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

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 21TH MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

The 21st meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Appraisal of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on November 28-30, 2011.  The list of participants is annexed. 

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

Item No. 1:

1.1     Confirmation of the minutes of the 20th Meeting.

The minutes of the 20th meeting were confirmed as circulated subject to the following modification:

(i)           In the list of participants annexed to the minutes, against the name of Shri Vinay Mahajan, the word “Invitee” may be replaced by the word “Member”.

2.1     Limestone Mine of M/s Krishna Mines located at village           Ramayanpatti, Taluka Tirunelveli, District Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu        (Consultant: Enviro Care Madurai).

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made presentation. This proposal was transferred by SEIAA as the SEIAA for Tamil Nadu is not in existence. The proposal was originally submitted alongwith EIA report and public hearing proceeding for obtaining environmental clearance. It was however, observed that the process of environmental clearance, as specified in the EIA Notification, 2006 has not been followed. The project was not subjected to prescribing of TORs. Based on the detailed discussions during the meeting, and taking into account the request made by the proponent, the proposal was considered for prescribing of TORs. 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in May, 2009 for production of 0.15million TPA of limestone. The mine is reported to be in operation since 1988 which was subsequently renewed in May, 1999 for ten years. It is a violation case as the proponent has not obtained the requisite prior environmental clearance at the stage of renewal. The mine lease area is 12.12ha. No forestland is involved. Mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting. Life of mine is 20years. The ultimate pit limit will be 120meters.         

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12)        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.

13)        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. 

14)        Impact of change of land use, if any, should be given. 

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

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

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 be indicated. 

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

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

21)        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.

22)        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.

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

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

25)        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. 

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

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

28)        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.

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

30)        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.

31)        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. 

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

34)        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. 

35)        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. 

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 and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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 may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

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. 

 

2.2    Gogi Uranium Project of M/s Uranium Corporation of India Ltd.,   District Yadgir, Karnataka (Consultant: Mecon Limited Ranchi).

 

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 uranium ore alongwith ore processing plant. The mine lease area is 39.133 ha. No forestland is involved. It was observed that Gogi Lake is on one corner of mine lease and Rabbanhalli Lake is adjacent to the mine. State Highway 16 passes through the lease area. Mine working will be underground, mechanized by horizontal cut and fill method. Life of mine is 15years. TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.07.2009. Public hearing has been held on 16.11.2010. It was informed by the proponent that the site for the proposed ore processing plant has been shifted as compared to the site for which TORs were obtained. However, it was categorically stated that all the studies/issues prescribed in the TORs have been addressed in the EIA for the changed site as well. It was also mentioned by the proponent that the location of the tailing pond continues to be at the same location for which the TORs was obtained. It was observed that the proposed new location of the processing plant is adjoining to Muhammadapur RF. The peak water requirement for the project has been estimated as 1155 m3/day which will be obtained from mine discharge water, bore well and recycled water from tailing pond. Based on the hydro-geological study it was stated that the stage of ground water development in the area is 9.51%. It is estimated that 0.247million tonne of waste rock(mostly limestone) will be generated during the mine life which will partly backfilled and partly dumped as external OB dumps in the mine lease area. It is also estimated that 1.58 million tonne of tailings will be generated during the mine life. About 20% of the tailings will be used for stowing and the balance will be dumped in the tailing pond. The tailing pond will have an impoundment volume of about 1.648million m3 which is estimated to be sufficient to hold the tailings generated during mine life. The tailing pond will have compacted clay liner at the bottom. The baseline AAQ data showed the values of PM10 on higher side which would require additional safeguard measures to be implemented in the project. The transportation of ore from the mine to the processing plant at a distance of about 6.5 km will be by covered trucks. It is estimated that 22-25 trucks per day will be the traffic load due to the mine. Further, based on the subsidence study, 17 mm of subsidence was reported. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting. It was stated that the unskilled category of workers will be employed from the land loosers. The proponent has also proposed to take up awareness programme about the safety, health and environment aspect of uranium mining and processing. It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

 

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

(i)           The justification for change of site for the proposed processing plant without bringing it to the notice of this Ministry. Comparision of the two sites and the justification for selecting the proposed site may be given.

(ii)         Whether the proposed site has been approved by AERB? If so, a copy of the approval letter may be provided.

(iii)        Reasons for increase in land requirement for the processing plant should be given alongwith detailed land utilization breakup.

(iv)        Plan for management of the pumped out water should be given. 

(v)         Keeping in view the subsidence study, the mine safety issues should be discussed in detail and report furnished. 

(vi)        A copy of the letter of intent for the mine lease as also the land for the processing plant should be given.

(vii)       Details of the township, if any, as part of the project should be given. It may also be examined in terms of the applicability of the provision of the EIA Notification, 2006 for the township.

(viii)     It was observed that the public hearing has been chaired by Assistant Commissioner, however, as per EIA Notification, 2006, the public hearing has to be supervised and presided over by District Magistrate/District Collector/Deputy Commissioner or his or her representative not below the rank of and additional District Magistrate.  Necessary clarification from the State Pollution Control Board should be submitted in this regard.

(ix)        As the processing plant and tailing pond are located close to the Reserve Forest, a confirmation from the competent authority in the State Forest Department should be submitted to the effect that no forestland is involved in the project.

(x)         A list of flora and fauna in the study area duly authenticated by the Forest and Wildlife Department respectively should be furnished. In case of Scheduled fauna, conservation plan duly approved by CWLW should be furnished.  

(xi)        Various studies which are reported to be under progress should be completed and reports furnished.

(xii)       In view of the reported higher levels of PM10 as per the baseline data, specific safeguard measures to be built into the projects should be given.

(xiii)     The baseline AAQ         data should be collected afresh for one month other than monsoon taking into account the study area for all the components of the project i.e., the mine as well as the processing plant and compare it with the data earlier collected.

(xiv)     Details of project affected people should be given alongwith the details of the compensation paid/to be paid.       

