MINUTES

 

          The Minutes of the 107th Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Building Construction, Coastal Regulation Zone, Infrastructure Development and Miscellaneous projects held on 15th – 16th December, 2011 at Fazal Chambers, SCOPE Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

         

1.      Opening Remarks of the Chairman.

 

 The Chairman welcomed the new member Secretary Shri Lalit Kapur and the members to the 107th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee. The Chairman put on record the appreciation of the earlier Member Secretary- Shri Bharat Bhushan for his excellent work – contribution in convening the Meetings and appraisal of the projects.

         

2.      Confirmation of the Minutes of the 106th Meeting of the EAC held on 17th –18th October, 2011 at New Delhi.

                  

          In agenda item No ‘4.5   Environmental Clearance for establishment of CETP at Plot No. 3460/B & 3461, GIDC Industrial Estate, Ankleshwar, Gujarat by M/s Green Eco Development Centre Ltd [F.No. 10-42/2010-IA-III]’ of September, EAC minutes,  the project cost and area shall be read as  Rs.40 crores    and 39, 270  sqm instead of  Rs.20 crores   and 9270 sqm.

 

          In item No. 4.30, ‘Finalization of ToR for Rehabilitation and upgrading to 2 lane/ 2 lane with paved shoulder and strengthening of Birpur-Bihpur Section of NH-106 (Km. -0 to Km-136 in the State of Bihar  by M/s NHAI [F. No. 10-88/2011- IA-III]’ the name of the proponent shall be read as ‘M/s Superintending Engineer-cum Nodal Officer, Patna, Bihar’

 

         In item No. 4.36 ‘Finalization of ToR for Rehabilitation and upgrading to 2 lane/ 2 lane with paved shoulder configuration and strengthening various NH-201 Orissa by M/s Office of the Chief Engineer NH Division, Orissa (F. No. 10-90/2011-IA-III)’ The following Project summery shall be inserted.

 

The proposed road starts from km 25 of NH-201 near Nabrangpur and ends at Km 80 near Koksara covering length of about 55 kilometers. The project road falls in  Nabrangpur and Kalahandi district of Bhubaneshwar. The project road mainly passes through plain terrain except in stretch from Km 60 to Km 65 where it passes through Hilly terrain. Land use pattem of the project area is mainly agriculture and forest .There are built up areas along project corridor of residential & commercial purpose.  The project road section passes mainly through built up areas of Pappanhandi, Semla ,Mydalpur in Nabrangpur district and  Aampani , Siewl  in Kalahandi district. The width of Existing carriageway varies from 3.5m to 5.5m. Existing ROW Varies from 12m to 20m.The Proposed carriageway is designed in such a way that minimum land acquisition will be required. Approximately 5 Hectare will be required for realignment and other road side amenities. The Existing alignment passes through Reserved Forest at five locations and that part of highway is (approximate 16.5 Km) under forest department .Total 33 Ha  Forest land needs to be diverted for highway up- gradation. Tree cutting mainly within existing ROW will be required for the construction of 2 lane road, Proposal for cutting of trees standing on PROW shall be submitted to state Govt. The project road does not pass through any eco-sensitive areas. There is no wild life sanctuary or National Park on the project highway.

 

Approximately 500 trees proposed to be felled for the improvement of project road, against which about 2500 trees shall be planted as avenue. plantation apart from statutory requirement. There are 15 nos. minor bridges, 60 nos. of slab/arch culvert and 22 nos. of pipe culverts exist on the project road. Out of which 1 no. of major bridge proposed for new construction due to small realignment and 1 no. of major bridge & 8 nos. of minor bridges proposed for reconstruction. 5 nos. of minor bridges are retained with repairs. The 59 nos. & 18 nos. of slab and pipe culverts are proposed for reconstruction, 15 nos. & 2 nos. slab and pipe culverts are proposed for widening, 3 nos. & 1 no. slab and pipe culverts are proposed to retain with repairs respectively and 12 nos. of pipe culvert are proposed for new construction. There are no ROB/RUB and flyover proposed.  There is 1 major junction and 52 minor intersections on the project highway. One  no. of road junction at Pappanhandi is  proposed for improvement as per IRC - 41. Prominently 24 villages are lying on the project road, out of which 16 Nos are in Nabrangpur district and 8 are in Kalhandi District. Truck lay bays have been proposed at 2- locations on Left  sides of the road. Ch, 34/700 LHS & At.69/400 LHS Bus bays & shelters have been proposed near all the villages/towns. Total No of Bus bays is 20. The average daily traffic on project road based on traffic count at two traffic count stations is 3600 PCU. No Toll Plazas are proposed. The total civil cost of the project is Rs.170 crores and total project cost is Rs.190 crore.

 

3.           Consideration of Old Proposals:

 

3.1.      Environmental Clearance for all weather Multi purpose Port near Subarnarekha River at Choumukh Village, Balasore District Orrisa by M/s Subarnarekha Port Pvt Ltd [F.No. 10-33/2007-IA-III]

 

As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal involves development of all weather deepwater port (Phase I and Phase II only) at Subarnarekha River, Blasore District, Orissa. The Government of Orissa (GoO) executed a Concession Agreement with Creative Port Development Private Limited (CPDL) on January 11, 2008 for development of Subarnarekha Port near Subarnarekha River mouth, Balasore District, Orissa on BOOST (Build, Own, Operate, Share and Transfer) basis. As per the provisions of concession agreement, Subarnarekha Port Private Limited (SPPL) a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) was incorporated on October 10, 2008. The site proposed for development of Subarnarekha Port is located at Latitude 21032’58” N and Longitude 87021’58”E.

 

Phase- I development will handle 25 MTPA and Phase -II development will handle 35 MTPA and development comprises of Two(2) Barge berths and Seven (7) berths for handling dry bulk cargo (such as Iron Ore, thermal Coal, Cooking Coal and Lime Stone), containerized and general cargo. The proposed site of 915 Acres (~370 Ha) of land comprises mainly inter-tidal land (Coastal sand), partly land with/without scrub and casuarinas. In addition to that, an area of 750 Acres (~303 Ha) of land will be reclaimed for port development purpose. A dedicated rail/road corridor will also be developed on an area of 1565.93 acres (633.72 Ha).

 

The project development consists of 2310 m of eastern breakwater and 3155 m of western breakwater. Length and width (inner/outer) of approach channel are 26,000 m and 175/200 m during phase I and will be extended to 29,000 m and 175/220 m in phase II. The diameter and depth of turning circle is 520 m and (-) 15 m depth during phase I and will be extended to 600 m and (-) 18 m depth in phase II. The capital dredging quantity estimated for the Phase I is 47.0 MCM and Phase II development is estimated at 60.0 MCM (Cumulative). It is proposed to use the 12 MCM of material (dredge spoil) for reclaiming the backup area and remaining material will be dumped into sea at the designated dumping areas. Two disposal locations/dumping ground have been identified based on mathematical model studies towards eastern side of the proposed approach channel between (-) 10 m and (-) 20 m contours. The area of each dumping ground is 8000 m x 7000 m with an average depth of filling of <30cms. The same disposal grounds shall be used for phase II dredge spoil disposal. The total maintenance dredging quantity is estimated to be around 1,20,000 m3/annum.

 

Mathematical model studies were carried out for sediment transport using Mike-21 ST module and estimated maintenance dredging quantity is found to be about 1,20,000 m3/annum. Material will be collected using sand trap and material required will be pumped to the eastern shores towards protection of the beach profile, if required and the rest will be dumped in the identified disposal ground. In order to assess the long term behaviour of the shoreline GENESIS Shoreline change model was used and shoreline evolution study indicates the accretion (five year average) rate of 2.36 m/year within 100 m stretch adjacent to eastern and western breakwaters and less than 0.18m/year within 800m adjacent to eastern breakwater and within 600m adjacent to western breakwater respectively. Fugitive dust modelling studies for coal/iron ore handling and storage areas were carried out using the Industrial Source Complex, Short Term (ISCST3) dispersion model which reveals that the resultant ground level concentrations are found to be well within the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

 

National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), an authorised agency was engaged for demarcation of HTL, LTL and CRZ areas. As per the NIO report, project site falls on the sandy beach near the river mouth. The project development area does not fall or contain any environmentally sensitive areas as specified in CRZ Notification and that the project area meets the requirements of CRZ-I(ii) and CRZ-III.

 

 Terms of Reference (TOR) were approved vide letter No: 10-33/2007-IA.III, dated May 31, 2007 and public hearing was conducted on December 30, 2010. The proposal was considered by the EAC in its  meetings held on 5th –6th April, 2011, 14th – 15th June, 2011 and on 21st–23rd September, 2011 additional information was sought from Project Proponent. The details submitted and presented were examined by the committee.

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           The proponent submitted details of 3 identified sites. The two sites were on the south of the site and one site was on the north of the site. Based on the parameters including the turtle nesting, forests, marine sanctuaries, mangroves, tourist place, shore line changes etc. the site at Subarnarekha was selected.

 

(ii)          Cargo shall be unloaded directly into hopper from the ship and transported to the stack yards through closed conveyor system only. Inbuilt dust suppression systems shall be provided at hoppers and all the transfer points / storage yards.  Cargo shall not be unloaded directly onto the berth as confirmed by the PP. Lay out plan showing the location of hoppers, conveyor belts, storage yards and water suppression system shall be submitted to RO, MoEF. Water meters shall be provided at different locations to record the consumption of water used for dust suppression and daily log shall be maintained.

 

(iii)        Periodical study on shore line changes shall be conducted and mitigation carried out if necessary. The details shall be submitted along with the six monthly monitoring report.

 

(iv)         All the recommendation of the EMP shall be complied with letter      and spirit. The PP may be asked to submit all the EMPs mentioned  in the EIA report and during the subsequent presentations made before the EAC shall be submitted in a tabular format with budgetary provisions and the same shall be submitted to Ministry and with a copy to RO, MoEF with in two months

 

At least 20 m width of green belt along the periphery and 25 m width along the stockyard shall be undertaken including  plantation of mangroves in consultation with Forests Department. Revised lay out plan clearly showing the peripheral green belt, green belt around stockyards, along the roads etc shall be submitted to RO, MoEF within two months. Shall develop or strengthen existing mangrove in at least 50 ha area. The area for development of mangrove shall be identified in consultation with local Forest Department and mangrove development plan along with budget allocation shall be submitted to RO, MoEF with in 6 months.

 

(v)          The dredge material shall be reused for low level rising wherever possible and excess shall be dumped into sea at the designated dumping areas identified based on mathematical model studies.

 

(vi)         Fitting of deflectors in the dredgers to prevent harm to marine species should ensured. A certificate of compliance from the dredging agency shall be obtained by the project proponent.

 

(vii)       Disposal sites for excavated material should be designed that the revised land use after dumping and changes in the land use pattern do not interfere with the natural drainage.

 

(viii)     To prevent discharge of sewage and other liquid wastes including ballast into marine environment, adequate system for collection, treatment and disposal of liquid wastes must be provided

 

(ix)        All the top soil excavated during construction activities should be stored for use in horticulture / landscape development within the project site.

 

(x)          At least 5% of the total cost of the project shall be earmarked towards the corporate social responsibility (CSR) and item-wise details along with time bound action plan shall be prepared and submitted to the Ministry prior to the commencement of the project. Implementation of such program shall be ensured accordingly in a time bound manner CSR plan shall be kept on the company’s website permanently. 

 

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

 

3.2.      Environmental Clearance for proposed Airport at Mallappuzhasserry, Aranmula and Kidangannur villages, Kozhencherry Taluk, Patthanamthitta District, Kerala by M/s KGS Aranmula Airport Ltd. [F. No. 10-51/2010-IA.III]

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves development of Airport at Mallappuzhasserry, Aranmula and Kidangannur villages, Kozhencherry Taluk, Patthanamthitta District, Kerala on a plot area of 500 Acres to cater air bus A – 300. Approx. 347.556 Acres of land proposed to be acquired. The length of the run-way in the first phase will be 2800 mtr. x 45 mtr. Construction will have G+1 floor of terminal building of 1250 sq.m. in phase I and 15000 sq.m. in phase II. The total water requirement is 7.55 KLD in the first phase and 31 KLD in the second phase. The capacity of STP proposed is 3.6 KLD in the first phase and 21.6 KLD in the second phase.   The total power requirement will be 2 MVA. Isolation parking bay of size 80 x 80 mtr of flexible pavement is proposed for 40 cars, 50 taxis and 10 buses in phase I and 205 cars, 250 taxis, and 30 buses in phase II. The cost of the project is Rs.81.1836 Crores for phase I and 125.4383 Crores for phase II.

The project was considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 21st – 23rd September, 2010 and finalized ToR including the Public Hearing. ToR for the project was accorded on 13.10.2010. Public Hearing was conducted on 10.05.2011 at Pathanamthitta District Collectorate.

 

There was news items regarding commencement of the land filling work at the site prior to EC. Proponent replied vide letter dated 20.6.2011 that there are no developmental works at this site by them, however, the original owner of the site had carried out minor developmental works. Ministry of Civil Aviation vide its letter dated 01.02.2011 has stated that it has not granted the site clearance to the project.

 

The project was again considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 21st–23rd September, 2011 and sought additional information. The details submitted and presented were examined by the committee.

 

During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           Quantify the water conservation taking into the water from RWH, water efficient fixtures and reuse of treated wastewater and   resubmit the water balance.

 

(ii)          Quantify the energy savings as per ECBC norms and resubmit 

 

(iii)        Submit the details of manpower requirement /proposed for Risk Environment management team.

 

(iv)         Apart from CSR, the Hospital as proposed shall be built up.

 

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

 

(vi)         The wastewater from hangers shall be tested for presence of heavy metals if any and shall be treated in STP. The treated waste water shall be used for gardening/ flushing.

 

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

 

3.3.      CRZ clearance for Seawater intake facility from Kandaleru creek and discharge of wastewater facility in to Sea and Kandaleru Creek, Mandel, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh by M/s Meenakshi Energy Pvt. Ltd [F. No. 11-43/2011-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent the proposal involves construction of Seawater intake facility from Kandaleru creek and discharge of wastewater facility in to Sea and Kandaleru Creek, Mandel, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh. MEPL Obtained Environmental clearance for their power plant -540MW (4 X 135MWvide No: J-13011/18/2008-IA.II(T) dated 02-07-08 and CRZ clearance vide No 11-6/2009-IA.III, GoI, MoEFDt: 01-02-2010 for 540MW (4 X 135MW). EC vide No: J-13011/18/2008-IA.II(T) dated 03-06-09 for change in configuration and enhancement of capacity to 600MW (2 X 150MW+1X300MW) was obtained. Finally vide No: J-13012/18/2009-IA.II (T) dated 20-08-10 EC for change in configuration from 300MW to 350MW in Phase-I i.e. 2X 150MW +1 X350MW and Phase-II i.e. 1 X 350 MW was obtained.

 

          The approved facilities as per the earlier approval for 540MW consisted of:

 

(i)                 construction of coal unloading wharf of suitable length along the creek bank,

 

(ii)               construction of seawater intake from the creek to draw seawater for condenser cooling and desalination plant, and

 

(iii)    construction of return warm water outfall in to the creek for a volume of 2880m3/hour.

 

The Modified facilities proposed are:

 

i)                    Additional capacity with change in configurations, seawater intake facilities would remain the same i.e. from Kandaleru Creek except drawal through open channel instead of pipeline and the quantity increase from 4562 to 9505 m3/hour and

 

ii)                  Return warm water outfall in sea shall be developed for 4674m3/hour in order to obtain the efficient mixing.

