

 

(xl)                  Regarding non-point source of pollution and its effects on the surrounding major water bodies like rivers, lakes etc., the source area sampling must be imposed to arrive at the pollutant load transport through the highway runoff during monsoon.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways

 

4.17      Finalization of ToR for widening and upgradation of existing carriageway to 4/6 lane of Nagaon – Jorhat Section of NH 37 in the State of Assam under NHDP Phase - III.  Package III – Numaligarh (km 402+500) – Jorhat (453+125) by M/s NHAI [F.No. 10-72/2010 – IA-III] 

 

As presented by the Proponent, the proposal involves widening and upgradation of existing carriageway to 4/6 lane of Nagaon – Jorhat Section of NH 37 in the State of Assam. Project road starts at NH 39 Junction at Numaligarah at km 402+500 (Design Chainage km 403+200) and ends at Jorhat Bypass at km 453+125 (Design Chainage km 454+365). Total length of existing highway is 50.625 km and the design length of the highway is 51.165 km. The project road is a lifeline of Assam as it is the only connection to upper Assam connecting the important oil-rich districts of Sibsagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia. It is also a major link to Arunachal Pradesh via NH 37A, which connects to NH 52 and the states of Nagaland and Manipur via NH 39. The road traverses through 41 villages and 2 major towns (Dergaon, Jorhat).

 

There are 3 major Junctions and 112 minor junctions, which are proposed for improvement under present proposal. There are 14 bridges are existing along the project road in which 3 bridges are bypassed. Additional 3 new four lane bridges are proposed for Dergaon bypass. Bus bays are proposed at 13 locations.  Total 62 culverts are there in the existing road. Out of these 15 culverts are bypassed. Remaining 52 culverts are widened /reconstructed. 29 new box culverts and 23 pipe culverts are proposed along the project stretch. Total 290.30 Ha of land is proposed to be acquired for the project.

 

The project road does not pass through CRZ, ecologically sensitive or protected areas. The project doesn’t require any diversion of forest land and doesn’t attract Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. About 1483 trees are to be felled for the project road, against which about 4449 trees are proposed to be planted.

 

Cost of construction for the project road is Rs. 379.796 Crores Environmental management cost during construction phase works out to Rs. 2.21 Crores and that for operation phase is Rs. 2.47 Lakhs per year for first three years and Rs 13. 15 Lakhs from fourth year onwards. R&R cost for the project is about Rs. 215.49 Crores and utility shifting cost is Rs. 3.31 Crores.

 

During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional TOR for further study:        

 

(i) Examine and submit a brief description of the project, project name, nature, size, its importance to the region/state and the country.

 

(ii)          Any litigation(s) pending against the proposed project and/or any directions or orders passed by any court of law/any statutory authority against the project is to be detailed out.

 

(iii)        Submit detailed alignment plan, with details such as nature of terrain (plain, rolling, hilly), land use pattern, habitation, cropping pattern, forest area, environmentally sensitive places, mangroves, notified industrial areas, sand dunes, sea, river, lake, details of villages, teshils, districts and states, latitude and longitude for important locations falling on the alignment by employing remote sensing techniques followed by ground truthing and also through secondary data sources.

 

(iv)         Describe various alternatives considered, procedures and criteria adopted for selection of the final alternative with reasons.

 

(v)            Submit Land use map of the study area to a scale of 1: 25,000 based on recent satellite imagery delineating the crop lands (both single and double crop), agricultural plantations, fallow lands, waste lands, water bodies, built-up areas, forest area and other surface features such as railway tracks, ports, airports, roads, and major industries etc. and  submit a detailed ground surveyed map on 1:2000 scale showing the existing features falling within the right of way namely trees, structures including archaeological & religious, monuments etc. if any.

 

(vi)         If the proposed route is passing through any hilly area, examine and submit the stability of slopes, if the proposed road is to pass through cutting or embankment / control of soil erosion from embankment.

 

(vii)          If the projects is located within 10km. of the national parks, sanctuaries, biosphere reserves, migratory corridors of wild animals, then a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC.

 

(viii)        Study regarding the Animal bypasses / underpasses etc. across the habitation areas shall be carried out. Adequate cattle passes for the movement of agriculture material shall be provided at the stretches passing through habitation areas.

 

(ix)            If the proposed route requires cutting of trees, then the information should be provided for number of trees to be cut, their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species.  Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

(x)              If the proposed route is passing through a city or town, with houses and human habitation on the either side of the road, the necessity for provision of bypasses/diversions/under passes shall be examined and submitted. The proposal should also indicate the location of wayside amenities, which should include petrol station/service centre, rest areas including public conveyance, etc.

 

(xi)            Submit details about measures taken for the pedestrian safety and construction of underpasses and foot-over bridges along with flyovers and interchanges.

 

(xii)         Assess whether there is a possibility that the proposed project will adversely affect road traffic in the surrounding areas (e.g. by causing increases in traffic congestion and traffic accidents).

 

(xiii)       Examine and submit the details of use of fly ash in the road construction, if the project road is located within the 100 km from the Thermal Power Plant.

 

(xiv)        Examine and submit the details of sand quarry, borrow area and rehabilitation.

 

(xv)           Climate and meteorology (max and min temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, frequency of tropical cyclone and snow fall); the nearest IMD meteorological station from which climatological data have been obtained to be indicated.

 

(xvi)        The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(xvii)      Identify project activities during construction and operation phases, which will affect the noise levels and the potential for increased noise resulting from this project. Discuss the effect of noise levels on near by habitation during the construction and operational phases of the proposed highway. Identify noise reduction measures and traffic management strategies to be deployed for reducing the negative impact if any.  Prediction of noise levels should be done by using mathematical modeling at different representative locations.

 

(xviii)   Examine the impact during construction activities due to generation of fugitive dust from crusher units, air emissions from hot mix plants and vehicles used for transportation of materials and prediction of impact on ambient air quality using appropriate mathematical model, description of model, input requirement and reference of derivation, distribution of major pollutants and presentation in tabular form for easy interpretation shall be carried out.

 

(xix)       Also examine and submit the details about the protection to existing habitations from dust, noise, odour etc. during construction stage.

 

(xx)          If the proposed route involves cutting of earth, the details of area to be cut, depth of cut, locations, soil type, volume and quantity of earth and other materials to be removed with location of disposal/ dump site along with necessary permission.

 

(xxi)       If the proposed route is passing through low lying areas, details of fill materials and initial and final levels after filling above MSL, should be examined and submit.

 

(xxii)     Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water.

 

(xxiii)  Examine and submit the details of measures taken during constructions of bridges across river/canal/major or minor drains keeping in view the flooding of the rivers and the life span of the existing bridges.  Provision of speed breakers, safety signals, service lanes and foot paths should be examined at appropriate locations through out the proposed road to avoid the accidents.

 

(xxiv)    If there will be any change in the drainage pattern after the proposed activity, details of changes shall be examined and submitted.

 

(xxv)      Rain water harvesting pit should be at least 3 - 5 m. above the highest ground water table. Provision shall be made for oil and grease removal from surface runoff.

 

(xxvi)    If there is a possibility that the construction/widening of road will cause impact such as destruction of forest, poaching, reductions in wetland areas, if so, examine the impact and submit details.

 

(xxvii) Submit the details of road safety, signage, service roads, vehicular under passes, accident prone zone and the mitigation measures.

 

(xxviii)     IRC guidelines shall be followed for widening & up-gradation of road.

 

(xxix)         Submit details of social impact assessment due to the proposed construction of road.

 

(xxx)     Examine road design standards, safety equipment specifications and Management System training to ensure that design details take account of safety concerns and submit the traffic management plan. Road safety audit shall be carried out and report shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

(xxxi)   Accident data and geographic distribution should be reviewed and analyzed to predict and identify trends – incase of expansion of the existing highway and provide Post accident emergency assistance and medical care to accident victims.

 

(xxxii)If the proposed project involves any land reclamation, details to be provided for which activity land to reclaim and the area of land to be reclaimed.

 

(xxxiii)    Details of the properties, houses, businesses etc. activities likely to be effected by land acquisition and their financial loses annually.