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

 

2.3  Bambora Red Ochre Mines of M/s Suresh Prakash Sharda located at Village-Bambora, Chhoti Sadri, District Pratap Garh, Rajasthan (47.425 ha)  (Consultant: M/s Team Institute of Science & Technology Pvt. Ltd.)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in 2006 and enhancement of production of red ochre from 99,000 TPA to 1,39,613 TPA. The mine lease was transferred in the name of the present lessee in 1995. It is a violation case as the production from the mine was enhanced after 1994 without obtaining requisite prior environment clearance. The mine is reported to be closed since May, 2004. The mine lease area is 47.424 ha. It has been considered as category ‘A’ because of its location within 10 km of the interstate boundary. No forestland is involved however; 5.681 ha of grazing land is involved in the mine lease. Mine working will be opencast. The ultimate working depth will be up to 3 m bgl. The water table is reported to be at 14 m bgl. The mine working will not intersect the ground water table. Backfilling is proposed. The baseline AAQ data showed the levels to be within permissible limits. It was stated that 7.71 ha of mined out area will be used for water harvesting. It was categorically stated that the area does not fall under Aravalli. A letter from the Assistant Mining Engineer dated 13.10.2010 has been submitted in this regard. It has also been stated that no national park/sanctuary/wildlife corridor falls within 10 km of the mine lease. TOR for this project were prescribed on 04.04.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 20.06.2011. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)           A certificate from the Competent Authority in the State Government permitting the use of grazing land involved in the project for mining.

(ii)         The biological study of the study area should be undertaken and details furnished.

(iii)        A certificate from the Competent Authority confirming that no forestland is involved in the project and that no national park/sanctuary is within 10 km of the mine lease.

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

(v)         The letter regarding the mine lease not falling in Aravalli should be obtained a afresh from the Competent Authority clearly mentioning the coordinates of the lease area.

 

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response/information on the above-mentioned points by 30th December, 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 January, 2012.

2.4   Shirale Bauxite Mine of M/s Anand Mines located at Village Panundre and Mhalaswade, District Kolhapur, Maharashtra (278.85 ha) (Consultant: Bhagavathi Ana Labs Ltd.)

 

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 0.25milion TPA of bauxite. The mine lease area is 278.85ha. No forestland is involved. However, it was observed that the mine lease area is surrounded by forest. The mine working will be opencast mechanized with jack hammer. Ultimate working is 1.5m bgl. Ground water table is reported to vary between 80-100m bgl. The mine working will not intersect the ground water table. Life of mine is 7 years. Water requirement is 47kld which will be obtained from ground water. The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limits. TOR for this project were prescribed on 09.11.2009. Public hearing has been held on 02.12.2010. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)        Confirmation from the Competent Authority in the State Forest Department that no forestland is involved in the project should be furnished.

(ii)      Permission from the Forest Department for transportation of mineral through the forest area should be given.  

(iii)     Large critical endangered and endemic plants and animals are reported in the core zone. However, no detailed study on critical habitats of flora and fauna has been provided nor a conservation plan has been worked out. This study should be undertaken and detailed report alongwith conservation plan should be furnished.

(iv)     Confirmation from the CWLW as well as from National Tiger Conservation Authority should be obtained and furnished regarding the impact of the proposed project on Wildlife Habitat in the surrounding area and critical habitats including tiger.

(v)      The public hearing is seen to be chaired by Deputy Collector however, as per EIA Notification, 2006, the public hearing has to be supervised and presided over by District Magistrate/District Collector/Deputy Commissioner or his or her representative not below the rank of and additional District Magistrate. Necessary clarification from the State Pollution Control Board should be submitted in this regard. Further, as the public hearing was postponed, document in support of the fact that the public notice for the said postponement was given as per the EIA Notification, should also be submitted.

 

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

 

2.5  Paretha Granite Deposit Mine of M/s Rajyog Minerals Pvt. Ltd., village Paretha, Tehsil Nowgaon, District Chattarpur, Madhya Pradesh  (Consultant: M/s Enkay Enviro Services, Jaipur)

 

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

 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 2,65,000 TPA (ROM) of granite. The mine lease area is 22 ha. It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of its location within 10 km of the interstate boundary Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. No forestland is involved. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Life of mine is 63 years. Water requirement is estimated as 15kld which will be obtained from bore wells.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11)        It should clearly be shown that there shall not be any ponding on the floor of the mine.  

12)        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.

13)        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. 

14)        Impact of change of land use, if any, should be given. 

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

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

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 be indicated. 

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

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

21)        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.

22)        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.

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

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

25)        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. 

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

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

28)        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.

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

30)        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.

31)        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.   

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

34)        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. 

35)        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. 

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 and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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 may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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.

 

2.6  Kolawalraipur Sand / Murrum Mine of M/s Shri Chandrakant Urf Om Prakash   Mishra,  Village  Kolawalraipur, District Banda, U.P. (Consultant: M/s Ecomen Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Lucknow ) 

 

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 mining of 0.27million TPA of sand and murrum from the bed of river (Ken).  Mine lease area is 43.69ha. No forestland is involved. It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of its location within 10km of interstate boundary. It is a violation case as the mine has worked after the lease was granted in January, 2010 without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance. The mine is reported to be closed since July, 2011 in compliance to the orders of Hon’ble High Court. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized. Ultimate working depth will be 1.5m bgl. Mineral transportation will be by road. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14)       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. 

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

16)       A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. The study should especially include turtle and crocodile survey and specific safeguard measures to protect their habitat, if any.    

17)       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. 

18)       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. 

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

20)       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.

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.  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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

34)       Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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. 

 

2.7    Chirodih Bauxite Mine of M/s P.S. Garg, Village Chirodih, Thana-Bishunpur,           District Gumla, Jharkhand (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research & Creation Indian Pvt. Ltd., Noida).

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in 2003. It was noted that the first renewal was due in 1988 and till date even the first renewal has not been granted and the mine is stated to be operating under deemed renewal. It is a violation case as the mine has been operating without requisite prior environmental clearance after it fell due after 2003 as also the mine has increased production. The mine lease area is 16.59ha. It has been considered in MoEF as the SEIAA for Jharkhand is not in place. The consideration of the proposal was deferred as the project proponent could not give any definite information regarding the involvement of forestland, if any, in the mine lease area. It was decided that the proposal will be considered after the proponent submits requisite details about the land use of the mine lease area with necessary supporting documents.   

