Ministry of Environment & Forests                                                                               

(IA Division)

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SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 9TH MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

The 9th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on November 24-26, 2010.  The list of participants is annexed. 

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

 

Item No. 1:

1.1     Confirmation of the minutes of the 8th Meeting.

The minutes of the 8th meeting were confirmed as circulated subject to following modifications:-

(i)      In item 2.28 relating to “Collection of Minor Minerals from Song-I of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation located at District Dehradun, Uttarakhand”, the words “both under EIA Notification, 2006 and Doon Valley Notification, 1989” will be added at the end. 

(ii)      In item 2.29 relating to “Collection of Minor Minerals from Song-2 of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation located at District Dehradun, Uttarakhand”, the words “both under EIA Notification, 2006 and Doon Valley Notification, 1989” will be added at the end. 

 

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

 

2.1     Bailadila Iron Ore Project, Deposit No. 13 of M/s NMDC Ltd., village Kirandul, District South Bastar Dantewada, Chhattisgarh (Consultant: M/s Richardson and Cruddas Ltd., Chennai)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 10 million TPA of iron ore.  The mine lease area is 413.745 ha, which is a forestland.  It was stated that in addition to the mine lease area, an area of 248 ha, outside the mine lease will also be required for the project, which includes 106 ha of forest area and 142 ha of revenue land.  This additional area, outside the mine lease will be utilized for infrastructure facilities for the project.  Thus, the total land requirement for the project is 661.741 ha.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 26.10.2009.  The public hearing was held on 5.5.2010.  It has been reported that the proposal for forestry clearance has been forwarded by the State Government to MoEF on 19.11.2010.  The life of the mine is 40 years.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Besides mining, the project will also have a crushing plant, downhill conveyor, screening plant and loading plant.  The township will be located at a distance of about 10 km from the mine site.  A separate clearance for the township will be obtained as applicable to the township project.  A tailing pond in an area of 34 ha will also be outside the mine lease area.  No National Park / sanctuary is located within 10 km of the mine lease.  The water requirement for the project is estimated as 20,000 kld, which will be met from Malinger Nadi.  It is estimated that 22.86 million tonnes of waste will be generated.  A part of it would be disposed in the form of 8 external OB dumps in an area of 36.46 ha.  Backfilling is also proposed, which is expected to start after 21 years.  It was stated that once the backfilling starts, it will be concurrent and thereafter no additional waste will go into the waste dump.  There is no proposal to re-handle the waste from the waste dump which has been collected during the initial 21 years.  The ultimate working depth will be 820 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table. 

 

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

(i)           Details of the activities to be undertaken outside the mine lease along with its breakup item / activity wise. 

(ii)          Details of R&R including land compensation to be provided to the project affected people due to this project.  Details of PAPs should also be given. 

(iii)        Details of dump management including the design of dump and ultimate slope of the dump should be given. Based on the dump stability study, it may clearly be shown, whether the proposed ultimate slope of the dump is stable or not. 

(iv)        The location of the nallah w.r.t. the mine lease and the proposed activities should be checked and details provided duly supported with a map.

(v)          Information relating to the biodiversity, separately for core and buffer zone, specific to the project area should be given.  The data / information available with the State Biodiversity Board may also be referred and used as appropriate. A plan for biodiversity conservation specific to the area should be prepared and given along with adequate financial allocation.

(vi)        It may clearly be stated whether there is any grazing land involved in the project and if so, the impact of the project on grazing should be brought out. 

(vii)       The occupational health issues should be addressed and details furnished. 

(viii)      Data on noise levels should be rechecked and reconfirmed. 

(ix)        Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing along with financial allocation should be given. 

(x)          Water balance should be provided. 

(xi)        Location of National Park / Sanctuary / migratory corridors of wild animals, if any, within 10 km of the project area duly certified by Chief Wildlife Warden should be furnished.  A map in this regard should be furnished. 

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

(xiii)      The ambient air quality data should be rechecked and results furnished.  Specific safeguard measures proposed in the project to control the particulate level (RSPM, PM10) should be given. 

(xiv)      A copy of the draft EIA report which was placed before the public during Public Hearing should also be furnished for records of the Ministry. 

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30.1.2011 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in February, 2011.  

 

2.2     Nandini Kundini Limestone Mine of M/s ACC Ltd., village Nandini Kundini, Tehsil Dhamda, District Durg, Chhattisgarh (Consultant: M/s EMPRC Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Delhi)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.15 million TPA of limestone to be used in their cement plant.  Mine lease area is 53.57 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 26.10.2009.  Public hearing has been held on 29.4.2010.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 30 m bgl (250 m AMSL).  The groundwater table is reported to be at 268.2 m AMSL.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  Based on the hydro-geological study it has been reported that the area falls in safe zone from the groundwater potential point of view.  It is estimated that 6,00,000 tonnes of OB will be generated during the mine life.  The mined out area will be converted into water body.  The mine life is estimated as 27 years.  Water requirement is estimated as 4 kld, which will be met from harvested rainwater.  The baseline AAQ data presented showed that the RSPM levels (PM10) are within permissible limits.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project.  There will be no displacement of population and hence there will be no rehabilitation involved due to the project.  It was also noted that there are certain common facilities of other mine of the proponent in the area to be used for this mine.  The proponent had committed to address the issue of approach road to Durg to be made pakka, to supply water to the local farmers, to resolve the water logging problem, to repair school and community building etc. 

 

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

 

(i)           The optimum charge for blasting shall be determined based on vibration study.

(ii)          The area shall be explored for the available reserves.

(iii)        Scheduled species of fauna found in the study area shall be monitored closely and a plan shall be prepared and implemented for their conservation.

(iv)        The company will stress the preventive aspects of occupational health. 

 

2.3     Limestone (minor mineral) Mining Project of Shri Jai Ram, near village Pundloo, Tehsil Merta, District Nagaur, Rajasthan (Consultant: M/s R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone (minor mineral) from 45,918 TPA to 1,50,000 TPA.  The mine lease area is 73.33 ha.  No forestland is involved.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 4.6.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 29.3.2010.  Mine working will be opencast semi mechanized.  Life of mine is 22 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 25 m bgl (275 m AMSL).  The groundwater table during post monsoon is 222 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  It was categorically stated that the mine lease does not fall in Aravali.  A letter dated 25.6.2010 from Assistant Mining Engineer, Gotan was submitted in this regard.  It was observed from the baseline ambient air quality data that the RSPM levels (PM10) are relatively on a higher side and therefore additional safeguard measures would need to be taken for their control during the project life including construction / development phase.  It was also observed that there are certain schedule-I fauna reported in the study area but outside the core zone.  The water requirement for the project is estimated as 7 kld, which will be obtained from mine sump water and public water supply.  It is estimated that 2.07 million m3 of waste will be generated during the mine life.  Presently, there is about 0.005 million m3 of an accumulated waste covering an area of 0.25 ha.  It is proposed to start backfilling from 4th year and there will be no waste left out at the end of the mine life.  It has been estimated that an area of 12.2 ha will be covered under plantation post mine which includes 9 ha plantation on backfilled area.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project.

 

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

(i)           Specific safeguard measures shall be undertaken during mining operations as also in the storage and transportation of mineral, such that the RSPM levels in the area are brought down to conform to the prescribed standards. 

(ii)          The RSPM levels shall be regularly monitored in all the critical areas i.e. mining area, storage area, along the haul road, loading and unloading points and the records maintained.  The data so collected should also be submitted to the Ministry of Environment & Forests. 

(iii)        As part of the occupational health safeguard measures, besides other facilities, ‘eyewash fountain’ shall be provided at appropriate work places. 