 

(xxxiv)     Detailed R&R plan with data on the existing socio-economic status of the population in the study area and broad plan for resettlement of the displaced population, site for the resettlement colony, alternative livelihood concerns/ employment and rehabilitation of the displaced people, civil and housing amenities being offered, etc  and the schedule of the implementation of the project specific

 

(xxxv)        Submit details of Corporate Social Responsibility. Necessary provisions should be made in the budget.

 

(xxxvi)     Estimated cost of the project including environmental monitoring cost and funding agencies, whether governmental or on the basis of BOT etc and provide details of budget provisions (capital & recurring) for the project specific R&R Plan.

 

(xxxvii)   Submit environmental management and monitoring plan for all phases of the project viz. construction and operation.

 

          Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. 

 

          Any further clarification on caring out the above studies including anticipated impacts due to the project and mitigative measure, project proponent can refer to the model ToR available on Ministry website “http://moef.nic.in/Manual/highways

 

3rd Day: 22nd October, 2010

 

4.18      Environmental Clearance for Single Point Mooring and Storage facilities within New Mangalore Port Trust premises for MRPL, Mangalore, Karnataka by M/s. Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited. [F.No.10-49/2009-IA.III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves setting up of Single Point Mooring (SPM) and storage facilities within New Mangalore Port Trust premises for MRPL, Mangalore, Karnataka. The Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals is a subsidiary of ONGC and presently operating at 12.0 MMTPA crude processing capacity. It is proposed to expand the refining capacity of crude from present 12 MMTPA to 15 MMTPA and then further to 18 MMTPA. MRPL is also planning an Aromatics complex.

 

The project proponent informed that at present the crude and products from the Refinery are handled through New Mangalore Port nos. B-10, B-11 and partly at B-12. The oil traffic is handled through NMP during the last 2 years. Berths B-10 and B-11 are designed for handling of tankers of maximum size 1,20,000 DWT with LOA of 285 m and draft of 17m. Berth B-12 is designed for 50,000 DWT tankers drawing a draft of 12.5m only. However due to presence of hard rock in the channel the maximum draft allowable at B-10 and B-11 is 14m only. There is no crude pipe connection at B-12 and this berth is used for handling products of other parties and chemicals. Total storage capacity is 3,00,000 KL, each tank of size dia 65 m, height 20 m.          Further, the port is located on the alluvial plain, about 10 km north of the mouth of the Gurupur and the Netravathi rivers. The old port of Mangalore is located at the confluence of these two rivers. The port is operational only during the fair weather season. The total cost of the project is Rs. 8.20 Crores.

 

          The proposal was examined by the EAC in its 78th meeting held on 20th –22nd July, 2009 and finalized the ToRs. Public hearing was exempted vide letter no. 11-101/2009-IA.III dated 25.05.2010. Karnataka Coastal zone Management Authority recommended the proposal vide dated 13.05.2010.

 

The proposal was earlier considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 18th –20th August, 2010 and deferred the proposal since the three months pre-monsoon and post-monsoon marine quality data was not analyzed and compared as per the ToR.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

         

i)                   The EIA report does not indicate about the fishing activity in the vicinity and impacts on the fishing activity. Also there are contradictions on the data regarding the fish breeding and spawning grounds.

 

ii)                The Committee pointed out the incorrect data and its analysis in the EIA report, some of which are-

 

a)           In page number 1 the report says that no breeding and spawning grounds are located in the proposed area. The same statement is repeated in page 43.  However, as per the report, a fairly large number of eggs and larvae have been recorded (Tables 3.15,3.16,3.23,3.26) which is clear indication that fish do breed in the proposed area  and  also it acts as a nursery for fish larvae.

 

b)           The report does not indicate whether the proposed area is in the no fishing zone or will it have any effect on fishing activities in the area.

 

c)            Coastal waters off Baikampadi and Kulai which are located about 5 km from the proposed area are declared as critically polluted areas and whether the proposed activity will have impact on the pollution status of the area.

 

d)           Level of PHcs in these area have been reported to be very high(in the range of 895-1053 g/l) by the NIO reports. The report says that the values are within the permissible ranges-this need for clarification.

 

e)           In page 27, the report says that 10 stations were selected but the data is given only for 5 stations. Further, criteria for selection of sites is also not mentioned.

 

f)             The time of sampling is most critical for some of the parameters but there is no mention of this in the report.

 

g)           In page 31, Table 3.5, for station 5, no standard is mentioned for some of the parameters. This needs to be clarified.

 

h)          The Table and Figures not numbered properly which leads to confusion and reading report becomes difficult.

 

i)             In page 43, it is mentioned that the College of Fisheries, Mangalore is monitoring water quality parameters and there are no fishing grounds in the coastal waters of NMPT as observed from the plankton samples. This is contrary to the data provided in the report(see sl no.1).

 

j)             There are no numbers for tables in page numbers between 64 and 65 and is difficult to understand these tables in context to the text in the report.

 

k)           In Table 3.35 the mean value for salinity for the pre monsoon is not correct. This clearly indicates that no proper care has been taken while preparing the report.

 

l)             The RRA report does not specify the risk acceptance criteria for any of the risks that could arise due to the execution of the proposed project

 

m)         The EMP is very general and specific EMP for different aspects should be provided.

 

n)          In page 78, it is mentioned that the data for oil and grease is provided in Tables2.1 through 2.5 but these tables could not be traced in the report.

 

o)           These are only some the some of the observations. In general the report is not prepared in the true spirit keeping in view the significance of the proposed project.

p)           The proponent may be asked to look into these aspects and come up with a revised EIA report.

iii)              The EIA report should be revised based on the above observations, reference, tables, standards shall be properly indicated and submitted.

iv)               The EIA report says that 10 stations were selected but the data is given only for 5 stations. Further, criteria for selection of sites, time of sampling etc. has not been mentioned.

 

v)                  The environment management and monitoring plan is very generic and specific EMP for different aspects should be prepared and submitted.

vi)               Level of PHcs in this area have been reported to be very high (in the range of 895-1053 g/l) by the NIO reports, whereas the report says that the values are within the permissible ranges. The data needs re-examination.

 

vii)             Point wise ToR compliance has not been submitted.

 

viii)          There is complaint from Citizen Forum for Mangalore Development against the project. Examine the issues raised in the complaint and submit details.

 

 

In view of the foregoing observations, the proposal is deferred and shall be considered afresh after the above observations are addressed and submitted for reconsideration.  

 

4.19      Amendment to the CRZ Clearance issued for 100 MLD Desalination Plant at Kattupalli, Ponneri Taluk, Tiruvallur District by M/s Chennai Water Desalination Ltd, Tamil Nadu [F. No. 11-59/2005-IA-III].

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for establishing standby intake and outfall system for the desalination plant.  Clearance was issued for desalination plant on 26.10.2010, an amendment was issued on 23.03.2010 and the project started commercial operations on 25.07.2010. There is a ship building plant coming up adjacent to the intake point. To avoid any disturbance to the intake and the quality of intake water, a standby intake and outfall points are proposed.   

 

          EIA and Modeling studies have been carried out for the standby intake and outfall system. As per the study, 5 intake pipelines of 560 mm dia and 600 m length and Outfall of pipeline of 1600 mm dia having 12 ports of 200 mm are proposed.

 

          The Tamil Nadu SCZMA has recommended the proposed amendment to intake points vide letter No. 2345/EC-3/2010-1 dated 08.03.2010.

 

          During the discussion, the following point emerged:

 

(i)           Regular monitoring of marine quality near the proposed outfall point shall be carried out and report shall be submitted to the Regional Office of the MoEF and the Ministry along with the six monthly report.

 

(ii)        There should be display boards at critical locations along the pipeline viz giving emergency instructions as well as contact details. This will ensure prompt information regarding location of accident during any emergency.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.20     Environmental Clearance for Pharmacetutical and fine Chemicals SEZ at Village Bhamasra, Gangad, Kalyangadh District Ahmedabad, Gujarat by M/s Dishman Infrastructure [F.No.21-366/2008-IA-III].

 

          The Project is planned across an area of 106.84 ha (264 acres) at villages Gangad and Kalyangadh, which are between Bavla and Bagodara towns, in Ahmedabad District of Gujarat. In reference to the GOI initiatives, Dishman Infrastructure Limited along with Dishman group had applied for development of this Pharma and Fine Chemicals SEZ at village Gangad and Kalyangadh (Near Bagodra), Taluka Bavla, District Ahmedabad of Gujarat.