2.8     Tuimu Bauxite Mine of Smt. Beena Pani Agrawal, Village  Tuimu  & Hurmur, Thana-Senha, District Lohardaga, Jharkhand (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research & Creation Indian Pvt. Ltd., Noida).

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in 2005 for production of 3,59,992 TPA of bauxite. The mine lease area is 46.94 ha. It has been considered in MoEF as the SEIAA for Jharkhand is not in place. It has been observed that the mine is surrounded by forest area. It is a violation case as the mine has been operating without requisite prior environmental clearance after it fell due for renewal. The mine is reported to be closed since 2008. The Committee desired to know the status of the mine lease area in terms of its land use as also the evacuation route of the mineral. The Committee also wanted to know whether requisite permission for evacuation through forest area has been obtained. The proponent committed to provide all the requisite information in the next meeting and accordingly the consideration of the proposal was deferred. It was decided to take up the project in the next meeting.  

 

2.9     New Amtipani Bauxite Mine of M/s Sri Awadesh Kumar Singh, Village  Amtipani, Thana-Bishunpur, District Gumla, Jharkhand (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research & Creation Indian Pvt. Ltd., Noida).

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in 2005 for production of 3,01,742 TPA of bauxite. The mine lease area is 46.069 ha which includes 9.07 ha of forestland. It has been considered in MoEF as the SEIAA for Jharkhand is not in place. It has been observed that the mine is surrounded by forest area. It is a violation case as the mine has been operating without requisite prior environmental clearance after it fell due for renewal. The Committee wanted to know whether the proponent has applied for diversion of forestland involved in the project and if so, a copy of the forest diversion proposal is required to be submitted. The proponent committed to provide all the requisite information in the next meeting and accordingly the consideration of the proposal was deferred. It was decided to take up the project in the next meeting.

 

2.10  Mining of Sand, Stone and Bajri of Shri Sham Singh, Village  Pali, Tehsil Nurpur, District Kangara, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: M/s Shivalik Solid Waste Management Ltd., Himachal Pradesh). 

 

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 80,000 TPA of sand, stone and bajri put together from the bed of river (Chakki Khad), a tributary of river Beas. Mine lease area is 8.64 ha. It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of its location within 10km of the interstate boundary with Punjab. No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual and will be restricted up to 1meter from the river bed level. Mineral transportation will be by road. The linked crusher is located at a distance of 1 km from the mine lease. Pong Dam known for migratory birds is located within 10 km.   

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

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

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

3)          The EIA study should present the integrated impact taking into account other activities in the impact zone. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

35)       Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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. 

 

2.11  Mining of Sand Stone and Bajri of shri Harkishan Singh Maini,       Village Hagwal, Tehsil Nurpur, District Kangara, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: M/s Shivalik Solid Waste Management Ltd., Himachal Pradesh)

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which falls due in April, 2012 for production of 1,08,000 TPA of stone, sand and bajri from the (Chakki Khad Terrace). It is a violation case as the mine continued to operate after its transfer in 2007 without requisite prior environmental clearance. The mine is reported to be closed since August, 2011. The linked crusher is located adjacent to the mine. Mine lease area is 18.9673 ha. No forestland is involved. It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of its location within 10km of the interstate boundary with Punjab.    

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

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

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

3)           All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee.  The mine plan should take into account the conditions of the mine lease, if any, in terms of distance to be left un-worked from the river flowing nearby.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12)        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.

13)        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 covering both terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna. 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.

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

15)        Impact of mining on the hydrology of the area including water flow in the river adjoining the mine lease.  It should also take into account the inundation of mined out area due to flow of water from the river.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

34)        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. 

35)        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.  It should also take into account the impacts due to stone crusher nearby and also provide for preventing the silt from going into the river. 

36)        Risk assessment and disaster management plan due to inundation of mine as a result of its location close to the river should also be examined and addressed.

37)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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

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

  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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

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

 

2.12   Presentation of Centre for Science & Environment (CSE)      

 

A presentation was made by Shri Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General, Centre for Science and Environment on the findings of the study undertaken by them regarding the Environment and Forestry clearances. It was brought out in the study that a large number of clearances have been granted by MoEF. The study also focused on the constraints in terms of availability of technical man power in the Ministry which may affect the quality of appraisal ultimately leading to unsustainable growth of various sectors including mining. It was also brought out that assessment of availability of various natural resources, such as water (which go as an input for various processes in the project cycle), often does not comprehensively take into account the other users and as such, their availability on sustained basis may be questionable, which may lead to idling of huge public investment and may prove to be counterproductive in the national development.

 

The Committee observed that keeping in view the economic growth in the country, these projects need to be implemented at a faster pace giving due attention to environment protection measures set and that necessary due diligence is carried out in the appraisal of the projects and the required mitigation measures are put in place. The Committee also opined that as there are various agencies with assigned specific responsibilities in allocation of natural resources, they must be playing their role effectively while granting permissions/allocating these resources. Further, the Committee also noted that all the projects which are granted environmental clearance do not get implemented. There is sufficient gap existing between the capacity of projects which have been granted environmental clearance and the capacity which has been actually implemented. The Committee appreciated the concerns expressed in the presentation and the efforts made in analyzing the data, but felt that the situation may not be as grim as painted in the presentation.       