(iv)        Primary survey for peacock, jakal, fox shall be carried out for their den site and their nesting site and a plan for their conservation shall be prepared and implemented.  Necessary allocation of funds shall be made as part of the project cost.  Reports in this regard should be submitted to Ministry within 6 months. 

2.4     Banrai Dolomite Mine of M/s G.C. Rout, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: M/s SENES Consultants India Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for environmental clearance for production of 50,000 TPA of dolomite.  The mine lease area is 9.324 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It is a violation case as the mine is started operating in 2002 without obtaining requisite environmental clearance.  It has been reported that no National Park / Sanctuary / Elephant Corridor is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  A crushing and screening plant is also proposed as part of this project.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ project because of interstate boundary of Jharkhand within 10 km of the mine lease.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 20.4.2009.  Public hearing has been held on 12.4.2010.  Mine working will be opencast manual.  Life of the mine is 9 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 206 mRL.  The groundwater table is reported at 205.4 m AMSL.  The mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is estimated as 21.2 kld, which will be obtained from bore well as well as accumulated water in the quarry.  It is estimated that 50,595 m3 of waste will be generated during the conceptual period.  Part of the waste will be backfilled and a part will be dumped in the form of external OB dump covering an area of 0.503 ha.  The baseline AAQ data shows the levels within prescribed limits.  Greenbelt will be raised in an area of 0.53 ha.  In addition, plantation will also be raised on the OB dump (0.503 ha) and other degraded area (0.89 ha).  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

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

(i)           Mine working will be restricted above water table.  For working below water the proposal will be referred back to the Ministry for its review and incorporating any additional conditions required.  Prior permission from Central Groundwater Authority would also be required for working below groundwater table.  A detailed hydro-geological study shall be undertaken to bring out the impact of pumping of groundwater. 

(ii)          Appropriate safeguard measures shall be undertaken specifically in critical areas such as mining area, crushing and screening plant, ore handling area, along the haul road for control of RSPM levels to ensure they remain within prescribed limits. 

(iii)        Appropriate safeguard measures shall be taken to ensure that the sediments from the dump area do not flow to the nearby water bodies including Deo river and Khatma nallah. 

(iv)        For plantation, appropriate measures should be taken so as to ensure that the survival rate of plants is increased. 

 

 

 

 

2.5     Iron Ore Mine of M/s Monnet Ispat & Energy Ltd. at village Hahalladi, Tehsil Bhanupratpur, District Kanker, Chhattisgarh (Consultant: M/s Min Mec Consultancy Pvt. Ltd., Delhi)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.15 million TPA of iron ore.  The mine lease area is 78.9 ha, which is a forestland.  Forestry clearance is yet to be obtained.  It has been reported that the State Government has forwarded the proposal for diversion of forestland to MoEF.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 20.6.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 29.4.2010.  The mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised.  Life of mine is 21 years.  Water requirement for the project is estimated as 60 kld.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Ultimate working depth will be 472 mRL.  The groundwater table is reported at 385 mRL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The stage of groundwater development in the area is reported as 3.4%.  The baseline AAQ data shows that the RSPM levels (PM10) are within permissible limits.  It is estimated that 0.151 million tonnes of waste will be generated during the mine life.  An area of 6.065 ha will be used for waste dump.  A part of the waste will be backfilled in the mined out area covering about 9 ha.  The backfilling will start from 11th year.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

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

(i)        Prior forestry clearance will be obtained before starting any work in the forest area.

(ii)      Plan for conservation of schedule-I fauna reported in the study area should be effectively implemented.  The critical habitats in the impact zone should also be conserved and protected.

(iii)     The occupational health impacts will be appropriately addressed during implementation of the project. 

(iv)     Necessary prior permission from the Competent Authority for drawl of water for the project shall be obtained.  In case, the water is to be procured from a private supplier it may clearly be provided whether the said supplier is an authorized supplier having requisite permissions from Competent Authority for drawing the requisite water. 

 

2.6     Limestone Mining Lease of Shri Chandan Singh located at village Borunda/Hariyadhana, District Jodhpur, Rajasthan (Reconsideration Case) (Consultant: M/s Ramji Mine Envirotech, Jaipur)

 

The proposal was earlier placed before the Expert Appraisal Committee for its consideration during its meeting held on July 26-28, 2010 wherein the Committee deferred consideration of the proposal for want of the requisite approved mine plan / eco-friendly mine plan.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone (minor mineral) to 75,000 TPA.  The mine lease area is 100 ha.  No forestland is involved.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 23.2.2009.  Public hearing for this project has been held on 24.8.2009.  It was observed that the project documents submitted by the proponent did not conform to the prescribed TORs.  The Committee, therefore, desired that the documents may be revised to address all the prescribed TORs and submitted for further consideration of the proposal.  In the meantime, the project file may be closed till the revised documents are submitted. 

2.7     Bhod Limestone Mine of Saurashtra Chemicals Ltd. Located in village Bhod of Taluka Ranavav, District Porbandar, Gujarat (Reconsideration Case) (Consultant: M/s Mantec Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Delhi)

 

The proposal was earlier listed for consideration by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on March 18-20, 2009 and the consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the proponent to enable them to recheck and reconcile the data contained in the documents.  After receipt of the requisite documents, the proposal was considered further.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, (which became due in 1999) and enhancement of production of chemical grade limestone from 0.2 to 0.4 million TPA of limestone.  The mine lease area is 71.52 ha.  No forestland is involved.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 7.12.2007.  Public hearing has been held on 16.9.2008.  Life of mine is 15 years.  Barda Wildlife Sanctuary is reported at 5.06 km.  Jambuvanti Cave is reported at a distance of 7 km.  NOC from District Collector has been obtained based on the recommendation of Archaeological Survey of India.  Mine working will be opencast semi mechanized.  Ultimate working depth will be 30 m AMSL.  Groundwater table is at 20 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 37 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater.  Baseline AAQ data showed that the RSPM levels in the area are relatively high and safeguard measures need to be put in place to control these levels.  It is estimated that 80,000 tonnes/annum of under sized limestone will be generated, which will be stacked as internal dumps in the mined out pit.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 11.73 ha during the mine life.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.  The proponent have prepared a wildlife assessment and conservation plan. 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee recommended the project subject to the following conditions:-

(i)           The project proponent should take immediate steps to control RSPM levels in the area.  A plan should be prepared immediately, implemented and its effectiveness demonstrated by actual monitored data to be collected and furnished to MoEF on regular basis during project life including construction / development phase.

(ii)          Personnel exposure monitoring for highly exposed workers should be carried out and records maintained and submitted as part of the six monthly monitoring reports.   

 

2.8     Andhari Quartz Mine of Smt. Prativa Bhanj Deo, Village Andhari & Ghaghari, District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: M/s SENES Consultants India Pvt. Ltd., Calcutta)

 

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

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease for production of 9,000 TPA of quartz.  The mine lease area is 24.071 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It is a violation case.  The mine is reported to be closed presently.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ project because of interstate border with Jharkhand within 10 km.  Mine working will be opencast manual.  Life of mine is 13 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 0.6 m bgl.  Water requirement is about 2 kld, which will be obtained from bore well. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.  Provision may be made for surveillance centre for TB and DOT centre.  

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.9     Collection of Minor Mineral (Sand, Gravel, Boulders) from Yamuna River Rampur Mandi of M/s Doiwala Sahkari Sharam Sanwida Samiti Ltd., located at Dehradun, District Dehradun, Uttarakhand (Consultant: M/s India Glycols Ltd., Kashipur, Uttarakhand)

 

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

 

The proposal is for production of 5,80,000 m3/annum of Sand, Gravel and Boulder in the ratio of 3:1:1 at the confluence of Yamuna and Giri river.  The mine lease area is 11.5 ha, which is a forestland.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.  The project is also located in Doon Valley.  Mine working will be manual.  Ultimate working depth will be 2.5 mtr.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law. 