 

          The proposed Pharma and Fine Chemicals SEZ will involve various types of industrial units comprising of Bulk Drugs and intermediates and Fine Chemicals of pharmaceutical Sector. In addition to that as a promoter of SEZ, the activities of the project proponent will be of plotting of land, area grading and development, horticulture and greenbelt development, compound wall, internal roads, storm water drainage system, effluent conveyance system, and corridors for power, telephones, water and other utilities grid lines, electrical sub-station and power supply network, street lights and area illumination, raw water storage, filtration and supply system, CSTP, CETP etc.

 

          The source of the water for the SEZ area will be fulfilled by withdrawal of water from Narmada Canal of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL). The ultimate water requirement for the SEZ area is estimated as 5.2 MLD. For the SEZ, a Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) is proposed for the treatment of wastewater. Industrial effluent from individual industrial units shall be collected into common effluent treatment plant (CETP) by a pipeline network. Before discharge to CETP, each industry shall treat its effluent to primary treatment within its premises to achieve norms stipulated by CPCB/GPCB. The treated effluent will finally be treated through R.O and reused for greenbelt, boiler water make-up and cooling tower. The SEZ is proposed to be a Zero-Discharge Unit.

 

          The domestic effluent from the industrial as well as from the residential zone will be treated in a common STPs’ with a design capacity of 800 KLD average flow. The treated effluent will be used for horticulture and greenbelt development. The storm water drainage system has been designed to catch the storm water separately from the processing and non-processing zones and will be collected within the SEZ area. The solid waste will be suitably collected and stored in designated storage areas within the CETP battery limits for further disposal. The solid waste disposal shall be done by setting up solid waste incinerators at CETP site. If required over a period of time, suitable disposal at secured landfill site at Naroda / Vatva / BEAIL may be considered, for which necessary consent shall be obtained by the project proponent in due course. Power supply is contemplated through Uttar Gujarat Vij Corporation Limited (UGVCL). A power requirement of 5000 KVA has been estimated for the proposed SEZ.

 

          The proposal was considered in the Expert Appraisal Committee meeting held on 12.12.2008 and ToR was issued on 12.01.2009. Public hearing was conducted on 14.05.2010.

 

The project attracts the 7(c), 7(d) and 7(h) of EIA, Notification, 2006.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           Proponent shall ensure that the individual industries shall have the primary and secondary treatment.

 

(ii)        The CETP shall comply with the inlet and out let norms prescribed by the Ministry.

 

(iii)      Submit the MoU made with the authorized agency for the disposal of hazardous wastes.

 

(iv)       Submit the details of the responsibility of the member units and the SEZ regarding Environmental Management.

 

(v)          Revise the EIA and EMP incorporating the above observations.

 

(vi)       During the presentation by the Project Proponent, it was stated that the individual industries would be providing primary and secondary treatment. But as per the EIA report, the individual units are required to provide only primary treatment (page no I of executive summary). The PP shall clarify.

(vii)     Roles and responsibilities of the developer and individual units in the environmental management shall be specifically furnished

(viii)  Stack height calculations for the proposed 11 stacks along with the details of fuel requirement & specifications shall be furnished.

(ix)      As per the Waste Balance Diagram (Fig 2.2), all the industrial effluents including utilities/process areas are proposed to treat in a CETP of 3 MLD capacity. But, again at para 2.5.11, it was stated that the effluents with more than 10,000 mg/liter would be sent to liquid incineration, which is not matching with the Fig. 2.2. The Project Proponent shall furnish category wise effluent with maximum quantities anticipated and method of collection, conveyance, treatment and disposal shall be furnished.

(x)         As per the proposal, the RO reject will be concentrated in MEE and concentrated in spray dryer and the dried salts will be incinerated. But, the anticipated quantities are not furnished. It is suggested to explore to segregate high TDS and low COD streams separately so that the salts from MEE/spraydrier from this stream can be disposed to TSDF and reduce the load on solid waste incineration. Anticipated emissions from the spray drier and APC shall be furnished.

(xi)      The design details of the incinerators and compliance with EP Act standards shall be furnished.

(xii)    The feasibility of taking the sewage fully or partially to CETP may be examined based on the status of present operational experience of different CETPs as the sewage helps in improving the biological treatment process in CETP.

(xiii)       The details i.e. number of pipelines, whether under ground/above ground, design safety to avoid leakages/ groundwater contamination, from member units to CETP shall be furnished.

(xiv)         Anticipated spent solvents, mixed solvents, spent carbon quantities and disposal shall be furnished. Any common solvent recovery system is planned?

(xv)           Quantity of back wash water from water treatment plant and its method of disposal.

(xvi)         The details of the water fountains with dosing of perfume for control of odour, as stated @ 5.4.10, shall be furnished with quantities, specifications & operational cost.

(xvii)      During the presentation, it was informed to the committee that green belt of 10 meters all around the SEZ is planned. But, this is not matching with the SEZ lay out plan.

(xviii)    As per Annexure 10 of the report, the RO permeate is proposed to use for cooling tower, boiler feed, and for gardening. The quantity for each purpose shall be furnished. As it was reported in the EIA, that SEZ is designed to achieve zero discharge of liquid effluent, the method of reuse of the entire treated effluent during the rainy days shall be furnished.

(xix)        Fugitive emissions, impact and mitigation measures planned for solvent management shall be furnished.

(xx)          The PP in the clarifications letter dated 13.05.10 addressed to Mr Pravinbhai Sheth informed that the RO rejects will be dried salts from Spray Drier/MEE will be incinerated or disposed to common HW landfill site. But at para no 2.5.11 (118), it was stated that the solid residue of RO reject after evaporation and drying shall be incinerated for disposal. The inconsistency in the above statements shall be clarified.

(xxi)  The PP in the clarification letter dated 13.05.10 addressed to Mr Mahesh Pandya informed that they are not proposing to abstract any ground water during the operation phase and only Narmada water will be utilized. But, at para no 2.5.8 of the report, the PP stated that ground water from bore wells may be taken. These two are contradicting statements and the PP shall clarify the same.

(xxii)     It was reported at para no 2.5.12 (126), the incinerator will be provided with wet scrubbing system. Electrostatic precipitator and required suitable pollution control equipments. But, the details with standards to achieve the norms are not furnished. Capital cost of the control equipment shall be furnished.

(xxiii)   Table 6.1 – Matrix of Environmental Monitoring – Monitoring of incinerator emissions and VOC in the AAQ, which are important, are not covered. Laboratory facilities proposed for monitoring by the PP shall be furnished.

(xxiv)    In the summary of project cost , Table 2.9, the cost component for the Laboratory, Emergency Control Center, EBIC(para no 5.4.15), stand by power for continuous operation of pollution control facilities, APC for incinerators are not mentioned.

(xxv) The operational cost of CETP, RO system, MEE, Spray drier, liquid waste incinerator, solid waste incinerator and commitment from the PP that adequate funds will be provided/ will be collected from the member units for continuous operation of the same shall be submitted.

In view of the foregoing observations, the proposal is deferred and shall be considered after the above observations are addressed and submitted for reconsideration.  

 

4.21      Environmental and CRZ Clearance for expansion of Marine Terminal of Essar at Vadinar, Khambalia Taluka, Jamnagar District by M/s Vadinar Oil Terminal Limited (VOTL). [F.No.10-121/2008– IA.III] Oct 2008.

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves expansion of Marine Terminal of Essar at Vadinar, Khambalia Taluka, Jamnagar District by M/s Vadinar Oil Terminal Limited (VOTL). Vadinar Oil Terminal Limited (VOTL) an Essar Group Company, operates a marine terminal at the Pathfinder Inlet near Vadinar, along the southern coast of the Gulf of Kachchh, Jamnagar District, Gujarat, The existing jetty facility consists of Berths A and B designed to handle petroleum products produced in the refinery of the Essar Oil Limited (EOL). VOTL proposes to expand the terminal by constructing additional two berths, namely Berth C and Berth D, with associated structures and topside equipment. The construction of Berths C and D is required to handle enhanced production from the EOL refinery which is under expansion, phase wise to 60 MMTPA. With the construction of Berths C & D, products from 32 MMTPA refinery can be exported. At the current capacity of the refinery (10.5 MMTPA) berth utilization at the marine terminal is to the extent of 60-65%, hence, it is necessary to construct Berths C and D to cater to the increased production of the refinery.