 

2.13   Capacity Expansion of Mining and Mineral Separation Unit of M/s Indian Rare           Earths Ltd. Located at P.O-Matikhalo, Chatrapur (Ganjam), Orissa (Consultant: Bhagvathi Ana Labs Ltd. Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of heavy mineral raw sand from 25,00,000 TPA to 75,00,000 TPA which will be processed in the mineral separation plant for producing ilmenite along with other associated heavy minerals. The mine lease area is 2464.054 ha which includes 157.7 ha of forestland. Application is reported to have been made for obtaining forestry clearance. No national park/sanctuary is reported within 10 km of mine lease, however, nesting sites of olive ridley turtles are reported within 5.5 km from the approved mine site and 2.16 km from mine lease boundary. The proponent have stated that no mining will be carried out within 5km of the nesting site. The distance of mine lease boundary from the Rushikulya River Bank varies from 50 m to 1500 m. The mineral separation plant (MSP) is stated to the outside CRZ and the proponent have submitted a CRZ map in this regard. However, the recommendations of SCZMA are yet to be submitted. It was observed from the CRZ map that a small portion of the MSP appears to be within CRZ for which a clarification would be required. TOR for this project were prescribed on 20.10.2009. Public hearing has been held on 29.03.2011. 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 compliance status of the earlier EC conditions was also presented and discussed.

 

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

 

(i)              Land use map of the area. the location of the MSP with respect to the CRZ  may be rechecked and confirmed that no portion of the MSP falls within CRZ. A clear map in this regard should be furnished.

(ii)             The recommendation of SCZMA on the project should be obtained and furnished.

(iii)           Coastal features like Sand dunes etc should be clearly brought out and their location demarcated on the map.

(iv)            A copy of the application submitted for forestry clearance should be furnished.

(v)             NOC from CWLW should be obtained and furnished as the mine lease almost touches the Rushikulya River, adjoining which, the mass nesting site of Red Olive Turtles is shown.

(vi)           A map of mass nesting site for Red Olive Turtle with respect to the project site showing the no go area duly certified by Chief Wildlife Warden should be furnished. The distance of other sensitive locations with respect to the project site should also be shown on the map.

(vii)          Impact of the project on Red Olive Turtle and Sand dunes should be given along with details of the mitigation measures for their protection.

(viii)         Impact of project on Jampara lake should also be given.

(ix)           As the village Arjipalli (Sana, Bara & Kandra) and Agasti Nuagaon are within the core zone, details regarding the steps taken to minimize the impact of the project on the population of these villages should be clearly spelt out.

(x)             Details of R&R of the PAPs should be given.

(xi)           Necessary permission from Competent Authority for drawl of water for the project should be given.

(xii)          The questionnaire does not mention about the forest land involved in the project. Necessary corrections may be carried out and the Questionnaire re-furnished.

(xiii)         Details of the public awareness programme (to be taken up in the area to make the people aware about the adverse impacts of radiation and related safeguard measures) should be given.

(xiv)         The disaster management plan to safeguard against Tsunami and cyclone etc should be elaborated.

(xv)           A copy of the Annexure-22 stated to have been enclosed in the EIA report was not found and hence a copy may be provided.

 

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

 


 

2.14   Thakurani Iron and Manganese Ore Mines of M/s The  Orissa Minerals Development Co. Ltd., District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: Geomin Consultants Private Limited, Bhubaneswar )

 

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 fall due in September, 2004 and enhancement of production of iron ore to 3.0 million TPA and of manganese ore to  0.06 million TPA. The mine lease area is 778.762 hectare which includes 402.89 hectare of forest land. It was stated by the proponent that the original mine lease was for an area of 1546.55 hectares. A part of the land has since been surrendered.  The mine lease is spread into 4 discontinuous blocks.  It was also observed that the breakup of the land use of the mine lease area as given in the questionnaire does not tally with the lease area.  Mine working will be opencast involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 35 years for iron ore and 20 years for manganese ore.  Water requirement is 500 kld.  It was stated that there are 19 scattered waste dumps within the mine lease covering an area of 104.215 hectare which will be re-handled during conceptual period.  Ultimately there will be 3 dumps in an area of 15 hectare which will be stabilized.  It was observed that the study area especially for the purpose of AAQ monitoring has not been selected properly. The selection of sampling stations was also found to be deficient.  It was therefore, felt necessary that one season (other than monsoon) AAQ data should be collected afresh by appropriate selection of monitoring stations covering the 10 km buffer zone around the mine lease. It may be ensured that there is at least one monitoring station in each of the mining blocks and data should also be collected in the village as also in predominant down wind direction. There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 mtr. of the mine lease in the predominant down wind direction.  While selecting the monitoring stations the wind roses should be taken into account. TOR for this project were prescribed on 19.08.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 25.02.2011.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)        A detailed note along with supporting documents that the proponent namely M/s The Orissa Minerals Development Co. Ltd. is the right full lessee of the mine.

(ii)      A copy of the letter showing surrender of part area of the mine lease and its acceptance by the competent authority in the State Government clearly demonstrating the present lease area for which EC is being sought.

(iii)     All corner coordinates of all the four mining blocks which constitute the mine lease may be given.  These may also be depicted on a location map showing inter block distance as also the location of habitation/villages with respect to the mine blocks.

(iv)     One season (other than monsoon) base line AAQ data should be collected afresh covering 10km study area around the mine lease by selecting monitoring station appropriately taking into account the wind roses, location of villages and any other sensitive receptor.  It may be ensured that there is at least one monitoring station in each of the mining blocks and data should also be collected in the village as also in predominant down wind direction.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500mtr. of the mine lease (each mining block) in the predominant down wind direction. 

(v)      Impact of blasting on the villages should be given.

(vi)     The base line data on noise needs to be rechecked and reconfirmed.

(vii)    Detailed biological study bringing out the critical wildlife habitats in the study area, impact of the project on these wildlife habitats and the conservation plan for their protection, duly approved by the Chief Wildlife Warden, should be given. 

(viii)  Copy of the application submitted for forestry clearance for the forest land involved in the project should be furnished and status of forestry clearance should also be indicated. In case forestry clearance has already been obtained, a copy of the same should be furnished.

(ix)     The approved mine plan for the proposed lease area of 778.762 hectare mutually consistent EIA report should be furnished.  It may be noted that all the documents including mine lease, EIA report, public hearing etc. are required to be mutually consistent and should be held in the name of the lessee. 

It was decided that the EIA report should be revised incorporating the information on the above mentioned points and submitted for further consideration of the proposal thereafter.    