 

          APSCZMA examined the project and recommended vide Lr. No. 1755/CZMA/2011 dt. 14/06/2011. Pollution Control Board has issued consent for marine discharge vide lr.167/PCB/CFE/RO-NLR/Ho/2010 dated 18.05.2011 for the enhanced capacity. 

 

The Committee perused the contents of the earlier clearance vide letter No. 11-6/2009-IA-III dated 01.02.2010 and those of APSCZMA clearance letter for the first proposal of 540 MW.

 

The project was again considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 17th –18th October, 2011 and sought additional information. The details submitted and presented were examined by the committee.

 

During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           Project proponent shall monitor the creek eco system pre- project and post project periods.

 

(ii)          After reaching the 1000 MW capacity, the discharge to creek shall be stopped and the entire discharge shall be only to the sea through marine out fall. On line temp sensor with data recording system shall be provided for the effluent discharged into the creek / sea

 

(iii)        The domestic effluent after treatment shall be used in dual plumbing system / green belt and shall not discharge into creek or sea.

 

(iv)         There shall be no discharge from ash pond system into marine water.

 

(v)          The marine outfall shall be at least 1.25 km from the shore line.

 

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

 

3.4.      Environment and CRZ clearance for expansion of Beach resort at Yarada in Gazuwaka Mandal of Greater Visakhapattinam Municipal Corporation by M/s Brook Fields & Resorts Pvt. Ltd [F.No. 11-54/2011-IA-III]

 

As presented by the Project proponent, the proposal is for expansion of Beach resort at Yarada in Gazuwaka Mandal of Greater Visakhapattinam Municipal Corporation at Sy No.s 5/1 to 17, 6/1 to 10, 7/1 and 2, 8/1 to 9, 9/1 to 16, 10/1 to 17, 11/1,5,7,8,9, 13/1 to 4, 18,19, 20/1 to 8, 21/4, 6 to 10, 22/1 to 17, 23/2P, 3 to 8,9P, 12P, 13, 14P, 15 to 36, 24/2 to 17, 25/1 to 23, 26/1 to 5, 27/3 to 5 and 53 Yarada (Village) Gajuwaka (Mandal) Visakhapatnam (District) Andhra Pradesh.  The Total site area is 84.3 acres, existing 700 sq.m built-up area project will be expanded into 73458 sq.m (including 18719 sq.m parking area) resorts. The total water requirement is 577.16 m3/day including Fresh water 324.15 m3/day and Recycled – 253.01 m3/day.

 

The proposed expansion project consists of four major components namely (a) Indian Archaeological Heritage-Devi Panchayathan Park Zone (b) Antiquity Beach Park Zone (c) Ayursukha Zone (d) Hotel & Resorts Zone.

 

(i)           The Indian Archaeological Heritage Devi Panchayathan Park Zone which is named as ‘DAKSHIN KEDAR’ proposes to construct five structures representing five different architectural styles of ancient India.

 

(ii)         The Antiquity Beach Park Zone is mainly an entertainment zone comprises one Open Air Theatre (Amphi Theatre) with shops, ancient Telugu Village with Manduva House, Wave pools, water rides and mechanical rides for fun to visitors and also a rural village resembling a village with farming and handicraft bazaar with provisions for village trades like pottery, weaving etc.

 

(iii)       The Ayursukha Zone consists of Medicinal Plants garden, Nakshtravanam, Yoga cum meditation hall along with facilities for Ayurvedic treatment to rejuvenate mind and soul.

 

(iv)       The Hotel & Resorts Zone consists of a Hotel of three star category and environment infrastructure facilities such as solid waste collection and disposal, Sewage Treatment Plant and DG sets house, Sub-Station to cater to the needs of the Project. The Beach Resort is also provided with Sewage Treatment Plant.

 

The area of coverage within 200 m is 54,276.16 Sq. m and in between 200-500 m is 1,81,741.64 Sq. m. The distance along the coast line between two roads available to public access to the beach is 450 m. Ground Water resources through wells located beyond CRZ area. At present water is utilized 5 wells and another 3 borewells are proposed beyond CRZ to meet water requirement of 324 KLD of water.

 

The NIO furnished the details of the site which indicated that most of the area allotted to the proponent falls in between 200 – 500 m area. The CRZ map is prepared in 1:25000 scale as well as in 1:4000 scale. The surveyed map indicates that the area abutting HTL is covered with beach in inter-tidal zone followed by vegetation. The region inland of the project area is a barren vacant lands and agriculture lands covered with banana plantations, coconut trees and palm trees. The area is also covered with Casuarina plantation and other mixed vegetation. The coastal stretch is formed with 20-25 m wide sand beaches with small fresh water inland drains with a width of 2 m and below. The Heritage Theme Park boundary is located 515 m away from the HTL of the open coast. Few temporary constructions and an unfinished old foundation are  existing in the site. The area does not cover environmentally sensitive area such as national parks / marine parks, sanctuaries, wildlife habitats, mangroves, corals / coral reefs, breeding and spawning grounds of fish and other marine life, area of outstanding natural beauty / historical / heritage area, area rich in genetic diversity.

 

The Andhra Pradesh State Coastal Zone Management Authority examined the proposal on 19-07-2011 and recommended vide letter No 4652/CZMA/2011 dated 03.08.2011.

 

The project was again considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 21st–23rd September, 2011 and sought additional information. The details submitted and presented were examined by the committee.

 

During discussion, the following g points emerged:

 

i)             There shall be no development within 0-200 m from HTL -No Development Zone area. There shall be no fencing/ construction within 200 m from HTL, not even the temporary boundary wall.

 

ii)           There shall be no disposal of solid or liquid wastes on coastal area. Solid waste Management shall be as per Municipal Solid (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000.

 

iii)          There shall be no ground water drawal within CRZ area.

 

iv)          Sewage shall be treated and the Treatment Facility shall be provided in accordance with the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011.The treated sewage shall be used in dual plumbing system / cooling makeup / green belt etc and shall not discharge into the sea. Meters at suitable locations shall be provided to record the usage of treated sewage for different purposes and daily log shall be maintained.   The disposal of treated water shall confirm the regulation of State Pollution Control Board.

 

v)            Public access to the beach shall be provided.

 

vi)          Parking area shall be provided as per MoEF requirements / local requirements, whichever is more.

 

vii)         No construction work other than those permitted in Coastal Regulation Zone Notification shall be carried out in Coastal Regulation Zone area. There shall be no commercial shops.

 

viii)       There shall be no commercial activities / shops within the CRZ area.

 

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

 

4.           Consideration of New Proposals:

 

4.1       Environmental And CRZ Clearance for the development of Southern Dock Complex (Multipurpose berths) and Oil Jetty at Paradiip Port, Orissa by M/s. Paradip Port Trust [F.No. 11-117/2009-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent the proposal is for the development of multi-purpose terminal for handling ‘clean cargo’ such as containers and steel at southern part of the Paradip Port. This terminal would cater to the container traffic resulting from the industrialization of Eastern India and the steel exports from the existing and green-field steel industries.  The traffic analysis for the terminal was carried out keeping in mind the likely traffic generation due to industrialization, upcoming steel and aluminum industries, integrated logistics cost (ILC) analysis for various industrial centers and the increase in competition by possible upcoming ports. Three layouts have been examined by the Paradip Port Trust ‘ a single berth (300 m) layout, a single berth (450 m) layout and a twin berth layout. The single berth layout consist of one multi-purpose berth handling clean cargo such as containers and steel. The twin berth layout consists of two adjacent berths, one catering to containers on a dedicated basis and the second to other clean cargo such as steel. Based on feasibility analysis and detailed discussion with the Port Authorities, the single berth 450 m layout was considered to be the most profitable option and thus chosen.

 

     Based on the techno-economic feasibility, a single berth of 450 m length has been proposed to be constructed in Southern Dock Complex. The berth will be able to handle two vessels (carrying clean cargo like containers and steel) at the same time. The tariffs have been competitively suggested at Rs. 287.70 per ton for steel and Rs. 2997.71 per TEU for containers.

 

          The project was considered by the EAC in its meeting held on  30th November, 1st – 2nd December, 2010 and  finalized the additional TOR including Public Hearing. Public Hearing conducted on 29.06.29011 at Officer’s club premises, Paradip. The State Coastal Zone Management Authority has recommended the proposal vide letter dated 18.01.2011.  

 

During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           Periodical study on shore line changes shall be conducted and mitigation carried out if necessary. The details shall be submitted along with the six monthly monitoring report.

 

(ii)          The dredged material about 4 MCM shall be used at north of the northern breakwaters for nourishment. The balance about 1 MCM shall be disposed at designated sites recommended by CWPRS.

 

(iii)        Oil spills if any shall be properly collected and disposed as per the Rules. Proper Oil Contingency Management Plan shall be put in place.

 

(iv)         The detailed plan with budgetary provisions for the CSR shall be submitted to the Ministry.

 

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

 

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

         

4.2              CRZ clearance for establishment of shore based Ocean Research Laboratory at Visakhapatnam by M/s NIO  (F. No.11-87/2011)

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves establishment of shore based Ocean Research Laboratory at  Survey No. 177 (old Sy. No. 105) of Yendada, Visakhapatnam.  This land  was purchased by CSIR from the Government of Andhra Pradesh specifically for the purpose of setting up a shore-based oceanographic laboratory with easy access to the sea. Total area of the land is about 3.25 acres and is in vicinity of the sea, falling under CRZ-III. The built up area of Laboratory block is 3,272 sqm, training annexe 685 sqm, area of stilt parking – 1016 sqm.  

 

The major areas of the research programme of the Regional Centre at

Visakhapatnam are:

 

  1. Biogeochemistry of the Bay of Bengal and adjoining rivers.
  2. Geophysics of the Eastern Continental Margin of India.
  3. Oceanographic data collection and analysis in support of exploration for oil, gas, and hydrates in the Bay of Bengal.
  4. Impact of coastal pollution and climate change on marine ecosystem and bioresources – studies by using Foreshore Seawater Intake Facility.

 

While the above four are the major areas of research, there are many other investigations that the Regional Centre undertakes from time to time, often in support of infrastructure development, including development of ports, thermal power plants, pharmaceutical manufacturing units and aquaculture. The buildings proposed on the larger of the two plots of land purchased by CSIR will house laboratories for biological, chemical, geological, geophysical, and physical oceanography. A weather station to monitor coastal weather will also be housed on the campus. An important facility that will be required in the laboratories dealings with biological and chemical oceanography is a running seawater facility, for which seawater will be drawn from the adjoining sea-front using a pipeline.

 

NIO would like to establish the seawater intake mechanism as a foreshore facility to carry out the investigations mentioned below.

 

  1. Continuous monitoring of Marine Biological Activity with reference to the marine coastal pollution and climate change

 

  1. Studies on atmosphere-coastal ocean interaction to understand the influence of urban dust on coastal environment

 

  1. Testing and calibration of marine instruments

 

  1. Setting up of marine aquarium to conserve the ecologically sensitive and rare species from the inter-tidal and sub-tidal zones

 

          Earlier, the proposal for reclassification of the area from CRZ-III to CRZ-II was considered by the NCZMA in its meeting held on 19.04.2011 and the Authority noted that some of the activities proposed in the project  do not  require foreshore facilities and that they should be shifted outside CRZ areas. The Authority was informed that some representations have been received against this project and that the SCZMA and the NIO need to address them for clarifying the facts. Concluding the discussion, it was decided that the consideration of the proposal may be deferred and NIO should revise the proposal for shifting non-operational activities outside CRZ as well as address the issues raised in the representations.

 

          The APCZMA has recommended the project vide letter No9526/CZMA/2007 dated 04.07.2011 As per the APCZMA, land partly falls in CRZ-I and CRZ-III.

 

          There are many representations against the projects. Major allegation are the  site is in CRZ-I, no where, the Oceanography laboratory is within 500 mts from shore. The NIO has submitted its response to each of the points made in the complaint.

 

During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           Proponent has informed that the earlier proposal considered by NCZMA was only reclassification of the area from CRZ-III to CRZ-II for the purpose of constructing laboratory. Neither there was detailed scientific project proposal before the NCZMA nor any project appraisal by NCZMA. Since the issue was only for reclassification, the NCZMA has not called the NIO for discussion and or any presentation on the project. The project  requires foreshore facilities for dealing with biological and chemical oceanography in a running seawater facility. Foreshore facility involves laying the 4½ inch diameter of high density polyvinyl carbon (HDPVC) pipeline between seawater tank and up to ~50 m distance offshore from the beach. The pipeline will be buried between shore and the seawater tank. Seawater is continuously pumped into the tank during the experimental period. Sensor packages are deployed in the seawater tank for continuous measurement of physical and biogeochemical parameters. In addition to this, samples will be collected simultaneously for further processing in the laboratory to identify the influence of chemical composition on ecosystem. The same seawater will be discharged back to sea without changing any physical, chemical and biogeochemical parameters. The optimal length of pipeline is very essential to avoid modifying the characteristics of the seawater within the pipeline. In addition to this, several important planktons will be cultured for experimental purpose using running seawater facility. Museum with biological species is planned to establish by using the running seawater facility. Since the sensor controlling, sampling of aerosol (atmospheric dust), culturing facility and sample processing requires running seawater facility, the entire laboratory should be situated in close proximity to the seawater intake facility.

 

(ii)          The Committee noted that the HTL/LTL demarcation has been carried out by NIO itself, which it may lead to conflict of interest, hence it was suggested to get HTl /LTL demarcated by another authorized agency and superimpose the proposed layout and submit through APCZMA.

 

(iii)        Submit the details of waste (solid, liquid and gaseous) generation if any from the laboratory and its method of treatment and disposal.

 

(iv)         Details of the sea water intake and disposal facility.

 

In view of the foregoing observations, the committee recommend to defer the proposal. The proposal shall be reconsidered after the above observations are addressed and submitted.  

 

4.3              CRZ Clearance for Exploratory drilling in onshore Area of KG –ONN-2004/1 Block located at Brahma Samadhyam, Pallamkurru and Molletimoga Villages of Katrenikona Mandal in East Godavari District by M/s Oil India Limited, Kakinada. (F.No.11-47/2011-IA III)

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves, carrying out Exploratory drilling in onshore Area of KG –ONN-2004/1 Block located at Brahma Samadhyam, Pallamkurru and Molletimoga Villages of Katrenikona Mandal in East Godavari District. Exploratory drilling is undertaken to establish the presence of hydrocarbons indicated by seismic survey and interpretation of data. Exploratory drilling is temporary and short duration activity and includes site preparation, well foundation, rig building, drilling and restoration of the well site. This activity takes approximately 3-5 months under normal conditions. Drilling rig is used for drilling the well and involves rotation of drill bit, attached to a long string of a drill pipe down the well. Drilling mud is pumped through the drill string, through the drill bit, which returns up the annulus between the drill string and bore. Drill mud is used to cool the drill bit while drilling, remove cuttings from the well, control formation pressures, suspend and release cuttings, seal permeable formations, maintain well-bore stability, minimize reservoir damage, cool and lubricate the bit etc. The drill cuttings are separated from the drilling mud in shale shaker and the fluid is re-circulated. If the presence of hydrocarbons is detected during drilling, and subsequent logging operations, production testing is normally conducted. The production testing is carried out to ascertain the reserves and economic viability.

 

The land requirement per well is about 150 m x 150 m and the environmental impacts during the construction stage to drilling phase is short term, temporary in nature and does not entail any displacement of people. The well head facilities will be located in such a manner avoiding settlements. The potential environmental impacts due to the proposed exploratory drilling activities can be exhaust gases from DG sets used for drilling; flaring of associated gas during production testing and the duration is for 3-4 days, disposal of drill cuttings and drilling mud, noise from the drilling operations and power generation units. The electricity requirement for proposed activities will be generated using DG sets. No existing resources/water sources (surface/groundwater) which are currently being used by the villagers for the purpose of obtaining drinking water, water for irrigation or other purposes will be tapped. Water will be supplied through new bore wells at site / carried through tankers to the site, if required.