 

The additional berths C & D will be oriented in the North-South direction in line with the existing berths. They will be designed to receive ships of sizes between 25000 to 105000 dwt. The berths will be constructed in water depths of more than 10 m and hence away from the shore and there will be no activity or disturbance to the intertidal area. Piling of the berths will be done in a controlled manner to control the increase in turbidity of surrounding waters and the berths will be of open pile type construction. No discharge of waste would be allowed from the visiting ships in the coastal waters during berthing. The proposed additional berths, top side equipment and auxiliary facilities will comprise Two berths (C and D) to create additional 600 m berthing space with associated structures such as mooring and breasting dolphins,  fenders, bollards, etc, Piled approach for pipe lines and walkways from the existing berths to the Berths C & D, Extension of petroleum pipelines from the existing berths to the Berths C and D, State of the art marine loading/unloading arms, piping headers/manifolds, safety, valves, etc. Slope draining and transfer facilities, Fire water supply and distribution network and associated fire fighting facilities, Navigation systems/aids, Pedestal crane for lifting/shifting of the equipments and maintenance assistance, Electric power supply, distribution and other associated systems, Instrumentation and control systems, communication systems and other utilities and A 48” crude line from the SPM 2 (at 30 m water depth) that will rise on Berth D through a riser and laid up to the COT area.

 

Terms of Reference (ToR) for the proposed expansion of the marine terminal of VOTL were issued on 6th November, 2008. Public hearing for the project was held on 1st December, 2009 at Staff Club, Kandla Port Trust, Vadinar, Jamnagar.

 

  The entire construction is within Sea and no components proposed within the CRZ area.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)             Submit the details of the Court order.

 

ii)           Submit the details of compliance of Environmental norms by the existing facility.

 

iii)        A sub-committee is constituted to examine the issues under the chairmanship of Shri M.L Sharma, Vice Chairman of EAC. The other members will be Shri K. Dharmalingam, Member and Dr Balasubramaniam, Member of EAC and CCF, Bangalore as member secretary. The Committee will visit the site and submit its report to the Committee to have first hand knowledge of the site, presence of eco- sensitive areas, present environmental conditions and compliance of Environmental norms. Proponent shall ensure that the ships meeting MARPOL requirements only shall be permitted to enter in the facility.

 

iv)          Periodic monitoring on bio-diversity through the committee constituted as per the suggestion of the EAC/Ministry shall be carried out.

 

v)                  It was stated in the EIA, that in view of the presence of corals in the vicinity of the proposed expansion, it is necessary to take measures to ensure their safety during the construction and operational phase. Mitigation measures mentioned at section 8.2.1 and 8.2.2 are generic in nature. The measures are to be verifiable and reportable format

vi)                Para No 8.4.1 – VOTL seems to have an oil spill contingency plan at the Tier – 1 level. The PP should confirm the details

vii)             Par 7.4.1 – It was stated that “ small and large spills (50 – 10000 tons) could however result if a loaded tanker went aground or collided with another ship, partially rupturing oil holds. Para 7.5.2 – Ship Collision frequency – The probability of an accident would be once in every 43 years for this traffic projection. Para 8.4 – It was stated that “rare but large accidental spills can occur when a ship gets involved in an accident such as collision or grounding”. Keeping in view of site sensitivity, the NIO shall give specific safety recommendations and preparedness to be followed by the VOTL

viii)           Para No 7.1 – Internationally accepted codes and practices should be followed for designing structures, pipelines, valves, loading arms etc and their compliance should be guaranteed. The PP shall furnish the details in specific and the same shall be reviewed by NIO experts and offer their specific observations

ix)               Para No 7.5 – Accidental bulk spillages must be avoided by proper navigational safe guards, and vessel traffic management practices. Special emergency drills should be conducted. The PP shall furnish the specific details so that the PP can submit the compliance in a verifiable format

x)                 Para No 7.6 – VOTL should support mangrove restoration programme. Specific plan with areas, frame work for development, capital cost provision shall be furnished

xi)               Para No 7.9 – A comprehensive protocol for inspection of marine structures, pipe lines, valves, safety devices, fire fighting facility, oil spill combating equipment etc should be prepares as per the inter nationally accepted practices. The PP shall furnish the details in specific and the same shall be reviewed by NIO experts and offer their specific observations

xii)            As per the MoEF Notification, if the project is located within 10 km of the national parks, sanctuaries, biospheres, migratory corridors of wild animals, then to submit a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden at the stage of EC. The PP shall submit the compliance

xiii)          Applicability and compliance with the rules of MSIHC Rules 1989 as amended

xiv)           Compliance with reference to the earlier EC conditions as per MoEF circular dated 20th October, 2009

xv)              Para No 1.5 – The recommendations of mitigation of various studies i.e. Biodiversity, Ship Maneuverability and tranquillity, Oil slick and accident scenarios and Risk analysis along with the proposed action plan shall be furnished in a matrix format along with cost allocated for the compliance.

 

 

xvi)     Govt. of Gujarat declared these islands under section 4 in seventies. In the notification not even jetties of KPT or other agencies have been excluded. Other agencies, after approaching the relevant agencies HC/SC have got jetties regularized (Even MOEF/Standing Committee of WL approval obtained). KPT has not done so and FD has given notices. Essar using this jetty unapproved.

xvii)   There are SPMs of IOC/Reliance/Essar/ Bina Oman. IOC is the oldest started in 1973 and followed by RIL where HC/SC were involved and further activities required their clearance. Essar got clearance and it was said in the order that enough is enough.  After legal battle in 2006 pipelines and spm etc. became functional.  Later on also Bina oman pipeline approached SC and then only it started operations.

xviii)      Pressure on coral increased. Pirotan, Poshitra and other few islands have coral. Visit to Pirotan increased pressure resulted in damage. Therefore, the tourist inflex was stopped. Narera where the present jetty is located FD has education centre and public is taken to generate awareness and educate. It can be approached by road. Here also coral are damaged.

xix)     Dredging or other activities may have affected the corals. In the TOR given by MOEF also shows the concern.         

xx)       During the Public hearing following points have been raised:

a)                 Status of Jetty

b)                 Illegal construction of jetty

c)                  Proximity to NP/Sanct

d)                 Not providing the EIA report

e)                 Ban of the SC/HC

f)                   Oil spill in the area

xxi)    The proponent has given reply to the public but has not fully confirmed with documents above issues. The report by Annamalai needs to be examined by the WII or Gujarat Ecological & Environment Foundation (a state government organization). The reply to TOR by the proponent was that scope of the study was approved by WII, is not acceptable. MOEF may ask WII. GEER has done a study of Coral in Gulf of Kutch for MOEF. Therefore, a comparison of Coral in the region at the time of marine Park establishment and now be done. CWLW may be asked to provide clarification and feedback on the above mentioned facts and TOR. It proposal may be required to go to standing committee of MOEF as the status of Jetty as per notification is NP (CWLW can clarify that and whether the present jetty has been extended after NP/ notification and whether it require the approval of any court). Considering the critical nature and visit of marine life the impact will be adverse or not. Report that No Dugong etc were found during study needs clarification from CWLW.

In view of the foregoing observations, the proposal is deferred and shall be considered afresh after the above observations are addressed and submitted for reconsideration.  

 

4.22     CRZ clearance for establishment of cottages at existing Dolphin resorts, Hovelock by M/s Superintending Engineer, CMS Circle-4, Andaman & Nicobar [F. No. 11-77/2010-IA-III]

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves establishment of cottages at existing Dolphin resorts, Hovelock. Andaman & Nicobar Tourism Department has proposed the refurbishment of their already existing Dolphin Resorts at Vijayanagar Beach, Havelock Island and also proposed to develop 20 new Eco-friendly cottages in the site near the resort as an extension of the already existing project. The area of the existing resort is 6.97 acres, Area for the proposed expansion is 3.14 acres. The existing built up area is 3146 sqm and the proposed built up area will be 3300 sqm. with buildings of G+ 1.