 

2.15   Chechat Limestone (Building Stone) Mining Project of M/s Shiva Stones

 located in village Chechat, District Kota, Rajasthan.

         

The Consideration of proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent as the proponent is yet to obtain NOC and location map duly authenticated by CWLW because of the location of the project within 10km of the Mukandra National Park/Dara Sanctuary.

 

2.16  Pardawan Silica Sand Mine of M/s Rai Bharat Das and Brothers at           village Pardawan, District Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Research and Creation India (P) Ltd., Noida).

 

The proposal was earlier included in the agenda of EAC(M) meetings held on August, 2011, September, 2011 and October, 2011. In August, 2011, the proponent sought deferment. In September, 2011, the proponent was not able to provide the history of mine as also the other details relating to the mine such as year wise production etc. and accordingly the Committee had to deferred consideration of the proposal. In October, 2011 the proponent again sought deferment. The proposal was now considered by the EAC(M) and the proponent made a detailed presentation. The Committee also took note of the order of the Hon’ble High Court of Allahabad dated 24.06.2011 directing MoEF to take appropriate decision in accordance with law expeditiously preferably within six weeks after receipt of the application. The Committee also took note of the representation of Shri Manu Agarwal dated 7th July, 2011. The representation of Shri Manu Agarwal was very carefully considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation clearly bringing out their ownership and succession of the mine right.  The Committee having satisfied itself prima facie that the applicant is the rightful successor of the mine lease in the name of M/s Rai Bharat Das and Brothers, considered the project further. The Committee however took note of the pending SLP filed by Shri Manu Aggarwal in the Hon’ble Supreme Court.    

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which falls due in January, 2013 and enhancement of production of Silica Sand to 2,50,000TPA along with a crushing and washing plant. It is a violation case as the mine is reported to be closed from 1987 to 2004 and it started production after 2004 without obtaining any environmental clearance and production was enhanced progressively from 2009-2010. No production details were made available prior to 1987 although the lease is reported to be of 1973. The mine lease area is 93.15ha. No forestland is involved. No national park/sanctuary is reported within 10km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanized. Life of mine is 20years. Water requirement is 30kld which will be obtained from groundwater and water accumulated in mine pit. River Yamuna is reported at a distance of about 4km. The Garhwa Fort is about 6km from mine lease. The interstate boundary with Madhya Pradesh falls at a distance of 8km.    

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study, subject to the final outcome of the court matter pending in the Hon’ble Supreme Court:-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12)        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.

13)        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. 

14)        Impact, if any of change of land use, should be given. 

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

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

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 be indicated. 

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

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

21)        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.

22)        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.

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

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

25)        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. 

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

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

28)        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.

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

30)        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.

31)        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. 

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

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

34)        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. 

35)        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. 

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 and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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 may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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

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

 

2.17  Collection of river bed sand from river Yamuna of M/s Parvez Ahamed, village Katri Peparkheda, District Unnao, Uttar Pradesh.

 

The consideration of the proposal was deferred as no authorized representative of the proponent was present during the meeting.

 

2.18  Lakharshi Bauxite Mine of M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd., village  Lakharishi , Tehsil Kashipur, District Rayagada, Orissa. 

 

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

 

2.19  Mangrol Tilakhera Limestone Mining Project of M/s J.K.  Cement Ltd. Located in village Mangrol, Tehsil Nimbahera, District Chitorgarh, Rajasthan (Consultant: Enkay Enviro Services, Jaipur). 

 

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

The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 0.6millin TPA to 1.6million TPA. The earlier environmental clearance for 0.6milion TPA was granted in May, 2005.  Mine lease area is 293.2ha. No forestland is involved, however, 34ha grazing land is included in the project. For the linked cement plant, along with waste heat recovery boiler and captive power plant adjacent to the mine, the proponent stated separate environmental clearance is being obtained. Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Life of mine is 15 years. Water requirement for the project is 50 kld. The interstate boundary with Madhya Pradesh is at a distance of 9 km. The compliance to the earlier EC condition was also presented and considered by the EAC.      

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16)        Impact, if any, of change of land use should be given. 

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

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

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

20)        Blast vibration study should be carried out and details furnished. It may be examined in terms of its impact on nearby structures, habitations and any others sensitive sectors.

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

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

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

24)        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.

25)        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.

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

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

28)        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. 

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

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

31)        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.

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

33)        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.

34)        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. 

35)        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.

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

37)        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. 

38)        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. 

39)        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 and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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

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

 

2.20  Mining of Sand Stone and Bajri of M/s S L Udyog, Village  Khanni,  Tehsil  Nurpur, District Kangara, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: M/s Shivalik Solid Waste Management Limited, District Solan, Himachal Pradesh)

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which falls due in October, 2012 for mining of 96,400 TPA of stone, sand and bajri put together from the bed of river [Jabar Khad (Chakki River)]. Mine lease area is 11.6126ha. It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of its location within 10km of the interstate boundary with Punjab. No forestland is involved. It is a violation case as the mine has been operating after it fell due for renewal in 2007.   Mine working will be opencast manual and will be restricted to 1m from river bed.  Mineral transportation will be by road. The linked crusher is at a distance of 1.5km from the mine lease.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

35)       Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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. 

 

2.21  Mining of Sand Stone and Bajri of M/s Mehta Bajri Company &  Brejesh  Stone             Crusher, Village  Serat, Tehsil Indora, District Kangara, Himachal Pradesh.   

 

The project proponent submitted a letter informing that because of the partnership dispute, they would like to withdraw the project. The Committee accordingly did not consider the proposal further. It was decided that the proposal may be considered as withdrawn.  