 

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

 

1)           Clearance under Doon Valley Notification, 1989 as applicable shall also be obtained. 

2)           Necessary forestry clearance, as applicable shall also be obtained and furnished.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13)        A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna / amphibians especially fresh water turtles and other nesting sites, if any, in the riverine system shall be carried out.  Avian fauna should also be covered.  The biological value on either bank of the river should also be studied and given. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey, clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation and close monitoring should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

14)        Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any, should be brought out. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.10   Collection of Minor Minerals (Sand, Gravel, Boulders) from Tons River Kalsi Block of M/s Doiwala Sahkari Sharam Samwida Samiti Ltd. located at District Dehradun, Uttarakhand (Consultant: M/s India Glycols Ltd., Kashipur, Uttarakhand)

 

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

 

The proposal is for production of 5,40,000 m3/annum of Sand, Gravel and Boulder in the ratio of 3:1:1 at the confluence of Yamuna and Tons river.  The mine lease area is 10.11 ha, which is a forestland.  The proposal has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of interstate boundary of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.  The project is also located in Doon Valley.  Mine working will be manual.  Ultimate working depth will be 2.5 mtr.  It was categorically stated by the proponent that there is no court case presently pending against this project and no directions have been passed against the project by any court of law.  

 

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

 

1)           Clearance under Doon Valley Notification, 1989 as applicable shall also be obtained. 

2)           Necessary forestry clearance, as applicable shall also be obtained and furnished.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13)        A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna / amphibians especially fresh water turtles and other nesting sites, if any, in the riverine system shall be carried out.  Avian fauna should also be covered.  The biological value on either bank of the river should also be studied and given. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey, clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation and close monitoring should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

14)        Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any, should be brought out. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.11   Mining Project-Kukurdi Limestone Mine of M/s Ultra Tech Cement Ltd., Village Kukurdi, District Raipur, Chhattisgarh (Consultant: M/s J.M Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 5.0 million TPA of limestone.  The mine lease area is 251.527 ha.  As the said project is located in District Raipur, Chhattisgarh, an identified severely polluted area, as per the office memorandum issued by MoEF dated 13.1.2010, the comments of the State Pollution Control Board would be necessary. Although, the project proponent stated that the mine lease area does not fall in severely polluted area, it was felt necessary that before TORs are considered to the said project, the comments of SPCB may be obtained and submitted. 

 

 

2.12   Arungal Limestone Mine of M/s Chettinad Cement Corporation Ltd., Taluk and District Ariyalur, Tamilnadu (Consultant: Environmental System Consultant, Chennai)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.8 million TPA of limestone and marl put together (0.56 MTPA limestone + 0.24 MTPA marl) for their captive use. The mine lease area is 67.73 ha.  No forestland is involved.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 26.10.2009.  Public hearing has been held on 27.8.2010.  The Karaivetti Sanctuary is in the buffer zone of mine lease at a distance of 7 km.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 13 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 18 m bgl.  Water table varies between 20 -22 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  It is estimated that 2.759 million m3 of waste material will be generated during the mine life, which will be backfilled.  The backfilling will start from 2nd year.  The baseline AAQ data presented showed that the RSPM levels (PM10) are within permissible limits.  The water requirement for the mine is estimated as 40 kld, which will be met from bore well and mine pit seepage water.  The issues raised during public were also considered.  It was observed that the public hearing has been held jointly for four projects, which is not in conformity with the guidelines issued vide circular dated 19.4.2010.  Some of the data also showed variations at different placed in the EIA report. 

 

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

(i)           Clarification should be obtained from the State Pollution Control Board regarding holding of public hearing jointly for four projects and how they have followed the procedure prescribed. 

(ii)          The NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine at a distance of 7 km from the bird sanctuary.   

(iii)        Flora and fauna survey of the core and buffer zone separately should be furnished. 

(iv)        Details of sample health survey of the population within the impact zone and the proposed preventive and mitigative measures should be given. 

(v)          The discrepancy of the data at different places in the EIA report such as depth of working, water table etc. should be reconciled and the consistent figures should be given in the EIA report.  A corrigendum may be given clearly indicating the relevant sections, page numbers etc of the EIA report.  It may clearly be stated whether mine working will intersect groundwater table.  In case, the mine working is to intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro-geological study should also be undertaken and report furnished. 

(vi)        Land use of the core zone as it exists today should be given along with its break-up. 

(vii)       It may be examined whether surface miners could be utilized in the mine.  If yes, the details may be provided.  If not, reasons there for should be given. 

(viii)      The cost of EMP should be looked into and its details with item-wise break up should be given. 

(ix)        The water requirement for the project may be re-examined and details furnished along with activity wise breakup. 

(x)          The copy of the permission letter from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water may be furnished. 

(xi)        It may clearly be stated whether any land outside the mine lease is to be used for any activity relating to mining including storage of waste.  In case, any land outside the mine lease is to be used even for temporary purpose, details of the land, its ownership etc. should be provided and it should be integrated into the approved mine plan. 

(xii)       Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing along with time frame and financial allocation may be furnished. 

(xiii)      Details of greenbelt including the area to be covered in the greenbelt may be indicated. 

 

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

 

2.13   Limestone Mine of M/s Zawar Cement located at village Chittapur, District Gulbarga, Karnataka (Consultant: M/s Mineral Engineering Services, Bellary, Karnataka)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production of limestone from 0.5 million TPA to 6.2 million TPA.  The mine lease area is 328.34 ha. No forestland is involved.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 28.11.2008.  Public hearing was held on 17.12.2009.  Life of mine is 25 years.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 359 mRL.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Water requirement is 135 kld, which will be met from mine sump water.  The baseline AAQ data showed that the RSPM levels (PM10) are within permissible limit.  It is estimated that 15,00,000 tonne of soil generated during the mine life will be dumped in an area of 4.25 ha.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)      Copy of mine lease should be given. 

(ii)      Details of biodiversity survey undertaken along with list of flora and fauna separately for core and buffer zone should be given.  The plan for conservation of schedule fauna found in the study area should also be given.  

(iii)     Details of solid waste management as well as management of top soil should be furnished.  It should inter-alia include the schedule of storage and reuse of top soil. 

(iv)     Details of greenbelt including its species, width, area etc should be given. 

(v)      Details of EMP along with financial allocation item-wise should be given.

(vi)     Details of check dam with water conservation measures should be provided.

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

(viii)   The source of fugitive emissions should be indicated and its impact zone demarcated along with its impact on the ambient air quality. 

 

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

 

 

2.14   Limestone (minor mineral) Mining Project of Shri Umed Singh Khoja, village Hariyadhana, Tehsil Bilara, District Jodhpur, Rajasthan (Consultant: M/s R.K. Consultant, Jodhpur)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production of limestone (minor mineral) from 11,449 TPA to 2,00,000 TPA.  The mine lease area is 100 ha.  No forestland is stated to be involved.  It is a violation case as the proponent has enhanced production before obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 8.7.2009.  Public hearing was held on 9.4.2010.  Mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 52 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 285 m AMSL.  Groundwater table is at 222 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  The baseline AAQ data shows that RSPM levels are relatively on higher side and effective mitigation measures need to be taken to improve the ambient air quality.  Water requirement is estimated as 6 kld, which will be obtained from public water supply.  The waste generated will be backfilled from 3rd year onwards.  By the end of the 10th year the accumulated will also be liquidated and there will be no external OB dump after 10th year.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 46.6 ha at the end of the mine life.  An area of 28.2 ha will be developed into water body.  It was also clarified that the mine lease area does not fall in Aravali.  A letter from mining engineer dated 19.8.2010 has been submitted in this regard.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)           Effective safeguard measures including sprinkling of water with higher frequency in critical areas such as mining area, mineral storage area, haul road etc shall be taken to ensure that the particulate level (PM10) in the area is within prescribed limit.  Accordingly, the increased water requirement may also be assessed and its source tied up and necessary prior approval from the Competent Authority be obtained and copy furnished to MoEF. 