The total fresh water requirement for the present resort is 18 KLD and after extension it is estimated to be around 29 KLD. STP of 30 KLD is proposed and the treated water will be used for flushing and gardening. Fresh water requirement will be met from the ground water source 500 away from the site. The total power requirement for the existing resort is 200 KW which is being sourced through grid.  One number Diesel Generator (DG) set of 150 KVA capacity already installed is proposed to be used as back up power supply during power failure. No extra power would be sourced after the proposed expansion as the existing power and the backup source will be adequate. The cost of the project is Rs 22.50 crores. 

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)          Possibilities shall be explored to adopt latest technology for the treatment of sewage.

 

(ii)        Necessary arrangements shall be made to store and reuse the rainwater.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                     Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.


 

4.23     CRZ Clearance for the permanent stability of Coastal Inlet of Vellar river of Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu by M/s Fisheries Department. [F. No. 11-69/2010-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves providing permanent stability of Coastal Inlet of Vellar river of Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu. Under the Emergency Tsunami Reconstruction Project funded by World Bank, it is proposed for permanent stability of coastal inlets, one at Vellar and one at Uppanar with the view to improve the number of fishing days and thereby the standard of life of fishermen. 

 

This fishing villages connected through this coastal inlet are well renowned for the fishing activities as it is a traditional activity and at present, there is no stabilized coastal inlet in   this village. This site was identified by the Department of Fisheries and Cuddalore Collector. The works to be undertaken are construction of guide bund on the northern bank of the river, side channel guide bund, dredging of river, stone pitching and approach road. The dredging of channel width will be 125 m, depth 2 m. and quantity of capital dredging will be 2,19,000 m3.. Length of northern guide bund will be 700 m and side channel bund 600 m. The Department of Fisheries has requested for clearance for the project under the coastal regulation zone notification 1991. The cost of the project was arrived at Rs.10.24 crores.

 

The Tamil Nadu State Coastal Zone Management Authority recommended the proposal for the issue of CRZ clearance.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)       Stability of the revetment shall be monitored periodically.

 

(ii)    The effect of any new development which is on north side of velar shall also be considered to ensure that the mouth does not get closed or shifted due natural coastal processes.

 

(iii)        It shall be ensured that the reclamation due to dredging does not induct any adverse effect to the marine environment.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                     Clearance with the above conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.


 

4.24     CRZ Clearance for the construction of fish landing center at Porto-Nova – Annankovil village in Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu by M/s Fisheries Department, Government of Tamil Nadu. [F. No. 11-70/2010-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves construction of fish landing center at Porto-Nova – Annankovil village in Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu. Under the Emergency Tsunami Reconstruction Project funded by World Bank, it is proposed to develop 2 new Fish Landing Centres in Tamil Nadu, one at Nagore and the other at Porto-Nova AnnanKovil (Cuddalore District) with the view to improve the standard of life of fishermen and to add hygiene to the environment. The proposed sites were selected in consultation with Central Institute of Coastal Engineering for Fishery, Bangalore. 

 

This fishing village is well renowned for the fishing activities as it is a traditional activity and at present, there is no fish landing centre in   this village.  This site was identified as the suitable site by CICEF. The activities to be undertaken are construction of Auction hall, berthing structures, Net Mending Shed, Locker room, Toilet facilities, Security Room, Solid waste management system, sewage treatment facility, ice plant (proposed in non- CRZ area) etc. The total water requirement will be 30 KLD, sea water 29 KLD. Effluent quantity generated will be 47.14 KLD. Total Solid Waste generation will be 950 kg/day. (degradable waste -650 kg/day and non degradable waste – 300 kg/day). The cost of the project was arrived at Rs.13.50 crores.

 

The Tamil Nadu State Coastal Zone Management Authority has recommended the proposal for CRZ clearance.

 

The Committee expressed its dissatisfaction over the poor quality of submission of report without even basic layouts in colour format for understanding of the requirements.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)       The ice plant shall not be located in CRZ area. Project proponent confirmed that the ice plant is 100 m away from the HTL of river and is outside the CRZ area.

 

ii)     It shall be ensured that the reclamation due to dredging does not induct any adverse effect to the marine environment.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                     Clearance with the above conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.25 CRZ clearance for development of Malpe Fishing Harbour, III stage, Udupi District, Karnataka by Department of Fisheries, Government of Karnataka. [F.No.11-71/2010-IA-III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves development of Malpe Fishing Harbour, III stage, Udupi District, Karnataka. The Malpe fishery harbour (Stage I) became operational in the year 1986. Government of India accorded the approval for stage-II development in the year 1996 and the project was completed during 2003. The Government of India constituted a Standing Evaluation Committee (SEC) in November 2007 on the request of the Government of Karnataka to undertake post construction evaluation study of the existing infrastructure facilities at Maple harbour. The Committee observed in their field visit in December 2007, that the fishery harbour lacks some important amenities like net mending sheds, gear sheds, fishermen rest sheds, effluent treatment plant etc. Due to the increase in fishing fleet to about 1578 numbers, the fishery harbour became congested with inadequate facilities and recommended further expansion of Malpe Fishery harbour and modernization with various facilities. 

 

The main works proposed as a part of the development of Malpe Fishing Harbour, III stage expansion at Malpe fishery harbour are Idle-berthing quay -  890.5 m, Repair quay -  50 m, Fish landing quay at low level   -  55m, Net mending sheds-  414 sq. m, Fishermen rest shed - 218 Sq. m., Canteen - 128 Sq. m, Boat repair shop - 200 Sq. m. Compound wall - 110 m, R.C. sloping hard-  2 Nos. 30 m wide each, Public toilet blocks - 141 Sq. m.

 

The Karnataka SCZMA has recommended the project vide No FEE/34/CRZ/2010 dated 28.06.2010

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           No ice plant is permissible in CRZ area; Proponent has agreed to drop the ice plant.

 

(ii)        Waste oils and waste batteries shall be collected and handed over to the authorized recyclers.

 

(iii)      The treated wastewater shall be re-used for toilet flushing and gardening.

 

(iv)       The committee observed that monitoring reports of marine water and sediments does not match, the proponent has to re do the analysis and submit to the Ministry.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                     Clearance after submission of the information mentioned at (iv) to the Ministry and with the above conditions (i) to (iii) in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.26     CRZ clearance for development of Mangalore Fishing Harbour Karnataka by Department of Fisheries, Government of Karnataka. [F.No.11-74/2010-IA-III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves development of Mangalore Fishing Harbour Karnataka by Department of Fisheries The Mangalore fishery harbour (Stage I) became operational in the year 1984. Consequent to increase in no. of fishing fleets from 279 to 856 in 2000 Stage II expansion became essential. The work commenced in 2000 and ended by 2003. Standing Evaluation Committee (SEC), Government of India observed during their field visit in December 2007 that the fishery harbour lacks some important amenities like alternative harbour basin, quays repair, idle berthing, and dry repairing of boats etc. Further due to increase in fishing fleet, the fishery harbour became congested and hence SEC recommended for expansion of Mangalore Fishery Harbour.

 

     The main features proposed as a part of the development of Mangalore Fishing Harbour, III stage expansion at Mangalore fishery harbour are Quays -831 m, Fish handling and auction hall-2210 Sq.mtr, Net mending sheds- 1241.7 Sq. Mtr, Fishermen rest sheds-860 Sq. m, Canteen-255.4 Sq.m, Boat repair shop -301.3 Sq.m, Compound wall-960 mtrs, R.C. sloping hard-3 Nos. – 20 m wide each, Public toilet blocks -140.8 Sq. m, Dredging to-3m level.

 

The Karnataka SCZMA has recommended the project vide No FEE/34/CRZ/2010 dated 28.06.2010

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           No ice plant is permissible in CRZ area; Proponent has agreed to drop the ice plant.

 

(ii)        Waste oils and waste batteries shall be collected and handed to the authorized recyclers.

 

(iii)      The treated waste water shall be re-used for toilet flushing and gardening.