 

2.22  Khetri Copper Mine of M/s Hindustan Copper Ltd.,  village Gothra-          Banwas, Tehsil Kehtri, District  Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan (Consultant: Enkay Enviro  Services) 

 

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 would fall due in February, 2013 and enhancement of production of copper from 0.85million TPA to 1.5million TPA. The earlier environmental clearance was granted in March, 2009 for increase in lease from 297.94ha to 395.07ha by amalgamation of two mines and also for beneficiation plant with a capacity of 0.2millon TPA. Thus the present proposal is for lease area of 395.07ha which includes 164.44ha of forestland. The proponent also informed that they have already applied for diversion of forestland. Life of mine is 29years. Mine working will be underground mechanized. Water requirement is 21,100kld which will include 12,600kld of fresh water and 8,500kld of recycled water. Water requirement will be met from ground water.

The Committee took note of the proposal submitted by M/s Hindustan Copper Ltd. dated 24.05.2011 addressed to Mining Engineer, Sikar, Government of Rajasthan regarding prior approval under section-2 of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 and the enclosures therewith. Particular attention was drawan to the letter of the  Mining Engineer, Sikar dated 20.07.2011 addressed to the Nodal Officer, Forest Matters wherein it has been mentioned that the mine lease area falls within more than 100m high Aravalli Hill Range. The Committee also took note of the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 08.04.2005 in the Godavarman matter wherein it has been directed as under:-

 

“Pending further directions, we restrain any kind of mining in forest area. Further, we restrain mining in any area in Aravalli Hills falling in the State of Rajasthan where permission may have been accorded after 16th December, 2002.”

 

In the light of the above directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and taking note that the instant mine lease partly involves forestland and is due for renewal in 2013 and it falls in Aravalli, the Committee desired that the proponent should submit a clear cut letter from the State Government duly supported by legal opinion, whether the said mine is covered by the above referred order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court or otherwise. It was decided that a decision on the proposal will be taken after the requisite clarification from the Competent Authority in the State Government has been submitted. Till such time the proposal may be kept in abeyance.       

2.23   Mining of Sand Stone and Bajri of M/s Harsaran Singh Maini, Village  Malot, Tehsil Indora, District Kangara, Himachal Pradesh(Consultant: Shivalik Solid Waste Management Ltd., Himachal Pradesh)

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 mining of 52,400TPA of sand, stone and bajri put together from the bed of river (Chhaunchh Khad), a tributary of river Beas. Mine lease area is 8.033ha.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of its location within 10km of the interstate boundary in Punjab.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual and will be restricted up to 1m from river bed.  It is a violation case as the mine has been working after its grant in July, 2008 without requisite prior EC. The linked crusher is at a distance of about 4km from the mine lease. Mineral transportation will be by road. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

35)       Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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. 

 

2.24   Silica Sand Mine of M/s Sree Ram Minerals, Village Pudicherla, Orvakal Mandal, District Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh (Sy. No. 402/1) (Consultant: M/s Vision Labs, Hyderabad)

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 21,000 TPA of silica sand.  No washing plant is proposed as part of the project.  The mine lease area is 84.028 hectare.  No forest land is involved.  No National Park/Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease. Mine working will be open cast semi mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Water requirement is estimated as 8.5 kld which will be obtained from ground water.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 19.8.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 29.12.2010.  The baseline AAQ data showed the levels to be within permissible limits.  It was observed that the TDS and fluoride levels in the ground water are on higher side. The committee was concerned about the proposal of the proponent to make available drinking water facility by obtaining bore well water. The committee desired that in view of the higher levels of TDS and fluoride in ground water, it may be ensured that only portable water is used for drinking.  It is estimated that 21,172 m3 of waste will be generated during the lease period.  A part of the waste generated is proposed to be backfilled.  It was observed that the proposal of back filling is not in conformity with the approved mine plan which does not envisage any back filling.  It was also observed that the species proposed for development of green belt have not been selected properly and this aspect needs to be relooked.  It being a silica mine, the committee desired to know the mineralogical composition of the particulate matter.    It was stated that the road between the mine and state highway will be developed into a pucca road.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was observed that the public have raised concerns regarding non availability of grazing land for the livestock and fodder after the proposed mine comes into operation. The proponent have made a commitment to provide alternate land (about 13 ha) at their cost for development of grazing land.  The committee wanted to know the details of the land to be developed for grazing land.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)        A written commitment should be given that the road between the mine and the state highway will be made into a pucca road.

(ii)      The EIA report and the mine plan should be made mutually consistent specially in terms of the waste management.  Details in this regard should be furnished.

(iii)     Details of the land to be developed into grazing land including its status should be given.

(iv)      Species to be planted for green belt should be re-examined and the new species so identified for plantation should be given along with details of green belt and its phasing should be given.

(v)      Mineralogical composition of the particulate matter should be given in terms of percentage of free silica.

(vi)      Occupational health aspects need to be re-examined and details furnished.

(vii)    In view of the hilly terrain with falling slops of the project area and its surrounding, the erosion control structures need to be appropriately designed to avoid siltation and sedimentation of the downstream water courses due to the run of from the mine site. Details in this regard should be furnished.

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 15th December , 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 December , 2011.  

 

2.25  Benti-Bagda Limestone Mine of M/s Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation Ltd., Doranda, Ranchi, Jharkhand

 

The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent as they are yet to obtain their mine plan approval for the mine.

 

 

2.26   Enhancement of Production of Joda East Iron Mine and Beneficiation plant of M/s TATA Steel Ltd. Located at District  Keonjhar,  Odisha  (671.093 ha) (Consultant: Tata Consulting Engineers Limited ) 

 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production or iron ore from 6 million TPA (ROM) to 12 million TPA (ROM) and expansion of beneficiation plant from 6 million TPA to 12 million TPA throughput.  The earlier environmental clearance for 6 million TPA capacity was granted in June, 2008. The mine lease area is 671.093 ha. This includes 608.906 ha. of forest land.  Forestry clearance is reported to have been obtained for 567.087 ha. of forest land and fresh diversion proposal for 32.425 ha. has been reported to be under consideration by the State Government.  Mine working will be open cast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 25.11.2008. Public hearing has been held on 18.08.2011.  Water requirement for the project is estimated as 17,500 kld which will be obtained from Kundra Nala.  The slime generated from the wet beneficiation process is stored separately.  At present there are two tailing dams.  The slime dam where the tailings are being stored presently has a balance capacity of about 12 months.  The proposed Manmora pit will have a capacity of about 3 to 4 years, thereafter the height of the existing dams will be raised and the exhausted mined out pits will be used to accommodate the slime for the balanced period.  It was observed that the baseline AAQ data has been collected from later half of April, 2008 and entering into first week of July, 2008 which does not really represent the summer season.  The committee was also concerned about the high levels of RSPM near the work zones (crusher, processing plant and equipment garage).  The accreditation status of the lab which had analyzed the data was also not known.  The level of fluoride in ground water as given in the presentation (0.28 to 3mg/l) was at variance with the values given in the EIA report and was of concern to the committee. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

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

(i)        In view of intermixing of season in the baseline AAQ data, one season (other than monsoon) baseline data should be collected afresh and details furnished. Date wise data may be given for the various monitoring locations.  The data analysis should be only from one of the accredited labs.