 

The proposal was submitted for EC under EIA, Notification, 2006. Since Out of 6 wells, 2 wells fall within CRZ areas, applied for CRZ clearance. HTL /LTL demarcation carried out by Space Application Center. The APCZMA has recommended the project vide letter No. 6279 /CZMA/2010 dated 29.09.2010.

 

During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           Submit the details of the components/ location of the well in 1:4000 scale CRZ map.

 

(ii)          Submit the details of Hazardous Waste generation as per HW (M,H & TM) Rules 2008 and method of disposal – categorization, quantification & disposal including reuse options proposed

 

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

 

4.4              EC and CRZ clearance for modernization of M.A. Chidambaram Cricket Stadium at R.S. No. 2622/4 (Part), 2611/7(Part) & 2622/12, Taluk-Mylapore-Triplicane, Chennai by M/s Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. (F. No. 11-1/2011-IA III)

 

As presented by the project proponent, the project involves re-construction/modernization of M.A. Chidambaram Cricket Stadium. The total area requirement is 62054.16 sq mtrs.  The elevation above Mean Sea Level is +2.0 m. Distance of the boundary of the plot from HTL is is 25 m and distance of the construction from HTL is 40 m. The total water requirement in Regular Days is 55 KLD/day and in Match days is 105 KLD/day. The total power requirement is 426 KW. The solid waste shall be collected in three different points and shall be disposed through Neal Metal Fanalca. The total cost of the project is Rs. 88 crores.

 

The existing stadium is 40 years old and to meet ICC requirement, modernization was carried out.  Total plot area will be 62054.16, ground coverage area 9800 sqm. Block -2 with 31, 812.32 sqm is proposed. Total built up area after modernization, the built up area including Block -1 will be 49,598.88 sqm. Green belt proposed at 5400 sqm area. The site falls with CRZ –II area. The SCZMA has recommended the project. The construction has already been started hence it amounts to violation and shall be dealt as per OM dated 16.11.2010.

 

During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           Intersection improvement and facility for conflict free pedestrian movement shall be provided.

 

(ii)          Public transport facilities from the nearby bus stops / metro station shall be provided. 

 

(iii)        DMP along with emergency evacuation shall be prepared in consultation with local authority and put in place. Copy of the DMP shall be submitted to RO, MoEF

 

(iv)         Proponent has already submitted Board resolution as per OM as per 16.11.2010 for the construction carried out prior to the clearance.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for EC and CRZ Clearance after taking action as per OM dated 16.11.2010 with the above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.5              Environmental Clearance and CRZ  clearance for the establishment of Captive Jetty for the proposed Ultra Mega Thermal Power Project at Cheyyur, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu (F. No. 10-18/2009-IA.III)

 

The Committee decided to defer the project, since the project proponent requested for postponement

 

4.6              CRZ Clearance for Mining of rare Minerals in Karaichitthu Village of Radhapuram Taluk, Tirunelvleli Distt. by M/s Thiru K. Thangaraj. (F. No. 11-68/2011-IA-III)                                                                 

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves mining of rare Mineral at S.No.239/1C, 239/1A, 1B1, 240/14,16 at Karaichithu pudur village of Radhapuram Taluk, Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu over an extent of 3.54.91Hectares (patta lands).  The mine site is devoid of forest lands and sand dunes. The project cost is 7.5 lakhs.  The wave and wind action which are bringing rare mineral from the sea, formed mineral deposits in the sea shore. This deposits rich in garnet which is used in Abrasive industry to manufacture Grinding wheels, and it is also used as water filteration agent. Mining of this Garnet Sand deposit will be carried out by scooping ,  by spades and baskets  by manual labour and transported to the Mineral Separation Plant through trucks/lorries. The mining depth is upto  1 mts only.   The total production will be 15 Tons per day. There will be only one trip in a day for the transportation. The mineral separation plant is located outside the CRZ area at a distance of 2kms from the mine site. The approach road to the mine site is owned by k.Thangaraj.  After, the separation of Garnet the waste sand is brought back to mine site for refilling the mined out pits.

 

The total man power required for mine operation will be 30 persons. Fresh water required for domestic use is 1KLD.  About 0.75KLD of sewage effluent is generated which will be treated through septic and dispersion trench located outside the CRZ area.  No Ground water will be extracted in the CRZ area.  As the mining process does not involve any water usage and effluent generation, hence there will not be any impact on the water regime due to mining activity. Beach sand Mining process does not have impact on Air Quality. However, to control dust emission during transportation (one truck per  day)  water sprinklers will be adopted and all transport vehicles will be covered with Tarpaulin sheets.  After mining is carried out, the mined out area will be refilled with waste sand transported from the mineral  separation plant and  also  through the Natural Deposition of mineral sand occurs by wind action. Thus the soil status of mined area is restored to the original state.  During mining operation, all labours will be provided with safety shoes, Helmets, Hand gloves, face masks as per statutory requirements. Regular Health Monitoring of Staff and Labour will be carried out to identify any Occupational Health Diseases. 

 

Tamil Nadu Coastal Zone Management Authority has recommended the project vide letter No. /6221/EC-3/2010-4 dated 19.09.2011. As per TCZMA, the entire mine site is falling between 0mts and 200 mts from the HTL of sea.

 

During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)       There shall be no mining in intertidal zone There shall be no

          mechanical mining.

 

(ii)      The balance sand after removal of rare minerals shall be refilled. 

          Site photographs shall be submitted before and after the mining

          activity to RO of MoEF.        

 

(iii)     There shall be no ground water drawal in CRZ area

 

(iv)     Submit the details of dust control during transportation.

 

(v)      Submit the details of the road connectivity.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for CRZ Clearance after submission of the information at (iv) & (v) with the above conditions in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

4.7       CRZ clearance of Mining of naturally deposited rare mineral Vanogiri Village, Sirkoli Talum, Nagapattinam distt. by M/s Yes Yes Minerals Poolambvadi. (F. No. 11-67/2011-IA-III.

 

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

 

4.8       CRZ Clearance for laying of Strom Water Outfall Pipelines to sea for Paradip Refinery Project by M/s Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (F.No. 11-86/2011-IA III)

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves laying of Storm water drainage pipe from their Refinery Project at Paradip, Odisha . It is stated that the Environment  clearance was earlier issued by the Ministry for Integrated Refinery cum Petro Chemical Complex. In compliance of EC, it is proposed to lay two nos. of pipe lines for a length of 600 mts for disposal of excess storm water from the Refinery Complex into Sea. They submitted the proposal to Orissa Coastal Zone Management Authority, however, the tenure of the Authority was over by July, 2011.

         

 During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           The Committee noted that the proposed outfall pipeline is purely for disposal of surplus rainwater. Hence it will not attract the 4 .2 (i) of  CRZ Notification, 2011.

 

(ii)          The proposed storm water line will be laid along the wastewater pipeline corridor which was accorded CRZ clearance  for disposal of wastewater after the recommendation of the SCZMA. However, the proponent shall submit the CRZ map showing the proposed pipeline route to SCZMA with a copy to the  Ministry before commencement of the work.

 

(iii)        The facility to dispose the excess storm water and open channel will not be feasible in view of the contour and hydrology of the area.

 

(iv)         The unit shall provide separate drains and collection system at the process area so as to prevent any possible mixing of process spillage in to storm water as proposed.

 

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

 

4.9       Finalization of ToR for proposed Bulk Cargo Jetty Terminal Facilities on Mahanadi River at Paradip, Orissa by M/s Essar Dredging Limited. (F. No. 11-69/2011-IA-III)

 

As presented by the proponent the proposal is for establishing a jetty terminal on the southern bank of the Mahanadi River and adjacent to the Integrated Steel Plant (ISP) being set up by Essar Steel Limited for which Environmental Clearance has been granted by the MoEF. The terminal will handle import of raw materials including coal and limestone for the under-construction pellet plant, captive power plant and the proposed steel plant as well as evacuate pellets produced by the pellet plant and finished steel products manufactured by the ISP.

The proposed project  consists of setting-up of a jetty – about 1000 m long and 50 m wide, a stack yard of about 30 ha adjoining the jetty and an approach road to connect the stack yard with facilities of the pellet plant, steel plant and captive power plant as well as the NH-5A which is in the vicinity. The stack yard will be used as back-up area for the jetty for temporary storage of raw materials received at the jetty and the finished goods from the ISP for export. The geographical coordinates of the jetty location are 20°19`54.63" – 20°19`45.92" N and 86°37`11.33" – 86°37`44.64" E.

The jetty will be used for lighterage operations in which the cargo would be received / transported from / to the mother ship anchored off Paradip through barges of appropriate size during fair weather. During monsoon season the mother vessels will be berthed at the Paradip port. The navigational channel proposed for the movement of barges in and out of Mahanadi will be about 10 km long and 110 m wide and will use the naturally available depth. Some capital dredging however is required to clear a few pockets of siltation sites and the quantity estimated is about 0.54 million cubic meters.

The dredged material obtained from capital dredging will be used for filling of 30 ha stack yard which needs to be raised at the same level as the ISP area. The dredged material obtained from the maintenance dredging which is estimated to be around 0.5 million cubic meters will be used in the land area identified for the steel plant.

The capital cost of the proposed jetty terminal is estimated to be about ` 465 Crores with the operating cost of around 36 Crores. It is proposed to complete the project in 12 months after getting all statutory permissions and clearances.

The CRZ map in 1:4000 scale showing the proposed developments is prepared by the National Institute of Oceanography, which is one of the agencies approved by the MoEF.

 

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

 

(i)                    Examine the Environmental setting up to 10 km radius including eco- sensitive areas- mangroves etc.

 

(ii)Conduct the shore line change study to examine the erosion status. If site falls in high erosion zone, the project is not permissible as per the CRZ Notification, 2011.

 

(iii)                Submit the details of dredging, quality including its toxic metals (Cr+Arsenic, Mercury and lead), and method of its disposal.

 

(iv)                Marine Traffic should not affect others, submit the analysis.

 

(v)                  Examine and submit details of connectivity to the site through rail/road network and likely impacts due to the project along with the mitigation measures.

 

(vi)                Submit details of type of cargo expected to be handled and the likely impact along with mitigation measures.

 

(vii)              Submit the recommendations of the SCZMA. The proponent shall submit the HTL/LTL map of 1: 4000 scale prepared by an authorized agency superimposed with the layout.

 

(viii)            Study the likely impact on Marine Environment (MEIA) and submit EMP with budgetary provisions and Study the impact on the Fishing activity Total number of people engaging in fishing /other fisheries related activities in the study area.

 

(ix)                Submit the details of back up stockyard and dust suppression measures.

 

(x)                  Submit the details of the storage yards & green belt development with a suitable map

 

(xi)                Submit the details of leachate collection and treatment.

 

(xii)              Submit the details of solid waste and its management.

 

(xiii)            Submit the details of water requirement and source.

 

(xiv)            Submit the details on the wastewater treatment.

 

(xv)              Submit details of storm water management

 

(xvi)            Project specific oil contingency plan shall be prepared.  Infrastructure requirement shall be assessed.

 

(xvii)          Submit details of Risk Assessment and project specific Disaster Management Plan including emergency evacuation during natural and man-made disaster like floods, cyclone, tsunami and earth quakes etc.

 

(xviii)    Examine the cumulative impact taking in to consideration of the developments in the vicinity.

 

(xix)        Action plan to comply the relevant provisions of MSIHC Rules shall be addressed

 

(xx)          Action plan to comply the relevant provisions of HW (M&TM) Rules shall be addressed

 

(xxi)        Action plan to comply the relevant provisions of MARPOL shall be addressed

 

(xxii)          Submit details of Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Monitoring Plan with parameters and costs.

 

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

         

          The Committee recommended that a detailed draft EIA/EMP report should be prepared as per the above additional TOR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the Notification. 

 

4.10    Finalization for ToR for development of  Port at Positra, Gujarat by  M/s Port of  Posithra .[ F. No. 10-65/2007-IA-III]

 

    As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for renewal of the TOR for development of  Port at Positra, Gujarat by Port of Positra. The Government of Gujarat announced its Port Policy in December, 1995 identifying 10 green field sites for development as direct berthing deep water port along its coastline. Positra was one of them.  Positra is situated in the Gulf of Kutch, about 30 Kms. from Dwarka in the Jamnagar district.

 

    The State Government selected Gujarat Positra Port Company Limited as joint venture partner for the development of Positra Port. Gujarat Maritime Board, being the nodal agency for the development on the coast of Gujarat state in June 1996 assigned preparation of a “Detailed Project Report (DPR)” & to carry out Comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Study to Frederick R Harris & NIO, Goa respectively. The reports submitted in 1998 suggested that development of Positra is feasible and can trigger off fast economic development on the west coast and the underdeveloped portion of Gujarat. The project as envisaged, is for development of two terminals, one each for containers and bulk cargo with relevant approaches, stack yard facilities, support and back up infrastructure facilities such as residential accommodation, rail, roads etc.

 

              Port of Positra will have a natural draft of about 18-24 meters, which means that it is capable enough to handle the existing ships of all sizes and the next generation ships. Positra is surrounded by natural islands and it is having tranquil water. Access to and from the proposed Port of Positra will be through two natural channels. More than 3000 Hectares land has already been acquired by GMB for development of the port. Positra can easily be connected with the present railway network at Mithapur which is about 9 kms away. RITES is carrying out the feasibility studies for rail connection. Road connectivity is there up to Positra village which is just 3 kms away from the site. New road from Positra village to the site has to be constructed. GPPCL moved an application to the MoEF on 12th April 2007 for approval of the Terms of Reference for EIA study at Positra and the same was approved by the Ministry vide its letter dated 01st Aug. 2007.

 

    NEERI was engaged in Sep 2007 to carry out the EIA study and Indomer, Chennai appointed to conduct the seabed engineering study, under the aegis of NEERI. On shore studies completed by NEERI.  Offshore studies have not yet been completed as permission for the same is awaited from relevant authorities.

 

ToR has expired on 31st July 2011, hence the need for renewal of the TOR for completion of the EIA study.

         

During discussion, the following points emerged:

         

(i)           The Committee noted that there is no change in the project component, hence the same ToR can be considered. However, the proponent shall carryout additional studies if any required in view of the OM’s scenario issued by the Ministry till date including Cumulative EIA considering the adjacent developments. And as per the EIA guidance manual of the Ministry

 

The Committee recommends for the renewal of the ToR subject to the above condition.