 

(iv)       The committee observed that monitoring reports of marine water and sediments does not match, the proponent has to re do the analysis and submit to the Ministry.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                     Clearance after submission of the information mentioned at (iv) to the Ministry and with the above conditions (i) to (iii) in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.27     CRZ clearance for development of Honnavar Fishing Harbour development project-II stage at Uttara Kannada by Department of Fisheries, Government of Karnataka. [F. No. 11-73/2010-IA-III]

 

     As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves development of Honnavar Fishing Harbour development project-II stage at Uttara Kannada. The Honnavar fishery harbour (Stage I) became operational in the year 1986. A Post investment study to evaluate the utilization of existing harbour was taken up by Govt. of India. The Study team Of Govt. of India in their September 2003 report has recommended augmentation of existing facilities and stressed the need to alleviate navigational problems caused to fishing vessels due to heavy siltation at the river mouth and at the entrance channel. The no. of fishing fleets also increased from 132 to 220 in 2009 .Hence Stage II expansion has become essential.

 

     The main features proposed as a part of the development of Honnavar Fishing Harbour, II stage expansion are Extension of existing quay including-503 m, Fish handling & auction hall- 1756 Sq. m, Fishermen gear sheds          -322.60 Sq. m, Net mending sheds -620.85 Sq. m, Fishermen rest sheds-430 Sq. m, Restaurant-127.7 Sq. m, Boat repair shop-          100 Sq. m, Compound wall-490 m, R.C. sloping hard-528 m, Training Walls- 2 Nos. of 870 m each.

 

The Karnataka SCZMA has recommended the project vide No FEE/35/CRZ/2010 dated 28.06.2010

 

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           No ice plant is permissible in CRZ area; Proponent has agreed to drop the ice plant.

 

(ii)        Waste oils and waste batteries shall be collected and handed to the authorized recyclers.

 

(iii)      The treated waste water shall be re-used for toilet flushing and gardening.

 

(iv)       The committee observed that monitoring reports of marine water and sediments does not match, the proponent has to re do the analysis and submit to the Ministry.

 

(v)          Since the Honnavar is a hot spot, examine and submit the details of erosion status through lime series maps and erosion prevention measures.

 

In view of the foregoing observations, the proposal is deferred and shall be considered afresh after the above observations are addressed and submitted for reconsideration.  

 

4.28     CRZ Clearance for construction of a Hotel on plot bearing CTS No. 997/BC on FP no. 16, TPS-II at Santacruz, Village Juhu, Juhu Tara Road, Santacruz (W) by M/s S P Associates [F. No. 11-76/2010-IA-III].

 

The Committee defer the project, since the project proponent did not attend the meeting.

                                     

4.29     CRZ clearance for pipeline and allied facilities for the proposed power plant by Nagai Power Pvt. Ltd [F.No.11-85/2010-IA-III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves pipeline and allied facilities for the proposed power plant by Nagai Power Pvt. Ltd. Nagai Power Private Limited (NPPL) is a Special Purpose Vehicle under the Hyderabad based KVK Energy group. NPPL is setting up a 2x150MW coal based thermal power plant near Nagapattinam of Tamilnadu, on the seacoast. NPPL obtained Environmental Clearance vide letter No. SEIAA/TN/EC/1(d)/010/F-141/2009 dated 27.05.2010 from Tamilnadu State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority.

 

NPPL propose to utilise Seawater from the nearby Karaikal Port by installing a pump house and by laying a pair of pipes for seawater intake and outfall to discharge the cooling water blow down/desalination plant rejects back into the sea. Consent letter from M/s. Karaikal Port Private Limited for drawl of seawater from the port has been obtained.

 

Tamilnadu Maritime Board has permitted laying sea water intake and discharge pipelines and also to locate the intake pump house (in-principle) approval including licensing/ leasing their land for pump house purpose and Public Works Department, Water Resources Organization (Government of Tamilnadu) conveyed NOC for laying the water pipelines along Vettar River. The Tamil Nadu SCZMA has recommended the project.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)             Submit the HTL/LTL demarcation done by the authorized agency with superimposing the layout/project components, since HTL/LTL map submitted does not show the HTL of Sea.

 

ii)           Pump house shall be located well beyond HTL towards land side close to CRZ limiting line (500m).

 

iii)        Location of intake pipe shall be reconsidered as the suggested location crossing breakwater is technically and operationally inappropriate. The possibility of locating the intake and pump house facility in the premises of the berths shall be investigated as agreed by the proponent during presentation, in which case item iii may not arise.

 

iv)          Pipelines must be buried and no open channel cutting is permissible within the CRZ area for laying of pipelines 

 

In view of the foregoing observations, the proposal is deferred and shall be considered afresh after the above observations are addressed and submitted for reconsideration.  

 

4.30     CRZ clearance for reconstruction & modernization of fishing harbour at Puducherry by M/s Project Implementation Agency,  [F. No. 11-88/2010-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves reconstruction & modernization of fishing harbour at Puducherry. The Puducherry Fishing Harbour is located on the northern bank of Ariyankuppam river in Thengaithittu village, Puducherry. The Fishing Harbour was constructed under Centrally Sponsored Scheme with basic facilities like wharf (330m) and 2 auction halls, etc. The Fishing Harbour is the livelihood centre of coastal fishing community and had suffered severe setbacks in their operations due to the onslaught of Tsunami.. In Puducherry Fishing Harbour, fish catch is 26 t/day and considering 200 effective fishing days in a year the total annual fish catch is around 5200 tones. Current marine fisheries policy in U.T. of Puducherry is focused on increased and sustainable fisheries exploitation, supported by new infrastructure such as fishing harbour development and modernization. Creation of full-fledged fishing harbor infrastructure is essential to the sustenance of the fishery sector in Puducherry. Especially due to accumulation of sand in river mouth in the aftermath of Tsunami, fishermen of Puducherry have faced hardship in venturing into the sea and their livelihood is affected.

 

          The Project Implementation Agency is primarily responsible for implementation of Tsunami Rehabilitation Projects related to restoration of Livelihoods in the Union Territory, supported by the World Bank. Accordingly, PIA intended to reconstruct and modernize the existing Puducherry fishing harbor as part of Tsunami Rehabilitation Programme (TRP). The components proposed in the DPR are extension of Quay and providing appropriate fender on the quay, Modernisation of sloping yard, Marine Mechanised Workshop, Boat repair yard, Pre-processing Unit, Ice Plant, Treatment for discharge of effluent sullage, Administrative Building, Maintenance Dredging, Net mending shed. The total cost of the project is Rs. 31.20 crores.

 

            The Puducherry Pollution Control Committee, Puducherry has accorded in-principle clearance and Puducherry Coastal Zone Management Authority during its 23rd meeting held on 25.06.2010 recommended the proposal to Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.

 

          During the discussion, the following point emerged:

 

(i)           No ice plant is permissible in the CRZ area; Proponent has agreed to locate the ice plant outside the CRZ area.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                    Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.31      CRZ clearance for reconstruction and modernization of fishing harbour at Karikal by M/s Project Implementation Agency [F. No. 11-89/2010-IA-III].

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves reconstruction and modernization of fishing harbour at Karikal. Karaikal region is about 300 kms south of Chennai and about 135 kms from Puducherry on the East Coast. It is surrounded by Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. The Karaikal fishing harbour project was sanctioned by Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture, during the year 2005 for construction at southern side of Arasalar river and was taken up in three phases viz. Phase 1 - Training Wall, Phase 2 - Quay, Jetty, Auction Halls, Dredging and Phase 3 - Other infrastructure facilities like roads, revetment, firefighting equipment etc.

 

Now works related to Phase 1 and Phase 2 are completed. As the present fishing harbour is a point of convergence between production and trade and offers enormous potential for the promotion of the responsible fisheries and export opportunities, it was proposed to extend some add-on facilities in the Karaikal fishing habrour under construction. Therefore, PIA intends to modernize the Karaikal fishing harbor as part of Tsunami Rehabilitation Programme (TRP). The components proposed in the DPR are Ice Plant, Pre-processing Unit, Boat repair yard, Treatment for discharge of effluent sullage, Modernisation of slipway.

 

The Puducherry Pollution Control Committee, Puducherry has accorded in-principle clearance and Puducherry Coastal Zone Management Authority during its 23rd meeting held on 25.06.2010 recommended the proposal to Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.

 

          During the discussion, the following point emerged:

 

(ii)        Ice plant is not permissible in CRZ area; Proponent has agreed to locate the ice plant beyond CRZ area.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ                    Clearance with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.32     CRZ clearance for construction of Coastal Road along the shore line from Pannithittu Muhathuvaram to Pillayarkuppam, retaining wall and drainage outlet Puducherry by M/S Public Works Department [F.No. 11-92/2010-IA-III].