(ii)      Steps taken since 2008 to control the particulate level (RSPM) in the project area should also be detailed with their effectiveness.

(iii)     Water availability from Kundra nallah keeping in view the enhanced water requirement for the project should be assessed and details provided.  In this regard, it may clearly be indicated as to what percentage of available water of Kundra nallah is drawn for the project especially during lean season.

(iv)     Details of water use efficiency and the measures taken/proposed for water conservation should also be detailed.

(v)      Details of the pipeline from Kundra nallah to the project site for withdrawal of water should be provided. 

(vi)     The ground water quality should be analyzed afresh and the results furnished.  The reported contradiction between the results contained in the EIA report and the presentation may be clarified.

(vii)     The input parameters (emission factors etc.) used for modeling should be given.

(viii)  Occupational health programme needs to be relooked and details furnished.

(ix)     It may clearly be confirmed whether the slime pond will be lined or otherwise.  Details of lining may be provided.

(x)      Ecosystem wise data on biological environment needs to be given along with plan for conservation of scheduled fauna found in the study area.

(xi)     Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing should be given.

(xii)    Details of the actual production achieved during 2011-12 should be given.

(xiii)  Copy of the application submitted for FC clearance for the remaining 32.425 ha. of forest land involved in the project should be submitted.

(xiv)  The expenditure shown under EMP should be re appropriated keeping in view only the activities which form part of the EMP and details furnished.

(xv)    A copy of the mine lease may also be submitted for record.

 

It was decided that the project may be brought back before the committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been submitted.  

 

2.27   Atraliya Limestone Mine of M/s Usman & Company, near village Atraliya,

Tehsil Ramganjmandi, District Kota, Rajasthan  

 

                   The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the proponent as they are yet to obtain NOC and location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden due to location of the mine within 10 km of Mukandra National Park/Dara Sanctuary.

 

2.28  Mining Project of M/s Radha Krishna Jaiswal, village  Leungdih,            Tehsil  Chandil,District Saraikela-Kharsawan,  Jharkhand (Consultant: Ascenso Management and Consulting Service Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi) 

 

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

The proposal is for opening of a new mine which is reported to have been worked earlier by some other lessee, for production of 30 Lakh cubic feet per annum. The mine lease area is 9.51 ha.  The proposal has been considered in MoEF as the SEIAA for the State of Jharkhand is not in place.  The mine working will be open cast using JCB machines.  The Sabarnrekha river is flowing close to the eastern boundary of the project site.  Two primary schools are within 5 km of the proposed project. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13)        Impact, if any, of change of land use should be given. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

34)        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 and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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. 

 

2.29   Mining of Sand Stone and Bajri of Shri Karan Singh Pathania Village           Bain Attarian, Tehsil Indora, District Kangara, Himachal Pradesh (11-62-92 ha) (Consultant: M/s Shivalik Solid Waste Management Ltd., Himachal Pradesh)

 

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

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which will fall due in September, 2012 for production of 46200 TPA of stone, sand and bajri put together from the bed of river (Chhaunchh Khad).  Mine lease area is 11.6292 ha.  It has been considered as category ‘A’ because of its location within 10 km of the interstate boundary with Punjab.  It is a violation case as it has been operating after its grant in September, 2007 without obtaining requisite prior environment clearance.  The mine is reported to be close since August, 2011.   No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual and will be restricted up to 1metre from river bed.  Mineral transportation will be by road.  The linked crusher is reported to be located adjoining to the mine lease. 

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

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

  into force.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

35)       Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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. 

 

2.30   Silica Sand Beneficiation Plant of M/s Mandovi Minerals Pvt. Ltd.,   Village  Bhimpur, Rajpardi, Tehsil  Jhagadia, District Bharuch, Gujarat (Consultant: M/s Perfect Enviro Solutions Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi )

 

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

The proposal is for technology upgradation of the existing silica sand beneficiation (washing plant) and enhancement of capacity from 60,000TPA to 0.6million TPA throughput. The land requirement for the project is estimated as 4.856ha. River Narmada flows at a distance of about 6.4km from the project site. Makeup water requirement for the project is estimated as 600kld. It is estimated at about 500tonnes per day of solid waste will be generated. The low grade silica sand obtained from other mines will be used as raw material for the beneficiation plant.     

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9)           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. 

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

11)        The land requirement should be optimized and furnished. 

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

13)        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.

14)        Proposed treatment of runoff from the fines/waste dump should be provided. 

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

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

17)        Detailed material balance to be provided.  

18)        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. 

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

20)        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. 

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

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

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

24)        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. 

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

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

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

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

29)        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.

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

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

32)        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.

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

34)        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. 

35)        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.

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

37)        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. 

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

39)        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.

40)        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 and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

g)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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

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

 

2.31   Ampavalli Limestone Mine of M/s The Industrial Development  Corporation of Orissa Ltd., Village  Ampavalli,  Tehsil  Pottangi, District  Koraput, Orissa (Consultant: Grass Roots Research & Creation Indian (P) Ltd.) .