 

4.11  Finalization of ToR for proposed integrated Solid Waste Management Facility, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh by M/s Deptt. of Urban Development and Housing, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar. (F. No. 10-97/2011-IA-III)

 

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

 

4.12    Finalisation of ToR for rehabilitation and up gradation to 2 lane with paved shoulders configuration of SheoharSitamarhi-Jaynagar- Narahia section NH-104 by M/s NH Works Circle, RCD Patna Bihar [F. No. 10-80/2011-IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves rehabilitation and up gradation to 2 lane with paved shoulders configuration of SheoharSitamarhi-Jaynagar- Narahia section NH-104. The project road starts from Sheohar at km. 40.000 and terminates near Narhiya at km. 217.000. Total length of project road is 177 km. The existing road would be upgraded to 2-lane/ 2-lane with paved shoulders configuration and strengthening with provision of capacity augmentation. Funding agency for this project is World Bank. The project road traverses through three districts viz. km 40.000 to km. 48.400 in Sheohar, Km. 48.400 to km. 111.000 in Sitamarhi and km.111.000 to km. 217.000 in Madhubani in state of Bihar. The project road passes through plain terrain. The project road is falling in flood affected area and IRC guidelines will be adopted to raise embankment height at overtopping locations. The existing road has broadly 20m RoW but varies from 4m to 20m. The proposed RoW is 30 m for bypasses, 20m for open areas/realignments and minimum 14m for built-up areas subject to availability of land. The project road is almost running parallel to Nepal border and touching its boundary from km 93.540 to 94.800.  The road side plantation along the existing project road, from km 111.200 to km. 116.500, km. 130.200 to km. 165.100, km. 173.600 to km. 216.000 is declared as notified protected forest. No national park/ wildlife sanctuary/ biosphere reserve is falling within 10 km radius of project road. About 69.806 ha land is proposed to be acquired. There are 10 nos. major bridges in which 6 nos. will be reconstructed and 4 nos. retained. Out of 57 nos. existing minor bridges, 45 nos. to be reconstructed, 07 nos. to be retained, 04 to be abandoned, 01 no. to be merged with major bridge and 03 nos. are proposed for new construction. 241 nos. culverts have been proposed for reconstruction/new construction. There are major intersection with NH-77, NH-105, and NH-57, SH-54, SH-75 and SH-51. All intersections will be improved.  2 nos. bypasses and 4 nos. major realignments have been proposed.  Major settlements along the project are Sheohar, Sitamarhi, Piprahi, Parsauni, Riga, Dumara, Bathnaha, Sursand, Choraut, Parihar, Madhwapur, Harlakhi, Basopatti, Jaingar, Ladania, Lakaha and Laukahi etc.

 

About 3286 nos. trees growing in RoW are proposed to be felled for which compensatory afforestation will be done. About 3260 nos. structures (kachcha, pacca, semi pacca), 123 nos. religious structure/ places, 6 nos. hospitals and 53 nos. school buildings exist along the road and few of them will be affected. Efforts will be made to minimize the impacts. Affected families will be compensated as per World Bank policy. Total project construction cost is 577.68 crore. The budget for environment management has been worked out approximate 3.15 crore.

 

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

 

 

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

 

(ii)          The proposal indicates the acquisition of  protected forest land. Necessary stage –I forestry clearance shall be obtained as per OM dated 31.03.2011 and submitted along with final EIA report.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(ix)        The projects is passing through an Elephant Corridor  a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC. An underpass in Elephant corridor shall be provided.

 

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

 

(xi)        It is indicated that 3286 nos. trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xv)       Clearly indicate/provide details regarding the location, date (along with site photographs with the background of monitoring equipments and/or sample collection in process) and protocol adopted for sampling and analysis of various environmental parameters as a part of the baseline  data collection.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxiv)   Examine and submit the water bodies including the seasonal ones within the corridor of impacts along with their status, volumetric capacity and quality likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

(xxv)    Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water including water requirement during the construction stage with supporting data and also classification of ground water based on the CGWA classification.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

General Guidelines:

 

(i)           The EIA document shall be printed on both sides, as for as possible.

 

(ii)          The status of accreditation of the EIA consultant with NABET/QCI shall be specifically mentioned. The consultant shall certify that his accreditation is for the sector for which this EIA is prepared.

 

(iii)        On the front page of EIA/EMP reports, the name of the consultant/consultancy firm along with their complete details including their accreditation, if any shall be indicated. The consultant while submitting the EIA/EMP report shall give an undertaking to the effect that the prescribed TORs (TOR proposed by the project proponent and additional TOR given by the MoEF) have been complied with and the data submitted is factually correct (Refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009).

 

(iv)         While submitting the EIA/EMP reports, the name of the experts associated with/involved in the preparation of these reports and the laboratories through which the samples have been got analysed should be stated in the report. It shall clearly be indicated whether these laboratories are approved under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the rules made there under (Please refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009). The project leader of the EIA study shall also be mentioned.

 

(v)          All the TOR points as presented before the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) shall be covered.

 

General Guidelines:

 

(i)           The EIA document shall be printed on both sides, as for as possible.

 

(ii)          The status of accreditation of the EIA consultant with NABET/QCI shall be specifically mentioned. The consultant shall certify that his accreditation is for the sector for which this EIA is prepared.

 

(iii)        On the front page of EIA/EMP reports, the name of the consultant/consultancy firm along with their complete details including their accreditation, if any shall be indicated. The consultant while submitting the EIA/EMP report shall give an undertaking to the effect that the prescribed TORs (TOR proposed by the project proponent and additional TOR given by the MoEF) have been complied with and the data submitted is factually correct (Refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009).

 

(iv)         While submitting the EIA/EMP reports, the name of the experts associated with/involved in the preparation of these reports and the laboratories through which the samples have been got analysed should be stated in the report. It shall clearly be indicated whether these laboratories are approved under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the rules made there under (Please refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009). The project leader of the EIA study shall also be mentioned.

 

(v)          All the TOR points as presented before the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) shall be covered.

 

Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. A detailed draft EIA/EMP report should be prepared as per the above additional TOR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the Notification. 

 

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

 

4.13    Finalization for ToR for 2 lane with paved shoulder of Ajmer - Nagaur Section KM.0/0 to 161/0 of NH-89 by M/s Superintending Engineer, PWD, NH Circle, Bikaner (F. No. 10-96/2011-IA-III)

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves 2 laning with paved shoulder of Ajmer - Nagaur Section KM.0/0 to 161/0 of NH-89. The existing project highway starts from Ajmer near Ashoka Gardern i.e. Km 388/0 on NH-8 and end at Nagaur at Chainage 161/0 on NH-89. Length of Existing road is 161 km. The project road comprising two district Ajmer (length 31km) and Nagaur (length 130 km). The existing carriageway having single lane carriageway (length 7 km) between km 78/0 to 85/0 , intermediate lane (length 22.2 km) between 2/8 to 24/0 and two lane (130km) between km 24/0 to km 78/0 and 85/0 to km 161/0 and four lane divided carriageway (length 1.8) between km 0/0 to 2/8 is two lanes except 0/0 to 24/0 and 78/0 to 85/0.  The traffic density on the project highway ranges from 7066 and 10059 PCU. The existing road passes through very congested areas such as Hokra, Kanas, Pushkar, Thanwala, Padu Kala, Ren, Kuchera, Inana where traffic remains usually held up.

 

Proposed project highway starts from km 386/540 near Akashwani Kendra, Ajmer and ends at km 157/0 near Ashiyana Village (Crossing Point of  Proposed Nagaur Ring Road).  The proposed bypasses (38.6 km) are Ajmer-Pushkar Bypass-22 km length  (ii) Thanwala bypass – 3.35 km   (iii)   Padu kala bypass- 3.0 km, Ren bypass – 2.35 km  (v) Kuchera bypass – 4.2 km   (vi) Inana bypass  - 3.7 km. Length of realignment due to curve improvement is 4.55 km and 27 km section of existing road is proposed for raising. Proposed length of project highway is 148.25 km. 1 no. ROB at Ren, 1 no. Grade Separated Structure at Start Point (junction with NH-8) and 3 nos. Vehicular Underpass are proposed. 2 number toll plaza and 1 no. truck lay bays  (Both side) and 9 no. bus byes (Both Side), 1 no. Major Bridge and 5 nos. Minor Bridges are proposed.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(viii)     The projects is passing through an Elephant Corridor  a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC. An underpass in Elephant corridor shall be provided.

 

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

 

(x)          It is indicated that 2550 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xiv)      Clearly indicate/provide details regarding the location, date (along with site photographs with the background of monitoring equipments and/or sample collection in process) and  protocol adopted for sampling and analysis of various environmental parameters as a part of the baseline  data collection.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxiv)   Examine and submit the water bodies including the seasonal ones within the corridor of impacts along with their status, volumetric capacity and quality likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

(xxv)    Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water including water requirement during the construction stage with supporting data and also classification of ground water based on the CGWA classification.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

General Guidelines:

 

(i)           The EIA document shall be printed on both sides, as for as possible.

 

(ii)          The status of accreditation of the EIA consultant with NABET/QCI shall be specifically mentioned. The consultant shall certify that his accreditation is for the sector for which this EIA is prepared.

 

(iii)        On the front page of EIA/EMP reports, the name of the consultant/consultancy firm along with their complete details including their accreditation, if any shall be indicated. The consultant while submitting the EIA/EMP report shall give an undertaking to the effect that the prescribed TORs (TOR proposed by the project proponent and additional TOR given by the MoEF) have been complied with and the data submitted is factually correct (Refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009).

 

(iv)         While submitting the EIA/EMP reports, the name of the experts associated with/involved in the preparation of these reports and the laboratories through which the samples have been got analysed should be stated in the report. It shall clearly be indicated whether these laboratories are approved under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the rules made there under (Please refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009). The project leader of the EIA study shall also be mentioned.

 

(v)          All the TOR points as presented before the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) shall be covered.

 

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

 

Public hearing to be conducted at two districts for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. A detailed draft EIA/EMP report should be prepared as per the above additional TOR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the Notification. 

         

4.14    Finalisation of ToR for Two lanning with paved shoulder of Suratgarh-Sri Ganganagar section from Km.173/0 to Km.248/650 of NH-15 by Superintendent Engineer, PWD, NH-Circle, Bikaner, Rajesthan . (F. No. 10-111/2011-IA-III)

 

As presented by the project proponent, the project involves 2 lanning with paved shoulder of Suratgarh-Sri Ganganagar section from Km.173/0 to Km.248/650 of NH-15. The road passes through the Manaksar, Bhagwansar, Kainchia, Khuni Chak, Ganeshgarh, 22 ML, Mahiyawali, Netewala, Sriganganagar, Sadhuwali. The alignment takes off from km stone 173 of NH-15. The total road length is 75.650 km. The ROW is 45m. There are 05 major junctions, 02 major bridge, 10 minor bridges and 140 culverts. There are 05 major intersection and 44 minor intersections. There are 02 numbers of railway crossings and 10 numbers of villages through which alignment passes through. The total water requirement is 350 KL/day. The total construction cost is Rs. 224.03 crores.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(viii)     The projects is passing through an Elephant Corridor  a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC. An underpass in Elephant corridor shall be provided.

 

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

 

(x)          It is indicated that  255 trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xiv)      Clearly indicate/provide details regarding the location, date (along with site photographs with the background of monitoring equipments and/or sample collection in process) and  protocol adopted for sampling and analysis of various environmental parameters as a part of the baseline  data collection.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxiv)   Examine and submit the water bodies including the seasonal ones within the corridor of impacts along with their status, volumetric capacity and quality likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

(xxv)    Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water including water requirement during the construction stage with supporting data and also classification of ground water based on the CGWA classification.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

General Guidelines:

 

(i)           The EIA document shall be printed on both sides, as for as possible.

 

(ii)          The status of accreditation of the EIA consultant with NABET/QCI shall be specifically mentioned. The consultant shall certify that his accreditation is for the sector for which this EIA is prepared.

 

(iii)        On the front page of EIA/EMP reports, the name of the consultant/consultancy firm along with their complete details including their accreditation, if any shall be indicated. The consultant while submitting the EIA/EMP report shall give an undertaking to the effect that the prescribed TORs (TOR proposed by the project proponent and additional TOR given by the MoEF) have been complied with and the data submitted is factually correct (Refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009).

 

(iv)         While submitting the EIA/EMP reports, the name of the experts associated with/involved in the preparation of these reports and the laboratories through which the samples have been got analysed should be stated in the report. It shall clearly be indicated whether these laboratories are approved under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the rules made there under (Please refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009). The project leader of the EIA study shall also be mentioned.

 

(v)          All the TOR points as presented before the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) shall be covered.

 

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

 

Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. A detailed draft EIA/EMP report should be prepared as per the above additional TOR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the Notification. 

 

 

2nd Day: 16th December, 2011

 

MORNING SESSION (10.00 A.M – 1.30 P.M)

 

3.      Consideration of Old Proposals:

 

3.5          Environmental Clearance for the expansion of Games Village at Dag, Mouza-  Beltalg, Village Basistha, Guwahati, Assam by M/s. Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority [F.No.21-25/2011-IA.III]

 

The project involves construction of residential complex at Dag No. 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 38, 31, 32, 49, 18, 14, 12, 30, 33 at Mouza Beltola, Village Basistha, Guwahati, Assam. The existing development includes 700 residential apartments in 25 towers of G+6 in first phase. The 2nd phase project involves expansion of games village project on a plot area of 36957 Sq.m. The total plot area of phase I and II is 93645.45 Sq.m. The total built-up area is 2,29,725.24 (Existing Phase-I – 74,321.81 Sq.m and proposed Phase-II- 1,55,403.43) total number of units proposed in the II-phase is 675. The total water requirement is 1201 KLD (fresh water requirement 767 KLD). The capacity of 4 modular STP proposed is 200 KLD each. The treated waste water to be used for flushing 152 KLD, horticulture 170 KLD & HVAC cooling 112 KLD. A total solid waste generation is 2.5 T/day + e-waste 2491 kg/day. The power requirement is 10,066 KW. The total parking spaces provided for 1749 cars.  Total cost of the project is Rs. 269.81 Crores. The TOR was issued on 12.5.2011.

 

 

          During the discussion the following point emerged:

 

(i)           The car parking shall be converted in to ECS

 

(ii)          Water balance did not mention the pre- monsoon and post- Monsoon scenario. Submit the revised water balance chart.

 

(iii)        Explore the possibilities of enhancing energy conservation and submit the details.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance after submission of the information at (ii) and (iii) to the Ministry and incorporation with above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.          Consideration of New Proposals:

 

4.15  Consideration of building/construction projects from State of    Haryana     

 

          The Committee observed that the proposals from State of Haryana especially from Gurgaon and Faridabad are put up for appraisal in the Expert Appraisal Committee.  Some of the proposals are even recommended by the State level Environmental Appraisal Committee.  Most of the proposals are lacking in assured source of water supply both for construction and also for operation of the project. For construction purposes, proponents/consultants inform that the water will be supplied through tankers or excess treated waste water shall be used without even mentioning that from where this water will be made available. In some of the proposals project proponent presented a letter issued by Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon that water supply will be made available in three to five years whereas in other cases no details were submitted.  The Central Ground Water Authority has declared the area as grey area from where no ground water can be drawn.   The Committee also observed that HUDA issue licenses to project proponent to buy the land and develop the project.  The surrounding area is all agricultural land without any infrastructure facilities.

 

Under these circumstances, the Committee in its meeting held on 21st – 23rd September, 2011 felt that the construction/development will not sustain without a assured source of water supply and suggested that a meeting should be called for discussions from Central Ground Water Authority, HUDA and Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon to discuss the availability of water both for construction and operation phases.  The officers may be called during the next meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee.  Till a assurance is given by the concerned authorities, the proposals from these places may not be put for appraisal until and unless the proponent submit the documentary evidence in this regard.

 

Accordingly, the official from CGWA, CGWB , HUDA were invited for the meeting. Shri Sushil Gupta ,  Member-Secretary, and Shri. Battacharya, Scientist ‘D’ CGWA, Shri A.K Bhatia, Central Ground Water Board, Chandigarh have attended the meeting.    

 

As per CGWA, no further extraction of ground water is allowed for construction activities in the 2 districts – Gurugaon & Faridabad. In water logged area of Gurugon, water drawal is considered case to case basis. For domestic water drawal, the decision is considered by DC.  In Faridabad, outside the Municipal limit, drawal is permissible.  

         

          No officials from the HUDA were present. The Committee decided to give a last chance to HUDA to give their say in the next meeting. 

 

The Committee after deliberation, decided to defer the matter for further deliberation.