 

            The Public Works Department, Government of Puducherry proposed to construct a new road along the shore line from Pannithittu Muhathuvaram to Narambai in Pillaiyarkuppam for a distance of 2.5 km. along the coast line located at a distance of 18 km, south of Puducherry Town.  This road will be one of the vital emergency evacuation route in the event of natural calamities such as cyclone, Tsunami as a part of disaster management plan for vulnerable coastal villages in Puducherry.  The villages particularly Narambai and Pannithittu were affected severely during the Tsunami that hit the coastal villages in December 2004 along Bay of Bengal. There is urgent need for taking up this stretch of road considering the vulnerability on priority by the Government of Puducherry as a part of disaster mitigation plan, since the entire coast line in this reach is under active fishing. The proposed road will be constructed along the coastline at an average distance of around 40m from the HTL with sea wall on the shore side and embankment on the land side.   The proposed road will have sea wall along the eastern face of the proposed road which will be formed on an embankment at + 5 m. formed using fly ash. The road is proposed to be formed using layers of Sand Gravel Mix, Wet Mix Macadam and Bituminous Macadam with the wearing coat in SDBC 40mm thick. The total crest thickness of road proposed will be 590mm. The embankment will be formed to a slope of 1:2 on the western side with adequate confinement provided by the construction of toe wall and curtain wall in PCC 1:3:6. IRC standard culverts will be provided on two locations along the road to ensure free drainage of storm water. The Government of Puducherry will take up of this project immediately on getting clearance of the Ministry, since Rs. 30.19 Crores has been sanctioned by HUDCO to meet the cost of this work. The PCZMA has recommended the project.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

         

(i)     The project proponent could not justify the construction of 2.5 km long, 5.0m high and 5.5 m wide road so close and parallel to coast. The construction will lead to further development close to sea and thereby will adversely impact to coastal environment.

 

In view of above, the Committee recommended for rejection of the proposal.

 

4.33     Finalization of TOR for expansion of Bangalore International Airport [ J-16011/11/97]

 

            As presented by the project proponent the proposal involves expansion of Bangalore International Airport and enhance the passenger handling capacity from 11.4 MPPA to 17.2 MPPA. The proposal includes, expansion of terminal building on east and West sides, construction of additional apron, VVIP building, energy centre, new chiller plant, improvements on airside, landside and roads, forecourt. Land requirement for the proposed facilities will be approximately 20 ha. which is available within the Airport area. No additional land acquisition is proposed. The existing water requirement is 1.2 MLD. The requirement for the expansion will be 1 MLD and it will be met from existing supply of BWSSB. The existing STP of 2 MLD capacity is sufficient to treat the sewage expected from expansion. The project cost is Rs. 978 crores

 

          The public hearing for the project was conducted on 03.03.2001 under EIA Notification, 2006 and EC was issued on 27.08.2002. Another EC was issued for modernization/ expansion on 06.05.2008.

 

          During the discussions, the Committee finalized the following additional TOR for further study:        

 

(i)                The proponent provided a map which showed Forests. It was informed that the state government has de-notified. As per SC orders such land needs to be got approved by Supreme Court through the Central Empowered Committee. Submit details.

 

(ii)              Submit the compliance to the conditions of earlier Environmental Clearances issued in the year 2002 and 2008.

 

(iii)           The air quality monitoring should be carried out as per the new Notification issued on 16th November, 2009.

 

(iv)             Examine baseline environmental quality along with projected incremental load due to the proposed project/activities. 

 

(v)               Submit details of a comprehensive Risk Assessment and Disaster Management Plan including emergency evacuation during natural and man-made disaster integrating with existing airport.

 

(vi)             Examine separately the details for construction and operation phases both for Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan with cost and parameters.

 

(vii)          Examine road/rail connectivity to the project site and impact of the increase traffic (passenger and cargo) due to the proposed project/activities. A detailed traffic and transportation study should be made for existing and projected passenger and cargo traffic.

 

(viii)        Examine the details of water requirement, use of treated waste water and prepare a water balance chart. Source of water vis-à-vis waste water to be generated along with treatment facilities to be proposed.

 

(ix)           Rain water harvesting proposals should be made with due safeguards for ground water quality. Maximize recycling of water and utilization of rain water.

 

(x)              Examine details of Solid waste generation treatment and its disposal.

 

(xi)            Submit details of corporate social responsibilities (CSR).

 

          The Committee recommended for the exemption of public hearing since the expansion is within the airport premises and there is no land acquisition is proposed.

 

A detailed draft EIA/EMP report should be prepared as per the above additional TOR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the EIA Notification 2006 as amended in 2009. 

 

4.34     Finalization of TOR for development of Petroleum Investment Region (PCPIR)  at Dahej- vagra in a brown filed are by M/s Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation [F.No.21-49/2010/IA-III]

 

The Committee decided to defer the project, since the project proponent did not attend the meeting.

 

Extra Item

 

4.35          Environmental and Clearance for the Mega container terminal at Chennai Port by M/s Chennai Port Trust [F.No.10-127/2007-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent the proposal involves development of mega container terminal at Chennai Port. The Chennai Port is located at 13° 0’ N & 82° 18’ E on the East Coast of India, is one of the Major Ports in India. The Port has a dedicated Container Terminal of 885 m length with an alongside draft of (-) 13.4 m CD which has been operated since August 2001 by a private consortium under a 30 years lease/ concession agreement.  The rated capacity of the terminal is 1.20 Million TEUs per annum. Also, a second Container Terminal is being set up with a quay length of 820 m and a rated capacity of 1 Million TEUs per annum for handling growing volumes and is in operation from September 09. However, considering the steady growth in the container volumes, it is forecast that the container throughput demand will outstrip available capacity of 2.2 million TEUs by 2016-17. To cater to this demand for the next 30 years Chennai Port proposed to develop a container terminal at the new outer harbour, with a quay length of 2 km, 2.75 Km extension of existing outer arm breakwater and a new northern breakwater of about 1.73Km emanating from the Eastern Breakwater of the Fishing Harbour. The proposed initial Depth in front of the new terminal is (-) 18 m CD and (-) 22 m CD later on. The 90 Hectares of land area behind the terminal will be the back-up and storage area which has to be reclaimed. The estimated rated capacity of the Terminal is 4 Million TEUs. The estimate cost worked out to Rs. 3686 Crores.

 

          The ToR for the project was issued on 6th December 2007. The Public hearing was exempted since the proposed development is within the port limit.

 

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

           

          The Committee noted that:

 

i)       The development of the proposed mega terminal for servicing 18000 TEU container vessels is a unique activity in this part of the world and that the Chennai Port would transform into a world class transshipment hub terminal in a phased manner through such ultra mega carriers-which are yet to make a dent in the world maritime scenario.  This development would place the Chennai Port at par with leading ports of the world in terms of depth and other high tech handling facilities.

 

ii)    Regarding the planning philosophy and associated logistic requirements and EIA aspects indicated in the reports, the Committee observed the following:

 

iii) The possibility of combining Bharati dock and the proposed development as one integrated terminal (after the iron ore traffic is moved to Ennore Port) may be studied at appropriate stage so as to ensure maximum flexibility and optimization of physical resources.

 

iv)   Now that the development has reached a stage where a total review of the facilities created so far coupled with the present proposal, in terms of regrouping /relocation/readjustment will enable the port authorities to achieve minimum impact on environment besides throughput optimization of the physical resources and cargo safety among others. This needs to be examined.

 

v)      Adverse impact, if any, on the fishing harbour due to development of the facility may also be highlighted.

 

vi)   Presently, Ennore Port is also in the process of planning container handling facility for large container vessels though not to the size of post Suezmax/ Malaccamax vessels as proposed by Chennai Port. It is desirable to study the impact of Ennore Port’s facility on Chennai Port’s project or vice versa so as to ensure a homogenous development to meet the common objective and decide on the share of each and the combined effect of traffic flow vis a vis the available/planned road and rail infrastructure and associated environmental issues.

 

vii) A single approach channel for all the docks may pose some problems of congestion due to more number of vessels calling at the port when the facilities are developed to ‘capacity’ of each dock. A simulation study (if not already done) would be desirable to ensure that this will not be a bottleneck.