(ii)          A plan for conservation of schedule fauna reported in the study area should be prepared and implemented effectively. 

 

 

2.15   Urumunda Iron Ore Mine of M/s Urumunda Iron Ore Mines located at District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: M/s R.K. Consultant, Jodhpur)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which became due on 29.12.2011 and enhancement of production of iron ore from 30,000 TPA to 1,80,000 TPA.  A crushing, screening and beneficiation plant of 60,000 TPA is also part of the project.  The mine is reported to be closed presently.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 18.1.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 30.6.2010.  Mine lease area is 82.03 ha, which includes 54.63 ha of forestland.  It is a violation case as the proponent has increased production without obtaining requisite prior environment clearance.  Mine working will be opencast semi mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 4 years.  Ultimate working depth will be 585 m AMSL.  Groundwater table during post monsoon is reported 575.5 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The baseline AAQ data presented during the meeting showed that the RSPM levels in the area are on a higher side and immediate mitigation measures need to be taken to bring down the same within prescribed limits.  It was stated by the proponent that they are proposing to take necessary measures by involving other mine owners in the area.  It emerged during the meeting that the mining scheme for the project is only up to December, 2011.  The mine plan beyond December, 2011 is yet to be prepared and got approved.  The Committee, therefore, recommended the project for environmental clearance only up to December, 2011.  The proponent will come again for obtaining environmental clearance beyond 2011 and by that time they must ensure that the necessary safeguard measures in place and their effectiveness must be demonstrated by supporting data on ambient air quality in the area.  Accordingly, the project was recommended for clearance up to December, 2011 subject to following condition:-

(i)      The project proponent should take immediate steps to control RSPM levels in the area.  A plan should be prepared immediately, implemented and its effectiveness demonstrated by actual monitored data to be collected and furnished to MoEF on regular basis during project life including construction / development phase.

 

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

 

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

 

The proposal is for setting up of a iron ore beneficiation unit with a throughput capacity of 3,00,000 TPA.  The land requirement for the project is 12 acres.  The water requirement is 300 kld, which will be obtained from bore well.  The low grade ore to be used as input for the beneficiation unit will be obtained from the other mines in the area. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8)           The land requirement should be optimized and furnished. 

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

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

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

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

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

14)        Detailed material balance to be provided.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.17   Yacharam Mining Project of M/s The A.P. Mineral Development Corporation Ltd., village Yacharam, Yacharam Mandal, District Ranga Reddy, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant:  M/s Environment Protection Training and Research Institute, Hyderabad) 

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 2.4 million TPA of granite road metal.  The mine lease area is 266 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast. 

 

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

 

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

2)           The conditions imposed by the State Government while granting mining lease for the said project should also be duly incorporated and addressed in the EIA report. 

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

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

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

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

7)           Details of the land for OB dump outside the mine lease such as extent of land area, distance from mine lease, its land use, R&R issues, if any should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.18   Pillipalli Mining Project of M/s The A.P. Mineral Development Corporation Ltd., village Pillipalli, Yacharam Mandal, District Ranga Reddy, Andhra Pradesh (Consultant:  M/s Environment Protection Training and Research Institute, Hyderabad) 

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 1.5 million TPA of granite road metal.  The mine lease area is 97.13 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast. 

 

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

 

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

2)           The conditions imposed by the State Government while granting mining lease for the said project should also be duly incorporated and addressed in the EIA report. 

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

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

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

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

7)           Details of the land for OB dump outside the mine lease such as extent of land area, distance from mine lease, its land use, R&R issues, if any should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.19   Consideration of order of Hon’ble NEAA dated 11.10.2010 in Appeal no. 38/2009 in the matter of Pirna Naroda Nagrik Kruti Samiti & Ors Vs MoEF & Ors relating to Pirna Iron Ore of M/s Sesa Goa Ltd.

 

                   The project was earlier accorded environmental clearance, which became a subject of litigation in the Hon’ble NEAA.  In accordance with the directions of the NEAA, the matter was considered by the EAC and also held site visit by a sub group of EAC in June, 2010.  The recommendations made by the sub group, based on the site visit were deliberated and discussed by the EAC and thereafter the EAC made its recommendations.  Based on the same, an affidavit was filed in the Hon’ble NEAA by MoEF.  The Hon’ble NEAA vide order dated 15.10.2010 have directed that the EAC should submit its point wise response to the report of the sub group as also the two annexures containing comments of Director, Agriculture and Deputy Conservator of Forests, Goa.  In view of the same, the matter was placed before the EAC for their consideration.  The point wise response of the EAC is given hereunder:-

 

1.           The lease boundaries must be clearly demarcated on the map and should      be authenticated by the Department of Mining and Geology.

 

It was noted that the villagers had contested the authenticity of the location of the mine lease as shown on the map but without any supporting document in this regard as also the map provided by the project proponent was not authenticated by the Competent Authority and did not bear any date on it, it was recommended by the Committee that the location of the mine lease may be got verified by the competent authority in the State Government i.e. State Mining and Geology Department, Govt. of Goa along with a map demarcating the boundaries of the mine lease. 

 

2.           The number of homestead likely to be affected by the mining activities and the number of families to be displaced should be clearly identified.

 

As noted in point no. 1 above, the lease boundary is disputed which will also affect the total number of affected people due to the project and accordingly, once the lease boundary has been demarcated unambiguously, the details of the project affected people would need to be reworked and information related thereto should be furnished.  

 

3.           Based on the mining plan submitted by the proponent it may be explored and considered  to exclude the area of village Nadora Kadshel having 12 houses and its paddy field from mining lease area of the mine. Details of displacement of Dhakti Channi village families must be provided.

The Committee observed that the subject of grant of mine lease lies within the purview of the State Government keeping in view the availability of mineral in that zone.  However, in view of the concerns raised by the public and keeping in view the techno economy viability of the project, the lessee may examine the feasibility of excluding village Nadora Kadshel and its paddy fields from the mine lease.  Details in this regard as well as the information on the linked R&R issues should be provided. 

 

4.           Since river Chapora is subjected to tidal influence, therefore, a CRZ map duly authenticated by an authorized agency and with super imposition of the mine lease on this map may be submitted to SCZMA for their recommendation.

 

The Committee observed that a map demarcating the high tide line (HTL), low tide line (LTL) and the CRZ boundary by one of the authorized agencies, superimposing thereon the mine lease boundary, to confirm whether any portion of the mine lease falls within CRZ.  In the eventuality of any portion of the mine lease falling in CRZ, the mine lease boundary would need to be modified by excluding the CRZ portion since mining is a prohibited activity in CRZ. 

 

5.           Strict monitoring of the surface and ground water quality and proper maintenance of preventive measures must be ensured.

 

The Committee appreciated the concern regarding the likely adverse impact of mining on surface and groundwater quality and the need to carryout monitoring of quality of water and to take mid course corrective measures, if required.  However, Committee was of the view that this is a continuing process and would need to be carried out pari-passu with the mining activities.  Such requirements are normally stipulated as one of the conditions while granting environmental clearance to mining projects. 

 

6.           Status of the forests falling within the mine lease area should be ascertained with respect to Forest Clearance.  A proper study of the fauna of the core and buffer area must be undertaken and impact of mining activity on the scheduled species and the critical wild life habitat be studied and a suitable conservation plan be prepared accordingly.