         

4.15    Discussion on Strom Water Drainage Project at Pune, Maharashtra.

 

The proposal is of Storm Water Drainage Project of Pune city to be developed under J.N.N.U.R.M by M/s Pune Municipal Corporation. Baner Area Sabha & Jal Biradari have filed a PIL in the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay challenging the concreting the river bed and the project didn?t not obtained Environmental Clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forests. On 5th May, 2011, the Hon?ble Court directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests, to state whether it is necessary for the Pune Municipal Corporation to obtain Environmental Clearance under the EIA Notification dated 14th September, 2006 for the project in question. Ministry has filed a reply affidavit stating that the Strom Water Drainage Project is not listed in the projects/activities listed in the schedule of EIA Notification 2006 and  does not require Environmental Clearance under the Environment Impact Assessment Notification dated 14th September, 2006 as amended in 2009. However, implementing agency should address issues such as hydrology, surface drainage, existing drainage channels, non point sources of pollutants, soil erosion and sedimentations etc. in their implementation plan.

 

Hon’ble Court order dated 20th June, 2011 is reproduced below:

 

‘Accordingly, we direct the petitioner to make representation to Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests within one week from today, highlighting the all the issues which are sought to be raised before us in this public interest litigation. The Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests will consider the same in proper perspective and with utmost expedition.

 

“it is expected that the Ministry of Environment and Forests will take decision on the petitioners representation with utmost expedition and preferable by within 3 weeks from the receipt of their representation.’

 

          The EAC in its 104th meeting held on 17th - 19th August, 2011 constituted a sub-committee to visit the site, collect all the facts and information, have interaction with the Petitioners, concerned officials from PMC, officials from the Department of Revenue, Irrigation, Environment and Town Planning and will submit its report to the Expert Appraisal Committee.

 

          The Sub Committee comprises of :

(i)                 Apurba Gupta, Former Director Grade Scientist, NEERI and member EAC,

(ii)               Dr. Niraj Sharma, Scientist CRRI and member EAC,

(iii)             A representative from State Government of Maharashtra and

(iv)             Director (Scientific), Regional Office, MoEF, Bhopal

 

           visited the site on 14th -15th September, 2011 and presented their interim report to the Committee.  During discussions, the EAC felt that as the visit was not concluded and there are still issues left including the interaction with the petitioners, the sub-Committee again visited on 3rd -4th November, 2011. The Sub-Committee report is placed at Annexure-II. The Sub-Committee report was discussed by the Committee.

 

Senior officers from Pune Municipal Corporation have attended the meeting. The committee examined the written response of PMC dated 09.08.2011 with respect to the  various issues of petitioner viz water body Vs nallah, measures taken towards percolation,  maintaining the width of nallah as per Development Plan, preventing sewerage into drain. Without prejudice to the above, PMC agreed not to provide bed treatment/ bed concrete where natural section available is adequate to carry design flood discharge.

 

Shri Janak Daftary, Petitioner attended the meeting and made a presentation. The committee examined the details of the points presented and submitted through written representation viz. concreting the water bodies within wet lands, reduction in percolation, loss of bio-diversity, reduction in width of water bodies etc.

 

The Committee after deliberation, decided to defer the matter for further deliberation.

 

4.16    Reconsideration of Clearance accorded for developing a Golf Link with Club House, Cafeteria, Health Club and a need based residential accommodation for Golf Club in CTS No.1 (Sy. No.161), village Pahadi, Gori Gaon in Greater Mumbai by M/s Usha Madhu Development Cooperative Housing Society Ltd (F. No. L-11011/37/2003-IA-III)

 

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

 

4.17    Environmental Clearance for the construction of “Five Star Hotel” at Guwahati, Assam by M/s. Chartereel Hotels Pvt. Ltd. [F.No.21-73/2011-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves, construction of “Five Star Hotel” at Guwahati, Assam.   The project falls under category B2 of project activity number 8(a) (Building Construction Projects) of EIA notification dated 14th September, 2006. Since there is no SEIAA, the project is being considered by the Ministry.

 

The proposed hotel will be developed at Ganeshguri, near Changanmal Sarawgi petrol pump, G.S. Road, Dispur, Guwahati -6. The project site comes under jurisdiction of Guwahati Municipal Development Authority (GMDA). The site is well connected by road & railway network. Guwahati Railway station is the nearest railway station from the site at a distance of 5.4 kms. The Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport is situated at a distance of 20.5 kms from the project site.

 

The total Plot area is  6798.00 m2, Total built up area (FSI+ Non FSI) =15295.00+13722.00 m2= 29017.00 m2, with FSI of 2.25. Building Configuration: 2 Basement + Ground + Service floor + 12 Storey

 

The source  of water during construction phase is Tanker water and Operation phase is GMC and Treated water from STP, Total Water Demand :Construction phase: 100 KLD Operation phase: 556 KLD (Potable – 330 KLD & Non potable 226 KLD) Wastewater generated: 296 KLD, STP capacity: 300 KLD (SAFF Technology)

 

Total waste: 0.67 TPD, Biodegradable waste: 0.30 TPD, Non-biodegradable waste: 0.37 TPD. Power will be met from  Assam Power Generation Co. Ltd. Construction Phase: Connected Load: 250 KW, Demand Load: 150 KW, Operation Phase : Connected Load: 3780 KW, Max Demand Load:1564 KW. Back-up Supply: D.G sets for power back up supply, Operation phase: 2 D.G. sets of 1010 kVA each. 687.22 Sq.m of landscape area will be provided in the hotel. 8 new trees are proposed to be planted in this project. Parking at Basement 1 & 2 Car Parking – 142, Scooter Parking: 248.

 

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)         The area earmarked for Landscape shall be enhanced.

 

(ii)        There shall be conflict free entry and exit,

 

(iii)      RWH shall be provided .

 

(iv)       Parking shall be made as per norms of MoEF and should include for the  buses also.

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(v)        Green belt not less than 33 % shall be developed all along the periphery.

 

(vi)       Disaster Management plan including emergency evacuation shall be put in place and details shall be submitted.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance after submission of the above information to the Ministry  and incorporation with above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.18    Environmental Clearance for the up-gradation & expansion of Shri Vinoba Bhave Civil Hospital at Silivasa by M/s. Medical Superintendent, Shri Vinoba Bhave Civil Hospital [F.No.21-77/2011-IA.III]

 

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

 

4.19    Environmental Clearance for the construction of Institutional Building “Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology” at Sibsagar, Assam by M/s. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology. [F.No.21-84/2011-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the project involves the construction of institutional building “Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology” at Sivasagar, Assam. The total plot area is 404800 sqm. The plot area for campus development is 148086 sqm and the total built up area is 37021.5 sqm (Ground + 2, Blocks-20).  The proposed project is 1.5 km from NH-37. The total water requirement is approx. 155 KLD (Domestic-88 KLD, Flushing- 37 KLD, Horticulture-20 KLD, Misc. 5 KLD, Lab-5 KLD).The power requirement is 1990 KVA. The waste water generated from the complex is about 112 KLD out of which 110 KLD shall be treated in STP of 135 KLD. The total Solid Waste generation is 429 Kg/day. The total parking spaces provided for 800 cars. Total cost of the project is Rs. 200 Crores.

                                                                     

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

         

(i)           There shall be conflict free entry and exit,

 

(ii)          DG set shall confirm to the emission and noise standards.

 

(iii)        The site is to be elevated to 3 m height. Submit the details of quantity, source of earth/ muck required for such filling.

 

(iv)         Parking shall be made as per norms of MoEF and should include for the  buses also.

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(v)          Disaster Management plan including emergency evacuation shall be put in place and details shall be submitted.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance after submission of the above information to the Ministry  and incorporation with above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.20    Environmental Clearance for the construction of College of Nursing, Institute Block, Library, Prayer Hall, Multipurpose Hall, Quarters, Hostels for nurses & students etc. at Christian Medical College, Vellore by M/s. Christian Medical College & Hospital [F.No.21-76/2011-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves, construction of College of Nursing, Institute Block, Library, Prayer Hall, Multipurpose Hall, Quarters, Hostels for nurses & students etc. at Christian Medical College, Vellore. The project is construction of College of Nursing including student Nurses hostel and staff Nurses hostels of Christian Medical College, Kagithapattarai campus, Vellore. It is an educational and residential development project. It is constructed in a plot area of 63037 m2. The total built up area is 79929.81 m2. Greenbelt area is 9740 m2. The project consists of A,B,C & D Quarters Block- Stilt + 9 floors, College of Nursing Institute block – 3 floors, Prayer hall – Ground floor, Library – 3 floors. Student Nurses hostel - G + 9floors, Staff Nurses hostel – G + 9floors and Multipurpose hall- Ground floor. Estimated population to step-in will be 4932. Parking area facilities is provided for 377cars and 220 two wheelers. Power back up is 1000KVA be DG sets. The source of water is Ground water. The total water requirement is 480KLD out of this fresh water requirement is 338KLD and the treated water recycled is 142KLD. Quantity of sewage generated is 410KLD. STP capacity is 500KLD. The treated sewage water is to be used for flushing 142 KLD and gardening 34KLD and the rest 234 KLD will be sent to existing sewer systems. The organic waste, 1430Kg/day is to be disposed to our centralized domestic waste management facility at Bagayam. Inorganic waste of 1775kg/day is to be disposed to authorized recyclers. STP sludge 160 kg/day is to be used as manure.

 

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           There shall be provisions for pedestrian crossing the roads within the campus,

 

(ii)          Water balance  shall be revised and submitted

 

(iii)        Energy conservation shall be enhanced up to 20 %

 

(iv)         Parking shall be made as per norms of MoEF and should include for the  buses also.

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(v)          Disaster Management plan including emergency evacuation shall be put in place and details shall be submitted.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance after submission of the above information to the Ministry  and incorporation with above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.21    Environmental Clearance for the Construction of Ibis/Novotel Hotel and Commercial Block at Sy. No. 478/2B Part of Old Mahabalipuram Road, Shollingnallur, Tambaram taluk, Chennai, Tamil Nadu by M/s. Srilanand Mansions  Pvt. Ltd. [F.No.21-78/2011-IA.III]

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves, Construction of Ibis/Novotel Hotel and Commercial Block at Sy. No. 478/2B Part of Old Mahabalipuram Road, Shollingnallur, Tambaram taluk, Chennai, Tamil Nadu in an area of 2.88 acres (1.165 Ha), with a builtup area of 41000 m2 having 2 basements, ground and 11 upper floors. As per MOEF Notification No S.O.1533 dated 14th Sep 2006, the project is falling under Project Activity 8(a) Building and Construction Project, Category B. Since there is no SEIAA, the project is being considered by the Ministry.

          The total project cost is Rs.190 Crores and  planned to complete over a span of two years after obtaining necessary permissions and market demand. The water required is 549 m3/day and the source is tankers/municipal supply/wells. The power required is 2500 KVA will be taken from TNEB, for meeting emergency requirement during power failure, two DG sets (1x1500 KVA + 1x1010 KVA) are proposed and one DG set (1x1500 KVA) is kept as Standby. To meet the steam and hot water requirement three boilers of 1500 kg/hr is proposed out of which one is kept as standby. 

          The site is adjacent to Old Mahaballipuram Road opposite Accenture Services private Limited, the Shollinganallur junction connecting Old Mahaballipuram Road with ECR Link Road is 0.5 km S.  The Tambaram Railway Station is 12.1 km W, Chennai Airport is 11.0 km NW, Bay of Bengal is 2.8 km E. The predominant Wind direction during study period is from SE to NW. The ambient air quality was monitored at 10 locations and the minimum and maximum PM <10µm, PM <2.5 µm, SO2, NOx recorded are 50.4 to 72.1µg/m3; 18.3 to 28.5 µg/m3; 7.4 to 22.5 µg/m3 and 11.3 to 26.5 µg/m3.

          The Boilers and DG sets are provided with 48m and 48.5m (1 m above the nearest building) stack height respectively to meet the MOEF guidelines for proper dispersion of the pollutants into atmosphere.  The DG sets are also provided with acoustic enclosure to minimize the noise impacts on the surroundings. The future predicted baseline values of SO2 and NOx (22.6 and 26.8 µg/m3) after adding the predicted values of SO2 and NOx ( 0.07 and 0.34 µg/m3) from the boiler are within the MOEF standards of 80 µg/m3.

          The wastewater generated 286.3 m3/day is collected and treated in Sewage Treatment Plant of capacity 290 m3/day. The treated water will be reused for flushing, HVAC etc. The solid waste 634 kg/day generated will be segregated, recyclable will be sold and rest disposed to local municipal bins. A greenbelt area of 1196 m2 will be developed around the project boundary and along the roads. An environmental management plan will be implemented for Rs.19 lakhs as capital cost and Rs.9.5 lakhs/annum as recurring cost.

 During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           Parking shall be made as per norms of MoEF and should include for the  buses also.

 

(ii)          Energy conservation shall be enhanced up to 20 %

 

(i)           Green belt not less than 33 % shall be developed all along the periphery.

 

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

 

4.22    Environmental Clearance for the Construction of Residential Complex at Avarampalayam Road, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu by M/s. Coromandel Engineering Company Ltd. [F.No.21-92/2011-IA.III]

 

Coromandel Engineering Company Limited, propose to construct residential buildings in Ganapathy Village, Coimbatore North Taluk, Coimbatore District in the state of Tamil Nadu. Total land area available is 13142.81 Sqm (3.24 Acres). The proposal involves construction of 10 blocks of residential building with a total built up area of 27,417.47 Sqm. The project site is located at 11° 1` 53.98" North Latitude and 76° 58` 48.22" East Longitude. The location is well connected by roads. The site is situated in Ganapathy Village and it is about 3 km away from the centre of the Coimbatore City. The project does not have any environmentally sensitive area nearby. The environmental settings of the site are given below.

 

The power requirement during operation is about 1.1 MVA which will be sourced from the nearby TNEB grid which will be distributed through the transformers within our premises. For emergency purposes, 2 No. of 160 KVA capacity DG sets will be used. The emissions from the DG sets will be let out only through the stacks with adequate heights. The increase in the ambient noise levels due to the vehicle transportation will be controlled by the development of the green cover all along the internal roads and by implementing better traffic management plans inside the site premises.

 

The total water requirement during operation phase of the project is 111 KLD and the fresh water requirement is about 57 KLD which will be sourced from TWAD. The wastewater generation from the project is estimated to be about 80 KLD, which will be treated in a sewage treatment plant of capacity 100 KLD proposed and will be recycled for flushing and gardening. It is estimated that the municipal solid wastes will be generated in the following passion from the development: Biodegradable wastes : 0.30 Tons/day Non-biodegradable wastes : 0.20 Tons/day Waste from such bins will be collected separately on daily basis and taken to a separate centralized collection facility. Final segregation of solid waste into biodegradable, non-biodegradable, and inert fraction will be done in the centralized collection facility. The Bio degradable waste the inert fractions will betreated on Organic Waste Converter and used as manure. The non bio degradable recyclable wastes will be handed over to authorized recyclers. Environmental monitoring plan is a vital process of any management plan of the development project. The environmental monitoring will be required for the construction and operational phases. All necessary parameters will be monitored periodically.

 

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           Since there will be addition of 500 sqm to the built up area, the form –I shall be accordingly revised and submitted.

 

(ii)          Parking shall be made as per norms of MoEF and should include for the buses also.

 

(iii)        Green belt not less than 33 % shall be developed all along the periphery.

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environmental Clearance after submission of the above information to the Ministry  and incorporation with above condition in the Clearance letter for strict compliance by the project proponent.