 

viii)           Matching infrastructural facilities in terms of rail and road transport for the carriage of containers (both FCL and LCL) are absolutely necessary lest it may throw up wrong and undesirable signals to the shipping community and port users by way of traffic bottlenecks, mismatch of logistic supports etc. 

 

ix)  The evacuation study made by consultants suggesting two options for making improvements to the existing road infrastructure appears inadequate in more ways than one and does not reflect the ground reality now and also likely later when the port will be operating to full designed capacity as a transhipment hub terminal. A realistic traffic study (multi-modal) by a competent organization would be desirable if the present one does not address all the issues. 

 

x)     A quick study of the modelling report indicated the following:

 

a)      Two different yardsticks appear to have been followed –one based on NIOT data buoy records for wave climate and the other based on ship observations for shoreline study.  This needs to be explained.

 

b)      The report appears silent on design wave analysis.

 

c)      The authenticity of mild slope equations adopted in the study should be elaborated and also the projects where this has been used.

 

xi)  The possibility of creating a ‘sand bank’ on the northern side may be explored so as to make use of the excess dredge material for beneficial use rather than dumping it elsewhere at the designated areas in deep water.

 

xii)            It is noted that no additional impact would be there by way of littoral transport (erosion/accretion).  This may be confirmed.

 

xiii)          The Committee noted that, since this being a container terminal (clean cargo) no significant adverse impacts would be experienced during operation phase except those which are normally associated with construction activities-breakwater, dredging and reclamation, and other associated shore-side facilities. 

 

In view of the foregoing observations, the proposal is deferred and shall be considered afresh after the above observations are addressed and submitted for reconsideration.  

 

4.36  CRZ clearance for the establishment of Captive Jetty for the proposed Ultra Mega Thermal Power Project at Cheyyur, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu

 

Expert Appraisal committee (EAC) of Thermal Projects has finalized Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Power plant based on one season data whereas the EAC for CRZ, Infrastructure and Miscellaneous Project, has finalized ToR for captive jetty, recommending comprehensive Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study based on a three seasons data. Preparing EIA based on three seasons study for the captive jetty will cause substantial delay in starting the bidding process. As per the Standard Bidding Guidelines (SBGs), issued by Ministry of Power, preparation of Rapid EIA report based on one season data is the pre-requisite for starting the bid process.

 

          Member Secretary informed that the Secretary (Power), Government of India has requested that Ministry may consider the proposal of captive jetty based on one season data only.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)    The Power plant is about 7 km away from the Jetty hence the ToR of Power Plant and Jetty can be compared.

 

(ii)  There are Cluster of Sand dunes [CRZ- I (i)] and a fresh water body in the vicinity of the jetty site.

 

In view of the above, the committee recommended that EIA based on one season data can not agreed instead, if EIA is prepared based on two seasons data preferably Pre-Monsoon and Post-monsoon data it can be accepted.

 

4.37 CRZ Clearance for Dhabol – Bangalore (Phase I) pipeline projects in Maharasthra, Goa & Karnataka by GAIL India Ltd. (F. No. 11-80/2010-IA-III)

 

          The proposal is for laying of Re-gasiffied LNG (Liquiefied Natural Gas) / (Natural Gas) for Dhabol – Bangalore (Phase I) pipeline projects in Maharasthra, Goa & Karnataka by GAIL India Ltd. The Committee in its meeting held on 21st –23rd September, 2010 had finalized TOR. The proponent has informed that the pipeline is not passing through any ecological sensitive areas and it will not attract the provisions of 6 (a) of EIA, Notification, 2006 and the pipeline only pass through CRZ area in Goa and the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority has recommended the project and requested for CRZ clearance.

 

          Provided the response of the project proponent to the observations made during the meeting held on 21st –23rd September, 2010 is to the satisfaction of the committee, the proposal may be considered for recommendation for Clearance.    

   

5. Recommended Project

 

5.1    CRZ clearance for the establishment of Barge building yard at Honnavara Port in Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka by M/s Master shipyard Pvt. Ltd. [F.No. 11-26/2010-IA-III]

 

The proposal involves establishment of Barge building yard at the existing the Honnavar port in Uttara Kannada District. The proposed land of 25,300 Sq.m was allotted by the Port Department on lease basis for a period of 5 years at 14017 N and 17o 26E.  The activity involves construction of three boat building bays, fabrication shed (900 sq.ft) and blasting shed (200 sq ft.) compound wall, office and administrative blocks and slipway. 

 

 The proposed activity need water frontage.  Due to the recent amendments in the marine laws, small barges are allowed to operate within the 12 nautical miles for transport of cargo from one port to the other in the country. The kind of barges that are proposed to be constructed will reduce pressure on the road traffic presently caused due to movement of heavy vehicles /cargo carriers.  It is proposed to construct small slip way to slide the barges in to the river.  The draft available in the river is sufficient for the movement of the proposed barges.  Further the Port Department has allotted separate shed towards the landward side of the existing site for accommodating staff and establishment of the office and therefore, no office building or the staff quarters will be constructed within the barge construction premises, only 8 to 10 labours who will be accommodated in the designated quarters for which the existing sanitary facilities of the Honnavar Municipality will be utilized. The total water requirement will be 5 KLD and power requirement will be 250 KVA.  The total cost of the project is Rs. 9.83 crores

 

          The proposed area is situated on the right bank of sharavathi river and is classified as CRZ – II as per the CZMP. The area is plain and devoid of any vegetation.  There is no sanctuary or National parks within 10 kms radius. Karnataka Coastal Zone Management Authority (KSCZMA) has recommended the proposal vide letter no. FEE 45 CRZ 2009  dated 17.03.20120 after submission of commitment with regard to the establishment of Maritime Training Institute, afforestation programme and specific social commitment plan for the benefit of locals with the budget provision and time frame.

 

          The proposal was considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 28th – 29th June, 2010 and raised certain additional points. The details submitted by the project proponent were discussed by the Committee.

 

          During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)       Project proponent shall collect the different type of waste and dispose it as per the regulations.

 

ii)       The hazardous waste substances viz., empty paint drums / oils, paint residue etc. shall be disposed only through authorized agencies.

 

iii)      Proponent shall ensure that no disturbance is caused to the aquatic environment including the nearby fishing harbor/ jetty due to the project.

 

vi)      All the recommendations of EIA, EMP, DMP shall be strictly complied with.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ clearance with the above conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

 

 


92nd Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Infrastructure Development, Coastal Regulation Zone and Miscellaneous projects held on 20th – 22nd October, 2010 at Conference Room, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, 4th Floor, Kalpataru Point, Near Sion Circle, Sion (East), Mumbai - 400 022.

 

 

List of Participants/ Expert Committee

 

  1. Shri Naresh Dayal, IAS(Rtd)               Chairman
  2. Dr. M.L.Sharma, IFS(Retd)                      Vice Chairman
  3. Shri K. Dharmalingam                              Member
  4. Dr. Apurba Gupta                                    Member
  5. Dr. H.S.Ramesh                                              Member
  6. Dr. Y.Basavaraju                                               Member                          
  7. Shri G Bala Subramanyam               Member
  8. Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla                  Member
  9. Dr. R.S.Mahawar (Rep. of CPCB)           Member

10.      Dr. Niraj Sharma (Rep. of CRRI)          Member

11.      Shri Bharat Bhushan            Member Secretary

 

Supporting Staff           

 

12. Shri E. Thirunavukkarasu                  Dy. Director, MoEF

 

Project Authorities:

 

Representatives from M/s. MSRDC Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Karanja Terminals & Logistics Pvt. Ltd

Representatives from M/s. CIDCO, Maharashtra Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Maharashtra Airport Devl. Company Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. MMRDA

Representatives from M/s. Sarosh Medical Services Pvt. Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. NHAI

Representatives from M/s. Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Chennai Water Desalination Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Dishman Infrastructure

Representatives from M/s. Vadinar Oil Terminal Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Superintending Engineer, Andaman& Nicobar

Representatives from M/s. Fisheries Department, Govt. of Tamil Nadu

Representatives from M/s. Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Karnataka

Representatives from M/s. Nagai Power Pvt. Ltd

Representatives from M/s. Project Implementation Agency

Representatives from M/s. Public Works Department

Representatives from M/s. Chennai Port Trust

 

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