 

The observation made by the sub group during site visit regarding existence of thick growth of local species of trees corroborated with the observations made by the DFO.  Further, for the forestland involved in the project, if any, the requisite prior clearance under Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 would be necessary.  To set the records straight and to allay any apprehension with regard to involvement of forestland in the project, it would be desirable that the project proponent obtain a certificate from the Competent Authority in the State Government whether the mine lease area involves any forestland.  A copy of the certificate so obtained should be submitted to MoEF.  As regards the schedule species reported in the area, the Committee reiterated its earlier observation regarding the need to prepare a plan for conservation of these species. 

 

7.           Since houses and dwelling units are located in the mining lease area the health and safety of the people is of concern; measures to protect their health and safety must be clearly spelt out.

 

The Committee appreciated the concerns expressed regarding health and safety of the people and property close to the mining area.  It was also noted that there are well laid down norms and guidelines under various regulations implemented by Director General of Mine Safety (DGMS) prescribing certain minimum distances to be maintained from the habitation, roads etc.  Further, to avoid any damage to buildings / structures in the area, the charge for blasting is determined based on peak particle velocity (PPV).  A scientific mining undertaken as per the approved mine plan and following all the laws and regulations, the adverse impacts in terms of health and safety could be minimized.  The occupational health of the workers has to be monitored on regular basis and necessary mitigation / preventive measures have to be provided. These steps are normally taken during any mining operation and as such form part of the environment clearance conditions. 

 

8.           Air and noise pollution are associated with mining activity; a preventive health strategy including hazard communication, issuing advisories and health surveillance may be evolved for the residents of Pirna and Nadora villages.

 

The Committee observed that the issues raised herein relate to any mining operation, which need to be backed by a good environment management plan which forms part of the EIA/EMP document.  Further, EMP is a dynamic document, which keeps on improving based on the actual field data collected during the life of the project and this project is no exception.  Similarly, the workers are subjected to occupational health monitoring and both preventive and curative approach is followed and records maintained, which help both in improving the working of the mine as well as for improving the health of the workers and also to adopt strategies for health planning.  As such, it is also a continuing process to be undertaken pari-passu with the operation of the mine as part of the EC conditions. 

 

9.           For carrying out the health surveillance, a baseline data of respiratory morbidity may be created and any increase in the morbidity may be reported to the health authorities on six monthly basis.

 

The response is covered under point no. 8 above. 

 

10.        The proponent in particular ought to identify the children and elderly with disorders like asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) who should be the focus of health surveillance as they are more vulnerable to the effects of dust exposure.

 

The response is covered under point no. 8 above. 

 

 

11.        An injury data base may also be created and the number of people involved in accidents due to mining related activities including transportation, and the nature of their injuries may also be reported to the transport and health department on yearly basis.

 

The response is covered under point no. 8 above. 

 

12.        Since there is only a sub centre for healthcare, a respiratory physician may be asked to visit the centre at least once in a fortnight to monitor if the respiratory health of the residents of Pirna and Nadora village is getting adversely affected. If the answer is yes, it would imply that the dust suppression measures are not effective, and these need to be augmented.

 

The response is covered under point no. 8 above. 

 

13.        Comments of the Department of Agriculture, Goa on agriculture crops etc due to the above said mining should be looked into and the response of the project proponent must be submitted with supporting documents (Annex-VII).

 

The Committee shared the apprehensions and concerns expressed by the Department of Agriculture regarding the likely adverse impacts of mining on agriculture in the area unless the requisite mitigation measures, which are well established and practiced in the mining areas as part of scientific mining, are put in place.  The instant project will be no exception in this regard and the requisite mitigation measures would form part of the EC conditions. 

 

14.        Details of action plan with respect of diversion of road from Colvale to Pirna and to Kadshel village should be submitted.

 

The Committee agreed with the recommendations of the sub group regarding preparation of the action plan of diversion of these roads and also desired to integrate and address such adverse environmental impacts, if any, on the surrounding habitation, which may arise due to the diversion of these roads

 

 

 

 

15.        Details of the activities to be undertaken under CSR plan must be furnished with action plan and financial details to be implemented in and around the mine lease area for the project affected peoples of the area.

 

The Committee observed that undertaking of CSR activities normally form part of the corporate policy of a company and these activities are undertaken by the company suo motto as a goodwill gesture in the area of their operation.  CSR activities cannot be taken as a substitute of R&R or vice-versa; however, these activities are complimentary and supplementary to the R&R Plan. 

 

16.        In conclusion, the Sub – committee submits that the requisite data as sought above may be submitted first by the project proponent, and thereafter, it may be examined by the EAC and a final view on the continuance of the environmental clearance accorded to this project may be taken.

 

The Committee, taking into consideration the observations made by the sub group as also the information contained in the letters of the Department of Agriculture and Department of Forests, Govt. of Goa and keeping in view the inadequate response / information submitted by the project proponent to the queries raised, the EAC is of the opinion that the environment clearance granted to the said project may be revoked / suspended till the requisite information and action plans to address the concerns as stated above have been submitted to MoEF and examined by the EAC.    

 

 

2.20   Manganese and Bauxite Ore Mine of M/s Kamando & Kula Manganese Mines, village Kamando & Kula, District Sundargarh, Orissa (TOR) 

         

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

 

2.21   Mining Project of Khanda, Gitti and Boulder of M/s Vijay Khosla near village Bhilgwan, Tehsil Dholpur, District Dholpur, Rajasthan (Consultant: M/s Ramji Mine Envirotech, Jaipur) 

 

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

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fall due from 15.7.2010 and enhancement of production of khanda, gitti and boulder (minor mineral) from 3733 TPA to 50,000 TPA.  Mine lease area is 107.0322 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It was stated that the mine lease does not fall in Aravali.  Ultimate mine depth will be 6 m bgl.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2.22   Tirilidihi Iron Ore Washing and Beneficiation Plant of M/s Lal Trades & Agencies (P) Ltd., village Tirilidihi, District Mayurbhanj, Orissa (Consultant: M/s Bhagavathi Anna Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

 

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

 

The proposal is for setting up of a iron ore and beneficiation plant with a throughput capacity of 0.2 million TPA.  The land requirement for the project is 1.651 ha.  The Committee observed that the extent of land proposed for the project was inadequate for setting up of the proposed beneficiation plant of this capacity.  Further, the location of the site was also not found to be suitable as it was observed to be surrounded by two nallahs.  The capacity of the mine to which the proposed beneficiation plant was stated to be captive did not match with the capacity of the beneficiation plant.  In view of the same, the Committee rejected the proposal in its present form.   

 

 

2.23   Limestone Mineral of M/s Rithesh Rathod, village Nishani, Mandal Kerameri, District Adilabad, Andhra Pradesh (TOR)

 

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

 

 

 

2.24   Limestone Mining Project of M/s Reliance Cementation Pvt. Ltd., village Bandhi-Ghorwai, Tehsil Maihar, District Satna, Madhya Pradesh (Consultant: Green C, Ghaziabad)

 

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

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 1.0 million TPA of limestone.  The mine lease area is 129.802 ha.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Life of mine is 15 years.  Water requirement is 100 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater.  Backfilling is proposed. 

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

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

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

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

4)        Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features should be indicated, separately for core and buffer zone.  It may be rechecked and reconfirmed whether the mine lease area contains any forest land.   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.25   Collection of Minor Mineral (Reta, Bajri and Boulder) from Nihal river, Ramnagar Forest Division, District Nainital, Uttarakhand of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, Uttarakhand (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for extraction of 7.74 lakh TPA of reta, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from the river bed of Nihal river, District Nainital, Uttarakhand.  The mine lease area is 100 ha covering a stretch of 3 km length, which is a forestland.  The project area falls in Shivalik Elephant Reserve.  It was reported that out of 100 ha, working will be restricted to 50 ha in the middle of the river.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 15.2.2010.  Public hearing was held on 28.8.2010.  The mine working will be opencast manual without involving drilling and blasting in the nature of surface mining.  The working depth will be restricted to 1.5 m.  No working will be undertaken during monsoon season.  Transportation of mineral will be by road.  The ambient air quality of the area is reported to be within prescribed limits.  The drinking water requirement will be met from nearby areas.  As regards, the mine plan, it was stated that in the State of Uttarakhand, there is no requirement of mine plan for miner mineral.  A letter dated 23.10.2010 from Principal Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand was submitted in this regard.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project. 