 

4.24  Environment Clearance for construction of building for the Plastic Chair Manufacturing unit at Nallangna Kothapalli, Krishnagiri District, Tamil Nadu by M/s Neelkamal Ltd. (F. No. 21-121  /2011-IA-III)[Transferred by IA-II]

         

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves, construction of building for plastic Chair Manufacturing unit at Nallangna Kothapalli, Krishnagiri District, Tamil Nadu. The total Land Acquired is 12.64 Ha. The proposed built up area is 19678 Sqm in Phase –I and 116648.671 sqm in Phase -II. Total area is 12.64 ha. 4.712 ha has been earmarked for green belt. The production capacity of the unit proposed are in PHASE I- Furniture – 950 T/M, Material handling Crates / palletes - 515 T/M, in Phase –II-Furniture – 1250 T/M, Material handling crates / pallets - 834 T/M. D.G.set 1500 KVA – 2 Nos.  with acoustic enclosure  along with stack of 15.5m ht is proposed..

 

Water requirement is 375 KLD which includes 230 KLD for industrial use, 45 KLD for domestic and 100 for Green belt 4.172 ha (33%). Source of water is ground water. Treated Sewage 45 KLD will be used for Gardening,  STP sludge – 0.42 T/M and domestic solid waste and leaves (organic) – 12.15 T/M used as manure. Construction debris will be used for filling in the site. No hazardous waste will be generated by the industrial process.

 

A recharging pond of size 39m x 39m, 45m x 45m of depth 2m and recharge wells of 8 Nos. will be provided to recharge the rain water to ground water aquifer. Total Cost of the project is Rs. 156.4 crore.

 

During the discussion, the following point emerged:

 

(i)           The Committee noted that the details of the water balance chart STP, Road connectivity, parking plan energy conservation, Rainwater Harvesting etc were no presented.

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In view of the foregoing observations, the committee recommend to defer the proposal. The proposal shall be reconsidered after the above observations are addressed and submitted.  

 

4.23    Environmental Clearance for 4/6 laning of Nagpur-Wainganga bridge section (Bjamdara) of NH-6 under NHDP phase-III in the State of Maharashtra by M/s. NHAI [F. No. 10-29/2010-IA.III].

 

          As presented by the project proponent, the project involves widening of 4/6 laning of Nagpur-Wainganga bridge section of NH-6 under NHDP phase-III in the State of Maharashtra.  The project road covering a total length of 59.10 Km proposed is 60.63 km. The road passes through Bhandara District (13.00 Km.) and Nagpur District (46.10 Km.). The proposed road falls in agriculture and barren land (76%) and built up land (24%). The total area of land requirement is 392.484 ha for this land acquisition will be 12.947 ha. The existing Right of Way varies from 36 m to 45 m. The proposed ROW is 60m. The project does not pass through any National Park, Sanctuary and Wild Life habitation.  The proposal will require forest area 4.67 ha. 828 Nos. Electric poles & 138 Nos. telephone poles shall be relocated. There are 5 major bridges, 11 minor bridges, 20 slab/box culverts; 143 hume pipe culverts on the project road length are proposed. 8 passenger/ passenger cum animal underpasses and 2 Flyovers are proposed.  Bus bays with shelters are proposed at 28 locations.  Truck lay bays have been proposed at 2 locations.  Service road of total 37.11 km length (in terms of linear length) is proposed. The project road passes through 21 Villages. About 5933 trees are going to be cut for development of the project road against which about 17799 trees are proposed to be planted.  About 50,000 Cum fly ash is proposed to be used in the project. The total project cost is Rs. 930.683 crore.

  

          The project was examined by the EAC in its meeting held on 28th – 29th June, 2010 a d finalised ToR including Public Hearing. Public Hearing conducted on 07.06.2011 at Kampte Municipal Hall, for District Nagpur and 14.03.2011 at Collectorate Bhandra. The major issues raised are compensation.

 

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           Since the project involves forests land, Stage-I Forests clearance shall be submitted.

 

(ii)          The project indicates cutting of 5933 trees for the widening of the road. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained for cutting of trees from the competent authority. Compensatory afforestation shall be carried out as per stipulated conditions of MoEF and State Forest Division.

 

(iii)        Rain water harvesting including oil and grease trap shall be provided. Water harvesting structures shall be located at every 500 mts along the road. Vertical drain type rainwater harvesting structures shall be set up to minimize surface runoff losses of rainwater.

 

(iv)         R&R shall be as per the guidelines of State/Central Government.

 

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

 

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

 

(vii)       All the recommendation of the EMP shall be complied with letter and spirit. All the mitigation measures submitted in the EIA report shall be prepared in a matrix format and the compliance for each mitigation plan shall be submitted to MoEF along with half yearly compliance report to MoEF-RO.

 

(viii)     Fly ash shall be used for the project as proposed.

 

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

 

4.24    Environmental Clearance for widening and improvement of existing two lane to 4/6 lanes of NH-200 (km.0.000 to km.126.545) from Raipur-Bilaspur section in the state of Chhattisgarh. By M/s  NHAI [F.No.10-39/2010-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the project involves widening and improvement to 4/6 laning of NH – 200 stretch from Raipur – Bilaspur.  There will be permanent change in land use at locations of bypasses and realignments.  Bypasses are planned at Raipur, Charoda, Simga, Limtara, Sargon and Bilaspur. Total land acquisition is planned around 343.80 Ha.  There are approximately 10,032 trees which require to be cut for widening of the road. The project includes about 160 new culverts, 3 flyovers, 16 bridges and 1 RoB. The existing road is crossing Shivnath River and minor drains and canals. Total length of the project road is 126.8km.  The total cost of the project is 1500 crores.

 

          The project was examined by the EAC in its meeting held on 28th – 29th June, 2010 a d finalised ToR including Public Hearing. Public Hearing conducted on 15.04.2011 at Raipur and 28.05.2011 at Bilaspur. The major issues raised are requirement bye passes and compensation.

 

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           The water body on the proposed road shall not be disturbed and there shall no acquisition of the pond area for the widening of the road.

 

(ii)          Since the project involves forests land, Stage-I Forests clearance shall be submitted.

 

(iii)        The project indicates cutting of 17478 trees for the widening of the road. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained for cutting of trees from the competent authority. Compensatory afforestation shall be carried out as per stipulated conditions of MoEF and State Forest Division.

 

(iv)         Rain water harvesting including oil and grease trap shall be provided. Water harvesting structures shall be located at every 500 mts along the road. Vertical drain type rainwater harvesting structures shall be set up to minimize surface runoff losses of rainwater.

 

(v)          R&R shall be as per the guidelines of State/Central Government.

 

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

 

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

 

(viii)     All the recommendation of the EMP shall be complied with letter and spirit. All the mitigation measures submitted in the EIA report shall be prepared in a matrix format and the compliance for each mitigation plan shall be submitted to MoEF along with half yearly compliance report to MoEF-RO.

 

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

 

4.25    Environmental Clearance for Widening and Improvement to 6-laning of Delhi-Agra Section of NH-2 from km.20.500 to km.199.000 by M/s NHAI  (F. No. 10-40/2010-IA-III)

 

As presented by the project proponent, the project involves widening and improvement of 6 laning of Delhi - Agra Section of NH-2 from km 20.500 to km 199.000 in the State of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The portion of road from Delhi to Agra is having 4-lane divided carriageway configuration.  The total length of the road is about 180 km. The Project road does not pass through any Forest area, Sanctuary or National park. The project road is close to the boundary of Sur Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuary for approx 1 km stretch. Approximately 101 villages fall along the project road, 71 villages are in Uttar Pradesh state and 30 villages in Haryana State. Total number of 2175 commercial structures, 451 residential cum commercial structures, 406 residential structures and 313 boundary walls are required to be demolished.  Total 130 nos. of Common Property Resources (CPRs) are falling in the project corridor.  Approximately 9,571 families including 52,642 persons are likely to be affected due to widening and strengthening of the existing corridor. The proposed ROW is 60m along the road stretch and 100m near toll plaza. At all major junctions, flyovers and elevated corridor have been proposed for uninterrupted flow of traffic. In built-up/urban stretches, pedestrian subways are provided for local people. There are 14 vehicular under pass, 10 pedestrian under pass, as 15 -6 lane Flyover, 1-4 Lane Flyover and 2.2 Lane overpass are proposed.  bus bays with shelter are proposed along the project stretch.179 ha. of land will be acquired for widening.  85 km falls within Taj Trapezium Zone . About 77,760 Cum fly ash is proposed to be used.

 

          The project was examined by the EAC in its meeting held on 28th – 29th June, 2010 a d finalised ToR including Public Hearing. Public Hearing conducted on 08.09.2011 at Agra and Mathura 13.010.2011 at Faridabad and Palwal. The major issues raised are requirement bye passes /under passes and compensation. M/s NHAI has proposed for 14 new vehicular underpass and 10 nos. of new cattle underpasses.

 

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

i)             About 85 km length of the project road passes through Taj Trapesium Zone. All the provision of TTZ / Order of Hon’ble Supreme Court as required for the project shall be strictly followed.

 

(i)           The project road is adjacent to Archeological monument- Sikandra. All the provision of Archeological Act as required for the project shall be strictly followed.

 

(ii)          Since the project involves forests land, Stage  -I Forests clearance shall be submitted.

 

(iii)        The project indicates cutting of 86575 trees for the widening of the road. Necessary prior permission shall be obtained for cutting of trees from the competent authority. Compensatory afforestation shall be carried out as per stipulated conditions of MoEF and State Forest Division.

 

(iv)         Rain water harvesting including oil and grease trap shall be provided. Water harvesting structures shall be located at every 500 mts along the road. Vertical drain type rainwater harvesting structures shall be set up to minimize surface runoff losses of rainwater.

 

(v)          R&R shall be as per the guidelines of State/Central Government.

 

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

 

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

 

(viii)     All the recommendation of the EMP shall be complied with letter and spirit. All the mitigation measures submitted in the EIA report shall be prepared in a matrix format and the compliance for each mitigation plan shall be submitted to MoEF along with half yearly compliance report to MoEF-RO.

 

(i)       Fly ash shall be used for the project as proposed.

 

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

 

4.26    Finalisation of ToR for widening and improvement of existing 2-lane to 4/6 lane of Gomati Chauraha to Udaipur of NH-8 in the State of Rajasthan by m/s NHAI [F.NO. 10-108/2011- IA-III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal involves widening and improvement of existing 2-lane to 4/6 lane of Gomati Chauraha to Udaipur of NH-8 in the State of Rajasthan. The project road starts from Gomit Chowraha at km 177.000 and ends at km 260.100 at Udaipur in the State of Rajasthan. Total length of the road is 83.100 km. The project road alignment traverses through plain terrain and rolling terrain in most of the length and also through Hilly terrain for some stretches. The land along the project road is a combination of barren land and cultivated land with few built-up areas and commercial areas. The project road passes through 28 villages out of which 23 are in Rajsamand district and 5 in Udaipur District.

 

The Project Road does not pass through any Reserve forest, National Park and Sanctuary, however Declared Protected Forests exists at three locations and 16.2934 ha forest land is proposed for diversion. The existing Right of Way is 45m. The proposed Right of Way (PROW) is 60m and 100m at two toll locations. 153.11 ha of land is proposed to be acquired for the improvement of the project, out of which 16.2934 ha is Declared Protected Forest Land, 17.25 ha is Government Land and 119.57 ha is Private land. There are existing 2 major bridges, 14 minor bridges and 256 culverts. Existing 2 major bridges and 12 minor bridges are to be strengthened and widened. New 34 culverts, 2 major bridges, 6 minor bridges & 2 Toll Plaza has been proposed. There are existing 11 major junctions and 70 minor junctions. All the major junctions shall be improved. 4 Vehicular underpasses and 4 cattle cum pedestrian underpasses has been proposed at different settlement locations. 10 bus bays and 3 truck lay byes have been provided on both sides.

 

6617 trees exists along the project road out of which 5910 trees are proposed to be cut. Avenue Plantation shall be done as per IRC – SR 21, 2009 and as per availability of land. 400 KLD water for construction period shall be required for construction and other purpose including plantation and dust suppression. The water shall be abstracted from ground and surface.

 

The nearest thermal power plant is at Kota, which is beyond 100 km from the project site. Therefore, use of fly ash for the project road is not envisaged. There would be about 270 people and 241 structures likely to be impacted due to the improvement of the project road. All the affected persons will be compensated according to the provisions of the National Highways Act 1956; The budget for environment management plan during construction and operation phases works out to be Rs. 4.46 crores. The total construction cost of the project is Rs.731.6 crores.

 

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

 

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

 

(ii)          The proposal indicates the acquisition of  16.934 ha protected forest land. Necessary stage –I forestry clearance shall be obtained as per OM dated 31.03.2011 and submitted along with final EIA report.

 

(iii)        The water tank along the project road shall not be disturbed.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(x)          The projects is passing through an Elephant Corridor  a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden showing these features vis-à-vis the project location and the recommendations or comments of the Chief Wildlife Warden thereon should be furnished at the stage of EC. An underpass in Elephant corridor shall be provided.

 

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

 

(xii)       It is indicated that 5910 nos. trees are proposed to be cut, the information should be provided about their species and whether it also involved any protected or endangered species. Necessary green belt shall be provided on both side of the highway with proper central verge and cost provision should be made for regular maintenance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xvi)      Clearly indicate/provide details regarding the location, date (along with site photographs with the background of monitoring equipments and/or sample collection in process) and  protocol adopted for sampling and analysis of various environmental parameters as a part of the baseline  data collection.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(xxv)    Examine and submit the water bodies including the seasonal ones within the corridor of impacts along with their status, volumetric capacity and quality likely impacts on them due to the project.

 

(xxvi)   Examine and submit details of water quantity required and source of water including water requirement during the construction stage with supporting data and also classification of ground water based on the CGWA classification.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

General Guidelines:

 

(i)           The EIA document shall be printed on both sides, as for as possible.

 

(ii)          The status of accreditation of the EIA consultant with NABET/QCI shall be specifically mentioned. The consultant shall certify that his accreditation is for the sector for which this EIA is prepared.

 

(iii)        On the front page of EIA/EMP reports, the name of the consultant/consultancy firm along with their complete details including their accreditation, if any shall be indicated. The consultant while submitting the EIA/EMP report shall give an undertaking to the effect that the prescribed TORs (TOR proposed by the project proponent and additional TOR given by the MoEF) have been complied with and the data submitted is factually correct (Refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009).

 

(iv)         While submitting the EIA/EMP reports, the name of the experts associated with/involved in the preparation of these reports and the laboratories through which the samples have been got analysed should be stated in the report. It shall clearly be indicated whether these laboratories are approved under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the rules made there under (Please refer MoEF office memorandum dated 4th August, 2009). The project leader of the EIA study shall also be mentioned.

 

(v)          All the TOR points as presented before the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) shall be covered.

 

Public hearing to be conducted for the project as per provisions of Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 and the issues raised by the public should be addresses in the Environmental Management Plan. A detailed draft EIA/EMP report should be prepared as per the above additional TOR and should be submitted to the Ministry as per the Notification. 

 

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

 

 

Extra item

 

5.1    Environmental Clearance for construction of Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) at Village Jamalpur Awana, Panchayat Jamalpur Awana, Taluk Ludhiana East, Ludhiana District, Punjab by M/s. Punjab Dyers Association [F.No.10-92/2010-IA.III]

The project involves development of Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) on a plot area of 32 acres at Jamlapur, Awana, Ludhiana. There are 241 dying units in 5 industrial clusters. The effluent from the industrial units will be collected through the pipeline. The treated wastewater will be used for irrigation in an area of 80,000 acres. The capacity of CETP proposed is 117 MLD. The total cost of the project is Rs. 255.85 Crores.