 

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 with will fall due in August, 2013 and enhancement of production of limestone to 10,01,074 TPA. It is a violation case as the production from the mine was enhanced after the EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force without obtaining requisite prior environment clearance. The mine lease area is 285.429 ha. No forestland is involved. The mine lease area is part of the Eastern Ghats and confined to a closed valley which forms part of the main Ampavalli Valley. No national park/sanctuary is reported with a 10km of the mine lease. Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting. The material from this mine will be used in there cement plant at a distance of about 2km. Life of mine is 60years. Water requirement is estimated as 55kld.   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12)        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.

13)        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. 

14)        Impact, if any, of change of land use should be given. 

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

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

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 be indicated. 

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

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

21)        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.

22)        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.

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

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

25)        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. 

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

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

28)        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.

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

30)        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.

31)        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. 

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

34)        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. 

35)        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. 

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 and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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 may be properly referenced with index and continuous page numbering. 

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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

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

 

2.32   Ghataser Quartz Mine of Shri Hari Ram, Village Ghataser, Tehsil Narnaul,

          District Mohindergarh, Haryana.

 

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

 

2.33   Murli Pahari Limestone Mine of M/s Kalyanpur Cements Ltd. located     at Rohtas,           Bihar (Consultant: M/s Grass Roots Reserarch & Creations

India (P) Ltd.)  

 

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, 2012 and enhancement of production of limestone to one million TPA. It is a violation case as the production from the mine was enhanced after EIA Notification 1994 coming into force without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance. The limestone from this mine will be used for their cement plant at a distance of about 2km. It was reported that TOR for the cement plant have already been obtained from Industry Sector. The mine lease area is 53.378 ha. It was reported that Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of about 1.5 km in the West Direction from the mine lease.

In view of the location of the Kaimur Sanctuary at a distance of about 1.5 km and taking into consideration the views expressed by the representative of the State Government, the Committee desired that the proponent should in the first instance obtain clearance from the CWLW, Government of Bihar as also from the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife for mining so close to the sanctuary and submit a copy of the same to MOEF before the proposal is considered further. The Committee recommended that the proposal may be kept in abeyance till such time.     

 

2.34   Amtipani Bauxite Mine of M/s Rajhans Refractories (P) Ltd., village Amtipani,  Taluka  Bishunpur, District Gumla, Jharkhand.                    

 

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

 

2.35   Mining of Sand Stone and Bajri of Ms. Reena Tuli, Village  Tipri,  Tehsil Nurpur, District Kangara, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant : M/s Shivalik Solid Waste Management Ltd., Himachal Pradesh)

 

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 mine for mining of 73,600 TPA of sand, stone and bajri  put together from the bed of river (Chaki Khad).  Mine lease area is 7.8506 ha.  It has been considered as category ‘A’ because of its location within 10km of the inter-state boundary with Punjab.  It is a violation case as the mine has been operating after its grant in January, 2010 without obtaining requisite prior environment clearance.  The mine is reported to be closed since August, 2011. No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual and will be restricted up to 1 metre from river bed level.  The linked crusher is reported at a distance of 2 km from the mine lease.  Mineral transportation will be by road. 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

35)       Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided and also incorporated in the final EIA/EMP Report of the Project. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

h)   Changes, if any made in the basic scope and project parameters (as submitted in Form-I and the F.R for securing the TOR) should be brought to the attention of MoEF with reasons for such changes and permission should be sought, as the TOR may also have to be altered. Post Public Hearing changes in structure and content of the draft EIA/EMP (other than modifications arising out of the P.H. process) will entail conducting the PH again with the revised documentation.

 

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

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

 

Next Meeting:

It was decided that the next meeting will be held on December 22-23, 2011. 

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

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Annexure

List of Participants

1.           Shri Mukunda Shenoy Nagar                           -         Chairman

2.           Dr. S. Subramaniyam                                    -         Vice Chairman

3.       Shri Vinay Mahajan                                        -         Member

4.       Shri Rajesh Srivastava                                    -         Member

5.       Prof. C.K. Varshney                                       -         Member

6.       Shri Mihir Moitra                                            -         Member       

7.       Shri T.K. Joshi                                              -         Member

8.       Dr. L. Ajay Kumar                                         -         Member

9.       Shri K.S. Anandan                                         -         Member

10.     Dr. B.K. Mishra                                              -         Member

11.     Dr. D.K. Shukla, Addl. CWLW, Bihar                -         Invitee

                                                                            (for Murli Pahari Limestone Mine)

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

13.     Shri Om Prakash, Dy. Director                       

14.     Representative of M/s Krishna Mines

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

16.     Representative of M/s Suresh Prakash Sharda.

17.     Representative of M/s Anand Mines.

18.     Representative of M/s Rajyog Minerals Pvt. Ltd.

19.     Representative of M/s Shri Chandrakant  Urf  Om Prakash   Mishra.

20.     Representative of M/s P.S. Garg.

21.     Representative of Smt. Beena Pani Agrawal.

22.     Representative of M/s Sri Awadesh Kumar Singh.

23.     Representative of Shri Sham Singh.

24.     Representative of Shri Harkishan Singh Maini.

25.     Centre for Science & Environment (CSE).

 

26.     Representative M/s Indian Rare Earths Ltd.

 

27.     Representative of M/s The Orissa Minerals Development Co. Ltd.

 

28.     Representative of M/s Rai Bharat Das and Brothers.

 

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

 

30.     Representative of M/s S L Udyog.

 

31.     Representative of M/s Mehta Bajri Company &  Brejesh  Stone.  

 

32.     Representative of M/s Hindustan Copper Ltd.

 

33.     Representative of M/s Harsaran Singh Maini.

 

34.     Representative of M/s Sree Ram Minerals.

 

35.     Representative of M/s TATA Steel Ltd.

 

36.     Representative of M/s Radha Krishna Jaiswal.

 

37.     Representative of Shri Karan Singh Pathania.

 

38.     Representative of M/s Mandovi Minerals Pvt. Ltd.

 

39.     Representative of M/s The Industrial Development  Corporation.

 

40.     Representative of M/s Kalyanpur Cements Ltd.

 

41.     Representative of Ms. Reena Tuli.

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