 

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

 

(i)           An authenticated map showing location of National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Reserves as per TOR no. (vii) should be provided.  NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for locating the mine within elephant reserve is required.

(ii)          Primary survey of flora and fauna including acquatic fauna as per TOR no. (viii) should be carried out and details furnished. 

(iii)        Mineral transportation route along with its impact on habitation as well as wildlife habitat should be clearly brought out and details furnished.  In addition, TOR no. (xix) may also be referred and addressed.

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

(v)          History of mine should be given clearly indicating the material balance with respect to removal of mineral and its replenishment and its impact on the change of river course, if any. The TOR no. (ix) may also be referred in this regard. 

(vi)        Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing with time schedule and financial allocation may be furnished.

(vii)       Details of the facilities to be provided for meeting any emergency situation arising during working at site, may be indicated.  Injury prevention programme should be clearly spelt out. 

(viii)      Maximum work force to be employed at any given point of time at site should be given.  The requisite infrastructure facilities to be provided to these workers in conformity with their strength should be given. 

(ix)        Period of LOI should be specified with supporting documents. 

(x)          The environmental appraisal Questionnaire should be correctly filled in providing information against each point as explained during the meeting along with requisite enclosures and annexures and submitted. 

 

It was decided that the proposal be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been received.

 

2.26   Collection of Minor Mineral from Sharda river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, Uttarakhand (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for extraction of 21.6 lakh TPA of reta, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from the river bed of Sharda river, District Champawat, Uttarakhand.  The mine lease area is 384.69 ha covering a stretch of 12 km length, which is a forestland.  The project area falls in Shivalik Elephant Reserve.  It was reported that out of 384.69 ha, working will be restricted to 192.35 ha in the middle of the river.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 15.2.2010.  Public hearing was held on 23.8.2010.  The mine working will be opencast manual without involving drilling and blasting in the nature of surface mining.  The working depth will be restricted to 1.5 m.  No working will be undertaken during monsoon season.  Transportation of mineral will be by road.  The ambient air quality of the area is reported to be within prescribed limits.  The drinking water requirement will be met from nearby areas.  As regards, the mine plan, it was stated that in the State of Uttarakhand, there is no requirement of mine plan for miner mineral.  A letter dated 23.10.2010 from Principal Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand was submitted in this regard.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project. 

 

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

 

(i)           An authenticated map showing location of National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Reserves as per TOR no. (vii) should be provided.  NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for locating the mine within elephant reserve is required.

(ii)          Primary survey of flora and fauna including acquatic fauna as per TOR no. (viii) should be carried out and details furnished. 

(iii)        Mineral transportation route along with its impact on habitation as well as wildlife habitat should be clearly brought out and details furnished.  In addition, TOR no. (xix) may also be referred and addressed.

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

(v)          History of mine should be given clearly indicating the material balance with respect to removal of mineral and its replenishment and its impact on the change of river course, if any. The TOR no. (ix) may also be referred in this regard. 

(vi)        Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing with time schedule and financial allocation may be furnished.

(vii)       Details of the facilities to be provided for meeting any emergency situation arising during working at site, may be indicated.  Injury prevention programme should be clearly spelt out. 

(viii)      Maximum work force to be employed at any given point of time at site should be given.  The requisite infrastructure facilities to be provided to these workers in conformity with their strength should be given. 

(ix)        Period of LOI should be specified with supporting documents. 

(x)          The environmental appraisal Questionnaire should be correctly filled in providing information against each point as explained during the meeting along with requisite enclosures and annexures and submitted. 

(xi)        Specific safeguard measures proposed to mitigate the adverse impact on the downstream reservoir of NHPC (Hydro Electric Project) due to siltation from the mining area should be furnished.

It was decided that the proposal be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been received.

 

 

2.27   Collection of Minor Mineral from Kirora Nallah river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, Uttarakhand (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for extraction of 8.64 lakh TPA of reta, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from the river bed of Kirora nallah in the Haldwani Forest Division, District Champawat, Uttarakhand.  The mine lease area is 72 ha covering a stretch of 3.5 km length, which is a forestland.  The project area falls in Shivalik Elephant Reserve.  It was reported that out of 72 ha, working will be restricted to 36 ha in the middle of the river.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 15.2.2010.  Public hearing was held on 19.8.2010.  The mine working will be opencast manual without involving drilling and blasting in the nature of surface mining.  The working depth will be restricted to 1.5 m.  No working will be undertaken during monsoon season.  Transportation of mineral will be by road.  The ambient air quality of the area is reported to be within prescribed limits.  The drinking water requirement will be met from nearby areas.  As regards, the mine plan, it was stated that in the State of Uttarakhand, there is no requirement of mine plan for miner mineral.  A letter dated 23.10.2010 from Principal Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand was submitted in this regard.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project. 

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

(i)           An authenticated map showing location of National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Reserves as per TOR no. (vii) should be provided.  NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for locating the mine within elephant reserve is required.

(ii)          Primary survey of flora and fauna including acquatic fauna as per TOR no. (viii) should be carried out and details furnished. 

(iii)        Mineral transportation route along with its impact on habitation as well as wildlife habitat should be clearly brought out and details furnished.  In addition, TOR no. (xix) may also be referred and addressed.

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

(v)          History of mine should be given clearly indicating the material balance with respect to removal of mineral and its replenishment and its impact on the change of river course, if any. The TOR no. (ix) may also be referred in this regard. 

(vi)        Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing with time schedule and financial allocation may be furnished.

(vii)       Details of the facilities to be provided for meeting any emergency situation arising during working at site, may be indicated.  Injury prevention programme should be clearly spelt out. 

(viii)      Maximum work force to be employed at any given point of time at site should be given.  The requisite infrastructure facilities to be provided to these workers in conformity with their strength should be given. 

(ix)        Period of LOI should be specified with supporting documents. 

(x)          The environmental appraisal Questionnaire should be correctly filled in providing information against each point as explained during the meeting along with requisite enclosures and annexures and submitted. 

 

It was decided that the proposal be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been received.

 

 

2.28   Collection of Minor Mineral from Kosi river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, Uttarakhand (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for extraction of 36.5 lakh TPA of reta, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from the river bed of Kosi river in the Terai West Forest Division Ramnagar, District Nainital, Uttarakhand.  The mine lease area is 254 ha covering a stretch of 11 km length, which is a forestland.  The project area falls in Shivalik Elephant Reserve.  It was reported that out of 254 ha, working will be restricted to 127 ha in the middle of the river.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 15.2.2010.  Public hearing was held on 16.8.2010.  The mine working will be opencast manual without involving drilling and blasting in the nature of surface mining.  The working depth will be restricted to 1.5 m.  No working will be undertaken during monsoon season.  Transportation of mineral will be by road.  The ambient air quality of the area is reported to be within prescribed limits.  The drinking water requirement will be met from nearby areas.  As regards, the mine plan, it was stated that in the State of Uttarakhand, there is no requirement of mine plan for miner mineral.  A letter dated 23.10.2010 from Principal Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand was submitted in this regard.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project. 

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

(i)           An authenticated map showing location of National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Reserves as per TOR no. (vii) should be provided.  NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for locating the mine within elephant reserve is required.

(ii)          Primary survey of flora and fauna including acquatic fauna as per TOR no. (viii) should be carried out and details furnished. 