          This is a Category ‘B’ project and since there was no SEIAA, Punjap, the project was considered by the EAC in its meeting held on 18th –20th Jan, 2011 and finalized the additional TOR including conduct of Public Hearing. After the reconstitution of SEIAA the project was returned to SEIAA. The SEIAA has appraised the project exempting the Public Hearing (whether grounds for exemption were recorded by SEIAA*) and recommended for the issue of EC.  As per the information from MS, SEIAA, the project is located within declared industrial area. As Ludhiana has been declared as one of the critically polluted areas hence, the General condition applies to the project since it is within 10 km from Ludhiana. The project has been transferred to Ministry for issue of EC. 

 

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           The treatment for removal of phenolic compound shall be  incorporated in the treatment scheme and the details shall be submitted.

 

(ii)          Submit the details of the pilot plant study

 

(iii)        Submit the MoU made between the farmers for using the treated effluent for irrigation.

 

(iv)         Green belt as per the plan submitted shall be provided.

 

(v)          There shall be full fledged on site laboratory with qualified persons for regular testing of the wastewater parameters.

 

(vi)         There shall be flow meter at inlet and out let and the quantity shall be registered.

 

(vii)       There shall be standby power facility for operating the CETP during power failure. Also standby machine/ motors at important / critical part of treatment system. 

 

Provided the response of the project proponent to the aforesaid observations is to the satisfaction of the committee, the proposal may be considered for recommendation for Clearance.

 

5.2    CRZ Clearance for Fish Landing Centres in Andaman & Nicobar Islands

 

This relates to the issue of CRZ clearance to the 12 nos. of Fish Landing Centers in Andaman & Nicobar. The Director of Fisheries, A& N administration has submitted proposals-  without the recommendations of A& N Coastal Zone Management Authority, HTL/LTL map etc. A letter was issued on 31.03.2011 calling for the information. The Secretary, Fisheries informed that the survey, investigations including EIA studies were initiated though the consultant during the year 2008 much prior to the publication of IPZ Notification, 2011 and preparing the questionnaire as per IPZ Notification, 2011 preparation of HTL/LTL Map will take more time and involves financial burden on the A&N Administration. Hence, requested to accord Clearance based up on CRZ Notification, 1991.

 

During the discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           The Committee noted that the A&N CZMA tenure was over in July, 2011. In the absence of SCZMA, OM No.11-70/2006–IA– III dated 7th November, 2008, in the absence of the SCZMA, the it is the responsibility of the State Department of Environment who are the custodian of the Coastal Zone Management Plans of respective State/Union Territory to provide the comments and recommend the projects as per CRZ Notification to the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

 

(ii)          The Fisheries Department shall provide the details of the location of the proposed FLC on approved CZMP of 1996 and submit the project details along with the likely Impacts with mitiative measures.

 

In view of the foregoing observations, the committee recommend to defer the proposal. The proposal shall be reconsidered after the above observations are addressed and submitted.  

 

5.3    CRZ clearance for the Seawater intake & outfall system and Rail line for coal transportation at Palavalasa, Visakhapattinam by M/s Hinduja National Power Corporation Ltd (F. No 11-58/2011-IA-III)

 

As decided by the EAC in its meeting held on 21st–23rd September, 2011, a sub- Committee comprising Dr. Apurba Gupta, Dr Basavarju, G Bala subramanyam members of EAC, Director, Regional Office, MoEF Bangaluru and representative of  Andhra Pradesh Coastal Zone Management Authority had visited the visit on 01.12.2011 and submitted the report.   Site visit report is placed at Annexure-I. The Committee examined the site visit report and agreed with the recommendations.

 

          During the discussion the following point emerged:

 

i)             The project proponent shall submit a scaled map showing LTL, HTL, 150 m set back line (as stipulated by State CZMA), 200 m and 500 m demarcation lines from HTL, CRZ-1, CRZ-3, structures proposed, through APCZMA. The recommendation of APCZMA to maintain 150m set back line from HTL in mud flat/CRZ-I shall be maintained and a clear demarcation on ground shall be made.

 

ii)           Alignment of intake and outfall system is partly passing through the sand dunes and vegetative cover and is likely to disturb both. Explore the possibilities of adopting Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) for laying the pipeline in sand  dune areas and submit the details.

 

iii)          Double story switch gear, Electro chlorination building and two numbers of storage tanks proposed between 200 and 500 m from HTL should be relocated beyond 500 m from HTL.

 

iv)          Adequate spare diffuser arms for operation and maintenance of the marine outfall system shall be provided.

 

v)            Hydrodynamic modeling for estimating water elevations in the adjoining channel and mud flat area (pre and post project) under catastrophic highest intensity rainfall based on historic rainfall data to be prepared and submitted. The proponent shall ensure that there will be  no flooding in the upstream areas as a result of  partial filling of low lying areas envisaged under the project activity. The same shall be established through Modeling studies. In case the possibility of higher water elevation is apprehended, HNPCL will adopt techno-economic engineering measures for better drainage towards sea to restrict rise in water elevation.

 

vi)          Map on the flood moderation zone for the project area and mud flat area to be furnished.

 

vii)         Maintenance of existing vegetation cover in the area between HTL and 500m line which is approximately 180 acres, belonging to the government, located adjacent to the project area in consultation with the State Government.

 

viii)       It is necessary to conduct further studies to establish status of the mud flats as bioactive or otherwise.

 

ix)          The design details of proposed railway line alignment in the CRZ-I area, so as to allow free flow of water shall be submitted.

 

x)            The proponent shall give their response to the observations of the Committee including the filling of mud flats against the recommendations of the APCZMA.

 

xi)          Earlier, there was a proposal for reclassification before NCZMA and it was withdrawn. The details shall be given.

 

xii)        HTL/LTL map superimposed with project components at 1: 4000 scale prepared by an authorized agency. The maps shall be prepared using latest technology as adopted by APCZMA.

 

xiii)       The filling up of mud flats against the APCZMA recommendations and hence it has to be removed.

 

xiv)       An approach road of 5.5m width will be constructed in the CRZ area along the pipe line for maintenance purpose.

 

xv)         The mudflat study shall include important parameters such as primary productivity, biodiversity index, benthos and fish catch to indicate the productivity of the water body (mudflat). The field data shall be produces in details.

 

The proponent requested to consider the clearance for laying of pipeline alone inv view of the fact that sea is rough from the second quarter of the year and there could be significant delay of the project unless laying of pipeline is not initiated urgently.

 

          Provided the response of the project proponent to the aforesaid observations at (i), (ii) and (iii) is satisfactory to the Committee, the proposal may be considered for recommendation of CRZ clearance for pipe line. The remaining activities will be reconsidered after the above observations are addressed and submitted

 

5.4 Calculation of Built up area-

 

Secretary, State level Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC), Gujarat sought clarification on calculation of built up area for specific items i.e. Open to sky Duct / Cut Out for the Building/Construction projects - Category 8 (a).  He has enclosed a letter of Gujarat Institute of Housing & Estate Developers on this issue in which the clarification is sought for calculation of covered or built up area like –

 

(i)           Atrium like structure in hotel or residential apartment, which is neither covered on intermediate floors nor at the top by slab or any other covering structure.  (Entirely hollow area/cut out/duct kept for air-circulation and ventilation)

 

(ii)          Cut-out or duct which is open (to sky) from top

 

(iii)        Hotel, Mall, Residential atrium, which is not covered on intermediate floors, but only covered at top floor.  (Double, triple or multi storey structure).

 

          During discussion, the following points emerged:

 

(i)           The built up area as per the amendment dated 4th April, 2011 to the EIA Notification, “the built-up or covered area on all the floors put together including basement(s) and other service areas, which are proposed in the building / construction project”. 

 

(ii)          Area which is not covered or any area which is open to sky / cut out/ duct should not be counted in the calculations of built up area.   The open to sky and the cut out/ ducts are required for proper light and ventilation of a building.

 

(iii)        Atrium i.e open portion of a building which is not covered at intermediate floor levels but covered at the top level like any shopping malls or hotels can be taken into account for calculation of the built up area but it  should not be calculated for each floor. 

 

6.      RECOMMENDED PROJECTS

 

6.1    Environmental Clearance for Construction of Service Apartments cum Tourist Village Project at Survey No. 84 (Re-survey No. 5 / 3), Pallikkunnu Panchayat,  and Survey No. 264, 260, 84,  (Re-survey No. 178 / 5, 179 / 5), Chirakkal Panchayat, Kannur District, Kerala by M/s Mir Builders & Developers Pvt. Ltd.  [F. No. 21-44/2009-I.A. III]

 

The project involves construction of Service Apartments cum Tourist Village on a plot area of 2.0405 ha. The total built-up area is 43,296.06 sq.m. It is proposed to construct 185 nos. apartments (1 BR – 140 nos. & 2 BR – 45 nos) + 39 individual houses, club & swimming pool. The total water requirement is 201.505 KLD (fresh water requirement is 132.35 KLD). The capacity of STP proposed is 220 KLD. Treated waste water to be used for flushing of toilets 67.175 KLD, horticulture 18.81 KLD & supply to the nearby plantations 77.235 KLD. Total solid waste generation will be 537.70 Kg/day. The power requirement is 1,790 KWH. The total parking spaces proposed are for 204 cars + 50 two wheelers. Total cost of the project is Rs. 48.50 Crores.

 

The proposal was put up for consideration in the 76th meeting held on 20th November, 2010 and 21st – 23rd September, 2011. The Committee after examination recommended for the issue of EC. The part of project falls within CRZ-III and tourist cottages are proposed. The Kerala SCZMA has recommended the project vide letter No. 1866/A2/11/KCZMA dated 01.09.2011. CRZ clearance to be issued.

 

During the discussion the following points emerged:

 

(i)           There shall be no development within 0-200 m from HTL -No Development Zone area. There shall be no fencing/ construction within 200 m from HTL, not even the temporary boundary wall.

 

(ii)          There shall be no ground water drawal within CRZ area.

 

(iii)        No construction work other than those permitted in Coastal Regulation Zone Notification shall be carried out in Coastal Regulation Zone area.

 

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

 

6.2    Environmental Clearance for the proposed expansion of Research & Development (R&D) Technical Centre at Vellivoyalchavadi Village, Minjur Block, Tiruvallur Distt., Chennai, Tamil Nadu by M/s. Ashok Leyland Ltd. [F.No.21-45/2011-IA.III].

 

The Proposal involves the expansion of Research & Development (R&D) Technical Centre on a proposed built-up area of 64,895 Sq. m. The existing built-up area of this project is 19,267 Sq.m.  The total water requirement proposed is 150 KLD.  Treated water will be used for flushing-45 KLD, greenbelt-99 KLD and HVAC cooling-05 KLD. Total solid waste generation will be 328 Kg/day. The capacity of the STP proposed -150 KLD.  The total power requirement of the project will be 10 KVA. The total Parking spaces proposed are 487 cars + 974 two wheelers. The total cost of the project is about 70 Crores.

 

The proposal was considered for recommendation for CRZ & Environmental clearance by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meetings held on 17th –19th August, 2011. The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details submitted by the proponent were examined by the Committee. 

 

During the discussion the following points emerged:

 

(i)           The power requirement shall be read as 10 MVA instead of 10 KVA.

 

(ii)          At least 5% of the total cost of the project shall be earmarked towards the corporate social responsibility and item-wise details along with time bound action plan shall be prepared and submitted to the Ministry’s Regional Office at Bangalore. Implementation of such program shall be ensured accordingly in a time bound manner.

                            

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

 

6.3  Environmental Clearance for the construction of Multi-storeyed Building in Government Stanley Hospital, Royapuram, Chennai,  Tamil Nadu by M/s. Medical Superintendent, Govt. Stanley Hospital, Royapuram, Chennai, [F.No.21-46/2011-IA.III].

 

The proposal involves construction of Multi-storeyed building in government hospital on a plot area of 6030 Sq.m. The total build-up area of this project proposed is 20,165 Sq.m.  and it is proposed to provide healthcare facility with a capacity of 620 beds. The maximum height of the building proposed is 24.10 m with Ground floor + 6 floors.  The total water requirement -140 KLD. The STP capacity proposed is-110 KLD. Total solid waste generation will be 285 Kg/day. The total power requirement of the project will be 1000 KVA.  The total cost of the project is 41.20 Crores.

 

The proposal was considered for recommendation for CRZ & Environmental clearance by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meetings held on 17th –19th August, 2011. The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details submitted by the proponent were examined by the Committee. 

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environment  Clearance.

 

6.4    Environmental Clearance for the construction of Building for the Madras Medical College at Old Jail Compound in Chennai, Tamil Nadu by M/s. Executive Engineer, PWD Building Construction, Division-II, Chepauk, Chennai   [F.No.21-47/2011-IA.III].

 

The Proposal involves the construction of a building for medical college on a plot area of 43,422.95 Sq.m. The total built-up area of this project proposed is 29,841.89 Sq.m. The building will have Ground floor + 6 floors. The total water requirement is 200 KLD. The capacities of 3 STPs proposed of 50 KLD each. The solid waste generation will be 640 Kg/day. The total power requirement will be 500 KVA. The total cost of the project is 56.632 Crores.

 

The proposal was considered for recommendation for CRZ & Environmental clearance by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meetings held on 17th –19th August, 2011. The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details submitted by the proponent were examined by the Committee. 

 

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environment  Clearance.

 

6.5    Environmental Clearance for the construction of additional 1152 tenements with infrastructure facilities of Ukkadam Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu under JNNURAM (BSUP) scheme by M/s. Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board,  [F.No.21-48/2011-IA.III].

 

The project involves the construction of an additional building with built up area of 31875.84 Sq.m. Total plot are is 3.2 ha. The existing built-up area is 61,744 Sq.m. The building will have Ground floor + 6 floors. The total water requirement is 350 KLD. A total 280 KLD sewage will be generated and will be treated in Ukkadam Sewage Treatment Plant. The solid waste generation will be 2000 Kg/day. The total power requirement will be 1500 KVA.  The total cost of the project is 38.57 Crores.

 

The proposal was considered for recommendation for CRZ & Environmental clearance by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meetings held on 17th –19th August, 2011. The details submitted by the proponent were examined by the Committee. 

 

The Committee recommends the proposal for Environment  Clearance.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The proposal was considered for recommendation for CRZ & Environmental clearance by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meetings held on 20th –22nd October, 2010. The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details submitted by the proponent were examined by the Committee. 

 

During the discussion the following points emerged:

 

(i)       There shall be no disposal of untreated waste water into the coastal area. 

 

(ii)      All the solid waste shall be handled as per the Solid waste Management Rules.

 

(iii)    There shall be no drawl of ground water.

 

(iv)     Washing from Auction Hall /Sewage shall be treated and the Treatment Facility shall be provided in accordance with the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 1991. The disposal of treated water shall confirm the regulation of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.

 

(v)      Putrefied and discarded parts of fishes shall be removed from the Fish Landing Centre and disposed off in the approved landfill/ used as manure/ poultry feed.