(iii)        Mineral transportation route along with its impact on habitation as well as wildlife habitat should be clearly brought out and details furnished.  In addition, TOR no. (xix) may also be referred and addressed.

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

(v)          History of mine should be given clearly indicating the material balance with respect to removal of mineral and its replenishment and its impact on the change of river course, if any. The TOR no. (ix) may also be referred in this regard. 

(vi)        Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing with time schedule and financial allocation may be furnished.

(vii)       Details of the facilities to be provided for meeting any emergency situation arising during working at site, may be indicated.  Injury prevention programme should be clearly spelt out. 

(viii)      Maximum work force to be employed at any given point of time at site should be given.  The requisite infrastructure facilities to be provided to these workers in conformity with their strength should be given. 

(ix)        Period of LOI should be specified with supporting documents. 

(x)          The environmental appraisal Questionnaire should be correctly filled in providing information against each point as explained during the meeting along with requisite enclosures and annexures and submitted. 

It was decided that the proposal be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been received.

 

 

2.29  Collection of Minor Mineral from Kailash Nandhor river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, Uttarakhand (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for extraction of 37.8 lakh TPA of reta, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from the river bed of Kailash Nandhor river in the Ramnagar Forest Division, District Nainital, Uttarakhand.  The mine lease area is 468 ha covering a stretch of 8 km length, which is a forestland.  The project area falls in Shivalik Elephant Reserve.  It was reported that out of 468 ha, working will be restricted to 234 ha in the middle of the river.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 18.1.2010.  Public hearing was held on 26.8.2010.  The mine working will be opencast manual without involving drilling and blasting in the nature of surface mining.  The working depth will be restricted to 1.5 m.  No working will be undertaken during monsoon season.  Transportation of mineral will be by road.  The ambient air quality of the area is reported to be within prescribed limits.  The drinking water requirement will be met from nearby areas.  As regards, the mine plan, it was stated that in the State of Uttarakhand, there is no requirement of mine plan for miner mineral.  A letter dated 23.10.2010 from Principal Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand was submitted in this regard.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project. 

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

(i)           An authenticated map showing location of National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Reserves as per TOR no. (vii) should be provided.  NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for locating the mine within elephant reserve is required.

(ii)          Primary survey of flora and fauna including acquatic fauna as per TOR no. (viii) should be carried out and details furnished. 

(iii)        Mineral transportation route along with its impact on habitation as well as wildlife habitat should be clearly brought out and details furnished.  In addition, TOR no. (xix) may also be referred and addressed.

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

(v)          History of mine should be given clearly indicating the material balance with respect to removal of mineral and its replenishment and its impact on the change of river course, if any. The TOR no. (ix) may also be referred in this regard. 

(vi)        Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing with time schedule and financial allocation may be furnished.

(vii)       Details of the facilities to be provided for meeting any emergency situation arising during working at site, may be indicated.  Injury prevention programme should be clearly spelt out. 

(viii)      Maximum work force to be employed at any given point of time at site should be given.  The requisite infrastructure facilities to be provided to these workers in conformity with their strength should be given. 

(ix)        Period of LOI should be specified with supporting documents. 

(x)          The environmental appraisal Questionnaire should be correctly filled in providing information against each point as explained during the meeting along with requisite enclosures and annexures and submitted. 

It was decided that the proposal be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been received.

 

 

2.30  Collection of Minor Mineral from Upper Nandhor river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, Uttarakhand (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for extraction of 6.48 lakh TPA of reta, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from the river bed of Upper Nandhor river in the Haldwani Forest Division, District Nainital, Uttarakhand.  The mine lease area is 53.64 ha covering a stretch of 2 km length, which is a forestland.  The project area falls in Shivalik Elephant Reserve.  It was reported that out of 53.64 ha, working will be restricted to 26.82 ha in the middle of the river.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 18.1.2010.  Public hearing was held on 18.8.2010.  The mine working will be opencast manual without involving drilling and blasting in the nature of surface mining.  The working depth will be restricted to 1.5 m.  No working will be undertaken during monsoon season.  Transportation of mineral will be by road.  The ambient air quality of the area is reported to be within prescribed limits.  The drinking water requirement will be met from nearby areas.  As regards, the mine plan, it was stated that in the State of Uttarakhand, there is no requirement of mine plan for miner mineral.  A letter dated 23.10.2010 from Principal Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand was submitted in this regard.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project. 

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

 

(i)           An authenticated map showing location of National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Reserves as per TOR no. (vii) should be provided.  NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for locating the mine within elephant reserve is required.

(ii)          Primary survey of flora and fauna including acquatic fauna as per TOR no. (viii) should be carried out and details furnished. 

(iii)        Mineral transportation route along with its impact on habitation as well as wildlife habitat should be clearly brought out and details furnished.  In addition, TOR no. (xix) may also be referred and addressed.

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

(v)          History of mine should be given clearly indicating the material balance with respect to removal of mineral and its replenishment and its impact on the change of river course, if any. The TOR no. (ix) may also be referred in this regard. 

(vi)        Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing with time schedule and financial allocation may be furnished.

(vii)       Details of the facilities to be provided for meeting any emergency situation arising during working at site, may be indicated.  Injury prevention programme should be clearly spelt out. 

(viii)      Maximum work force to be employed at any given point of time at site should be given.  The requisite infrastructure facilities to be provided to these workers in conformity with their strength should be given. 

(ix)        Period of LOI should be specified with supporting documents. 

(x)          The environmental appraisal Questionnaire should be correctly filled in providing information against each point as explained during the meeting along with requisite enclosures and annexures and submitted. 

It was decided that the proposal be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been received.

 

 

2.31  Collection of Minor Mineral from Dabka river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, Uttarakhand (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for extraction of 15.28 lakh TPA of reta, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from the river bed of Dabka river in the Ramnagar Forest Division, District Nainital, Uttarakhand.  The mine lease area is 223 ha covering a stretch of 14 km length, which is a forestland.  The project area falls in Shivalik Elephant Reserve.  It was reported that out of 223 ha, working will be restricted to 111.5 ha in the middle of the river.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 23.2.2010.  Public hearing was held on 12.8.2010.  The mine working will be opencast manual without involving drilling and blasting in the nature of surface mining.  The working depth will be restricted to 1.5 m.  No working will be undertaken during monsoon season.  Transportation of mineral will be by road.  The ambient air quality of the area is reported to be within prescribed limits.  The drinking water requirement will be met from nearby areas.  As regards, the mine plan, it was stated that in the State of Uttarakhand, there is no requirement of mine plan for miner mineral.  A letter dated 23.10.2010 from Principal Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand was submitted in this regard.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project. 

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

(i)           An authenticated map showing location of National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Reserves as per TOR no. (vii) should be provided.  NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for locating the mine within elephant reserve is required.

(ii)          Primary survey of flora and fauna including acquatic fauna as per TOR no. (viii) should be carried out and details furnished. 

(iii)        Mineral transportation route along with its impact on habitation as well as wildlife habitat should be clearly brought out and details furnished.  In addition, TOR no. (xix) may also be referred and addressed.

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

(v)          History of mine should be given clearly indicating the material balance with respect to removal of mineral and its replenishment and its impact on the change of river course, if any. The TOR no. (ix) may also be referred in this regard. 

(vi)        Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing with time schedule and financial allocation may be furnished.

(vii)       Details of the facilities to be provided for meeting any emergency situation arising during working at site, may be indicated.  Injury prevention programme should be clearly spelt out. 

(viii)      Maximum work force to be employed at any given point of time at site should be given.  The requisite infrastructure facilities to be provided to these workers in conformity with their strength should be given. 

(ix)        Period of LOI should be specified with supporting documents. 

(x)          The environmental appraisal Questionnaire should be correctly filled in providing information against each point as explained during the meeting along with requisite enclosures and annexures and submitted. 