 

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

 

6.7    Environmental Clearance and CRZ clearance for Eco Tourism-Vasahat & Beach Resort at village Nagaon, Tal. Alibag, Dist. Raigad, Maharashtra by M/s Calcite Properties Developers Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai [F. No. 11-62/2010-IA.III]

 

     The proposal involves the construction of EcoTourism-Vasahat & Beach Resort at village Nagaon, Taluka Alibag, Dist. Raigad on a plot area of 74.64 Ha. (7,46,400 sq. m) Out of this area 52,155.14 sq. m. is below HTL 2,62,563.65 sq. m. is between HTL & 200m, 2,63,023.67 sq. m. is between 200m & 500m from HTL and 1,68,657.53 sq. m. is beyond 500m from HTL is. Out of this area, on the landward side of road is 4,31,681.22 sq. m. & area on the seaward side is 3,14,718.78 sq. m. It is proposed to construct 19 villas, 194 cottages, a 216 room’s hotel restaurant with 50 seating capacity and a business centre. The total water requirement is 2,022 KLD. The sewage generation is about 893 KLD. The capacity of STP proposed is 910 KLD. The treated waste water will be reused for gardening and flushing. Total solid waste will be generated organic 828 kg/day and inorganic waste 552 kg/day. The power requirement will be 30 MW. The parking facilities proposed is for 720 cars, 178 Two Wheelers and 12 Buses. The total project cost is Rs. 345 Crores + 30% escalation = Rs. 448.50 Crores; since this is the “first mega project in Raigad District” informed by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. which is a Government of Maharashtra Public Sector undertaking units through M/s Calcite Properties Developers Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.

 

  As per the approved CZMP, the site falls partly in CRZ-III and Non- CRZ area. SCZMA discussed the project in its 62nd meeting held on 20.02.2010 and recommended the project vide letter no. CRZ-2009/CR-37/TC-3 dated 23.06.2010.

  

  Environmental Clearance and CRZ clearance for Eco Tourism-Vasahat & Beach Resort at village Nagaon, Tal. Alibag, Dist. Raigad, Maharashtra by M/s Calcite Properties Developers Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.

    

The proposal was considered for recommendation for CRZ & Environmental clearance by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meetings held on 21st – 23rd Sept 2010. The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details submitted by the proponent were examined by the Committee. 

 

During the discussion the following points emerged:

 

(i)           There shall be no development within 0-200 m from HTL -No Development Zone area. There shall be no fencing/ construction within 200 m from HTL, not even the temporary boundary wall.

 

(ii)          There shall be no ground water drawal within CRZ area.

 

(iii)      There shall be no disposal of waste  into the coastal area All the solid waste shall be handled as per the Solid waste Management Rules.

 

(iv)         No construction work other than those permitted in Coastal Regulation Zone Notification shall be carried out in Coastal Regulation Zone area.

 

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

            

6.8    CRZ clearance for setting up of a beach resort at Mamallapuram Tirukalukundram Taluk, Kancheepuram by Shri A R Madana Gopal [F.No.11-129/2010-IA.III]

 

The proposal is for construction of beach resort at S. No. 188/3C, 188/3A1C2, 188/3C5, 245/1C, Mamallapuram Tirukalukundram Taluk, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu. The total plot area is 4.49 ha and proposed built up area is 14,350 sqm. The resort will have 32 guest rooms, 48 cottages, restaurant, banquet hall & other amenities. The total cost of the project is Rs. 14.00 crores.

 

The water requirement is 42 KLD and source is land at S.No. 427, 428 Payanur village, Chengalputtu Taluk. The wastewater generation will be 34 KLd, which is proposed to be treated in a STP of 14 KLD capacity and treated wastewater will be used for flushing and gardening.

 

HTL demarcation has been carried out by 204 m. As per the demarcation, the project area is situated at a distance of 204 m from the HTL. The TCZMA has discussed the project in its 60th meeting held on 30.08.2010 and recommended to Ministry vide lr. 18523/EC-3/2010-1 dated 12.11.2010. As per the recommendations, proposed water drawal location falls beyond CRZ area.

 

The proposal was considered for recommendation for CRZ & Environmental clearance by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meetings held on 18th – 20th January, 2011. The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details submitted by the proponent were examined by the Committee. 

 

During the discussion the following points emerged:

 

(i)           There shall be no development within 0-200 m from HTL -No Development Zone area. There shall be no fencing/ construction within 200 m from HTL, not even the temporary boundary wall.

 

(ii)          There shall be no ground water drawal within CRZ area.

 

(iii)      There shall be no disposal of waste  into the coastal area All the solid waste shall be handled as per the Solid waste Management Rules.

 

(iv)         No construction work other than those permitted in Coastal Regulation Zone Notification shall be carried out in Coastal Regulation Zone area.

 

(v)          Baffle reactor or root zone which are easy for operation, less energy consuming and more efficient.

 

(vi)         The used oil shall be given to the authorized agency.

 

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

 

 

 

6.9    CRZ clearance for setting up of a beach resort at Mamallapuram Tirukalukundram Taluk, Kancheepuram by Shri A.R Ravichandiran [F. No.11-132/2010-IA.III]

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for construction of beach resort at S. No.187/2B2C1, 187/2B2C4, 187/2B2C3, 187/3A1A, 188A1A, 188/3A1B, 188/3A1C, 188/3A1C2, 188/3A2, 188/3B, 188/3C2, 188/3C5, 188/3C4 of Mamallapuram Tirukalukundram Taluk, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu. The total plot area is 5.58 ha and proposed built up area is 16,349 m2. The resort will have 30 guest rooms, 48 cottages, restaurant, banquet hall & other amenities. The total cost of the project is Rs. 15 crores.

 

The water requirement is 42 KLD and source is from own land at S.No. 427, 428, Payanur Village, Chengalpattu Taluk. The wastewater generation will be 34 KLD which is proposed to be treated in a STP of 50 KLD capacity and treated wastewater will be used for flushing and gardening.

 

HTL demarcation has been carried out by Anna University. As per the demarcation, the project area is situated at a distance of 204 m from the HTL. The TCZMA has discussed the project in its 60th meeting held on 30.08.2010 and recommended to Ministry vide lr. 18520/EC-3/2010-1 Dated 12.11.2010. As per the recommendations, proposed water drawal location falls beyond CRZ area.

 

The proposal was considered for recommendation for CRZ & Environmental clearance by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) at its meetings held on 18th – 20th January, 2011. The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details submitted by the proponent were examined by the Committee. 

 

During the discussion the following points emerged:

 

(i)           There shall be no development within 0-200 m from HTL -No Development Zone area. There shall be no fencing/ construction within 200 m from HTL, not even the temporary boundary wall.

 

(ii)          There shall be no ground water drawal within CRZ area.

 

(iii)      There shall be no disposal of waste  into the coastal area All the solid waste shall be handled as per the Solid waste Management Rules.

 

(iv)         No construction work other than those permitted in Coastal Regulation Zone Notification shall be carried out in Coastal Regulation Zone area.

 

(v)          Baffle reactor or root zone which are easy for operation, less energy consuming and more efficient.

 

(vi)         The used oil shall be given to the authorized agency.

 

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

 

6.10  Amendment to the CRZ clearance issued for storage of for edible oil storage tanks at Karwar port, Karnataka by M/s Ruchi Infrastructure Ltd. [F.No. J/16011/55/2001-IA-III].

 

The proposal relates to amendment for storage of Molasses in Karwar Port by M/s Ruchi Infrastructure Ltd. Ministry has issued CRZ clearance for edible oil storage tanks at Karwar port vide letter No. J/16011/55/2001 IA-III dated 16.04.2003.

 

The facility has a storage tank of capacity 3533 KL, 4126 KL and two tankers of 5352 KL at site no. 1380 of Aligudda, Baithkol, Karwar. The proponent now proposes to use the facility for storage of molasses also including edible oil and has requested for amendment to the EC.

 

     The Karnataka Coastal Zone Management Authority has recommended the project vide letter No. FEE/73/CRZ/2009 dated 30.11.2010.

 

Earlier the same proposal was placed before the 89th Meeting of the EAC held on 21st – 23rd July, 2010, 14th -15th February, 2011 and 3rd – 4th March, 2011 and Committee deferred the proposal and asked the project proponent to stop the work and submit details.

 

The details submitted and presented were examined by the committee on 21st–23rd September, 2011.The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details were again considered by the Committee.

 

During the discussion the following points emerged:

 

(i)           Arrangement viz dyke wall shall be provided around the storage tank so as to collect any spillage/ accidental leakages and consequential adverse impact on the environment.

 

(ii)          No other similar cargo shall be handled without obtaining specific clearance in advance keeping in view the existing functional/operational requirements of the facility.

 

(iii)        Necessary clearances shall be obtained from concerned authorities for the storage/ handling as applicable.

             

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

 

6.11  Amendment to Environmental Clearance issued to M/s Mangalore SEZ Ltd. Phase I Project, at Mangalore (F.No. 21-383/2007-IA III)

 

As presented by the project proponent, the Mangalore SEZ Phase –I involves (a) MRPL Phase –III Refinery (b) Aromatic Complex and (c) Olefin Complex in 1800 acres of land. The proposed MSEZ is planned adjacent to the existing MRPL refinery complex on North & Eastern sides and proposed to connect NMPT with a dedicated 70/100m vide road –cum –pipeline for movement of Cargo, crude and products between New Mangalore Port and MSEZ. The Environmental Clearance for this project was issued on 3.4.2008.

 

Now the project proponent has applied for an amendment of the Environmental Clearance for following amendments.

 

1.      As the Olefin project is shelved due to non-availability of LNG, the area allocated for Olefin complex is proposed for Downstream Petrochemical units which will consist of (i) P-Xylene based, O-Xylene based, Benzene based, (ii) Propylene +Benzene based, Pet Coke, Synthesis Gas (iii) Plastic Park, (iv) Specialty Chemicals and (v) Synthetic Textiles.

2.      To detach MRPL Phase III Expansion project from MSEZ Phase I project as MRPL expansion is not part of MSEZ and is being developed in Domestic Tariff Area (DTA).

The proposal was put up for consideration in the 104th meeting held on 17th -19th   August 2011. The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details submitted were examined by the committee.

 

 During the discussion the following points emerged:

 

(i)           Only the sector specific units shall  be permitted in the SEZ and those units shall obtain separate Environmental Clearance as applicable.

 

(ii)          Proponent shall enhance the allocation for the CSR activities from 2.5 to 5 % of the total cost and item-wise details along with time bound action plan shall be prepared and submitted to the Ministry’s Regional Office at Bangalore. Implementation of such program shall be ensured accordingly in a time bound manner.

 

(iii)        The green belt area shall be 33 % all along the periphery and  width of the green belt shall be minimum 50mts.

 

The Committee recommended to issue of the amendment to the EC dated 3.4.2008.

 

6.12  CRZ clearance for construction of a Temporary Role on/ Roll off Jetty within Thiruchopuram, Port limits, Tamil Nadu by M/s Nagarjuna Oil Corporation Ltd.  [F. No.11-55/2011-IA-III] 

 

As presented by the project proponent, the proposal is for construction of a Temporary Role on/ Roll off Jetty within Thiruchopuram, Port limits, Tamil Nadu.  M/s. Nagarjuna Oil Corporation Limited is in the process of constructing a 6MMTPA oil refinery at Thiruchopuram village in the Cuddalore district, Tamilnadu. The project has achieved considerable progress till date. For completing and commissioning the refinery, NOCL requires to move some over dimensional machinery consignments (ODC) which cannot be brought to the project site by using the road or railway route due to large dimensions of the ODC’s and limitations of the road / rail route. Hence it is proposed to construct a temporary Roll on/Roll off jetty facility at Thiruchopuram village near Cuddalore in order to bring the ODC’s to project site. The Roll-on Roll-Off berthing facility requirement is temporary in nature to enable the unloading of the project related ODC’s. The dimensions of the temporary facility will be 68 meters broad X 120 meters long with temporary protection at the basin mouth by use of Palm trunk Pilings. Also capital dredging followed by maintenance dredging will be required for achieving requisite depth and receiving barges into the Ro-Ro jetty. The Ro-Ro basin will be dredged upto -2.0m below Chart datum. Initially, the open excavation upto -1m CD will be done by excavators covering a land area of 62.0m X 63.5 m and a part of area inside the sea upto -1m. Subsequently a cutter suction dredger will be deployed and dredging will be commenced to achieve depths from -1.m CD to -2m CD. The dredger will have a pumping capacity of 500 Cu.m per hour.

 

The facility will remain in position for about 12 months to enable unloading of all equipments necessary for constructing the NOCL refinery. The facility will thereafter be dismantled, the site cleared off all materials and restored to its original condition, once all the project consignments have been unloaded using the facility.

 

The Committee noted that the construction of Jetty facility proposed is for handling of  about 1 million Tonnes of  machineries  for their refinery plant.  It is for temporary use and for one year period only, the committee considered the proposal for CRZ clearance instead of finalisation of ToR.  

 

The proposal was put up for consideration in the 104th meeting held on 21st 23rd September 2011. The EAC sought additional information from the project proponent. The details submitted were examined by the committee.

 

 During the discussion the following points emerged:

 

(i)           The Minutes of the District Coastal Zone management Authority reveals that the part of construction carried out. It amounts to violation and hence to be dealt as per OM dated 16.11.2011.

 

(ii)          The facility will be only for the transport of machineries for the proposed Refinery and will be put in operation for maximum of one year.

 

(iii)        There shall be a rapid EIA and EMP for construction, operation phases and after dismantle/ removal of the facility and shall be submitted to the Ministry prior to the commencement.

 

The Committee recommended the proposal for the CRZ clearance, after action against violation as per OM dated 16.11.2010.

 

Other items

 

          The Members expressed that the percentage of allocation for the CSR activities shall be uniform for all the projects and it shall be reasonably bifurcated for Capital and recurring expenditures. The CSR may include activities viz R& D, conservation of flora and fauna. Ministry  may prescribe  the type of activities and uniform allocation.

 

 


107th Meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Infrastructure Development, Coastal Regulation Zone and Miscellaneous projects held on 15th – 16th December, 2011 at Amit Kishboo, Scope Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

 

List of Participants

 

 Expert Committee

 

  1. Shri Naresh Dayal                                      Chairman
  2. Dr. M.L. Sharma                               Vice Chairman
  3. Dr. Apurba Gupta                             Member
  4. Shri V.G.Koshy                                 Member
  5. Shri G Bala Subramanyam               Member
  6. Dr. S.P. Bansal                                  Member
  7. Dr. H.S. Ramesh                              Member
  8. Dr. Y. Basavaraju                              Member                          
  9. Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla                Member

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

11.    Shri Lalit Kapur                               Member Secretary

 

MoEF officials  

 

12. Shri E. Thirunavukkarasu               Scientist ‘C’, MoEF

13. Dr. P.V. Subba Rao                          Scientist-B , MoEF

 

Project Authorities:

 

Representatives from M/s. M/s Subarnarekha Port Pvt Ltd

Representatives from M/s. M/s KGS Aranmula Airport Ltd

Representatives from M/s Meenakshi Energy Pvt. Ltd

Representatives from M/s Brook Fields & Resorts Pvt. Ltd

Representatives from M/s. Paradip Port Trust

Representatives from M/s NIO

Representatives from M/s Oil India Limited, Kakinada.

Representatives from M/s Tamil Nadu Cricket Association

Representatives from M/s Thiru K. Thangaraj

Representatives from M/s Indian Oil Corporation Ltd

Representatives from M/s Essar Dredging Limited

Representatives from M/s Port of  Posithra

Representatives from M/s NH Works Circle, RCD Patna Bihar

Representatives from M/s Superintending Engineer, PWD, Bikaner

Representatives from M/s. Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority

Representatives from M/s. Chartereel Hotels Pvt. Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. Christian Medical College & Hospital

Representatives from M/s. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology

Representatives from M/s. Srilanand Mansions  Pvt. Ltd

Representatives from M/s. Coromandel Engineering Company Ltd.

Representatives from M/s Neelkamal Ltd.

Representatives from M/s. NHAI

Representatives from M/s. Punjab Dyers Association

Representatives from M/s Hinduja National Power Corporation Ltd

 

Senior Officer from Pune Municipal Corporation

Shri Janak Daftary,

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