It was decided that the proposal be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been received.

 

 

2.32  Collection of Minor Mineral from Gaula river of M/s Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation, Uttarakhand (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for extraction of 117 lakh TPA of reta, bajri and boulder (minor mineral) from the river bed of Gaula river in the Ramnagar Forest Division, District Nainital, Uttarakhand.  The mine lease area is 1497 ha covering a stretch of 29 km length, which is a forestland.  The project area falls in Shivalik Elephant Reserve.  It was reported that out of 1497 ha, working will be restricted to 748.5 ha in the middle of the river.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 15.2.2010.  Public hearing was held on 20.8.2010.  The mine working will be opencast manual without involving drilling and blasting in the nature of surface mining.  The working depth will be restricted to 1.5 m.  No working will be undertaken during monsoon season.  Transportation of mineral will be by road.  The ambient air quality of the area is reported to be within prescribed limits.  The drinking water requirement will be met from nearby areas.  As regards, the mine plan, it was stated that in the State of Uttarakhand, there is no requirement of mine plan for miner mineral.  A letter dated 23.10.2010 from Principal Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand was submitted in this regard.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that the there is no court case pending against the project. 

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

 

(i)           An authenticated map showing location of National Park / Sanctuary / Wildlife Reserves as per TOR no. (vii) should be provided.  NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden for locating the mine within elephant reserve is required.

(ii)          Primary survey of flora and fauna including acquatic fauna as per TOR no. (viii) should be carried out and details furnished. 

(iii)        Mineral transportation route along with its impact on habitation as well as wildlife habitat should be clearly brought out and details furnished.  In addition, TOR no. (xix) may also be referred and addressed.

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

(v)          History of mine should be given clearly indicating the material balance with respect to removal of mineral and its replenishment and its impact on the change of river course, if any. The TOR no. (ix) may also be referred in this regard. 

(vi)        Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing with time schedule and financial allocation may be furnished.

(vii)       Details of the facilities to be provided for meeting any emergency situation arising during working at site, may be indicated.  Injury prevention programme should be clearly spelt out. 

(viii)      Maximum work force to be employed at any given point of time at site should be given.  The requisite infrastructure facilities to be provided to these workers in conformity with their strength should be given. 

(ix)        Period of LOI should be specified with supporting documents. 

(x)          The environmental appraisal Questionnaire should be correctly filled in providing information against each point as explained during the meeting along with requisite enclosures and annexures and submitted. 

It was decided that the proposal be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been received.

 

2.33  Proposed Lapunga and Thakura Iron Ore Deposit of M/s Balmukund Sponge & Iron Ltd., village Nuia P.F. Noamundi Taluk, West Singhbhum District, Jharkhand (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 0.409 million TPA of iron ore.  The mine lease area is 373.25 ha, which is a forestland.  As the said project is located in District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand an identified severely polluted area, as per the office memorandum issued by MoEF dated 13.1.2010, the comments of the State Pollution Control Board would be necessary for taking a decision on the project. 

 

 

2.34  Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Arbind Kumar Singh, village Chanpi, Taluk Kisko, District Lohardaga, Jharkhand (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

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

 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fall due in January, 2010 for production of 77,000 TPA of bauxite.  The mine lease area is 9.87 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The proposal has been considered by the EAC as the SEIAA for the State of Jharkhand has not been constituted.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of the mine is 7 years.  Backfilling is proposed. 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

2.35  Ghagger River bed mining of Department of Industries and Commerce, village Hansala, Tehsil Derabassi, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab (24.80 ha) (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

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

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

                   The proposal is for extraction of 4,68,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Ghagger, village Hansala, Tehsil Derabassi, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 24.80 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.36  Ghagger River bed mining of Department of Industries and Commerce, village Jhajon, Tehsil Derabassi, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab (27.38 ha) (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

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

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

                   The proposal is for extraction of 6,75,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Ghagger, village Jhajon, Tehsil Derabassi, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 27.38 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

2.37  Ghagger River bed mining of Department of Industries and Commerce, village Chadiala, Tehsil Derabassi, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab (11.79 ha) (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

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

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

                   The proposal is for extraction of 2,95,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Ghagger, village Chadiala, Tehsil Derabassi, District S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 11.79 ha.  Since, the State Level Authority (SEIAA) for Punjab is not in place, the proposal has been considered at the Central Level in MoEF.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.38  Sand, Gravel Minor Mineral of Department of Industries and Commerce at village Deriwal, Tehsil Pathankot, District Gurdaspur, Punjab (56 ha) (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

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

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

                   The proposal is for extraction of 10,00,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Nalwa Choe, village Deriwal, Tehsil Pathankot, District Gurdaspur, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 56 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.39     Sand, Gravel Minor Mineral of Department of Industries and Commerce at village Gandhran, Tehsil Pathankot, District Gurdaspur, Punjab (70 ha) (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

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

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

                   The proposal is for extraction of 12,60,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Chakki, village Gandhran, Tehsil Pathankot, District Gurdaspur, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 70 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

2.40     Sand, Gravel Minor Mineral of Department of Industries and Commerce at village Kounterpur, Tehsil Pathankot, District Gurdaspur, Punjab (154 ha) (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

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

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

                   The proposal is for extraction of 27,70,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Chakki, village Kounterpur, Tehsil Pathankot, District Gurdaspur, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 154 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.41     Sand, Gravel Minor Mineral of Department of Industries and Commerce at village Jandwal, Tehsil Pathankot, District Gurdaspur, Punjab (88 ha) (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

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

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

                   The proposal is for extraction of 15,84,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Chakki, village Jandwal, Tehsil Pathankot, District Gurdaspur, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 88 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.42     Sand, Gravel Minor Mineral of Department of Industries and Commerce at village Mamoon, Tehsil Pathankot, District Gurdaspur, Punjab (88 ha) (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

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

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

                   The proposal is for extraction of 15,84,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Chakki, village Mamoon, Tehsil Pathankot, District Gurdaspur, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 88 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

2.43     Sand, Gravel Minor Mineral of Department of Industries and Commerce at village Gurah, Tehsil Pathankot, District Gurdaspur, Punjab (66 ha) (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

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

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

                   The proposal is for extraction of 11,88,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Ravi, village Gurah, Tehsil Pathankot, District Gurdaspur, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 66 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

g)   While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

 

2.44     Sand, Gravel Minor Mineral of Department of Industries and Commerce at village Gunian, Tehsil Pathankot, District Gurdaspur, Punjab (71 ha) (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Delhi) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The Committee observed that the applications for prescribing TORs have been submitted by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab. Considering the overall sovereign role of ensuring environmental protection and regulation, it would be desirable that the State by itself does not play the role of a proponent or miner, but assigns it to a State owned or contractually bound entity other than itself. The representative of the State Government stated that they have already identified the contractors for different lease areas, the lease contract will be signed and the information regarding the contractor / lessee so finalized will be informed to Ministry of Environment & Forests and accordingly requested the Committee to consider the proposals.  In view of the same, the Committee decided to consider the applications for prescribing TORs on the condition that the TORs so prescribed will be issued to the respective contractor as the respective project proponent on receipt of formal application from the lessee/contractor for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance before undertaking mining activities. 

                   The proposal is for extraction of 12,78,000 TPA of Sand from the river bed of river Ravi, village Gunian, Tehsil Pathankot, District Gurdaspur, Punjab.  The mine lease area is 71 ha.  Mining will be opencast semi-mechanised along the centre of the river bed keeping both shores unaffected.  Depth of mining will be 3 m. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)           All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)           The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)           Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)           The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)           Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)           Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)           Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)           The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)           A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)        Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)        A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)        Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna,  site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)        Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

16)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should also be indicated. 

17)        Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)        Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)        Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)        Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These alongwith details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical exami